Breaking News: An announcement via Soundland's official site:
We’ve been so excited to bring you an all-new outdoor SoundLand experience in 2012 and have been working for months on creating a one-day extravaganza Oct. 6th at The Lawn at Riverfront Park. Unfortunately, issues out of everyone’s control have caused us to put this vision on hold until 2013.
Ticket buyers: check your email for details.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at hello[at]nbnsoundland[dot]com
We truly appreciate your support and look forwarding to bringing you news about SoundLand 2013!
PS — we will still have some great shows happening over the original SoundLand weekend with JD McPherson, Jonny Corndawg, Generationals, The Tontons, HUSTLE: The Biggest Dance Party of the Year, and others. Stay tuned here in the coming days for details.
- The SoundLand Team
Stay tuned. More details to come ...
As promised, it's here. The folks at SoundLand just posted the initial lineup for this year's fest, set to transpire Oct. 6, 2012, at The Lawn at Riverfront Park — though, as suggested by festival honcho Jason Moon Wilkins, there may be a little more to SoundLand 2012's location than meets the eye.
Among the announced artists are Louisville's monsters of Southern psych My Morning Jacket, "we won't call them a supergroup" Divine Fits (featuring members of Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks), retro-rooted rock 'n' roller JD McPherson and Californian indie rockers Young the Giant, plus locals PUJOL, Nikki Lane, Wild Cub, Mystery Twins, The Weeks, Jonny Corndawg, Kansas Bible Company, Kopecky Family Band and Night Beds. See the initial lineup here. More artists will be announced before long, but for now, you can purchase advance tickets at this link for $45. Yes, the $30 earlybird tickets are sold out. Once the advance tickets are gone, prices will go up to $55, and then $65 for walk-ups.
If, like mine, your Twitter feed was awash with Olympics-related tweets last night (USA! USA!), you may have missed a pair of dispatches from the folks at SoundLand (Tweet No. 1, Tweet No. 2) announcing that earlybird tickets for this year's festival are now on sale. Despite the fact that an initial announcement (reported here) listed the scheduled dates as Oct. 3-6, 2012, the folks at SoundLand have now officially proclaimed that the Music City-based fest — in its seventh year, if you count the five years it was called "Next Big Nashville" — will be a one-day event in 2012. It's set to take place on Oct. 6.
Earlybird tickets are, for the time being, on sale for $30 at this link. "You have 48 hours to save 30% on the first ticket price!" say the 'Landers. You'll also notice that the venue is listed as being The Lawn at Riverfront Park. Now, I've heard some rumors regarding the venue(s) that will participate in this year's SoundLand, not to mention a sizable rumor about who the headliner will be. But I'm not about to tell tales out of school, so check back with us tomorrow, Aug. 2, when SoundLand says they'll "share lineup, ticket and location details" in an official capacity. The question is this: Are you willing to drop a blind 30 bones before you know the lineup? There's your worm, earlybirds. You make the call.
Update, 1:30 p.m., Aug. 1: I just spoke with SoundLand honcho Jason Moon Wilkins via phone, and while we have to hold off until tomorrow for that official announcement, he offered me some hints and various vague statements about this year's festivities. First of all, he says, "The headliner has played the main stage at Bonnaroo in the past two years." That pretty much confirms my suspicions, but what do you think? Arcade Fire? Stevie Wonder? My Morning Jacket? Radiohead? Widespread Panic? Phish? Eminem? Wilkins also says "a supergroup that has played very few shows" will be a part of SoundLand 2012, and that the main venue for this year's fest actually won't technically be Riverfront Park, but something nearby. Intriguing, no? Wilkins also says he intends for SoundLand henceforth to be "more like Music Midtown and less like South by Southwest." And finally, it appears as though there won't be much in the way of a conference this year, but there is a "really cool plan" for its return in 2013. Hints!
Well, if you sifted through our coverage of the 2011 installment of local rock/pop/hip-hop/Americana festival SoundLand, you might still not be ready to talk about the 'Land just yet. But you're going to need to pull on your grown-up pants and Deal With It, because the time has come. As you'll see on their site, SoundLand has announced the dates for the 2012 edition. here's the announcement in full:
October 3-6, 2012 will bring you our biggest and best event yet — four days and nights of Music, Arts, VIP Parties, Field Trips and more. Check out this highlight video to re-live the 2011 experience, and stay tuned for 2012 lineup and ticket news soon!
And for those looking to get nostalgic on the 2011 tip, you can see a recap video of last year's haps above, and a photo slideshow via this link. SoundLand Fever: Catch it! Well, just as soon as you're over the South By Bug, 'Roo-bella, Pitchforkinosis, Lolla Mountain Spotted Palooza, Forecastle Syndrome and all the rest.
It's been roughly a month, and I'd say I've just about recovered from my SoundLand hangover. Nearly, anyway. The fine folks at American Songwriter, however, won't let us forget last month's festivities, as they recently posted a series of videos called SoundLand Sessions. Presented by Shure, produced by Gold Sounds Entertainment, shot by Houston Mathews and Patrick Ritchie and edited by Mathews, the videos feature performances from locals and former locals including cover boy Justin Townes Earle (above), an uncharacteristically somber Jonny Corndawg (right here) and Madi Diaz (after the jump). See them all via American Songwriter's Vimeo account.
