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25 Sep
2012


By Matt Arena

The 2012 summer festival season has been a great one. Though at times it may have felt more like a Jack White/The Black Keys festival tour, there were some rather pleasant surprises. The inaugural year for Firefly Festival was quite possibly the best of the summer, and the incredibly well organized (and Metallica curated) Orion Music + More Festival both prove that you don’t need to stick to any of the major mainstays to have a great weekend of music. Closing out the festival season with its second year back from hiatus was late September’s Music Midtown. Though once a popular stop on the festival circuit in the early 2000’s, it took a couple years off and resumed as a one-day test run of sorts last year. It was successful enough not only to warrant another go this year, but to spread it to two days. Booking two major headlining acts like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters no doubt helped too. Add to that hometown and down south rap legends like T.I. and Ludacris, and it seemed impossible for Music Midtown to be anything other than a rousing success.

With a rather short first day (the first act came on at 4 pm), there wasn’t the lull that sometimes comes with the early acts. Though they do tend to be some of the most underrated ones on the bill, Music Midtown instead decided to jump headfirst into the deep end of the pool on day 1, with T.I., Avett Brothers, and Foo Fighters all crammed into one night.

Though Van Hunt and Joan Jett had each played their respective sets, the crowd didn’t really seem to ignite until T.I. took the stage. A hometown hero at this point in his career, he came out with one of his most popular (and earliest songs) ‘Rubberband Man.’ At this point the crowd had swelled to its largest size of the day, reaching as far back as the hill a mere few feet away from the entrance. Though that may be more of a statement about the size of the park itself, it was clear that T.I. was the first act of the day to have a real pull. He then went into his smash hits, ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘What You Know,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ which all got the teeming crowd from as close as the front to as secluded as the VIP area dancing wildly.

Just minutes after T.I.’s set ended, The Avett Brothers kicked into their performance on the second stage. Though they definitely had a dedicated crowd already waiting for them, the short lapse in time between sets didn’t really allow for T.I.’s entire crowd to find their way over too quickly. But those that were there obviously had come solely for The Avett Brothers. With their old-school-bluegrass-meets-modern-rock sound, they bridged a gap between straight country and alternative rock fans. Equal parts Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys; though The Avett Brothers have been around longer than either of those two bands, their sound definitely found a home with such a southern crowd. A rock/bluegrass act following a rapper may not seem like a formula for success, but Atlanta’s well-known diverse musical tastes allowed for both artists to receive a lot of love from the crowd.

Soon enough night had fully come and it was time for Foo Fighters to take the stage. At this point, Piedmont Park had become a seemingly endless sea of people, with the crowd spilling over almost into the second stage. Festivals stalwarts at this point in their careers, Foo Fighters came out of the gate with one of their newest, heaviest, and best songs in ‘White Limo.’ It’s a literal screamer of a track that announces their presence in the very best way possible. Shrieking vocals, ear splitting guitar riffs, and thundering drum beats, it’s possibly the only way to open a Foo Fighters show. With an almost endless amount of hits, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that didn’t know a single song in the set list. Famous for their marathon shows and passion for playing as long as possible, Dave Grohl kept the banter to a minimum. “Do you guys want me to talk or do you wanna hear us play some fucking songs? Because they only let us play two hours, and we came here to play some fucking songs!” The crowd’s roar of approval was met with a string of some of their biggest hits, ‘All My Life,’ ‘Rope,’ ‘The Pretender,’ ‘My Hero,’ and ‘Learn to Fly’ all came out in a row. Most bands would be hard pressed to find that many hits in an entire set, let alone in the first half hour. They also found time to work in some of their new material, though Wasting Light is about a year old at this point, it really speaks to the quality of the album to see the non-singles still in heavy rotation. After ‘Walk,’ Grohl introduced his band, giving each member a moment to show off their skills, which built up into a full on jam session, which quickly turned into a Van Halen cover. After the crowd realized that they were actually playing ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Grohl stopped, warning the crowd, “you don’t want us to start playing covers, man, we’ll be here all fucking night!” and then proceeded to give the crowd the rest of the song. Their older material was by no means ignored either, with ‘This Is a Call,’ ‘Hey Johnny Park!’ and the Taylor Hawkins lead vocal track, ‘Cold Day in the Sun.’ After a great cover of Pink Floyd’s In the Flesh, they resumed diving into their big catalogue of hits. ‘Best of You’ and ‘Times Like These’ both preceded a surprise guest appearance by Joan Jett for ‘Bad Reputation.’ Closing the set with their biggest hit, and possibly the greatest closing song in history, ‘Everlong’ had the crowd nearly drowning Grohl out completely. Of course a crowd sing-along to ‘Everlong’ isn’t the first or last time it’ll happen, it’s always a surreal moment to hear over 50,000 people all shouting the lyrics so such a legendary song in unison.

