Wakarusa Disaster Relief for Joplin, MO

9:25 pm by

You’ve seen the news coverage. Our brothers and sisters in Joplin, MO are hurting right now. A deadly tornado hit the town on Sunday evening, leaving families in need of our help and taking the lives of over 100 people.

Let’s help out. Wakarusa has set up a Disaster Relief Donation page and will match all donations made between now and May 27. All donations will benefit the American Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter).

We must help our Midwestern neighbor get back on its feet. If you can’t make a donation, look into other ways to help out: donate blood, canned food, clothes, etc. Check out the Facebook page NW Arkansas Helping Joplin, MO for more ways to help.

Our hearts go out to Joplin, MO.

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Wakarusa 2011 pre|Thursday

9:46 pm by

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In this country, it seems festival season never truly ends. Thankfully. But summer is always ripe with great festivals, coast to coast. In this neck of the woods Wakarusa usually kicks things off – and this year looks crazy + awesome + delicious. Missing a day isn’t an option.

The headliners are solid, and I’m excited about discovering new artists and others getting some well-deserved recognition. And let’s all assume this year the sun will favor us with temperatures under 100. Read on for a detailed preview of Thursday. Three weeks out!

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Rusko @ Warehouse Live

12:00 am by

Rusko @ Warehouse Live

Whether you like it or not, dubstep is evolving into one of the most popular genres among younger electronic music fans. This statement became even more evident at the sold-out Rusko (Christopher Mercer) concert at Warehouse Live. He is one of the driving forces bringing dubstep more into the mainstream.

Read all about the show after the jump

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Wilco @ Verizon Wireless Theater

11:16 pm by

Wilco @ Verizon Wireless Theater

It’s been a long three years since Chicago alt-rockers Wilco last played a show here in Houston, but when Jeff Tweedy and the boys stepped foot on stage last Friday night at Verizon Wireless Theater, it was more like a meeting with an really good friend you barely get to see rather than the long awaited return it felt like during the days leading up to the show. For my seventh (I think?) Wilco show, I was even more excited than the rest as I now had the opportunity to tote along my camera and stand front and center for the first three songs. I’ve been dying to photograph Tweedy in specific for quite some time, so to finally get that opportunity was out of this world. On top of the photography gig, they pulled off quite the spectacular show with a great setlist to boot.

Read all about the show after the jump

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Railroad Revival Tour: Marfa

2:40 pm by

Railroad Revival Tour

A few weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, I had the incredible opportunity to travel all the way to the other side of Texas, to the tiny town of Marfa, TX. The occasion had nothing to do with the holiday, but rather to be a part of a one of a kind event known as the Railroad Revival Tour. Making six stops from Oakland, CA all the way to New Orleans, a vintage train carried the likes of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show throughout the American Southwest on a tour that highlighted collaboration amongst the groups above anything else. While the tour also stopped in Austin and New Orleans, much closer destinations than the rest, I opted to put my press request in for Marfa, a good ten hour road trip from Houston. I’d never been to West Texas, so I figured this was as good of a time as any, especially with the stacked list of performers slated to play. We packed our car, and drove off into the afternoon sun, a day before the show to ensure we’d make it on time. After a day gone by, we pulled into Marfa and headed straight towards the one and only bar in town.

Read more about the show after the jump

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