UtopiaFest Preview: Peelander-Z

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It seems as if Texas has become the adopted home of Japan’s favorite “Action Comic Punk” band, with 5+ visits to Houston alone of the course of the last two years. For the uninitiated, their show shouldn’t be missed, as it will likely be the festival performance that you most often attempt to describe to your increasingly confused friends who missed it. “Well, they’re kinda like a mix between the Power Rangers, professional wrestlers, and the Ramones… I think there was a tiger… and human bowling… I dunno dude, Battling Seizure Robots … loud noises – it ruled.” 3:45 on Saturday at the Arrowhead, don’t miss it.

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UtopiaFest Preview: The Giving Tree Band

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Next weekend, a crew of BOTheads will be headed to Utopia, Texas to take in our first UtopiaFest. It’s been too long since I’ve hit a camping festival, so I’m quite excited for the ensuing weekend. While headliners Blitzen Trapper, Dawes and Keller Williams are very familiar to us, there are several acts on the line-up that’ll be new to our ears once we hit the festival grounds. If you’re attending as well, I’m sure you’re mostly in the same boat. For the next week or so, Bacon and I will be bringing you videos and more from the entire UtopiaFest line up.

In the best way we could figure out the preview duties, we decided to both take a column and start at the bottom. I got the right column, so first up in our previews are The Giving Tree Band out of Yorkville, Illinois. I’ve never giving these indie-folksters much of a listen, but have always heard really good things about the band led by the brother duo of Todd and Eric Fink. Quoting influences such as The Band, Neil Young and Bob Dylan among others gives me high hopes for their early afternoon set on Saturday, October 15th. Any band that employs such a multitude of instrumentation, and is described as having the “spirit of Pete Seeger, with the musical abilities of The Band,” is pretty damn good in my book.

After spending a bit of time with them on YouTube, they definitely have that Felice Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show/Railroad Earth “newgrass” sound, and that’s more than ok with me. Watch the video for “Red Leaves” below, then after the jump check out a whole bunch more to get you excited for next weekend!

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Virgin Mobile Free Fest 2011

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Virgin Free Fest 2011

This past weekend, my Angry Badger and I took a trip to Baltimore to check out this years edition of the Virgin Mobile Free Fest. After a late night of drinking on Friday night, we woke up as early as we were physically capable of, headed to the bus station to catch the silver line to Columbia, and the famed outdoor venue Merriweather Post Pavilion. Arriving just in time for the first acts of the day, we made our way into the lush, wooded venue with our new Fan E-Packs loaded to the gills with a new t-shirt, poster, 24 oz cup and more. We also walked into one of the best days ever.

Read all about the day and check out some more terrible iPhone pictures after the jump.

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Wakarusa 2011: Café Con Leche’s take

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Remember Wakarusa, you guys?! No? Oh, my bad. It’s been almost three months since this year’s Wakarusa hit the Natural State and you still haven’t seen our photos. Let me correct that. But seriously, who stole Summer? It’s gone by so fast.

Wakarusa was fabulous this year. The line-up was great, and it made it really hard to catch everything on the must-see list. Next year, I’m taking my bike to get me from one stage to the next.

I knew I’d have a blast seeing Ben Harper & Relentless7, Mumford & Sons, Ozomatli, and Michael Franti & Spearhead; but I also came home with new favorites, like Mat McHugh of The Beautiful Girls, Here Come The Mummies, Kinetix, Ha Ha Tonka, Hugo, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and MarchFourth Marching Band.

Keep reading for photos and top fave sets from Waka 2011.

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Best Of Houston BestFest

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Just the other day, the fine folks over at Houston Press” Rocks Off Blog began announcing bands for the first ever BestFest. Centered around the Press” annual Best of Houston list, which focuses on the finer things throughout the city, the inaugural music festival will happen on the 24th and 25th of September and feature a host of both local and national talent. Announced so far are the one and only Cake, indie-folksters Deer Tick, local hip-hop kingpin Bun B and the up-and-coming Houston roots-rockers Buxton. The full line-up will be announced in the next coming weeks, and just like the list that this is centered around, the line-up will be mostly Houston-centric with a few more national acts rounding out the main stage.

We”ll be announcing more acts as they happen, so stay tuned to BOT for more coverage. I”m thinking they”ll add some bands that start with an E, F, G or H next. Just a guess based on the first four. Actually, though, I”d be happy if it were just those four. I love you Houston!

