Saturday, April 27, 2013

Linganore WineCellars Announces Summer Sunday Music Series

We learned this week that Linganore WineCellars, Mt. Airy, MD, will start hosting a Sunday Music Series starting in May and continuing all summer long. No need to wait to their awesome festivals to hear music - just head to the winery from 2-5pm on Sundays. And what's even cooler, those of us in the Food Truck Nation will enjoy a different truck each day. Since we encourage you to sample the wine, a tasting is just $5 or select the food & wine pairing for $10 which changes monthly. Examples include All Local: Cheese and Chocolate, An All American Pairing, and International Cheese. The music? The series starts off with Nashville based Jeff Miller on the 5th paired with Palm Tree Catering and then continues with Beggar’s Ride and Jason Schaarschmidt the next two weeks paired with Keep It Smokin’ BBQ. Smokin' indeed; see you in My Airy. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Album Review - Austin Produces Another Rockn' Band: Western Youth

This week I was sent the debut EP (Leaving the Station) from the Austin-based roots rock band Western Youth, and after listening to the first track, immediately move it to the front of my listening queue. Why? Because this EP combines my two favorite music styles, classic Rock n' Roll & Alt Country. What's not too like. Plus, after further listening; no two tracks are the same, I can relate to the lyrics, and the music, well, the music rocks - starting with Somewhere, Somehow. A little Mick Jaggar-ish lyrics as well. The alt-country surfaces in the next couple of tracks - particularly when the pedal steel pipes in. And I think everyone who's been to a bar has a Falling Down experience.Then there's Black Freightliner.  An instant classic - some blues, some gospel - more Louisiana than Austin. Awesome. That sums up the EP as well. Cheers.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Woody Pines, Meet Ashleigh Flynn

Not so long ago, I was sent a couple review CDs and while listening to both in succession, I realized a duet was in order. Thus a random shuffle of Woody Pines Rabbits Motel and Ashleigh Flynn A Million Stars is the best for now.  Pines is more of an old-time musician with a Resonator guitar twist while Flynn possesses that soulful voice  that would truly compliment Pines. And what a voice she has and  Flynn's first track is perhaps best  by herself. But I can envision Pines guitar and gritty vocal on Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet and A Million Stars. And I can image backup vocals by Flynn on assorted songs from Pines CD. Just check both out - worth a listen.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CD Review: John Reischman - Walk Along John

This week my work life spilled over to disrupt my family life so I was feeling quite grumpy. After two days of festering, I found relief: continuous mandolin playing from John Reischman's (The Jaybirds) new solo CD - Walk Along John. All acoustic - all the time; this CD soothed my pain whether he was jamming with Chris Thile in Itzbin Reel or pickin in Gold Mountain Blues and secret track  Other bluegrass legends join in such as Tony Trischka and Bruce Molsky as evident by some kickin' banjo and fiddle. See the old-time sound of Little Pine Siskin. All in all - a must listen CD.

John Reischman & the Jaybirds - SaltSpring from Matt Miles on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Album Review: Kingsley Flood - Battles

We've been longing for the true classic rock band and have found  a few we enjoy such as Hollis Brown, the Jamie McLean Band, and Ha Ha Tonka. We can now add Kingsley Flood to that list after a few listens to their latest CD Battles. You may want to jump to The Fire Inside and its intricate guitar solos to see which song sealed the deal, but definitely return to the earlier tracks. Don't Change My Mind and Sun's Gonna Let Me Shine are reminiscent of the Felice Brothers whereas Pick Your Battles turn to a more rocking version of The Black Keys. The rest is pure Kingsley Flood - a pretty cool blueish-rock-n'-roll sound.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Who's Playing at Joshua Tree this May?

The lineup for the spring edition of the Joshua Tree Music Festival was just released - pretty cool - and with a three day pass only taking $100 from your wallet - quite affordable. One day we will make it out.

saturday 10:30 – midnight

Powerful live electronica ! Elevated songwriting showcases improvisational interludes and refreshing vocal harmonies with an amplified message of transcendence, unity, and universal understanding. Their potent ive set will stir the heart and fuel the mind.

ganga giri
sunday 6 – 7:30pm

Ganga mixes red natural elements with fat tribal beats and dirty funky bass lines to create a unique tribal-technological deep earth dance experience. If you experienced his shows in Joshua Tree in ’05, ’07 & ’09, you are hip to his magical musical madness !

bang data

friday 8:45 – 10:15pm

From Samba-Ska-Cumbia and Electro-Bossanova to a Synth-Bass Heavy-Stooges infested beat. Melodic guitars and gritty bass, over bang electro-acoustic rhythms make this the perfect canvas for Deuce Eclipses bilingual rhymes and melodies. Bang Data’s sound is a hard driving futuristic vision of Latin Alternative music

the egg
friday 10:30 – midnight

Like New Order floating on a cloud. The Egg play live house, rocktronic, funk and ambient influenced dance music, using electronic and live instruments, video triggering, samples and live and vocoded vocals. Their music is inspired by artists such as Pink Floyd, Groove Armada, The Beloved, New Order, & Underworld.

