As we’ve previously mentioned, ACL festival is only a short 2 weeks away. As we are known to do, we’ll be interviewing a whole slew of bands leading up to the weekend. Today we begin with Beat Connection. Follow the jump to see what they have to say.
It is time. Though it’s hard for me to believe, it’s time for us to start gearing up for yet another ACL Festival in October. ATH has done this thing a few times now so we feel like we’ve earned the right to offer a little bit of advice about bands to see and the proper way to go about attending. I’m jumping off our coverage today with a list of 5 bands I think you should see over the 2 weekend event. As a disclaimer, I typically recommend bands that many people either don’t know very well or write off for whatever reason. So yeah go see Spoon & The Replacements for sure, but let’s not forget about the underdogs. Let it begin after the jump.
It seems that every other day, someone has a festival going, especially here in Austin; there’s always something. I’m okay with that, but over the last few years I’ve noticed a lot of small boutique festivals carving niches for themselves. With this in mind, I was connected with Gordon Lamb, formerly one of the gents behind Athens PopFest, and now the founder of Athens Intensified. The festival takes place in Athens, Georgia (not Greece) on September 11-13, with an extra date on September 20th to fit in The Egyptian Lover. If you’re in the area and interested in going…tickets are HERE. But, otherwise, it’s still a good read at the world of being a festival curator. Thanks to Gordon for his time and to Mike for setting up the interview.
It’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun. But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man. We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014. Read More
If you’re looking for shows to attend this week, odds are you’ve found something to your liking. But, before the work week starts back up, there’s a nice little show over at the Parish featuring Wye Oak that you should catch. They’ll be playing with Pattern is Movement, and you can buy yourself a ticket to the show right HERE. We caught up with Andy real quickly for some questions about their tour, and their latest album, Shriek. Read on for the interview. Read More
After an 18-hour ocean crossing trip, followed by a brief power-nap, I finally found myself at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect as I was very unfamiliar with most of the artists on the lineup and I don’t speak a lick of Icelandic. Of course what we worry about most never happens and I ended up being treated to a great festival experience that could rival most anything we can offer here stateside. Click read more for words and fancy photos.
The blog world can get a bit stale from time to time. Listen to this song. Go to this show. So, I wanted to do something a little bit different, but something that still reflects the music. I got in touch with our friends Shivery Shakes, who were just setting out on their first big tour as a band, going from Austin to NYC and back. I asked them to do a little tour diary, give some insight into a young band on the road. We’ll be checking in with them throughout the tour for a little tour diary action. Plus, they’re traveling with our good friend, and excellent photographer (though no Brian Gray!), Pooneh Ghana. You can check out more of her work HERE. Without further ado, here’s a look into life on the road. Read More