The Daily Cardinal recently participated in a conference call with Josh Tillman, who is currently playing under the name Father John Misty, and Cole Smith of the band DIIV, on their upcoming performances at Bonnaroo 2013.
By Andy Holsteen
The Madison Police Department released a statement last week that, in short, said the Mifflin Street Block Party is no longer a city sanctioned event, which only proves the MPD lacks confidence in Revelry as an alternative to the block party. Their statement is an insult to the people who have worked so hard on planning Revelry as well as the artists performing there.
Recently, The Daily Cardinal spoke with Laura Stevenson of Laura Stevenson and The Cans. Yeah, she’s an off-the-charts-talented singer and songwriter, so it was exciting to have a conversation about Wheel, the group’s full-length record set to release April 23. But what also came through from the interview was Stevenson’s superbly relaxed personality, which allowed her to speak about her music in an obviously sincere way—hopefully this transcription does justice to her fluid and often hilarious demeanor.
Well, my first night in Austin was wild to say the least—both because the environment here makes electricity seem weak and because I saw some incredible music. Okay, I won’t waste any more of your time with a cheap introduction; here are a couple of the best acts I saw yesterday:
There are an insane number of musical genres. Like, there are way too many for anyone to even try to keep track of. And I’m not just talking about big genres—rock, rap, country (and western), jazz—the ones where you can just lump any group or artist that sounds a certain way. Each of these broad categories has an absurd multitude of offshoots (post-punk, west coast gypsy jazz, anyone?).
Bill Burr, a comedian renowned for his unique take on many popular and controversial issues, is coming to Madison this Thursday. Bill, who has starred in several feature-length comedy specials, has been working as a stand-up comedian for about 20 years. He knew the exact moment when stand-up was the job for him.
The Overture Center hosted a truly unique event Thursday evening. It was truly a one-of-a-kind experience for me. No, there weren’t any famous musicians or artists putting on some extravagant performance. A handful of South Korean foreign exchange students, who were all between the ages of 11 and 14, did a play rendition of the classic fairy tale “Snow White.”
Yesterday, I ran a column that investigated the influences of the Internet on the music business. In a nutshell, I said that the Internet has interacted with how we consume music in ways that aren’t necessarily obvious. Unknown artists are now more than ever able to become mega-stars with the ever-growing prevalence of viral videos. And because of the Internet, it’s unclear if music consumers or producers play a more significant role in deciding what rises to the top of the relevance scale.