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.
Seeing a band I've written about here at Aimless Skylarking is always a highlight. Such blog favorites as The Joy Formidable, Lazy Day, Dream Wife, PINS, Porridge Radio, Lydia Loveless, Sturgill Simpson, Benjamin Booker, Adia Victoria, and Our Girl immediately come to mind when I think of bands I was over the moon to finally see perform. On my next to last night in London, last Thursday to be exact, I was able to check off another band from that list when I saw friends Heavy Heart perform at The Old Queen's Head in North London. They didn't disappoint, starting the set off with my personal favorite, 'Pretty Thing', and filling the rest of the set with great songs from last year's one song a month project. A great performance from some truly fantastic folks.
All I can think of now, is when will I get to see them again.
My last performance and 8th overall at this year's Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival was at Matthew's Bar and Grill for New Orleans based avant-pop 2-piece Caddywhompus. The band's set was everything I'd hoped it would be, frenzied and fun. Toss in a bit of finger tapping by Chris Rehm and otherworldly frenetic drumming by Sean Hart to put the band's performance in the stunning category. I cannot wait to see these guys again, seriously. Check out 'Weight' below as well as my pics from the performance.
My 2nd performance of Saturday and 7th overall at this year's Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival was at Matthew's Bar and Grill for St. Louis, Missouri garage punk rockers Little Big Bangs. I needed something loud and raucous, and that's what I got. The band ripped through what seemed like 10 or more tracks in their short set, barely catching their breath between each song, ending their set in a big pool of sweat. Loud, fast, melodic, screamy, and sweaty, a proper punk rock show if you ask me. I'll be circling back for a longer listen when I finish with all the photos from the festival, because I liked the band's energy, and what I heard. Check out their track 'Bang' and my photos from their performance below.
When I arrived in Birmingham Saturday night at 7pm for the second day of the Secret Stages Music Discover Festival, I was greeted with dark swirling clouds overhead, a serious thunderstorm was moments away. I considered punting on the night, and driving back home to Huntsville. But, I had to see Future Elevators. After featuring their downright gorgeous 'Alabama Song' back in March, and then falling in love with 'Modern World', I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to see the band. I'd had other opportunities to catch a show, but the schedule on my end never seemed to agree with the band's gigs.
So, while I waited it out, I almost got smashed by a 20 foot barrier fence when a violent burst of wind ahead of the storm toppled the fence on a few folks checking out The Loudermilks. It spooked me because I was over-matched by the weight of the fence and force of the wind. By the time I gathered my wits, a few other bystanders had rushed over to help out. Thankfully, nobody was injured. And ultimately, any performances on the Main Stage were put on hold until the storm passed.
While waiting, I checked out Huntsville's own Seminole Strut at Rogue Tavern. And then, around 8:30, we were told Future Elevators would take the stage at 8:45. The long wait was over. Even though I was there to photograph, I took several breaks to soak in their fantastic performance. While their abbreviated set left off 'Alabama Song', I didn't walk away disappointed. Seeing them again is high on my list of things I must do, and it should be on your list too. Find 'Alabama Song' and my photos from their performance below.