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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Flogging Molly - Life is Good

    Flogging Molly - Life is Good

    Flogging Molly
    Life is Good
    Label: Concord Vanguard

    Contemporary high octane Celtic folk music is what Flogging Molly is all about and this release pushes their catalog to new heights, showing off even more facets of their musical diversity. In their 20th year of kicking jigs and punk anthems, they have toured the world over and captured the hearts of millions. Life is Good showcases both the fast and furious as well as the sincere and sedate aspects of the band.

    Appearing on 10/27 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison

    Flogging Molly WebsiteFlogging Molly Wiki

    Don Diablo - Future

    Don Diablo - Future

    Don Diablo
    Future
    Label: Hexagon

    For his second studio album, the highly ranked, hit spinning, widely regarded Dutch DJ Don Diablo dishes out a sizzling selection of anthems and dance floor smashes that for years to come are destined to be shaking everything from house parties to the main stages of the many festivals he has graduated to. Released on his own Hexagon label, this freshly dressed musical force also offers up his self designed merchandise to go along with Hexagon and the new Future to dominate stylistically as well as musically. Top knotch!

    Don Diablo WebsiteDon Diablo FacebookDon Diablo Wiki

    Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

    Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

    Joe Ford
    Colours in Sound
    Label: Shogun Audio

    Invigorating glitch hop electronica spiced with vocal segments and compelling beats are what Colours in Sound is all about. Not afraid to drop the beat and keep the show going, this release spans a wide spectrum of styles, while maintaining a very active drum n bass base. Friendly to the ears as well as the dance floor!

    Joe Ford WebsiteJoe Ford Facebook

    Brownout - Fear of a Brown Planet

    Brownout - Fear of a Brown Planet

    Brownout
    Fear of a Brown Planet
    Label: Fat Beats Records

    After two awesome retooled Black Sabbath themed releases, this 9-piece award winning Austin, TX offshoot of Grupo Fantasma, brings us a heavy Latin funk and soul tapestry of blazing grooves and horn filled rhythms in this play on Public Enemy’s 1990 hip-hop classic Fear of a Black Planet. Woot!

    Brownout WebsiteBrownout Facebook

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics
    From The Sea
    Label: Super Best Records

    Featuring a DJ, an MC, and a violinist in addition to Menert’s wide ranging electronic musical influences, this 7 piece band flavors their compositions with tasty measures of jazz, jam, R&B and hip hop. Additionally, Menert for the first time shares lead vocal duties with Jules Thoma to create a warm and dreamy element to this release. Surprisingly seductive and soulful selections overall.

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics WebsiteMichal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics FacebookMichal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics Wiki

    Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

    Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

    Andy Frasco & The UN
    Change of Pace
    Label: Fun Machine Records

    Super fun and party forward, Andy Frasco & The UN have toured through 10 countries, average 250 shows per year and have somehow managed to output 10,000+ hours playing music. Change of Pace adds more soul to their fabulous freaky funk, showing off their natural evolution as a band, while not losing their edge or originality.

    Andy Frasco & The UN WebsiteAndy Frasco & The UN Facebook

    Freekbass - All the way this. All the way that.

    Freekbass - All the way this. All the way that.

    Freekbass
    All the way this. All the way that.
    Label: Color Red

    With his backing group, The Bump Assembly, Freekbass’ seventh full length album harnesses the funk forward Cincinnati sound and merges it with universal influences from the 70s through tomorrow. This gyrational groove goodness not only shows off the innovative styling of Freekbass including his signature double thumb strumming technique and driving rhythms, but gives him plenty of room to show off wild costumes and vigorous live show. (9)

    Freekbass WebsiteFreekbass Facebook

    Heilung - Futha

    Heilung - Futha

    Heilung
    Futha
    Label: Season of Mist

    Heilung (German for ‘healing’) is known for their striking live performances, complete with leather, and bone outfits, and primitive often homemade instruments. They call their genre Amplified History, which brings the far ancient Northern European past into the present. The atmospheric, sometimes dark, yet delicate, undeniably intense, and primitive style of neo folk that this Danish group plays is sung (and chanted) in multiple Scandinavian languages, which gives it a primal power and
    conviction deeper than experienced elsewhere. Authentic and truly unique!

    Heilung WebsiteHeilung FacebookHeilung Wiki

    FKA twigs - Magdalene

    FKA twigs - Magdalene

    FKA twigs
    Magdalene
    Label: Young Turks Recordings

    Poignant, compelling, artistic and unique, English singer and songwriter FKA twigs’ second studio release emanates emotions and rhythms as bare and brilliant as a crystal clear star lit sky. These strikingly sad, forlorn and heartbroken compositions are peaked by the ethereal vocals and biting lyrical content. Meticulously subtle yet miraculously expressive. Look for her in the feature film “Honey Boy.”

    FKA twigs WebsiteFKA twigs FacebookFKA twigs Wiki

    Dub Fx - Roots

    Dub Fx - Roots

    Dub Fx
    Roots
    Label: Convoy Music Group

    Ben Stanford is Dub FX, a Melbourne born street performer, beat boxer and looping artist extraordinaire who exhibits strong poetic lyricism while exploring social, political and spiritual topics. Roots is more of an eclectic reggae album than an experimental loopy electronic release like his prior ones. He hits the dub hard, but amid the relentless bubble rhythm, he journeys through hip hop, soca and more on the way to Roots.

    Dub Fx WebsiteDub Fx Facebook

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