Photo Recap: Islands and Steady Holiday @ The Hi-Fi

In a year that’s brought blow after blow after blow, the Islands show at the Hi-Fi seems like a port in the perpetual shit storm we’ve been weathering. People in the crowd were ecstatic, bordering on feral, to see Nick Thorburn and company play. Voices shrieked out song titles in hopes that the band’s setlist would be scrapped in favor of audience suggestions, but Thorburn cracked a calming smile and wryly said, “you’ve waited 11 years for this, you can wait 30 more minutes.” Even with that assurance, people all over the venue lost their minds at the beginning of every single song. “Rough Gem” elicited a near-exorcism from the guy behind me while “Hallways” caused two people to scream and start hugging each other like kids who just found out tomorrow is a snow day.

Steady Holiday opened up the evening, calling the venue to attention with a dulcet voice and Buckley-esque guitar. As ferocious as the crowd was for Islands, they were enthralled with Dre Babinski in equal measure; the only sounds coming out of the crowd were sips of beer followed by rapturous applause and then ordering more beer. Babinski even seemed surprised at one point, that anyone would listen so politely and respond so positively. The whole show was undoubtedly a great moment for everyone there.

 

Islands

 

Steady Holiday

 

Words and photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Twin Peaks, NE-HI, & Hoops @ Joyful Noise Recordings

On the night of Monday, June 6th, 2016 Joyful Noise Recordings hosted a show featuring Hoops, NE-HI, and, the evening’s headliners: Twin Peaks. Set after set was a mix of fast guitars and ripped canvas sneakers that eventually boiled over into Twin Peaks’ members yelping and snarling the crowd into a frenzy. “We’ve been playing a lot of stadium shows lately,” bassist Jack Dolan said to the sold out crowd packed into the room, “so it feels good to be here.”

 

Chicago’s NE-HI spent their cinnamon whiskey-fueled set ripping through song after song. Hoops, the bill’s local support, started the evening off with a stacked set that immediately sent the crowd to the merch table upon its close. Many audience members were left disappointed, though, once they learned the band had quickly sold out of their vinyl stock.

 

Twin Peaks

 

NE-HI

 

Hoops

 

Photos and Words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light @ The Hi-Fi

Visions of Us on the Land, the latest release from Damien Jurado, provides those familiar with the long running catalog of the singer-songwriter plenty to sink into. Jurado’s soulful, plaintive vocals nestle in wonderfully with the album’s instrumental arrangements, alternating between reserved hush and a layered, expansive wildness.

The crowd at The Hi-Fi packed in to the venue to see Jurado & The Heavy Light fill the space with walls of sound, each one culminating in rapturous applause. Labelmate Ben Abraham opened the evening with an intimate set, performing songs off of his debut record Sirens.

 

Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light

 

Ben Abraham

 

Photos and words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Marlon Williams at The Bishop

The new self-titled record of New Zealand’s Marlon Williams was released on Indiana’s own Dead Oceans last week. The week before, though, he and his band rolled through Bloomington to play a lively, packed show at The Bishop. Peter Oren opened the show with his charming and warm baritone making the bar seem more intimate, like the living room stage at a house show. Here’s to hoping they both come through on tour again soon.

 

Marlon Williams

 

Peter Oren

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Fun Fun Fun Fest Announce Their 10th Anniversary Lineup

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One of the best music festivals in the land, Fun Fun Fun Fest, have announced the lineup for what will be the 10th anniversary of the event. Being held at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX from November 6 through the 8th, artists at this years lineup will include Grimes, Wu-Tang Clan, D’Angelo, CHVRCHES, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, and so many more that we could single out. It could arguably be their best lineup yet. Tickets will be available today starting at 11am EST here. Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy give you all of the details below.

FULL LINEUP:

ORANGE STAGE
Jane’s Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), D’Angelo and The Vanguard, CHVRCHES, Future Islands, RIDE, Cheap Trick, ANTEMASQUE, Toro y Moi, American Football, The Growlers, Fuzz, Mikal Cronin, The Charlatans UK, Viet Cong, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Murder By Death, Cass McCombs, Steve Gunn, BRONCHO, Grifters, Creepoid, East Cameron Folkcore, A Giant Dog, Think No Think, Ringo Deathstarr

BLUE STAGE
Wu-Tang Clan, Chromeo, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, ODESZA, Neon Indian, Rae Sremmurd, MSTRKRFT, Hudson Mohawke, Gesaffelstein (DJ set), Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, Afrika Bambaataa, Slow Magic, Lido, Doomtree, BADBADNOTGOOD, Anamanaguchi, Shamir, Bomba Estereo, Snakehips, TOPS, Haelos, Two-Nine, Roger Sellers, The Outfit, TX, SURVIVE

BLACK STAGE
Venom, NOFX, Gogol Bordello, Coheed and Cambria, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Dag Nasty, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Skinny Puppy, Babes in Toyland, Parquet Courts, OFF!, La Dispute, Title Fight, Fucked Up, Head Wound City, Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), King Khan and BBQ Show, Benjamin Booker, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Nothing, together PANGEA, Power Trip, Joanna Gruesome, American Sharks, Future Death

Photo Recap: Pit Stop Music Festival

Festival season is upon us. People will inevitably trek across the country to see the largest and most well-known festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo in order to have the typical festival experience: seeing most of the bands you want to see from a few hundred yards away, overpaying for beer, and getting a painful tank burn before falling back into your friend’s car for the seven hour drive back home. It’s a long, messy, unpredictable but memorable weekend that’s become quintessential to what summer is all about.

The Pit Stop Festival in Bloomington back in March, however, brought a little intimacy back to that festival feeling. Held over three nights at a handful of local venues, Pit Stop’s goal was simple: “Bloomington isn’t flyover country; it’s where great independent music puts wheels on the ground. Pit Stop is a three-night sprint of live music featuring national, regional & local acts. Like SXSW for the Upland South, catch the best of indie rock, Americana, hip-hop and more as they roll through our town.” It brought a few of the same pitfalls as its larger festival brethren (due to show times I couldn’t see everyone I wanted to see), but it also found a few of the same unmissable draws in its list of headliners and local talent. Even though I was left with the same sense of exhaustion and slight dehydration at the end of Pit Stop that I’ve found myself in at previous festivals, I still had the same thought as I packed up my camera a remembered where I parked: I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Hiss Golden Messenger

William Tyler

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight

Madlib

PHNM

Stakzilla

Strong Roots

DJ Spikes

Maps & Atlases

The Alamo Freeze

Words and Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Stars and Hey Rosetta! at The Vic

Back in November MOKB photog Doug Fellegy was able to catch Stars and Hey Rosetta! at the Vic in Chicago. Touring their newest album, No One Is Lost, Stars performed a new batch of their electronic-tinged songs to a feverish crowd. The show featured the band’s signature careening call-and-response vocals and danceable rhythms and ended with a sincere Torquil Campbell thanking the crowd for their years of support. Be sure to catch them out on tour throughout 2015.

Stars

Hey Rosetta!

(photos via flickr)