I’m missing the first day of BottleRock Napa Valley today but stoked to be heading up to Napa tomorrow morning with my brother to catch a couple days of the first year, four-day festival. A stacked lineup, plenty of great food and wine in addition to plenty of friends making the trek should make for a fun weekend.
Tomorrow it’s all about The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Vintage Trouble, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, Blues Traveler and more. Saturday is definitely a power packed day/night of music with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, Donavon Frankenreiter, Allen Stone, Dwight Yoakam, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sharon Van Etten and more! Sunday brings it with Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti, Grouplove, Cake, Mavis Staples, Train, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile and more.
Everyone should be heading into this gorgeous weather weekend with some good tunes so this Friday I bring you, Buxton and their third record and first on New West Records, Nothing Here Seems Strange.
All week I’ve been holding out on posting this and I think it’s because of how much I sincerely love this album and their folk-rock sound, I wanted to keep it a secret but what fun would that be.
The album starts off with some slow harmonies (but in a good way – “Wolves & Owls” and “Fingertips”) before ratcheting it up and kicking some serious butt. Just give “Blown A Fuse” a listen and it will all make sense, I promise. For whatever reason the harmony on “Broken From Bread” makes me think of the Grateful Dead, but the best of the album I believe is with the single, “Boy of Nine” and “Down In The Valley.”
If you are fan of White Denim, DAWES, Middle Brother, Ryan Bingham, Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and the likes, you are definitely going to be digging the Buxton sound.
TGIF and this Friday we head across the pond for some righteous new music courtesy of Clement Marfo & The Frontline. The seven member posse led by Marfo is a mixed bag of fun incorporating everything from hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, R&B, soul, ska and more. Think energy and excitement when listening to this London group and look out for big things in 2012.
Below is the video for the current single “Overtime” but click HERE to listen to “Shock & Awe” my favorite so far.
You ever listen to an artist/band for the first time only to discover they have been around for quite some time, have released a few albums and wonder, “where the hell have I been?” Well it happened to me last month with Frank Turner and damn, I cannot get enough of his record, England Keep My Bones, his FOURTH album. I now find myself listening to his previous works to catch myself up to what I’ve been missing but continuously being drawn back to his latest record which was released this past summer. Turner exudes a singer-songwriter, folk, punk style unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
Say hello to Frank Turner and give a listen to one of best albums of 2011.
My latest in new music obsession comes courtesy of the Max McElligott led Wolf Gang. The British symphonic rock band released their debut album Suego Faults over the summer and have already toured with Florence + The Machine and Miike Snow as well as opened for The Killers this past summer. Give a listen to “The King and All of His Men” and you’ll most likely have this on your fall/winter playlist.
Hands down one of the best marching band performances I have seen. Love that the Ohio University Marching Band performed their rendition of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” at halftime of the recent football game. Genius and entertaining!
Here it is my latest musical fascination, Kassidy. This Scottish folk rock band has been tabbed across the pond by some media outlets as “Britain’s Kings of Leon” and fall into line with the rabid folk obsession of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and the likes but they have their own distinct sound and that to me is refreshing. Their debut album Hope St. dropped earlier this year and I don’t think it will take too much longer for this quartet to wind up here in the states.
Been digging these guys from Asheville, NC since I stumbled upon their music last month. Give a listen and if you like, pick up the new album Miles of Skyline.