Tag Archive: Rock


Sallie Ford

Sallie Ford
Soul Sick
Vanguard

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Sallie Ford’s second album “Soul Sick” is all about…well…soul sickness or those feelings and emotions that give rise to fear, anxiety and troubles of living in one’s own skin. Ford is certainly not the first to pick up on the themes of the album, but what makes this recording worth the time is her energy and abililty to bring together disparate sounds such as retro Top 40, rock, and psychedelia. Check it out!


Allison Crutchfield

Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town
Merge

Alabama native Allison Crutchfield has released her first solo album “Tourist in This Town”. Produced by Jeff Zeigler, the album makes use of Zeigler’s knowlege of synthesizer music lending space to the recording. As for Crutchfield she artfully captures feelings of that go with breakups (anger and sadness), but the listener won’t feel trapped in the past. It’s clear that Crutchfield has moved forward. While there’s a sense of popishness on the album there’s still plenty of rock influence.

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The Regrettes

The Regrettes
Feel Your Feelings Fool!
Warner Bros

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Led by singer/songwriter Lydia Night, The Regrettes have released “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”, delivering a very high energy punk-pop thwack. Despite the sense of urgency one might feel from the fifteen-track album, the band is led by Lydia Night who does know how to write songs that stick. Night formed the Regrettes with guitarist Genessa Gariano, bassist Sage Nicole, and drummer Maxx Morando in 2015.


Emily Jane White

Emily Jane White
They Moved in Shadow All Together
Talitres

California indie rock, folk-rock, indie acoustic artist has released her fifth album. The album is hypnotizing and even eerie at times. She addresses social battles and injustices faced by women. In addition to the lead tract, “Frozen Garden”, special recognition goes to “Pallid Eyes” and “Nigtmares on Repeat”.

Visit Emily Jane White at Facebook and iTunes

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Alice Bag

Don Giovanni

Punk rock verteran Alice Bag has released her first solo album on the Don Giovanni label. She is a noted musician, author and feminist. The album offers up plenty of rock (”Little Hypocrite”), but there’s also some intelligent pop (”Suburban Home”) and Latin folk-rock (”Incorporeal Life”).

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Margaret Glaspy
Emotions and Math
ATO

California native, Brooklyn-based artist Margaret Glaspy delivers an inward-looking rock-sound with power.

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2016

Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


JUNE

Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June -  05 June

http://www.rock-im-park.com/

This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June

https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/

Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June

http://www.swedenrock.com/

Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June -  12 June

http://www.novarock.at/

PinkPop

Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June -  12 June

http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/

Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June

http://www.hellfest.fr/en/the-festival/

Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June - 19 June

https://www.graspop.be/nl/

INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June -  22 June

https://www.inmusicfestival.com/

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June - 26 June

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Copenhell

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June -  25 June

http://copenhell.dk/

Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June -  26 June

http://www.solidays.org/

Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June -  26 June

http://www.hurricane.de/

Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June -  26 June

http://www.southside.de/

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

25 June -  02 July

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June - 02 July

http://sziget.hu/volt_english

Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June -  02 July

http://www.provinssi.fi/

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June -  03 July

http://www.rockwerchter.be/nl

Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June -  03 July

http://www.openairsg.ch/

JULY

Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July -  03 July
http://festival.eurockeennes.fr/

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July -  03 July
http://www.tuska-festival.fi/

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July -  05 July
https://www.rockforpeople.cz/

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July -  10 July
http://www.exitfest.org/sr

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July - 09 July
http://bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July - 10 July
http://www.ruisrock.fi/

Bospop
Weert, Netherlands
09 July - 10 July
http://www.bospop.nl/

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July -  17 July
http://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2016/

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July - 16 July 2016
http://www.woodstockfestival.pl/

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July -  17 July
http://www.truckfestival.com/

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July -  17 July
http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2016/

Suikerrock
Tienen, Belgium
29 July -  31 July
http://www.suikerrock.be/

Indietracks
Ripley, UK
29 July - 31 July
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

AUGUST

Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August
http://www.arenalsound.com/

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August -  06 August
http://www.wacken.com/

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August - 14 August
http://www.lokersefeesten.be/

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August -  07 August
http://off-festival.pl/

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August -  17 August
http://szigetfestival.com/

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August -  14 August
http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  - 13 August
http://www.rocco-del-schlacko.de/

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August - 14 August
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Pukkelpop
Hasselt, Belgium
17 August - 20 August
https://www.pukkelpop.be/

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August -  20 August
http://www.summer-breeze.de/

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August -  21 August
http://www.highfield.de/

Lowlands
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August - 21 August
http://lowlands.nl/

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August - 28 August
http://www.readingfestival.com/

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August -  28 August
http://www.rockenseine.com/

“You just need to believe in yourself. Anyone can sing. Anyone can play the guitar. It’s not that people can say that “I’m not good at that”. It’s not true. You have to not let fear hold you back.” Heather Boo, Beau

On 1 April, HorizonVU Music’s Phil Cartwright met up in Paris with Beau – Heather Boo and Emma Rose – for an informal conversation about the duo’s background, development and points-of-view toward music and expression. Many thanks to Viviane Bres, Kitsuné Records, for making the meet-up possible.

