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17 Jul

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival returns for another great year in beautiful Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 28 & 29, 2012. The two-day, two-stage festival will feature a diverse lineup including Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Manchester Orchestra, Mimosa, Justin Townes Earle, The Whigs and Sleeper Agent, among many others.

“We chose bands and DJ’s that move us, and that we thought would fit with the vibe of the festival,” says Cage The Elephant frontman, Matthew Shultz. “Starry Nights is about getting everyone together for a good time – It’s definitely about the music, but also, art, games, and just being out there under the stars.”

The vital Kentucky music scene is where Cage got their start, and preserving that opportunity for other local acts is a top priority. To that end, the festival has reserved a handful of slots for local bands. More information on that will follow.

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival takes place September 28 & 29, 2012 just outside of Bowling Green, KY at Ballance Farms.
Tickets are $45 including fees and camping.

Tickets will go on-sale on July 20th at 10:00 AM Eastern at
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2012 Lineup:
Cage The Elephant
Portugal. The Man
Manchester Orchestra
Justin Townes Earle
The Whigs
Sleeper Agent
Moon Taxi
JEFF The Brotherhood
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s
Morning Teleportation
Wild Belle
Space Capone
The Kingston Springs
Five Knives
Bad Cop

Cage The Elephant:
Hailed as “…one of rock’s best young bands,” by Rolling Stone, Cage The Elephant had a successful 2011 with the release of their album Thank You Happy Birthday, a wildly-successful headlining North American tour and their critically acclaimed fall dates with the Foo Fighters. Their debut self-titled album was just certified gold by the RIAA and their current sophomore album Thank You Happy Birthday (RCA Records) has garnered the band rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People and Alternative Press who heralded it “one of the best rock albums of the year.” With performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, it’s easy to see why Rolling Stone named Cage The Elephant “one of rock’s best young bands” and Thank You Happy Birthday as one of the best albums 2011.

C3 Presents •
C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, and private events. C3 is the force behind Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Other events in the C3 portfolio include the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Orion Music + More, Wanderlust Festival, Lollapalooza Brazil, Lollapalooza Chile, and Big Day Out Australia. C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US annually, making it the third-largest promoter in the country. In addition to event production and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

02 Jul

Cage The Elephant is one of our favorite bands and we’re always excited to see them play live. They just played the House of Blues in Atlantic City (review) the night before their set at the Orion Music + More Festival. A little before their set time, our very own Michel Dussack had a chance to speak with lead singer Matt Shultz and his brother, guitarist Brad Shultz. Read on below to see how the Shultz bros feel about the Orion festival, when they’ll start work on a new album and their own Starry Nights festival in the fall.

Q: So you guys haven’t been doing many headlining shows lately, it seems to be a lot of festivals mainly. Any reason for that? Is there something about festivals that you guys really like?

Matt: Well uhm, I think the reason we’ve been doing mostly festivals and spot gigs is because we’re about to work on a new record and we toured like…for 5 years off our second (laughs). So we’ve been taking a little time off but I mean we love festivals. Aside from that, we do love playing festivals.

Q: Is there anything about the difference in the energy or the crowd that you like?

Brad: I think it’s more that people are just very open-minded at festivals to like experience new things and-
Matt: And the fact that a lot of them are discovering new music as well. You’re winning over new people, it’s not like you’re selling out a club and people have heard your record a million times or anything.

Q: Speaking of festivals, you guys just announced that you’ll be curating Starry Nights in Bowling Green, do you want to talk about that a bit?

Matt: Yeah! We’re freaking super stoked! Like, when we first started playing music, we would play at this house in Bowling Green called The Pirate House and they would just have these really cool house parties where like 4 or 5 bands would play and then we’d end up like after the bands finished playing, we’d end up upstairs and just start playing records into the wee hours of the morning. And then we’d watch a wholesome family movie around like 3 in the morning and then like ya know pancake breakfast or whatever. And so we thought it’d be cool to make a massive version of that into a festival and make it weird.
Brad: We’re gonna get like mostly all bands that we’ve met along the way, toured with and just became friends with and bands that we’re just really big fans of.
Matt: Yeah, one of our biggest loves is discovering music, like sharing music with people and learning about new bands and stuff like that. It’s definitely something that we want to do with Starry Nights.

