UtopiaFest Preview: Wheeler Brothers

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Per the name, the nucleus of the band is 3 brothers from Austin that are genetically predisposed to harmonies and solid pickin’. Most of their debut CD is hook laced folk with a bluesgrass edge, but there are a few feistier tracks that lean towards up-tempo ATX indie. Both should translate well to live performance, and the folkier side of their output will be perfect pre-Keller blanket music to relax to on Saturday at 8:15 on the Arrowhead Stage.

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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: Suzanna Choffel

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Austin songstress Suzanna Choffel has been entrancing audiences for over five years using her smoky vocals to tackle a blend of roots, jazz, and soul. If you’re a festival-going Texan, you’ve likely already caught her at one of the majors like Austin City Limits or Old Settler’s Music Festival – so seeing her in a more intimate, mellow setting like Utopia Fest should be a treat. Catch her Saturday at 2:30 on the Arrowhead Stage.

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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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Bright Eyes @ Palladium Ballroom

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Photos By: Meghan Klement

The last time I truly listened to Bright Eyes I was in high school, so when the opportunity to see them arose I didn’t really know what to expect from their show.  I was completely out of tune (pun intended) with anything they had done since I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, and I wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to reconnect with them after so much time.  Would their poingant lyrics and cheerful yet somber melodies be enough to win me back?  Yes.  Read the rest after the jump.


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Imagine Dragons @ Club Madrid, Sunset Station, Las Vegas

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Imagine Dragons @ Club Madrid
All photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez

On Friday, Sept. 16, Imagine Dragons played a show at Club Madrid at Sunset Station in Las Vegas. The show was part of the afterparty for the 107.9FM listeners appreciation show that featured Lit. The Dragons were at home in Vegas, and looking around the crowd, it was clear that Club Madrid was full of fans and friends and not tourists. Everybody knew the songs and sang along, clapped at the right times, jumped and danced through the whole show.

I got great shots that night, see the full post for the rest of the review and photos.

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deadmau5 @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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deadmau5 at Verizon Wireless Theater (Houston)

Regardless of whether or not you know who deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is or have listened to his breed of electronica, you more than likely recognize his iconic mouse head. I wouldn’t even be surprised if my dad has seen it before. Last Friday night, homemade deadmau5 heads of all sizes and colors flocked to Verizon Wireless Theater for the sold-out Houston stop on his Meowingtons Hax Tour. For those who aren’t in the know, Professor Meowingtons is deadmau5’s cat.

Check out the rest of the review and more photos after the jump.

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Show Preview: Imagine Dragons, Las Vegas

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The last weekend of this Summer is coming up, what are you doing to close out the season on a great note? I’m visiting Las Vegas and catching a show on Friday, that just happen to be of my new favorite band.

The band: Imagine Dragons. An alternative rock band from Las Vegas. I’ve been hooked on their music since the beginning of the Summer. My local Vegas friends introduced me to their sounds and that was it, they became a favorite. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out they’ll be playing a show on the same weekend I’m visiting the area.
The venue: Club Madrid at Sunset Station, Las Vegas. This is a KVGS 107.9 FM event.
The time: 8pm.

Expect a review and photos from the show early next week. In the meantime, see the full post for more videos. You can follow me on twitter @BOTcafe to get updates during the show.

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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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