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Forecastle Festival: Five Moments

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Five moments. That’s misleading, of course. Forecastle is filled with them, and the fans are the life blood that power the show that always must go on. This is a music festival that doesn’t feel VIP-ish. I’ve never felt more comfortable eating a corn dog and tater tots with a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight

Photo by Jason Gonulsen You know it’s a good song when the subject has been beaten to death — “I don’t wanna fight…blah blah blah” — and yet, Alabama Shakes somehow are able to make it fresh once again. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you have Brittany Howard wailing in a unique, immediate mind-exploding … Read more

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LouFest Day Two Recap with Photos + Review | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Killers, Local Natives, Alabama Shakes, Icona Pop, Court Yard Hounds, Tef Poe, Brick + Mortar

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros | All photos by Louis Kwok unless otherwise noted Another LouFest has concluded, but not without making considerable waves. Day one attendance was announced at 15,000, which surpassed the combined total of 12,000 people during both days last year. “Year one, we brought in a magician, if you recall,” … Read more

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Lineup Announcement | The Black Keys, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Grace Potter, Big Boi to play the 2013 Forecastle Festival in Louisville (July 12 – 14)

The 11th annual Forecastle Festival at Waterfront Park in Louisville will feature a heavy stack of heavyweights: The Black Keys, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, among many more (see full lineup below). We’ve never had the pleasure … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Thunderbitch – My Baby Is My Guitar

Are you a fan of Alabama Shakes? Of course you are. My Jam of the Day comes to you via Thunderbitch, a side project of Alabama Shakes leading lady – Brittany Howard. According to their Facebook page, Thunderbitch played their first and last show this past December, so who knows if we’ll ever hear anything like … Read more

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Photo Gallery | 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival

All Photos by Nate Burrell This is the second post of a two-part series covering the 2012 Austin City Limits music festival. The first post was a recap of the festival, and can be found here. Above and below are various shots of the festival taken by Nate Burrell (www.beforetheblink.com). Please check his site in … Read more

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Recap | 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Neil Young | Photo by Nate Burrell | www.beforetheblink.com This is the first post of a two-part series covering the 2012 Austin City Limits music festival. The second post is a photo gallery of the festival, with shots taken by Nate Burrell (www.beforetheblink.com). You can view the photo gallery here. The 2012 Austin City Limits … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter 2)

Bear In Heaven album art courtesy of Dead Oceans/Hometapes There is just waaaaay too much record release action in Quarter 2 for us to pick only 25 albums. So, this time around, we’re scrapping the usual format for this post and going balls out by listing the humongous list of albums coming out in the … Read more

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Keep Your Eyes + Ears On | Alabama Shakes

Last December, my favorite Saint Louis radio station, KDHX, hipped me to the glory that is Alabama Shakes. The rock-soul band played here in town to absolutely rave reviews, confirming the high year-end critical praise that it had collected over the fall months, many thanks to the buzzy release of the Alabama Shakes EP back … Read more