Q: I think it’s awesome the way you guys are giving back to the community of Bowling Green, and it’s also interesting to note just how big their music scene is getting with bands like you guys, and Sleeper Agent, and Morning Teleportation…

Matt: Well it’s strange, I don’t know…I think with like the industrial era coming to an end and everything moving to uhm the what do they call it now…the data era?
Brad: I don’t know
Matt: Information era! With everything moving, I think that there’s been a huge art community shift towards the South. It’s not just isolated to the South, but there is definitely something happening there. Like Asheville, Knoxville, Nashville, Bowling Green, Lexington, there’s a lot of really great stuff going on.

Q: So what was it like for you guys to be asked to play the inaugural year of Orion Music and More?

Matt: It’s a huge honor
Brad: Yeah I mean, I think Metallica hand chose the bands-
Matt: -Yeah they did-
Brad: -Similar to what we’re trying to do with Starry Nights so-
Matt: -Except for on a lot bigger scale with a lot more money, it’s not as ghetto as our festival is gonna be (laughs)

Q: No, I’m sure it’ll be great

Matt: Nah it’s gonna be cool
Brad: Yeah we’re actually doing our festival with C3, the same people that are doing this festival and Lollapalooza too
Matt: Yeah it’s a huge honor, and I think I heard that Kirk from Metallica said that we were one of his top bands to watch which surprised the crap out of me
Brad: Yeah to even be on their radio, I mean radar, is an honor
Matt: I think they were one of the first cassette tapes that we, we like won it at some lemonade stand in our neighborhood when we were little kids at Colony Apartments
Brad: Yeah what’s her name, Adam Sacey’s sister gave it to us

Q: Yeah they definitely picked a diverse group of bands to play the festival, which is something I think that a lot of people weren’t expecting. A lot of people seemed to be expecting all metal bands.

Brad: Yeah, we’re super excited to see Best Coast, Fucked Up, obviously Metallica
Matt: Artic Monkeys, Modest Mouse
Brad: Modest Mouse, yeah, I mean there’s a lot of awesome, awesome bands and it’s a very good variety
Matt: Metallica
Brad: Yeah, I said Metallica already Matt, ok?
Matt: I just wanted to reconfirm. I concur
Brad: I concur
Matt: I concur to the thought of Metallica

Q: So now you’ve toured with Foo Fighters, and you’re playing at Metallica’s festival, are there any other bands you’d like to tour with as a dream tour?

Matt: Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Brad: I would have to say that would probably be-
Matt: That’s the top of my list
Brad: That would probably rank up there at the top. I’d like to tour with The Butthole Surfers one time
Matt: The Flaming Lips would be cool to tour with too

Q: You mentioned you’re going to start working on a new record soon; do you have any sort of timeframe for that?

Matt: We’re shooting for 2016 (laughs)

Q: Keeping it safe, huh?

Brad: Nah we’re going into the studio in probably early fall
Matt: September
Brad: Yeah September
Matt: We don’t know when we’ll finish it, we’re not putting too much pressure on ourselves to like make a quick follow up. We just want it to be really, like, something that we’re happy with. It could take a couple weeks; it could take a couple months.

Q: I think the one thing that has become a distinguishing feature of your live sets would be Matt’s stage antics, crowd surfing, diving off of giant speaker stacks and balconies…

Matt: Really? I didn’t know about that (grins and laughs). I, I have a lot of fun. Like seriously, I’m a professional clown.

Q: I remember reading that you thought you broke your ribs at a show once, have there been any mishaps like that since then?

Matt: Not recently. I had a bowling injury recently though (laughs)
Brad: Yeah he’s formed a bad case of carpal tunnel
Matt: Yeah through hours of painting

Q: One more question. You said that you guys are constantly discovering new music, so what are some of the bands on your radar right now?

Matt: Uhm, Diarrhea Planet
Brad: Schools, Bad Cop
Matt: Pujol
Brad: Pujol, Jeff the Brotherhood, uhm
Matt: Wild Belle. Yeah a lot of the stuff that we’re putting on Starry Nights are really-
Brad: Yeah you put us on the spot; Fly Golden Eagle is one of the best bands I’ve seen in years
Matt: Absofacto, uhm, Soap&Skin is great, uhm there was another band that I’ve been blown away by recently
Brad: Oh uhm, Cloud Nothings
Matt: Oh yeah, Cloud Nothings too

Q: Ok cool-

Matt: Fidlar
Brad: Best Coast, but they’re already big anyway
Matt: The list could go on and on

Q: Ok thanks a lot guys-

Matt: The Yeah Zoos, Shoe Stealers
Brad: If you want to stand here for another 45 minutes, we’ll just like keep going

Q: I would, but I’m pretty sure you guys have a busy schedule today

Matt: (continues to list increasingly ridiculous band names quietly)
Brad: The Sex Bombs, I forgot about The Sex Bombs
Matt: Switchblade Emporium

Q: (Laughs) Matt are you just making up band names now?