Day 2 started off a bit earlier, but as a whole was much more loaded with quality acts than Day 1. From the moment gates opened there was quality music to be found, as Atlanta natives O’Brother started off on the secondary stage. One of the loudest, heaviest, and head-bangingest (yes, that’s a new adjective) bands out there, O’Brother brings a whole new take on progressive rock. Sometimes ambient and other times a wall of screams, they’re able to use a bevy of sounds to warp and thrash their songs to life. Playing tracks off their stellar debut album, ‘Garden Window,’ they were hands-down the most underrated act on the bill. Tracks like ‘Lo’ and ‘Poison!’ sorted out the metal heads in the audience, as heads were quickly banging and if it weren’t for the early set time, one could easily imagine massive moshpits forming. They closed with the two part ‘Machines,’ which starts off like a punch to the face, then dips into a subtle throbbing before coming back with one of the best breakdowns and riffs in recent memory. If anyone left Music Midtown not a fan of O’Brother, they definitely did something wrong.

Up next on the main stage, was Civil Twilight. Hailing from South Africa, they’ve developed success quite well in the US, due to their unique sound. Sometimes piano rock, other times incredibly atmospheric, it always works. Their latest album Holy Weather saw a development of their sound, further venturing into a light electronic piano-rock territory. These songs sounded great live too, with ‘Fire Escape’ being a definite highlight of the set. Being the first act on the main stage, they roped in quite an audience and no doubt garnered that much stronger of a fan base.

Another big pull for the festival was Ludacris, another Atlanta grown southern rapper who had a myriad of fans awaiting his set. Playing with a live band (a rarity for the rapper), it definitely helped his sound. Rappers that utilize a live backing band sound that much better, as having an actual person play the parts instead of using a backing track is always the way to go. Though he seemed to lack the presence and energy that T.I. brought the day before, he had the crowd just as enthralled. With an eight album catalogue to pull from, Ludacris reached as far back as his very first hit with songs like ‘What’s Your Fantasy’ and ‘Southern Hospitality.’ Not only was the crowd into it, but backstage Civil Twilight’s Steven McKellar and Florence Welch could be seen dancing along too. His established collaborative work came into play too, as his popular songs with other artists made appearances too. And I’d be lying if I said hearing a crowd roar back the lyrics to ‘Move Bitch’ wasn’t one of the most entertaining things I saw all weekend. Ok maybe I did too.

Again with a rapid shift in genres, Neon Trees were up. The pop band has grown exponentially ever since their first album and continued it with the success of their second album, ‘Picture Show.’ Though a physical fireball of energy, the band seems to lack the musical punch on stage that most seem to have when performing live. The songs feel somehow lower, as if someone turned down the dial on the drums and guitar. Lead singer Tyler Glenn’s vocal work always impresses though, as he manages to belt out the lyrics while whirling around the stage like a spinning top gone rogue. Their earlier material is definitely lighter on the pop elements that seemed to have invaded Picture Show, so songs like ‘1984,’ Sins of My Youth,’ and ‘Animal’ came across much better than the newer tracks. Regardless, the crowd seemed to eat it up, yelling before ‘Animal’ even started and singing along to nearly every word to the catchy ‘Everybody Talks.’

Florence + The Machine were up next on the main stage, and though at first dealing with some technical difficulties, Flo’s charm kept the audience on her side and she continued into a very well received set. Her earth-mother vibes come out not only on the songs, but the way she carries herself, floating around the stage like a heavenly Poison Ivy. While it does get to be a bit much, not only her moves but the similarity of her songs, the crowd didn’t seem to care as her fans up front matched her energy with an almost alarming level of passion. Florence is most definitely a talented singer, but if you’re not a fan before seeing her live she isn’t one of those acts to change your mind upon seeing her perform.

Closing out the festival was Pearl Jam. Their reputation for being one of the hardest working and best live acts out there precedes them, and they somehow managed to eclipse it. Lots of bands were popular in the 90’s, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s still as respected, loved, and downright rocking as Pearl Jam is. They’re one of those bands that live for their hardcore fans, evidence of this by the unparalleled amount of diversity in their set lists. People see them countless times and very rarely ever see the same show twice. While this is a bonus for hardcore fans, they run the risk of alienating the more casual audience members, especially at a festival. But that wasn’t the case at Music Midtown. They had a perfect mix of hits and b-sides, and speaking from the standpoint of somewhere in between a casual and hardcore fan, it wasn’t remotely boring even for a second. ‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter in a Small Town,’ ‘Better Man,’ ‘Do the Evolution,’ and ‘Even Flow’ made early appearances in the set and had the swelling crowd in a trance. Being able to hear songs like ‘Alive’ and ‘Black,’ ones that are so famous it gives that immediate giddy sensation of “hey, hey it’s THIS song!” is truly something special. Pearl Jam showed why they’re such a respected live band and why they were chosen as the anchor for Music Midtown. Plus hearing ‘Jeremy’ live is finally something I get to check off my concert bucket list.

