LouFest Spotlight: The Lonely Biscuits

Here at Sandy Beats, we’re super excited for LouFest.

This time next week, two-thirds of Sandy Beats will reunite to enjoy this awesome festival. @DocMurda has done a great job of researching the bands in preparation, but I haven’t. So I decided to do a little YouTube research on some bands today. I present to you, The Lonely Biscuits (I’m not gonna lie, I am a fan of the band’s name)

They’re a fairly new band, forming in 2011 while the guys attended Belmont University in Nashville. Their music is a blend of soul, funk, pop, and rap. Good luck trying to fit them into one genre.

Check Out: Frank Turner

I’ve been known to prefer music from the other side of the pond. This feeling used to be more prevalent than now due to all the amazing music coming from the streets and garages of this great country. However, I still have a soft spot for the music from the British Isles. A few months ago I stumbled on to the man, Frank Turner. I will be quite honest, when I first heard his song “Recovery” I thought he was just some British X Factor hack who got a recording contract from the song due to the popularity of modern folk rock. Boy, was I wrong. And I am so very glad I was wrong.

Turner got his start playing in punk and post-hardcore bands in England. After his band Million Dead split up in 2005, he decided to take his music another direction which included going solo.  He has referred to himself as an “English country singer” and does not embrace the labels of fellow folk singers from across the pond like Billy Bragg who is known for both his love songs and his protest songs. However, even Bragg himself has defended talk about Turner being into “right-wing” politics. I am not British, but listening to Turner’s lyrics, I think the man is very much pro-people, for what that is worth.

Turner has released 5 albums with his latest coming out this year Tape Deck Heart. He is getting ready to embark on a North American tour which includes stops in the midwest and west coast as well as Canada. He is coming to Las Vegas, and hopefully I will be able to catch his show, if I am not broke from seeing so many concerts.

His most recent single, “Losing Days”

Also off of Tape Deck Heart is “The Way I Tend to Be” which is probably my favorite of his songs.

The song that sold me on Frank Turner after first dismissing him was “I Still Believe” off of England Keep My Bones.

I really enjoy his lyrics, especially on this song. I think this song is a great representation of why I enjoy music so much. This blog is a manifestation of this belief. “I still believe in the sound that has the power to raise a temple and tear it down”…”Just remember folks we’re not just saving lives, we’re saving souls we’re having fun”.

You will like him if you like: Mumford & Sons, Flogging Molly, Billy Bragg, Dropkick Murphy’s.

LouFest Spotlight: WALK THE MOON

Cincinnati, OH based WALK THE MOON is the band I am most looking forward to seeing at LouFest who I’ve not seen live before(tied with Trampled by Turtles). I first heard this band in 2010 thanks to the Imagine Dragons radio station on Pandora. Despite being on the same Pandora station, I would not necessarily say that these two bands sound alike. They both have a flair for the poppy synthesizers and energetic performances, but their music sounds very different. Formed in 2008 with their current lineup finalized in 2010, WALK THE MOON scored their first big hit with the anthem “Anna Sun” in 2011. Esquire magazine even named the song the song of the summer in 2011. They didn’t receive much airplay on the song until 2012 and have since had another single chart in the US, “Tightrope”.

I really cannot wait to hear “Anna Sun” live and most likely lose my voice. If you haven’t heard the song before (you’ve been living under a rock). Their videos are pretty “artsy” and this one definitely fits the bill. Apparently, the video is full of friends and family of the band.

I believe that this video was inspired by this scene from the amazingly funny BBC show “The IT Crowd“. Its on Netflix if you’ve not seen it.

Back to WALK THE MOON…last summer the band made 7 music videos in 7 days while on tour. My favorite song of this bunch is “Next in Line”. For having no budget, no time, and few resources, I think they did a pretty good job with these videos.

LouFest cannot come soon enough.

The Concrete Schoolyard August 22 2013 Podcast

This week we tackled a lot of new hip hop as school starts next Monday. Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris dropped Tuesday and was our #TapeOfTheWeek. Sweatshirt is of Odd Future fame. We played everything from new Childish Gambino – Centipede to Rapsody – Jedi Code to Yasiin Bey – Black Jesus. Sadly, we reported that Jean Grae’s mother, the South African Songbird, passed and we played some Jean’s classic rhymes in honor of this.

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Check out: Caroline Rose


I’d like to introduce you to Caroline Rose, a singer-songwriter from Burlington, Vermont. Her debut album, America Religious, was released in early July, and it was co-produced with her partner of four years Jer Coons, according to her website. The album was born on the road, out of a compilation of stories and poems written while she traveled mid-America.

Her lyrics and voice are honest, which comes as a refreshment in this age of auto-tune. The tile track is by far my favorite, but the whole album is great! “Notes Walking Home From Work” is so haunting, and “This is What Livin Feels Like” just makes me want to get out of town.

The duo has been on the road since the release of the album, playing at cafes, bars and house concerts. If you like the music, buy the album, yo! She would fit so well at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, I wish I could just get her a place in it.

Here’s “America Religious” for you:

The Concrete Schoolyard Aug. 15 2013 Podcast

In this show we address the Kendrick Lamar controversy! What a show it was, we even had a whole set dedicated to #RappersKendrickNamed and it was ON FIRE!

K. Dot

This show has a talk heavy segment because hip hop drama called for it. From what I was told by our fans out on Dickson Street last night, it was an engaging conversation. Head over the The Concrete Schoolyard to join the conversation.