Ryan Traster is a folk-influenced troubadour with over 10 years under his belt as a touring songwriter. He starting out playing in the Minneapolis band, Small Towns Burn A Little Slower (Triple Crown Records), but has been performing and touring as a solo for the past 2 years. His new EP, Good Hearts, will be released on Oct 25th, and he's playing a string of dates from NYC to LA to promote the record. He plays at Illegal Pete's tomorrow night in Denver.
Brass Tree has just posted episode #7, featuring Amazing Twin, Accordion Crimes and Mancub from August 27, 2011. Here's what the kindly folks at Brass Tree had to say about the show:
"There was so much heat. The sun was brutal. The spirits were high. I've written before about how hot it gets during these sessions right? So hot. Maybe it strengthens the bond the audience and performer. Both are willing to suffer for the other. Maybe that's ridiculous. I dunno. Maybe everyone was just trying to hold on to that summer feeling in the last week of August. Whatever the reason, this show felt even more like a community bonding session.
Amazing Twin put in a very spirited performance of a new song, ManCub brought the epic dance party, and Accordion Crimes slowly built us up just so that they could destroy us like only they know how."
Check out Accordion Crimes and Mancub below:
If there's one thing Detroit knows how to do, it's soul music. Mayer Hawthorne is a nice Michigan boy in a tie who writes and records old-time R&B songs for Stones Throw Records. He cites influences like Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Costanza had the "Summer of George." We've got the "Fall of Congress." This weekend it's time to taste the fruits and let the juices drip down your chin, as Hot Congress is releasing two brand new albums - "Wasters Wall" from the Kissing Party on Friday, September 30th, and "Breathes Ages" from Sun Red on Saturday, October 1st. Both shows take place at the Hi-Dive, 18+, and $7. Details below:
Also, come help the band celebrate the release at the hi-dive this Saturday, October 1st at the hi-dive.
Sun Red (CD release)
Dedos De Sol
The first ever Goldrush Music Festival is taking place this weekend (Friday, Sept. 16th and Saturday, Sept. 17th.) The festival, curated by three Denver-based blogs (Tome to the Weather Machine, Speaker Snacks, and Magic Teepee) features 31 bands on 2 stages (Hi-Dive and Delite.) Tickets are still available for purchase online.
Below are comments on GOLDRUSH from each of the host blogs as well as a full schedule:
Notes from Brass Tree:
"This happened two months ago. Sorry for the delay, but it's coming out now for two reasons.
Firsties- These episodes take longer to produce as we get better at making them and this is the best one yet. Not to play favorites or anything.
Visit http://www.thekissingparty.com/ to download "Ashley Smashley" from the new album Wasters Wall, set to be released on October 18. Kissing Party have been working hard in the studio, and we can't wait to hear the results of their efforts. "Ashley Smashley" is a small preview of the full project, featuring skillful chiming guitar lines, energetic rhythm, Gregg and Dierdre's beautiful voices in a disarming duet, and their trademark half-sincere-half-sly lyrics that are somehow touching and sarcastic at the same time.