All photos courtesy of Matt Arena

28 Aug
2012

Hot on the heels of the release of their second album Holy Weather and just before the start of their two and a month long tour, drummer Richard Wouters of Civil Twilight spoke with our writer Cassandra Paiva about the band’s writing and studio process, the addition of a new member, favorite tour memories, and plans for the coming year.

Your second album, Holy Weather has been out for almost six months now. Compared to the debut, how does this one feel in terms of promotion and reception?

Well the debut we recorded a long time ago, we recorded it before we got signed and it was a very gradual release process and we were a very new band. It was hard to kind of gauge the reception when it came out because there wasn’t really any reception when it first came out because we were so new. We put it out independently first and then we got signed with Wind-Up and it started, after a while it started gaining traction and certain songs got picked up and put in films and on TV and those songs got a really good reception. But the second record is the first one we’re putting out that we actually have a fan base already established and waiting in a sense to hear the new record. So that was like a new experience for us, which was really cool. It’s kind of interesting writing with that in mind as well. You sort of feel people’s expectations a little bit. And the fact that people are now comparing you to something you’ve done before. But it seems to be really well received. We went to try to make something that was a little different from what we’ve done before and focused a little bit more on elements of groove, and melody, and song structure a little more than the first record. And also sonics to kind of make it sound interesting and experimented quite a bit with the sound. But, for the most part, it’s been a good reception from our fans. It seems like, almost like people really like it. And most people seem to think it’s a good progression from the last record. So, we’re really happy with it and happy that people seem to like it.

What made you choose “Fire Escape” as the single?

You said what made us choose that?

Yea, or was it record label dominated?

(laughs) That song was actually written before all of the other songs and certain people in our team heard it and really liked it and thought it to be a single. And the version that ended up being put out was actually the demo that we recorded in New York. We tried to record it in the studio again, but we weren’t able to capture the same energy, so we ended up using the demo version on the record and that was put out as a single. The choice of it as the first single was a joint decision; it was definitely a song that everybody kind of fancied from the beginning, even before the record was entirely finished. But all of our artistic decisions are collaborative with the label. We have joint creative control, so no one makes executive decisions; we kind of talk about things and work it out. And they gave of a lot of freedom, the record company, gave us a lot of freedom on this record. We were kind of free with what we wanted to do, experiment a little bit. So that was cool.

Do you have plans for a second single?

We do actually. I think “River” is going to be the second single. That’s the first song on the record. We all like that song. That one we sort of, told our label that that’s what we wanted and they were like, ‘ok.’ I don’t know if that was their pick, but they liked the song too. (laughs)

So, you wrote most of Holy Weather on the road when you went into the studio, what was going through your minds?

It happened pretty quickly, during kind of breaks in the middle of touring, when we were stopped and we spent some time in New York and we spent some time in Nashville. We just wrote a bunch of songs. And we ended up recording the record in London and New York.

We were pretty excited about the songs that we had. I think before we were writing it was kind of “What do you want this to sound like?” You sort of feel a little bit of pressure and expectation because now you have to follow up and do something better than the last thing you’ve done. But all of those kinds of thoughts are just confusing, so we just tried to block that stuff out when we were writing. And we always try and just make music or art in any form that we’re excited about and that we enjoy making, and make something that we all want to hear. So when we picked producers, we worked with two different producers; Dan Carey, who’s an English producer, that’s why we recorded some of the record in London; and then John Congleton, who’s an American producer from Texas. He’s worked with some cool interesting bands like St. Vincent and Explosions in the Sky. He’s doing a lot of cool stuff, actually more recently. We were fans of his work and fans of Dan’s work, so that’s why we picked those producers. When we went into the studio, we were really excited because firstly we liked the songs we’d written and we were excited about producing them and then we were excited about working with the people that we were working with. So there’s actually a really cool process. It came together pretty quickly and pretty easily. It was a lot of fun, especially being in the UK. It was a blast working in London with Dan and we spent days experimenting with sounds and he’s got a great studio there with a bunch of old, analog synthesizers and drum machines, all of this gear that we’d never really tried before, which we really excited about trying. It was a great time. And he really brought a cool element to the record, a little bit more of an electronic edge to the songs, which we liked as well.

Civil Twilight started as a three piece and you just recently added Kevin [Dailey]. How and what has he contributed to the band?

