Showing posts with label tour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tour. Show all posts

June 29, 2012

Milo Greene - "1957" Music Video

Ahead of their debut album release on July 17th, our favorite LA up-and-comers Milo Greene have released a music video for their lead single, "1957." The charming clip shows a love story with bits of mystery and is filmed beautifully. Yet another gem from these guys. They can't be stopped. Be sure to catch them when they make their live TV debut on Letterman on July 26th. You can also pre-order their album here.

June 27, 2012

The Avett Brothers Announce New Album: The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers announced yesterday that they will be releasing their sixth full-length album, The Carpenter, this September 11th, a follow-up to the highly regarded I and Love and You released in 2009. The alt-country band from Concord, North Carolina was founded by brothers Scott and Seth Avett. As you can hear on the second track from the new album, "Live and Die," the band embraces their Southern roots with some country twang, a touch of folk, and good old rock 'n' roll. 

To support The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers will be touring across the country, including visiting the lovely Gorge Ampitheatre (one of our favorite venues!). I would highly suggest checking out one of their shows; seeing them in Dallas last Fall was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The band is simply beautiful live!

June 25, 2012

Delta Rae

Gospel stomp. It sounds intriguing doesn't it? Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Delta Rae are preparing to storm the country with their powerful Mumford & Sons meets The Civil Wars sound. Last week, they released their debut album, Carry The Fire, a diverse collection of Southern-influenced, folk-rock tunes. Led by the humongous single, "Bottom Of The River," and singer Brittany Hölljes' brassy voice, the six-piece group is sure to make lots of fans on their upcoming US tour (dates below). And not just one of them can sing. At least four members switch off vocal duties! Enjoy the awesomly Southern and intense video for "Bottom Of The River."

June 20, 2012

Purity Ring - "Fineshrine"

Purity Ring is undoubtedly one the most buzzed about bands at the moment. The dark, synth-loving, Canadian duo has only released four singles, all expected to appear on their debut album, Shrines, out July 24th. Today they released "Fineshrine," yet another chill, dark, track that combines deep, liquid synths with singer Megan James' simple, poppy vocals. The expectations about their debut release are only growing, and if these singles say anything, it is that they are up for the challenge. Check their singles out below, as well as their tour dates opening for Dirty Projectors. 

Purity Ring-"Fineshrine"
Purity Ring-"Lofticries"
Purity Ring-"Obedear"
Purity Ring-"Ungirthed"

June 16, 2012

Reviewed: The Tallest Man on Earth

Photo by Andrew Hanson

I made the three hour trek from San Diego to Los Angeles last Tuesday, and though sitting through LA traffic during rush hour is always painful, my soul was healed by the amazing man I had traveled to see, Kristian Matsson. Matsson (known by the moniker "The Tallest Man on Earth") performed a sold-out show at the Wiltern the day after his new album, There's No Leaving Now, was released.

I'm generally not keen on sit-down shows, but this was a whole different caliber of performance. Sparse, yet subtly powerful; his voice is that much more beautiful and raw live. Every tune, from his more recognizable singles to brand new songs, was engaging and dynamic, constantly highlighting Matsson's immense musical talent. Matsson embodied a kind of nervous energy on stage, meandering around with his guitar and emphatically throwing his pick away after every song. His deep, gravely voice matched nicely with his dry sense of humor, and though much of his mumbling was rather prosaic, the crowd didn't care. The audience was in love, whistling and shouting compliments to Matsson between songs; at one point he sarcastically asked, "Did you guys pay money just to yell things?"

The Tallest Man kept us all bewitched by his music, even during the quieter tunes. Matsson's two song encore included a piano version of "The Dreamer," full of emotion with a silent, captivated audience. For his final song, "Thrown Right At Me," his wife Amanda Bergman, a fellow Swedish singer-songwriter, came out and sang with him. An intimate, beautiful end to a perfect night, with two standing ovations by the crowd.
Check out his extensive tour dates below!

