WALK THE MOONDAY: It was awesome!

Monday was my very much awaited for Walk the Moon show at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK. Last time I saw these guys was at the same venue in October 2013, which was equally awesomesaucey.

I enlisted two friends to come with me and got overpriced tickets after last night’s show sold out. But lemme tell youuuuuuuuuu… It was worth it. I danced the whole time, sang along, and wished I had painted my face to show how much of a WTM fan I really am.

The set was perfect, even though they didn’t play “Fixin'” which is one of my favorite tracks from their Walk The Moon album.

Join the party, yo! The drive to and from Tulsa and the late night were totally worth it and I will continue doing it until they play close to me in Arkansas.

It is the end of the world (aka 2014) as we know it…and I feel fine.

It has been too long, and we are sorry. There has been a long absence from us. But 2015 is upon us, and that means more new music and more shows.

2014 has ended out with a bang. I think I’ve seen the last two shows of my 2014 (who knows, that may change). With great joy I witnessed the homecoming of one of Sandy Beats’ favorite bands, Imagine Dragons, as well as a new locally bred favorite Brumby. I also enjoyed the sweet sounds of one of my Life is Beautiful favorites Priory and revisited my teenage years with Bush.

It is not quite yet time for the best of 2014 from @begt and I, but that will come in January, I can assure you.

In the meantime…

My “classic” Repeat One of the moment is “Calamity Song” by indie folk leaders The Decemberists.

My “new” Repeat One of the moment (which should be no surprise) is “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON (who will be gracing Las Vegas in May!!)

And while they didn’t play the song when I saw them this week…it is only fitting to honor Imagine Dragons with “Look How Far We’ve Come”. If the time comes that I leave Las Vegas, this band will signify my time here. I cannot help but get goosebumps any time I hear their music.

Another band I saw recently who has held a top spot on my playlist as of recent is We Were Promised Jetpacks. This Scottish band rocks my world each and everyday with “Quiet Little Voices”

As mentioned, Las Vegas bred Brumby is new discovery to me. “High Waters” has been on my playlist for the last week.

I’ll leave you with my three biggest Life is Beautiful surprises. First up is St. Paul and the Broken Bones with “Call Me”. If this doesn’t get something stirring inside of you, I think you should call your doctor.

Nahko and Medicine for the People brought me back to my roots with with “Manifesto II”.

And finally, Catfish and the Bottlemen with “Cocoon”.

WALK THE MOON w/The Mowgli’s @ Cain’s Ballroom 10/10


On their way to Austin City Limits, WALK THE MOON made a stop at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa last week, for what turned out to be the best show I’ve attended this year (so far). And let’s keep in mind, I’ve been to some great shows/festivals this year. The energy was high from the start. I really dig the face paint that WTM fans have adopted (this practice has its roots in the “Anna Sun” video, as told by the band here). So, apart from Nicholas Petricca (lead vocals, keys), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals), Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals), and Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), there were lots of painted faces that Thursday night in Tulsa.

Cain’s was about two thirds full, but the energy of the crowd really filled the place. There was a really great vibe going the whole night. Most of the people got there early to catch opening band, The Mowgli’s. I know this because a whole bunch of people started chanting the band’s name about 10 minutes before they came on stage. Their set was happy and fun. Just like I expected. All the members of this band (all 8 of them) just look so happy all the time. They started off with their album title track “Waiting For The Dawn.” And as soon as they started, everyone started dancing and the people up front started singing along. There were some dedicated music lovers there that night, which I loved. The Mowgli’s went through all their best songs. From my personal favorite, “Emily,” to “Hi, Hey There, Hello,” to “San Francisco” and “Say It Just Say It,” to the intense “Carry Your Will,” which featured the burning of some sage. The security guys were watching closely as this happened, but let the band go with it. I hope this band keeps touring around, and I hope that I don’t have to travel too far next time I see them. I love that they always introduce themselves by saying they believe they can change the world. They definitely set the tone for the night, as WTM would come to continue blowing our minds.