We added Kevin after this record because we couldn’t play any of the songs live with just the three of us that we’d recorded because we put so many things on them. So it was an interesting process discovering how to perform each of the songs. Kevin’s brought, he’s a really great musician and he’s got a lot of production and recording experience as well, so he’s just really good with sounds and different instruments and arrangements. It’s fun playing with him. And I think he’s added a different perspective that we haven’t had because he’s American and has grown up in America where as we grew up in South Africa, so he’s had a different musical heritage. He’s just a really good musician, so we enjoy playing with him and I feel like he’s added a cool element, a little more but more sensitive approach to playing, like a little more strategy as opposed to energy. And those are things that we were wanting to develop a little bit more. We’ve always had a lot of energy live. And we were wanting to focus a little more on strategy and dynamics, and sensitivity I suppose, which we tried to do on the record and we tried to do in our live show, not exactly sure on how well that’s going. (laughs)

You said that he has production background, and I noticed that he co-produced Harrison Hudson’s album. Are there any plans for him to produce any Civil Twilight works in the future?

Yea, I think so, I think we’d all like to produce some of our own stuff in the future and definitely have Kevin involved in a major way. We’ve already worked on stuff together, it’s been pretty collaborative. I mean, all of us have pretty good instinct; we have produced stuff in the past. Not major artists, but we’ve produced some of our own stuff, some of our friends’ stuff. When we all get together, we all kind of collaborate on a production level as well. Kevin brings a lot of the engineering knowledge, which is pretty helpful because we don’t really have that. And we really respect Kevin as a producer. It’s really cool to have him, and we definitely would really like him to be involved in production in the future. We’re not exactly sure yet, how, or if we will continue to use outside producers, or try to produce our own stuff, so we certainly we’d like to produce some of our own stuff.

So it’s basically, what happens in the future happens?

Yea, we’ll definitely be experimenting with producing ourselves. We can’t say for sure like if we’ll start producing the next record or not, but we’ll certainly be trying.

It could happen.

It could happen, you never know, yea.

You’re doing a remix contest for three songs on the album, how did that come about?

The contest is actually an idea from our record company, and we like remixes, and we like electronic music to a certain extent, certain electronic music and we’ve been listening to. We’ve been getting into artists like James Blake and Flying Lotus, and Andrew, our guitar player, is really into electronics. We thought it would be a cool thing, people’s remixes. We’ve been remixing ourselves; we’ve all been trying our hand at making remixes of our own songs. It’s a kind of cool project, excited about that one.

Moving to your live aspect, you’re about to head out on about two and a half months of touring. How are you preparing for that?

We’re actually putting together some stage production stuff. We’ve been working on getting our set, like our live set up, so we’ll have some stage stuff and working on lights. That sort of thing. So we have a little bit of production items that we’re bringing to our headlining shows. So there’s that element. And then we’ve been rehearsing a lot as well. We usually mix up the setlist a bit, we don’t do the same songs every night. We try to mix in some old songs, some new songs, and see which songs work the best. We continue to refine our live sets and incorporate some new sounds and instruments, buying some new keyboards and stuff.

And then for the fall, we’re out with MuteMath and we’re supporting them, so there won’t be as much production. That will be a little bit of a shorter set, probably 40 or 45 minutes. So I’m not sure which songs we’ll play, we’ll play mostly new songs and a few old favorites. We’re just kind of working on production and rehearsing in Nashville before we head out.

What’s your favorite tour memory?

Man, I have to think about that. I think some cool festivals that we’ve done. Playing Bonnaroo was really fun, just being a part of that whole festival. We played there last year. That was definitely a highlight. And Bumbershoot, that was really cool playing there. Let me think. It’s kind of like, certain shows stand out of the shows we’ve played. Last year when we headline the Highline Ballroom in New York, that was a very special show for us, because it’s New York City and we always enjoy playing in New York City, and it was a sold out show, a kind of big sold out show in New York City, that was really special. So that’s some of our favorite memories.

I know back at home in South Africa, you didn’t really get to see a lot of live performances, so when you came to America, who were you excited to see?

I was really excited to see Radiohead because I’ve been a fan of them my whole life, and I’ve only got see them once. I saw them on their last tour, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that was really amazing. And, trying to think of what other bands I was excited to see. We’ve played with some bands that I was a fan of, Arcade Fire, I’m a huge fan of theirs, and the year we played Bonnaroo, they were playing. Jack White, I’m a big fan of. I got to watch him play with The Raconteurs from backstage at Voodoo Fest; that was really cool. I got to see The Pixies at Voodoo Fest; that was really amazing. Band of Horses also at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. I’m sure there’s a ton of others that I just can’t think of right now, but it’s been a really amazing thing. Opening for Florence and the Machine was really cool. We played with them in New York at one show. I really like their music. That was just a fun show to be a part of. So, yea, it’s a totally different world where we’re from with live music. More bands are trying to come to Africa now, but when we were younger, before we moved here, because Africa’s so far away, it’s a little bit off the map for most bands. We didn’t really get to see too many live shows.

