On the weekend preceding Halloween, a tie-dye-colored witches’ brew of imaginative seasonal costumes worn by attendees and musicians, vibrant autumn hues, and a couple of dozen improvisational bands of psychedelic rock, progressive bluegrass, funk, and more defined the 2017 version of the Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, California.
Latin GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, producer, and musician Victor Rice is gearing up to release his first solo album in almost 15 years. The subtly-complex elegance of Smoke provides a rich smoothness made available through tastemaker label Easy Star Records on November 3rd. Smoke takes Rice’s knowledge from experience across a realm of genres and cultures and rolls it all into a consistent line of thought, resulting in a fusion Rice identifies as “samba rocksteady,” or SRS.
Dawes will release a limited-edition double LP pressing of We’re All Gonna Live, the first official live concert recording from the band, via their own HUB Records, on November 25th to celebrate Small Business Saturday. The album was manufactured in conjunction with Furnace Record Pressing and will be available at participating independently owned record stores.
The Obama Summit featured musical headliner and indie rockers The National. But two days prior to their performance they snuck in an exclusive 90 minute concert at the intimate sized House of Vans Chicago. Located in Chicago's bustling west loop, Vans just opened in early 2017. And again they delighted Chicago music fans with artists who normally play much larger venues. In this case, it was a surprise appearance only announced by email invitation four days prior.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on the road in 2017 supporting their fourth studio album, 'Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel,' and its follow up companion EP, 'If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now,' both out via Robinson's Silver Arrow Records. Tracks have already been laid for another new studio album and 'Betty's Blends, Vol. 3' live release later this year.
Virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, delivers a melancholy monster of a rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” in new video. Her haunting take on the country standard debuts just in time for Halloween, and is sure to send a shiver down the spine. The mournful elegy turns joyous expectation for this love song on its head.
For Chris Isaak, first comes the song. And for First Comes The Night -- Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six years -- this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose. “There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs,” Chris Isaak explains, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time. “My last release was Beyond The Sun -- my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers -- so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record.
Good Morning Bedlam’s show is an explosion of energy with soaring harmonies, a banjo player that scissor-kicks in the air, a string bass that will shake your chest, and a beat that will have your foot stomping through the floor. One fan describes their music as “furious folk!” Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music.”We want to surprise our audience from song to song.