SHOW REVIEW: Augustana

Instead of reviewing all three bands in the same entry, I'm breaking this up into three parts, in order of their performances.


Ahh...the main act, the band I came down to Atlanta to see...Augustana. The members of this awesome band are Dan Layus (Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Justin South (Drums), Jared Palomar (Bass/Vocals), Chris Sachtleben (Lead Guitar/Mandolin/Lap Steel) and
John Vincent Fredericks (Piano/Vocals).

The crowd went wild when they came on stage. They started their set with "Hey Now", from their latest album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt. It's one of my favorites so I knew this was going to be an awesome show. Some of my favorites they peformed included, "Sweet and Low", "Fire", "I'm Still Not Over You", "Sunday Best". At the end, they even threw in a Bob Dylan cover. That was cool and kinda fun, because I love Dylan.

The show had a really nice mix of performances. From rockin' out with some up tempo songs, to Dan playing the piano for incredibly beautiful acts of "Fire" and "Boston". There were even a couple times where all the guys gathered together on one side of the stage (opposite of where I was, so I'm lacking in good photos of this) in a half circle, to perform acoustically. My favorite of these was "Sunday Best". These five guys, particularly during these stripped down sets, show that they really have a lovely dynamic between them.

Overall, it was an excellent show. I had an amazing time! I think they're coming back to Atlanta again later this year. Hopefully, I'll get to make it to that one and see them again.

My one shot of the acoustic sets.

For more of my photos of Augustana, click HERE.

SHOW REVIEW: Wild Sweet Orange

Instead of reviewing all three bands in the same entry, I'm breaking this up into three parts, in order of their performances.


The second performance of the night, came from a band out of Birmingham, AL called Wild Sweet Orange. The band members are Preston Lovinggood (Vocals/Guitar), Chip Kilpatrick (Drums), Taylor Shaw (Guitar), and Garrett Kelly (Bass).

These four guys energetically came on stage and consistenly kept it going throughout their entire set. Again, like with the first performer, I'd never heard of this band prior to this show. I was there to see Augustana. However, these guys had so much enthusiasm, that it was hard not to get caught up in the infectious groove of their music. They all had really good stage presence, particularly Preston. And Garrett was definitely enjoyable to watch too. He's my favorite in the band. To be fair though, I was closer to his side of the stage, so most of my photos are of him. It was hard to get good shots of Chip and Taylor.

But, like everyone else around me, I had my foot tappin', hips shakin' and neck bobbin' to just about every song. Sounds cheezy, maybe. I probably looked it too. I don't care. I had a great time, and it seemed everyone around me did too. And isn't that the point of going to shows? LOL.

Anyways, I'm gonna have to download their album as well and add them to my shuffle. If you get the chance to check them out, do so. Definitely worth the listen...

The very sexy, Garrett Kelly, on bass.

For more of my photos of Wild Sweet Orange, click HERE.

VIDEO: Five Times August - "Do It Again"

Here's the video clip of Five Times August performing "Do It Again". I shot this at the show I went to in Atlanta.

Five Times August
The Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SHOW REVIEW: Five Times August

Instead of reviewing all three bands in the same entry, I'm breaking this up into three parts, in order of their performances.


The first act of the evening was solo act, Brad Skistimas, who IS Five Times August. Yes. Just one guy, but a talented one at that! The handsome (ah, but married) Brad, took the stage with his guitar and a readiness to sweep me off my feet with his music. OK. That may not have been his specific intention, since he's married and I didn't meet him until after the show. But, it sure felt like it from the moment he started performing his first song of the night. Besides, a girl can dream...;-)

I have video footage of that first song, which I believe was called "Do It Again", and will post that up as soon as I can.

It was my first time hearing his music, so I wasn't familiar enough with the names of the tracks to make a mental setlist in my head. I remember there was one called "Beautiful Girls" that I also like.

Brad's voice, the lyrics of his songs, and the melodies on his guitar made for a simply incredible performance. Not to mention, he really knew how to work the crowd. He interacted well, sharing a few stories (like sharing mics with the guys from Wild Sweet Orange) in between songs, etc. He gave off and received good energy with all of us in attendance. I would definitely go see him perform again, and recommend that if he is in your area, to check him out as well. Really good stuff.