June 06, 2012

Reviewed: Dan Mangan and Blind Pilot

Wesbter Hall, New York, NY

While Blind Pilot may have headlined the show last night at Webster Hall, I attended to see Dan Mangan, the Canadian folk crooner behind one of the best albums of 2011, Oh Fortune. Facing a lukewarm crowd without his usual band behind him, Mangan had a difficult task to win over the audience. But he was up for it. He adapted most of Oh Fortune for one guitar (quite a feat considering how full of activity that album is), and it worked in his favor. Quieting all the background made his voice (one of the best in the biz in my opinion) stand out more. The quiver in his voice was audible with only soft strums behind it. Quite a few times during the show he reminded me a great deal of Glen Hansard. And that is one of the highest compliments I can give a singer. Most of his songs translated very well into slower, gentler, acoustic versions, especially "Sold," an emotional track about growing old from his 2010 album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice. While Blind Pilot put on a nice performance, it was almost boringly straightforward, devoid of risks. Mangan on the other hand, laid all his cards out on the table, putting himself at the mercy of the audience, and he knocked it out of the park. Check out his tour dates below.

Grizzly Bear Announce New Album

Grizzly Bear announced that they will be releasing a follow-up to their 2009 studio album, Veckatimest, the band's most well-known album to date. Grizzly Bear's next project, currently untitled but available for pre-order as Warp229 on iTunes, will be on sale September 2012.

Below, check out the leading track set to be on the new album, "Sleeping Ute," which was noted as Best New Track by Pitchfork on Twitter yesterday. I'm going to try and see them at their last stateside show at the Greek Theater; I'm really digging this! Think you'll want to catch a live Grizzly Bear? Check out the band's tour dates below!

May 22, 2012

Austin City Limits Lineup Announced

Austin City Limits has just announced their lineup for 2012. The festival will take place at Zilker Park from October 12-14. Headlining the festival are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and The Black Keys. Also playing the fest will be Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Avicii, Bassnectar, The Roots, The Shins, The Civil Wars, M83, Childish Gambino, Andrew Bird, Delta Spirit, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, Big Gigantic, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, The Lumineers, First Aid Kit, Dry The River, and many many more.

See the complete lineup here.

May 21, 2012

Guide To Sasquatch: Set-Time Conflicts and What To Do

One of the biggest drawbacks of any large festival is that it is impossible to see all the acts. This year, Sasquatch, with five stages including the new "Maine" Stage, has its fair share of difficult conflicts. Here are some of the most cringe-worthy examples and a little help choosing where to go.

Yellow Ostrich vs. HoneyHoney

Our Pick: Either group will be a fantastic kick-off to the weekend. Having seen Yellow Ostrich a few times, I will be at the Yeti Stage with HoneyHoney. If you haven't seen either one, Yellow Ostrich wins by a hair.

Girl Talk vs. Explosions In The Sky vs. Beats Antique

Our Pick: This choice completely depends on how you want to dance. Each of these acts are likely to put you in some sort of trance. Girl Talk will keep you dancing your ass off all night, Explosions in the Sky will wow you with their epic post-rock glory, and Beats Antique will amaze you with their exotic electro-world beats. We say catch the beginning of Girl Talk, then hop on over to Beats Antique if you want to keep dancing, or Explosions in the Sky if you're ready to wind down.

The Civil Wars vs. Alabama Shakes vs. Portlandia

Our Pick: This is a tough one. Considering it is primarily a music festival, I would suggest either The Civil Wars of Alabama Shakes. Having seen The Civil Wars twice, I will be watching the Shakes, but either way, you are guaranteed to be blown away. There's really no wrong choice here.

Kurt Vile vs. Dry The River vs. Sol

Our Pick: If you are a fan of soul-rap: Sol. If you want to hear a British group's take on folk with hardcore influences: Dry The River. If you do not fit in the first two categories: Kurt Vile

Hey Marseilles vs. Greylag

Our Pick: Hey Marseilles. It's a bummer to miss Greylag, but Hey Marseilles, with their huge orchestral sound are sure to be a hit. Also, their slot at noon on Sunday gives fans a chance to see them away from the evening crowds.

