Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” (Though they have released a couple of standalone singles in recent years, the politically-charged punk band led by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes returns after thirteen years with their incendiary sophomore album, Payola, out now on Epitaph Records.  Tim Kasher of Cursive, Brooklyn punks The So So Glos and Laura Grace of Against Me! guest but the focus remains on Conor’s anthemic vocals and fiery lyrics as well as the metallic guitar riffs and poppy punk melodies for a nice surprise of an album that is worthy of  year end lists.)  


Bully – “Trying” (The Nashville-based band led by Alicia Bognanno released their stunning debut album, Feels Like this week via Startime International/Columbia Records.  Bognanno wrote, produced, mixed and engineered the album herself at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, where she previously interned.  Without sounding trite, the combination of her sweet and sour voice - that displays both vulnerability and throat-shredding power - along with her catchy, 90’s indie rock and punk-informed fuzz-pop melodies sounds like what you would imagine music from Frances Bean might sound like.)


Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin’” (Leon Bridges, the Texas-based old school Soul revivalist with the smooth-as-silk voice has released his very promising debut album, Coming Home this week via Columbia Records.  Everything including his style, instrumentation, stage presence – he is also a trained choreographer and dancer - and timeless songs just ooze a charming nostalgic yet modern take on classic 50’s & 60’s era Soul and R&B.)

Stream the stylish yet simplistic video for the Sam Cooke-inspired standout single, “Smooth Sailin”: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Mates Of State – “Staring Contest” (Husband and wife indie-pop duo Mates Of State released their new long-awaited new EP, You’re Going To Make It, this week via Barsuk.  Led by the saccharine-sweet wide-eyed love song and first single, “Staring Contest”, the duo has incorporated more danceable electro beats to their infectiously catchy drums/keyboards setup.  Better yet, they released this video starring their two adorable daughters, Magnolia and June.  Move over kittens and baby goats, this is the cutest thing you will see on the internet all day!)  


Christopher Paul Stelling – “Horse” (The Brooklyn-based troubadour trades in fiery Gospel-drenched and blues-soaked traditional folk with stomping percussion on Labor Against Waste, his excellent third album and label debut for Anti- Records.  Check out the standout single with its back-porch Bluegrass jam-inspired flickering mandolins, fluttering fiddle and howling vocals here.)

Dave Monks – “Gasoline” (This week, the Tokyo Police Club frontman released his debut solo outing, All Signs Point To Yes, ​via Dine Alone Records.  The outstanding 6-song EP is stripped down and highlighted by acoustic guitar-led and piano-laced 60’s pop-inspired folk tunes that showcase a gentler, more earnest and organic side of his songwriting.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Trails And Ways – “Skeletons” (The Oakland art-pop quartet Trails And Ways recently released their sparkling debut album, Pathology via Barsuk Records.  Their incredibly catchy and colorful brand of lushly layered indie-pop takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach, incorporating danceable disco and bossa nova rhythms, sincere, politically-minded lyrics and surging 80’s inspired synths that reflect their world travels.)

Born Cages – “Bigger Than Me” (Formed in 2011 by frontman Vlad Holiday, Born Cages released their highly-anticipated debut album, I’m Glad I’m Not Me last week via Washington Square/Razor & Tie.  On it the trio creates a joyous synth-smeared brand of modern English indie rock complete with gigantic choruses and bombastic echoes of Queen and Arcade Fire for a very promising debut that is primed to breakout.)

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” (Algiers, the trio of instrumentalists led by the powerful, soulful vocals of Franklin James Fisher recently released their experimental eponymous debut album on Matador Records.  Their thought-provoking politically-charged protest songs are laced with elements of haunting Southern Gospel and 70’s Motown soul set to sparse 80’s breakdance and 90’s techno beats and primal post-punk fury for a smart, engaging and exciting debut.)

Monday, June 08, 2015

RECAP: Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Despite the minor hiccups – long entrance lines, rain and ATM issues - that were solved after the first night, this year’s Bunbury Music Festival was another smashing success. 
The headliners, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg did what was expected of them and the Columbus-based duo, Twenty One Pilots stole the show once again with their energetic and engaging performance.  Other bands that impressed were Temples, whose hazy psychedelic sound matched the intensity of the hot and humid afternoon and Brand New, who after a long hiatus looked…well, brand new.  Also, Father John Misty’s off-kilter folk and lounge act and Royal Blood’s thunderous two-man throwdown were highlights as well. 
The one act that surprised me the most though was Bleachers.  I hadn’t really paid much attention to them beyond the ubiquitous radio singles but their arena-worthy 80’s-inspired rock show came complete with saxophone solos and Jack Antonoff, formerly of fun. was the perfect showman. 
I am already looking forward to next year, which will be the fifth year of the festival, so I am expecting big things!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Genevieve – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | Bunbury 2015

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Genevieve (formerly of Company Of Thieves) released her very promising debut EP titled, Show Your Colors in March via Wind-Up Records.  She will bring her infectiously catchy and vivid multi-layered electro-pop anthems to the Bunbury stage on Saturday, June 6. 
To get a taste of her exciting live show check out her recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music where she displayed her effortlessly dynamic and powerful voice alongside stripped down arrangements of the moving acoustic guitar-led track “The Enemy” and the bright, danceable and inspiring lead single, “Colors”, as well as the soaring piano-led ballad “Authority”.     

