Day For Night Returns to Houston With Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke and Solange
As one of the most innovative and unique festivals on the planet, Houston’s own Day For Night just released their 2017 lineup including an array of experimental, off-the-grid artists. Taking place from Dec. 15-17 at the defunct Barbara Jordan Post Office, Day For Night is a hybrid music and light festival not only featuring three massive stages both indoor and outdoor, but also with light art installations sprinkled throughout the 1.5 million square foot historic space.
Topping the lineup this year is the Trent Reznor lead Nine Inch Nails. The band rose to dark-power throughout the 90’s with albums “The Downward Spiral” and “The Fragile” and have since continued their influence on experimental rock over the years since with Reznor composing scores to films such as “The Social Network” and the Swedish crime-thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Another famed lead singer by the name of Thom Yorke joins Reznor, though without Radiohead to back him up. Like Reznor though, Yorke has had a storied rock career beginning in the 90’s and even has his own debut score lined up for a yet-to-be-released horror film. Solange nabbed a spot on the lineup amongst rock royalty. Her now ever-present psych-R&B debut “A Seat at the Table” reached number one on the Billboard album charts marking the first time two sisters (Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”) had a number one album in a calendar year. French DJ duo Justice takes on dance duties for weekend long after their breakthrough album from 2007, “Cross,” which spawned the international hit “D.A.N.C.E.” As another Day For Night artist crossing mediums, St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, has gone from acclaimed music front woman to filmmaker when she debuted her short film “Birthday Party” at Sundance earlier this year. There’s not much left to be said about LA rapper Tyler, the Creator after the recent release of fifth studio album “Flower Boy.” The highly acclaimed album comes before the multi-faceted artist’s own curated Los Angeles festival, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, and his handful of television shows. British singer-songwriter and experimental producer James Blake also joins the lineup this year after opening shows for Radiohead in Italy over the summer.
Others on the bill include Pretty Lights, Jamie XX, Phantogram, Pussy Rio, The Jesus Lizard, Laurie Anderson, Nina Kraviz, Cardi B, Perfume Genius, En Vogue, Cashmere Cat, Sky Ferreira, Gas, Lil B, Of Montreal, Shlohmo, Mount Kimbie, Princess Nokia, Kimbra, Shabaaz Palaces and many more. Day For Night has also listed a small Friday night lineup which details artists like Kaytranada, Earl Sweatshirt, Boots, Saul Williams and even government transparency advocate Chelsea Manning. Also, a slew of light artists like Japan’s renowned electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda, UCLA Arts’ Conditional Studio and Barcelona audiovisual research lab Playmodes will provide installations.
For accommodation during the weekend, check a few of Houston’s less corporatized hotels that offer boutique décor and artistic aesthetics. The most notable in the city is Hotel Derek, a fashionable enclave in River Oaks District. Think Pinterest meets urban chic, replete with an outdoor pool and movie wall. Following a similar vein, but all the while maintaining their own sense of originality is Hotel Zaza. Located in the city’s Museum District, this hotel has a boutique finish from the suites to the relaxing spa. If you’re looking to go a more classical hotel route, check out The Lancaster, Houston’s very first boutique hotel. You can find this gem in the heart of the Theater and Business District, its walls lined with classic 19th century art.