iFest 2010: Sunday, April 25 In Photos

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iFest 2010: Sunday, April 25

In my final gallery from the Houston International Festival, I highlight the concluding day of the entire event. Closing out the festival were a host of bands that I’d yet to see before including Steel Pulse and Baaba Maal, as well as local and regional flair from the likes of Rebirth Brass Band, Wild Moccasins and Sideshow Tramps. Check out the last pictures from iFest after the jump.

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iFest 2010: Sunday, April 18 In Photos

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iFest 2010: Sunday, April 18
To continue my photo review of last month’s Houston International Festival, here is my gallery from Sunday, April 18th. After an early afternoon thunderstorm, I headed downtown to catch performances from The Mighty Diamonds, Eddie Palmieri, New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band and Tab Benoit. Check out my shots after the jump.

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Groovement @ Rogue

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Groovement @ Rogue

Groovement is a funk/pop band from Fayetteville, AR. Their name might give you a slight idea of what they sound like, but you have to hear them in order to really get it. Is pure fun, I tell you, but hard to describe. I was able to catch the first part of their performance at Rogue on Saturday, May 8th. Although I didn’t stay to hear the full set, I like how so many people started dancing around the patio along Lindsay Burkhart, the band’s front woman. She’s got some voice! She reminded me of a Salvadoran singer I’ve known for years, Pamela Robin. I couldn’t stop thinking about how these two ladies would make such powerful duo if they were to come together for at least one song. Even if that one song has to be bilingual.

According to their site, they’ll play at Wakarusa this year on June 3rd. So if you’ll be there this year, their music can give you a little taste of Fayetteville. See the rest of the photos after the break.

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Andy Frasco @ Rogue

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Andy Frasco @ Rogue
Words and photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez 

Andy Frasco and his band spent the weekend pouring their hearts out all over Dickson Street in Fayetteville, AR. Three nights, three shows, and a whole lotta soul. I decided to attend the Saturday show at Rogue after catching his warm up session at The Smoke & Barrel Tavern the previous evening, and I”m so glad I did. I had so much fun even when the show was out in the patio and the night was cold due to a cold front that rolled into town along with Frasco and the band. His piano weaves new blues rhythms in a way it makes you comfortable. No matter how cold the night is, you”d be fine as long as the music lasts.

But in case you haven”t heard of Andy Frasco before, let me tell you a little about him. He”s a 22-year-old, independent artist from suburban L.A. who”s traveling to inspire others to follow their love of music and take charge of their career. He wants to share his passion, his knowledge of the business and his stage. He started working in the music industry at 16 and then started playing the piano four years ago. He collaborates with other artists he meets on the road. Like that night at Rogue, he had invited Adam Becker, of Groovement, to play the organ. Groovement is a Fayetteville funk band and they that night right after Frasco. Another guest performer at that show was rapper Rob Warner, who added a welcomed twist to the night. Check out the rest of the review and photos after the break.

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iFest 2010: Saturday, April 17 In Photos

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iFest 2010: Saturday, April 17
The 2010 edition of iFest has come and gone, and I’ve finally gotten all the Caribbean food out of my system. I wasn’t going to post my photos, as many were used on the review from the Houston Press, but I was browsing them on Flickr, and decided there were too many good ones not to put up here on BOT.

 

I attended all four days, but for now take a look at the first day, Saturday, April 17, through my camera lens after the jump.

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Camera Obscura & Agent Ribbons @ Warehouse Live

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Camera Obscura & Agent Ribbons @ Warehouse Live

In my goal to see 365 different bands this year, I find myself stretching past my usual fare, and trying to discover as many new acts as I can by just going and seeing them live. Because of this, I’m over a third of the way to my goal and well ahead of schedule. Also because of this, I’ve had the privilege to discover so many great bands that I had yet to hear before they were on a stage in front of me. One of the biggest surprises this year was by a band that I had heard of for quite a while, but never had the opportunity to give a listen. Scottish indie-pop group Camera Obscura made their way to the studio at Warehouse Live, and quickly made a true fan out of me. It takes a lot for me to really get into the pop-ier sides of indie-rock, but certain bands just stick out above the rest of the pack. This was one of those bands. Fronted by Tracyanne Campbell, the sextet followed her every vocal change with a tightness and professionalism you only see out of the best of bands. If I was more familiar with their catalog, I’d fill you in on which songs sounded better than others, but for me the night wasn’t about the most receptive tunes, or the ones that found chatter amongst the crowd (which was not present that evening due to a rare, appreciative Houston audience), it was more about the wholeness of the band and the quality of the music that was being presented. While my love for pop is still developing over time, Camera Obscura gave me a serious push in a positive direction towards true appreciation of the genre.

 

Opening group, Agent Ribbons, also deserve special mention, as they were a very good compliment to the headliner. Hailing from Austin, this trio of ladies played a softer version of the genre of music made popular by the likes of Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls. They were very clean pop, but added quite the klezmer touch to just about everything they did. Very fun, and rather addictive.

I had fun shooting this show, as I do with pretty much every other one, so check out my photo galleries of both bands after the jump.

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SXSW 2010 | Friday In Photos

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SXSW 2010

Day two of the SXSW music festival was just as action-packed as day one, this time filled with a host of my must-see acts of the year. After our initial plans were deviated, we ended up catching sets from Everest, Delta Spirit, Citizen Cope, Minus The Bear, Grupo Fantasma, Mariachi El Bronx, Billy Bragg, Frightened Rabbit and Man Man.

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SXSW 2010: Thursday in Photos

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SXSW 2010

Our first day of the 2010 edition of SXSW was jam-packed with musical exploration. We had the chance to check out a bunch of bands we’ve never indulged in before, and caught up with some old favorites. Throughout the day we caught sets from The Living Sisters, Fanfarlo, Gordon Gano & The Ryans, Lou Barlow & the Missingmen, The Lonely Forest, The Low Anthem, Black Prairie, The xx, Local Natives, Adam Green and Delta Spirit.

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Keller Williams @ Slowdown

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Keller Williams @ Slowdown

 

Alas, the drab winter has surely taken it’s toll on us Midwest dwellers. Endless days spent in an ice chest will have that effect from time to time, and now that it has been gloomy and foggy for the past week, Seattle syndrome will soon set in. Well luckily, thanks to our good friends over at Rad Kadillac, a slew of shows have taken over the south eastern corner of the good life state, allowing us to cease writing out suicide notes. That takes us to Sunday night, as a sold out all ages crowd at Slowdown in Omaha, NE played host to Keller Williams, which may have been the only ounce of sunshine I’ll see in the month of January.

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