That’s right: Another stage, another seven. This time we’re checking out the who’s who coming to the heart of the city of Bethlehem during the ‘fest… Musikfest’s Metro Beautry Academy Main Street stage! Let’s take a look:
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1) Skunkmello – 8/1, 8:30-10:30pm
Looking for some good straight rock and blues? Skunkmello can help you out with that. These NYC natives just released a new single, “Stars & Stripes” in June 2014 that channels the roots and soul of the rock n’ roll music world. This particular track really highlights lead singer Matt Bartlett’s thick, raspy, American rock vocals and all the hard beats of drummer Jono Ori. If you’re a fan of bands like the Black Keys, you gotta check these guys out; Their 2nd EP “Lowlife Dreams” was mastered by Grammy Award Winner Brian Lucey – the same dude who worked with none other than the Black Keys themselves.
Revolutionary 360, an arts and entertainment webzine, couldn’t help but rant and rave about these guys. R360 blogger,Jamez Kirby, deems them to be amongst some of rock n’ roll’s greatest: “If you are too young to recall the birth of prog-rock (Nazareth, Floyd, Zappa, Zeppelin) but are curious to see what the hype is all about, you can find nearly every reference to its development within Skunkmello.” Kirby also makes a point to note the strong Reggae vibes that Skunkmello flawlessly mixes into their hard rock guitar work. These funky Reggae undertones are particularly strong in the video below. Have a look!
2) Tall Tall Trees – 8/2, 8:30-10:30pm
This is the story of one very talented man and his banjo. And every one should start flipping through the pages. That’s right, Tall Tall Trees is a solo artist act lead by the one and only Mike Savino. This is an impressive guy. He took the initiative to create his own start-up label and has already completed two awesome records. He is no ordinary indie-folk act for his loyal cult following has even developed nicknames for him that range from “space banjo” or “banjotron.” The reason I’m guessing is because his banjo work is out-of-this-world impressive. Any folk lover is bound to put his singles “Waiting on the Day” and “Highwire” on repeat.
3) Wild Adriatic – 8/3, 8:30-10pm
These SXSW-vets just came out with their debut album, “Big Suspicious”, this past January. But to be honest, it sounds like they’ve been doing this for a while. Wild Adriatic is straight from Saratoga Springs, NY, and they are an American-rock n’ soul group with funky undertones and bluesy grooves. And for just coming out with their first record, these guys are receiving some early recognition and praise. Rolling Stone featured their track “Woe” as one of their Daily Downloads and USA Today deemed their song “Mess Around” a “rock n’ soul stomper”. And rightfully so. Both songs rock.
4) Midnight Spin – 8/4, 8:30-10pm
You know what I like most about these guys? They often say that in a world where electronic music is becoming more and more prominent and progressively becoming the majority their main goal is to keep guitar based music alive. To keep rock alive. Like okay, right on, Midnight Spin. Take a listen to their song “Cochis Bliss” and you’ll be reminded of bands like the Foo Fighters mixed with the early Killers mixed with Weezer mixed with The Strokes. It’s a solid mix of influences. And it’s awesome. Plus their album, “Don’t Let Me Sleep” has just recently been awarded an Independent Music Award for Rock Album of the Year. Nice! Check out a song for said album below!
5) Chronic Wolf – 8/7, 8:30-10pm
For our fifth band, here’s a group that fits right into this general rock n’ roll theme we have going. These guys got together in Perksaie, PA and found their musical passion resides primarily in blues rock (and in my opinion, mixed with a hint of indie). Listen to any one of their songs -may I suggest “Those 11″ or “Affection” – and you’ll be able to catch some edginess mixed with a grooving flair. They’re super funky, channeling into the blues side of the genre. For a better idea of their sound, just think of some of the bands that Chronic Wolf deems some of their most powerful influences: Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Black Keys. Check out the video below and you’ll pick up on what I’m putting down, trust me.
6) Nick D’ & The Believers – 8/9, 8:30-10:30pm
I know I said we had a general rock n’ roll theme going for this blog post. But here’s where it stops. And in the best of ways, don’t fret! I gotta say, when I took a listen to Nick D’ & The Believers, I was super pumped to have found them. They remind me entirely of some of my favorite bands including Passion Pit, MGMT and Churches. Driven by the sounds and beats of the synthesizer, this band is onto something. They’re like this cool, hipster, electro-pop/rock act that you hear more and more on radio stations like Radio 104.5. As in, I could completely picture these guys hitting the big time and playing at one of Radio 104.5’s summer block party concerts in Philly. They’d fit right into that whole vibe. Now I know I said they’re like electro-pop/rock but the band themselves deem their genre as “garage soul”. I mean that’s pretty cool (and not that I actually know what that means but I can take a guess their hinting at the gritty undertones and soulful rhythms found in some of their songs.) Speaking of their songs, be sure to check out “Find A Little Love” from their EP “Throwing Stones” and their newly released single “Bang Bang” (below!).
7) Stone Cold Fox – 8/10, 5:30-6:30pm & 7:00-8:00pm
Calling all fans of Cold War Kids, Walk the Moon and New Politics because Stone Cold Foxes are right up your alley. They have a sound that channels rock, indie, punk and eletectro-pop among other genres. They mix the genres to a perfect combination or as they like to call it, “blending the old and the new”. Which is true: they continue to hold a strong grip to their American roots while bringing in the newly popular electro beats of today’s music world. They just recently debut their LP “Memory Palace” in May 2014 and it is jam-packed with some upbeat tracks. One of my favorites, “Seventeen”, is posted in the video below which has already gotten close to 22,000 plays on SoundCloud. The song is catchy and fun and it is this one in particular that reminds of the indie-rock songs from bands like Cold War Kids and the early Killers and Grouplove. Be sure to check it out!
Another round of must-sees is a wrap! More to come on Musikfest bands and information. Check out the rest of the Metro Beauty Academy Main St. lineup (and the entire Musikfest lineup) at www.musikfest.org. And get caught up to date with our previous must-see platz picks: