A nice amalgamation of the styles of Atreyu and Korn, this a band you can pull out of your sleeve in the most dire of straights.
For getting people to leave an area, such as your house at the end of a party. This is the people mover.
This song, more ambitious, and taking me back to 2013 when I was big into bands like Taproot and Breaking Benjamin. The same hopeless yet high energy vibe is present here. One more...
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Release: March 18th, 2016
Label: I OH YOU
Similar Artists: Nirvana, Mudhoney, Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins
My thoughts: WACO is simple, non-eager, and full of adrenaline. There are a lot of yelling, voice shredding vocals when songs ramp up, but there are also slow, dynamic breaks to demonstrate range. I really enjoy Violent Soho for how hard they rock and how few fucks their songs give. Similar structure can be found throughout the album. For fans, this shows continuity. For critics, this makes the album blend together and sound too similar. It is definitely worth your time to check out the Australian alt-rockers if you are looking for some simple, high energy rock songs to add to your arsenal. Here are a few of my favorites off of the album....
The first track starts the album off with a bang, and it catches your attention with the brutality of the bridge.
This single released prior to the album, and first out on streaming services, is another one of my favorites. That's probably because it's the most familiar.
Some down in the dumps depression to finish off the record. Enjoy!
By Bruce Ackley
I'm loving these Audiotree sessions for their rawness and recorded sound. Also, they're based in Chicago close to home, so I have to love that. This band reminds me of Violent Soho, whom I enjoy immensely. You'll like Slow Mass if you like Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins. Audiotree Far Out is where it's at: both videos recorded at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.
Singer/songwriter Father John Misty gets it on with Taylor Swift in the first line of his new song "Total Entertainment Forever". Father John Misty is the stage name of Joshua Tillman, an American indie rock artist. He has ghost written for Lady Gaga and Kid Cudi after drumming for the Seattle rock outfit Fleet Foxes. He was raised in a religious household which prevented him from listening to secular, nonreligious music until age 17. Joshua is very prolific: he has released eight albums and another three albums as Father John Misty.
This new track speaks of the perils of becoming immersed in technology and thus ostracized from family. He says, "In the new age we love the entertainment, rich or poor, the channels are all the same." It's an existential search for meaning. In the final line, he eludes to a mass extinction event wiping clean the surface of the earth, and he says the next inhabitants of the earth will think, "this must have been a wonderful place".
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The refinement in the openly tuned (Open D) guitar complements the gritty vocals in this track. Audiotree Live does a great job of outputting great quality audio while not overproducing the final result.
For fans of: Houndmouth, The Travelin' McCourys, Greensky Bluegrass
The attitude is relaxed, and the people are too. The faint smells of old wood and fresh cigars permeate the air. Through the doors, I hear amps hissing to life. The subtle crackle and melting of tone occurs as the tubes heat up. It feels like a speakeasy in here; words and booze both flowing more easily as the night goes on. I'm ready to guzzle some moonshine and make decisions so bad they're right.
Another phenomenal thing happens: the migraine I've been battling all day long drifts to the background. Blues can be an excellent pain killer. Of course, this entire gathering was the brainchild of Todd himself. Super groups don't tend to perform without a driving forces, and Todd is a relentless hard worker. Besides running an awesome stream of consciousness blog (check out http://bhtm-blog.tumblr.com/), Todd has also released Way Down Inside this year! This work is exciting because it features the work of all artists who played at the Castle last night: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Erica Brown. Order this album to relive or make up for missing the magic from last night.
Don't miss the soulful voice of Erica Brown as she is fresh on the scene and surely a rising star in the blues community. Mud Morganfield is the son of legendary blues musician and father of the Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters. Nothing beats that voice steeped in tradition. In fact, we would not have the electric blues of the caliber we enjoy today without Muddy Waters, so you owe it to yourself to check out his son's twist on it.
Billy Branch is one highly educated blues musician. Having graduated U of I Chicago with honors (not an easy task) and gone on tour with Willie Dixon's Blues Allstars, Branch should now be considered a professor of the art. Hearing him play harmonica last night shook me to the core.
Finally, we get to Ronnie Baker Brooks. He is a monster on the fret board, an inspiration to guitarists of all genres, and a hurricane inspiring young rockers to enter the world of the blues. It takes a special kind of musician to marry technique to passion. It's easy to lose the mix and go too far to one side, but in watching Ronnie play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEVE8l8fYUk), it's clear he is well balanced.
