Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:12 pm
Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some friends convinced her to serve as the focal point of a track from a fellow Richmond metal band.
Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.
This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a trio from South London. Beaty Heart makes rock music that keeps you on your toes: It's quirky, irreverent and complicated, with a tropical vibe that recalls Vampire Weekend.
A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.
"I'm in a talkative mood," Jack White told the sold-out crowd at Hollywood's historic Fonda Theater. Though it ended up being one of the few comments the singer and guitarist made during the performance, White frequently threw it to the audience for the refrains of several White Stripes songs, including "Fell In Love With A Girl," "We're Going To Be Friends," and the thrilling encore closer "Seven Nation Army."
For Ziggy Marley, his latest vehicle of expression the album Fly Rasta, represented a galactic sonic journey . The trip began in early 2013 with a handwritten note by the six-time Grammy Award winner. He sat in his home recording studio, took out a scrap of paper, and began to think about what would become his fifth solo studio album.
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten made her debut in 2008 with a bare-bones album called Because I Was in Love. She followed it with 2010's Epic and 2012's Tramp, which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. As she's pushed herself to improve on each album, Van Etten's remarkable emotional honesty has remained constant.
KSUT will broadcast live from Pagosa Folk N' Bluegrass Festival from noon until 2:30 PM on Saturday (6/7). If you can't make it to Reservoir Hill, tune-in and catch full sets by the Railsplitters and MilkDrive.
The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
In honor of their performance at the Pagosa Folk N' Bluegrass Festival this weekend, KSUT is featuring their CD 'No More Rain' Friday, June 6 at 12 noon.