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UTOPiAfest 2011

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The other evening, my better half was trolling through Facebook and her friend had posted something about a small camping festival in Central Texas called UTOPiAfest that was advertising the ability to have campfires and that you could bring your own booze. Not even seeing the line-up, the idea of a decently close camping festival in the middle of the hill country that I could go to on the cheap was almost enough for me. As soon as we clicked on the link from facebook, and jumped to the line-up page, the first two names I saw were Blitzen Trapper and Keller Williams – two bands I’ve loved for quite some time. A bit more investigation (scrolling down a bit further), and it was all I needed to see to ensure that I was definitely going to attend – current obsession by myself, everyone associated with BOT and all of our friends, Dawes was also listed to play the festival. Some more scrolling brought more excitement as bands like Avi Buffalo, Grupo Fantasma, Cornmeal and Black & White Years were all on the list. Finally, at the very bottom sat Japanese comic-book punks Peelander-Z – a band that will never fail to incite a party and the final straw needed to seal my trip to Utopia, Texas in Mid-October.

They are only selling 1500 tickets to the event that are most likely going to sell out pre-event, so if you want to spend a couple nights under the Texas stars with Dawes, Keller and the BOT crew, I’d suggest getting your pass soon. Until then, browse the entire line-up after the jump.

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My Morning Jacket – “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

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With MTV turning 30, and the MTV generation a wee bit older than that, music videos have steadily returned to their state of relevancy as of late. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with all of the recent MTV nostalgia that everyone these days are having, but we are, on a daily basis, reaping the benefits with a host of ocular treats. While there is no chance in hell in flipping the telly to said station and seeing any form of music videos anymore, it’s good to know that it certainly brought the art of the music video to the mainstream. Now, these days, even though videos are getting less facetime in popular culture, bands are now spreading the interwebs with their take on the now classic art form.

Just today, My Morning Jacket, have released their latest video for the catchy-as-hell “Holdin’ On To Black Metal,” which starts with MMJ-meets-Rock-afire-Explosion-on-LSD and ends on Lucifer’s beach. Also, intertwined with the psychedelia is live concert footage from the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival that they co-headlined earlier this year. Check it out in all of its twisted glory.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

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I’ve been awaiting the announcement of the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest for quite some time now, pretty much ever since I left the park that held the fest last year. Moving to a much bigger park across Austin, Auditorium Shores, and adding a third day, the 6th edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to take place the first weekend of November, the 4th-6th. Today came the announcement of who will be entertaining us on the four stages, and boy is it a doozy.

The Orange Stage will feature the likes of Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Okkervil River, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and a boat-load more of similar indie-rock fare.

The Black Stage will be much louder with bands like Slayer, The Damned, Danzig Legacy, Kid Dynamite, Murder City Devils, Boris and Thee Oh Sees amongst a bunch more.

The Blue Stage, where I’ll be spending most of my time, will feature a hip-hop and dance card with the likes of Public Enemy, Major Lazer, Odd Future, Diplo, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Rakim and so many more.

Finally, comedy and variety acts are the focus on The Yellow Stage, where Henry Rollins, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Upright Citizens Brigade and Donald Glover are topping the bill.

Houston also has a presence on the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 line-up, with local rappers and friends of the site Fat Tony and B L A C K I E both set to play The Blue Stage.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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Voodoo Experience 2011 Line-Up (so far…)

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After a nice little summer vacation from Breakfast On Tour, I”m back in action, and the first of many posts I have for you comes full circle. If anyone knows anything about BOT”s history, they know that we got the idea to start our website at the 2007 edition of Voodoo Experience. After four years (actually five, but I was just a fan in 2006) of fun times and great music down in the Big Easy, we are gearing up to do it all over again. The 2011 Voodoo Experience, set for the 28th, 29th and 30th of October in New Orleans, has been releasing a band a day for the past couple months. Starting with big names like Soundgarden and Girl Talk in early June, and recently adding acts like Snoop Dogg, The Raconteurs and TV On The Radio, the line-up is starting to shape up quite nicely. With a few major additions still to come over the next week or two, I thought I”d compile who will be playing at this years event as of yet.

Check out the 2011 Voodoo Experience line-up to date atoledo.com after the jump.

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