All of these players of the ages came together to create something stunning, intrigue-filled, and chill as can be last night. The Castle Theatre was delighted to host the Big Head Blues Club.
Written by Bruce Ackley
Old school rock & roll kicks ass, and The Steepwater Band specializes in that. They played first and kicked off the party. The room was restless and hazy after they were finished. Twenty minutes later, Vintage Trouble took the stage.
I am a firm believer that listening to Vintage Trouble on YouTube does not do them justice. Nothing can replicate the connection they cultivate with listeners, both young and old. Even though my age bracket of 18 to 25 was underrepresented in the audience, I feel they missed out big time. This isn't just something special... this is a dying bread.
For many people around the world, the 50's and 60's represented one golden age of musical innovation. Artists such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker were pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Jazz and R&B artists ruled the soundscape with their dazzling stage presence, personality, presentation, and energy. Vintage Trouble represents a time capsule, yet they didn't stop there.
They kept innovating. These guys write for the modern era in a style that is timeless. They splice together rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and psychedelia like mad scientists. The mix of vocalist Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson is potent. During the second song of their set, Ty busted out an unexpected back flip. He stuck the landing.
The Verdict: Vintage Trouble is high energy, well presented, and explicitly tight as an act that can truly appeal to all ages, especially bebop enthusiasts. IF you are more into boring, monotonous pop songs, Vintage Trouble might not be for you. Either way, check them out. They killed it on the Castle stage back on the August 23.
Photos by Kayla Thompson
This past 4/20, we celebrated the holiday with a great show here on our stage. We had three amazing artists come in for the holiday to jam on our stage and have a good time.
The night kicked off with local artist Kyle Yap. Kyle played a great set featuring looping acoustic guitar riffs, ripping solo, and tasteful vocal melodies. Kyle played mostly original music with a few covers thrown in. The original songs were unique, and spoke about times in his life. Kyle also played covers of Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," Free's "All Right Now," and AC/DC's Thunderstruck. Overall, it was a great set that really showcased Kyles talent as a solo musician.
Next, Afternoon Moon took the stage and absolutely rocked. Afternoon Moon's music was built around long jams and organ solos that changed just enough not to get stale. They also covered Led Zeppelin's "Achilles' Last Stand," which they jammed into riffs from Metallica's "Fade To Black." Being a huge Led Zeppelin and Metallica fan, this was my favorite part of the set. Needless to say, Afternoon Moon's set was everything you wanted out of a jam band: Long epic jams and shout-outs to your favorite tracks. Here's a sample from the set!
The Headlining spot belonged to Fresh Hops, a jam band from northwest Indiana. This band really embraced the stoner culture of the night. They were a very fun band to watch on stage, and connected with the audience well. Fresh Hops played all original music that featured jam sections and fiddle solos. The members really knew their instruments well and used them in very creative ways. The guitar player played lots of slide guitar and used the whammy bar, while the fiddle player both bowed and plucked the strings. Overall, it was an excellent performance from a great band. Here's a sample:
The Daft Punk tribute band “One More Time” definitely brought the fun energy to their show this past Saturday. If the funky electronic dance music was not enough to entertain you, the spectacular light show would definitely catch your eye. The tribute band brought with them their very own full-scale pyramid stage that lived up to Daft Punk’s performance standards. “One More Time” left no stone unturned, using a combination of Castle’s house lighting and their own lighting rigs to cover the walls of Castle with rainbow lasers.
Modeled after Daft Punk’s “Alive 2007” tour, their set list consisted of Daft Punk’s greatest hits like “Get Lucky” and “Harder Better Faster Stronger”. The band also included a lot of their own remixes, but in true rock-star fashion the tribute band closed out their show with “One More Time” paired with electro-luminescent suits. If you were not a Daft Punk fan before this show, you definitely left the show as one. The high-energy show left me wondering if this was just the tribute band, what an actual Daft Punk show would be like.
Overall, I would give the show an 8/10 and highly recommend catching them if they are coming to your town. You can check out their tour dates on their Facebook page. To find upcoming bands playing at the Castle you can look at our event calendar.
Written by: Michelle Malone