HVMU: This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit with Emma Rose and Heather Boo – together known as Beau. It’s a real pleasure for HorizonVU Music to have the chance to hear your live performance and meet you for a visit today. We can talk a bit about your background, what’s been going on with Beau and talk a bit about the future.

We’ve done our homework reading your profile and interviews that you have done (The Village Voice and Numéro, for example). We understand that you are from New York City, you met through family connections and you have been friends for a long time. You are basically self-taught as far as your musical background is concerned which is quite incredible. Developing on your own is quite amazing.
Can you tell us a bit of the backstory? We have a following of young female emerging musicians and they like to hear from success stories. Surely, you didn’t decide just to have a band one day and all of a sudden you had a manager, a label and went on tour. Can you tell us how your story evolved?

Beau2HB: Well, we were always writing music. We started writing songs. This was after we knew how to play the guitar. This is before I started singing. I thought I was going to be a guitar player. We were writing songs, we got inspired by other musicians who are songwriters and we just knew that is what we wanted to do. We started writing and playing guitar together and that’s when things came full-circle. We realized that we have a lot to say. Not only that, but were not going to be self-conscious and be held back. We were going to write, write, write and produce until we thought we had something we felt good about. We made a lot of music. We recorded music on our iPhone and someone heard it.

I started singing and Emma started playing the guitar heavily. She got really involved. She started when she was twelve years old. She just grew. I started singing and became more confident. There’s a thing about music. You do not need to take lessons. You just need to believe in yourself. Anyone can sing. Anyone can play the guitar. It’s not that people can say that “I’m not good at that”. It’s not true. You have to not let fear hold you back. We are human beings in a society where we have been chanting and singing melodies for years, so that is natural.

So, a friend of a friend heard our music and introduced us to the head of our record label. He popped the question whether or not we had a record label and whether we would like one. We said “yes”.

HVUM: That’s fabulous; a great story. When you look back from where you re today and thinking about people that are starting out, were there any real bumps in the road that you hit and you haven’t forgotten them? How did you get over the bumps?

ER: There are bumps in every road. I don’t think it was one big thing that happened. It was a bunch of little things that happened
Beau3 all the time. That’s where the magic happens, too.

I think the attacks in Paris were really crazy for us. We were on tour in Europe at the time. We were in The Hague at the time. We had the day off the day after the attacks. We started asking ourselves what we should do. That’s one time we questioned whether or not we should take a break. It was scary and it first seemed like musicians were targeted, but of course, it was everyone. That was a big eye-opening event for us in the world. Other than that no real problems.

HVUM: That’s great. So far, so, good. One thing that we’ve noted about your music is that you have a very cool eclectic sound. As we listen to the album we hear rock, folk/rock, a little blues, folk, and some punk and even some jazz. The punk came through more in your live performance last night than it does on the album. The album is beautiful. There is some more “mellow” sounding music. Many musicians have a hard time being eclectic. They hit on a genre and stay with it. They never get outside the borders. How did you pull it off?

ER: We never thought about it. That’s how we pulled it off. When you start thinking about things, nitpicking and judging your music that’s when it all goes wrong.

HB: We are inspired by a lot of people growing up in New York. Every day we wanted to write. I feel like performance-wise making a genre for a band can be a big mistake. Either the band makes the genre or the people make the genre. If the band makes the genre they stick to one thing. If the people make the genre they need to put a label on each song.

BeauOur style and the style of our producer shows through on our Beau album. This gives the album a more specific genre than the live performance, but each song is so different that it should be put under its own genre like “open” or “worldly” or “confusing”. What makes a really good performance is the range a person can give to the audience. You’re expressing yourself. You are expressing the truth of the song, the emotion of the song. You have to be honest with the song and if you are honest each song will be different.

ER: On our set list we also try to put different kinds of songs.

HVUM: You mix it up very well. Can you help us tie together the title, ”That Thing Reality” with the tracks.

HB: Since all of the songs are so different, “That Thing Reality “ is a really good title. For me it felt right. Emma came up with the title and I felt very comfortable with it.

HVUM: What’s the story behind “Animal Kingdom”?

