Riot Fest – Sunday’s Three Picks to See

1. Weezer – 8:40pm

They will be playing The Blue Album in it’s entirety. It is the debut studio album by Weezer, released in May 1994 through DGC Records. The album was produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and recorded in Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The Blue Album spawned the popular singles “Undone – The Sweater Song“, “Buddy Holly“, and “Say It Ain’t So“, all of which were responsible for launching Weezer into mainstream success with the aid of music videos directed by Spike Jonze. As of August 2009, the album had sold over 3,300,000 copies in the United States.[1] It peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 and is certified triple-platinum in the US and double-platinum in Canada.  -From Wikipedia

2. In The Valley Below – 6:30pm

Vocalist Angela Gail puts it frankly: In The Valley Below make “mostly music that we would want to listen to,” an honest and unapologetic statement from the Los Angeles duo, rounded out by vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Jacob. In The Valley Below is hushed swirls of male and female vocals forged with dark stories of brooding riddles and romance. Jeffrey grew up in the storied musical town of Memphis, given a guitar at the age of 13 and creating music from that point forward. Angela left the binding depths of a “mostly cold and cloudy town in Michigan,”. In The Valley Below was created when these two found each other, having crossed paths in artistic circles after they separately made their way to Los Angeles. The duo honed their craft together, using faithful archetypes as their inspiration, “Our biggest inspiration is powerful subjects like sex, crime and religion. And how that fits into the lives we’ve chosen, our dreams and struggles, mistakes and heartbreaks.” -From Facebook

3. The Whigs – 1:40pm

In the fall of 2013, The Whigs recorded their 5th studio album in Valencia, California with recording veteran Jim Scott. Scott’s illustrious career includes works with Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tom Petty. The album was tracked and mixed in a 14 day recording session, making it the Whigs album with the shortest production time. It’s also the quickest turnaround for the band in terms of release date with “Modern Creation” being released 18 months after “Enjoy The Company.”

On April 22nd, 2014, The Whigs released Modern Creation to positive reviews. The album favors full-band live takes over typical studio effects.[14]

First single “Hit Me” is noted for its music video directed by frequent Whigs collaborator Scott Carney, which features a simulated performance of the band on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

In May 2014, the Whigs performed “Hit Me” on The Late Show With David Letterman. This was the band’s fourth appearance on the program.

The Whigs are currently touring the United States and will be opening a fall tour for legendary punk rockers Social Distortion in September.  -Wikipedia

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