The Tenth annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival – Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Last Slice started with one goal; to make people dance. In 2008 when the band originally formed, they had been previously experimenting with a style that resembles what some in the ska scene refer to as “punk rock with horns”, but were soon to find out that maybe it’s not all about guitar solos and epic horn lines. The Last Slice brings to the table a more advanced approach to the simple style of traditional ska. By mixing elements of punk rock, ska, reggae, dancehall, and straight rock ‘n’ roll, The Last Slice comes up with songs that keeps the dance floor lit up with excitement.
All Eyes West is a band from Chicago. Formed in mid 2010, they have since been winning over crowds by destroying stages across the US and Europe. The smashing debut record (Self-titled on Jump Start Records) has kept All Eyes West on the road since it’s release, sharing stages with the likes of Bob Mould, The Joy Formidable, Alkaline Trio, Samiam, Seaweed, Knapsack, OFF!, Rival Schools, Braid, Local H, Amusement Parks on Fire and many more.
Ska anthems from Dallas’ premier ska group, Rude King! Blending the styles of 2-tone, reggae, and punk with scorching horn and guitar solos to create a unique blend of ska music.
Fabulous Minx This guitar and drum duo draws inspiration from the seedy, savage side of early rock ‘n’ roll — from the murderous blues of the Gulf Coast to the sweat-soaked honky tonk of Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis to the manic punk rock of the Sonics. The result is a brand of greased-up, freaked-out rock ‘n’ roll best enjoyed with a beer chaser.
Fur Coats were young, restless and hinting at sounds from the past. This was a recurring theme of the night. Excitement oozed from the stage, as all of the musicians wore an air of appreciation and living in the moment. This was expressed through the actual performance, with dynamic vocals and aggressive footwork. Moderate influence was taken from the Zombies but was altered to create something more imaginative
Garage pop rock n roll duo Bruiser Queen hail from St. Louis, MO and feature the powerful Corin Tucker-like vocals of singer/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum and the dance-rattle drumming of Jason Potter. The Midwest tour-hounds’ Certified PR Records “In Your Room” single was a winner on the 2013 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Singles chart.
Mad Nomad (Rock, Arkansas) Winner of the 2014 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase
Andrew Anderson (American/folk/punk, Seattle) Andrew began playing mandolin at age 15, inspired by Thile’s music, and entirely self taught. His record for writing and playing his own music goes back much farther thanks to a musical family and access to his mother’s piano and his father’s guitar. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA for mandolin performance. His guitar playing is good, but his fingers are so fast on the mandolin, it makes your eyes water. Andrew would like to be the next Hank Williams, but, he says, “I don’t want to die in the back of a car.” Sure enough, he sings about hiding his demons from his mother in “The Hawk”. “Momma, I just don’t want you to worry. Momma, I just don’t want you to cry. So, Momma, it’s just best if you don’t see me when I die.” Andrew Anderson will perform at Maxine’s, 700 Central for a three day artist in residence. Be on the look out for special guests.
The Old Time Remedy Original bluegrass. Old time renditions. They perform the Saturday Trail Show. Meet at The Superior Bathhouse at Noon for a hike up the mountain with the band and a free unplugged performance in the forest.
My Gold Mask Fusing goth pop drama and garage rock energy, Chicago’s My Gold Mask features vocalist/percussionist Gretta Rochelle and guitarist Jack Armondo. Rochelle, who was born in Louisiana and cites Hindi films and riot grrrl among her influences, met the Brooklyn-born, Los Angeles-raised Armondo at a party, and the couple formed My Gold Mask in 2008. Rochelle learned to play the drums and the pair began writing songs that combined her inspirations with Armondo’s (which included surf rock and synth pop). They released their self-titled debut album in 2009, along with a pair of EPs, A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last), in 2010. The duo became a trio with the addition of drummer James Andrew, which allowed Rochelle to focus on her vocals and to add more electronic elements to the band’s sound. The band’s second album, Leave Me Midnight, arrived early in 2013.
R. Ring is Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling, often within the same song
Motel Beds is a rock band from Dayton, Ohio.
