Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Win Tickets To St. Vincent (with Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire) at The Pageant on May 27

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN

St. Vincent (with Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire) will be hitting The Pageant on May 27th, and we have TWO PAIRS of tickets to give away. But before we get to details on how to enter, let's have a listen to "Digital Witness."



Here's how to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show at The Pageant.

TAG A FRIEND as a comment on our Facebook page under this status.

The contest will run through Monday, May 25 at 5PM, and we'll randomly pick and contact the winners shortly after (if you enter through FB, we'll announce your name on our FB page). Good luck!

[PREMIERE] Five Knives - Oblivion


How about some new electronic-pop for your Wednesday? We're so excited to premiere "Oblivion" from the forthcoming debut album from Nashville's Five Knives. Savages, will be released on June 2nd via Red Bull Records, and is available for pre-order here.

Please enjoy "Oblivion" below, and visit Five Knives on Facebook here.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photos | Vacationer at Visulite Theatre in Charlotte

ALL PHOTOS BY BRIDGETTE AIKENS

Vacationer visited Charlotte this past Saturday, and Speakers in Code photographer Bridgette Aikens was on hand to capture the action. Please visit Vacationer's site here, and follow Bridgette on Instagram here.



















Monday, May 18, 2015

Jenny Lewis + Nikki Lane at The Ready Room in St. Louis | Review + Photos + Set List


Words and Photos by Jason Gonulsen

"I closed my eyes and I was free at last," Jenny Lewis sang as she finished "Head Underwater," which opened last night's show at The Ready Room in St. Louis. The song also begins Lewis' latest album, The Voyager, and I can't tell you how many times it's gotten me through a day. Because days get long. They're filled with rebuttals, looks, glares, updates, and almosts. And so, we need songs like "Head Underwater." We need artists like Jenny Lewis.

There's been a lot of talk recently about female musicians being underrepresented at major music festivals, which, if you haven't checked the numbers, is a fact. I wish that would change, but I don't think the problem is present because of a lack of talent, or somehow not being worthy of performing (opener Nikki Lane, pottymouth and all, should and probably will be selling out venues like The Ready Room in the near future). I honestly don't know the reason -- because I don't book festivals -- but I do know that it's been happening for a long, long time. Just look at the Woodstock lineup from 1969.

Still, it doesn't make it right, and it doesn't even make sense. Because what Jenny Lewis managed to do last night in front of 800 people could have easily translated into the thousands, even if her show wasn't necessarily built to do just that. What I mean is that part of the reason why she is so good is that you can clearly see that she's not interested in simply going through the motions and waiting to play something like "Baba O'Riley" to send the people home happy. The exact second she hits the floor, she's bringing it with every tool she has -- by the third song, "Moneymaker," she is shaking her hips, standing on a platform (one that matched the pattern on her suit), clearly owning the songs. And in a smaller room like The Ready Room, everyone, or almost everyone, is in sync with Lewis' every move.

Lewis dug deep, and if there's any truth that happiness causes a ripple effect, then she's going to have to face a couple thousand people who want to hear her take on Rilo Kiley's "Portions for Foxes" or "With Arms Outstretched," two songs she and her band, which included Megan McCormick on guitar and Tristen on keys and guitar, performed as if they were new and sealed: they ripped into them.

For the three-song encore, Lewis told us a story about recording with Ryan Adams, who produced The Voyager. Adams had told her to go home and write a "Wonderwall," which led to Lewis writing the title track. When Lewis played it for Adams, his reaction was, "nah." To which Lewis countered, "well, I'm recording it anyway."

Lewis consecutively performed "The Voyager," a new song titled "Girl on Girl," and "Acid Tongue" to close the night, the latter which was already a "Wonderwall" as far as I'm concerned.

With her band behind her in a semicircle, the show ended with them singing these words:

And now I tired
It just made me tired
let's build ourselves a fire
let's build ourselves a fire

These days are long, and they make us tired -- so, so tired.

But on some Sunday evenings we have Jenny Lewis to lift us back up.

