Brendan Bayliss | Umphrey's McGee | Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival 2014

Bear Creek Interview Series: Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee

Brendan Bayliss | Umphrey's McGee | Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival 2014

Brendan Bayliss | Umphrey’s McGee | Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival 2014

As if Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival couldn’t get better, we got to sit down with Brendan Bayliss, vocalist and guitarist of the collective badassery that is the band, Umphrey’s McGee. I couldn’t tell if it was the coffee I just drank to stay awake, or my sheer nerves that had my foot bouncing off the floor as I sat in front of one of my favorite musicians, but I did my best to keep it cool. Although I only had a few minutes with Bayliss, the conversation that followed my first question helped remind me that we’re all just people trying our best to do what we love. They were once nervous to step on stage and spill their guts through their instruments, hoping that people enjoyed what they were doing half as much as they did, just as I am nervous to sit down and converse with artists, hoping that I can get people to be half as excited reading it as I get while asking the questions. Practice and dedication lead to success, and Umphrey’s is rollin’ in it. In the few short moment I had, we talked about set lists, mash-ups, arena shows, and their New Years Eve run in Georgia. It’s refreshing to know that after about twenty years or two thousand shows, these guys can still be humbled by their experiences and their accomplishments. It makes me love them all the more! Continue reading

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Tour Announcement: alt-J’s 2015 North and South American Tour

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Although this is all happening next year, I can’t help but feel that Christmas is coming a little early.

Alt-J had just announced their 2015 North and South American Tour. It’s brief, with only 11 dates, yet my fellow Pittsburghers and I got lucky. They will be performing at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts on April 2nd. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, starting at 10am.

Also, be sure to catch their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live December 15th!

For those of you outside of Pittsburgh, here’s the complete list of tour dates:

alt-J 2015 North & South American Tour Dates

3/12-3/14 – Bogota, CO – Festival Estereo Picnic

3/14-15 – Santiago, CL – Lollapalooza Chile

3/21-22 – Buenos Aires, AR – Lollapalooza Argentina

3/28-29 – Sao Paulo, SP – Lollapalooza Brazil

3/30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

4/01 – Cleveland, OH – State Theater at Playhouse Square

4/02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center

4/03 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

4/04 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre

4/06 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry

4/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chevy Bricktown Events Center

In addition to their 2015 tour dates, they will be finishing off the year with a series of radio shows:

alt-J Nov/ Dec Radio shows

11/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room Alt 103.3 Deck The Hall Ball – SOLD OUT

12/01 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion CD 102.5 Holiday Show – SOLD OUT

12/02 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom WLUM Big Snow Show 9 – SOLD OUT

12/03 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant KPNT HoHo Show – SOLD OUT

12/05 – Jacksonville, FL – Met Park Big Ticket 2014

12/06 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park 97X Next Big Thing ’14

12/12 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino 91X Wrex The Halls

12/13 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena Live 105′s Not So Silent Night

12/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

12/16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom KNRK A December To Remember - SOLD OUT

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Show Preview: Interpol @ Terminal 5, 11/26/14

It’s a rare treat when a band can be continuously great for a few years, then go on hiatus and reunite to produce music that rivals the best in their discography. Interpol’s newest album, El Pintor, released earlier this year, sounds like it could have been recorded in 2008, around the time Our Love to Admire was released. While you want great musicians to mature and grow, you also want them to continue to do what makes them great. This is what I feel that Interpol has done.

Interpol are playing three nights back-to-back at New York’s Terminal 5, starting on the 24th. They will be supported by Hundred Waters, a Los Angeles-based band known for blending electronic and organic sounds to create “a beautiful blend of contradictions, mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware.” Compared to Bjork and Four Tet, Hundred Waters create a sound that is haunting, mysterious and experimental.

These shows are sold out.

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Show Review: Twiddle @ The Bluebird Theater 11/15/14

All photos courtesy of Seth Palmer - Eyes Wide Shut Photography

All photos courtesy of Seth Palmer – Eyes Wide Shut Photography

I’m not sure I can honestly name the last time I left a show with my cheeks hurting from smiling so much. This was my reality after Twiddle rocked the Bluebird Theater in Denver last Saturday night. The smiles came from a combination of factors: great friends to enjoy the show with, song rarities, and one of the friendliest crowds of any event I have attended so far in Denver (and trust me, there have been quite a few). Continue reading

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Show Preview: Rusko @ Beta Nightclub 11/21/14

Denver Colorado, this Friday night, dubstep DJ and producer extraordinaire Rusko invades Beta Nightclub. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching this powerhouse of the underground electronic music scene preform you are in for a serious treat.

After releasing a new EP “!”, Vol. 2 earlier this year, Rusko has been traveling the country the past two months with his new tour. As the run is nearing it’s end we can only expect a wild show from one of my favorite entertainers. Prepare yourselves for old classics, heavy hitter from new album and music you’ve probably never heard before.

This event is 18+

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Show Review: Twiddle @ The Aggie Theater 11/13

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Twiddle makes you smile.

Just saying it generates a grin, like some sort of oddball onomatopoeia from a Dr. Seuss story. And when you witness the band’s progressive, eclectic and high-energy mix of music live, you’ll inevitably dance and smile till you’re sore.

Twiddle hails from Castleton, Vermont but call Colorado a second home. Their show on November 13th at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado kicked off a four-night rocky mountain run that featured sold-out shows at The Bluebird Theater in Denver and The Fox Theater in Boulder. These Colorado concerts are part of the last leg of Twiddle’s 39 show, Chilled Monkey Brains Fall Tour that included recent dates alongside Papadosio, The Werks, Zoogma, and an array of surprise guests. Continue reading