Coachella? What Coachella?
Coachella 2014 is dead and gone, and most of the marquee national acts that have graced Phoenix these fast couple weeks are sadly no longer with us. That said, there is still great music happening in Phoenix this weekend. Here are five shows that are sure to make you forget all about that California desert festival.
Started in 2003 by a group of friends who had all played in rock bands in Duluth, Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles anticipated the wave of renewed interest in bluegrass and old country that's gathered steam in the past several years. Working without a drummer, the band's five players establish a percussive rhythm between them, even as they weave a breathtakingly complex tapestry of texture and melody. Embraced by fans of jam bands, bluegrass and old-time country alike, Trampled by Turtles continues to win fans over with the energy of its performances and an engaging sense of humor. --Team Backbeat
Wally Boudway of Wooden Indian isn't sure about the word psychedelic. "I don't like it when people call our music psychedelic because I don't like the idea of making music to do drugs to. It's the opposite of what I'm trying to do. I like to make music that gives you the same sensory bliss and curiosity that drugs can, but without the drugs."
But still: The music is psychedelic, and not because drugs are a necessary accompaniment to hearing it -- it's that, as Boudway hopes, listening to it is a trip. With a seven-piece band, it sometimes is difficult to tell which instrument is making which sound. According to Boudway, that is exactly how the band wants it. --Jeff Moses
Bobby McFerrin's voice can do almost anything, and the one-man carnival of the voice consistently impresses in live settings. His career has pushed the limits of human potential, and he has trained himself to have incredible vocal dexterity, jumping octaves in eight notes and switching registers with ease. His live shows are more engaging and interactive than any one-man a cappella show has the right to be. --David Accomazzo
The young producer's career is just getting off the ground, but he's already credited with creating a subgenre, "crunkstep," and the sky appear's to be Crizzly's limit. Here's what he told Up on the Sun a year-and-a-half ago about how it all began:
"I guess it started with a hip-hop remix that I did. I felt like that was the thing that went off in my sets the best, anything with like hip-hop because people could grab on to that super easily. I think the crunk element is the energy part, which is something that dubstep lacked a lot at the time whenever I was trying to create [crunkstep]. There wasn't much high-energy stuff and that's the sort of stuff that I really liked. I know I heard a couple of tracks here and there, but I'd rather play a whole set of just high-energy than one track, so I just decided to make a lot more jumpy, hyper stuff. And that's how it kinda came along." --Up on the Sun
Drive-By Truckers have always brought their Southern roots into their music to create their alt-country/rock sound, but with their latest album, English Oceans, they're leaning towards straight rock 'n' roll. That said, the hallmarks of a Truckers album still remain. The Southern twang is still there, and the lyrical content is as penetrating as ever, dealing with everyday troubles with family, relationships, and politics. If you attend their upcoming concert, though, be prepared for a long night on the dance floor. This quintet is not afraid to play a long set for their fans, having recently played a three-hour set to allow time to show off the new album, while still giving the fans their favorites. The Drive-By Truckers will be sure to put on a rockin' show for those who have just discovered them, as well at those who have followed them from the beginning of their almost 20-year run. --Chelsea Hough
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