Yes, they release albums faster than most bands book shows.
Yes, the songs are catchy, guitar-driven and often shorter than three minutes.
And finally yes, one of them has played with Robert Pollard.
Forget your precious bands that take years to release their next album: Water Liars don’t know how to stop working. A punk aesthetic – a desire not to overdo songs until they’re shiny with emptiness – is the band’s defining feature, and it’s why their songs are filled with such raw sorrow. When Kinkel-Schuster and Bryant’s voices twine together somewhere in the greater stratosphere of sound try not to feel like a psalm. If you can do it in a house/hotel/bar/museum/restaurant/horse track then Water Liars are into it.
Haymarket Riot is a Chicago, Illinois based post-punk/rock band that was formed in 1999. Haymarket Riot features ex-members of Gauge, Traluma, Radio Flyer, Big’N, Sweep The Leg Johnny, Six Of One Half Summers, Just A Fire, Neutrino, Orwell, Hubcap, The Sky Corvair, Dempsey, and the Traitors.
During their seven-year career, Big’n released two full-length records as they toured big cities and small towns across the United States. The group’s agent even tried booking a slot for them at Afghan Whig guitarist/vocalist Greg Dulli’s wedding with indie rock band Scrawl only to get the thumbs down from Dulli. The members of Big’n met through mutual friends and formed in 1990 in Joliet, IL. Wnukowski, guitarist Todd Johnson, bassist Chris Johnson, and vocalist William Akins began rehearsing in Wnukowski’s parents’ basement. The intention of the band was to be “loud and tight like a semi-well-oiled machine,” according to Wnukowski. He said, “well-oiled machines are too quiet.”
Dark new agers DOOMSQUAD re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Their songs are rich in variance and full of vividness, spanning across their entire debut LP Kalaboogie . Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass. Doomsquad’s mixing of influences leaves you feeling awakened.
Fenster uses stuff like guitars, shovels, malfunctioning circuits , drums and humans to make pop songs. Since March 2012, Fenster has played numerous shows in the USA, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Denmark. They played at US festivals like SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York and EUROSONIC, Fusion, Immergut and more in Europe.
Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon mixing heavily textured guitars with rich vocal harmonies. The band has been active since 2007 self-releasing several CDs and garnering a reputation throughout the Northwest as a progressive force in the independent scene.The band beckons a bevy of comparisons but their sound cannot be pigeonholed. The vocal dexterity of singer Bud Wilson skillfully reaches the octaves of the late Jeff Buckley while maintaining a timbre that’s much grittier.
Jack Topht started doin folk, then punk then rap, he totally mastered them all, then he started doin shows, always with weirdos, even though weirdos weren’t even popular yet. He was always the weirdest and the best, JACK TOFT did a band and a love relationship with Lindsey for 5 years. They were the best then they had a bummer realization they had to go separate ways, they both posi-vibed it out, they are still buds, they are both still the best at art and music. Jack Topht is a one man band now, hes got a rap box full of tunes that he made all by himself(and a bunch of tunes Lindsey helped him make).
Vadaat Charigim is an Israeli shoe gaze band.
Zurich, Switzerland’s Disco Doom formed in 1996 with the core duo of guitarist/vocalist Gabriele De Mario and guitarist/bassist Anita Rufer. With a rotating cast of drummers and longtime keyboardist Daniel Nievergelt, they crafted songs that updated the classic ‘90s indie rock of Superchunk and Pavement. RRKR (2002) and Binary Stars (2003) laid the groundwork for Disco Doom’s sound, but 2008’s Dream Electric, which introduced more pop elements into their music, was their breakthrough album. They supported Built to Spill on a U.S. tour, then headed to Seattle, Washington to record with BTS’ Jim Roth; the results became 2011’s Trux Reverb, which reintroduced the band’s rock edge.
