The hottest May on record brought some hot performances as well. From Lukas Nelson, to Chicago’s Dehd, and Cuba’s Orquesta Akokán there’s something from everyone. Also be sure to check some great photos from Texas’ best experimental festival, Oblivion Access!
Buffalo Hunt’s debut album, Ambitions of Ambiguity, feels like a journey through a musical landscape, complete with mountains and valleys, pop anthems and crooning ballads.
Orquesta Akokán founded by Latin jazz pianist/arranger Michael Ekroth, producer Jacob Plasse, and Cuban singer José “Pepito” Gómez. Together they recreate the sound of a golden era in Cuban music featuring particularly a dance music called mambo that became popular throughout Latin America and the U.S. in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Taking cues from Cocteau Twins and Joy Division, Dehd built their successful music career on sturdy foundations of synthesizers and spacy chorus. with former Slowdive and Arcade Fire engineers assisting in the recording and production of the album. In Studio 1A, Dehd treated us to performances of “Bad Love” and “Stars,” both of which appeared on the Empty in My Mind EP, and “Loner,” a fan favorite from their previous album, Flowers of Devotion.
On his recent visit to Studio 1A, a rare solo Lukas Nelson took our studio audience through a quick set of songs spanning 10+ years of making music with his band Promise Of The Real, including a new one, “Wrong House.”
Among the best experimental festivals ever put together just happened last month. The long-awaited debut of Oblivion Access Festival was everything fans had been hoping for and more. Check out our interview with the festival founders and some shots from the mosh pit!