And they did.

By the time WALK THE MOON came out on stage, we were all pumped. The Cincinnati band delivered an out-of-this-world-fun show. And it all started with “Next In Line,” a song that starts slow and climaxes at the chorus, and that is where the jumping started. I took a friend with me, and she had never before listened to WTM; well, the first time was on our way to Tulsa, but before that day she didn’t know who they were. Needless to say, by the end of the show, she had become a fan. We had a mini-concert during the 2-hour drive back to Arkansas.

The set included lots of favorites from the self-released album I Want I Want and from the self-titled Walk The Moon. Some of those favorites were “Quesadilla,” “Tightrope,” and “Shiver Shiver,” as well as a couple of new songs. One of the new songs may or may not be called “Do You Have A Boyfriend?” and another one that may or may not be called “Down In The Dumps.” That last one was so catchy! I got you a whole 32 seconds worth of it right here for you:

The set also included two of the songs that were released in the Tightrope EP earlier this year. The songs from the EP and the new songs have a very 80’s electronic feel to them. There aren’t any official announcements yet, but it’s evident that their third album will be an exciting one. Front-man Nicholas said the band spent the summer writing new songs, so we could expect it 2014.

The highlight of the show, at least for me, was definitely “Anna Sun.” I think there wasn’t one person standing still inside the venue. It was amazing. Paint melting off faces, jumping, hands in the air, smiles, and singing along. Great vibes overflowing, yo!

This show was so awesome that it made me wish WALK THE MOON would release a live album. Not every band out there has what it takes to pull off a live album, but these guys do. I want it. Can we start a petition somewhere, please? As I told you before, this show was one for the books. Next time, I’m painting my face.

SETLIST: Next In Line, Quesadilla, Lisa Baby, Down In The Dumps (new song), Tightrope, Anywayican, Tete-A-Tete, Do You Have a Boyfriend? (new song), Shiver Shiver, Me & All My Friends, Iscariot, Fixin’, I Can Lift A Car, Anna Sun ENCORE: Jenny

Photo post to come. Stay tuned.

Show Preview: WALK THE MOON w/ The Mowgli’s @ Cain’s Ballroom

WALK THE MOON is on a headlining tour and they are making a stop in Tulsa, OK tonight. So, I’m making the 2-hour drive, because this show is not to be missed. The four-piece Cincinnati band has been busy making stops at several music festivals this summer and touring Europe, as well as supporting P!nk. These guys have lots of fun on stage, so this show is going to be a dance party.


Opening act, The Mowgli’s, have their roots in California, and very much sound like it. What else can you say when you can define their music as “breeze” and “sunshiny.” Just listen to some tunes:


I was able to catch both bands at LouFest this year. So I already know that the show is going to be great. Both bands are high energy and have a lot of catchy songs.  I expect Cain’s Ballroom to be quite full, because WTM has a loyal following. But there are tickets still available, so if you are in the area you need to get yours now. Or if you are in Northwest Arkansas and want to come along with me, then do! Tickets are $22 at the door and the show starts at 7pm.

I’ll bring back photos and a write-up, so keep posted.

A Film Photo Set: LouFest 2013

I got my film back from the lab! I’m so excited to show you the photos from LouFest. @DocMurda has done a wonderful job at reviewing the sets we were able to catch, so I won’t go into so much detail. I already told you why I fell in love with this festival, so now I’ll let you see what I caught on camera. I took my LC-A+ camera (film) because having a DSLR was on the list of prohibited items for the fest. I wanted to bring my DSLR, but I didn’t want to deal with any kind of rejection at the gate, so I opted for film.

I attempted to do several multiple exposures to capture the awesomeness of the fest. Some worked, some didn’t. But I’ll let you be the judge of that. Click on the photos for the large version and captions.