Way back in 2008, when SoundLand was called Next Big Nashville (remember that?!), we nodded to local drummer Tyler Coppage as the fest's MVP in our Spin coverage. He played with Caitlin Rose, We Were the States and some band of fools called Shoot the Mountain — and he did it all in one evening. Pretty impressive stuff.
But it looks as though a different local player topped Coppage's record at this year's SoundLand. Cellist, guitarist, singer and bandurria player Larissa Maestro played four sets this weekend. Four! She provided vocals and/or instrumentation for Jasmin Kaset, Uncle Skeleton, Caitlin Rose and My So-Called Band (How could you have "Something in the Way" without cello?) and for that, we commend her. I also hear that she's recently had some vocals featured in a seasonal Old Navy commercial or two. Hey Maestro! Take a break every once in a while. What are you, trying to live up to your surname or something? When reached for comment, Maestro responded with, "Whew. What day is it?"
If you know of someone who contributed to as many or more sets than Maestro, tell us, and we'll share the glory/prizes with him or her as well. And to see more photos from this year's SoundLand performances, visit this link.
Of all of SoundLand's various attractions, the fest's amusement park theme was certainly represented nowhere better than at Saturday's Neuhoff Factory Party. There was a giant inflatable dragon out of which we saw several grown-ass men and colleagues plummet and tumble to the ground. Screen prints were on display from some of the city's finest artists — from Boss Construction to Monkey Ink Design, Sam's Myth, Grand Palace and plenty more. Wristband-holders popping in and out throughout the day kept the place bustling with at least several hundred attendees at any given point. As cool as Neuhoff is as a venue, it would've been great to see the thing go full blow-out style. But all in all, it was a success, and we anticipate next year being even bigger.
We missed opening sets from Knoxville's Royal Bangs and Ohioan Tennessee-frequenter Jessica Lea Mayfield, but we've seen 'em both a whole bunch, and we were still getting Friday night's booze out of our system by Saturday afternoon. Apache Relay's set featured a lot of sincerity, a lot of quarter-note build-ups and a lot of Americana-rock singing to the skies. There was some fiddle here and some tambo there, and mostly, it felt like Americana Coldplay — poppy and accessible, but rooted in, you know, roots music.
We were pretty bummed when we noticed that for some unknown reason, The Alabama Shakes had been pulled from the SoundLand lineup. We'd been checking ’em out online, and they'd quickly become one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. But Third Man came to the rescue just a couple days before the festival began, adding the Athens, Ala., soul group to the front end of its Friday lineup.
Well, thank Jehoshaphat that situation got rectified, because the Shakes threw down what was without a doubt one of the best performances of the festival. The Spin takes no official stance on reincarnation, but watching frontwoman Brittany Howard work her mojo, we had the eerie sensation that the spirit of Otis Redding had been reborn in this young Alabama soul singer: Her spine-tingling voice, tent-revival enthusiasm and most of all, mastery of phrasing and dynamics had us thinking of Redding's electric take on “Try a Little Tenderness” during the 1967 Stax Europe tour.
Crowds were slow to arrive at The Station Inn for the Thirty Tigers showcase, but by 10 p.m. — roughly the time The Black Crowes co-founder Rich Robinson was taking the stage with percussionist Joe Magistro for a brief set of bluesy raga-drones from an upcoming solo album — the seats were mostly full. Too bad for latecomers that they missed the first act of the night, Charlie Mars, whose hilarious Mitch Hedberg-style intros provided strong wind-ups for his delicate but forcefully delivered acoustic ballads. (We hope someone helped him in his quest to find out who was holding.) Same goes for Anais Mitchell, who followed him with snaky, unsettling songs from her “folk opera” Hadestown: She made a compelling presence with her streaks of frosted hair, a blouse slipped off one tattooed shoulder and a habit of punctuating her lyrics with an emphatic swat of her guitar neck.
The Spin started off Thursday night with another one of those swanky VIP parties — this time at Virago, a club (with a thumbprint scanner) that we'll likely never see the inside of again, lest we become John Rich. But we missed the food! Again! Anyway, suitably sauced from the fancy-pants VIP festivities, we strolled down 12th Ave., destined for Hypesylvania (aka the 12th Avenue Block Party stage), where Reptar was already midway into their Vampire Weekend-wannabe dance-pop set. Their brand of inoffensive songs in the key of Graceland on uppers didn't do much for us, but that's the beautiful thing about SoundLand — if we don't care, we can move on. And move on we did, catching a bit of Fine Peduncle looping beats and dry-humping a card table in clear defiance of the posted sign behind him, reading “if you are dancing in a way that could create a baby/fetus/alien — stop.” Nice.
Cults, the middle band of the block party lineup, won us over immediately by coming onstage to the theme to Twin Peaks. By far the most impressive non-local of the night, Cults kept up a fun summer-pop vibe, fraught with xylophones, reverb and bummer lyrics (but only if you listened hard enough). Foster the People, meanwhile, entered and exited our ears at an alarming rate. Foster is about as milquetoast as milquetoast can get, offering us a show worthy of filler on 107.5 The River. But, the kids seemed to love 'em. Bless their hearts.
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