Long Time Gone

2014 has started as a swift kick in the pants…but that is no excuse to share amazing music with the world (or just @begt).

I was looking for a video of one of my current favorite songs (see below) and I stumbled on to a pretty amazing site/youtube channel that seems to focus on singer/songwriters and folk-ish style music. The site is Mahogany and is based in the UK. Most of the artists and acts that are featured are from the UK, but not exclusively.

The artist that lead me to the Mahogany Sessions on YouTube is Luke Sital-Singh. You may remember him from a previous post.

Here is “How to Lose Your Life” by Sital-Singh:

He is quickly becoming my go-to singer/songwriter. His lyrics hit my mood, and his voice is reminiscent of Neil Young.

Another band featured on Mahogany, is Frightened Rabbit. This Glasgow based folk band first showed up on my radar when I started listening to another UK folk artist, Frank Turner. Here is “The Woodpile”:

The acts featured by Mahogany are not just indie acts, one of my favorites (have you had enough of them already?), Travis, has also had their time on Mahogany. Here is “Where you Stand” from their latest release. 

And finally, just for @begt 

Gary Clark Jr with “Nextdoor Neighbor Blues”

Jack Johnson “I Got You”

Wakarusa Pt. 3 (finally!)

I’ve made it clear that I am not a fan of lineup announcements break-downs. So, it is with great joy, that I present to you the final Wakarusa (Ozark, AR, June 5-8) lineup announcement. The other two headliners we were waiting for turned out to be The String Cheese Incident and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (my inner hippie is already dancing, you know I love these guys). We also have some nice names down the list, like The Weeks and Black Joe Lewis. Here’s the 3rd installment for you:

Here are the first and second announcements.

Ay, Dios Mio! The Hangout Music Festival lineup is here!

I meant to post this last night, but then caught in between a tattoo session and making almond milk. True story.

The big announcement was yesterday, and it floored many people across the nation. This is the first appearance of The Black Keys and The Killers in any festival lineups this year (both faves of mine, btw) and we also have OutKast, which gave us the surprise of coming back with the Coachella announcement. The Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL, May 16-18) has had incredible lineups since it started, and this year is no exception.

The fact that Jack Johnson also showed up on this list made me hopeful, maybe he will come to Wakarusa or LouFest? I bet the surprise appearance he did last year at Bonnaroo (in-lieu of Mumford & Sons) made him want to go back to playing festivals. We have the last of three announcements of the Waka lineup this morning, so maybe I’ll get lucky.

Anyway, I leave with the awesomeness that is The Hangout Music Festival lineup:


Firefly Music Festival Lineup


Have you ever heard of Dover, DE? I hadn’t. Until yesterday, when the lineup announcement for the Firefly Music Festival (which takes place in Dover, June 19-24) hit me in the face out of nowhere. It’s a young festival, having started in 2012, but carries a very impressive lineup. I even told @DocMurda how I was more impressed by this lineup, than I was about Coachella’s (and I thought that would be hard to top.)

With headliners OutKast, Foo Fighters, and Jack Johnson (swoon!), they covered all their bases. What is really wonderful about this, is that the headliners aren’t the only ones that shine. You have big names like Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Childish Gambino, Artic Monkeys, Weezer, Young The Giant, Grouplove, Local Natives, Chance The Rapper, Iron & Wine, Ziggy Marley, Twenty One Pilots, and Sleigh Bells. As well as Sandy Beats faves The Mogli’s. And, well, I could go on, but you get the idea. I would love to go up to Delaware for this, but for now it’s going to just go into my wishlist.

Check out the full festival lineup and tell me, which festivals or concerts are on your wishlist/bucket list?


Hello, 2014!

The last month came and went too fast. So fast, that I feel like I blinked and it was 2014 before I even had a calendar ready. But this year is off to an awesome start. There is tons of new music to look forward to, but my favorite part of the new year is always the festival lineup announcements.

Coachella (April 11-13 and 18-20, Indio, CA) is bringing OutKast back. YES. That is correct. Their first performance in, what, over a decade? This makes me feel like a psychic, because I was thinking about OutKast just yesterday morning. Did anyone (else) see this coming? But psychic abilities aside, this is HUGE news. The other headliners are Muse and Arcade Fire. I might brave the hipsters this year! This festival is going to be so amazing… Apart from the headliners, Broken Bells, Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, MGMT, Kid Cudi, The Head and The Heart, Empire of The Sun, Cage The Elephant, and Fishbone are also calling me to Indio, CA! Here’s the full lineup:


In other local news, Wakarusa (June 5-8, Ozark, AR) has already shared the first part of their lineup (and a pretty new website), but apart from Michael Franti & Spearhead, there is nothing very surprising on the first release. I’m going to need these guys to just drop the full lineup at once, because I haven’t had any psychic revelations about Waka.


The Hangout (May 16-18, Gulf Shores, AL) will announce this year’s lineup next week on the 15th. And Loufest (September 6-7, St. Louis, MO) is going to make us wait until the beginning of April (what a torture!)