Show Review: Helio Sequence @ Red 7 (6/9)

With the weather warming up a bit, we decided it was best to attend the Helio Sequence with 3/4 of the ATH team in attendance; you’ve got to have strength in numbers in case you get dehydrated.  The band blew into town fresh on the heels of their latest, self-titled, album.  They brought along Portland’s Lost Lander as openers, and treated us to a set of hits and new favorites.

Read on for more thoughts and plenty of bgray pics…

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Show Pics: Blind Pilot @ La Zona Rosa (7/13)

Blind Pilot has a habit of bring along outstanding openers. Last time it was Dan Mangan. This time, we had Lost Lander.

Despite it being a Friday the 13th, +1 and I headed to La Zona Rosa after a nice dinner, joining what seemed to be many other couples on a date night. And why not? Both bands ooze with sensible songwriting conducive to holding hands and swaying a little while singing along.

Pics and more notes after the break…

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Show Preview: Blind Pilot and Lost Lander @ La Zona Rosa (7/13)

Date Friday, July 13th
Location La Zona Rosa
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $17 from Frontgate

Our writer Nicole turned us onto Blind Pilot when their record, We Are the Tide, first came out.  Since then, I’ve really enjoyed their pop via country tunes, allowing them to fit into my peppier playlists.  So, it makes sense that you should be at their show, but if you’re not convinced, you should also check out opening act, Lost Lander.  The band just released their album, DRRT, and it’s a cross between the pop sensibilities of late Spoon, but with touches of the group’s own experimentation in the songwriting.  It doesn’t matter which band you like most, you need to see them both this Friday night.

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Download:Lost Lander – Cold Feet [MP3]

Sweet Folk Tune from Lost Lander

Those of you looking for something to fulfill your folk/americana niche this week definitely need to look into Lost Lander, the project of Matt Sheehy. He’s just released his debut for the project, DRRT, this week, and I’ve definitely got some room on my daily playlist for this album.  There’s definitely a rising moment in this song, as the strummed guitar builds to an eruption of lush orchestration featuring various string instruments; it all crashes into a steady drumbeat, creating an emotionally beautiful moment within the song…and then it even has a bit of a breakdown.  This isn’t your run-of-the-mill folk number, so lose yourself in this jam.

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Download:Lost Lander – Afraid of Summer  [MP3]