That’s the sound of Easy, The Week’s long-awaited followup to their breakthrough al-bum, Dear Bo Jackson. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis — a place filled with the ghosts (and gear) of the Replacements, ZZ Top, and Big Star, all of whom traveled to Ardent to create their own landmark albums — Easy finds The Weeks doubling down
on a mix of groove, grit, and guitars. It’s swaggering and sharply-focused, shining new
light on a band of brothers who, although still in their mid-20s, have already logged a
decade’s worth of sweaty gigs together.
If Easy bears resemblance to the raw, rowdy attitude of the The Weeks’ live show, it’s
because the album was written at the end of a busy, five-year period that found the
group rarely leaving the road.
“We moved to Nashville in 2010,” remembers frontman Cyle Barnes, who formed the
band in Jackson, Mississippi, with his three longtime bandmates: drummer (and twin
brother) Cain Barnes, guitarist Sam Williams, and bass player Damien Bone. “We spent
2011 to 2015 touring. November 2015 was the first time we ever spent an entire month
Those years on the road were eye-opening for The Weeks, all of whom were just teen-
agers when they began playing together in 2006. By…
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group – more like a gang, actually – of six 20-somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row.
With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos’ self-titled debut album bodaciously appropriates elements of ‘60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top’s jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz a la Burger Records, the Drive-By Truckers’ yawp, the populist choogle of CCR, Slim Harpo’s hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Motherf**king Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.
The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them.
Description: John Darnielle’s novel Wolf in White Van spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the National Book Award. On April 7, 2015 Darnielle and his band the Mountain Goats return with Beat the Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling.
Description: Blank Range is an American rock & roll band living in Nashville, TN. With nods to great things present & past, Blank Range stand tall as a unit and collapse wildly together in song and onstage.
Sturgill Simpson – Band of Horses – Primus – St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Cage the Elephant
Young the Giant – Lord Huron – Tyler, the Creator – Purity Ring – First Aid Kit – Manchester Orchestra – Big Gigantic – The New Pornographers – Robert Delong – Noah Gunderson – Cathedrals – Milo Greene – Paul Thorn – Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – Grifters – Kaleo – Blank Range – More TBA
Modest Mouse may have just produced the best album of their career, quite possibly the best album of 2015, with A Stranger to Ourselves. The Avett Brothers need no introduction. They didn’t have to travel the world to garner the attention of music’s most legendary singers and songwriters, but to see them live it’s clear how passionate and dedicated they are to their fans. These two headliners alone make Sloss Music and Arts Festival the biggest concert ticket Birmingham has seen yet. But what about the rest of the line-up? These two headliners alone make Sloss Music and Arts Festival the biggest concert ticket Birmingham has seen yet. But what about the rest of the line-up?
The music enthusiast already plugged-in knows that these headliners are just the icing on the cake and the rest of the featured artists are well worth the price of admission. But for those of you who are not as plugged in, well allow us here at Mother Plug Music to do our job. This is everything you need to know…