New York trio Sunflower Bean wrapped up their headlining tour at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on Sunday July 1st. The band had been on the road for 5 weeks, it actually seems like they've been on the road the entire past 3 years, and yet, they still sounded fresh and not road weary. Their electric set started with an Aimless Skylarking favorite, 'Burn It', and didn't let up, heavy on cuts from their latest LP, Twentytwo in Blue, but also sprinkling in a few from their debut LP Human Ceremony. A fantastic night for live music. Opening the night was another New York based band, Public Access TV. Their short opening set was full of unbridled energy, and was nothing short of fantastic. Nashville's Lightning 100 radio station live streamed the show, and I was there to document the night. Check out my photos from the show below.
Another must see artist on my Secret Stages list this year was Nashville based Molly Parden. She was the 1st act at Rogue Tavern on the 2nd day of the festival, and set the tone for another day of fantastic music. She and her band played a compelling brand of country folk with a few pop elements sprinkled throughout, but it was her stunningly beautiful voice that kept the audience entranced. Listen in to a few of Molly's tracks below as you check out my photos from her performance.
Nashville indie rockers Pangs have released a new single sounding like something off the Valley Girl soundtrack. Not that we mind at all. We love the 80's, and 80's music. The decade produced some of the most timeless and influential tracks, so many favorites. And Pangs' 'Busy Signals' definitely has its roots in the 80's. While we love the nostalgia surrounding the song, an earlier track, 'Killing Kind' is our favorite by the band.
We here at Aimless Skylarking became aware of the band a few weeks back when they followed us on Twitter. A long while back, before the email inbox became so jam packed and daunting, such organic discoveries took place quite often. An unfortunate casualty. Anyway, the band has a gig lined up for October 26th at the High Watt (near Jackalope Brewery) in Nashville. Sadly, it's on a Wednesday night, with the 90 minute drive home being the deal breaker. Perhaps more live dates will be announced soon. Until that's all sorted out, Soundcloud will have to do. Find 'Busy Signals' and 'Killing Kind' below.
Once again, the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Alabama outdid itself. Tabbed as a music discovery festival, it's every bit of that for fans of new music. Aimless Skylarking exists for that sole purpose too, discovering and sharing new music is exciting. With a slate of 60 bands on the schedule over 2 nights, there was plenty to choose from -- rap, rock, metal, folk, alt-country, and R&B to name a few styles. I attended in 2014 and discovered several Aimless Skylarking favorites such as Adia Victoria, And the Echo, The Debauchees, and Memphis Dawls. Last year's lineup was stellar as well, featuring blog favorites such as White Reaper, Raindeer, Brass Bed, Dot.s, Eleven Year Old, Captain Kudzu, Holy Youth, Twin Limb, and Velouria.
As in 2014, I secured a photo pass and documented several performances of which I'll share photos all this week. The first act I saw was Nashville's Bassh. Energetic and fun melodic alt-rock, and far grittier live than their single, 'Body', would have you believe. 'Body' has over 100k Soundcloud plays so the band is on to something, and hopefully follow up tracks aren't too far down the road. Find 'Body' and my photos from their performance below.
All photos taken with a Canon 5d Mark III camera with a Canon f2.8 24mm-70mm lens, and a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera with a Sony f1.8 50mm prime lens.
Last weekend I went on a road trip of sorts, from my home in North Alabama to Nashville and then on to Atlanta for two nights of live music from English artist Bobby Long. Traveling to see an artist I like is something I've gotten used to doing since we don't have many touring artists/bands stopping off in Huntsville, Alabama. And it wasn't the first time I'd followed to the next city on the tour.
In Nashville, in a steamy private home with many pieces of curious artwork adorning the walls, Anya Marina opened the evening before Bobby Long took the makeshift stage. Champions of quality and under the radar music, Cause a Scene hosted the event. Since 2012, they have hosted nearly 200 intimate concerts in many incredible places all over Nashville. In all, 700+ artists have performed for Cause a Scene. Find a track from Anya as well as Bobby below, along with my photos from the show.
All photos taken with a Sony A6000 point and shoot mirrorless camera with a Sony 50mm f1.8 lens and a Sigma 30mm f2.8 lens.