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
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
Adam Taylor - Oliver
Adam Taylor’s short pop soliloquies are just as quirk
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y as Adam himself probably is. Though I’ve never met the man, I can safely guess that he is a complex, layered individual. My first clue in to that insight is No Poet, his newest release.
No Poet exists an enormous juxtaposition. It’s a short (20 min EP) arrangement of brief, compartmentalized folk-pop-rock musings, but within a relatively bubbly exterior lies some complex themes and messages. The disc is focused around human conflicts like the fears of leaving home, questioning of religion, and the frustrations of sexuality. All very deep thoughts requiring pointed introspection and deep considerations. Not bad for 3 minute pop songs, eh?
The opener, ‘Oliver’ is about a long distance relationship, and explores the... Read More
Matt Wertz isn’t from LaVale, Ma
ryland. Trust me, I asked him.
Matt is the kind of guy that always seems willing and eager to talk. He wears the same humility on his sleeve on stage and off stage, much like that guy at your college played guitar in the middle of the frat quad to get laid. It’s benevolent, sure, but girls melt when they hear it.
I picked up the disc at last night’s show in Pittsburgh, where I got a chance to catch up with Matt after the show. Wikipedia claims that Matt is from my tiny little hometown, LaVale, Maryland. So of course I wanted to exchange some banter about the oddity of such a small world. “Nah, man, someone keeps putting that there on Wikipedia, I’m from Missouri.”
I blink stupidly. “That’s like the worst vandalism ever…”
Matt... Read More
Matt Wertz - Someone Like You