Critically acclaimed Indie Folk act Vandaveer returns after a successful stop here last year at the MidPoint Music Festival. The Washington, D.C.-based group was formed in 2006 by mastermind Mark Charles Heidinger, who has roots that put him closer to the heart of Americana music (born in Ohio and raised in Kentucky). The band has taken many forms since then, both in the studio and onstage, with a rotating cast of musicians fluttering in and out. One mainstay is singer Rose Guerin, who gives Vandaveer its magnetic harmonies.
Vandaveer — whose new Dig Down Deep album came out April 26 — performs a free show at 10 p.m. tonight at MOTR Pub. Opening is local AltFolk troupe Young Heirlooms, who are currently recording their first full-length and a music video (look them up soon on Kickstarter if you’d like to help the band release them).
Here's Vandaveer's clip for "Dig Down Deep," from the new album.
• In a more Metal mood? Then you can head to Bogart's for the Hed2Head Tour 2.0, featuring Hed PE and Mushroomhead (get it? "Hed" to "Head"?), along with Corvus, American Head Charge and Tenafly Viper.Mushroomhead wear masks and make Electro-Industrial-strength Metal. The Mushers were formerly embroiled in a feud with another masked band — Slipknot — but ultimately both sides kissed and made up. Relations are just fine now, so much so that Corey Taylor has expressed an interest in launching a masked-bands tour featuring Slipknot, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne (part-time maskers) and GWAR.
Tickets for tonight's show are $20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Here is Mushroomhead's clip for the song "Come On."
• Georgia-born/NYC based Pop singer-songwriter Ron Pope brings his tour behind the new album Atlanta to Hamilton's Galaxy CDs this evening for a 7 p.m. performance. Joining Pope for the all-ages show are Josiah Leming and Jesse Ruben. Admission is $8.
Pope is a great example of the current climate wherein an artist can post a video on YouTube and within months be known around the globe. A very simple fan-made video of the break-up song "A Drop in the Ocean" has amassed an astonishing 18,201,114 hits (as of minutes ago) on the site. Pope scored a major label deal but, after just two singles, he backed out of it to remain independent. Since 2008, he has put out about a dozen recordings on his own and has been featured on numerous TV show soundtracks.
Here's the clip that made Pope explode:
• Speaking of artists doing it for themselves, Roster McCabe is another group taking advantage of the increased ease of riding on the D.I.Y. route and actually being able to maintain a career as a musician. And they do it with a mix of old- and new-school promotions. The Minneapolis Rock/Reggae/Funk/Electro/Dance group is on pace to play 220 shows this year and, helping them do that, they've released all of their music for free via download on their website. Billboard calls the five-piece Jam scene up-and-comers one of "five up-and-coming jam bands that could draw audiences to the festivals of tomorrow."
Here's Roster McCabe doing their thang live and making all the people dance with their song "Stargazer" (joined by Steve Molitz of Particle and a collaborator of Cincy's own Freekbass). The group plays The Mad Frog in Corryville tonight with guests Grover.