Before their sold out MOKB Presents show on June 12th Old National Center in Indianapolis, Alt-J stopped by LUNA Music for an intimate acoustic session. Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton performed special stripped down acoustic versions of “Breezeblocks,” “Tessellate,” and “Fitzpleasure” to the packed record store. See the video for “Fitzpleasure” below and find the other two from the session here at Do317.com.
There’s much to be admired in any act of longevity. When longevity comes in the humble pursuit of happiness in a volatile industry known to lift up one buzzed-about, celebrated act after another – before deriding it and calling it a sellout as it’s chewed up and spit out – to achieve longevity is absolute cause for celebration. Such volatility is the unforgiving nature of the music industry over the course of any given month, let alone each of the dozen months in a given year for a span of more than sixteen years.
Sixteen-plus years: That’s how long it has been since the perpetually under-the-radar, but intensely adored, rock and roll engine that is Red Wanting Blue formed in Athens, Ohio. Red Wanting Blue certainly aren’t the first band to plug-in and blast away night after night with wheels ceaselessly spinning from town to town in nondescript clubs, bars and rooms for years on end to cultivate a devoted following, but they surely are one worth championing.
Singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Mark McCullough (bass, vocals), Greg Rahm (keys, guitars, organ, vocals) Eric Hall Jr. (guitars, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Dean Anshutz (drums, percussion, glockenspiel) do, in fact, have a devoted following, to say the least. From college town to college town throughout the Midwest, the perseverant Ohio rockers laid a foundation for what would become a groundswell of support that has solidified not just a worthwhile career or a successful band, but an entire lifestyle bigger than themselves that is built on faith, paid back with interest in loyalty, and dripping with pride.
That’s not to say there haven’t been considerable setbacks in the journey; odds are Terry and his bandmates can vouch that the only journeys worth taking are the ones with roadblocks, detours, breakdowns and U-turns. They’ve survived lineup shake-ups (an irreconcilable rift between Terry and original RWB guitarist and collaborator Brian Epp was a turning point), a seemingly endless string of albums without label interest, the ubiquitous mental and physical toll of relentless touring, and sixteen-plus years of evaporating industry trends that could (and have) filled entire tomes – not to mention the explosion of internet culture, the digital age, Napster, iTunes, the rise of the blogosphere and anything else that has registered as even a speck of a drip in the turbulent waters of millennial and post-millennial pop-rock music. Hell, read enough music features these days, and you’ll be resigned to ignorance or outright denial if you believe guitars and and rock n’roll music as a whole weren’t stamped with a non-negotiable death certificate years ago.
Minneapolis trio and Domino signees, Night Moves released their debut album, Colored Emotions, this past March. While on tour, they stopped by our Do317 Lounge to perform their standout cut “Country Queen.”
Night Moves is John Pelant (guitars/vocals), Micky Alfano (bass) and Mark Ritsema (multi-instrumentalist), and the band creates a brand of ethereal/cosmic psych-pop but with a laid-back and intimate twang. The project heads out on tour with Father John Misty this summer for select dates in the midwest.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jun 1 – Chicago, IL – Do Division Festival #
Jun 2 – St Paul, MN – Grand Old Days
Jul 17 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Jul 18 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
Jul 19 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jul 20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
Jul 22 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Jul 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Jul 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Jul 25 – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
Jul 26 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall %
Jul 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Jul 28 – Washington, DC – DC9
Jul 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls %
Jul 31 – Cleveland, OH – Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame %
Aug 1 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall %
Aug 3 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall %
Aug 4 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
We know a good thing when we hear it, and now Lily & Madeleine are the talk of Indianapolis. After one look and listen at this gorgeous video, you’ll soon agree, and they’ll likely be the talk of far beyond.
It’s not often that any artist, local or not, enjoys this type of rise from obscurity. Since the digital release of their EP the sister duo is already receiving critical acclaim, Death +Taxes asserts, “It’s not just that their songs are instantly compelling and arranged and produced with impeccable taste, but that they project a wizened soulfulness that’s almost preternatural coming from a couple of high-schoolers. The pathos in their EP closer ‘Things I’ll Later Lose’ is stunning,” while local alt-weekly, NUVO heralds, “Primed for great things…they’ve got the support of powerful locals behind them and great raw material. Their delicate, strummed folk melodies and clear vocal harmonies are intimate and simple.”
Before their show at Old National Centre, Portland’s Blitzen Trapper stopped by the Do317 Lounge for a great PBR Session featuring a couple of our favorite tunes. We had a packed house that day for what turned out to be on of our best Lounge Sessions yet.
View the full photo set here (Photos by Jeff DuPont)
On a cold November Sunday in Indianapolis, family and friends huddled together in Fountain Square for a very special PBR / Do317 Lounge Session featuring Joe Pug and Denison Witmer. These Joe Pug videos are so amazing, we just could not wait to post them. We will have some equally amazing Denison Witmer videos up for you very shortly! Want to attend one of these amazing sessions? Follow @do317 on Twitter, and you just might just find yourself in the front row of our next session.
Chris and Oliver Wood create some unbelievable harmonies together, something common among sibling duos. These guys have been making and recording music for over 20 years, but have been working collaboratively for about 7 years.
During the time the brothers weren’t together, they had a few musical endeavors of their own. Chris Wood created the instrumental group of the 90s, Medeski Martin & Wood, after studying at the New England Conservatory of Music for bass performance. Oliver formed the band, King Johnson, with friend, Chris Long, and keyboardist, John Medeski, whom he met while attending UC Santa Cruz. Oliver toured with King Johnson for 12 years and helped release six albums over the span.
In 2004, at a family reunion, of all places, Oliver and Chris took an opportunity to play together, and that’s when the magic began! Whether it was the brotherly bond between them, or the perfect mixture of folk and jazz that made it work, they’ve collaborated to make some great tunes. The Wood Brothers create music that is true to their roots while incorporating influences from their earlier musical careers. Check out our Pabst Blue Ribbon session with The Wood Brothers.