Premiere : Tyler Childers singing “Honky Tonk Flame” at Sun King Brewery

We’ve been excited proponents of the movement back towards old school and outlaw country. Artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton have brought back authenticity and much-needed real-life grit to country music. This resurgence has now brought forth a second generation, if you will, to get very excited about, and Tyler Childers is a fellow Kentuckian that certainly fits that description. Childers was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a small, dwindling coal mining area in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so he knows more than a little bit about struggle and underbelly of lawlessness and booze that is glossed over by the thick fog of religion in these poor, rural areas.

The new 10-song album, Purgatory, recorded at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe studio, was produced by Sturgill Simpson as well as David Ferguson. It features Simpson on acoustic guitar and to no surprise a host of world-renowned players (Stuart Duncan, Miles Miller, and Russ Pahl, among others).

Lucky Indianapolis show-goers can catch Childers this Saturday at the Sun King Brewery VIII Anniversary party, which also features Nikki Lane and Parker Milsap! Tickets available at MOKB Presents.com

Houston’s Day for Night Expands Horizons of the Modern Day Music Festival

By: Seth Johnson
Photos: Berto Campos

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Man, oh man, was 2016 a big year for fantastic releases. And with those releases came a slew of acts hitting the road too — many of whom I was lucky enough to catch in concert. Despite a year packed full of show going, however (see Seth’s roundups of Pitchfork Music Festival and Lollapalooza), nothing compared to my time at Day for Night 2016.

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Aphex Twin

Only in its second year, the festival boasted an impressive lineup of acts, including the likes of Aphex Twin (first U.S. show in eight years), Bjork, Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Travis Scott and more. And while this is certainly what caught my eye, I eventually became more intrigued upon learning that the fest would also feature several immersive art installations curated by artists from all over the world.

Held in and around a different abandoned warehouse in Houston each year, Day for Night 2016 was held at a huge abandoned post office building, with three outdoor stages, one indoor stage, and art installations scattered throughout the vicinity. With so much art in one place, there was never a dull moment, as the stimulating instillations allowed festivalgoers to explore visual art when they weren’t catching their favorite musical acts. Ultimately, this aspect of the festival was incredibly refreshing and gave Day for Night its own one-of-a-kind charm.

Before I jump into the music portion of my roundup, I think it’s only appropriate that I give the booking team behind Day for Night proper praise. Unlike many major festivals in the modern age, Day for Night seemed absent of outside influences such as massive media companies. Nevertheless, they managed to bring together a very unique lineup of acts that featured a little bit of something for everyone, while still showing love to Houston with several featured local artists too. In a nutshell, the whole thing just felt genuine.

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DJ Windows 98 (aka Win Butler)

After attending the Day for Night pre-party on Friday with excellent DJ sets from Bjork and DJ Windows 98 (a.k.a. Win Butler of Arcade Fire), I wandered back over to Day for Night’s opening day on Saturday, where I was “welcomed to Houston” by a collective of notable Houston rappers (Z-Ro, Bun B, Mike Jones, Paul Wall and more) all performing on stage as one beautiful H-Town family. After catching a bit of this set, I quickly began darting around from stage to stage, catching bits of magic from Tobacco, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Oneohtrix Point Never and The Jesus and Mary Chain. As one might expect, though, the festival truly transformed into another world after the sun went down and the lights made their emergence.

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Oneohtrix Point Never

Night one of Day for Night was certainly one for the ages, with stellar performances from Blood Orange, Run the Jewels and Aphex Twin. I was so happy to catch the large majority of all three sets, especially considering the releases of Aphex’s mysterious 12” that day and Run the Jewels’ RTJ3 the following week. As any music lover might expect, this triple play of sets was filled with nonstop greatness, leaving my cheeks sore from all the smiling I had done.

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Day two, I was back at it once again, running frantically around the abandoned warehouse to catch as much music as possible. On Sunday, my path took me from SURVIVE to Ariel Pink to Lightning Bolt, and then from Mykki Blanco to Kamasi Washington to RZA. In the later hours, I was sucked into the festival’s playground of lights once again, revisiting some of my favorite installations before heading back to the tunes. After this short hiatus, I entered the home stretch, catching high-powered sets from Squarepusher, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Butthole Surfers and Travis Scott, before capping my weekend off with an appropriately scintillating set from Arca.

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Blood Orange

I look forward to seeing you next year, Day for Night. You truly did change my perception of what a music festival can and should be.

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Travis Scott

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Butthole Surfers

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Squarepusher

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Ariel Pink

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DAED

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Tycho

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Blood Orange

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Blood Orange

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Jesus and Mary Chain

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Clams Casino

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Tobacco

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Tobacco

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TEE VEE

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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