One of my favorite bands right now. Just have to check out “Loom” from “Motto” the awesome release from this band from Leeds UK.
The Free Press Summer Festival in Houston has a stellar line-up over two full days of music. Definitely one to check out!
The Hangout Music Fest announced new additions to its 2014 lineup including Gary Clark Jr, Matt and Kim, Dawes, Ozomatli, Tommy Trash,The Tontons, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Caked Up, Empires, Black Cadillacs, and The Electric Sons!
Can’t wait to see you on the beach in May!
By Kerry Reid
Though they’re set to release their third album in April, the Apache Relay still isn’t a band on everyone’s radar – but they should be. Coming off the heels of two critically-acclaimed roots albums, “1988” and “American Nomad,” the Nashville-based band invokes folk, country, rock and much more pop sensibility than comparable bands Mumford and Sons or the Avett Brothers.
I first fell in love with the Apache Relay when I heard American Nomad’s title track a year ago on Sirius Radio’s The Spectrum channel. I immediately put them on my “must see” list, and when I heard through a friend they had family on the Gulf Coast I thought they might stop on tour here, but alas, they did not. Fortunately, they will be playing Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival on Saturday, May 10.
Rolling Stone debuted the forthcoming album’s first single, “Katie Queen of Tennessee,” a lush and dreamy Roy Orbison-inspired track that shows they are moving past the Americana label and into new territory. The self-titled album was produced by Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) and recorded at Fairfax Recordings, the former Sound City Studios, where legendary albums by such greats as Tom Petty, Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac were made.
In addition to Shaky Knees, the Apache Relay will appear at SXSW in March. The album drops April 22 but can be pre-ordered on iTunes now.
By Kerry Reid
What I love about the band Trampled by Turtles is they are a bluegrass band with a punk rock sensibility. Not that they actually sound punk, their acoustic music is harmony heavy, but you can see and hear the attitude in their furious finger picking and their galloping attack on songs like “Wait So Long,” where it is impossible to listen and sit still. At my first Trampled by Turtles show, the folks around me were pogo-ing and crowd surfing. That’s not something you’d typically see at a standard bluegrass show. Of course, most bluegrass bands don’t cover the Pixies, either.
Trampled by Turtles are bringing their rollicking brand of roots music to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival on Sunday, May 14. Founded in Duluth, MN in 2003, the band began as a side project from the members’ initial punk endeavors. They’ve seen their star rise coming off the success of their last album, 2012’s “Stars and Satellites,” which debuted on the Billboard 200 chart and the extensive touring and festival appearances that have earned them a dedicated fan base.
Mixing country, alternative, bluegrass and rock, Trampled by Turtles are quick to get lumped into the same category with popular Americana bands like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. While I’m fans of both, I find Trampled by Turtles’ brand of roots to be more authentic, heavier on bluegrass but with an edge that injects youthful exuberance and excitement and gives me optimism about the future of the bluegrass.
If you plan to see their show at Shaky Knees, standout songs include the previously mentioned frantic, speed-laced “Wait So Long,” “Midnight on the Interstate,” “Walt Whitman,” and the mournful “Widower’s Heart.”
BY: Canaan Lamp
Partying. Everything begins with partying. Everything ends with partying. If you are an avid Andrew W.K. fan, you know about his association with partying, from his daily party tips on his Facebook, his constant party pictures on his Instagram, or the fact that his biggest song is called “Party Hard”. He does party hard, and he does it with brute force and with raw, brute energy that never ends. The man is THE party machine. He lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps the universal message of partying, and he’s bringing his partying mentality to the ultimate beach party, The Hangout Music Festival, in Gulf Shores in May.
But the thing about Andrew W.K. is that he is so much more than a party animal. In a career that’s spanned 13 years since his successful debut solo album I Get Wet, Andrew W.K. has released 6 studio albums, been featured as the host of Cartoon Network’s Destroy Build Destroy and his own series Your Friend, Andrew W.K. on MTV2 and numerous late night appearances and show cameos, founded his own record label and nightclub/live music venue, set a WORLD RECORD for drumming non-stop, did an extensive self-help motivational speaking tour where he did stops at Yale and NYU, and writes his own self-help column for The Village Voice.
The guy is a non-stop ball of energy who promotes a universal message of positive partying worldwide at all of his appearances, and he will be bringing that message to the beach in Gulf Shores. As a fan of his and having seen his solo show (his Hangout performance will feature his full live backing band), it was an experience that I will never forget and plan to relieve at Hangout with about 35,000 of my closest friends, because when you see Andrew W.K., we’re all friends. It’s time to party.
Check out this video from Seattle based band Deep Sea Diver. The song “NWO’ is from their 2012 release “History Speaks” You need to pick this one up, for every track on it is fantastic. Pick it up at http://thedeepseadiver.bandcamp.com/album/history-speaks. The band was originally a solo project of The Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson, but now includes husband Peter Mansen on drums, and John Raines on bass.