Habits is the synthesizer/sample based musical vision of Los Angeles based artist and cat owner, Dustin M Krapes. Currently, Habits’ revolving cast of live and recording collaborators includes professional wrestling hall-of-famer Dithy Ramb on drums, and vegan taxidermy specialist Gabriel Armenta on bass. Musically, Habits combines driving rhythms, and a psychedelic collage of otherworldly synths as the sonic backdrop to Dustin’s lofty metaphysical themed lyrics, typically delivered in a lazily confrontational speak-sing style of crooning. As opposed to merely playing to a crowd, Dustin prefers to engage the audience, assuming the role of a slacker shaman armed with a disintegrating laptop, some effects pedals, and a unique brand of cosmic indifference.
To list the band’s credentials is simply giving you a rundown of some of the finest acts of the past decade’s rock underground – Home Blitz, VCR, Livefastdie, Terrible Twos, Titus Andronicus, to name a few – but Liquor Store are more than a mere underground band. They’re taking guitar music out of the garages, basements and bedrooms and are bringing it back to street level, back to the people and, if there is any justice or sanity left in these scary times, back to the arenas where it belongs. Liquor Store are packing as many guitars on stage, writing as many tough and hooky anthems and shotgunning as many beers as they possibly can in order to serve the masses what they rightfully deserve and honestly need. Just like The Dictators, Blue Oyster Cult and Van Halen did before them, Liquor Store are here to deliver the hot rock’n’roll injection all red-blooded American souls crave.
DTCV is a French-American post punk band in LA featuring Guylaine Vivarat (Useless Keys) James Greer (Guided by Voices) and Chris Dunn. The band performs the Sunday Secret Show at 6PM. Location announced day of show.
Brian Martin While keeping one foot planted firmly in the roots of American music, singer/songwriter Brian Martin is forging a distinct path into its future as well. Interweaving old-time country blues and mountain folk music with southern soul, funk and gospel, Martin seamlessly creates a style that he simply refers to as “front porch soul.” His burly voice and down home witty tales result in music that is both alluring and enduring for generations young and old.
With an unforgettable way of speaking directly from the heart, Brad Oberhofer’s songs have a pulse that form the very core of what makes Oberhofer, Oberhofer. To put it quite simply, a great rock & roll band. Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the 5 year old “you”, he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.
Evan P. Donohue and Hodan Dickie originally started Diarrhea Planet as a noise project. The next year, they invited Casey to play drums with them playing guitars and no bass. Diarrhea Planet was born. Eventually, they all wanted more guitars, so a few lineup changes and a year down the road and here we are …with 4 screaming guitars, one jungle-stompin bass, one power rock drumset, and 6 best friends doing what they love as loud as they possibly can.
Radkey Inspired by the music they grew up listening to such as the Misfits, Ramones, the Who, and Death, the self taught trio decided to form a band. They had the pleasure of opening for Fishbone, Local H and Supersuckers and performed at the 2012 Afro-punk Festival in Brooklyn NY as well as playing an official 2013 SXSW showcase.
Over the last decade, Burlington, Vermont songwriter/producer Ryan Power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles. Ryan’s latest “Identity Picks” for NNA Tapes is an eight track song cycle that dances through lush jazz pads, aquatic smooth jazz funk styles, and the sensitive side of progressive rock. These songs are long, shifting compositions, slowly unfolding and patiently circulating within a refreshing variety of stylistic modes. Throughout these colorful arrangements, Ryan creates a polyphonic choir with his own voice, adding symphonic embellishments to his calculated and catchy hooks. Ryan addresses contemporary issues in his subject matter, including the music industry, lust, self-evaluation, identity crisis, and the contemplation and acceptance of a world gone mad. Unlike the phobic, neurotic head spaces of 2012′s “I Don’t Want to Die”, “Identity Picks” is a life assessment, a meditation on putting yourself out there and the struggle to maintain integrity under scrutiny.
Guerilla Toss is a Boston-based collective comprised of four ex-music school nerds and one former gospel-choir singer, each of whom took their respective musical educations and applied it in every way their mentors instructed them not to. The result? Demonic guitar riffs, revving synths, warped time-signatures, funkadelic drums and vocals that shift from whispers to screams in a single turn of phrase.