Bon Iver vs. James Murphy

Our Pick: Bon Iver. Do we really need to explain? James Murphy may be an icon, but he will still be up on stage turning knobs. We suggest laying down on the lawn, staring up at the night sky, and letting Justin Vernon's falsetto sweeten your Sunday evening.

Beck vs. Mogwai vs. Nero

Our Pick: Some of everything. Luckily, Mogwai and Nero both begin their sets half an hour before Beck's. Mogwai have announced that this tour will be their last before an extended hiatus, so if you're a fan, this may be your last chance to see the Scottish crew for a while. Nero is likely to pack the Banana Shack more than anyone this weekend, and with good reason. We recommend catching the beginning of either Mogwai or Nero, heading over to Beck for a while, and if it is not to your liking, you have two great shows to go back to!

Check out Part 4 here!

May 18, 2012

Guide To Sasquatch: Bands To Know

While hopefully most of you have heard of the excellent groups headlining the festival this year, there are dozens of great acts lower on the poster too! We've put together a list of some groups that deserve serious attention before the fest. Who knows, they may become your new favorites!

Alabama Shakes

Few bands in recent memory have generated as much buzz as Alabama Shakes. The soul-rock group has stunned audiences at SXSW and CMJ with their powerful genre-blending, and Brittany Howard, one of the strongest frontwomen in music today. Keep an eye out for their huge foot-stomping sound. 

Alabama Shakes-"Hold On"
Said The Whale

Based in Vancouver, BC, Said The Whale will be pretty close to home when they visit The Gorge. With their latest album, Little Mountain, the rockers combined powerful choruses with strong harmonies, and bring to mind Manchester Orchestra (if they sang about nature more). After winning the hearts of Canadians and a Juno Award last year, America is next.

Said The Whale-"Camilo (The Magician)"
Hey Rosetta!

Another Canadian group, Hey Rosetta! have a rough, yet beautiful sound. Their latest album, Seeds, blends rock, pop, and folk, while keeping memorable melodies and fantastic songwriting. Incorporating violin and cello into their sound, the band's work makes for a unique blend that I expect to translate very well on stage.

Hey Rosetta!-"Seeds"
Yellow Ostrich

Yellow Ostrich, a trio from Wisconsin, is most definitely a Write To The Beat favorite. Frontman Alex Schaaf experiments with vocal looping to give the small group a huge sound. After their debut album, The Mistress, gained them an underground following, they followed it up with Strange Land, a disc that fleshed out their sound without compromising the charm and excitement captured on all their music. Supported by fantastic drummer Michael Tapper, the band shows no sign of slowing down. On stage, they are even better, and witnessing Schaaf's vocal looping live makes it even more exciting.

Yellow Ostrich-"Marathon Runner"
Hey Marseilles

Hey Marseilles call themselves folkestral (folk + orchestral), and that short description couldn't be more accurate. The Seattle-based folk group incorporates strings, horns, and a large sound into their French-inspired tunes. Behind the tender voice of Matt Bishop, the instrumentation is inventive and fantastic. The group is touring behind To Travels & Trunks, a collection of some of the most exciting folk music around. I wouldn't be surprised if the group also gives us a peek at a rumored upcoming album!

Hey Marseilles-"To Travels & Trunks"
Dry The River

With an opening slot on Bowerbirds' latest tour, and the brand new album, Shallow Bed, Dry The River has been storming the US with their British take on folk music. Inspired by hardcore bands as well, their live show may be surprisingly loud for a group that sounds so soft on record. But where they shine is where they open up, getting loud while maintaining their folk roots. 

Dry The River-"History Book"
The Physics, Sol, and Scribes
While the "Maine" Stage lineup is filled with local up-and-coming hip-hop acts, The Physics, Sol, and Scribes stand out as the strongest artists on that bill.