Matt: Yeah (laughs)

27 Jun

By Michel Dussack

This past weekend, Orion Music + More (Metallica’s curated music festival) took over Atlantic City’s Bader Field for two days of (mostly) heavy music, skateboarding, surfing, car shows, films, and even some horror (Kirk Hammett’s personal collection of horror memorabilia, that is). The festival seemed to be a great success, and during the two days there, I heard only positive things from the attendees. Even during the most brutal of pits that broke out, fans were eager to pick up anyone who tripped, and throughout the entire weekend there seemed to be a sense of comradery that overpowered everything else.

(credit: Matt Ellis)

Day one kicked off with a bang thanks to an aggressive set from Los Angeles based post-hardcore band letlive. (yes, the lowercase ‘L’ and period are included in the band’s name). While the entire band delivered a heavy set that sparked the slightest bit of moshing at 2:30 in the afternoon, it was vocalist Jason Butler that stole not only the show, but the allegiance of the crowd. Throughout their 45 minute set, he exhibited a confidence that is typically reserved for bands playing much later in the day. One such moment came in between songs, when it was possible to hear music coming from a nearby stage. Upon hearing the other band’s music, Butler screamed into the microphone “Yo shut the fuck up over there, don’t you see we’re trying to play a show?” His stage antics continued throughout their set and included climbing as high above the stage as he could and violently shaking the scaffolding that he was climbing on, running off the stage and trying to steal a golf cart (when he released that he couldn’t he resorted to throwing bags of trash out of the back of it) and smashing the clock that the festival crew used to keep time during the day. Indeed, letlive. set the bar high as the first band I caught of the festival.

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

The next band up was Lucero, who struck me as one of the more eclectic choices of the weekend. While the band does have roots in punk, they also have strong ties to the South and thus, country music. However, the crowd was indeed very receptive to the band, especially when they broke out a cover of Jawbreaker’s ‘Kiss the Bottle’ early on. As one would expect, when the band explained that the next song, ‘Women and Work’ was about whiskey, the crowd’s ears perked up and ate it up. Vocalist Ben Nichols has an extremely distinctive voice, and the rest of the band provided a fusion of heavy and country that is quite hard to put down in words. Overall, their set was great; however, I did miss the last couple songs of it to get a good spot for the next band taking the opposite stage.

(credit: Michel Dussack)

Toronto based punk band Fucked Up were next, and after vocalist Damian Abraham explained that it was a dream come true to play with Metallica, he jumped off the stage as the band opened with ‘The Other Shoe’ off their critically acclaimed album ‘David Comes to Life’. Damian made his way through the entire crowd during the show, not returning to the stage until after about 45 minutes of their hour long set. During this time, he allowed members of the crowd to sing parts for him, gave his microphone away while he jumped over a barricade to give high-fives to everyone in the handicap section back by the soundboard, and became the center of multiple mosh pits. In between nearly every song, he thanked the crowd multiple times with sincerity rarely seen in rock and roll. He seemed genuinely shocked that so many of the audience knew the words to the songs and, together with the rest of the band, delivered the best set of the day (besides Metallica of course).

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

As soon as Fucked Up’s set ended, the distinctive sound of Beastie Boy’s ‘Sabotage’ could be heard from the main stage, which meant one thing – The Gaslight Anthem would be taking the stage next. While the New Jersey based band delivered a fantastic set, it was also extremely hard to get into given the distance at which anyone without a Met Club wristband had to stand. Despite this, the band delivered a tight and impressive set which included hits such as ‘American Slang’, ‘The ’59 Sound’ and their newest single ‘45’. They were also the first band of the day that the majority of the crowd seemed to already be familiar with, in no small part due to the fact that they were essentially a local band. As soon as set closer ‘The ’59 Sound’ started, some of the crowd, myself included, began to slowly walk over to the secondary stage for Cage the Elephant’s set which was scheduled to start as soon as The Gaslight Anthem ended.

