Category Archives: festivals

Noise Pop Announces Additional Artists

Bay Area indie festival Noise Pop has announced more of its schedule, and I’m pretty happy with round 2. I’ll be catching Wye Oak, The Dodos, The Soft Pack, and Yalls for sure.

20 Minute Loop
Bare Wires
Big Freedia
Brilliant Colors
Carlos Forster
Chapter 24
Dirty Ghosts
The Dodos
The Soft Pack
Tyler Lyle
Wye Oak

The first announced bands:

Archers of Loaf
Born Gold
Budos Band
Built to Spill
Christie Front Drive
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn
Die Antwoord
Imperial Teen
Laura Veirs
Mount Moriah
Porter Robinson
Surfer Blood
Veronica Falls
Virgin Island

SXSW, NoisePop Announce Artists

LA’s PAPA is one of about five billion artists just confirmed for SXSW.

Today’s a big day for festival announcements. SXSW announced its third round of artists (it’s pretty folking great–and yes, I meant folking), and NoisePop just confirmed some of the artists for their 20th anniversary. More will be announced at the official announcement party on December 8th.

Here are the NoisePop artists, confirmed by Spin today:

Archers of Loaf
Born Gold
Budos Band
Built to Spill
Christie Front Drive
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn
Die Antwoord
Imperial Teen
Laura Veirs
Mount Moriah
Porter Robinson
Surfer Blood
Veronica Falls
Virgin Island

And for the full list of latest SXSW artists, click here, but below are my personal faves. (And here’s the complete list of announced artists so far, in all three rounds; it’s a doozy!)

The Apache Relay (Nashville TN)
Beach Fossils (Brooklyn NY)
The Big Pink (London UK-ENGLAND)
Bleached (Los Angeles CA)
Blitzen Trapper (Portland OR)
Blood Orange (New York NY)
Cosmo Jarvis (Plymouth UK-ENGLAND)
Craft Spells (Seattle WA)
Daughter (London UK-ENGLAND)
Delta Spirit (Long Beach CA)
Dignan Porch (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dry the River (London UK-ENGLAND)
Marcus Foster (London UK-ENGLAND)
Grimes (Montreal CANADA)
Horse Feathers (Portland OR)
Imaginary Cities (Winnipeg CANADA)
Sarah Jaffe (Denton TX)
Michael Kiwanuka (London UK-ENGLAND)
Talib Kweli (Brooklyn NY)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich ( UK-ENGLAND)
The Magnetic Fields (New York NY)
Dan Mangan (Vancouver CANADA)
David Mayfield Parade (Nashville TN)
Metric (Toronto CANADA)
PAPA (Los Angeles CA)
Nathaniel Rateliff (Denver CO)
Sparkadia (Annandale AUSTRALIA)
Spector (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Spinto Band (Wilmington DE)
The Staves (London UK-ENGLAND)
Tall Ships (Falmouth UK-ENGLAND)
Three Blind Wolves (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Tilly and the Wall (Omaha NE)
Treetop Flyers (London ENGLAND)
Lissy Trullie (New York NY)

Some Thoughts On the SF MusicTech Summit

On Monday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend San Francisco’s ninth MusicTech Summit. It was a wonderful and thought-provoking day, and this review for the Owl Mag sums up only a fraction of my thoughts. Feel free to ask any questions–I’d love to get into some stimulating discussions about this stuff. An excerpt of my review is below, along with the link to the rest.

San Francisco is the perfect location for the MusicTech Summit. Beyond its stellar views of the Pacific, it also has the right ethos for a conference about music technology: with its pioneers, artists, and entrepreneurs, the city never stops innovating. In the face of global uncertainty, San Franciscans are still looking ahead and driving the future—all while sipping their cups of Blue Bottle coffee. And whether or not they call this city home, the speakers and attendees at Monday’s event are doing the same thing. The message of the day was one of promise, and one that echoed San Francisco’s own mantra: we will move forward.

My one stipulation, though, is that the nature of ‘forward’ seems open for debate. The panels I saw at the Hotel Kabuki left me with a sense of pasta being thrown against the wall; many panelists cited the problem of meaningless innovation, and Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen spoke of the lack of a ‘big idea’. If labels provided that structure in the past, their absence on Monday was noteworthy and conspicuous. Although many panelists were looking back in history for cues, they weren’t embracing that sort of large-scale (or top-down) model. Unsurprisingly, the focus seemed to be more on empowering individuals, or connecting and building communities. (Read the rest.)

Vote for My SXSW Panel! Pretty Please?

I am extremely excited to announce that voting for the SXSW 2012 Music Conference is now live. It closes Friday, September 2nd at 11:59pm CST. Here’s more information on the panel, and click here to read it and vote. Your help is greatly appreciated!

The Banjos are Coming!: Another British Invasion?
England is known for many things: Beckham, bad teeth, bewildering hats. But the Brits are also known for invading us—musically, that is—every couple of generations. The last British Invasion brought us not only the Beatles but also their melodious mates: a unique community of talented misfits and magpies that sailed in on the tailored coattails of the Fab Four. While I’m not about to claim that Mumford & Sons are bigger than the Beatles (let alone Jesus), I will argue that they’re part of a new British community making waves on this side of the Atlantic. Along with artists such as Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale, the waistcoated foursome come from a tight-knit network of mates producing folk-inspired music. This newfangled ‘new-folk’, and the collaborative community surrounding it, is uniquely English—and proving to be a much more successful export than those weird hats.

