Hinterland Music Festival : St. Charles, Iowa : 8/2 – 8/4 (This weekend!)

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Our camper is in prime summer form, and the fam and I are about to head out to the Hinterland Music Festival, just outside of Des Moines, Iowa, at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles. If you missed the maiden voyage, in 2018, you can check my photo recap here!

This year, the fest has expanded to three days, and the running order is below:

Friday, August 2
3:00 p.m. – Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – Keuning
5:15 p.m. – Jade Bird
6:30 p.m. – Hippo Campus
8:00 p.m. – Kacey Musgraves
9:40 p.m. – Hozier

Saturday, August 3
11:00 a.m. – Gates Open
11:45 a.m. – Adam Bruce
12:45 p.m. – The Maytags
1:45 p.m. – John Moreland
2:45 p.m. – Ron Gallo
4:00 p.m. – The Dead South
5:15 p.m. – Colter Wall
6:30 p.m. – The Wood Brothers
8:00 p.m. – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
9:30 p.m. – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Sunday, August 4
11:00 a.m. – Gates Open
12:00 p.m. – Elizabeth Moen
1:00 p.m. – The Nude Party
2:00 p.m. – Ruston Kelly
3:00 p.m. – The War & Treaty
4:15 p.m. – Brent Cobb
5:30 p.m. – Dawes
7:00 p.m. – Maggie Rogers
8:30 p.m. – Brandi Carlile

One of my favorite added bonuses with this fest, since it is geared around a camping crowd, is that it also features a late-night Campfire Stage with performances each night of the festival from 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.:

Friday – The Envy Corps, Some Friends
Saturday – Trevor Sensor, Southbound (Allman Brothers Tribute)
Sunday – Annalibera, Tomar & the FCs

Tickets are available at hinterlandiowa.com/tickets
– 3-Day General Admission: $135 in advance, $150 day of
– 3-Day VIP: $369 in advance, $375 day of
– 1-Day General Admission: $59 in advance, $65 day of
– Kids 12 and under will be admitted free to the festival with a paying adult.

Hinterland Music Festival announces Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves & More

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My favorite destination festival of 2018 was easily the Hinterland Music Festival, just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. You should check my photo recap here!

The “not too large”, single stage footprint is set up as a camping festival and consistently features top alt-country, americana, and indie artists. Last year’s festival featured incredible sets from Sturgill Simpson, CHVRCHES, Tyler Childers, and more.

This year, the fest has expanded to three days, and will take place Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, Iowa. Below is how it is going to shake out. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15.

Friday, August 2
Kacey Musgraves
Hippo Campus
Jade Bird

Saturday, August 3
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
The Wood Brothers
Colter Wall
The Dead South
Ron Gallo
John Moreland
The Maytags
Adam Bruce

Sunday, August 4
Brandi Carlile
Maggie Rogers
Brent Cobb
The War and Treaty
Ruston Kelly
The Nude Party
Elizabeth Moen

Hinterland Festival 2018 : Photo Recap

It was a first-time journey for me to St. Charles, located in NE Iowa. I was joined by the wife and my two daughters. We packed up our camper and made the 8-hour drive from Indianapolis to the Hinterland Music Festival. It was an epic sojourn, well worth the effort.

Hinterland sets up in a huge, perfect bowl shaped field, funnelling down to the grand stage. It affords excellent views from all angles. The crowd is relaxed and friendly. There is only the slightest bit of countrified, Midwestern festival-goer irony. It’s the polite kind. One showgoer explained his “Fight Farmers Fight” vintage cap to me, “It’s funny because you could read it two ways! Right?!” I recently read that if the nearby Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was the cool, city mouse fest, then Hinterland sets up perfectly as it’s country mouse cousin. I liked that. It’s a good analogy for the fest, but don’t mistake that to mean that there is anything amateur or backwoods about it. It is a fully professional, perfectly laid out and executed music festival.

