Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.


Late last Winter, a friend of mine played “Love Betsy” on his guitar. I thought it was the saddest, most beautiful song I had heard in a while. It was the first time I’d heard of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

I didn’t think that by the end of the Summer I’d be at one of their shows, hoping to hear that song when BHTM played a set at Crossroads KC on Friday, Aug. 27. They didn’t play it, but the concert was still awesome.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

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Ghoulsfest 2010

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A few weeks ago, a brand new festival was announced for our fair city of Houston. Taking place on October 30th in Houston’s Tom Bass Park, the first ever Ghoulsfest is sure to be a good time. Promising “the most diverse in a one day event,” the festival is set to feature headlining sets from legendary hardcore band Bad Brains, indie-rockers We Are Scientists and pop-soul singer Macy Gray. Also featured during this all day, outdoor event are DJ sets from both Hot Chip, Fischerspooner and Peanut Butter Wolf, as well as a host of Texas’ best including Daniel Johnston, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Girl In A Coma. As always, a strong contingent of Houston artist are being represented in form of Fat Tony, Roky Moon & Bolt, Tax The Wolf and several others.

There also seems to be more additions on the way, with one major rumor about an additional headliner – that being Big Boi of Outkast fame. It sure seems to be true, and has been reported by reputable news sources, but really who knows?! Hopefully for Houston’s sake, it is.

Check out the full line-up for the inaugural Ghoulsfest after the jump.

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My New Favorite Band: Gayngs

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This is music for lovers. This is music that is inspired by some of the 70’s and 80’s greats like Hall & Oats and Bruce Hornsby. This is what happens when you gather a group of today’s finest indie rock musicians and they do something completely out of the box. This is porn music.

The only reason I truly know about Gayngs is that they are on the Austin City Limits line-up, and that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon plays a big part in their foundation. I haven’t had the chance to listen to much of their music, but I’m hoping they blow me away when it becomes festival time. I’ve been a huge fan of Bon Iver and Megafaun for quite some time, back to the days of their project together DeYarmond Edison, so when I learned that they were once again collaborating on a completely different type of music with 20 or so other musicians including Rhymesavers’ P.O.S. and members of the Rosebuds, I was instantly sold. The video that accompanies my post put a stamp on it and mailed it off. I would’ve never expected anything Justin Vernon would do to sound so slinky and sultry, and I’m glad that it was an utter surprise upon first listen. They are my new discovery, and my current obsession – one that won’t be upstaged for quite some time. I know I will never truly appreciate such an act until I see them in some dank club with four 60 watt light bulbs illuminating the entire room, but the ACL performance, YouTube vids and their debut album Relayted will have to suffice until I get the chance.

This is some of the sexiest music I’ve heard in my life. Seriously. Anytime Justin Vernon rocks the auto-tune, I simply melt – that doesn’t make me gay does it? I can’t freaking wait to see them at ACL!

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Mavis Staples & Jeff Tweedy “Wrote A Song For Everyone”

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In honor of Jeff Tweedy‘s 43rd birthday, I decided to post something Wilco related, but came across this little gem first. With Tweedy set to produce legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, they’ve had plenty of time to collaborate and have some fun. Staples, whom can out sing pretty much anyone I’ve ever seen live, shines in the following video which finds her covering the Creedence Clearwater Revival tune “Wrote A Song For Everyone” backed by Tweedy on acoustic guitar and vocals. It’s a great version of the song, ever so soulful with Staples at the helm. Tweedy, although he had been working with Staples and had become friends with her for some time, still seems as if he’s starstruck in her presence – as he should be!

I’m excited to see what Tweedy does on the production side of the business. I know he’s had a heavy hand in the job on all Wilco records, but it’ll be nice to see his vision through someone elses work – especially someone as storied and as talented as Staples. The album is due out September 14th, so we don’t have to wait too long.

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The Ben Miller Band @ Gulley Park

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Ben Miller Band @ Gulley Park

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

The Ben Miller Band from Joplin, MO is a Fayetteville fave. They play in town often and were fresh back from tour when they came to Gulley Park on July 29th. Their show was part of the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series, put together by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. Keep reading and see photos after the jump.

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