Bridget Battle’s last band might have been a high school choir, but the 21-year-old singer for Cincinnati’s Tweens is no goody two shoes. Look no further for proof than their forthcoming Self-Titled LP, the punk-tinged debut from the trash-pop trio—Battle on vocals and guitar, Peyton Copes on bass and Jerri Queen on drums—that showcases a melodic, driven and exceedingly catchy sound that’s anything but well behaved.
Transcendental audio/visual rock duo Darsombra have prepared their shuttle for launch into inner space. They mix metal, psychedelic, and experimental, with a bit of prog, glam and krautrock. The sounds alternate between searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, mammoth vocal swells, and soundscapes. Filmmaker Ann Everton projects her kinetic, psychotropic videos, engulfing the audience within the trip.
To merely call Christian Lee Hutson an old soul would be to deny the vibrancy of his sound. Championed by LA Record as “sparse and graceful,” Hutson writes songs that the SF Bay Guardian describes as, ”… Foreboding, bluesy love ballads laden with longing nostalgia.” Despite the maturity and commitment to tradition found in the 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s songs, they vibrate with a youthful energy as if a drunk and sedentary George Jones was being channeled through a drunk and animated Conor Oberst.
Monogold “Monogold’s melodies soar like an eagle on top of a roller coaster on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.”…”This lovely Brooklyn band creates wonderfully crafted lush pop that glides towards dreamy and transcendent territories. This is not sad music for you sacks who are sad. Monogold’s music reaffirms the things in life that are worth reaffirming.” – OhMyRockness
Pontiak is three brothers that grew up and live on farms in Virginia. Their lifelong closeness yields uncommon musical understanding, creative collaboration and personal camaraderie. Their singular combination of impressive work ethic and boundless creativity pays off on their new album INNOCENCE. From the explosive title track to the mellow groove of “Wildfires,” these 11 songs are some of the most absorbing and melodic material the band has produced, without ever losing their signature heft. It was recorded in the band’s Studio A in Virginia without the aid of computers.
Swearing At Motorists (Indie/Germany, Ohio) The band has developed the reputation of being one of the most energetic and charismatic American bands around today, both on stage and on record. Dubbed a veritable “two-man Who” by more than one critic, the band brings to mind Twin/Tone-era Replacements and early Elvis Costello for their ability to translate their legendarily venomous and soulful live show to record.
Banditos Though they recall a dozen bands, they sound like none so much as themselves. The instrumentation is as ambitious as it is deftly executed. Mingling upright bass with kazoo and banjo while the soul-spangled howl of Banditos front woman Mary Richardson, who plays counterpoint to a deceivingly sparse guitar, drenched in a quantity of reverb and delay, not often associated with “danceable.”
Starlight Girls Brooklyn-based genre-undefining hyper weirdos making beautiful sights and sounds with little concern for personal health. Starlight Girls recently collaborated with Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart to make a brand new 7″ that was released in October of 2013. A significant departure and natural progression for a band unhindered by the confines of genre, the 7″ is a tasty treat to hold the hungry children over until the 2014 release of the full-length LP.
Schwervon! is a two piece American rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. Their music is “an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism.” Live, Schwervon! is a musical dance, between two individuals, resulting in a sonic landscape far greater than the simple sum of its parts. A common comment after a Schwervon! show is “How can just two people create that much sound?” Their unabashed pop sensibility combined with a love for traditional indie rock and the occasional dark/left of center tone calls to mind some of the most interesting alternative rock bands in the past 30 years including: REM, B-52′s, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo.
Jolting, fierce and raw: Lost In Society’s live show has been described as all of the above. The NJ-based alternative punk act has nothing but promise ahead. They’ve performed at large festivals such as Vans Warped Tour, Fun Fun Fun Fest, CMJ Music Marathon, and SXSW. They’ve landed career-breaking performances with acts such as Taking Back Sunday, The Bouncing Souls, Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, The Pietasters and Teenage Bottlerocket, among others. Their electrifying live shows, coupled with a contagious sound, have given the group a reputation that parallels punk acts such as Rise Against and Green Day early in their careers. Their steadfast approach to touring, recording and promotion has made LIS one of most viable alternative punk bands today.
Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”) creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke’s dynamic & original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit’s melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.
Schedule subject to change