Saturday at LouFest was hot and awesome. We didn’t stay until late that day (that is correct, we missed Wilco, but we have no regrets). This day we started out with Jukebox The Ghost, which was an amazing set to start out the weekend. I’ve been listening to these guys in the weeks that have followed the festival and I can tell you that I am a fan now. Next up was Modoc at the BMI Stage, but I sincerely don’t remember these guys. I feel a little bad about that, but I think I was just really hungry and dehydrated. The only thing I remember happening between this set and Trampled by Turtles was some carne asada tacos from the Mission Taco Joint stand. I didn’t even go to the main stage for TbT, but listened to them from the shaded spot under one of the trees at the BMI Stage, where we caught up with Space Capone. I think I had higher expectations for these guys, because their set at LouFest didn’t make a huge impression. We left their set early to get up close during the Fitz And The Tantrums set, which was amazing. They never let down, they have great chemistry on stage and that spills over to the crowd. The first time I saw them was a couple of years ago at Wakarusa, after @DocMurda suggested I checked them out. They recently released their sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream. They played a great mixed of songs from both of their albums, but “Money Grabber” from Picking Up The Pieces was my favorite from the set. The last full set we caught on Saturday was Desert Noises, which had been recommended by @DocMurda. Those guys have great music, but they got a lot to grow when it comes to stage presence. This was specially evident after coming from the Fitz And The Tantrums set. We walked around the festival grounds while The National was playing and left a little before they finished the set.

Sunday at LouFest started out rainy, but it cleared out just in time for the music. We were ready to see The Mowgli’s, which delivered and amazing set that just set the tone for the whole day. This day was really all about the music. The second set of the day for us was Youngblood Hawke, which kept up with the SoCal sound we had going with The Mowgli’s. There was SO MUCH DANCING, and it was still early in the day so there weren’t huge crowds at the stages. That would very soon change, as we found out.  By the time we got to the stage for WALK THE MOON (which was 45 min early) there was already a large amount of folks up front. The set was worth the wait, as the dancing and singing along continued. I am definitely driving 2 hours to Tulsa to catch them in October (and I’m so excited that I will get to see The Mowgli’s again, as they are opening that night!) We listened to Local Natives from under a tree at the BMI stage. My favorite “Airplanes” came toward the end of their set, which sounded awesome. Wild Cub followed at the BMI stage. I find their sound very mature, and I like that about them. It’s refreshing. We danced our way to the main stage to the sound of “I Love It” by Icona Pop, which was finishing their set on the other side of the festival. At the main stage we caught Alabama Shakes, which are even more awesome live than I had imagined. Brittany Howard has a voice that makes you go “DAMN, WOMAN!” We left shortly after they played their hit “Hold On” to find a good spot for Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. But it looked like about a third of the folks at the main stage had the same idea. So many people. And so many of them smoking. That, however, didn’t come in between us and our inner hippie dancing. But then again, we had to leave the set early to get to the main stage for the final act of the night and the highlight of the festival: The Killers. It was my first time at one of their concerts, and I think it could have been a lot better than it was. You see, it wasn’t the music. That part was amazing. The Killers really killed it. But by that time of the night there were just so many drunk jerks around, that I had to get further from the stage or I would have gotten Salvadoran-aggressive on a tall DB that was in front of me when the set started. I am looking forward to a much better experience with The Killers at Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas in a month.

I will leave you with this Icona Pop video. Just because I want to. That song got in my head the nano-second I mentioned it on this post. So now, I will get it in your head. I don’t care, I love it. I hope you enjoyed the photos. I think I will make it a tradition to take a film camera to any music festival, even if I also take my digital if I get a photo pass.

LouFest Wrap-Up Part 2

So for the first post I blamed my post LouFest honeymoon. The delay for this second post is due to my body telling me to go to sleep instead of writing blog posts. My body won every night this week, except for this one! (Checkmate nature).

Day 2 of LouFest was epic. I am not one to use this word lightly…or even really at all, but I cannot find any adjectives that will accurately describe the way that I feel about Sunday. We started off with rain that cleared up moments before the first set. @Begt, Jennifer and I sat in the car (literally across the street from the entrance) and waited for the storm to blow over.