Watch Genevieve’s NPR Tiny Desk Music Concert here:

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Old Hundred – “Let In The Light” | Bunbury 2015

The Columbus collective Old Hundred will bring their smart, poppy folk-based brand of indie-rock that incorporates the swirling cinematics of The National and free-wheeling experimental style of Wilco to the Bunbury Music Festival stage on Saturday, June 6. 
Their superb third album, Let In The Light was released last November to great praise - with Paste Magazine listing the band as one of the "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now" - as a double vinyl release including the I Don't Want to Die EP. 
The album is led by the catchy 60’s pop of the moving single, “Casey” and the opening track, “All Your Sons” with its soaring strings, glimmering guitars and mandolins and a propulsive rhythm.  
Listen below and be sure to catch their performance at Bunbury on Satruday.      


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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat – Bunbury Music Festival 2015 Edition

The Cincinnati-based Bunbury Music Festival is set to return this weekend and this week’s edition of 3 Songs: On Repeat is dedicated to three of the great bands that are playing the festival.  Listen to them here then see them live at Bunbury. 
Tickets are still available here: 

Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” (The UK garage-rock duo are scheduled to play the opening night of Bunbury and will bring their steam-rolling sound that combines the stomp and heavy blues-rock riffs of Led Zeppelin and the punk fury of Death From Above 1979.  Their stunning self-titled debut album was released late last summer via Warner Brothers.  Check out the thunderous and anthemic single here.)

Father John Misty – “True Affection” (Josh Tillman, A.K.A. Father John Misty – the psychedelic folk-rock shaman - will also play Bunbury on Friday.  I Love You, Honeybear, his critically-acclaimed sophomore album under the FJM moniker was released in February on Sub Pop.  Adorned with sappy strings and soulful vocals, the album is about falling in love though skewered by every messy, emotional detail in his sometimes humorous yet always poetic and poignant lyrical style.  Check out the synth-driven standout single below.)

Shakey Graves – “Dearly Departed” (Shakey Graves is the one-man band of Texas-based indie-folk/alt-country singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia who will grace the Bunbury stage on Sunday.  Check out his catchy, gospel and blues-soaked duet with Esme Patterson here, along with its clicking percussion, haunting yet soaring vocals and distorted guitars which is taken from his latest and greatest album, And The War Came, out now via Dualtone Records.)   

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

INTERVIEW: 500 Miles To Memphis | Bunbury Music Festival 2015

500 Miles To Memphis, the veteran Cincinnati-based country-punk hybrids are set to play in their hometown at the Bunbury Music Festival on Sunday, June 7.  They are supporting their latest album, Stand There And Bleed, funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released to great praise last fall.  

Atlas and the Anchor spoke to vocalist/guitarist Ryan Mallot about their new album, playing Bunbury and more.

Your band has been compared to a lot of great bands like Social Distortion, Green Day and Lucero but who or what are some of your less obvious influences?
"The Assponys, NoFx, Neil Young, The O's." - Ryan Mallot  

After a three year wait between albums, your fans pitched in to help with the Kickstarter campaign for Stand There And Bleed.  That has to feel good to know you have the support of your fans, what does that mean to you as a performer?  
"It means the world to us.  If not for our fans and friends helping us out, we would not have been able to record a new album.  I feel like we owe everyone so much more than just a new record.  Maybe a foot rub?" - RM  

Now in its fourth year, you have played the Bunbury two other times and will play for your third time this year.  I think that might be a record for the festival!  What do you like about playing the fest as opposed to the smaller, more intimate shows?
"I'm very proud to be a part of such a large event.  Bunbury is another large feather in the cap of Cincinnati.  It has been wonderful watching the music scene and support of the local music scene grow over the years.  I feel very honored to be a part of it." - RM 

What bands are you excited to see at Bunbury this year?
"Brand New, Avett Bros, Old Crow, Walk the Moon, Wussy, The Decemberists" - RM 

My favorite track from the new album is the poppy and propulsive sing-along “Bethel, OH”.  What is your favorite song of yours to play live and why?
"I love playing 'Bethel, OH', but my favorite is 'Cows to the Slaughter'.  I wrote it for my mom and it works live very well." - RM 

What does the future hold for the band?
"Always in motion the future is.  For right now we are taking a break from touring.  Almost all of our shows for the rest of the year are local.  We are enjoying spending time with our families and friends.  Life is good." - RM   

Stream their excellent 2007 Deep Elm Records released debut album, Sunshine In A Shot Glass here: 

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Monday, June 01, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Cincinnati's own Bunbury Music Festival is set to return for its fourth year this weekend, June 5-7. Recently, the festival was acquired by the Columbus based event promoter PromoWest (LC Pavilion, Newport, The Basement) and they have brought in yet another spectacular lineup that features three amazing headliners The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg.

Also featured are The Decemberists, Brand New, local favorites Walk The Moon and 500 Miles To Memphis, as well as Father John Misty, Royal Blood, Temples, Secret Sisters, Matt & Kim and Tame Impala.  Additionally, Columbus, Ohio's favorite sons, Twenty One Pilots will return to steal the show like they did two years ago.  This is not to be missed!

Tickets are still available here:  

Stay tuned here and on Twitter: @atlasanchor all week and weekend for more coverage from the festival!