Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Better late than never: Gilead Media Music Festival happened in Oshkosh, WI on April 28th and 29th

Gilead Media, the extreme music label founded in Oshkosh, WI by Adam Bartlett, presented a two-day festival of black metal, doom and punk on April 28 and 29 at the Electric Lounge & Lanes. I have a strong disdain for music festivals because I'm a grump, but the lineup was too good to pass up. It was a tremendous success for many reasons, and I know I'm not the only one hoping that Adam will consider making the festival a regular or semi-regular event.

I've provided a brief recap of the weekend below, complete with my blurry pictures that I managed. The short of all of it is this: I had an awesome time at this music festival, and if it happens again next year, I highly recommend you go. The bands were all good-to-great, the crowd was polite, the drinks were cheap, and Oshkosh was kind of charming. No complaints to be found here.

Band-by-band, day-by-day recap after the jump...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday 5/21: Kurt Vile & the Violators, Black Bananas @ High Noon Saloon

 Kurt Vile (photo via)
Kurt Vile's latest heartland indie rock album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, appeared high on the lists of several big media "Top 50 Albums of 2011" lists.  He rules at guitar and will be channeling the guitar/vocal rock greats tonight at the High Noon.

Black Bananas is the latest alt-classic rock band fronted by Jennifer Herrema (ex-Royal Trux/RTX), and their debut album Rad Times Xpress IV delivers exactly what anyone who's been following her music for the last two decades would expect.

I didn't say much, but I think enough has been said.  See you there!

High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 8pm. 18+. $15.