Though I'm open to alot of types of music genres, I can be rather picky about the artists I will
call favorites. Of the wide variety of music I enjoy, I am really into the singer/songwriter genre... Glen Phillips, Emerson Hart, AA Bondy, and Jeff Krantz hands down. These guys are part of a present generation reminiscent of artists I grew up listening to as a child (James Taylor, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan). Brad, aka Five Times August, is a fresh emerging artist who is certainly on his way to becoming a fave too.

I'm glad I got the opportunity to see him perform, discover his music, and meet him after the show. He is really nice and down-to-earth. I got a chance to talk with him a little, get an autograph, and a photo. It's obvious that he loves what he does and it's wonderful to be able to share talent, passion, and creativity in this world. Thanks, Brad!

I better go download his album and add it to my iPod....

Brad & I after the show

For more of my photos of Five Times August, click HERE.


Augustana / Five Times August / Wild Sweet Orange in ATL

The show at the Variety Playhouse was awesome! Will update with reviews, video clips, and photos soon, so please check back!


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MARK IT: Jeff Krantz in NYC - June 6

Click on an image below to see it's enlarged version.

Well everyone... It's about that time for another blog entry about Jeff Krantz and his music. :-) Hee hee. Can't help it... I've got to do my part to spread the word, and the love... for my friend, my muse, and amazing musician...Jeff.
Kenny's Castaways
157 Bleecker Street, NYC
Friday, June 6, 2008
8:00 PM

So mark your calendars already!
I WISH I could be so lucky to make this event, but living in Georgia makes it a little difficult for me to get out there right now. If YOU are lucky enough to live or be in NYC that night, go see Jeff's performance! Believe me, I'd trade places between GA and NY in a heartbeat if I could, and go!

In times when it seems like music is more manufactured than not, Jeff's music is a refreshing reminder that there are still singer/songwriters out there who have not forgotten the magic of creating music that has meaning. Beyond his music, Jeff is a continual source of creative inspiration for me. I've always found it important to support that which I believe in, and Jeff's talent should without a doubt, not go unnoticed.

Please support my friend, and talented artist, Jeff, and take a listen to his exceptional music.... on his websites, or at a show, or both.


Spread the word...and the love...

Check out his websites for information about his upcoming European Tour too!


OH MY GOD! Smashing Pumpkins to play 20th Anniversary Shows!

Official News From the Smashing Pumpkins website...

To celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, The Smashing Pumpkins will be playing select U.S. cities in August and September of 2008.

No dates or cities have been announced but expect the band to revisit a few specific places that were missed during the last U.S. tour...

Oh, please let Athens, Atlanta, or my freakin' bedroom be on that list!


LISTEN: Jeff Krantz - Phases

Yay! New tune from Jeff Krantz! You have to go to his myspace page to hear it!

Once again, Jeff delivers another incredible song. This one is called "Phases". Although only a demo recording, the song is so well put together, that it's hard to imagine doing much more to improve it.

Not unlike how I felt about "Last Goodbye", in "Phases", Jeff's music, once again, reaches out and makes another solid connection with me.

There is a depth to Jeff's songwriting that cannot be compared. The melody of his guitar hypnotically calls you to listen...there is something important he is about to tell. His gentle voice encouraging to come closer, and listen well.

As listeners, we are drawn into a world that Jeff so graciously invites us to be part of. It's his world you journey to, and yet there's a familiarity there. You know that world, you've been there before. Only this time, in a new moment, seeing things just a little differently.

For me, I recognize a world where my head and heart are full of contemplation. I am sitting alone at a park... I am curled up in my bed... I am strolling along an empty beach... And all the while, I am thinking back on past relationships, wondering where I would be if things turned out differently with someone I once loved. Asking myself or anyone who'll answer me, just how...when...why...things went wrong? How much of it was because of me...how much was because of him? How did I end up here alone?

As I get lost in this song, I find myself visiting a place of loneliness...remnants of a longing inside to have someone to share my lovesong with. Yet outside of this place, in everyday life, I'm honestly happy and okay not being in a relationship. I'm fine with just dating. Ahh... but for awhile... in this parallel world Jeff has transported me to, and best described in his lyrics
..."How I wish I had a lover for this lovesong..."