The Physics produce a unique blend of soul, R&B, and rap, making their music lively, and always fun.

The Physics-"After Effect (feat. Grynch)"

Sol is a soul-rapper who's smoke-inspired rhymes has a clever, poppy, and smooth flow

Sol-"Not The One"

Scribes is another up-and-comer who has garnered attention with his melodic, driving beats that lay underneath heartfelt, sharp rhymes.

Scribes-"Pass You By"

Check out Part 3 here!

May 17, 2012

Guide To Sasquatch: Bands You Can't Miss

We at Write to the Beat will be headed to the Gorge in George this Memorial Day Weekend to experience the Sasquatch Music Festival! With the fest approaching, we figured it would be time to share with you the bands we are most excited to see, as well as the ones we suggest you check out before the fest. Here goes:

The Headliners

Pretty Lights, filling the top slot on Friday, is one of electronic music's giants, and probably the one that will appeal the most to Sasquatch attendees. The Colorado-based producer integrates soul, funk, and jazz samples into his sets, making his music quite a bit more sophisticated than most DJs'. Also, with the gorgeous Columbia River in the background, his performance will be all the more fascinating and should include (you guessed it) very pretty lights.

Saturday's lineup is topped by Jack White, one of the biggest forces in rock music in the last decade. Sasquatch will be one of his first solo shows ever, and he should be busting out some old White Stripes favorites, Raconteurs tracks, and new material off his recent album Blunderbuss. Whatever he ends up playing, it will surely be an exciting set.

Bon Iver's performances are mesmerizing to begin with, and The Gorge has a way of making beautiful performances even more surreal. Justin Vernon's falsetto ringing throughout the amphitheater will definitely make a memorable experience. Especially with Vernon saying that it may be at least a few years before the next album from the group, I would recommend seeing them while you still can.

Beck hasn't released an album since 2008's Modern Guilt, but with tracks on two recent movie soundtracks, it is possible that something big may be in the works. I expect his set at The Gorge to be filled with his many classics, as well as possibly a peek at a very exciting future.

Tenacious D

Jack Black and Kyle Gass have been dormant for quite a while, until they announced their Sasquatch! appearance and a new album on the same day. One of America's finest comedy musical groups, the D is sure to end the weekend with raucous laughter in their great slot that has them opening for Beck. Be prepared to hear new tracks from their brand new work, Rize of the Fenix, as well as their enormous hit, the greatest song ever made, "Tribute."

The Head and the Heart

The Seattle-based folk group has blown up since their appearance at Sasquatch last year, a feat that is noted by how far they have moved up in the billing. Having seen the five-piece multiple times, I can truly say that they never disappoint. Especially in their native Northwest, expect them to draw an enormous crowd and put on one of the most lively sets of the weekend. You are guaranteed to have fun during their show, and if you don't, you can blame me.

The Civil Wars

I have seen John Paul White and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars perform twice now, and I can truly say that they are quite a spectacle. Their voices are as perfect as can be, and their live sound far exceeds the beauty already present on their record. One of the biggest breakout artists of the last year, they are sure to mesmerize the entire crowd with their fantastic harmonies and some of the best stage banter you can hear these days.


Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will feel right at home in the Pacific Northwest, the exact local the duo lovingly pokes fun at in their hit TV series. They are sure to bring some great self-deprecating humor to the Gorge, and knowing them, may have some great guests up their sleeve. Who knows what their live show will have in store, but I can't wait. Unfortunately, with their schedule slot overlapping Alabama Shakes AND The Civil Wars, none of the three acts is likely to get the crowd they deserve.

The list of great acts coming to The Gorge this year goes on and on. The next part of our guide to Sasquatch will include some lesser known acts to check out before you arrive!

See Part 2 here!

