By Alexis Simpson
We missed photographing Joe Lewis & The Honeybears because it took us ages to walk to the Riot Fest Chicago entrance, and then the security was being strict about the 3 song rule blablabla. So I’m posting this photo not because it’s an amazing photo, but because we haven’t posted anything on this band in awhile. They were one of the first bands I photographed with Nardo of Navdo, who is friendly with them. Last time the band played at the Crofoot in Pontiac we hung out with them a bit. Some goofy dude was hanging around me because of my so-called affiliation w the band, and kept asking me how I knew the band. haha I felt cool for a second even though I didn’t really know the band whatsoever before that night.
Photo of Mayer Hawthorne at the 2011 Detroit Music Awards! Photo by me, Alexis Simpson.
Genre=Drunken Garage Party Punk
This past Halloween weekend during The Wombats performance at Voodoo Festival, I asked a group of guys if I could take a picture of their cool costumes. Little did I know that they were The Static Jacks! Their new album, If You’re Young, was released on Fearless Records and they are currently touring in Europe. Check them out!
Soul, Indie, Pop
Fitz (Lead Vocals), Noelle Scaggs (Co-Vocals), James King( Saxophone & Flute), Joseph Karnes (Bass), John Wicks (Drums), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards)
It’s been a week since MI fest and I’m still reflecting on the great mix of music that I heard. The Third Man Records Rolling Record Store was another great part of the MI Fest experience. It’s hard to imagine that one little ‘ol truck can bring about such excitement but it was the first thing I looked for upon entering the MI Fest grounds. One of the cool things that Third Man Records is doing is inviting selected artists that are traveling through Nashville to stop at Third Man Studio and record a single which is then made available on 7″ vinyl. All of these singles and more were available for purchase at the truck. Sure, I could have ordered online from Third Man Records, but there was just something about standing in line with fellow music lovers in order to buy goods transported directly from Jack White’s own label and studio.
“TEA PARTY CRASHIN’
VINYL RECORD SMASHIN’
CHROME WHELL FLASHIN’
BRICK AND MORTAR ROLLIN’
NEEDLE THUMB SWOLLEN
ONLY RECORD SHOP ON WHEELS”
I first heard of Ximena when I saw her live last month when she opened for Sia. Now, it seems like I hear about her at least once a day. Congrats to Ximena and her BUZZ!