The lineup, as I’ve heard it was in years past, was expertly curated. I thought CHRVCHES would be the oddball in a mostly americana-filled card, but they worked in just fine and the crowd responded to them with every bit of enthusiasm as they did for Sturgill Simpson. Rightfully so, to both, as they both put on amazing performances.

Many of the artists could be found roaming the crowd. From a media perspective, the Hinterland PR team was above and beyond accommodating. Artist roamed past the media trailer, and if you were brave enough, you could grab them pretty easily. I made the mistake of scheduling interviews, sadly to have many cancel, and one miss their flight and not make the fest. Still, J Roddy Walston and I had a great sit-down, and Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter.com, and I spent some quality time reminiscing about the good ol’ blog heyday of the mid-2000s.

Camping festivals are often fraught with layout and logistical pitfall: Over-crowded camping areas, muddy/dirty pits and walking areas, long lines in and for restrooms…you know the typical problems…but Hinterland was logistically easy, very clean, and worked by willingly helpful and overly polite staff, volunteers and security.

I’m excited for the 2019 lineup announcement, as I hope to make this one an end-of-summer break family tradition. Enjoy my amateur-ish photos below, but first: A major highlight was Sturgill Simpson and Wheeler Walker Jr. joining Tyler Childers on stage…

Sturgill Simpson

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Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff

Margo Price

Margo Price

Margo Price

Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES









Tyler Childers


J Roddy Walston & The Business

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Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

Ancient Posse

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Escaping The “Party” With Matt Myers Of Houndmouth

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Friday of Forecastle weekend, My Old Kentucky Blog made a pit stop on the way to Waterfront Park to catch up with Matt Myers of Houndmouth.

It only seemed right to kick off the festival weekend at Jimmy Can’t Dance, a small jazz club and bar in downtown Louisville, for Houndmouth’s album listening party. With a jam-packed weekend ahead of them, the New Albany, Indiana natives still managed to surprise fans with an exclusive listening party and opportune facetime with the band.

Slated for an August 3 release, the new album Golden Age spun on the house turntable while fans, friends, family and tourmates gathered for a hear-it-first listen and Houndmouth-inspired cocktails. The event also had a celebratory feel, as the band was finally close to home after multiple 2-3 week tours all a part of the album promotion cycle.

Depending on personal preference, concept albums can be hit or miss. I personally am fond of them, as they force you to listen to an album in its entirety to get “the big picture.” Each song can be considered a piece of glass that makes up a colorful mosaic or a chapter in a book that tells your favorite story. And they sound best when spun on your Dad’s old Pioneer turntable or blasted from your car windows on a long drive.

Working with producers Jonathan Rado of Foxygen and Shawn Everett, past credits including Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color and The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding, it’s no surprise Houndmouth’s Golden Age went from a planned few week recording process to an unexpected eight month creative venture. You simply work with producers like Rado and Everett to do the undone and push boundaries. And the Golden Age concept that was born is unique in its own right.

Towards the end of the shindig, guitarist and lead vocalist Matt Myers and I escaped the party in true Houndmouth fashion to talk hometown shows, the new album and weird party stories you can’t seem to forget–no matter how hard you try.

Interview conducted by Natalie Glidewell after the jump… (more…)

St. Paul and The Broken Bones // Apollo

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Here’s a soulful new song, “Apollo“, from St. Paul and The Broken Bones from their forthcoming new album, “Young Sick Camellia“. The band will be heading out on an extensive tour, including headlining the Holler On The Hill festival here in Indianapolis in September.

Tour dates after the break…. (more…)

Lollapalooza 2017: The Wet, The Wild and The Wonderous

By: Seth Johnson | Photos: Berto Campos

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The Drums

Lollapalooza never ceases to be a rollercoaster, with twists and turns coming with each and every trek across Grant Park. This year was certainly no different, as the festival provided its fair share of fanfare. Below, follow Seth Johnson’s four-day journey at the fest, with photos from Roberto Campos.

