The origin of the Avett Brothers resonates much closer with punk-rock and metal, seemingly an attempt to break free of their musical roots back home. Amidst tireless efforts to pursue a career in those heavy-handed genres, Scott and Seth realized their calling lied with inspiration from family, friends, and the sounds of home. Stripping back the loudness and distortion of guitars heard in the earlier years, the group ultimately migrated to an emphasis on vocal harmonies and carefully crafted guitar riffs seen vividly in Thursday night’s performance.
Ireland based singer-songwriter Hozier recently released his second studio album, Wasteland, Baby!. Following this album release, he announced a tour which is set to travel through the United States and Europe. During the first week of this tour, Hozier visited Charlotte, North Carolina. This show was not only special because it was St. Patrick’s Day, it was also the singer’s 29th birthday.
Ireland based singer-songwriter Hozier has had a busy few years. In 2013, he kicked off with his EP Take Me To Church. The groundbreaking title track, “Take Me To Church,” went on to become a platinum hit. After the release of the debut album, Hozier, the musician received multiple notable awards and a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.
Moderation within itself can be deceptively complex. But when you find balance, everything can fall into place with a somewhat intrinsic harmony.
Cue Lilac Kings, an up-and-coming Tulsa-based outfit who’ve clearly run with this sentiment and elevated it to new heights.
Metric and Zoé have been doing a co-headline tour since the beginning of this year with July Talk as their supporting act. Though the tour seems like a social experiment as both bands have a very different fan base, they do share some similarities and by exposing themselves to different audiences it is a great way to test their music and see how others react to it. Talking about some of the similarities between Metric and Zoé, their careers spans two decades and they both released a new album last year.
Now in its sixth year, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito has announced its biggest event yet. After selling out its flagship date in Dana Point, CA for two years in a row, this year’s Southern California festival expands to two days on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at picturesque Doheny State Beach.
Dreamville is coming to Raleigh, North Carolina for their first ever festival this April. Lead by J. Cole himself, Dreamville will take place on April 6th, 2019. The festival will be located in the heart of Raleigh’s most historical locations, Dorothea Dix Park. This festival is a way for J. Cole to give back to his home state that helped shape him into the artist he is today. Supporting local food, culture and music, Dreamville will also be adding some of the biggest national acts to the lineup. Dreamville has stated that their goal is not only to make a cultural impact on the city itself but grow this festival into an annual thing.
Miami’s sixth III Points festival was three days of awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping performances from across the unique spectrum of their diverse visual and musical line-up. The Mana Wynwood Convention center hosted seven indoor and outdoor stages, each with their own creative quirks and distinct company, and a plethora of interactive installations, such as Max Cooper and Architecture Social Club’s Aether installation, and Erica Bernhard and Nonotak’s entry portal into the festival. Unconventional spaces, such as the indoor “Skate Space” had patrons put their roller-skating skills to work, with a performance space in the middle that hosted artists like Keanu Orange and Suzi Analogue, and a tucked away, intimate space for DJ sets inspired by speakeasy’s called Door IV, were innovative choices that set III Points above and apart from many American festivals today.
An attempt to interpret, understand and respond to this history utilizing imaginative investment, projection, and creation, perceived through the lens of indirect experience, or second-hand vision is the basis of Sam Valdimirsky photographic series Second-Hand Vision.
Valdimirsky is a documentary filmmaker and artist working primarily in photo and film. His interdisciplinary practice often intersects performance with photography, in which he explores self-portraiture and autobiographical themes through the other, using masks, makeup, costumes, constructed sets, and green screens to stage fictions grounded in history.
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