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The only surviving member of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys will be gracing the stage at the Hamilton in June.
Check out this excellent preview of Moombahton Massive for everything you need to know and can expect to witness at this June 930 club show.
In the 9 years this dreamy Baltimore-based indie duo has been making music, we’ve seen their sound evolve from the purest kind of bedroom pop to large, swelling auditory constructions. See them in June as they continue to exercise the strengths of Bloom, their fourth and most invasive full length LP. Oh, and we just happened to go to one of their shows, so check it out for pictures and a recap!
I first heard of/saw Portugal The Man in 2009 at Bonnaroo, and everyone I was with walked away absolutely shell-shocked. They KILLED it, packing a mathematically precise melodic punch that seemed too perfect for the stage. Check out this highlight of their new track “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue.”
These Brooklyn ska legends are known for their up tempo jams and brassy hooks, but they ought to be known for wearing awesome hats. Dude in the back — I see you.
This English rapper/producer/actor/sporter of top knots is bringing his signature haunting cadence to 930 this June.
While many have traveled far and wide to see Dwight Yoakam perform his unbeatable country music, some of us cherish his role in Slingblade even more. Go see this man of many talents at 930 in June.
SOB frontman James Wilson once told us, “But a lot of bands, especially in the alt-country world, can try to be generically Southern. I think there is a unique Southerness that’s particularly Virginian that we relate to, and we wanted to express that on this record in some way. I’m not going to try to pretend that we grew up in a tarpaper shack with an alcoholic father.” Read the rest in our Q&A with Sons of Bill.
By blurring the lines between a tribute, an original act, and a comedic troupe, the Yacht Rock Revue has forged a unique niche market and a special bond with their fans. The band attacks each song as if it were their own, and the energy exchanged between the band and the crowd has more in common with a stadium U2 show than that of a typical bar band.
We noted after seeing Caravan Palace at Virgin Fest, “I see they have fiddles and swing dancing in 2120, but do they still have ice cream? Can we still see the sun or have Earth’s new overlords extended a protective metal UV shield 300 feet over the planet’s surface?” Maybe you can find the answers for yourself come June.
Spirit Family Reunion reportedly got their start by singing together on the street corners, farmer’s markets and subway stations of New York City. They’ve put their harmonious skill set to use livening up the venues that host them, and striving to deliver an all-inclusive burst of energy on the stage.
We went and saw Black Clouds last month and this is what happened: “It was the kind of display that made you forget about the people standing around you. The kind of experience that had you rooted to the spot, captivated by the three musicians on stage. It’s hard to believe that the same people creating this serious experience are some of the least serious people you’d ever know.”
Go the the tenured Englishman who, when he’s not touring his singer songwriter gems, has been known (at least one time) to play drums on stage with the guys from Oasis and Blur.
With Michael Kiwanuka, it’s all about the voice. A voice that he describes as “hitting straight through to the core” with direct, emotional songs about love, yearning, comfort and belonging. It’s a voice that built him a following via MySpace and small London gigs, and led Paul Butler from The Bees to invite him to the band’s Isle of Wight studio to lay down these introductory tracks from what promises to be a major new British singer/songwriter. Which makes it all the more strange, really, that what Michael originally set out to be was a session guitarist who maybe wrote the odd song for other people. (via website bio)
Filters – Who needs ’em? None of these funny ladies will see fit to use one on June 1 at U Hall. You can bet your hashtags on that.
The newest venture from Pete Yorn and J.D. King is called Olms, and it sets out to immediately take hold of you with infectious and genuine So-Cal pop. Give Olms a listen and get to know them a little bit if you’re thinkin’ this might be right up your alley.
“Start Livin’ is basically a love album,” says Frankenreiter, who co-produced the record alongside Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman. “Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.” Thanks to Frankenreiter’s infectious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listener into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment. (via donavonf.com)
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- July 23 — Americanarama Music Festival feat. Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket @ Merriweather Post
There’s barely words to describe the distinctly American star power that will be gracing Merriweather Post in July. Three of the most genuine voices in dare I say the history of rock music will be coming together to bring you an undoubtedly timeless live performance.
One of our faves for utter mayhem (in the best way possible) is of course Mad Decent Block Party, which just so happens to hit Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 2 and just so happens to include a solid (and totally summery) line-up featuring Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, SBTRKT, Skream, Riff Raff, Lunice and Griz. Click the link for a chance to win free tickets to this one!!!
The Summer Spirit Festival is back upon us, this time featuring D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and many more. If you’re interested, check out our recap of last year’s show!
After a major health scare a few months ago, the sizzurp-lovin’ rapper confirmed that he’s good — more than good. Needless to say, the America’s Most Wanted Tour hits the Verizon Center this summer, you won’t wanna miss it.
Jason Aldean loves denim.
We always love it when Small Black rolls through town. If you’re interested in a first hand account of what this chill wave-esque foursome sounds like, we happened to document one of their shows a little while ago. The four members, Ryan Heyner, Josh Kolenik, Juan Pieczanski, and Jeff Curtin take the dual keyboards, bass, and drums. Their sound is extraordinary – a dizzy, blissful, summer-spun electronica with strong pop elements.
“If you are a fan of afropop of any kind, King Sunny to Fela to Toure Kunde, you will find lots to love here,” says Ripplemusic blog. Led by Togo-born Serge “Massama” Dogo, the group blends various west-african styles — afrobeat, highlife, soukous — into a tight, forward moving sound that keeps one foot in the past and another towards the future. Get up and move to music that is wowing audiences throughout the east coast.
When Hot Water Music disbanded in light of frontman Chuck Ragan’s departure all the way back in 2006, the remaining members of the band carried on in his stead under the new mantle, The Draft. Since then they’ve been touring the country with their no apologies punk rock style.
“Silja Line,” punctuated with atmospheric jingle-bells and a climactic sailor chant, is a song thats has probably facilitated some atmospheric moments for many of you since Night of the Furies came out in 2007. Go see the Raleigh, NC natives this September at RnR Hotel.
The experimental sounds of Pere Ubu first entered the world in the 1970s in the great city of Cleveland, OH, and unlike everything else from Cleveland, they just keep getting better and better.
Even if you’re an East End Girl, you probably love Pet Shop Boys, who will be playing the Strathmore in September. It’s a sin to wait on these tickets.
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We held a little listening party for Imperial China after the release of Phosphenes back in 2010, if you’re interested in getting your preview on before purchasing tickets to go see these guys at the end of the month. Basically, what you’re getting into is an eclectic mix of rhythmic jams that ascribes itself only to the genre of the current moment. Or, as we previously put it, “like executing a flawless swan dive into a lava pit.” You should probably just listen to it.
C’mon, you know you want to…
NYC’s rising noisetress Pharmakon is bringing her reputably in-your-face live show to the Black Cat. Curiosity piqued? Check out this rising artist feature on Pitchfork for everything you need to know.
A unique and hilarious mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters and improvised commentary, there’s truly nothing like it in the world today.
A dominant voice for many many years in the acidy corners of the drum and bass sphere, Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher is bringing his dynamic, brain twisting electro-goodness to the Black Bat this July.
Cayucas: Pronounced “ky-yook-us”, is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. (via facebook). If you go to the band’s website, you’ll get to hear the refreshing single “High School Lover,” which contains some hints of the Beach Boys and Beck that you might find interesting.
Former members of Galaxy and Spiral Beach came together in 2009 to form Austra. Electronic music is all the better for it.