1. What does ‘new-folk’ actually MEAN, and how does it fit into the larger music industry?
2. Why has new-folk found such a large (and international) audience? What makes it accessible?
3. How has this community spurred its own growth?
4. What does the growth of this scene suggest about consumer attitudes toward authenticity, especially as it applies to acoustic and/or roots-style music?
5. What strategies–social media, extensive touring, etc–have helped these artists rise so rapidly?

Lynn Roberts, founder of For Folk’s Sake and queen of all things folk.
Kevin Molloy, head of TV at Rockfeedback and Lovelive, singer-songwriter, and all around folky (oh yeah, and he produced Johnny Flynn’s Kentucky Pill video, among other things).
Kev Jones, cofounder of Communion Music and one of the driving forces for all this great music.

Feist Debuts New Single, the Vaccines On Jimmy Kimmel, and I’m Going to a Festival.

That pretty much sums up all the news ’round here. Outside Lands begins in mere hours, and I’ll be heading over to Golden Gate Park to check out the action. It’s the first time I’ve been since its inaugural year, so I’m pretty pumped. I’ll do my best to get some lovely photos for you all! I also get to meet some Owls tomorrow.

Speaking of the Owl Mag (because I wasn’t talking about these kinds of owls), vote for us in SF Weekly’s Web Awards poll, for “Best Local Music Website”. And you know, if you want to put me in there somewhere… (‘sexiest geek’? kidding.)

In other news, the Vaccines are going to be on Jimmy Kimmel this coming Tuesday, August 16th. They’ve also posted new international tour dates, and will be at Outside Lands tomorrow. Big things happening. If you’re going to OSL and happen to take a great picture, submit it to their Instagram contest for the “Wetsuit” music video.

So without further ado, here is Feist’s new single, “How Come You Never Go There”. Her new album, Metals, will be released on October 4th.

Feist’s fall tour dates are:

10/15 Amsterdam, Holland @ Carre Theatre
10/17 London, UK @ Palladium
10/19 Brussels, Belgium @ Cirque Royale
10/22 Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
10/29 Philadelphia, USA @ World Café Live 20th Anniversary
11/02 Brooklyn, USA @ Howard Gilman Opera House
11/04 Chicago, USA @ Riviera Theatre
11/06 Atlanta, USA @ Tabernacle
11/08 Dallas, USA @ Majestic Theatre
11/12 Los Angeles, USA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/14 San Francisco, USA @ Warfield Theatre
11/16 Portland, USA @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/17 Seattle, USA @ Moore Theatre
11/18 Vancouver, Canada @ Performing Arts Centre
11/20 Edmonton, Canada @ Northern Alberta Jubilee
11/21 Calgary, Canada @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
12/01 Toronto, Canada @ Massey Hall
12/03 Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
12/05 Ottawa, Canada @ National Arts Centre
12/06 Quebec City, Canada @ Grand Theatre Du Quebec

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Awesome Lineup

All I have to say is: AWESOME. I AM SO STOKED for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup this year. Sept 30-Oct 2. I better see you there.

Here’s the full lineup. I’ve bolded the acts that make me super duper happy.
Jonathan Wilson
A.A. Bondy
Dive Bar Dukes
Justin Townes Earle
Wendy Bird
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson
Thurston Moore
Cass McCombs
Dark Star Orchestra
South Memphis String Band
Seamus Kennedy
David Bromberg Quartet
Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard
Kieran Kane
Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
Blame Sally
Ricky Skaggs
Bill Kirchen
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer
Gillian Welch
Seldom Scene
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Bright Eyes
Emmylou Harris
Reckless Kelly
The Low Anthem
The Band of Heathens
Over the Rhine
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Fitz & the Tantrums
PMW (Thursday Children’s Program)
Chris Isaak
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band
Alison Brown Quartet
Hot Buttered Rum
Kurt Vile & the Violators
The Belle Brigade
Joe Purdy
John Prine
Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers
M. Ward
Robert Earl Keen
Greensky Bluegrass
Jolie Holland
Conspiracy of Beards
Those Darlins
The Felice Brothers
Irma Thomas
Charlie Musselwhite
River Whyless
The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
MC Hammer (Thursday Children’s Program)
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
The Devil Makes Three
Bela Fleck
Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
The Mother Hips
Broken Social Scene
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Southern Culture on the Skids
Abigail Washburn
The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Bill Orcutt
The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Civil Wars
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Robyn Hitchcock
Patty Griffin
The Jayhawks
Bob Mould
Dr. John & the Lower 911
Buddy Miller
Simon Joyner
The Swanson Family Band
Earl Scruggs
Frank Fairfield

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Keeps Us Guessing

San Francisco’s famous Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival has posted their first medley of songs by confirmed artists. There are a few that I’ve figured out, but I won’t be spoiling it for you… listen for yourself above and start guessing. More of these will be released in the coming weeks.

The three-day free festival is September 30th through October 2nd.