Damn. Friday at Wakarusa 2011 is going to be a long day. Breaks may not happen – there’s just so much good music every hour. This is a day to go into with a bit of a plan, or you may regret missing some real good shows. Start early, go hard. Read on for a detailed schedule.
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!
Saturday is easily the day I’m most excited about. New bands to discover, old bands to treasure. There’s a bit of everything on the 3rd day of Old Settlers, from creepy almost-twins to sexy irishmen and tried and true Texans, you won’t be disappointed. Get ready for a blistering day of awesome deliciousness. Read on for the full preview.
One of the bands that captured my attention and my heart last year was The Morning Benders. Their simple melodies and harmonies hooked me in, and their song “Excuses” was one of my favorite songs released last year. If you haven’t heard it, you need to stop what you’re doing and listen to this now.
They were scheduled to play their first appearance in Tokyo when the tsunami hit Japan. The lead singer, Chris, was actually born in Japan and spent the first few years of his life there, so has a deep love for the country. In response to the tragedy, they have released a special EP where all the proceeds will go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
Good music and you get to help Japan out. Sounds like a win/win to me. Visit here to see the track list and download the album.
Todd Snider is a raconteur and a troubadour, and his live shows bind the two with a mortar that’s equal parts charm and wit. If you’ve never seen him live, the video above gives an idea of what you’re in for: brilliant songs punctuated with rambling, unforgettable stories. One of my favorite things to listen to on a boring day at work is a 5+ hour compilation of his best stories/songs. Here’s the setlist and the stream. Come see him tomorrow night at Warehouse Live, supported by Vince Hermann’s Great American Taxi. I’d have driven to Gruene if there wasn’t a Houston date… shit, I might still.
Pitchfork posted this nice little video of a turntable blasting out an upcoming single from Yacht. It happens to be the mf’ing jam. Bump it. Yacht plays Emo’s in Austin on 4/19 and Fitzgerald’s in Houston on 4/20.
I always start my day with a song in my head, and this morning I’ve already had about 3 different songs on repeat. Back in my elementary school days, The New Kids On The Block were the greatest thing around. I remember opening my gifts at my 3rd grade birthday party, and receiving countless NKOTB paraphernalia – giant buttons, t-shirts, pajamas, etc. One of their greatest ballads, but also probably forgotten as of late, is their song “Please Don’t Go Girl.” This is the song that popped in my head this morning and stuck. I decided to look it up on YouTube, and am reliving my childhood with this amazing video. Watch as all 5 guys croon over one girl that won’t even look in their direction. Creep factor: Joey is singing his 12 year old guts out to a much older woman. Awesome factor: Those sweaters and those dance moves!
Hope this helps start your Monday off on the right foot. Now, back to prepping for SXSW!
I should have posted this a couple days ago, as The Sour Notes finished their tour a while ago, but I”m finally getting to it. The final post from the “On The Road” series finds the band leaving New York City, and headed home with stops in Nashville, Fayetteville and the final tour stop in Dallas. This time Eric Morales feeds us the intro, but the closing words belong to frontman Jared Boulanger, as he recaps his time on the road. Thanks to The Sour Notes for being my guinea pigs in the first of (hopefully!) many “On The Road” series to come. You guys provided some excellent coverage over the past few weeks!
With only a few days left on the road, The Sour Notes made their most high profile stop at The Cake Shop in New York City. Their short tour served mostly as a warm-up for the NYC show, and by the sounds of it, it went over quite well. Eric Morales, who’s been serving somewhat as the bands documentarian, fed us another host of paragraphs about their time in The Big Apple. He also had the time to put together a few video clips of their travels earlier in the tour, mostly on the road from Atlanta to Baltimore.
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