So – Orlando Calling has come and gone. We asked for press access to the inaugural event so that we could dazzle you with our amazing coverage, but the Festival organizers ignored us. Truthfully, I can’t really blame them, we’re still a small player on a huge stage. You can help us for next year – follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Then tell your friends to do the same thing. And finally – post on our Facebook page, share your pictures, provide your thoughts, and offer tips on new music, beer tasting and your favorite Modern Family episodes. OK – got it?
As for the first iteration of Orlando Calling, we’ve talked to a bunch of people who were there, and all of the reports have been positive. Personally, Day 1 was much more appealing with The Killers, Gogol Bordello, Pete Yorn and The Pixies among the many bands spread across their five stages. Day 2 had a totally different vibe with Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Doobie Brothers and Blake Shelton headlining. Truthfully a little schizophrenic. Next year, they need to decide what they want to be when they grow up and have the entire weekend gel better as far as the line-up is concerned. Seriously, what would a Bob Seger fan think when they saw the antics of Gogol Bordello???
Although we weren’t there, a few of our website members (oh yeah – you can register there, too) did attend, and we’ll be sharing some reviews shortly.
We’ve reviewed a bunch of great new music lately to tide you over. Here are quick links to the last handful, if you want to check them out:
- The Drowning Men – Beheading of the Songbird
- Egypt Central – White Rabbit
- Grouplove – Never Trust A Happy Song
- Mother, Mother – Eureka
- The Perms – Sofia Nights
They were all good – honestly (we are not just schmoozing for more free music, although we are certainly open to that). My favorite was Grouplove’s effort – and fortunately, they’ll be hitting the Sunshine State shortly for a few shows in early December.
We also had a great interview with Lovedrug’s Michael Shepard. The band has a great story, a unique sound and their talented front man is a helluvanice guy.