Moving on from your idols, you mentioned a lot of bands you were excited to see, you’ve covered Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” and you’ve sort of made Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” your own, what made you choose those covers?

Massive Attack, we were all just big fans of that song for a long time. When we first heard that song back in South Africa and discovered Massive Attack, we were like, “Oh that song’s so amazing!” One day we were just jamming, and kind of playing it in rehearsal and we thought it sounded cool, so we tried it out live and everybody liked it. And we just kind of kept doing it live, and then we decided to record it and put it out as a single at some point, and that’s done pretty well too. That’s become like a fan favorite I suppose, and we usually do that song live, like most nights.

And “Come As You Are” we actually recorded, we’re also Nirvana fans when we were starting out. We recorded “Come As You Are” for a Nevermind tribute album. We were actually asked to pick a song from Nevermind that we wanted to cover and “Come As You Are” was one of our favorites, so we picked that one. And that’s how we ended up doing that song. We haven’t actually played that live too much. Then we also cover Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” live. Then the last cover we did was a song off Beck’s Sea Change album called “Golden Age” and we did that a covers feature that Billboard was putting online, this thing that we did with Billboard and they recorded us playing a song, and that was actually a lot of fun. So, kind of done a few cool covers, I suppose. It’s fun to mix it up, occasionally.

What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?

Hmm, I’d probably be a teacher. My dad is a university professor, my mom’s an elementary school teacher, and my brother’s a high school English teacher. So it’s kind of in the family, so that’s probably what I’d do. Not sure which subject, maybe English?

What age, high school, or middle school, or Kindergarten?

Probably high school, not younger than that I’d say. High school or college, if I could manage it.

Maybe a music teacher?

Maybe, yea. I have taught in the past. But I had some good teachers too, some good music teachers. So that would be really cool being able to share what you’ve learned and help someone else, very rewarding.

Civil Twilight is currently on a west coast headlining tour. Next month, they’ll support MuteMath on a national tour. The band’s second album Holy Weather (iTunes) is out now on Wind-Up Records. Civil Twilight will be playing a special fashion show after-party next Friday September 7th for designer Yuna Yang. Yang’s new Spring/Summer13 collection was inspired by the band’s music.

Check out CivilTwilightBand.com and www.facebook.com/CivilTwilight tomorrow for Ra Ra Riot’s remix of “River.”

08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
08/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
08/31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
09/02 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival w/Mac Miller, Big Sean, Blizten Trapper
09/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Centre for the Performing Arts w/Keane
09/08 – Orlando, FL @ Soaked Festival w/Travie McCoy, more.
09/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/Mutemath
09/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre w/Mutemath
09/15 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep w/Mutemath
09/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre w/Mutemath
09/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Woolys w/Mutemath
09/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre w/Mutemath
09/21 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater w/Mutemath
09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Piedmont Park, Music Midtown Festival w/Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, more.
09/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre w/Mutemath
09/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre w/Mutemath
09/28 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret La Tulipe w/Mutemath
09/29 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met w/Mutemath
09/30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/Mutemath
10/02 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place w/Mutemath
10/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/Mutemath
10/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/Mutemath
10/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live w/Mutemath
10/08 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/Mutemath
10/09 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre w/Mutemath
10/10 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 w/Mutemath
10/11 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club w/Mutemath
10/13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival w/Red Hot Chili Peppers, more.
10/14 – San Antonio TX @ Back Stage Live w/Mutemath
10/16 – Waco, TX @ Common Grounds w/Mutemath
10/18 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre w/Mutemath
10/19 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall w/Mutemath
10/20 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre w/ Mutemath
10/21 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre w/Mutemath
10/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre w/Mutemath

24 Jul
2012

We’re big fans of Civil Twilight and School of Seven Bells. We’ve really been digging CT’s “Fire Escape” which you’ve probably heard on Alternative Radio or even on the shows “Mob Wives” or “Vampire Diaries.” Imagine our excitement when we found out that School of Seven Bells remixed the track. Take a listen to it below and make sure to catch Civil Twilight on tour this summer.

Tour Trailer

07/29 – Syracuse NY @ NY State Fair w/Korn, The Offspring, The Gaslight Anthem, more.
07/31 – Lake Placid, NY @ Mid Park, Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series
08/02 – Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork w/A Silent Film
08/03 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/A Silent Film
08/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
08/11 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion w/Metric, White Rabbits, Ben Kweller, more.
08/18 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater w/Morning Parade
08/20 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress w/Voxhaul Broadcast
08/21 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern w/Voxhaul Broadcast
08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/Morning Parade
08/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Silverton Hotel & Casino w/Vanaprasta
08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
08/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
08/31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
09/02 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival w/Mac Miller, Big Sean, Blizten Trapper
09/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Centre for the Performing Arts w/Keane
09/08 – Orlando, FL @ Soaked Festival w/Travie McCoy, more.
09/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/Mutemath
09/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre w/Mutemath
09/15 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep w/Mutemath
09/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre w/Mutemath
09/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Woolys w/Mutemath
09/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre w/Mutemath
09/21 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater w/Mutemath
09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Piedmont Park, Music Midtown Festival w/Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, more.
09/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre w/Mutemath
09/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre w/Mutemath
09/28 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret La Tulipe w/Mutemath
09/29 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met w/Mutemath
09/30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/Mutemath
10/02 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place w/Mutemath
10/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/Mutemath
10/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/Mutemath
10/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live w/Mutemath
10/08 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/Mutemath
10/09 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre w/Mutemath
10/10 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 w/Mutemath
10/11 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club w/Mutemath
10/13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival w/Red Hot Chili Peppers, more.
10/14 – San Antonio TX @ Back Stage Live w/Mutemath
10/16 – Waco, TX @ Common Grounds w/Mutemath
10/18 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre w/Mutemath
10/19 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall w/Mutemath
10/20 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre w/ Mutemath
10/21 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre w/Mutemath
10/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre w/Mutemath

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22 May
2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

04 Mar
2012


By Michel Dussack

On February 29th the South African trio (though they now have a fourth member that plays with them live) Civil Twilight played a special album release show at New York City’s Joe’s Pub. While there were a few fans in attendance, the show was mainly the showcase the groups upcoming second album entitled ‘Holy Weather’ to members of the media, and thus, the band played mostly new material while keeping the amount of older material light.

After seeing all the new material live, it’s easy to see that the band took a significant departure in sound from their first album while recording ‘Holy Weather’. Some of the songs feature electronic drum beats, backing vocals, and synthesizers, all stuff that’s new to the group. In fact, at one point during the show, vocalist Steven McKellar seemed to be playing a synthesizer that was hooked up to a talk box, and at another he was playing an acoustic instrument (he typically sticks to bass and keyboards).

That’s not to say it all sounds different from their first album though – lead single ‘Fire Escape’ sounds very much like typically Civil Twilight – booming bass lines, crashing drums and a healthy dosage of electric guitar. This obviously isn’t a helpful comparison to those that have never heard a Civil Twilight song, instead you should know that the band is frequently compared to U2, Radiohead, and Muse, though it should be noted that the band doesn’t try to sound like anyone, they just “want to make people feel good and get them to a good place every night” with their music.

I feel confident in saying that all the new material sounded great despite a couple of kinks in playing it on this Wednesday night. In fairness, the band is just getting used to playing as a four piece and now has to learn eleven new songs to play live. As Steven noted, they have a lot of new equipment on stage that they’re learning to incorporate into their live shows, and they should be commending for trying to expand their sound rather than make their first album over again.

One thing hasn’t changed though – the band closing their set with their amazing cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’. In the past when I’ve seen them perform this song, Steven hops into the photo pit or the crowd to perform about half of it in the crowd, and this night was no different. Stepping over the plates and glasses of the people sitting right in front of the stage Steven dragged his microphone stand while carrying his bass right onto the floor of Joe’s Pub to close out an energetic night filled with exciting new material. Be sure to look out for ‘Holy Weather’ when it gets released.

All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack


01 Feb
2012


South African rock trio CIVIL TWILIGHT is set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album holy weather on March 27th through Wind Up Records. holy weather creates a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling, which is crafted by brothers Steven (singer/bass/piano) and Andrew McKellar (guitar) and Richard Wouters (drums). Starting TODAY the band’s colossal single, “Fire Escape” is available at all digital retailers and as a CD single with select indie retailers. Fans that pre-order the album digitally through iTunes will instantly receive the single, as well as a pre-order only track and three, exclusive bonus tracks when the album drops – so don’t miss out! holy weather can also be pre-ordered as physical copies via the band’s merch store, where Limited Edition Clear Vinyl is sold in bundles, and through Amazon and Newbury Comics.

After the successful release of CIVIL TWILIGHT’s self-titled debut in 2009, the trio gave a spectacular late night television performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while their single “Letters from the Sky” peaked at #5 at Alternative Radio in 2010. The single’s video was the #1 most played on MTV 2 at the time of its release, and reached #5 on FUSE’s Alternative Countdown. “Letters from the Sky” also appeared on major TV sitcoms NUMB3RS, One Tree Hill and House. This year, the band takes to the big screen with their song “How’m I Supposed to Die,” which will appear in Underworld: Awakening, and will also be featured in the film’s original motion picture soundtrack.

