When it comes to alt-country, few bands are as seasoned, well respected and appreciated more than the Drive-By Truckers. The Georgia based band got its start in 1996 and while some of the members have changed throughout the years the band has remained as one of the best in its genre.
The band consists of Patterson Hood (vocals, guitar), Mike Cooley (vocals, guitar), Matt Patton (bass), Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) and Brad Morgan (drums). Hood and Cooley are the only original members but have kept the band’s unique, three guitar sound alive.
Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album, English Oceans dropped March 3 of this year. Most of Drive-By Truckers‘ music is written by Hood, but this changed with English Oceans. Cooley wrote 6 of the 13 tracks for English Oceans creating a sort of dialogue between the band’s long-time members. Fans on iTunes have given English Oceans a four out of five star rating. One fan (Jason1225) wrote:
“This is Mike Cooley’s strongest and most consistent song writing in years. Not only is this true given he has more songs on this record, but the guitar solos he plays (not just in his songs mind you) are really strong. Usually I like Patterson’s stuff…but some of these feel like leftovers from Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. The song “Hanging On” is especially unfortunate. Otherwise, this is overall a pretty solid album. It dangles in the middle of country and rock territory, never really going too far into either. Honestly, that is their thing, and they deliver on it once again.”
The truckers will be performing in the northwest April 23 in Seattle at Showbox SoDo and April 24 in Portland at Roseland Theater. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show, this Sunday (4/13) between 4 and 6 p.m. on “The Big Show,” with Elliott the Engineer. Tune-in for a chance to win!
Let’s be honest. Boy bands are your guilty pleasure. Children of the 90’s fondly remember Backstreet Boys, ‘N SYNC, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men and even Hanson. It seemed that the boy band era had died, when a resurgence of boy bands rose to fame starting with the Jonas Brothers and now groups like Big Time Rush, One Direction and Mindless Behavior.
One of the catchiest boy band releases of recent years is The Wanted’s “Glad You Came.” “Glad You Came” was on The Wanted’s 2012 self-titled EP after being released as a single in 2011. Last November, the boy band dropped their third studio album, Word of Mouth. While fans of the group have shown nothing but love for the new album, Rolling Stone gave Word of Mouth 2 out of 5 stars. But let’s face it, the stuff of boy bands isn’t usually Rolling Stone’s cup of tea.
Rumor has it, The Wanted is breaking up after their current tour is over. According to TMZ, the band released a statement, saying, “This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavors following the tour’s conclusion.”
If you want a shot at seeing the band for potentially their last tour ever, The Wanted will be in Seattle at the Showbox SoDo on April 26. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets, so tune-in tomorrow (4/10) to “Across the Board” between 10 and noon for a chance to win!
Kris Orlowski. Is that a person, name of a band? Is it a man? Is it a woman? These are questions a few of us have asked ourselves after seeing the name of this mystery artist. The answer is Kris Orlwoski is a band named after a man, a man who happens to be the lead singer and front man for the band.
We would like Kris Orlowski regardless of where the band’s roots lie, but it makes it all the more sweeter when they happen to be from Seattle. The five-piece band has been traipsing across the Pacific Northwest touching the souls of whoever they meet with their indie pop/rock sound. The band even performed at CWU last November.
The band has one album, three EPs and most recently a single titled “Believer” to their name. “Believer” was released earlier this month while the Pieces We Are EP is their other most recent works. Pieces We Are was done in collaboration with Andrew Joslyn. Joslyn is a local native who is a violinist and composer who contributed to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Grammy Nominated The Heist. One fan called Pieces We Are “Folkestral,” and we think that’s a pretty good description.
Kris Orlowski will be performing in the PNW in Portland on March 22 and at The Showbox in Seattle on April 12. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show so be sure to pay attention to our social media for a chance to win!