Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.
Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:
No single show took my breath away the way this one did ó part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It felt like a band creating a music video for every piece of music performed. I hope People Get Ready take this show, Specific Ocean, on the road. If they do, GO!
If Jherek Bischoffís life were a movie, it would start out as the rock band version of "Life of Pi" and morph, through a process of musical inspiration and intense perseverance, into a love story between a ukulele and a string orchestra. Intrigued? You should be. Chances are thereís a lot you donít know about this composer, producer, songwriter, and all around musical powerhouse. The details of his unusual biography were recently aired in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where Bischoff gave an enlightening look into his surreal personal history (....continue....
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Have you ever caught yourself awkwardly fist-pumping and shredding air guitar to General Dome? Donít stop now. Alt-metal supergroup Tomahawk (featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn, also of Mr. Bungle, Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, and John Stanier of Helmet and Battles) has asked Buke and Gase to join them for a series of shows in June. And to further demonstrate the genre-spanning power of Buke and Gaseís music, the band has also been asked to open for psychedelic indie heroes Animal Collective in Washington, DC. (DC is in for quite ....continue....
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Hi Australia! Here's a cool thing! A half-dozen artists on Brassland's roster (along with a handful of our peers, mentors and friends) are heading Down Under in the first week of March, under the aegis of the Adelaide Festival. The shows are an outgrowth of a long-running conversation between David Sefton, Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival, and Alec Hanley Bemis, co-founder of Brassland. Blurring the lines between composed music, art-rock, and the indie scene, the boundary-crossing program we've created is in the tradition of the LA Philís upcoming Brooklyn Festival (2013), BAMís second annual Crossing Brooklyn ....continue....Tweet
Been wondering what Clogs are up to these days? Most days we wonder the same thing. But today we have actual news for you. The group has just released The Sundown Song EP, an intimate, three-song collection that captures group leader Padma Newsome in his current home base, Mallacoota, one of the most isolated towns in the Australian state of Victoria. The songs explore mortality and bittersweet endings, a theme well-captured in the music video for the title track, "The Sundown Song." Check it out: Stereogum premiered it earlier today and says "the video is equally as ....continue....
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