Archive | May, 2011

Blogaroo: Day 9: Gogol Bordello

31 May

“Gypsy punk band” Gogol Bordello got together in San Francisco in 1999 and has since become known for being one hell of a show. The group provides theatrical performances to both the accordion and the violin, rarities among most of today’s musical artists. Mix their energy with a punk and dub sound, and it’s easy to see how the band quickly rose to international stardome.

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Blogaroo: Day 10: Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

30 May

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside may be one of the smallest bands playing Bonnaroo this year, but it’s one that Addam and I hope that we have the opportunity to see. One of the best parts about checking out the Roo line-up is familiarizing yourself with all the artists that you know you’re going to come to love within the next few months. Addam is always quick to make a playlist, so we start studying the sounds early. (Ignorance is never an excuse for missing out on a good show.)

Addam and I discovered Sallie Ford a couple of months ago and only have about six or seven of the group’s songs saved to our computer. The truth is, it’s kind of hard to find any of their stuff, even on YouTube. Regardless, we’ve charged through the struggle and have come to appreciate the soulful sound the band has to offer.

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Blogaroo: Day 11: The Black Keys

29 May

In the 10 years The Black Keys have been making music the duo has sold more than 1.7 million  records, making it one of the most successful blues/rock groups currently hitting US airwaves.

The band, which got their start in Akron, Ohio in 2001, includes vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. Together Auerbach and Carney have received five Grammy nominations, winning “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group” (Tighten Up), Best Alternative Music Album (Brothers) and Best Recording Package (Brothers) in 2011.

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Blogaroo: Day 13: Atmosphere

27 May

Atmosphere has been on the  scene since 1989, making it one of the oldest independent hip hop groups in the US. The group hails from  Minneapolis, Minnesota and includes rapper Sean Daley (Slug) and DJ/ProducerAnthony Davis (Ant). In interviews Slug has credited the group’s success to constant touring, saying that in the band’s early days they once drove from Minneapolis to Dallas to play a $250 show.

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“I’ve got the golden ticket”

26 May

Guess what came in the mail today?

It’s official. Every day brings me one step closer to Bonnaroo.

Welcome to Bonnaroo, I hope you enjoy your stay! Have a drink and have a smoke and have some fun today!” — The Ed Cogan Band, Welcome to Bonnaroo (2010).

Blogaroo: Day 15: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

25 May

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears got their start in Austin, Texas in 2007. Joe Lewis was working at a pawn shop in Austin when he picked up a guitar and started performing at various open mic nights around the city. While Lewis was performing shows as part of a local blues trio,  Zach Ernst, a member of the University of Texas Music and Entertainment Committee, booked him to open for Little Richard at the school’s annual Forty Acres Fest.

The band has grown substaintially since Lewis got his start. The Honeybears are now eight members strong and includes Ernst, Matt Strmiska,  Ian Varley, Bill Stevenson, Jason Frey, Derek Phelps and Joe Woullard. The group opened for Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007, signed to Spoon’s Lost Highway Records in 2008 and played at both Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits the same year. In 2009 Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears as one of the “Ten Bands Set to Break Out” at the SXSW Festival.

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Blogaroo: Day 17: Portugal. The Man

23 May

Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man  features John Gourley on lead vocals and guitar, Jason Sechrist on drums, Ryan Neighbors on keyboard  and Zachary Carothers on bass. The group got their start in 2002, when Gourley moved to Portland, Oregon and started up Anatomy of a Ghost. The band gained popularity fairly quickly but broke up within two years. Luckily, Gourley had been working on a side project, aka, Portugal. The Man.

Which is good, because the band has grown pretty quickly since it got its start in 2005, thanks in a large part to Gourley’s hypnotizing  harmonies. He was named AP Magazine’s Best Vocalist of the Year in 2008 and has been featured in countless musical publications, many of which are sitting on my bookshelf right now.

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