janka nabay & the bubu gang
sierra leone
saturday 5:30 – 6:45pm

Janka Nabay is the undisputed king of "bubu music," a frantically-paced dance music from Sierra Leone. Bubu music is traditional music originally used in witchcraft ceremonies, then later it evolved into a popular processional style played during Ramadan. Janka modernized the sound by adding electric studio instrumentation, infusing a broader range of musical stylings, and has evolved into an inspired band-leader and MC in the tradition of James Brown and Fela.

friday 7 – 8:30pm

Funky, organic hip hop at its finest. A seamless marriage of unyielding, unapologetic urban poetry with an unflinching array of jazz melodies ala the Roots & Soulive.

dogon lights
guinea/cuba/south africa/us
saturday 8:45 – 10:15pm

Redefining world fusion by creating a funky, energetic dance atmosphere that takes listeners straight to the stars, using traditional skin and wood instruments played over grooves and inspired traditional vocals. Featuring Bongo Sidibe from Guinea, Jaqueline Laporte of Cuba and members of the award winning band Hamsa Lila (Ian "Inx" Herman, Vir McCoy, Evan Fraser and John Schroeder). The word, "Dogon" comes from the Dogon people of Mali who believe they are descendants of the Sirians- thus the Dogon Lights.

m.a.k.u. soundsystem
saturday 3:45 – 5:15pm

MAKU takes tradtional Colombian folkloric music screaming into the future, infusing it with psychedelic rock, punk, reggae and soul. Their unique, uplifting sounds are a Party for the People.

liberation movement
sunday 4:20 – 5:50pm

Led by Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion (HDC) and Sasha Rose, officially sanctioned by representatives the Shipibo Tribe of Amazonian Peru, Liberation Movement (LM) is a collective transmutational experience fusing ancient technology with modern ritual, invoking truth to pierce through illusion.

the main squeeze
bloomington, in
saturday 7 – 8:30pm

A raging funk experience that meld soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves, and ripping solos into a powerful live show that incites dance floor nirvana !

rising appalachia
the south
saturday 12:30 – 2pm

Sisters Leah and Chloe tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up spirit fires.  Listen to their beautiful sound for poetic harmonies, soul singing, spoken word rallies, banjos, fiddles, many beats of drums, kalimbas, washboard rants, groove, and community building through SOUND.

globesonic sound system
friday 5:15 – 6:45pm
sunday 7:30 - ??

Modernizing world music, Globesonic Sound System (DJ's Fabian Alsultany & Derek Beres) creates a high energy ecstatic dance celebration of the earth's musical heritage, weaving traditional music with modern aesthetics. Says Fabian, "The music is a reflection of the commonalities between cultures. Our work is not only to get the dance floor moving, but to also stimulate a deep sense of planetary unity through music and dance."

jaliba kuyateh & the kumareh band
sunday 11:50am – 1:05pm

Jaliba is a master Kora player who deftly manipulates all 21 strings of the ancient african instrument. The 'King of the Kora' is also a UNICEF Ambassador and Gambia's 'Man of the Year' with larger than life charm. Jaliba can sing in 3 languages and 7 octaves. Mad skills !  Joined by the Kumareh Band, their performance is an uplifting global call for peace and unity.

los angeles
saturday 2:15 – 3:30pm

Folk rock revivalists, Miner, have sipped from the same well as fellow "joie de folkers" the Mumfords and Edward Sharpes. It's the kind of revivalism that feels as comfortable as bare feet on a freshly mowed lawn. This family affair (husband, wife, brother, cousin & friends) will have you California Dreaming.

robbi & kripa’s third ear experience
south africa/joshua tree
saturday Midnight - ??

African acid rock meets primal tribal dance trance therapy. A magical carpet ride for the body & soulful !

jelly bread

sunday 1:15 – 2:30pm

Dirty ensemble chops, rich vocal dexterity, a pumping rhythm section and solid lyrical flows make a Jelly Bread show monstrously funktastic ! These cats are steeped in roots, wallowing in funk, and marinated in soul.

mexico 68
sunday 2:40 – 4:10pm

This 12 strong band of musicians juxtapose Chicano funk with the body moving and elucidating vibes of Fela’s polyrhythmic afrobeat.

santa barbara
saturday 11am – 12:15pm

This one man band (plus drums) layers bass lines, keys, guitar, vocals, and sax live and on the spot creating funky soul, rock 'n roll, world music and dance tracks right before your ears and eyes. A seasoned vocalist, instrumentalist and producer, W! melds the live band and DJ worlds together as one.

ian winters
santa cruz
friday midnight to ??

This certified Booty Propulsion Specialist provides a non-stop dancefloor experience designed for sweaty, smiley, booty-drenched release. Relax your mind, let your conscience be free and step your vibrations into a new dimension of funk.

chicano batman los angeles

friday 3:30 – 5pm

Chicano Batman draws from a broad range of 60s and early 70s Brazilian bossa nova and samba, spacey psychedelia, slow-jam soul with a pinch of surf-rock cumbia.  Chicano Batman is more than a musical force but an adventurous and opinionated superhero who feeds off of community, afro-centricity and bolillos, on a mission to bring the overlooked to the forefront.

lily of the valley
joshua tree
sunday 10:15 – 11:45am

Angels on earth. Heavenly harmonies. These soaring soul sisters of the high desert will be serving up some sunday morning goosebumps at the Cafe Stage.