Thanks again, Jeff..for creating another addition to your collection of beautiful music and allowing us all to experience things with you. I really can't wait until your album debuts, and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way.


VIDEO: Tapes 'N Tapes - Hang Them All

This catchy tune has a really funny video. It makes me smile and I just had to post it here. Enjoy!


LIST: 8 Catchy Songs That Recently Got Stuck In My Head - 051208

After hearing these tunes a couple times, they got stuck in my head. I like 'em...
Anyways...See if they don't do the same for you...
Click on song titles to hear on iTunes.

8 Catchy Songs That Recently Got Stuck In My Head (listed in no particular order)

We The Kings - Check Yes Juliet
Paramore - That's What You Get
Shwayze - Buzzin'

Kanye West featuring Chris Martin - Homecoming

Tapes 'N Tapes - Hang Them All
Ting Tings - Great DJ

The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be
Jill Scott & Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin'

VIDEO: Jeff Krantz/Hep Sheperd - Your Ways

A Jeff Krantz/Hep Shepherd performance in Second Life. Here, he plays "Your Ways".

I love, love, love this song...


MARK IT: Coldplay

Coldplay announced the dates for 2008. If you're here in GA, tickets go on sale June 14 for the Atlanta show.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA
www.coldplay.com for more details


MUSE: Jeff Krantz

"Jeff Krantz" by Me

Just a quick entry on Jeff. Since it is more artwork related, you'll have to check out my creative blog, Feather In A Beautiful World, for more details and other photos. Still, thought I'd cross reference it here though. Click HERE to see more.


LIST: 10 Songs To Listen To - 050508

Click on song titles to hear on iTunes, except Jeff Krantz's "Wasteland". Hear that song on his webpage.

10 Songs To Listen To (listed in no particular order)

Jeff Krantz - Wasteland
A Fine Frenzy - Almost Lover
Elbow - One Day Like This
Emerson Hart
- I Wish the Best for You
Radiohead - All I Need
Augustana - Sweet and Low
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
AA Bondy - Black Rain, Black Rain
Wilco - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Tristan Prettyman - Madly

I DIG: Augustana

Wow. I'm really digging Augustana. I'd heard their song "Boston" from the album, All the Stars and Boulevards, several months ago, and thought they were good. But, it wasn't until a few weeks ago, when I'd heard "Sweet and Low" from their new album Can't Love, Can't Hurt that I made the effort to check out their other stuff. I'm really loving the vocals on that one.

I just got both albums on iTunes, and have loaded up my iPod for plenty of listening. They are playing at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta this month. Hopefully, I can make it out there for it.


MARK IT: Augustana

Augustana is a new band I've been digging lately. They are playing in Atlanta this month.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
8 PM
$15 advance / $17.50 at the door
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA


TUNE IN: Radiohead - From the Basement

VH-1 is going to be broadcasting ‘Radiohead: From the Basement’ tonight at 12:00 AM EST.
Don't miss it. Or at least make sure your DVR is set to record.


I DIG: Alexi Lalas

Alexi Lalas - as in THE Alexi Lalas, soccer star?

Yes. I just discovered that along with being President/General Manager of the L.A. Galaxy in Major League Soccer, nowadays he also has a bit of a music career.

WHAT?! Yeah, I know. That's what I thought too.

I was going through some old boxes and notebooks last night, and came across some stuff from 1994. I had a mad crush on Alexi back when he rocked the longer hair and goatee. I remember watching him play in the World Cup that year (on tv, of course. In person, I wished). So, anyways, I decided to look him up on my lunch break today and that's how I discovered his music on his myspace page.

Goodness, the man is still gorgeous. But, I digress...this is about music. I will have to listen to more of his stuff and then write more later. But, from what I've been listening to on his music profile, I'm thinkin' not bad.... I never knew he had a musical side. So, I'll leave it at that for now, and then update this entry after listening to his songs more.

Even if he wasn't a musician, I'd still dig Alexi Lalas. I would just be writing about him in my other blog instead of this one!

Don't worry...I'll try not to let my old school crush influence my review of his music. ;-) Ha ha ha...

No. Seriously. I won't.