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The many faces of Doomtree captivated the crowd at Underground Arts

Doomtree | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Doomtree | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

Did you ever sit down with a group of friends in high school and just say “we should start a band?”  Most of never made anything of it, but Doomtree took an unlikely group of allies and turned them in to a beacon of hope in the Midwest for a city not necessarily known for being a mecca of hip-hop (at least until Rhymesayers came along) . Hailing from Minneapolis, the 7 members (and friends) of Doomtree bring unique personalities and experiences together to form a sort of Hieroglyphics by way of The Decemberists mishmash of classic battle rap styles over beats laced with folk, jazz, punk, and with their most recent release All Hands, a little bit of techno.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Internet at The Trocadero, Doomtree at Underground Arts, The Wailers at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

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The Internet | photo via Facebook

Los Angeles / Atlanta project The Internet headline The Trocadero. The soul-hop sextet, which features members of Odd Future, released its third LP Ego Death earlier this summer. Listen to “Girl” featuring Kaytranada below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Eaux Claires Day 1: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The journey to Eau Claire (pronounced “Oh Clare”), Wisconsin for the inaugural Eaux Claires (EXC) indiefolk mammoth of a festival started like a freak folk dream that never really stopped. From the time we pulled into the two hour wait line outside the muddy camping grounds Thursday night – during which antsy campers skipped up and down the aisles of cars and coolly flaunted their half-shaven haircuts on cig breaks – the party kept rolling with no signs of slowing down.

Lines of hipster drones sweated outside the gates from 10 a.m. Friday morning until they could break through to music mecca curated by the one and only Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. (Our staff photog Jeremy cleverly nicknamed the festival #BonnarooIver.) Make no mistake about it; everything on these grounds felt handpicked by JV from the focus on Midwestern artists – every artist on the bill had a personal connection to Vernon, even those of non-Midwestern descent – to the oddly terrifying family zone – more on that tomorrow. Continue reading →