HB: It’s a funny story. Originally we didn’t know what to do with it. It sounded great; great melody, great hook. We weren’t sure if we wanted to talk about the relationship between man and beast or politics…

We had a crazy drummer and we produced a different version of it. It was crazy pop-punk. We all struggled with it. Writing with three people s difficult. We decided to put it on the album. Emma came with final lyrics that were solidified. Emma put it together. It was almost like a book; so detailed. We still didn’t feel comfortable. In the studio it was the last song we worked.

ER: It’s fun to play live.

HVUM: We’ve posted the video and it gets a positive response. Keep it up! Other than music, what do you do for fun?

Beau Photo Credit: Amber Byrne Mahoney Photography

Photo Credit: Amber Byrne Mahoney Photography



ER: Walk a lot.

HB: We like to walk and write and draw. In New York anything can happen; a naked guy walking down the street and somebody gives him a pair of socks and a shirt.

ER: I like Chinatown.

HB: We never get tired of New York. It’s always changing. No store stays there for more than five years. It still feels like home.

ER: And we have ridiculously creative and talented friends from New York. Sometimes I’ll call one of them. If they’re in a move I’m with them just because they’re so “out there”.

HVUM: Thanks for your time and we hope you’ll keep us up to date. Hopefully you’ll come back to Paris and have a night to yourself so you can play all twelve tracks. It’s been a pleasure talking with you and we wish you all the best!

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Tarah G. Carpenter Reveals Her Uncompromising Confrontation with Real Life and Music

Interview with Phil Cartwright, CEO, HorizonVU Music

Tarah G. Carpenter Photo Credit: Anais Brebion

Tarah G. Carpenter Photo Credit: Anais Brebion


The mind, soul, rock’n roll heart beat and operator behind ‘Tarah Who?’ is French / American Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist (drummer, guitarist & bassist) Tarah G. Carpenter. Born in Paris, France, Tarah got her first drum set at age 14. After a short stint of coming to the US to be a high school exchange student in Murray, Kentucky, she was unable to play drums & out of boredom she picked up the guitar & started writing songs as an outlet.

After playing in-and-out of bands around Paris on drums & bass for few years, Tarah got the desire to travel to Los Angeles to explore the music scene. With her bandmates back in Paris and on a last minute whim, Tarah answered an ad on Craigslist “looking for an artist to perform original songs at a warehouse Party Downtown”. When she, for the first time performed singing and playing guitar the audience response was so good that she decided she wanted to do her own music and started playing under the moniker ‘Tarah Who?’ immediately.

With true 90’s spirit, anthemic sing-a-long choruses, a punk edged energetic live show and a load of heart to back it up. Tarah’s song live and recorded jump out and grab at you to listen. The fact that she can rock the drums just hard as the guitar is enough to make any audience member or listener pay attention. Tarah’s been compared to everything from the female Pearl Jam to Sonic Youth, but regardless, Tarah G. Carpenter stands on her own and is someone you don’t want to miss.

Tarah’s song ‘In My Mind’ received an honorable mention for the world song contest by Billboard Magazine and ‘Worst to Come’ has had regular spins on WRCR Rockford, IL College Radio, as well as play on 89.4 FM Radio Libertaire. She has also been featured on numerous blogs including Ustream.tv, Revolutionthreesixty.com (’PEOPLE THAT MATTER’) and Thehangoutgroup.com

Tarah Who? has just released their new EP, “Federal Circle of Shame” available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/federal-circle-of-shame-ep/id1083959696

HVUM: You are well-known amongst your peers for having a hard-edged DIY approach to your music career. Tell us what’s behind that.

Federal Circle of ShameTGC: I never really thought of it this way, really…

I started playing when I was 14 and I just kept on going. My approach to music or my career is more of a feeling. Does it feel right to follow this path? Or is it fair?

Things don’t always go as planned but you learn and keep going. You know better.

I have my own definition of DIY. I understand and use it more as Do it… Independently from the big labels that do everything for you. What I believe as an independent artist that may be called do it yourself is that you are not famous, but you still want to do and share your music. Why not? Just do it yourself. Don’t wait for the contract, you may not even want any of it after reading it. In that sense you are doing it yourself.

But it is really interesting when you meet other DIY artists. You become friends, and help each other out, tour together, exchange gear, or dates, musicians, studios, ideas and tips etc… It’s this sort of circle of friends, and family that you start building, with artists that are just like you, trying to break through.

017The hard part for a DIY is to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. If you are a DIY musician you are most likely broke or not very wealthy. It is important to not fall into the scams of pay to play gigs for instance. Talking to other bands or musicians is very important to get the best advice to meet your needs. (i.e., you may not have the cash for a recording studio, but need to record: ask around about the equipment you need for a home studio and learn how to do it yourself. Or maybe someone loves your project and would like to help out. The idea is: NOTHING gets in your way)

HVUM: You’ve been working a lot with bassist Ash Orphan. You two come from slightly different musical paths. What led you to work together and how does the collaboration show up in your music?