(credit: Michel Dussack)

Cage the Elephant delivered an hour long set that encompassed both of the bands studio albums, and lots of crowd surfing. Singer Matthew Schultz was unstoppable throughout their set, hardly pausing to take a breath after moving constantly during every song. The band seemed to be slowly winning over the crowd throughout the set, until the end, when nearly everyone in the crowd exploded in cheers during ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’. ‘Shake Me Down’ followed, and when it came time for the bridge, Matt let the crowd take over vocal duties for him as everyone sang “Even on a cloudy day” over and over despite there not being a single cloud in the sky. The band closed their set with the ferocious ‘Saber-Tooth Tiger’ as Matt climbed his way on top of the crowd, stood on outstretched hands, and threw himself back down onto the crowd. For the large portion of the crowd that only knew a handful of the bands tracks, this was certainly unexpected.

(credit: Cambria Harkey)

Modest Mouse was next up, and despite playing a set filled with great music, they were the most poorly received band of the day. The band’s general mellow vibe didn’t mesh well with the crowd who had been seeing much heavier sets the entire day. The only point in which the band seemed to silence the critics was during their hit ‘Float On’. For the few members of the crowd that were more familiar with the band’s music, ‘Dramamine’ and ‘Tiny Cities Made of Ashes’ served as set highlights. It’s a shame that such a great set was marred simply because the band skewed too far from the “typical” sound that people at the festival were used to.

(credit: Dave Mead)

Sheffield based indie rock band Arctic Monkeys followed, and the crowd reacted in a much more welcoming manner to them. Towards the front of the crowd, hundreds of fans who knew every song were clustered around the quartet. The band packed 16 songs into their hour set, including hits such as ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’. Frontman Alex Turner was energetic and humorous throughout their entire set, particularly when he introduced drummer Matt Helders as the guy “on your girlfriend’s mind”. The band closed out their set with a powerful trio of songs – ‘Evil Twin’, ‘Brick by Brick’ and new single ‘R U Mine?’ and then it was time for the entire festival to head to the main stage for Metallica’s set.

(credit: Matt Ellis)

As soon as Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ rang out over the PA system, fans knew that it was time for Metallica to take the stage. The band opened with ‘Hit the Lights’ before diving into one of their biggest songs – ‘Master of Puppets’. Everyone in the band sounded in top form throughout the night, and James Hetfield is second to none when it comes to fronting a band. Throughout the night he expressed waves of gratitude an appreciation to the crowd, and led numerous crowd chants and sing alongs. The band played five songs to start of the night before the real reason why everyone was gathered began.

The lights on the stage cut off abruptly and a video detailing the history of ‘Ride the Lightning’ began to play. When that video ended, the band ripped into a stunning version of ‘The Call of Ktulu’ and it became obvious that they would be playing ‘Ride the Lightning’ backwards, just as they had been doing for ‘The Black Album’ in Europe. When it came time for the band to play ‘Escape’, a track which had never been played live, there was a sense of tension on the stage. Hetfield remarked how the band had never played the song, something that the entire crowd seemed to already know, before beginning it. While instrumentally it sounded perfectly, Hetfield simply didn’t have the range to hit every note of the song perfectly. While it was amazing to hear live, especially considering it was the first time being performed ever, don’t expect for them to try it again.

The band continued through the album, before closing out that portion of their set with album opener ‘Fight Fire With Fire’. They didn’t stop there however, continuing on to play ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and close their main set with ‘Enter Sandman’ which featured countless fireworks shot off throughout the song. When it came time for the band to return for their encore, they did so with ‘Battery’ which caused the already large pits to double in size. ‘One’ followed and featured numerous explosions, pyro, and lasers. There were so many lasers in fact, that the band switched off the video screens during the performance, probably for fear of damaging their cameras. The band treated fans to one final song to end the night – ‘Seek and Destroy’ during which all the house lights were turned on and giant Metallica beach balls were dropped into the crowd. The audience took this song as their chance to dispel as much of their energy as possible, though some seemed reserved, knowing they would be doing this all again the next day.

27 Jun

Written by Emilia D’Albero, Photos by Michel Dussack

Those people who attended Orion Music and More last Saturday know that Bowling Green band Cage the Elephant and New Jersey natives The Gaslight Anthem can rock hard enough to draw thousands of people to their respective stages at Bader Field. But those people who arrived in Atlantic City a day early had the opportunity to see both bands perform at the House of Blues and to experience their raw power and energy a second time. Both Cage the Elephant and The Gaslight Anthem played phenomenal sets full of hits both old and new, incredible audience interaction, and inspiring enthusiasm from each and every member of the bands.

