Photo Recap: Night Moves at LO-FI Lounge

First Friday events downtown are typically crowded, but last week at the LO-FI Lounge was even more so thanks to electro-psych rockers Night Moves. The band, primarily comprised of John Pelant and Mickey Alfano, brought a stadium’s worth of energy to the gallery space in support of their latest record, Can You Really Find Me, out on Domino Records. Be sure to catch them on tour throughout the rest of the summer and dive into the rest of their catalog.

Photos by Doug Fellegy

 

Night Moves

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.

Photo Recap: The Beths and Girl Friday at The HI-FI

Photos by Doug Fellegy


The Beths
, a New Zealand four-piece, play guitar-driven garage rock like four best friends who need nothing more than each other to have the best time. Their latest US release,
Future Me Hates Me, ripples with mid-20s ennui while practically bursting at the seams with joyous sun-lit guitar solos. The Beths are a band that sound good in your headphones, but even better in person.

Girl Friday kicked off the night with songs from Fashion Conman, their newest EP released late last month. The crowd vigorously nodded along as the band flew through their set, each song bringing out another round of fist pumps and hell-yeahs. Be sure to catch these two throughout the rest of their summer tour.

 

 

The Beths

 

Girl Friday

 

 

 

Photo Recap: The National and Courtney Barnett at WRSP

Summer concert season rarely brings a double-header as powerful as The National and Courtney Barnett through town, but White River State Park hosted just such an evening. The National played a set list of old favorites and picks from their latest album, I Am Easy To Find, full of dry wit and everyman ethos. Courtney Barnett opened the evening brimming with energy, each song building guitars and drums and shouts like a tornado about to touch down. She played her newest single, Everybody Here Hates You, as well as a mix of her previous releases. If you can see them together later on this summer, don’t miss out on that opportunity.

 

The National 

 

Courtney Barnett

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy

Photo Recap: Pedro The Lion and John Vanderslice at The HI-FI

Indie vanguards Pedro The Lion and John Vanderslice recently played to a packed house at The HI-FI in Fountain Square. Touring behind their latest records, Phoenix and The Cedars respectively, both acts brought a passion to their sets that made the room feel like more of a family gathering than a concert hall.

Although David Bazan has been on solo tours throughout the past few years, this latest record features a reunited and re-energized Pedro The Lion. The band sounded as if the hiatus was merely a blip as they ripped through new tracks from Phoenix as well as much-loved material from earlier in their catalog. 


John Vanderslice was similarly well-received by a swarm of fans. In between songs, Vanderslice even participated in a brief Q&A session by pulling questions out of a pint glass and charming the crowd. His voice pierced the small talk of the club, bringing those just walking in and unfamiliar with his sound into a pack in front of the stage, excited to hear more.

 

Pedro The Lion

 

John Vanderslice

 

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy

Photo Recap: Stella Donnelly and Faye Webster at The Bishop

Two of the most pure voices currently in music, Stella Donnelly and Faye Webster, played sets to an awestruck crowd at The Bishop in Bloomington last week.  Fans were treated to an uncompromisingly joyful evening of songs from their latest releases, Beware of the Dogs and Atlanta Millionaires Club, respectively.

 

Stella Donnelly

 

Faye Webster

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy

Photo Recap: Kikagaku Moyo and Art Feynman at The HI-FI

Recently, a crowd at The HI-FI was able to witness the blissful psychedelic folk of Kikagaku Moyo. The Tokyo-based five piece performed to a large crowd of curious ears, swimming through a catalog full of dreamy vocals and experimental prog-tinged arrangements. Masana Temples, the band’s latest album, features a healthy mix of exploration while retaining a fiery sense of urgency, i.e. the transition between the literal forest thunderstorm break on the track “Amayadori” that unfurls into the fuzzed-out push of “Gatherings.” In short: the people who knew what they were in for were thrilled while the uninitiated were converted.

The evening began with a set from Art Feynmen, the latest solo project from the former Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple. This iteration finds Temple’s soothing voice bopping through Eno-filtered krautrock, building up precise rhythmic patterns and then suddenly breaking free thanks to a peripheral keyboard line that strikes out on its own. This sound is clearly distanced from the airy folk of Temple’s past but the heart of his music remains the same, and that’s never a bad thing with an artist of this caliber.

 

Kikagaku Moyo

 

Art Feynman 

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy