La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.
Garrett Borns has had a whirlwind couple of months.
Like lightening in a bottle, BØRNS exploded onto the scene last November with the release of his debut EP Candy. The Michigan-bred LA transplant is in a league of his own, bringing a personal blend of sunshine pop to the table, complete with super sweet, feel-good vibes. BØRNS' peppy tracks have won over late-night audiences (you can check out his killer Conan appearance HERE) and celebrities alike (Taylor Swift is a huge fan, #justsayingggg) - so naturally, we HAD to have a chat with the budding star before he invades NYC with MisterWives on March 31st (tickets HERE). Check out what BØRNS had to say about living in a treehouse, his super-secret side project, and California love...
Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.
Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.
It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.
Thousands of music lovers invaded New Orleans on March 13 and 14 for the fourth annual BUKU Music & Art Project, each looking forward to enjoying prominent headliners and fresh faces. As 58 talented acts performed across six entirely unique stages, the two-day project exploded with excellent music that exceeded all expectations.
When someone realized that rap, dance and indie beats could not only coexist but unite and blend, the BUKU Project was born. By combining these genres, BUKU has created its own niche in the festival scene, attracting an entirely new demographic altogether.
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., can only be found by taking the risk to venture off the beaten path and discover a fresh and unusual atmosphere. Down a vacant road nestled deep in a cypress and oak tree forest, Suwannee is undoubtedly a hidden gem. However, once you’ve discovered its magic, it will become home. For the 5,000 music lovers who experienced AURA Music & Art Festival 2015, the Suwannee culture will continue to draw them back with unstoppable magnetic force.
A collaborative effort from AURA Music Group and Brotherly Love Productions, AURA Music & Art Festival was all about mind-blowing music, excellent energy and good vibrations. AURA is comprised of people who take pleasure in sharing the love and the dance floor, which creates a unique ambiance that is unmatched by any other festival. It is a custom to greet all newcomers with an open heart. At Suwannee, the culture is all about giving back and transcending the reality of the mainstream by creating a connection from a shared musical experience.
It’s sometimes hard for Generation Y to care about things other than Kimye, the color of a dress, and how many likes their #tbt got. For Andrew St. James however, the political climate and the realities of current events are more his cup of tea. At only 19-years-old, Andrew sings about, well, the shit that matters – gun violence, the overlooked deaths of so many, and heartbreak.
As a San Francisco native (and proud of it!), Andrew channels the weight of these issues into the power of his lyrics. Wanting to be President of the United States as a child (and yes, he’s a House of Cards fan), his passion for perspective has him “writing about things that resonate”, making him feel like he’s doing “justice for the art”. Andrew is one of few in the industry that uses music as a platform to shed light onto issues that most of us choose to ignore.
On March 13 and 14, gear up and get ready to head to New Orleans for a groovy, unforgettable music and art experience unlike any other. Set in a post-industrial independent art community not far from the historic French Quarter, BUKU Music & Art Project is a one-of-a-kind festival that effortlessly blends hip-hop with indie rock and electronic dance music.
BUKU creates an incomparable atmosphere of creative “kulture” within Mardi Gras World, offering six NOLA-style stages with views of the Mississippi River, Crescent City Connection Bridge, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, Market Street Power Plant and Mardi Gras float warehouse. The vibe of the festival is influenced by local underground street culture, modern art deco and the history of New Orleans. The festival is full of innovative installations, live graffiti and avant-garde industrial and interactive creations.
It’s rare to find a musician that is so vocally moving and lyrically affecting, yet so humble and reserved about that very fact. Case and point, Dylan Pratt. An Arizona native who “makes coffee for people” has been opening up for JD McPherson on his national tour, heading back to the desert on March 13th. Playing his first New York show at Bowery Ballroom last Wednesday (a sold-out one at that), Dylan was quietly nervous, yet modestly excited when Joonbug spoke with him on a shady staircase backstage just an hour before he hit the stage.
With Seattle and sorrow behind him, Dylan moved back to Arizona to put all his energy into his music. Playing consistently in Phoenix at venues like the Crescent Ballroom, and cold calling his way outside state lines, he has been playing in support of Beg For Fire, as well lots of new stuff he’s been working on since then. “I’m trying not to have to be miserable to write…I just hope people like it.”, and after witnessing the reception of a hard-to-please NYC crowd, it was obvious that they definitely do.Dylan’s latest project, Beg For Fire, was released in 2013, with Lifters & Leaners and Four Songs before that. An 11-track story chronicling his time spent in Seattle following love, but inevitably falling into heartbreak, Beg For Fire is raw, truthful, and emotive. The connection between Dylan’s own subjectivity within his songs, and the objective realities of relationships in life, is unwavering. The success of songs like “Honest Kind of Luck” and “Poisoned Fruit” showcase Dylan as a uniquely voiced talent that should not be overlooked in the growing realm of indie/folk singer/songwriters.
Since gracing XXL's Feshman Class cover last year with his "Dirty Dozen" cohorts, Funk Volume signee, Jarren Benton continues serving us with his unyielding creativity with a side of #idgaf and innovation, heard on Slow Motion EP (January).
True to it's name when compared to the crazed, overzealous Slim Shady-esque content heard on his debut LP My Grandma's Basement, Slow Motion focuses more on Benton's golden era tinged lyricism sans any verses about entertaining the company of an "insominaic cokehead" or "shoving a prick into a brick oven."
What does The Glitch Mob's Love Death Immortality Remixes LP sound like? Let's just say that if The Wachowski Brothers were to make a fourth sequel to The Matrix, 'Skullclub' and 'Mind of a Beast' off of the album would be ideal selections for the soundtrack.
As a revamp of the group's sophomore album Love Death Immortality (February 2014), which peaked at #13 on Billboard's Top 200 after its release, the new set features an edgier sound with amazing surprise performances from dance heavy-weights Bassnectar, Plaid, Nadastrom, Mord Fustang, Si Begg, and Emalkay.