First to take the stage was A Place to Bury Strangers, an extremely heavy three-piece hailing from New York. They have an extremely unique stage presence, which compliments their extremely unique style of playing music. From the moment they walked out, they were shrouded in darkness; they had no lighting except for the occasional strobe placed strategically in front of them that went off during especially heavy moments of their songs. The combination of their very loud, very heavy guitar, thrilling bass riffs, and fast, rhythmic drumming already makes for an exciting performance, but what really makes A Place to Bury Strangers stand out is the way they interact with their instruments, each other, and the audience. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of one of their performances is how rough they are with their instruments; frontman Oliver Ackermann has no inhibitions about swinging his guitar around and lifting it high in the air just to let it fall to the ground, and bassist Dion Lunadon actually seems to enjoy smashing his bass guitar against the stage with all of the strength he can possibly muster.

A Place to Bury Strangers is a band that quite literally gives the audience their all- towards the end of their 30-minute set, Lunadon extended his instrument to a member of the audience, asking, “Do you play bass?” to which the boy promptly replied that he did, and Lunadon let him play bass along with Jay Space’s drum beats for a few minutes before retrieving his instrument. In its entirety, A Place to Bury Strangers’ performance was impressively loud and incredibly entertaining, and I am very happy that I got a chance to see them perform again at Orion Music and More on Sunday.

The next band to take the stage was Cage the Elephant, a rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, whose performances are just as fun, if not more fun, than A Place to Bury Strangers’. Headed by Matt Schultz, Cage the Elephant barreled through fast, heavy tracks like their opener, “In One Ear,” as well as calmer songs that their audience could sing along to, such as “Rubber Ball”. Matt Schultz is a madman on stage; he is constantly moving all around the stage, shaking his limbs vigorously, and just generally being difficult to follow around. Schultz’s energy is incomparable, and he is well known for his ability to extend that energy into his audience by crowdsurfing, screaming into their faces, walking on the crowd, and jumping into his audiences from high heights such as large amps and sometimes even balconies.

Cage the Elephant definitely keep their fans in mind when choosing their setlists; Friday’s was a great combination of their bigger hits and lesser-known songs, all of which got a very positive response from their fans. Songs like “Around My Head,”“Flow,” and “2024” were accompanied by the audience singing along, while heavier and faster songs like “Aberdeen,”“Tiny Little Robots,” and “Back Against the Wall “caused pits to break out in the middle of the crowd. Matt Schultz likes to talk to his fans between songs and especially after getting back onstage after crowdsurfing; after his first excursion into the sea of people, he took the microphone to let us know that the middle-aged woman standing behind me had attempted to unbuckle his belt, for which she felt no shame. At one point, he even encouraged the people sitting in the second level to jump off the balcony into the crowd, but later issued a disclaimer that he “doesn’t encourage it, but wouldn’t stop you if you did it.”

The pure energy that Cage the Elephant exudes onstage is outstanding and definitely contributes to their unique live performances, which have been a large part of them recently being shoved into the spotlight. Of course, the most anticipated moment of their set was when they played their biggest hit, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” during which the crowd sang along with every word, jumped up and down, and screamed their hearts out. Closing with the insanely fast and rhythmic “Sabertooth Tiger,” Cage the Elephant proved that they know how to rock and definitely how to satisfy a crowd that, for the most part, came with the intention of seeing the band that was supposed to perform after them.
Since Friday’s show was in New Jersey, it was not surprising that the majority of attendees were there to support The Gaslight Anthem, since they are a New Jersey band. As soon as they walked out onstage, screams and shrieks filled the House of Blues and did not stop until the moment the band left the stage. Opening with “Great Expectations,” The Gaslight Anthem made it clear that they were there to rock and to have fun with the people who came to support them. It seemed like every person in the venue was singing along with frontman Brain Fallon as his voice rang out flawlessly on songs like “Drive,”“Old White Lincoln,” and their latest hit, “45.”As excited as the audience was to hear a song like “45,” they went just as crazy for older songs, like “Wooderson” and “Angry Johnny and the Radio”. It was obvious that the people who came to the House of Blues that night truly loved this band; the energy level in the venue did not drop even a bit, even after The Gaslight Anthem left the stage between the main set and the encore.

The Gaslight Anthem’s encore was perhaps the most memorable part of the evening, because they played some big hits as well as a cover of “House of the Rising Sun,” which sparked the loudest sing-along yet. The Gaslight Anthem took the stage for their encore with even bigger smiles than they had left the stage with, which made it clear that they absolutely love what they do and how it makes their fans feel. The amount of passion in their 5-song encore performance topped their main set and encouraged the crowd to get even more rowdy and excited for the last two songs of their set, which just happened to be two of their biggest hits. Closing with “American Slang “and then “The ‘59 Sound,” the band showed the venue just how much they love their fans by putting their whole hearts into their performance and really giving it their all. “The ’59 Sound” literally shook the venue, and I was impressed by the dedication of band and fan alike, which made me very excited to see The Gaslight Anthem again the next day.

All three bands that played at the House of Blues on Friday night provided a wonderful warm-up for, as well a preview of, the coming weekend. Seeing these bands so energized and ready to take on Orion Music and More was inspiring; I can only hope that anyone who was at the venue for that show attended each band’s set during the weekend to support them even more, because they all certainly deserve it. It was a perfect pre-show and I am very happy that I was able to have the experience of seeing the bands in a more intimate setting before I saw them play at Orion Music and More.

19 Jun

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival returns for another great year in beautiful Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 28 & 29, 2012, with new partners and fresh inspiration. The festival, founded in 2008, was adopted in 2010 by Kentucky sons Cage The Elephant as a way to honor their roots and further develop the local music and arts community.

C3 Presents, the producers behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival have teamed up with the band to help execute their vision of bringing Bowling Green its own music festival. “The guys have been friends of mine for a long time. I’m a fan of them as artists and I’m happy that we are partnering on their latest creative endeavor,” says Charlie Jones, Partner at C3 Presents.

The boutique festival will include two nights of camping and one full day of music, with endless activities in between, from a massive game of capture the flag with the band, to movies, to fire-side acoustic sets; this festival is as much about standing around the stage, as it is about participation between fans and artists.

“We want Starry Nights to be a kind of massive version of the house parties where Cage The Elephant got its start,” says Cage The Elephant Frontman, Matthew Shultz. “Share some tunes with friends, bands play, crazy antics, a late night flick and then pancakes in the morning. We want to create a child like fun house for big kids like ourselves, break all the rules and do the crazy things that most festivals wouldn’t dare dream of.”

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival takes place September 28 & 29, 2012 just outside of Bowling Green, KY at Ballance Farms.

Stay tuned to for more information, lineup, tickets and more.

07 Feb

Metallica has just announced the first ever Orion Music + More festival set for June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ. The festival is being co-presented with C3 Presents. The festival will feature music, art and more. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play “The Black Album” in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012!

The lineup for Orion Music + More is incredibly diverse. Over 20 bands are scheduled to perform including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced.

The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts tomorrow – February 8th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets.

These are the two ticket options:

– A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR
The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees

13 Jan

Last fall, Cage The Elephant had the opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected to open for the Foo Fighters on select dates of their Fall tour. Unfortunately for CTE drummer Jared Champion, his appendix burst and he was unable to perform for a few shows. Who would the band find to fill in? Oh, just Mr. DAVE GROHL (BTW HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!). Watch this video of Dave performing “Aberdeen” with Cage The Elephant below and pick up their new live album at

(photo credit: Greg Wright/ChartAttack)

15 Dec

On the heels of a wildly successful and critically-lauded tour with Foo Fighters and their own headlining dates, as well as having their album, Thank You Happy Birthday, selected as one of Rolling Stone ‘s “Best Albums of 2011, “ Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant are set to kick off the 2012 with the release of their first-ever live DVD LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO, available January 3rd on DVD/CD, and as an iTunes DVD download and digital audio download. In addition, Best Buy will release an exclusive Blu-Ray disc available in stores January 3rd, and it will be available at other retailers January 17th.

Directed by the famed lensman Wayne Isham, LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO, was filmed amidst their brilliantly reviewed spring tour during which Cage The Elephant had a two-night sold out run at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. An edited 30-minute version of LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO premiered on MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits and in the fall of 2011. The band’s stunning live show is captured on this 75 minute concert video.