In 2011, the band contributed the title cover song for the record Come As You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind, which Alternative Press called, “The most interesting song on the album…which sounds more like Coldplay than Cobain, but at least it swells and crashes into its own original.”

CIVIL TWILIGHT toured the States relentlessly and gave extraordinary live performances at major music festivals Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Voodoo Fest, VH1’s Best Cruise Ever, plus headlined the Rockin’ the Daisies festival in their homeland of Cape Town, SA. Additionally, CIVIL TWILIGHT has opened for Neon Trees, Mute Math, Florence & The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Cage the Elephant, and more!

Touring was a major force of inspiration on the new record, as Steven was heavily inspired by the notion that road life can change the way you perceive the world. Therefore, he started writing songs based on nostalgia, which would eventually lead to album’s 11 new tracks. Each track is carefully composed with Steven’s engaging vocals that cascade over his own classical piano chords and eerie bass riffs. Richard’s powerful drum beats and Andrew’s moving guitar riffs enhance holy weather’s overall sound that lies somewhere between a mood that’s as dark as the midnight sky, and is as uplifting as watching the sunrise. holy weather ultimately captivates the listener from the very beginning!

holy weather track listing
1. River
2. Holy Weather
3. Fire Escape
4. Move/Stay
5. Every walk that I’ve ever taken has been in your direction
6. Highway of Fallen Kings
7. It’s Over
8. Shape of a Sound
9. Sweet Resistance
10. Please Don’t Find Me
11. Doorway

Bonus Tracks (iTunes order exclusive):

12. Wasted

13. Surrender

14. Church on Fire

Pre-Order Track (iTunes order exclusive):

15. Night Is Cold

www.civiltwilightband.com

21 Jul
2011

A major new music festival is set to launch this Fall celebrating the rich and diverse music scene from across the U.S. with headliners Bob Seger, Kid Rock and The Killers. Orlando Calling will be a weekend long action-packed festival set in America’s entertainment playground of Orlando, Florida at the world famous Citrus Bowl Park. Featuring four stages of American Artists, Orlando Calling will present platinum-selling marquee acts, icons from the genres of Blues, Country, Rock, Alternative, Nu Folk and R&B. The Festival will also showcase exciting young talent emerging from the Central Florida area and across the nation. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23rd at 10am at www.orlandocalling.com. Ticket package details listed below.

The Killers, will perform a rare US show, their first public appearance in over two years, as Saturday night’s headline act. Sunday night’s headliner, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, will perform on an outdoor festival bill for the first time in decades, and for a rare and unique Festival appearance, Kid Rock will join the bill. Other artists will include seminal indie rock acts The Raconteurs and Pixies, and the popular folk rock ensemble, The Avett Brothers. ** Full list of announced performers below.

Festival fans will be able to experience all the action from the multiple stages and performance areas in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and designed as a shared celebration of American music heritage and culture. Additionally, a ‘coffee house’ venue will spotlight traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and other legacy artists, and will promote the work of local and regional artisans, visual artists, and craft vendors.

Produced by Festival Republic, Europe’s most accomplished independent festival promoters, Orlando Calling promises to bring a genuine festival feel to an urban environment. Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic who produces Glastonbury Festival as well as Reading, Leeds, Latitude and Big Chill in the UK and Electric Picnic in Ireland, Hove in Norway and Berlin Festival in Germany brings all his experience to the Florida market for the first time.

“I am massively excited at the thought of creating an American Music Festival in the sunshine state. Orlando Calling has been a long-term dream for me to realize as has been my desire to reunite a working relationship with Liam Lynch of Authentic, my creative producer,” said Benn. “This will be the first of many festivals to be held on an annual basis in this wonderful city, and to be able to present such amazing artists in the first year is very special indeed.”

Fans will be able to enjoy a downtown music festival in a major regional hub, utilizing local hotel accommodations and free and frequent shuttle bus service directly from downtown to the festival site at the Florida Citrus Bowl Park. Additional late night shows and other activities are planned throughout the weekend in Downtown Orlando.

“Orlando Calling will add another unique, cultural opportunity for our community that will also provide additional economic impact throughout Central Florida,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are excited to host this event in the recently renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and to continue to bring more concerts and other events like this to that venue.”

“What makes Orlando the most visited destination in the country, with more than 51 million visitors last year, is that it continually offers new experiences for visitors from across the Globe. Visit Orlando constantly seeks new events and partners and Orlando Calling is a perfect marriage of two great brands – Orlando and Festival Republic – that creates a unique music festival experience,” said Gary Sain, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “It adds a really exciting music component to our world-renowned theme park attractions, growing dining and nightlife scene, world-class downtown and more.”

