Once again I’ve returned from a music festival with a whole new list of music to check out! Unfortunately most of these are artists I missed in Indio, and later regretted missing after hearing people rave about their shows! Either way, these acts are filling my ears with new and different sounds and I can’t stop listening. Let me know what you’re listening to these days, I’m always on the lookout for new tunes!
All weekend long, people would not stop talking about alt-J! This is an important lesson: don’t let peoples’ descriptions of something deter you from seeing our hearing it for yourself. Based on the first description I got, I did not think I would like alt-J. But after listening to it I did a complete 180. I don’t even really know how to describe it, I just know that it is not like anything else I’ve heard, and that is always a good thing. The British quartet formed in 2007 and their music almost seems like a mishmash of the various types of music that exist today – indie/folk sounding lyrics, electronic backgrounds, and verses that verge on sounding like hip hop. It’s fascinating… I’ve heard them be called the next Radiohead, and I’ll be curious to see if they follow a similar path. Listen to: “Breezeblocks” (but really the whole thing).
Had I been aware of who The Shouting Matches were, I would most certainly have caught their set on Friday. The band is another one of Justin Vernon’s projects, this one being a blues-rock project along with Brian Moen and Phil Cook. The three played their first show about 7 years ago in Vernon’s native Eau Claire, Wisconsin and recently reunited to make a full record. It has a great classic rock sound that reminds me of Derek & The Dominoes – never a bad thing. Listen to: “Gallup, NM.”