Released on January 11th, 2011, Thank You Happy Birthday (RCA Records), Cage The Elephant’s sophomore album, has garnered the band rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People and Alternative Press who heralded it “one of the best rock albums of the year.” Their single “Shake Me Down” held the #1 spot for 5 consecutive weeks on the Alternative Radio chart and Billboard’s Year End Chart places “Shake Me Down” at #2 on both of 2011’s year end Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts. With performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, it’s easy to see why Rolling Stone named Cage The Elephant “one of rock’s best young bands” and Thank You Happy Birthday as one of the best albums 2011. In conjunction with the release of their third single “Aberdeen” from Thank You Happy Birthday, the band crafted an inventive and heartbreaking claymation tale directed by Isaac Rentz about a lonely Dragon’s futile quest to befriend the human race; a story created by CTE lead singer Matt Shultz. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ABERDEEN

In One Ear
Tiny Little Robots
Around My Head
Japanese Buffalo
Back Stabbing Betty
Back Against The Wall
Indy Kidz
Always Something
Sell Yourself
Rubber Ball
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
Shake Me Down
Sabertooth Tiger
Psycho Killer

The Blu-Ray Disc includes the additional bonus features:
· 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
· Three live tracks from their Lollapalooza 2011 set: “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked,” “Aberdeen” and “Shake Me Down”

Catch Cage The Elephant on their final tour dates of 2011:
12/15 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – FM 120/1 Big Snow Show(w/ Sleeper Agent & Joy Formidable
12/31 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom (with Sleeper Agent & Company of Thieves)

10 Dec

Cage The Elephant stole the show at 107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball this week.

Were you there? Our photographer Marianne Spellman was and she got some great shots of the band. Take a peak and read a review of the concert here

10 Dec

Words by Grant Ruby, Photos by Marianne Spellman

Radio stations often put together disjointed lineups for such things as a holiday show like 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball. Because an alternative rock station like this plays so many bands from innumerable sub-genres, it can be difficult to find several acts that fit reasonably well together and can draw a large audience at the same time. In the 20th annual edition of the station’s winter festival, the end brought in some of alternative’s heaviest hitters. With Grammy nominated acts like Mumford & Sons and Death Cab For Cutie as headliners along with young up-and-comers Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club and Grouplove lending support.

Because Deck the Hall Ball had so many bands this year, it was necessary to start rather early for a weekday. Grouplove took the stage at 4pm, and traffic kept me from getting to the venue on time to see their set. However, I had a chance to speak with the band later in the evening, and they noted that they’ll be back in Seattle with Young the Giant in April next year. I saw them in Salt Lake City earlier this year, and I can attest that they are a phenomenal live band. They plan to start work on their sophomore release this summer, after the tour with Young the Giant.

More photos of Grouplove from the Deck The Hall Ball

Two Door Cinema club was one of three bands on the bill that I hadn’t seen live before. They were very high energy, and tracked as many songs from their debut Tourist History in their allotted thirty minute window. They hit on two of my favorite songs from the band in “I Can Talk” and “Come Back Home” among others. Though playing second in a long bill, the early crowd supported them as though they were headlining. Two Door responded with a great, high-energy set that was great for long-time fans and new fans alike. Though their album has been out for less than a year, I am excited to hear new music from this band; they are one of the many bright spots on the horizon for Alternative music.

More photos of Two Door Cinema Club from the Deck The Hall Ball

Young the Giant was the next band to take the stage. Just prior to the start of their set their label rep walked up to me to say hello. He was very excited for me to see his band for the first time, and I met his enthusiasm as the first chords of their set began to echo in the arena. This band is surprisingly high-energy when they play live; at least they were this night. Several times throughout their set I found myself thinking “This is awesome!” They have a showmanship not seen in a lot of “indie rock” bands who tend to eschew that element of performing for a more introspective approach. Not these guys. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia was all over the place, alternately singing into both of the microphones at the front of the stage. As the band began to wind down they played “Islands,” one of the more down tempo tracks on their eponymous debut album. The fullness of sound coming from the band, even when taking it down a notch, was noticeable, and where the crowd can be lost when a band plays a ballad, Young the Giant kept the attention of the sold out show and rewarded them with a fantastic performance of an amazing song. They played their current hit “Cough Syrup” early in the set, and closed with the song that put them on the map: “My Body.” The crowd erupted at the first notes of the bass line that starts the song, and the band fed off the increased energy and delivered a resounded finale to their already meteoric, if all too brief, set. Throughout their time on stage Gadhia repeatedly reminded the audience that they will be back in April for a show at the Moore. A show that many in the audience will surely attend after getting a taste.

More photos of Young the Giant from the Deck The Hall Ball

Foster the People performed amazingly on the heels of the previous band. I have seen these guys twice, both in places that hold well under 1,000 people, and they have come a very long way since playing the intimate confines of Kilby Court in March. They have learned how to perform to a large crowd in the short time since catching on commercially. Unlike the previous bands this day, Foster the People incorporated a sizable lighting element to their performance. Tapping the songs that you’ve no doubt heard many times on your local radio station like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Don’t Stop,” they built the audience into a frenzy with their synth-assisted pop melodies. With their big light show and bigger sound Foster the People proved their condensed rise to the top has been no fluke. They have learned the tricks of playing to an arena audience, which will only help them continue to play to large audiences. So many bands that have “overnight” success don’t learn how to play to the larger crowds quickly enough, and it is more than apparent from this performance that they are not going to fade back into obscurity, but are seizing their opportunity and are looking to dominate the landscape for years to come.

