Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jam of the Day | Alexz Johnson - Let 'Em Eat Cake

Leave it be
I'm not yours and you don't belong to me

Man, you have to let it go. You really, really have to let it go. Let it burn. Let the smoke fly. And be free.

Or, as Cheryl Strayed wrote in Tiny Beautiful Things:

“I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”

Or... "Let 'em eat cake," as Alexz Johnson would say.

Johnson is a singer-songwriter from Canada, and she put out one of our favorite albums in 2014. Have a listen to "Let 'Em Eat Cake" below.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Forecastle Festival Reveals Initial 2015 Lineup

The first wave of acts for the 2015 Forecastle Festival has been announced, and the music festival held at Waterfront Park in Louisville will be anchored by My Morning Jacket, Sam Smith, Widespread Panic, and Modest Mouse.

Other notable acts and Speakers in Code favorites include Tweedy (featuring Jeff Tweedy of Wilco), Houndmouth, Cage the Elephant, Milo Greene, Portugal. The Man, and more. The initial lineup is below.

Tickets on Sale Friday, January 30 at Noon EST via

The initial Forecastle 2015 lineup includes:

Sam Smith

My Morning Jacket

Widespread Panic

Modest Mouse

Cage the Elephant



Tallest Man On Earth

Portugal. The Man

RL Grime

First Aid Kit


Shovels & Rope

Big K.R.I.T.

The Word

Cold War Kids

The Gaslight Anthem

Sturgill Simpson

St. Paul & the Broken Bones



San Fermin


Over The Rhine

The Lone Bellow

People Under The Stairs

The Barr Brothers


Milo Greene

The SteelDrivers

Field Report

Speedy Ortiz

Son Lux

JEFF The Brotherhood

King Tuff

Noah Gundersen

Twin Peaks


Fly Golden Eagle

Diarrhea Planet

The Revivalists



White Reaper

Twin Limb

Knox Hamilton

Parker Millsap

Jam of the Day | Petite Noir - Chess

"Chess" is one of those songs that, by the time it ends, is in a very different place than where it began. The first two minutes are pretty sparse. Just a beat, teeny guitar strum and some singing. By the end, your basically engulfed in a sonic storm that wipes your brain of the three minutes between beginning and end. I, for one, am all about that.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Album Review | The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning

Sophomore albums are almost always dangerous territory. Because, you know, can it ever be the same? Should it? This is especially true for bands like The Lone Bellow, who exploded in 2013 with an undeniably great and emotional song, "You Never Need Nobody." Basically, they were producing harmonies better than anyone else. Their introduction left an immediate mark on many, the kind of tattoo that often leads to wanting another. And another.

Ah, but The Lone Bellow remains versatile on their deeply moving new album, Then Came The Morning, which was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. Booming choruses carry "Take My Love" and the first single, "Then Came The Morning." Kanene Pipkin's voice soothes "Call To War," and the lights are dimmed with the closing "Watch Over Us."

But the best moment is during the jarring "Marietta," one of the most honest songs I've heard in the past couple of years. Zach Williams' vocals soar when he repeatedly sings "I am that man," and concludes with "I let you in again; I let you in again...and patiently wait for your storm."

There is no hesitation, no request for approval in Williams' voice -- this is as unguarded as singing gets. And it fits so well on an album that never for one second attempts to hide. Let The Lone Bellow back in.

Photos | 2015 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen featuring Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa

All photos by Tomas Zuccareno (ESPN Images)

The 2015 ESPN Winter X Games just concluded in Aspen where Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa performed at Buttermilk Mountain's main stage. Please enjoy these photos from Tomas Zuccareno (ESPN Images).