“Hey Chip, it’s Marissa from PromoWest. Listen, we’re looking to book one of those shows that, in a few years, people will say ‘I was there!’. We’ve got an opening at The Basement on Friday, July 6. Can you think of two bands that have already paid their dues, already have a few releases under their belts, have played on BIG stages opening for well-established acts that might be a good fit?”
“Funny you should ask, Marissa. I’ve got the perfect bill for you, and they are already touring together! Alberta Cross has played at The Basement as headliners and opened for Pete Yorn at The Newport, toured with Dave Matthews and Oasis, and performed at Bonaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, and Lollapalooza. Everest, meanwhile, has performed at The Newport twice – opening for Minus the Bear and Guster, was handpicked by Neil Young to open his 2008 arena tour (along with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie), is opening Young’s fall 2012 tour and has been featured in a Corona commercial … AND … did I mention that both bands appeared in video sessions that we did with Electraplay?”
Marissa made the conversation in my head a reality. You won’t want to miss this one.
Alberta Cross and Everest, with special guest – Columbus native – Aaron Lee Tasjan, will perform Friday, July 6 at The Basement. Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 at the door. Continue reading →
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We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Alberta Cross/Everest show at The Basement on Friday, July 6. Both bands have been featured in our “Live at Electraplay” series which you should definitely watch if you haven’t seen them yet (watch Alberta Cross; watch Everest).
The guys in Everest have a pretty good story to tell, from their quick beginnings (recording an EP at their first full-band practice) to being handpicked by Neil Young to join his label (Vapor Records) and open for him on his 2008 arena tour (where Death Cab for Cutie played the middle slot on the first half and Wilco played on the second half) to their move to Warner Bros. records in 2010. We were lucky enough to catch these guys on the way up – days after shooting this session, Everest was the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Although Everest seemingly has it made, living out in the L.A. area where there’s nothing but surf and sun, we are pretty convinced that if it weren’t for the brutal Ohio winters, they would have moved into the Electraplay Studios. Continue reading →
I have no interest in listening to anything by Kanye West. I’m probably missing the boat on The Black Keys. Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells, Best Coast, The National, Arcade Fire all got cursory plays on the iPod but not enough to land them a spot on this list. I’d love to say that Superchunk made one of the most welcomed comebacks of 2010 but every time I hit the local indie record store, they were out of the CD and I never downloaded it from iTunes.
The following 10 albums (+15 honorable mentions + 10 local releases) were absorbed the most through my earbuds in 2010.
Everest stopped out at Electraplay yesterday to record a session for donewaitingTV on a day off from the Guster tour. The guys recorded 4 songs for us and we’ll have those up for you to check out some time in November.
If you can’t wait until then (and, trust us, after hearing Everest lay down their tracks yesterday, you shouldn’t wait), you can catch the band tonight at The Newport opening for Guster. Continue reading →
Consider this a sneak preview show – both Minus the Bear and Everest have new records coming out in May (MTB’s Omni comes out May 4, Everest’s On Approach on May 11) but will be sampling from those records at the Newport on Monday night.
Minus the Bear are an interesting creature, they’ve built a big following with their synth-driven, experimental, funky pop sound (think Mute Math meets Ben Folds, Cave In meets the Alan Parsons Project) despite various members roots in hardcore bands such as Botch and These Arms are Snakes.