More photos of Foster the People from the Deck The Hall Ball

Cage the Elephant was the next band to take over the spotlight. After the crowd was worked into a frenzy by the dance friendly tunes of Foster the People, Cage brought the rock back to the stage. As I tweeted that night, “Cage the Elephant is one of the very best young rock bands today.” Cage represented a shift change from the newest and brightest of the Alternative format to the middle-weights. The first band of the day that has more than one album out, Cage the Elephant are tireless in their touring, and their commitment comes out on stage. I have had the pleasure of seeing Cage live four times now, and this was definitely their largest crowd, the only other to come close was the first time I saw them at Coachella in 2009. Lead singer Matt Shultz has improved as a frontman every time I’ve seen the band perform. His antics on stage, and his penchant for diving into the crowd, repeatedly, help them to connect with the audience and turn an arena show into a club show. To the crowd’s delight, the band kicked off their set with “In One Ear,” the opening track from their debut album. During their second song, “2024,” Shultz made his first foray into the crowd. In a year when the twentieth anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind was celebrated, Cage the Elephant is one of the few young bands with an obvious influence, and it is very obvious. With their punk rock aesthetic and minimalist light show, which allowed the rock to speak for itself, Cage the Elephant delivered the greatest performance of the day. To finish their set, the icing on the cake, the band played “Sabertooth Tiger” as Shultz once again found himself in the crowd, standing aloft on the hands of those in the pit, as every person in the house looked upon the spectacle.

More photos of Cage the Elephant from the Deck The Hall Ball

With each act upping the ante and making it increasingly more difficult for the following act, Death Cab For Cutie accepted the challenge of following the heaviest act of the day as home town heroes returning to Key Arena for the second time in as many months. Only six weeks prior the boys from Bellingham held their homecoming and played a huge show at the same venue. I was curious how they would change their set list for those that attended both shows, and they made quite a bit of changes to keep from repeating themselves. Though they were limited in time, the band managed to squeeze in three songs they hadn’t played at the end of October, including a second track from their 2000 album We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. They also played crowd favorites like “The New Year,” “Soul Meets Body,” and “I Will Possess Your Heart.” Even some minor glitches and feedback couldn’t derail the band as they continued to play for the monstrous crowd without missing a beat. Even though their time was truncated, they managed to give the crowd another great show that spanned most of their catalog.

More photos of Death Cab For Cutie from the Deck The Hall Ball

To finish the festival, Mumford & Sons took the stage and wasted no time surging into “Lover’s Eyes,” and never letting up. It isn’t easy to close out a long day of music like this, but the British bluegrass rock band performed admirably and kept the crowd whipped into a frenzy for most of their set. With Mumford, the subtlety of their performance was what stood out the most. Yes, they have a lot of dynamic range, going from full boar to a crawl and back sometimes within the same song. Their horn section were ridiculously good, adding a depth to the songs that isn’t fully realized even on the album. I also didn’t realize (but wasn’t surprised to learn) that Mumford is such a jam band. They took a couple songs on long tangents before coming back to finish a verse. It was reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band. The highlight for me was “Little Lion Man;” not because it’s a popular song or that they played it very well (though they did play it very well, with a few small twists), but because of the Christmas lights strewn about the arena from the light rigging out across the floor. When the lights came on, they hadn’t been used all day, the room immediately shrank. It was though the roof fell in on the place and an intimate show erupted from the rubble. The feeling was palpable in the room, and the energy fed the band to a roaring crescendo through the song with thousands of fans yelling “I really fucked it up this time” back at the performers in unison. As the band wound down, and the encore break hit, the exodus began and it was apparent the day was ending. The band returned to play their smash hit “The Cave,” capping a great day of music with one of the best songs performed that day.

More photos of Mumford and Sons from the Deck The Hall Ball

As I left the venue with the herding crowd, there were many stories being told, many favorite moments being recalled, and many a happy face. Some of my favorite bands all on one stage together being shared with a few thousand friends. What better way to spend a Wednesday evening? I can’t think of a single one.