So, without any order, except for number one being number one, here is my Top 5 LouFest moments from Sunday:

5a) We entered onto the LouFest grounds just as the rain slowed to a drizzle. @Begt had convinced us that the band to see first thing was the Mowgli’s. I’d been listening to the other Sunday opener a bit, but maybe it was the rain, the pre-funking, or the universe commanded it, but that first set from the Mowgli’s set the standard for the day. This Southern California based 8 member band is a mix of sunshine, the beach, sparkles and love. Their energy from the first song all the way through their hit “San Francisco” was absolutely contagious. They immediately connected with the crowd through their poppy, loved filled jams. They have an Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros feel about them, but they are their own breed of band. They are touring throughout the US this fall with WALK THE MOON and others. If you can, you owe it to yourself to see them perform.

5b) The second show of the day was another SoCal based group, Youngblood Hawke. if you own a radio, you’ve most likely heard their catchy anthem “We Come Running”. This band also played with incredible energy and had the crowd on their feet and dancing in the muggy early afternoon. I had enjoyed “We Come Running”, but now consider myself a fan. My favorite performance from them was “Forever”. Here is an acoustic version of the song.

4) Like Day 1, there were a lot of bands that were either right before or right after a band I really wanted to see. This was the case with the Nashville based Wild Cub. This band was a SXSW fan favorite and have been hitting up various festivals all summer. Their set took place right before the Alabama Shakes. We had already been hanging out by this stage because much of the surrounding area was tree covered and we wanted to rest while listening to Local Natives. I had listened to a few Wild Cub tracks before, and was pretty impressed. This group put on a hell of a show. Some of their tunes sound like they could have been composed in 1985 but with a contemporary flair. I am really looking forward to hearing more from them in the future. They have a few festival shows this fall, but I am sure they will be back on tour once the weather gets nicer. Enjoy their “hit” Thunder Clatter:

3) If loving hippie makes me a hippie, call me a damn hippie. After seeing Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros in July, I’ve been anxiously awaiting seeing them at LouFest. Literally the only complaint I have about LouFest is that they scheduled ESM0’s to perform immediately before the Killers. This meant that if I wanted to get a good spot for the Killers I’d have to leave ESM0’s early. This was not a good position to be in. But, it had to be done because…its the Killers…the greatest American Rock Band of my generation (you can take that to the bank my friends because that statement is as true as gold is valuable). They started off their set with my two favorite ESM0’s songs “Man on Fire” and “That’s Whats Up”. As a kid decked out in UNLV gear, I was dancing like a hippie because ESM0’s are just that good. Alex was also a bit more aware of his surroundings than he appeared to be in Las Vegas.

2) About a month after first seeing Imagine Dragons live in 2010, we started listening to the Imagine Dragons Pandora station with religious fervor. One of the songs that frequented this station was from a quirky quartet from Cincinnati, OH. Having a band name that is written in all caps may seem presumptuous, but when you are WALK THE MOON you can do whatever the hell you want. This may just have been the best set of the entire festival. They rocked out on most of their catalog including “Next in Line”, “Tightrope” and the incredibly catchy “Anna Sun”, which had the entire crowd screaming. What little of my voice I had left after this show was lost after the Killers. This band is touring with the Mowglis this fall, they shouldn’t be missed.

1) This weekend could not have ended on a better note. If you’ve read this blog at all you know how I feel about Las Vegas’ own The Killers. From the moment I saw the black and white Nevada flag on the main-stage just before the first show on Sunday, all the way through their set, I was ecstatic for this set. The set was filled with many of their most popular songs, and started out with “Mr. Brightside” and included a version of “I Think We’re Alone Now” made famous by Tiffany. In true Vegas fashion the show concluded with one hell of a pyrotechnic show during “When You Were Young”. I was thrilled to see the Killers again, and am looking forward to seeing them again next month at Life is Beautiful here in Las Vegas.

Well St. Louis, you definitely captured my heart this time. Will I attend LouFest next year, you ask? Yes, yes I will.