Lost in all the announcements for Coachella, Sasquatch, ATP, and Pitchfork, a little music festival in Nelsonville, Ohio, has started to put together a very solid lineup. The 7th annual Nelsonville Music Festival goes down Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th on the campus of Hocking College (That’s about 3 hours south of here) and the list of acts scheduled to perform already includes George Jones, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Neko Case, Wanda Jackson, and Justin Townes Earle. In addition to these big names, the fest has brought in some local talent, too, like Athens, Ohio’s Southeast Engine, Baby Dee, and Columbus, Ohio’s Mount Caramel. $70 for a weekend pass, or $65 for Saturday, when The Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo perform, isn’t a bad deal, either. More information can be found here, at the Nelsonville Music Festival’s website.
- July 20, 2015
Political punk rock comes with a unique risk. What if all the causes you've been championing have been overtaken by more pressing issues by the time your album hits the streets? In our era, dominated by hot takes and social media firestorms, remaining topical is even more difficult. When you consider anarcho-punk forebearers, Crass were left to question their own strategy after Thatcher began and ended the Falkland's War in the early '80s while the band worked for more than a year on the double album, Christ - The Album, a modern band surely faces an even more daunting task, right? Who cares about Occupation Wall Street any more? In the past month gay marriage is the law of the land and the Confederate flag has (finally) become a poisonous symbol. A diplomatic, nuclear arms treaty with Iran has been agreed upon and a Cuban flag is flying outside of an embassy in Washington DC. The United States of 2015 is a far different place than the United States of 2012, when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and his long, dormant band, Desaparecidos reunited for a second round of incendiary arena-punk. Read More