Freshly Squeezed: Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine

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Have you HEARD The Sound of Sunshine yet? If your answer is no, you have to go listen to it right now. You can do so here.

Are you back yet? Did you open it in another window and have it playing at the moment? OK, good. As you might guess, this a must-buy album.

Michael Franti & Spearhead hit the Top 40 nation with his single “Say Hey” from his last album All Rebel Rockers. From the moment that song became a hit, Franti & Spearhead took flight. Talk about seizing the moment! I remember reading about him in a CA newspaper about a year ago, he was asked about working on new material and he said something along the lines of “…Our single ‘Say Hey’ is now in the Top 40. Since that’s blowing up, we’re trying to stay out on the road.”

Turns out, they didn’t need to stop performing to create a new album. In fact, that’s exactly what they needed to keep doing. A lot of the songs in The Sound of Sunshine were completed on the road. Franti & Spearhead spent their winter as the opening act for John Mayer‘s Battle Studies tour. Perhaps the opportunity to perform for so many Mayer-lovers did a world of good, introducing Franti to many that otherwise wouldn’t be found as part of his audience.

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BOT-Approved Shows: Sept 20-26, 2010

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Dallas

Wednesday 22: O.A.R. w/The Dirty Heads @ House of Blues

Thursday 23: Papa Grows Funk w/Backside Pick @ Granada Theater

Thursday 23: Kings of Leon w/The Black Keys @ Superpages.com Center

Saturday 25: Jamie Lidell w/Twin Shadow @ Granada Theater

Saturday 25: Drive By Truckers w/Henry Clay People @ House of Blues

Northwest Arkansas | Oklahoma

Thursday 23: O.A.R. w/The Dirty Heads @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK.
Starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $32.50 at the door.

Thursday 23: American Aquarium @ George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR.
Starts at 10pm.

Thursday 23: Charliehorse @ Sound Warehouse, Fayetteville, AR.
Starts at 6:30pm and it’s FREE

Thursday 23: The Hold Steady @ Revolution Music Room, Little Rock, AR.
Starts at 8:30pm and tickets are $18

Sunday 26: Umphrey’s McGee w/Speakeasy @ George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR.
Starts at 9pm and tickets are $25

Sunday 26: The Avett Brothers w/Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ Bricktown Events Center, OKC.
Starts at 8pm and tickets are $32 in advance, $35 at the door.

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LCD Soundsystem “Home” – Houston Funwunce Edition

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A couple months back, a post was sent out on our local internet message board and throughout Facebook requesting as many young hip kids as possible to gather together and shoot a video for LCD Soundsystem‘s song “Home” from their latest effort This Is Happening. Well, with a bit of acting added to all of the partying, and a Robot that eventually ends up in an drug-addled orgy scene in a hotel room, the results are now being presented for everyone to see. Created by the Funwunce Supergroup, more specifically Rick Darge and Mark Armes, they bring a new and rather odd perspective to the nearly eight minute dance tune. Check out the video…

So many familiar faces in this video! It’s weird to see someone you know do (fake?) blow off of a robot on video and another one grinding on him in a bikini.

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Do You Have a Question for Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee?

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Joel 2
Photo by OpenEye.

Tomorrow a BoThead is interviewing the deliciously talented keyboard / vocalist of Umphrey’s McGee. Joel Cummins will be answering a few questions and we thought it would be fun to pose him a few queries from fans here on BoT. So comment below with any questions, and we’ll pick a few outlandishly great ones to ask.

There aren’t any shows left in Texas, but you can run up to OKC this Saturday to see them, or Fayetteville, AR on Sunday to party with Cafe Con Leche at George’s Majestic Lounge. Should be an awesome show since it’s a smaller venue – and in the middle of the downtown party strip, Dickson Street.

Deadline is midnight tonight!

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Win Tickets To See The Smashing Pumpkins At Warehouse Live

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We are excited to give away a pair of tickets to see The Smashing Pumpkins at Houston’s Warehouse Live on Tuesday, September 21. All you have to do to win is leave a comment with both your full name and either an e-mail address or telephone number in which you receive text messages. We will be choosing the winner randomly on the day of the show, and announcing it through either e-mail or text.

This is a rare opportunity to catch The Smashing Pumpkins in such an intimate (for them at least) venue. The last time I saw the Pumpkins, which was headlining Voodoo a few years back, they performed in front of over ten thousand people. While it’s not all of the original members, Billy Corgan does a great job at bringing his songs out with a newly established vigor that wasn’t there many years back during their rockier times. I’m extremely excited for this show, and can’t thank The Messina Group, AEG Live and Warehouse Live for allowing to let a couple lucky people also check it out. Tickets are still on sale for what will assuredly be a sold out show, so if you don’t think you’re gonna win, head on over to WHL’s Frontgate ticketing site to pick up as many as you need.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2011 Blind Pre-Sale

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To go to a music festival is one thing, but to attend one in your own backyard is like nothing else. The 2010 edition of Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest was unlike any other music festival I’ve attended, mainly because right afterward I was able to take a dive into my own swimming pool and clean the sweat off my body from the dance parties known as The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. Because of the amazing weekend, I will never miss another one – truly, no matter what happens, I’ll be there. To ensure that that’s the case for you all as well, Pegstar and FPH have announced a blind pre-sale that is out of this world. If you want to attend next year’s festival, no matter what the line-up is, it will only cost you a measly $15. If you want to improve your status at the festy, Fancy Pants passes are only $32.50. That’s incredibly cheap, regardless of what bands will be playing next year. If you’re worried about the quality of music scheduled this ensuing year, just take a gander at last year’s line-up. I’d recommend the Fancy Pants while supplies last, because the AC was very nice mid-afternoon.

 

To purchase your blind pre-sale tickets check out this site, and while your doing that, see how many times you can spot me in the video above (note: it’s more than five, less than twenty).

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John Mayer @ BOK Center | Tulsa, OK

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John Mayer @ BOK Center

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

I love John Clayton Mayer.

I’ve liked his music ever since I first heard him on the radio, but I didn’t fall in love with him as a musician until I had the chance to see him live on Feb. 1, 2007. In fact, before that show in 2007, I had no idea he was such great guitarist. That show elevated him to a completely new level for me. It was not just about cute lyrics and beautiful break-up songs anymore. It was about his passion for music and his glorious guitar riffs (oh yes, I said glorious.)

I knew he was playing in Tulsa on Sept. 3, but I wasn’t planning to attend the show. At least I wasn’t, until I saw the live broadcast of his Sept. 1 show at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s when I remembered how great he is and realized how much I’d regret it if I missed out on the Tulsa show. After all, it was just a two-hour drive and a ticket that wasn’t in my budget. But I had to do it. So I bought my ticket the day before the show and got on the road after leaving work on Friday.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

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Fayetteville Roots Festival

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FRF Final Jam

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

The First Annual Fayetteville Roots Festival on August 29th was set to take place at Greenhouse Grille, but after a water main broke at Greenhouse Grille the festival was moved to George’s Majestic Lounge. Hats off to the festival organizers and to George’s management and staff, because the evening ran smoothly, as if everything that happened was part of the plan.

The music-filled evening went better than I expected. I left George’s that night with a couple of new albums for my collection, after being blown away by some of the performances. I know I’m not alone when I say that this festival definitely has all the right components to become a Fayetteville classic; from the award-winning artists, to the welcoming audience, and a community coming together in case there’s a water main that breaks at the very last minute.

Read on for more thoughts and photos about the festival after the jump.

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

 

Late last Winter, a friend of mine played “Love Betsy” on his guitar. I thought it was the saddest, most beautiful song I had heard in a while. It was the first time I’d heard of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

I didn’t think that by the end of the Summer I’d be at one of their shows, hoping to hear that song when BHTM played a set at Crossroads KC on Friday, Aug. 27. They didn’t play it, but the concert was still awesome.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

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Ghoulsfest 2010

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A few weeks ago, a brand new festival was announced for our fair city of Houston. Taking place on October 30th in Houston’s Tom Bass Park, the first ever Ghoulsfest is sure to be a good time. Promising “the most diverse in a one day event,” the festival is set to feature headlining sets from legendary hardcore band Bad Brains, indie-rockers We Are Scientists and pop-soul singer Macy Gray. Also featured during this all day, outdoor event are DJ sets from both Hot Chip, Fischerspooner and Peanut Butter Wolf, as well as a host of Texas’ best including Daniel Johnston, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Girl In A Coma. As always, a strong contingent of Houston artist are being represented in form of Fat Tony, Roky Moon & Bolt, Tax The Wolf and several others.

There also seems to be more additions on the way, with one major rumor about an additional headliner – that being Big Boi of Outkast fame. It sure seems to be true, and has been reported by reputable news sources, but really who knows?! Hopefully for Houston’s sake, it is.

Check out the full line-up for the inaugural Ghoulsfest after the jump.

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