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Show Preview: Umphrey’s McGee and Dopapod @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, 10/24

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Pittsburgh, it’s that time of year again! Umphrey’s McGree is playing this Friday with Dopapod as the opening band. You can get tickets here, or the day of when the doors open at 6:30.

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If you haven’t yet, check out their most recent album, Similar Skin, which was released back in June. In brief, it’s like a tight bundle of 1980s King Crimson meeting The Police and Yes, with a pinch of Queens of the Stone Age.  Most popular songs? “No Diablo”, “Puppet String” and “The Linear”. If you want my opinion, “Puppet string” and “Educated Guess”,  are my favorites.

Here’s a video of “Puppet String” to get you ready to rage

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Show Review: Escape Music Festival Day 1

Disclaimer: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend day 2 of this event.

It was a cold, cloudy October afternoon when Escape Music Festival set up on New York City’s Governor’s Island, a tiny island adjacent to the southern tip of Manhattan, only accessible by ferry. Due to the infrequency of the ferry — I believe it runs once every hour, but takes just five minutes to reach the island — the event didn’t begin to get crowded until late, after the sun went down. This made for an intimate festival experience until any other I’ve experienced — an Escape, if you will, from the typical overcrowded, long-line-waiting, over-the-top experiences I’ve seen in the past.

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Photos: Escape Music Festival Day 1, 10/11/14

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Envision Festival Drops 2014 Recap Video

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Envision Festival was one that caught my eye last year (that lineup!) just around this time. They’ve just dropped their recap video, and it is beautiful! Envision is much more than just a festival, but rather, an experience. It is much more than music, including yoga & movement workshops, performance artists, art installations, and these awesome things called adventure tours.

The festival takes place in the beautiful, lush lands of Costa Rica, and is a celebration of music, nature, life, and culture. It’s about the connection between us and our environment, and a place where we can work on making that bond stronger. Concepts of permaculture and conscious living flourish in at an event like this, and we can only hope to be a part of it this year! Check back with us for more updates as information is released in the following months!

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Show Review: STS9 @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, 10/10/14

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Last Friday, I attended my first Sound Tribe Sector 9 show. Before then, I’d only seen and heard them live through video and albums, and that might have ruined my experience. I was a little disappointed with the lighting and effects, since it’s supposed to be a year of innovation for these guys. However, they were true to their promise of delivering better sound quality.

DSC_0271STS9 started as an experimental trip-hop band, then later began to add electronics to their sound, which is accomplished with a synthesizer. They are considered “jamtronica”, because they have all of the elements of an old-school jam band, with a modern electronica twist. They also have their own record label, and they’ve signed and released collaborations with dozens of DJs, musicians and music groups. Bassnectar, Elliot Lipp, Emancipator, The Polish Ambassador, The Glitch Mob, and Big Gigantic, to name a few.

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Show Preview: Wink, Phutureprimitive, & Kaminanda @ The Rex Theater 10/19/14

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Join us this Sunday night at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh’s South Side to express yourself within the dreamscape of Wink, Phutureprimitive, and Kaminandas’ music. Pittsburgh’s resident artist, Wink will be kicking off the night, preparing our minds and bodies for what Phutureprimtive and Kaminanda will bring.

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Show Preview: Keller Williams @ Music Farm Columbia, Sat. Oct 18th

Photo credit  to C. Taylor Crothers

Photo credit to C. Taylor Crothers


 

The one-man jam band Keller Williams will be playing a solo show this Saturday at the Music Farm in Columbia, SC following the USC v. Furman game. Keller, as usual, will be bringing a wide spectrum of sounds to the stage, utilizing his unique style of building a song piece-by-piece with multiple instruments and intuitive sound-looping technology. From bluegrass to funk, to jamtronica and Phish and Grateful Dead covers, Keller creates an experience you won’t soon forget.

Get your tickets here
Advance $17/Doors $20
Bring your USC v. Furman ticket stub and get your ticket for $15.