Walking past folks in business attire on the way to a four-day party felt a bit odd, but so it goes with a Chicago festival that starts on a Thursday. Heading into Lollapalooza 2017, I was greeted by the pleasant psychedelic sounds of Temples, before catching a charming set from Jonny Pierce and The Drums. The New York guitar pop group played several selections from their 2017 album, Abysmal Thoughts, while also intermingling in classics from their earlier releases. From here, my wild, wild festival ride kicked it up several notches as I headed to a set from the Atlanta trap trio Migos, who played an abbreviated set due to a late arrival. Following this madness, I briefly popped by Cage the Elephant before making my way to see Kaytranada. A longtime favorite of My Old Kentucky Blog, the 2016 Polaris Prize winner did not disappoint, playing a fantastically groovy DJ set that wound up being my favorite moment of the day. Following Kaytranada, I headed to see Lorde, who would unfortunately have her set cut short after just a few songs due to a torrential downpour.

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Friday was perhaps my favorite day of the festival, with artists both new and old pulling out all the stops. I kicked off my day with Cloud Nothings, who wowed on one of the fest’s biggest stages. After heading onward, I caught a phenomenal set from The Lemon Twigs. With harmonies that brought Neil Young to mind, the group showed a great deal of versatility throughout their performance, even playing some songs from an upcoming EP titled Brothers of Destruction. After catching high-energy sets from Phantogram and Run the Jewels, I hiked my weary legs over to see Whitney. Another longtime favorite of My Old Kentucky Blog, the group played a quick-fire set that featured a new song as well as a guest appearance from Joey Purp. After having a nostalgia-filled finale to my festival with time split between Blink-182 (no shame), Crystal Castles and The Killers, my photographer and I headed to an intimate Mac Demarco after show, where the always entertaining Viceroy Cowboy gave the audience all that they wanted and then some (he took off his pants near set’s end).

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Cloud Nothings

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The Lemon Twigs

Saturday at Lollapalooza was certainly the most underwhelming day of the fest, despite a few bright spots. My day started off with an appropriately sunny set from Alvvays, who unveiled some new tracks from their upcoming album, Antisocialites. Next, I caught a little bit of Glass Animals, before enjoying an intimate smaller-stage performance from Warpaint. After a day of chilled-out pop, I was given an unabashed trap slap from 21 Savage, whose hit song “Bank Account” is all the rage right now. Following this performance, I made my way to catch an endearing set from Chance the Rapper. As expected, Chance gave Chicago all that they could’ve asked for and then some, even welcoming Vic Mensa up on stage to perform his verse on the Acid Rap classic “Cocoa Butter Kisses”. Backed by a band that featured none other than Nico Segal (a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet), Lil Chano from 79th delivered songs from 2016’s Coloring Book with the perfect amount of heart and soul, even treating hardcore fans to a deep cut from 2015’s Surf. After weaving through the late-night masses, I made my way to another after party, headlined this time by Sylvan Esso. Despite it being day three of the festival, I quickly forgot about my tiredness upon walking into the fourth floor venue and hearing the indie-pop duo do their thing. Consisting of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Made of Oak), Sylvan Esso performed several selections from their impressive sophomore album, What Now, before letting a dance floor full of fans disperse into the night.

