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Stream the new Trampled By Turtles album, Wild Animals

Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist

Minnesota bluegrass roots rockers Trampled By Turtles release their new album, Wild Animals, on July 15th. Last summer the band played the XPoNential Music Festival and sans drums and electric guitars, rocked hard, displaying their exceptional virtuosity on an assortment of acoustic instruments. Trampled By Turtles’ new album was produced by Low’s singer Alan Sparhawk. Like the Avett Brothers, the Turtles can be both elegant and raucous. In concert, TBT can rival any speed metal band with the quickness of their playing, yet they are equally as capable of playing intentionally well paced delicate songs, of which Wild Animals contains many, including “Hollow,” “Silver Light,” and the waltzing “Ghosts.” Only “Come Back Home” captures the high energy side of Trampled By Turtles, however the album continues to showcase one of America’s best roots music ensembles.

TBT are playing Union Transfer on Wednesday, September 10th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Listen to Wild Animals in its entirety here via NPR Music.

Below, watch the video for the title song, “Wild Animals.”

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My Morning Download: “Wait So Long” by Trampled By Turtles

©2013 Chris Shaffner
©2013 Chris Shaffner
The last time we saw Trampled By Turtles was at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, when the band put on an incendiary set of folk, bluegrass and acoustic music. TBT are one of the best live bands around and their performances are captured on a new live album and DVD, Live At First Avenue. While it helps that the collection was recorded during a three night stand at the legendary Minneapolis club to celebrate their 10th anniversary in their hometown, the album perfectly captures the essence of Trampled by Turtles energetic shows.

Purchase Live at First Avenue here.

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XPoNential Fest: Trampled By Turtles rock out with banjos at the River Stage

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh
“Can you turn up the banjo, Mac?” Dave Simonett from Trampled By Turtles asks the sound crew upon request of the audience at The River Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival. With their thrashing bluegrass sound, they got the dance floor bouncing and the crowd singing as they played their new song, “Ghosts.” Their most recent album, Stars and Satellites, was released in April, 2012. See photos of the performance in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump, and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Gogol Bordello and Trampled By Turtles to play XPo Fest late night “after shows” in July

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello are playing a special show at the TLA on Friday, July 26th and Trampled By Turtles perform there on Saturday, July 27th during the weekend of WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival. Trampled By Turtles play the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday at Wiggins Park during the day and will be playing a late-night post festival show that evening. Gogol bring their exuberant rock and roll antics to the TLA for a late night show on Friday, after Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close out Wiggins for the evening. Tickets go on sale to both shows this Friday, June 14th and 8AM. Gogol Bordello return with a new album on July 23 called Pura Vida Conspiracy on ATO Records. The album was produced by Andrew Scheps and was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios.

Go here for tickets to midnight Gogol Bordello show here for the Trampled by Turtles show. Below, listen to a new song by Gogol Bordello, “Malandrino.”

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Watch Trampled By Turtles’ new video for “Midnight on the Interstate” (playing XPoNential Music Festival in July)

trampled-by-turtles-03-low 2 Trampled By Turtles, who are playing the XPoNential Music Festival July 26-28 at Wiggins Park, recently debuted a new video for “Midnight on the Interstate,” from their album Stars and Satellites. The video was created by Bethany Lutheran College Media Arts Department.

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My Morning Download: “Keys To Paradise” by Trampled By Turtles (playing the WXPN XPoNential Music Festival in July)

©2013 Chris Shaffner
©2013 Chris Shaffner
From Duluth, Minnesota, Trampled By Turtles play acoustic music; folk and bluegrass with a strong singer-songwriter sensibility. One of the most talented bands on acousticana scene, the band will be playing the XPoNential Music Festival July 26-28 at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. Tickets are on sale now here. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address download a sampler including songs from the band’s recent release, Stars And Satellites, including “Keys To Paradise.”

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