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.