Assistant What's Up! Editor
New music, new member lead band into future
Neo-soul, Boston-based pop-rockers Lake Street Dive had been together going on 14 years when they started shaping their seventh full-length album, "Free Yourself Up." The swaggering May release became not only an exhortation to the listener, but a statement of purpose for the band as they explored new territory in method, production and personnel.
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Indie pop/rockers Houndmouth didn't set out to create a concept album when they were writing tracks for their third record, "Golden Age." But when they looked back on the group of songs that would make up the album, an undeniable theme emerged by happy accident, shares bassist Zak Appleby.
Chicago revisits classics for tour
Coming off the longest break they've had in "years and years" -- a whole month -- rock gods Chicago returned to the road in May to make this their 51st consecutive year of touring together. Yep, let that sink in -- after five-plus decades and 36 albums together, the group Billboard has recognized as the "greatest of all time" American band in both singles chart success and album chart success is still rocking out.
Using a combination of “simple drawings and sparkling animation” alongside a live orchestra, French illustrator Grégoire Pont projects his artwork in real time to the music in a process he calls Cinesthetics. On June 19, Pont joins the Artosphere Festival Orchestra for their “Beethoven Masterworks” concert, where he will perform during Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” Pont took a moment to answer a few questions for What’s Up! in advance of his very first concert in the United States.
Rock band aims to connect with new release
"The same, but different" is how pop rock group Plain White T's are describing their new album, "Parallel Universe" -- the band's eighth studio album and first release in more than three years. Just announced on June 15, the album is coming this summer, and frontman Tom Higgenson couldn't be more excited, or proud, of the project.
New Digs, Same Sustainability
"We really learned how to throw a music festival. We learned how to incorporate sustainability aspects into the festival to make sure that we keep our waste to a minimum, that we try to create as much energy as we use, try to offset as much as we can through solar [energy], and basically try to keep our footprint as small as possible."
Art, nature, music, community, sustainability, conservation... The Artosphere Festival combines and celebrates these elements each summer to raise awareness, as well as provide opportunities for people to experience them in nontraditional settings. Entering its ninth year, the annual festival created and hosted by Walton Arts Center blooms across Northwest Arkansas for the next two weeks.
Summer series puts jazz in the spotlight for 20 years
"The seed for this whole idea came about through a musician who wanted to have a performance opportunity that was really about people coming to hear music, as opposed to [being] about drinking and watching TV in a bar -- and the music being on the side."
WAC festival returns fresh and renewed
Eighteen years ago, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville began the state's premier wine festival, Art of Wine. Last year, with the venue's expansion and renovation complete, it was like hosting an all new event. Now, organizers have regrouped and are returning June 8-9 with what they expect to be the best festival year so far.