The Felice Brothers

2012 FIREFLY Music Festival Recap - Part 2

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Out of the tent, fed, coffeed-to-the-gills, and loaded for bear. Saturday’s lineup lead to a LOT of difficult decisions, but also highlighted one of the best things about living on the east coast - the constant influx of great bands in our area ensures that if you miss someone performing at Firefly, there’s a good chance they’ve either recently played in the DMV area, or will play at a venue in D.C./Baltimore/Philly within the next month or two. So Game On:

See all of Joy's epic shots from DAY TWO right here!


On the Road with Chunky Glasses:  Firefly Music Festival
Dover, Delaware 7/20 - 7/22
Part Two:  Saturday, July 21st

11:15 -11:45 a.m.  Moon Taxi

Everything was off to a good start with 80-degree temperatures and Nashville’s Moon Taxi. Known as much for live jam-rich performances as for anything on their two albums, MT did a great job warming up the crowd with driving, super-catchy songs like “Hypnus.” While they were jamming the hell out a song at 11:24 in the morning, four guys in front of us were getting completely baked. Oh yeah, festival life.

Early morning Moon Taxi anyone?


Things That Rock: The Felice Brothers

Welcome to our new column, Things That Rock. Sometimes there's just so much damn rock going on that we can't get to everything we want to in a timely fashion. That sucks because it means there's some really good music that we just don't get the chance to talk about. WELL NO MORE.

Things That Rock is our new official blow off valve. Sometimes it will be a review of a show that deserved more mention than we gave it, sometimes it will be simply a band that we love and are just now finding the time to tell the world about it. Whatever it is, it has to meet one criteria and one criteria only: THAT IT ROCKS. So keep your eyes peeled for the column, and without further ado, here.we.go.

Touring in support of their latest album, Celebration, Florida, New York based band The Felice Brothers made a stop at The Black Cat a few weeks ago. Historically, the bands music has been at sort of dark glance at a Gothic America that is just outside of what most people know as everyday life. Their songs owe as much to Dylan as they do to the carnival barker personality of Tom Waits, and until now they’ve respectfully, if not purposefully, stayed well within the musical boundaries that those two artists would suggest. 

The Felice Brothers have always had an edge to them. A bravado. But they've never given any indication that they would become the indomitably fearless band that they seem to have become. The Felice Brothers these days seem have become unhinged in the very best of ways. It was clear from the start that while they may be operating inside some weird genre of folk rock, the old rules no longer apply.

At times lead singer Ian Felice seemed to be less singing than howling like some feral animal. It’s an energy that flows through the band as a whole, and makes for some damn exciting rock and roll. On record, the material from Celebration, Florida tends to sound more like a band that isn’t quite sure of their direction, but live it quickly became clear that these were the songs of a band who just didn’t give a f@#@ anymore.

Daily Listen: Newport Folk Festival Preview - Felice Brothers

We're headed to the legendary Newport Folk Festival this year and are going to be taking this week to offer a preview of some of the artists that will be performing there this weekend. While we won't be matching the insane coverage that NPR will be providing (streaming HD, insane 18.1 audio! SOUL-CAMS!) I'd like to think that for those who aren't able to be there we'll be providing a smaller, more personal version of the festival, so stay tuned for more information in the coming days. 

First up for our featured bands, we've got the Felice Brothers. I've talked about this band before and they're one of my favorites. Mixing punk, traditiona folk and David Lynch, this band is a must see for us this weekend and the track "Whiskey In My Whiskey" is one of the main reasons why.

The Felice Brothers - Whiskey In My Whiskey

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What do these three albums have in common? NOTHING!!!! Except may that they are out TODAY!!! Stylistically this week is sort of a freakshow, big-ish releases from old new wave bands, grrrrrrrl punks, weird folkies and this guy.

Sailing on the seas of WTF!!?!

So all of that AND a Sloan album? A week full of win indeed.

Here's the rest of your list. Now go out and BUY something!!


The Antlers - Burst Apart

Birds and Arrows - We're Gonna Run

Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not the Same

The Cars - Move Like This

Christopher Cross - Doctor Faith

Delay Trees (Finnish dream-pop group) - Delay Trees

Farewell Continental - ÁHey, Hey Pioneers!

The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida

Gardens - Gardens

Globes, The - Future Self

Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule co-founder) - Man in Motion

Here We Go Magic - The January EP

Hey Champ - Anything At All 

Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply singer) - Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions

Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis

Le Butcherettes - Sin Sin Sin

Liturgy - Aesthethica

Lonely Island, The (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) - Turtleneck & Chain

Magnetic Man (British dubstep supergroup) - Magnetic Man

Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

Matthew Morrison (actor-singer who plays glee club director Will Schuester on Fox's "Glee") - Matthew Morrison

Moving Mountains - Waves

ohGr (Skinny Puppy's Ogre and Mark Walk) - unDeveloped

Okkervil River - I Am Very Far

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Christina Perri - lovestrong.

Lee Scratch Perry - Rise Again

Andy Petr (19-year-old electronic whiz) - Rapper Turned Singer 

Psychedelic Horseshit - Laced

Sam Roberts Band - Collider

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' 

Skold - Anomie

Sloan - The Double Cross

Spindrift - Classic Soundtracks, Vol. 1

This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket

Tyler, the Creator (leader of hip-hop collective Odd Future) - Goblin

Steven Tyler - (It) Feels So Good 

Urge Overkill - Rock&Roll Submarine

Wave Pictures, The (British trio) - Beer in the Breakers

Wilderness of Manitoba, The - When You Left the Fire

ZOMBI - Escape Velocity