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SXSW/Lollapalooza 2014 Crossover Artists – OEB’s Friday Picks
 
As OEB continues to slowly evolve this summer, next week takes us west on I-90 from Newport, sights set to Chicago, Illinois.  Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park next week, August 1-3, bringing along key 2014 artists in pop, rock and dance music.  
Over twenty-five (!!) artists at Lollapalooza this year also received top marks as part of Operation Every Band–SXSW 2014.  Eight of those are set to perform Friday, including a conflict between Roadkill Buzz Choir and San Fermin fifteen minutes into the festival.  Decisions…  
 
12:00 - Roadkill Buzz Choir – The Grove
12:15 - San Fermin - Palladia
1:00 – Temples– Bud Light
1:45 – Lucius - Palladia
3:30 – Warpaint – Lake Shore
3:45 – Hozier - Palladia
7:15 - The Kooks – The Grove

8:45 – Phantogram – The Grove

SXSW/Lollapalooza 2014 Crossover Artists – OEB’s Friday Picks

 

As OEB continues to slowly evolve this summer, next week takes us west on I-90 from Newport, sights set to Chicago, Illinois.  Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park next week, August 1-3, bringing along key 2014 artists in pop, rock and dance music. 

Over twenty-five (!!) artists at Lollapalooza this year also received top marks as part of Operation Every Band–SXSW 2014.  Eight of those are set to perform Friday, including a conflict between Roadkill Buzz Choir and San Fermin fifteen minutes into the festival.  Decisions… 

 

12:00 - Roadkill Buzz Choir – The Grove

12:15 - San Fermin - Palladia

1:00 – Temples– Bud Light

1:45 – Lucius - Palladia

3:30 – Warpaint – Lake Shore

3:45 – Hozier - Palladia

7:15 - The Kooks – The Grove

8:45 – Phantogram – The Grove

SXSW/Newport Folk Festival 2014 Crossover Artists – OEB’s Top Picks

 

Operation Every Band’s virtual summer tour continues along next weekend with a trip up the coast to Newport, Rhode Island.  The Newport Folk Festival started in 1959 and is storied in musical history.  Dylan, Baez, Seeger, Cash – these names graced Newport’s early rosters, making the seaside Fort Adams State Park hallowed ground when it comes to acoustic (and electric, once controversially) troubadours and ramblers.  In 2014, the legacy continues strong with key sets from some of today’s best singer-songwriters including Ryan Adams, Jack White and Jeff Tweedy.  The lineup is complemented with highlight veterans like Mavis Staples, Robert Hunter and Jimmy Cliff, a weekend that consistently delivers greatness.

 

For OEB, the bottom-half of this year’s lineup is where we’ll be focusing our energy this week.  As always, it begins with a list of artists that showcased at SXSW this year and drew top scores from the OEB crew.  The week will continue with more recommendations, worth a listen whether you are going to Newport this year or just are looking for some new bands to dig into this summer.

 

Friday

12:50 - Mandolin Orange – Quad Stage

1:50 – Phox – Quad Stage

2:05 - The Devil Makes Three – Fort Stage

2:40 - Noah Gundersen – Harbor Stage

 

Saturday

11:00 - Willie Watson – Harbor Stage

11:05 - The Haden Triplets – Quad Stage

3:40 – Lucius – Harbor Stage

5:30 - Kurt Vile and the Violators – Quad Stage

 

Sunday

11:10 - Leif Vollebekk – Quad Stage

11:30 - Ages and Ages – Fort Stage

2:45  - Hurray for the Riff Raff – Quad Stage

2:55 – Hozier – Harbor Stage

OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014
 
OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.
Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:   
 
Foster the People
Chance The Rapper
Phantogram
Kongos
Hozier
Mary Lambert
Rhett Miller OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014
 
OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.
Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:   
 
Foster the People
Chance The Rapper
Phantogram
Kongos
Hozier
Mary Lambert
Rhett Miller OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014
 
OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.
Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:   
 
Foster the People
Chance The Rapper
Phantogram
Kongos
Hozier
Mary Lambert
Rhett Miller OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014
 
OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.
Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:   
 
Foster the People
Chance The Rapper
Phantogram
Kongos
Hozier
Mary Lambert
Rhett Miller OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014
 
OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.
Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:   
 
Foster the People
Chance The Rapper
Phantogram
Kongos
Hozier
Mary Lambert
Rhett Miller

OEB vs. Sasquatch 2014

 

OEB 2.0 is still evolving behind the scenes, but a preview, here’s the new tagline: Reviewing Festivals From The Bottom Up.  That being shared, Operation Every Band is spending the next two weeks with the Sasquatch Music Festival.  Taking place at the Gorge, easily one of the most beautiful full-time amphitheatres in the States, Sasquatch concentrates on the best in indie rock, pop and genres in between for a three-day showcase.  Though we cannot attend (fingers crossed for an expansive webcast), we’ll be taking time highlighting the bottom half of the Sasquatch roster, calling out new favorites that are set to take on the Gorge in about two weeks.

