Reptar @ Fitzgerald’s

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Reptar @ Fitzgerald's

Last week, I headed up to Fitzgerald’s just in time to catch a headlining set from Athens, GA based indie dance group Reptar. They first came on to my radar last summer when I heard the lead single from their debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all, “Stuck In My ID.” They had that same Foster The People sound, but something told me I wouldn’t grow old of them immediately like I did with FtP. They came through Houston a few times in the past year, but I never had the chance to see them until I headed up to Fitz that night. I walked in right in time for “ID,” and danced my way through the entire rest of their set. They played their entire EP, as well as a host of new songs from their upcoming first full length LP, Body Faucet, set for a May 2012 release. While I’m not in love with the new album’s title, I’m certainly enamored with the content that will be released come May. They finished the set with a super high energy new track called “Sweet Sipping Soda” that left the crowd screaming for more, while not moving an inch away from the stage. They came back out for another tune, but you could tell they saved “Soda” for the end as the encore song didn’t carry near the energy as it did. While it seems as if the encore is slowly dying away in this day and age, this night they definitely deserved the call back.

I took a video of “Sweet Sipping Soda,” and a bunch more photos which you can find after the jump.

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Phish Summer Tour 2012

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I’m not really too sure why Phish will never come to Houston, or anywhere around here for that matter. They continually play the same venues on the east and west coast and in the the mid west, but have never returned to the Bayou City since being reunited in 2009. Until then, I’m gonna have to shell out loads of plane fair or gas money to see my favorite band. Pretty lame if you ask me. Oh well, I love them that much that it really doesn’t matter. Looks like I’ll be headed towards the midwest for this run, catching them at some of my favorite venues including Alpine Valley, Deer Creek (now Klipsch Music Center) and Blossom. Anyone hitting any of these dates?

Check out all of the tour dates after the jump if you couldn’t catch them all in that super sweet Fishman work-out video.

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Forecastle X

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For some time now, I’ve told myself that I need to make it to Forecastle in Louisville, KY, but I’ve never made it. Ever since My Morning Jacket kind of made this festival their own, the line-ups have been progressively better and better. Today, came the announcement that My Morning Jacket will be joined for the 10th anniversary by the likes of Bassnectar, who will serve as Friday, July 13th’s headliner, and BOT favorite Wilco who will close things out on Sunday, July 15th. A solid list of bands will support the three headliners over the course of the weekend with Atmosphere, Sleigh Bells, The Head And The Heart and Jeff The Brotherhood on Friday, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Galactic and Dr. Dog taking the stage before Jacket on Saturday, and Neko Case, A-Trak, Deer Tick, Walk The Moon and Daedelus all on Sunday.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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Freshly Squeezed: Imagine Dragons – Continued Silence EP

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Do you remember I told you about Imagine Dragons last year? They turned out to be my #1 music discovery of 2011.

They signed to Interscope Records at the end of 2011 and started recording new material right away. And as an awesome Valentine’s present, their new EP was released yesterday. Continued Silence EP is, in one word, epic. You have to listen to it. It contains a re-release of “It’s Time” and five new songs. I got it last night and it had me hooked after the first full-listen.

There is something about Imagine Dragons’ poetic lyrics in combination with their anthemic melodies, that make songs like “Demons” raise all the hairs in your arms. It’s hard to pick favorites from the new songs. So far, I’ve five-stared three out of the five. The other two have four stars. There’s not even a good place to start to listen to them, just hit play. Continue reading for more.

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Bonnaroo 2012 Initial Artist Announcement

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Bonnaroo went hard again this year with their initial artist announcement, and boy does it look like a good time! Leading the dance card at the 2012 Manchester, Tennessee festival are indie rock gods Radiohead, alt-rock monsters Red Hot Chili Peppers, jam titans Phish and legendary surf rockers The Beach Boys. If that isn’t enough to get you to Bonnaroo, they have a little bit of everything else on the line-up as well. For those fans of indie rock, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Dawes, Delta Spirit and St. Vincent will be playing the festival. Hip-hop fans can rejoice as they’ll be enjoying sets from The Roots, BlackStar, Ludacris, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino and Yelawolf. The nighttime will be the right time with sets from Skrillex, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus and more. While the first years of the festival were predominantly focused on the jam scene, things have changed for the better (arguably, depending on who you talk to), but their is still a strong focus on jambands with two sets from the aforementioned Phish, and also performances from the likes of The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Word which features John Medeski, Robert Randolph and The North Mississippi Allstars, Umphrey’s McGee, Dumpstaphunk and ALO.

Check out the initial artist announcement after the jump.

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Steve Aoki @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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With the release of his debut studio album, Wonderland, Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki has embarked on his 2012 North American “Deadmeat” tour. Aoki kept the energy alive and kicking throughout his late night set in Houston last week.

