ON-RADAR: The Begowatts – Photoelectric

p1956376729-4Apparently there is a South Central Wisconsin… I’m not being funny, I have just never really thought about that area of the country. I can imagine that it’s a beautiful place, home to The Dells, “The Mad City” of Madison, Wisconsin, and The Begowatts. The latter making the place stink with their no nonsense brand of rock. Their website boasts, and I love this, “Our hard-hitting Rock and Roll will embolden the weak, cure the sick, save the damned, soften the heat, and melt the face of all True Believers”. Photoelectric just happens to also be the band’s debut record.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget of Rudimental Talk Touring, New Album

rudimentalRudimental has been on a high since the release of their latest album, We The Generation, this past fall. The follow-up to their breakthrough debut, Home, We The Generation showcases the band in their familiar drum-and-bass setting but with more of a funk, soul and R&B flair into their sound. As in their debut, Rudimental employs a myriad of guest vocalists, both new and familiar that include Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre, Dizzee Rascal, Foy Vance, Will Heard, MNEK and Anne-Marie. The band’s live shows bring a new element to the songs as Rudimental is energetic, engaging and meld the dynamics of a live band with electronic elements seamlessly.… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Told Slant – ‘Going By’ Album Review

 

thTold Slant comes from the mind of Felix Walworth who lovingly refers to the band’s music as “bedroom punk”, I have no idea what that means, but I love it. I also like to think the group comes from a select pedigree of minimalist, melodic, drone-pop straight from beautiful New York City. The new album, Going By comes out of left field and is a very challenging listen, which is why I love music in the first place. This record forces the listener to actually listen. Told Slant is not something to put on in the background while you are washing clothes, or cleaning house. Going By needs undivided attention to understand how well conceived it is.… Continue reading

Top 15 Fabulous Red Hot Chili Peppers Classics

thECEGB7G8There is not much more one can say about The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their sound is like no other taking snippets of funk, metal, rap, and punk and combining them effortlessly into something that is only described as “Chili-Pepper “like. They have influenced numerous bands to dive deep into their own influences and comb the music for new inspiration. They have been hit with tragedy, but came back with a more melodic and mature sound that still pays homage to the funk. And…they made socks really cool.

Their 11th album “The Getaway” was released on June 17th, but we felt it might be time to take a look at their catalog and discuss, in my humble opinion, their best work. With that being said, instead of 10 songs, we went with 15 + 5, cause you can never have too much Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Enjoy…… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Ships Have Sailed – Whispers EP

ShipsShips Have Sailed are known for their pop savvy earworms unleashed in epic force on 2015’s record Moodswings. The Los Angeles duo has since then taken their songs and won numerous awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, as well as showcased at varied locations including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and NPR. It is clear that the two major players, Will Carpenter (guitar, vocals), and Dan Hange (bass), know how to write really good tunes, and it is refreshing to hear those songs stripped down to acoustic guitar and bare-bones production on their new 5 song EP Whispers.

The EP begins with the breathy and elegant “Lucky” where Carpenter eschews his loneliness into a plea for mercy. “Out of Time” is… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Lightning In A Bottle 2016

IMG_2501Lightning In A Bottle is a unique annual event which combines art, music, self-improvement and an open-mindedness that has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Set in the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, this year’s sold-out event took place over Memorial Day Weekend by the folks of Do LaB and provided a solid lineup that included familiar festival names such as, Grimes, Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Big Gigantic and numerous others, alongside a concious lineup of illuminating talks, yoga and performers at the Temple of Consciousness. … Continue reading

2016 Bonnaroo Music Festival Recommendations

thPRT3WC87The Summer festival season is upon us, and no summer is complete without the diverse oddities emanating from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. Each year the small town grows to 8x its usual population for 3 days of music, art, and good eats against a rural backdrop. This year marks the 14th incarnation of the festival which has launched many acts into the stratosphere. Headliners this year will include Pearl Jam, two sets from Dead & Company and LCD Soundsystem. For those just catching up, Dead & Company consists of Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir along with singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. We’ve got your list of the emerging acts on the cusp of something big.… Continue reading

PHOTO RECAP: X Games 2016 – BMX Competitions

XG16-BMXAs with its counterpart in skateboarding, BMX Vert also began the BMX action at X Games Austin 2016. But in direct opposition to Skate Vert, BMX Vert gave us a podium filled with veterans and the old guard of the sport. Returning back to his familiar place on top of the podium was Jamie Bestwick, scoring his 14th X Games gold medal, one year after being dethroned after winning gold for nine straight years. Bestwick commented that he was actually relieved to have not won gold last year, as it took the pressure off of him to continue to win gold every year and allowed him to simply ride the best run that he could. Another sarcastic British rider, Simon Tabron, gave Bestwick a close race for gold but ultimately ended up with the silver medal, the 14th X Games medal of his career. Closing out the podium was the third longstanding veteran in the field, 49 year-old Dennis McCoy. In fact, when rapper G-Eazy came out to present the medals, the riders joked that they all were wondering who he was.

Saturday’s BMX fare began on the Circuit of the America’s start/finish straight with BMX Park. Dennis Enarson, who entered the day with five silver medals but no gold finally rose to the top of the podium with a winning combination of style and flow, giving him a well-deserved X Games gold medal. Australia’s Logan Martin, riding in his first career X Games, pulled through with the silver medal. Kyle Baldock, who entered the competition with four X Games medals—all gold— earned his first career Bronze medal with a spin-tastic run that saw him blasting high off every available surface. … Continue reading

PHOTO RECAP: X Games 2016 – Moto-X Competitions

XG16-MOTOX Games’ final year in Texas was kicked off in its usual manner, starting with Lifeproof Motocross Step Up at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin.  The event took place after several days of heavy rain and flooding which led to concerns over dirt conditions.  The result of the event was a shocking change of medals with Ronnie Renner failing to medal in the event for the first time since 2002, and Australian Jarryd McNeil winning his first of two gold medals (Step up/Best Whip). 

2016 also saw the return of popular Moto event such as Freestyle and MotoX Best Trick, which have been absent for several years. These events brought with them popular athletes such as Taka Higashino, Jackson ‘JACKO’ Strong, and Josh Sheehan. Pairing these with the growing Quarterpipe competition and the Twitter based Best Whip, Moto events were heavily contested in Austin. … Continue reading