Since SXSW is still the sun OEB revolves around, we’ll follow the pattern set with Coachella last month and highlight each day’s SXSW Crossover – artists we’ve already highlighted this year who are playing Sasquatch this year.  For today, let’s look at Friday’s crossover artists:  

 

Foster the People

Chance The Rapper

Phantogram

Kongos

Hozier

Mary Lambert

Rhett Miller

Hozier – “Take Me To Church”

Pairs Well With…James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, Jeff Buckley

Hozier’s epic “Take Me To Church” has been buzzing for months now and it’s easy to figure out why. Seconds into the track, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier pulls off a sick vocal run over dark, shaded piano chords. It’s R&B from a singer-songwriter angle, roots from a sexy future. Hozier incorporates a lot of gospel into sound in unexpected ways, best shown in the stomping “Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene”. In fact, the three studio tracks on Hozier’s debut EP are coming from three very distinct places (add the soft folk ballad “Like Real People Do”), but the whole is grounded with Hozier’s weapon of a voice. Mostly soft-spoken, but able to wow with emotional melodies (I get a little Elton John in my ears), Hozier is the real deal and deserves the expected trajectory leading right through SXSW this year.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 66

That’s what I’m talking about.  This morning’s set is huge, eclectic and loaded with OEB highlights:

Hospitality (9) - The electronic rock ballad “Inauguration” leads right into the synth-driven “Rockets and Jets”, another adventurous, section-by-section grabber.  I’m looking forward to spending more time with the record, but already I’m more into this Hospitality than their 2012 debut – a splendid evolution.
Hozier (9) - It’s R&B from a singer-songwriter angle, roots from a sexy future.  Hozier incorporates a lot of gospel into sound in unexpected ways, best shown in the stomping “Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene”.
Humming House (7) - It’s a really accessible sound, more pretty than raw, but firmly rooted for an experienced ear.  One of the hallmarks of Humming House takes sound from other parts of the world than Delta swamps and Southern plains, especially the hints of Irish folk that creeps splendidly into a few of the band’s songs.
Hunter Hunted (7) - It’s go big or go home with the grandiose pop tone of Hunter Hunted.  Upbeat electronic pop-rock in it’s finest form – Hunter Hunted will have you humming along thirty seconds into any of the five tracks that make up their 2013 debut EP.
Hospital Ships (6) – Experimental rock artists Hospital Ships follow closely in the tradition of their namesake (The Flaming Lips’ “The Abandoned Hospital Ship), twisting pop hooks into a psychedelic swirl.  As expected, this level of openness is a plus/minus affair, but look out for last year’s “Come Back to Life”, a building saga that works on every level.
Hot 8 Brass Band (6) – New Orleans is parading to SXSW this year with the Hot 8 Brass Band, a long-time collective that is all about rhythm, energy and killer horn solos.  The band covers a wide range of territory on 2012’s The Life and Times Of…, a break from the traditional while still remaining 100% true to their hometown’s sound.
HVOB (6) – The mix of down tempo beats and ghostly vocals is an entrancing listen on HVOB’s latest EP Lion.  It’s a dance record by definition of the beats, but the patient nature of HVOB’s music takes it into headier realms.
Ian McLagen (5) – Faces’ keyboardist Ian McLagen relocated to Austin a few years back, so the appearance at SXSW should be a comfortable setting to work through his now-extensive catalog.  There’s a 60s/70s pop-rock tone that resides over McLagen’s sound, a classic and familiar sound.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 66


That’s what I’m talking about. This morning’s set is huge, eclectic and loaded with OEB highlights:


Hospitality (9) - The electronic rock ballad “Inauguration” leads right into the synth-driven “Rockets and Jets”, another adventurous, section-by-section grabber. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the record, but already I’m more into this Hospitality than their 2012 debut – a splendid evolution.

Hozier (9) - It’s R&B from a singer-songwriter angle, roots from a sexy future. Hozier incorporates a lot of gospel into sound in unexpected ways, best shown in the stomping “Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene”.

Humming House (7) - It’s a really accessible sound, more pretty than raw, but firmly rooted for an experienced ear. One of the hallmarks of Humming House takes sound from other parts of the world than Delta swamps and Southern plains, especially the hints of Irish folk that creeps splendidly into a few of the band’s songs.

Hunter Hunted (7) - It’s go big or go home with the grandiose pop tone of Hunter Hunted. Upbeat electronic pop-rock in it’s finest form – Hunter Hunted will have you humming along thirty seconds into any of the five tracks that make up their 2013 debut EP.

Hospital Ships (6) – Experimental rock artists Hospital Ships follow closely in the tradition of their namesake (The Flaming Lips’ “The Abandoned Hospital Ship), twisting pop hooks into a psychedelic swirl. As expected, this level of openness is a plus/minus affair, but look out for last year’s “Come Back to Life”, a building saga that works on every level.

Hot 8 Brass Band (6) – New Orleans is parading to SXSW this year with the Hot 8 Brass Band, a long-time collective that is all about rhythm, energy and killer horn solos. The band covers a wide range of territory on 2012’s The Life and Times Of…, a break from the traditional while still remaining 100% true to their hometown’s sound.

HVOB (6) – The mix of down tempo beats and ghostly vocals is an entrancing listen on HVOB’s latest EP Lion. It’s a dance record by definition of the beats, but the patient nature of HVOB’s music takes it into headier realms.

Ian McLagen (5) – Faces’ keyboardist Ian McLagen relocated to Austin a few years back, so the appearance at SXSW should be a comfortable setting to work through his now-extensive catalog. There’s a 60s/70s pop-rock tone that resides over McLagen’s sound, a classic and familiar sound.