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21 Savage

By Sunday, I had come to the conclusion that my feet and back were going to hurt well into the following week (they did). Nevertheless, I went back at it for one more day, which would turn out to be the most high-energy of them all. My final Grant Park excursion started out with Chicago’s Noname, who dropped her excellent debut mixtape Telefone in 2016.. Next, I jumped over to a set from Car Seat Headrest — a band that continues to gel more and more each time I see them. At Lollapalooza, Will Toledo and company played selections from both Teens of Style and Teens of Denial, while also performing a brand new tune as well. Following this soothing start to Sunday, my turn-up meter nearly burst as I caught back-to-back-to-back sets from Lil Yachty, Big Sean and Joey Bada$$. All three with their own unique styles, Yachty, Sean and Joey gave rap fans all that they wanted and then some, while also giving the festival security a headache too. To close out my time at Lollapalooza, I decided to go out with a bang, enjoying an excellent set from legendary French electronic duo Justice. Much like Daft Punk, Justice orchestrated a DJ set that skillfully meshed songs together from their three-album catalog, helping the remaining Lollapalooza crowd forget about their problems one more time before heading back out into the real world.

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Cage the Elephant

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Tegan and Sara

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Crystal Castles

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Run the Jewels

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Big Sean

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Lil Yachty

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Tove Lo

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Charli XCX

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The xx

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Sylvan Esso

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Mac Demarco

Five Moments We’ll Never Forget from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By: Seth Johnson | Photos: Berto Campos

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A Tribe Called Quest

It’s a mild summer night in Chicago, and a beautifully diverse crowd of music fans stands attentively, clinging onto each and every syllable from A Tribe Called Quest. After sprinting through an award tour of hits, both old and new, the legendary hip-hop group is nearing the end of their time at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. But you better believe Q-Tip is not going to let the curtain drop without one more unified chant for equality.

“Say, ‘We the people, we are equal,’” Q-Tip urges, emphatically. “Say, ‘Resist, resist.’”

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A Tribe Called Quest

The crowd complies, continuing to follow the emcee’s lead as the chant repeats several times before finally ceasing. This moment of solidarity is what ends Tribe’s performance, leaving a mark on each and every person who stuck around until the end of their headlining set.

A Tribe Called Quest’s call for equality is just one of the many memorable moments from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. Below are some more that stood out to us, along with photos from the festival taken by Roberto Campos.

Danny Brown and Vince Staples Thump and Bump

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Vince Staples

Pitchfork’s Friday schedule offered up a dynamic pairing of hip-hop performances, with Vince Staples kicking off the thump and bump. Performing several songs from his phenomenal new album, Big Fish Theory, the Sprite King brought the heat on hard-hitting songs like “745,” “Big Fish” and “Yeah Right”. Following Staples on the same stage, a newly afro-less Danny Brown continued the strong display of icky thick beats, performing several selections from his Warp Records debut, Atrocity Exhibition.

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Angel Olsen

Ladies Reign Supreme on Saturday

Female artists wowed throughout the weekend at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, but no day was more packed with badass ladies than Saturday. The festivities started off with Cherry Glazerr, as Clementine Creevy and company tore through songs from their 2017 Secretly Canadian release, Apocalipstick. Mitski followed with a stellar set of her own, which was perfectly capped by the Puberty 2 song “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars”. Next up, Angel Olsen took the audience on a genuinely emotional ride, complete with roaring highs and flooring lows, then giving way to the esteemed PJ Harvey, who did not disappoint.

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Cherry Glazerr

Nicolas Jaar Rattles Brains on Sunday

Although his set happened while the sun was still out, Nicolas Jaar gave off all kinds of Day for Night vibes on Sunday at Pitchfork, with a set that was equal parts dance-inducing and thought-provoking. One half of the duo Darkside, the Chilean-American artist proved why he is one of modern electronic music’s most compelling artists.

LCD Soundsystem Brings New Songs to Life

Just a few years ago, LCD Soundsystem lie dormant, as James Murphy pursued a myriad of other projects. Since reuniting last year, however, the influential New York band has returned to full force, electrifying crowds with classics like “All My Friends,” “Dance Yrself Clean,” “Tribulations” and more. In addition to these selections, LCD showed off their two newest songs (“Call the Police” and “American Dream”) at Pitchfork. And much to the delight of fans, both fit right in with the rest of the band’s epic set of hits.

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Cherry Glazerr

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Thurston Moore

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