Category: Rock & Roll

Five Artists to See at Float Fest

Our first Float Fest recommendation would be to grab a tube, a cold drink, some sunscreen and hit the river to float. Afterwards, check out the following artists. BUY FLOAT FEST TICKETS Girl Talk What: Sample-Based Dance Music Where: Water Stage When: Saturday from 9:05 – 10:05 Why: Gregg Gillis is going to make the […]

Eric Tessmer Preserves Austin’s Storied Blues Legacy

Gazing amongst the countless construction cranes and newly built condos that clutter the skyline (or half-built condos, for that matter), it ain’t hard to tell that times are changing down in Austin, Texas. Fast. What used to be a mid-sized college town and state capital is now the 11th largest city in the country, and the […]

Kid Rock is Rolling Into Trouble with Fans, Corrections Department

Kid Rock is rolling his way into trouble after a week of strange and negative publicity. In the past week, he’s found himself at odds with angry fans insisting that he stop associating with the Confederate Flag after the removal of the flag from the South Carolina state house last Friday. During this same week, Kid Rock and the anonymous […]

Artist Spotlight: Jamestown Revival

Jamestown Revival’s Jonathan Clay is no stranger to the music industry. The Magnolia, TX, born-and-raised singer/songwriter has been active as a solo artist since the release of his debut EP, 2006’s Whole New Me. From there Clay was able to sign a development deal with Atlantic Records and released his second project, Back to Good, in 2007. […]

Ranking the Best Musical Moments on ‘Mad Men’

The series finale of Mad Men is this Sunday at 10pm on AMC. Right now I’m going through the seven stages of grief, landing somewhere in between bargaining and depression. In an effort to keep this show alive, I’ve been re-watching old episodes (my favorite? season 5, episode 5, “Signal 30“), recounting classic scenes, and reading every single thing on the […]

Salute to the Past: RHCP’s ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’

Hindsight, foresight, insight. Sometimes living in the past is the most fun, and we’re going to embrace that. In hindsight, Blood Sugar Sex Magik — an album released by The Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1991 — is one of the greatest rock albums ever produced. BSSM was RHCP’s fifth studio album, but this single composition is what absolutely […]

‘Love Story’ Proves That Yelawolf is the New Kid Rock

Yelawolf is the new Kid Rock. From 1997-2002, Kid Rock created and introduced the world to rap-rock, a genre defined by cocky slang, punchline-driven lyrics, and southern rock roots. It was angst-filled, rebellious, party music. Over a decade later, Yelawolf has reimagined the genre with Love Story. If Kid Rock is one of the kings of crossover, […]

Artist Spotlight: Greenhouse Lounge

Earlier this month, I wrote about a rising band from Jacksonville, Florida, called Greenhouse Lounge for JamFeed’s Road to Euphoria Festival column. Dave McSweeney, bass, Zach Weinert, guitar and programming, and Ray Felts, drums, refreshed my interest in electronic music with their emphasis on live instrumentation. Greenhouse Lounge incorporates electronic elements into their music, but […]

Artist Spotlight: Desert Noises

Desert Noises is a band from Provo, Utah, that has been impressively making their way into the music scene through tours and festivals in the past four years. We caught up and played some pool with members Kyle Henderson, Pat Boyer, Tyler Osmond, and Brennan Allen before their Thursday evening show at Austin’s Stubb’s BBQ. […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Covers (by Raymond Carver)

Last week, Ron Weasley Ed Sheeran delivered an impromptu cover of “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis on BBC Radio 1Xtra. I watched the video and immediately sent it to my editor, Yunus Church. Here was our conversation: Neal: I think I need to write about how awful this is. God. Gosh. Darn. Fuck. This is really […]

Is Father John Misty Rock and Roll’s New Savior?

When Beck won Album of the Year for Morning Phases at this year’s Grammy Awards, Kanye West, and I suspect much of America, was not thrilled. As you may recall, West began to walk onstage, as Beck was about to address the audience, before returning to his seat. At the time this seemed self-aware and […]

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Roll With It: Reflections on Oasis and Radiohead, then and now

“People in bands don’t have the kind of conversations people might think they have. The best things about being in a band are the things that are unsaid.” – Thom Yorke “I’ve never felt like I had anything important to say.” – Noel Gallagher   In 2006, I visited China with my aunt, uncle and cousins. Over […]