With SXSW right around the corner I figured it would be fitting to share a SXSW video of what would soon become one of my favorite bands. Slightly embarrassing that it took a music festival in Texas to lead me to a band in my own back yard. But hey, it happens.
PHOX was bred in Baraboo, Wisconsin, a place where the Ringling Brothers lived and wintered their circus, their clowns, their elephants, tigers and the entire menagerie during the off-season months. The high-wire performers rehearsed their new acts, in this place dubbed Circus City. The band is filled with and demonstrates the same kind of wonderment that one could imagine only coming out of people raised in such a magical place, somehow stationed in the middle of the Midwest. Let your own wonderment sweep you away this summer, and don’t miss Phox at the Fort.
- Sean Moeller
“The Devil Makes Three are the rare band that tap into our collective subconscious, knowing just what we need, and give it to us. I don’t think artists can consciously attain this – it’s something that just happens, a rare chemical reaction of sorts when the right elements come into orbit around each other.”
- James Joiner
6. With it’s barely-touched architecture and stunning harbor, Newport is the quintessential New England town. Come for the pristine colonial homes and Gilded-Age mansions, stay for one of the many anticipated events, like July’s Newport Folk Festival.
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"In my humble opinion, Newport Folk will be introducing & unveiling one of the most exciting young new artists and songwriters to emerge on the scene, but I don’t think he’s part of any scene frankly." In regards to Benjamin Booker.
An oldie but a goodie. Death Vessel in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is often associated with the small stuff. Locals (proudly) call it the “biggest little state in the union”; I’ve even heard creative math that lil’ Rhody is 3% bigger at low tide. But what Rhode Island lacks in square miles, it makes up for in talent and artistry. This year, we’re proud to bring Death Vessel to the stages of Newport Folk. The layers of sound and the scales that Joel Thibodeau can cover is what first caught my attention. Knowing that he represents Rhode Island only makes his artistry more special.
There are 161 days until Death Vessel steps onto the stage at Newport. In that time, explore his music. His new album Island Intervals – produced by Jonsi of Sigur Rós will be released on February 25. That should give you ample time to get to know yet another reason why lil’ Rhody is so great.
- Brittany Manley
“When I first met Cary Ann and Michael it was at the AllWays Lounge in New Orleans. I was already a fan and was beyond thrilled to play with a band that I knew was special. They were honest. They were what people need. They brought it really hard. When Cary Ann sang “Hollowpoint Blues”, I found myself screaming like it was Beatlemania. When Michael sang “When I”, I found myself in tears. The tears lasted. I was so touched by them and their music. I felt like their humanity and spirit and Love was infectious.”
- Alynda Lee Segarra
“Being a gentleman of a certain age, I remember when in the sixties I first became aware of the importance of what the Newport Folk Festival meant to the world. Proof positive that this unique spirit is alive and well in the 21st century is perfectly represented by friend, Ms. Jenny Lewis – singer/songwriter par excellence.”
– Gary Burden