May 15, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth - "1904"

The Tallest Man On Earth will release There's No Leaving Now on June 12th. The highly-anticipated follow-up to The Wild Hunt has shed its first light. The first single from the record is "1904" a slightly fuller, Dylan-esque track. Enjoy! Mr. Mattson has also announced a long string of worldwide tour dates in support of the release. 

The Tallest Man On Earth-"1904"

May 09, 2012

Fool's Gold - "The Dive" Video

Fool's Gold, the LA indie-pop group that has been granted the opening slot on Edward Sharpe's current tour, has given us a peek into their sunny lives with their latest music video for "The Dive." The track, off their album Leave No Trace, is soaked with reverb and expands upon the Best Coast-y California sound by incorporating African rhythms. Enjoy the beachy clip! The group will be at the Orpheum Theater in Boston on May 12th, opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

May 07, 2012

Passion Pit - "Take A Walk"

Passion Pit has dropped the first single from their highly anticipated sophomore release, Gossamer, out July 24th. While the track keeps the synth-heavy feel of their debut, there is definitely some exploration of new sounds going on. They have also announced a string of tour dates to accompany the release. Enjoy!

April 26, 2012

Torche - "Kicking"

Florida metal group Torche released their latest album, Harmonicraft, this week. With the lead single, "Kicking," the group showcases what sets them apart from your average metal band: They sound happy! Their sound, often compared to sludge metal, takes its own turn by displaying a wider range of emotions than is typical in metal these days. As they put it, they "rip with a smile." Take a listen to "Kicking" and enjoy the hard-hitting happiness.


April 24, 2012

Passion Pit Announces New Album

Passion Pit has announced their followup to their 2009 breakout release, Manners. On July 24th, the group will release Gossamer,  twelve tracks that singer Michael Angelakos describes as "a product of technology today." They will go on tour in the summer to support the release. 

April 19, 2012

Submission Of The Week - River Whyless

This week, our finest submission comes from River Whyless, a Baroque-folk group from Asheville, North Carolina. Their debut album, A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door, was released in January, and is very reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, especially on the standout track "Stone". Imagine Robin Pecknold's songwriting, mix in some male/female harmonies, add a dash of The Head and the Heart, and there you have it. After playing at SXSW earlier this year, the group embarked on a nationwide tour, and luckily for their fans, they're doing it again. You can see their tour dates after the jump. As can be seen in a beautiful video below, the lead vocalists' voices are as beautiful in an empty field as they are on the record. Enjoy!

River Whyless-"Stone"

River Whyless-"Unfound Door"

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April 17, 2012

Watch Death Cab Live In Chicago

Tonight, Death Cab For Cutie is performing in the historic Chicago Theater with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. While most people can't attend, you are able to watch the entire set streaming on YouTube right now! Check it out right here!

If you like what you see, check them out on tour!

Outside Lands Lineup Announced

Outside Lands, San Francisco's finest music festival, will take place in Golden Gate Park from August 10-12. They have just announced the lineup for this year's edition. At the top of the bill will be Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, Sigur Rós, and Justice. 

Other acts include Dispatch, Regina Spektor, Passion Pit, Andrew Bird, Big Boi, Explosions In The Sky, MSTRKRFT, Wolfgang Gartner, Dr. Dog, City and Colour, Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, Big Gigantic, Michael Kiwanuka, Yellow Ostrich, and many more! Check out the full lineup right here.

April 10, 2012

Lollapalooza Lineup Announced

Lollapalooza, one of the largest music festivals in the country, and now around the globe, has announced their lineup for the 2012 edition, taking place August 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park. Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jack White will headline the fest with The Black Keys, Justice, and Avicii filling out the top slots. 

Also on the bill are Sigur Rós, The Shins, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Big Gigantic, M83, Miike Snow, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Yellow Ostrich, Givers, The Head and the Heart, Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, The Tallest Man On Earth, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Doomtree, Of Monsters and Men, Bowerbirds, Milo Greene, Hey Rosetta!, First Aid Kit, Madeon, and many many more. Tickets are available at the festival website

You can view the whole lineup here.