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There are not many vocalists and bands that have the ability to kick off a show with a soulful ballad, but Grace Potter and her infamous band The Nocturnals did it perfectly with "Nothing But The Water." I am personally always taken aback by the sheer power and clarity in Potter's voice, and I always find myself saying that her band is one of the best bands in the business, and this show did not disappoint. Potter and the Nocturnals have been steadily climbing in popularity, and you can tell that all of their hard work is paying off....more
Alright, I’ll admit that although Melissa Ferrick has been on the music scene for years, I came into this show completely unaware of what to expect. I’m honestly not sure I had ever heard even one song of Ferrick’s, which I now know to have been a grievous mistake on my part! Better late than never, right?....more
How do you spot a band really lives up to all the hype? Well…they sell out their first show, and, after a second show is added the night before the original, they go ahead and sell that one out too. The Lumineers did this at Radio Radio at the end of May, where Indianapolis once again rose to the challenge of proving that we know good music when we hear it....more
Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"
Brandi Carlile’s fourth full length studio album, Bear Creek, is a departure from all three previous studio albums in a very, very good way. In contrast to the rock-operatic feel that that the most recent studio recording, Give up the Ghost, has, Bear Creek isn’t super-produced and has a much more intimate and down-to-earth feel....more
Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
Not that there was a single doubt in my mind, but this album really is incredible. It comes about as close as you can get to capturing the brilliance that is a Brandi Carlile show (though I’m still holding my breath for a live DVD). Including the curtain call as a track on the album really gives you that feeling of actually being there in a fancy theatre with the soaring curtains on stage, the buzz of anticipation for what you know will be an awe-inspiring performance palpable in that cavernous space....more
Adele - "21"
Adele’s sophomore album 21, available on February 22nd in the US, is a great follow-up to her debut album, 19. If you’re already an Adele fan, I’m surely not telling you anything you don’t already know when I mention how full of soul and emotion her voice is. It completely belies her age – you’d think she’s experienced a lifetime of heartache and disappointment. You can just about feel the underlying resentment and hurt feelings oozing out of this album....more
The first ever Bluegrass Festival at sea will set sail on board the Norwegian Sky from Miami to the Bahamas on February 1, 2013. Mountain Song Productions and Steep Canyon Rangers have partnered with Sixthman to present the inaugural voyage of Mountain Song at Sea, the only bluegrass festival experience on the ocean....more
On Tuesday, Bonnaroo announced a pretty impressive 2012 Lineup, including the recently-reunited Beach Boys, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Phish, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bonnaroo 2012 will take place on June 7-10 this year, on what is affectionately known as "The Farm" in Manchester, TN. More artists will be added, in addition to the announcement of the Comedy Tent lineup, so keep posted!...more
The Hangout Music Fest, which was recently awarded “Best Festival of the Year” honors by leading concert industry outlet Pollstar, is proud to announce its highly anticipated 2012 lineup. Scheduled for May 18th, 19th and 20th on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Fest will feature main stage headliners Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, and a soon-to-be-announced third act, along with dance tent headliner Skrillex....more
11.22.2010 - Will Hoge
I had an opportunity to speak with Nashville artist Will Hoge while on tour with Shinedown and Apocalyptica. Hoge has recently released The Living Room Sessions EP back in October and has been on the road for the past few months. We talked about the current tour, future opportunities, and life on the road. Check out Will and Shinedown at the Murat Theater on Monday, November 29th....more
8.26.2010 - Bess Rogers
Last week, Bess Rogers took the time to sit down and speak with me via phone about her upcoming EP, Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers, The Quest for Glory Tour 2010, and making music in general. In case you haven't read our review of Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers, click here. And trust us - you'll want to go here and pre-order Bess' new EP. It's pretty darn good....more