State Radio @ Wakarusa 2010

10:06 am by

State Radio @ Wakarusa 2010

Has it ever happened to you that you find a band that is the perfect fit for your taste in music and personality, but you go years before the realization hits you in the face and makes you wonder why you have never been to one of its concerts and don’t have the full discography in your music library? I ask you, because I really hope I’m not alone in this. It’s exactly what happened to me with State Radio at Wakarusa.

Continue reading and see the photos after the break.

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Mates Of State & Free Energy @ Warehouse Live

3:00 pm by

Mates Of State & Free Energy @ Warehouse Live

I will never miss an opportunity to see Mates of State whenever they either come to town or perform at a festival I’m attending. Their brand of indie pop is tried and tested, and has been as consistent as any band I’ve seen perform on numerous occasions. Husband/wife duo Jason Hammell and Kori Gardner brought a couple of additional auxiliary instrumentalists for this performance to fill out their sound, and it made songs like “My Only Offer” and “Rearrange Us” take on many new dimensions.

They performed with a certain vigor, and made openers Free Energy look paltry in comparison – and I really enjoyed Free Energy’s energetic and youthful performance. Both bands provided quite a nice soundtrack for a packed weekday performance in Warehouse Live’s Studio. I happily drank and danced and sweated out what was still left in me from the previous weekends adventure to Atlanta for Phish’s Fourth of July run. This show, on top of the Edward Sharpe show we caught in Dallas a few days prior, was the perfect hangover cure for one of the best weekends ever.

I took a whole bunch of pictures of both Free Energy and Mates of State, which you can check out after the jump.

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Octopus Project @ Warehouse Live

3:05 pm by

The Octopus Project @ Warehouse Live

Editors note: I want to welcome a new Houston-based writer to the fold, one I’m quite excited to have working with us here on BOT. Brett “Biscuit” Forsberg will hopefully be attempting several show reviews in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for his fluffy, buttery goodness.

The closer you can get to Octopus Project the better. Last night at Warehouse Live, and on their much smaller side stage, nowhere was too far away. Ryan, Josh, and Toto were clad in their usual white shirts and black ties, and Yvonne, the theremin and glockenspiel girl, looked fantastic as ever performing for her hometown. The ticket booth sold out after I purchased my ticket, but luckily there was no crushing pressure of some mainstream shows I have seen at Warehouse Live’s main stage. Read all about the show after the jump.

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Andy Frasco @ George’s

10:10 am by

Andy Frasco @ George's
Words and photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez

Fayetteville adores Andy Frasco. And as he told me right before he rocked the lounge at George’s Majestic, the feeling is mutual. Andy has been busy traveling around the nation, playing relentlessly and working on his new album. Gathering inspiration along the way, he’s learned to give his all in every show he plays. That night at George’s was no exception.

He was only traveling with R Bizzy (drums) this time, but he was supported by three Fayetteville musicians. If you didn’t know they had never played together, you wouldn’t know it. They did a great job that night and the music came together so naturally, that the mood was easy and fun. Everything started with one of Andy’s favorite covers, “Hit The Road Jack.” And from there, it went into a super jam party Frasco-style. His “Ramble Baby Ramble” brought the room alive and got him a lot of love from the crowd.

The party went on until a little before 2 A.M. when the lights at George’s came on. He sure left everyone ready for the week ahead. And him? He was ready to do it all over again the following night at another bar in town.

Check out the photos from that night after the break.

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The Octopus Project @ Granada

3:11 pm by

the octopus project

The Octopus Project is a 4-member band (including husband and wife members, Josh and Yvonne Lambert) from Austin that plays indie electronic music with only a handful of lyrics on a few songs. They have been around since 1999, with their first major album released in 2002 (Identification Parade). All of the members play various instruments including guitars, drums, bass, keyboard, and the theremin, which is an instrument controlled by your contact to two different antennae’s – one for the oscillator and one for frequency. Check out the full review after the jump.

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