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Mad Tea Party Jam Announces Second Wave Lineup

Get ready, folks! Mad Tea Party Jam returns to Ashton Farms in Hedgesville, WV this June for its fourth annual installment.

This week, Mad Tea Party Jam made its second wave lineup announcement, adding seven bands to its already impressive roster. Included in the second lineup announcement are Rising AppalachiaThe FritzThe Shack Band, and two sets each from The WerksThe Heavy PetsJelly Bread, and Primate Fiasco.

This comes just weeks after the stacked first wave lineup announcement, boasting multiple performances from Turkuaz, Aqueous, Earphunk, Tauk, Vibe and Direct, Brokedown Hustlers and Mojoflo. More lineup announcements are still to come from the Mad Tea Party Jam’s fourth installment.

Don’t miss out! Early bird tickets are still available for this event. If you’re on the fence still, check out our review of last year’s Jam and see for yourself!

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Show Preview: Lotus @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, 1/23/15

After tonight’s show, in their base State College, the cool and hypnotic jamtronic band Lotus will make their way out to Pittsburgh for another magical evening with The Werks in the Keystone state.

Need more convincing? Check out our most recent coverage on Lotus, like Alex Neal’s review on their show at the Orchid Lounge and Red Rocks AmphitheaterFor the visual learners, here are the photos.

You can buy your tickets in advance, or pay $25 at the door. Doors open at 8pm.

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New Music: PSU Favorite Keegan Tawa Releases ‘Sunlight EP’

State College-based producer Keegan Tawa is doing just great. After a busy 2014, he’s kicking off the new year strong with the release of “Sunlight EP.” The EP features assistance from Zach Kramer on guitar, drums and vocals and Olivia Price on vocals as well.

The release of this EP documents the ongoing maturation of a young talent that gets better and better with each release. This release is much different than his most recent prior releases; this EP is much more etherial and atmospheric. He goes deeper on “Sunrise in Blue,” while showcasing the type of electro he’s known for on “Beautiful Motion,” his collaboration with Zach Kramer. On “Twilight,” “Starlight” and “Sunlight,” the EP’s first, middle and last tracks, Keegan really shows off his classical training.

Overall, the album highlights great musical versatility. In the constantly changing world of electronic music, versatility is one of the most important qualities a producer can have. As expected, Kramer and Price’s vocals are absolutely fantastic – you can really determine from the music that Keegan, Zach and Olivia work so naturally together. The final product doesn’t lie.

Support up and coming producers and give it a listen! It is available for free download as well.

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Show Annoucenment: The Grateful Dead’s 50 year Anniversary Show

Peter Shapiro and Madison House are proud to present “Fare Thee Well: celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead”, which  marks the original members’ last show they’ll ever play.

Members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir are reuniting of for their first show in almost 20 years at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the same venue.  This three-day event will span over the dates July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015.

Joining them will be Phish Guitarist Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby

Tickets are available in the novel tradition of the band: On a first come first serve basis through mail order, starting January 20th. This is followed by an online pre-sale through Dead Online Ticketing on February 12th.

Tickets will be available to the general public starting February 14th through Ticketmaster.

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Festival Playlist Series: Bonnaroo 2015

We’re upping our festival coverage here at WTMO. Not only will we be keeping you all in the loop for the festival season, but we’re going to be sharing some of the music too as well.

Bonnaroo’s 2015 lineup is out. Although more artists will be added, I’ve curated a Spotify playlist of this years musical acts.  Take a line to our “Bonnaroo 2015″ playlist! And be sure to keep it locked here at WTMO for our continuing “Festival Playlist Series.”

 

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Show Preview: Cherub and Mystery Skulls at Terminal 5, 1/30/15

Cherub are bringing their Strip to This tour to New York’s Terminal 5 on Friday, Jan. 30.

Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, known for their energetic live shows, electro-pop beats and striking falsettos, are a force to be reckoned with. Having released their second full-length LP this past May, Year of the Caprese, they rocked all summer long along the festival circuit, with stellar performances at Electric Forest and Firefly, among others. The Nashville natives followed up Year of the Caprese with their third EP, Leftovers EP, which was released just last month. Innovative, genre defying and really really fun, Cherub are not an act you want to miss while they’re in town.

Supporting Cherub at Terminal 5 is Luis Dubuc, better known by his stage name Mystery Skulls. Dubuc is still riding the wave of success following the release of his debut LP, Forever, in October 2014. Forever is a fun electro-pop singalong packed with thumping synth riffs, catchy lyrics and lots of attitude.

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Tickets are still available for this event.