Typically, a musician's choice of touring partners says much about him or her. Exhibit A: Astronautalis. The Virginia-born, Seattle-via-Minneapolis rapper, born
Andy Bothwell, has shared bills with Tegan and Sara, k-os, Flobots,
Bleubird, Sims and Busdriver.
Ever fantasize about vacationing in the serene English
hillside? If the answer is yes, we're happy to introduce
you to Skinny Lister, a vibrant, Punk-in-spirit Folk/String band that
will appease those idyllic sensibilities.
is a Columbus four-piece (not to be confused with the U.K. Art Punk band
with the same moniker) whose “Beautiful Dream” crystallizes the joy and
confusion of fresh love in a tight, understated package.
At age 14, Sean Scolnick started writing his first songs,
penning Nirvana-inspired missives about authority, school and “stuff that a lot of 14-year-old
kids probably write about.” Now in his early 30s, Scolnick doesn't
employ those subjects as inspiration anymore. Listening to his
story-heavy goulash of Folk and AltCountry reveals nary any traces of
Cobain and Co. at all.
In the case of the effervescent seven-piece, The Duke
of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra, their inclusion of “bacon” as an
inspiration on their Facebook page — alongside the more conventional
choices of Motown, Funk, Ragtime, Jazz, Rock and “Popssical” — is
telling for multiple reasons.
If Ben Chasny had his way, he wouldn't be trapped here on
Earth but rather levitating somewhere far above it. Over the 14-year
span of releases from Six Organs of Admittance, Chasny's pet project
fleshed out by a rotating cast of players, he's made his love for the
heavens perfectly clear.
The story of Damien Jurado’s relationship with Punk Rock seems too symmetrical, too fortuitous and too rare to possibly be true. Somehow, though, all the pieces match.
Now 39 and based out of Seattle, Jurado was once a 14-year-old
growing infatuated with Punk.