Additional information will be available at www.orlandocalling.com

ARTIST LINE-UP

All dates and stage times are TBD and this schedule is subject to change.

SATURDAY:

The Killers

Pixies

The Avett Brothers

The Roots

The Raconteurs

Gogol Bordello

O.A.R.

Iron and Wine

Pete Yorn

Gavin DeGraw

Jenny and Johnny

Drive By Truckers

Civil Twilight

Lucero

Dr. Dog

Justin Townes Earle

Felice Brothers

Ben Sollee

Renee & The Translators

SUNDAY:

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Kid Rock

Doobie Brothers

Dwight Yoakam

Buddy Guy

Warren Haynes Band

Chris Isaak

Brandi Carlile

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Michelle Branch

The Flatlanders

Los Lonely Boys

Blues Traveler

Justin Townes Earle

The David Mayfield Parade

The Supervillains

TICKETING PACKAGES

Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23rd at 10am at www.orlandocalling.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Single Day Tickets:

$80 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options

$165 – VIP

2-Day Weekend Tickets:

$145 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options

$285 — VIP

** Summer incentive ticket pricing in effect through August 31 only

FESTIVAL REPUBLIC

Festival Republic, which is 51% owned by Live Nation, is the UK’s leading festival and event promoter. Its portfolio includes Reading & Leeds Festivals (UK), Latitude (UK), The Big Chill (UK), Electric Picnic (Republic of Ireland), Hove (Norway), and Berlin Festival (Germany).

Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, also has operational responsibility for and is the license holder of Glastonbury Festival (UK). He is also the Chairman of Wembley Stadium (UK).

www.festivalrepublic.com

FLORIDA CITRUS BOWL STADIUM:
The City of Orlando recently completed $10 million in the first phase of planned enhancements at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Improvements included structural work, lighting and technology that will allow the Citrus Bowl to remain competitive in attracting world-class events and Bowl Games. Currently, the stadium is home to the annual Capital One and Champs Sports Bowls, Florida Classic ethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M football game and other events.

26 Mar
2011

One of our favorite bands from 2010,Civil Twilight, is on a headlining club tour right now. They played last night in Allston (Boston) at Brighton Music Hall. Our photographer Jennifer Murtha (of FromThePhotoPit.com) was there to get some shots of the band. Check them out below:

29 Sep
2010

Civil Twilight cannot play a bad show. It’s not possible. We’ve seen them multiple times this year always with different openers and headliners. This fall, the band is on another excellent tour. This time, they’ll be joining Anberlin and Crash Kings. To celebrate, we wanna give ONE LUCKY READER a NEW LIMITED EDITION CIVIL TWILIGHT WHITE VINYL 7″ featuring the tracks “Letters From The Sky” and their cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” (watch the video below, it’s GREAT!) on the b-side. Oh yeah, it’s also SIGNED! Wait, there’s more! You’ll also win a Civil Twilight T-shirt! Yes, we know it’s awesome!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER!

Check out Civil Twilight on tour now!

Anberlin / Crash Kings / Civil Twilight Fall tour

09/28 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
09/29 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/01 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/03 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/06 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
10/09 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/10 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/13 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/15 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/16 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/18 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
10/19 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
10/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon
10/21 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center
10/22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/25 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
10/26 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/28 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
10/30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/31 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/01 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/03 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
11/04 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/05 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
11/06 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

http://www.myspace.com/civiltwilightband

20 Aug
2010

South African alternative rock trio Civil Twilight released a brand new limited edition white vinyl 7” featuring their single “Letters From the Sky” and a studio recording of the Massive Attack classic “Teardrop” last week. Check out a live version of “Teardrop” from NYC’s Bowery Ballroom here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcO6xQq7oNs

“Teardrop” is also available as a digital download on iTunes

Also, catch the band out on the road this fall w/ Anberlin + The Crash Kings in support of their debut self-titled album. Civil Twilight will be appearing at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival on September 4th alongside The Decemberists, Edward Sharpe, Atlas Sound, Jamie Lidell, Neko Case and many more.

Anberlin / Crash Kings / Civil Twilight Fall tour

09/28 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
09/29 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/01 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/03 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/06 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
10/09 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/10 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/13 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/15 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/16 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/18 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
10/19 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
10/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon
10/21 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center
10/22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/25 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
10/26 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/28 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
10/30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/31 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/01 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/03 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
11/04 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/05 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
11/06 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

CIVIL TWILIGHT
http://civiltwilightband.com/
http://myspace.com/civiltwilightband
http://youtube.com/civiltwilightband
http://facebook.com/CivilTwilight, http://twitter.com/civil_twilight_