SET LIST

Head Underwater
Silver Lining
Moneymaker
Next Messiah
With Arms Outstretched
Just One Of The Guys
Slippery Slopes
You Are What You Love
New You
Aloha & the Three Johns
Pretty Bird
She's Not Me
Portions For Foxes
Love You Forever
Better Son

Encore
The Voyager
Girl On Girl
Acid Tongue

















NIKKI LANE











Interview | Oh Honey


Oh Honey is Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, a duo from Brooklyn, whose new release is an EP titled Wish You Were Here. It's the third of four EPs they're calling "Postcard Series," designed to give their fans a steady stream of new tunes. Let's have a listen to the upbeat single, "Sugar, You," now.



We recently had a chance to catch up with Oh Honey over email.

You're just about to conclude a tour. Tell me about that -- anything interesting come to mind? What's a day like on the road?


We had an amazing time on this tour. It was our first ever headliner, so it definitely came with a lot of pressure, but to have our own set, to get to play songs we don't normally have the time to, to see the entire audience singing back our lyrics-- there's nothing that compares.

Some shows that stood out in particular were Denver, DC, and of course, our hometown, New York City. We were on a bandwagon for this tour, which is essentially a mini bus, and it was a total game-changer. We all had bunks which makes sleeping a million times easier than two of us to a seat in a cramped 15 passenger van, and we even had a toaster oven for all of Mitchy's bagel bites and a coffee pot to feed Danielle's caffeine addiction.

A day on the road pretty much consists of driving through the night, waking up 8 million times because of how bumpy the bandwagon is, heading out early to do radio promo or morning tv shows, which we did a lot of on this tour, exploring the city to find food, then soundcheck, a meet & greet with fans, play the show, and repeat! Tour is a 24/7 job, and we feel completely lucky to be doing it.

Wish You Were Here is the third of four EPs -- let's call it an EP series. What made you decide to release music this way?


With the way music is nowadays, unless you're a massive artist like Taylor Swift, it's hard to get people excited about a full-length album. We liked the idea of releasing a series of 4-song EPs every few months to keep our fans looking forward to what's next.

Each EP is named in a way you would sign off on a letter: "With Love," "Sincerely Yours," "Wish You Were Here," and "Until Next Time." We look at each one as a personal letter to our fans, and they culminate in a series we call "Postcards." The last two were named before we even knew what songs would be on them, which is kind of a backwards way to work, so it's been interesting to see how the name of the EP has influenced the writing of the songs on it.

Let's talk about music and social media. How do you navigate your way? Do you respond to fans? What's your approach?

We are both extremely active on social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat. We do our best to favorite every single tweet we get and respond to as many as we can, and lately we've been really into Snapchat and love talking to people that way. Our fans are the reason why we get to go wake up every day and call this crazy dream our reality, so not communicating via social media really makes no sense, in our opinion. As for our approach, we are both pretty weird and silly, so we just stay as true to ourselves as possible-- I think it's evident when people are genuine online, and that means a lot.

Brooklyn is still your home. What's great about Brooklyn? Where would you take me if I spent a day there with you?

Danielle: I recently moved from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and I am absolutely completely in love with it. It's still super artsy and fun, but a lot less in your face than Williamsburg. Some of my favorite spots are Champs Jr, an all-vegan diner, Lunchbox, which has the best egg and cheese on a bagel I've ever had in my life, Matchless, a punk rock dive bar that doubles as a venue, plus they have mac n cheese, and Konditori, an amazing little cafe that has this maple syrup latte I'm obsessed with. For shopping, I love Brooklyn Charm, a jewelry shop where you make your own necklaces and can pick from a billion different charms, and Beacon's Closet, a super cool thrift store.

Mitchy: One of my favorite spots in Williamsburg is Mesa Coyoacan, really awesome authentic Mexican food and margaritas. I also love Harefield Road: $12 for brunch plus a mimosa. Can't go wrong. For going out, I like Skinny Dennis: great Americana vibe, cheap drinks, and a different bluegrass or Americana band every night, and Lucky Dog, cheap drinks and they allow dogs inside….can't beat that!

Visit Oh Honey's website here.