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

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Big Easy Express

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Last spring, we packed up and headed west for a one of a kind show featuring the likes of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Entitled the Railroad Revival Tour, the three bands took an old-fashioned train from Oakland to New Orleans, making six stops along the way to perform shows. While some bigger stops were closer to us on the tour, we headed all the way to far west Texas, to the small liberal town of Marfa to catch the tour at a really cool outdoor venue called El Cosmico. It was by far one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had, between my company, the venue, the ten-hour road trip and the bands involved, specifically the many collaborations throughout the show. After that magical performance, we all headed back to our real lives knowing that it would be quite some time before we could experience something just as cool as that.

Now, after almost a year, filmmaker Emmett Malloy will be debuting his take on the traveling festival with documentary featuring the entire week of the trip. The film will first screen next month at SXSW in Austin, TX, and while nothing has been announced about a widespread release, I have a good feeling you’ll be able to get your hands on it sometime soon. I can’t wait to check out all of the great footage that Malloy assuredly got along the way – between the many hours on the rails with nothing but their music, and the six incredible 3+ hour shows, I’m sure it will be stock full of gems. Check out the trailer.

In other news, the official website is quoted as saying, “We are currently planning the 2012 Railroad Revival Tour with a new lineup and some great surprises. Look for news about the second tour this coming January!” I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the 2012 edition. I highly doubt they can top last year, but I could also find myself very wrong once the line-up and train route comes out. Hopefully I’ll see you all there!

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Hangout Music Fest 2012

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For the past two years, I’ve been telling myself that I need to make it down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Hangout Music Fest. Now in it’s 3rd year as a festival, Hangout has announced it’s initial artist roster for the 2012 event which takes place May 18-20, and boy is it a good one. If anything, they built this festival for me. Seriously, the talent is basically a nice little chunk of my iPod. Leading the dance card, you have festival main-stay Dave Matthews Band and the one and only Jack White bringing his solo project, with one more major headliner promised to be announced later this week. While the festival has always swayed towards jambands, like the early days of Bonnaroo, this year has a wide variety of all types of music. Jambands are still highly represented with The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, STS9, Michael Franti & Spearhead and G. Love & Special Sauce hitting the stages. A nice conglomerate of indie rock is also included with Wilco, The Flaming Lips who will be performing the classic Pink Floyd Album Dark Side Of The Moon in it’s entirety, Young The Giant, Dr. Dog, Cage The Elephant and Dawes. Bringing in the older concert goers, both Steve Winwood of Traffic and Spencer Davis Group fame as well as famed singer songwriter Randy Newman will be making appearances. Also, a dance tent will be featured this year being headlined by the likes of Skrillex and Paul Oakenfold.

I think I might try to make this one – being on the beach and packed with this many of my favorite bands, how could I possibly miss it! Check out the full line-up after the jump.

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Main Street Block Party In Photos

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Main Street Block Party 2012

Last Saturday, we headed down towards what is informally known as “The Island” for the second annual Main Street Block Party. Taking place inside and out of the Continental Club, Big Top, The Mink and Natachees, tons of bands graced the stages throughout the entire day and night. We caught a great headlining set from What Made Milwaukee Famous which featured an on point cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let ‘Em In” as well as a host of new songs which will be released on their up-coming album. We also witnessed top notch sets from the likes of Tax The Wolf, The Literary Greats, Caddywhompus, Prairie Cadets, Chase Hamblin Band, Featherface, Poor Pilate, Empress Hotel, The League Of Extraordinary G’z and a bunch more. It was a pretty solid day of music full of new discoveries, plenty to drink and a bunch of friendly conversations. I had a really good time at this year’s event, and am looking forward to seeing how they can make itl even better next year.

I took a whole bunch of pictures and a few videos from the event, check them out after the jump.

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MUTEMATH @ House Of Blues

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Mute Math @ House Of Blues

Last weekend was a great one for music, starting Thursday night at House Of Blues when Alt-Rockers MUTEMATH took the stage. I’d seen MUTEMATH once before when they performed at Voodoo a few years back, but among all of the other great acts playing that weekend, they weren’t one that stood out above the rest. Going into this show, especially with such an early start time, my hopes were not too high. Those low hopes were immediately diminished as soon as they walked in the front door of the venue with instruments in hand, headed through the crowd while playing before ultimately taking the stage from the very middle. As soon as they jumped into their first song, I was sold. I had the opportunity to photograph the band for the first three songs, and while the energy was super high as it usually is at the beginning, it didn’t let up one bit after I left the pit. Actually, for over two straight hours, the band never let up. I’m not sure how a band could go for so long with such high energy, but they managed to do it that night – and while this was the first night of their tour, I have a feeling this is how it is at every single show. They were on the stage, off the stage, in the crowd, on top of the crowd, on top of a drum in the crowd, on top of a glittery, light-up air mattress on the crowd, and just about everywhere else besides the balcony and the bathrooms. The music was great too – mixing elements of 90’s alternative, 00’s jambands, and 10’s indie-dance rock, MUTEMATH had people sweating the whole performance. I had a great time at this show, and I can rest assured knowing that a band this good is making a huge name for themselves because of their ability to put on a great show, both musically and theatrically.

I took a bunch of pictures and a few different videos which you can find after the jump.

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