7/16/14, Queen Ave Art Collective
I walked in to the Queen Ave Art Collective about an hour before show time, and there I found Mark Redito, aka Spazzkid, preparing for the show while drinking one of Nashville’s finest brews, a Yazoo Pale Ale. His laidback and worry-free personality translated well into his music and a live show that was full of positive energy. As the lights dimmed for Queen Ave’s second show ever, Spazzkid turned the garage/art gallery/music venue into a one-of-a-kind dance party.
After warping a variety of vocal samples that said “spazzkid,” Redito demonstrated his talent as a DJ and performer with a couple hard-hitting dance tracks. The crowd was instantly entranced, and not just by the exciting music, but also by Spazzkid’s unique stage presence. When he was not needed at his laptop and electronics, he took a step back and jumped around just as much as the crowd, even joining them throughout the night, belting lyrics at the top of his lungs. A few songs into the set, Spazzkid played “Lovers” from the recently released Promise EP, a song that sounds like a head on collision between Toro Y Moi and Classixx. As he triggered the distorted vocal samples, Redito got the crowd to sing along with the high pitched “oohs” and “ahhs.”
A couple weeks ago, while browsing Spin’s “New Music” tab, I stumbled upon a picture of man from the Philippines wearing wide-framed glasses, with hair tied back in an Asian-style, standing in the middle of tall green reeds next to a river (Yes, that’s the picture above!). Intrigued by the picture, I followed the link and discovered the music of Mark Redito, aka Spazzkid. After pressing play on the Soundcloud track of his newest single, “Goodbye,” I was washed over by tropical steel drums, warm synths, and softly spoken vocals. This song, along with the rest of Spazzkid’s music, effortlessly blends chill-wave and dance genres. It wouldn’t be strange to encounter his music at a club Saturday night and then again on the couch the following Sunday morning.
On July 16th, Spazzkid will be playing at the Queen Ave Art Collective. For only $5 at the door, you’d be crazy to miss what is sure to be one of the most intimate venues Redito will ever play. For more info on Spazzkid and the show, click here.
Boy & Bear
6/24/14, 3rd & Lindsley
As I debated the best way to overcome the “Southern Sun”, I sought refuge at 3rd & Lindsley to check out Australian indie rockers Boy & Bear. Turns out I wasn’t the only one who had this idea. Boy & Bear have a tight history with Nashville, what with it being the location where their debut album, Moonfire, was recorded, so it was no surprise to me that the city showed up in hoards to pack in and ultimately sell out the band’s show.
Interview - Boy & Bear
6/19/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: I obviously need to ask… What is your favorite type of bear?
Tim: Polar bear by far.
C: Boy & Bear is pretty much touring nonstop from now through the end of the year, in the US, Canada, Australia, and all throughout Europe. What’s one thing you can’t live without when you’re on the road?
T: I need to have a fair few books. On tour there is a lot of waiting around, and having too much thinking time is no good, so books are a must for me.
C: One of your stops on this trek will be in Nashville, playing at 3rd & Lindsley on June 24th. What should audience members who will be seeing you for the first time know before attending a Boy & Bear live show? Anything special they should expect?
T: -Laughs- Special? I suppose it depends what you mean by special? We love playing live and talking a bit too much sometimes. But hopefully people can expect a pretty fresh show, as we’ve just had two weeks off.
Interview - Vance Joy
6/9/14 by Cathy Wagner
Leading up to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Suburban Roads is interviewing artists who will be appearing at the fest. Our final interview in the series is with Vance Joy, performing on 6/15. Check out our other Bonnaroo artist interviews here.
Cathy: You’re playing a whole slew of festivals this summer - do you have a lot of experience in a festival setting? How do you prepare for a festival show versus a regular club show?
Vance: I have played about 20 festival shows. I like festivals because it is throw and go – you get less regarding set up time, and you are often winging it – there is an electricity in that.
C: One of the festivals you will be playing in particular is Bonnaroo, the second weekend of June. This is going to be your first appearance at the fest - What kind of expectations do you have?
V: Hot, dust, big bands, summer clothes – everyone getting a little sun kissed and falling asleep in a heap after.
Interview - Empires
6/9/14 by Cathy Wagner
Leading up to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Suburban Roads is interviewing artists who will be appearing at the fest. Our next interview in the series is with Empires, performing on 6/13. Check out our other Bonnaroo artist interviews here.
Cathy: You’re playing the second day of Bonnaroo on the Café Where stage. This is your first time playing Bonnaroo – what kind of expectations do you have?
Mike: I’ve always heard it’s really awesome and really hot. We’re really looking forward to the set. We have a great slot on Friday and will get to see a lot of great bands. I really want to see Kanye.
C: Are you going to stick around Bonnaroo the whole weekend and catch some other band’s performances, or just pop in on the day of your set? If you’re planning on lingering, who do you want to see while you’re there?
M: We’ll only be able to hang out on Friday, I believe… We have to make it up to New York to play David Letterman a couple days after. Crazy. We’re pumped.
C: Since you’re playing on Friday the 13th, let’s get a little superstitious: Are you scared you’ll be hit with a wave of bad luck during your performance? What do you plan to do to ward off potential misfortune?
M: We’ll have a séance to get the spirits on our side. It might not work.
Interview - The Wild Feathers
5/21/14 by Cathy Wagner
Leading up to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Suburban Roads is interviewing artists who will be appearing at the fest. Our next interview in the series is with The Wild Feathers, performing on 6/12. Check out our other Bonnaroo artist interviews here.
Cathy: The Wild Feathers are, quite literally, one of the first bands to be playing Bonnaroo this year. You’ll be performing at 3:15pm on day one! How do set times get chosen for festivals like this? Are you happy with your time slot or is there a different time you wish you could have gotten? Do you feel like you’ll be setting the stage for what’s to come?
Ben: We are pretty much getting the party started, aren’t we. Honesty, I have no idea how time slots are selected, but it is probably based on politics and popularity. We are super thrilled to be playing Bonnaroo, but of course we would like to be playing a bigger stage at night. Doesn’t everyone wish they could headline? That’s ok, it just gives us something to work towards for the next Bonnaroo.
Interview - Kevin Devine
5/27/14 by Cathy Wagner
Leading up to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Suburban Roads is interviewing artists who will be appearing at the fest. Our next interview in the series is with Kevin Devine, performing on 6/14 & also playing in Nashville tonight at Cannery Ballroom. Check out our other Bonnaroo artist interviews here.
Cathy: We’ll start this off with a fun one. You know how you had to do name poems in elementary school, where each letter of your name was a different descriptive word? Give me your best Kevin Devine name poem.
Kevin: K is from Kleptomaniac, E is for Entrancing, V is for Vivacious, I is for Insatiable, N is for Northeastern, D is for Devil-may-care, E is for Egglet, V is for Voracious, I is for Indefensible, N is for Naïve, E is for ETERNAL.
C: You’ll be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, playing on Saturday in the New Music on Tap Lounge. This isn’t your first time performing at Bonnaroo - given your past experience, what are you most and least looking forward to at this year’s fest?
K: I’m relatively certain it’ll be swelteringly hot, which I am both most and least looking forward to – the heat makes it feel like a kind of accomplishment/athletic feat, ups the degree of difficulty, and everyone unifies into this sort of communal swamp people, and that’s fun.