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.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More