I’ve never been very quiet about the Great Blue Heron Music Festival – I’ve loudly proclaimed it’s my favorite weekend of the year. A weekend of self
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-discovery, a weekend of new music, a weekend of freedom. With this year’s 2011 line-up posted, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the artists that will be bringing in fans from hundreds of miles to gather under the sun in Sherman, New York for culturally rich, musically diverse weekend in the woods.
Slow Mo (featuring Mic Wrecka)
The Philadelphia based, steel guitar pluckin’, rhyme-spinning tag team of Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka will be lighting up the stage again this year! Somewhere stranded in the void of genre specificity between Robert Randolph, The Roots, Cake, and Big Audio Dynamite, the team of Mike... Read More
Slo-Mo - County
The Town Pants - Come With Me
Donna the Buffalo - Family Picture (live)
The Sim Redmond Band - Life Is Water
David Bromberg Quartet - Last Song for Shelby Jean
The Horse Flies - Baghdad Children
The Roots - Guns Are Drawn
Dear Black Thought
writing my essay
, ?uestlove, Kamal Gray, and all members of the Roots,
My global contempt for the hip-hop music community has always been deeply ingrained within my taste in music. It’s always been a driving element in my rip-tide repulsion to popular culture. Even during the foundations of the genre, groups like Run D.M.C. and N.W.A set an expectation deep within me that shouting poetry to the beat of music probably wasn’t going to be my thing.
I’ve long condensed hip-hop as simply a sub-culture that represented little more than the glorification the performer, not the performance; acts that were focused on image and dominance in lieu of creativity or musicianship. It felt like every song I heard was banality of synthesized looping beats as the foundation for poorly executed shouting... Read More
Cello Fury - Odyssey
I was at the Pittsburgh Glass Center last Friday for their Hot Jam when I disc
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overed Cello Fury. I wasn’t in the room when they started to play, but their infectious sound quickly drew my attention away from the molten glass being shaped into a vase (no mean feat, I can assure you). Being a classically trained violinist I first thought that the cellos being played were electric since the sound was so smooth; there was no change of tonal quality in the higher registers and very little auditory evidence of bow changes or string
Turns out this smoothness is due in small part to the minimal electric attachments to the cellos (for musical balance with the drum kit), but mostly to the impressive skill of the musicians. Through this combination of slight electronic... Read More
Foo Fighters - Rope
Hipsters, we need to talk.
I don’t know how to
tell you this, but I think we need to break up.
It’s not you, it’s me.
We had our good times. You introduced to me to vintage music and showed me what quality craftsmenship looks like. I can’t thank you enough for that; and you know Fleetwood Mac will always be our thing.
But I need to move on. I guess I just wanted to tell you about me, the Foo Fighters, and Wasting Light before you heard it from someone else.
Before you start getting upset, know that I’m only here because you always taught me to follow the music.
Don’t worry; I’m in good hands. You two would probably be very good friends if it wasn’t so awkward. I mean, you both like Nirvana and Butch Vig. Did I tell you about the garage recording? That’s right,... Read More
The Clarks are a Pittsburgh-based rock band that seem to have been on the edge of breaking out onto the national scene for years now. Formed in 1986 they cut their teeth playing at fraternities and bars. They’ve released 12 studio and live albums since forming, which have collectively sold nearly a quarter million copies. Their music has been featured in the Warner Bros. Summer Catch and the closing credits of The Anna Nicole Show. Admittedly Summer Catch is only rated at 4.6/10 on IMDB and 7% on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s Anna Nicole, but still, that should generate some interest. In addition they’ve played on the Late Show with David Letterman. They’ve toured all across the East, Southwest, and Pacific US, but for all of that are still most popular around Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. ... Read More
The Clarks - Born Too Late
The Clarks - Chasin' Girls