Ash Orphan

Ash Orphan

TGC: I have known Ash for five years now. We were playing in a project called LED. I was the drummer he was the bass player. I really enjoyed his approach to bass and it really inspired me in playing drums.

We started a side project together to explore the ideas that we had during the smoke breaks our bandmates had. Those ideas became the project we have today called Jane Gray Black Orphan.

At the time Ash was part of another band as well that was getting pretty popular and he didn’t want to start a new project. I really believed there was something to his touch and approach of the guitar now and I really liked his voice. Even though he said he didn’t want a band I kept asking for him to come over “to jam” but of course it all became more serious and before he knew it we were a new band! Now JGBO is a very serious project and we are both really proud of it!

Ash comes from a different musical background. He listens to the dark depressing songs that I usually change after 30 seconds of hearing. I think it’s called post-rock? Not my thing. We tried many times. I just can’t do it! Maybe in a few years!

I am more punk rock, grunge, rock… not pop rock… ROCK! So I enjoy playing with Ash because he writes melodies that inspire me to play grooves he doesn’t expect. It’s the combination of our two musical worlds, I think, that makes Jane Gray Black Orphan.

HVUM: You’re doing a combination of electric and acoustic shows these days. Do you like mixing it up?

TGC: I started Tarah Who? as a solo acoustic performer only because I didn’t have a band! I like playing the electric show better because I get to be loud, I have a lot of fun with the guys and I love the vibrations of the drums and bass and I get to scream as loud as I want!

IMG_1468It is interesting to play solo (or just with Ash but the idea is to play an acoustic set) because I have a different audience and people’s that can’t handle the electric show can appreciate the acoustic!

I hear it all: people that LOVE the electric show, others that are very surprised with the acoustic and could not imagine it but really enjoy it, others that prefer the acoustic etc..

The acoustic is more intimate but still very entertaining and both are a lot of fun. I feed of the audience’s energy so whether it’s an electric or acoustic event, if you’re into it, I’ll give you my best!

HVUM: What you do think each (electric and acoustic) presents you as a songwriter and guitarist?

TGC: I write ALL of my songs with an acoustic guitar. I think that the acoustic emphasizes the rhythmic parts I play.

My songwriting is very “drum” oriented. It doesn’t really follow any songwriting “rules” people may learn. I usually think of the drums first and whatever is fun to play I stick to.

The acoustic show is interesting because there are no drums and I have heard many times from the people that have only seen us electric, they can’t imagine an acoustic show. As of today no one has been disappointed!

So the acoustic definitely shows the rhythm of the songs and you can actually hear my vocals too!

For the electric shows…I think speed… Everything is played faster. Faster than the acoustic show and faster than the album. I think that’s why we started getting this punk label. I never intended to be in the punk scene. I just write what I want really and can’t define it. I have certain emotions while recording that requires a specific tempo. But once it’s out there, available to the world, the live show is something else! We want to have fun, and we want people to jump around and go crazy, so we intentionally play faster, and sometimes as fast as we can!

HVUM: Tell us about your gear setup for Tarah Who? And your acoustic performances.

TGC: Tarah Who? is meant to be a four piece band with a second guitar player, but until I find the “dude” we are a three piece. (booking@tarahwho.com if you are interested.)

Tarah Who?

Tarah Who?


We have the drums, very simple set up: Kick Snare, 2 toms and Floor Tom. 3 crashes, 1 ride, 1 china (essential!!) and HH. Soultone cymbals.

Bass: G&L 5 string bass, Big Muff- Electro Harmonix , EBSMulti Drive. Gallien Kruger Head , Form Factor CAB.

GTR: I have three different guitars and a spare because of my different tunings. On ALL of my guitars though, i have the Ernie Ball Not so slinky set of strings. A friend of mine introduced me to those strings a few years ago, i haven’t stopped buying them since.

Ampeg amp.

Acoustic GTR: my dream guitar is still at the store…I just haven’t had gathered the cash for it yet!

So I still use my old acoustic guitar, with Ernie Ball’s acoustic set. (Medium)
New Album: Barytone and Ernie Ball’s Barytone set. EBS Chorus and Distortion.
Vocals; Shure Beta 58 A.

HVUM: Apart from your own music, what artists are in the top three positions on your playlist these days?

TGC: I actually don’t listen to much music.

I spend my days rehearsing for Tarah Who? or Jane Gray Black Orphan. I also have another punk project with the bass and Barytone that I would like to work on more, so really, when I am done practicing the last thing I want to do is listen to anything.

I actually enjoy silence a lot, and if anything is playing, the people I am with, are usually playing it.

I have more apps on my phone than music, and the music I have is for work, demos: with a very loud metronome!

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