Pot of Gold 2015 Friday/Sunday Highlights

Acts: 
Bastille
Acts: 
New Politics
Acts: 
Echosmith
Acts: 
Knox Hamilton
Concert Date: 
Fri, 03/13/2015
Location: 
Tempe Beach Park, Tempe

The sunny city of Tempe has officially shed its winter coat and brought clear skies, great suntans, and a plethora of amazing music artists. The Pot of Gold Music Festival debuted March 13th through 17th, during the Spring Break of the Arizona universities, right along the Tempe Town Lake. It brought crowds bigger than I ever thought possible for such a seemingly small park, and the energy was unmatched. When I saw the line-up for the festival, I freaked out—Valley festivals have seen some pretty big names, like at Summer Ends and McDowell Mountain.

Reviewer: 
Tatum Schranz | @potatumtot

SXSW 2015: Interview with Corners

 
After their show at Hotel Vegas at SXSW, I had a chance to sit down with Tracy, Rick, and Robert of Corners. We discussed the synthy evolution of the band, concepts behind their music videos, college radio, and much more.
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SXSW 2015: Interview with Et Tu Brucé

 
I had a chance to sit with the fellas of Et Tu Brucé at The Driskill Hotel on March 19th before one of their SXSW shows. We got to dig into some of their newest tracks, the recording process for the new album, Spinal Tap moments, and much more.
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Colin Hay Live at the Rialto Theater

Acts: 
Colin Hay
Concert Date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015
Location: 
The Rialto Theater

Truly one of the best concerts one people can attend. Colin Hay is a singer song writer who is a veteran to the music scene with 30 + years in the industry. His experience pours out into his performance. One of the greatest features of his concerts is not only the music but the personality. Colin Hay could have easily been a stand-up comedian by trade. Between songs, Colin would share jokes and anecdotes of his life. The crowd was often in an uproar of laughter. This is a little ironic considering a lot of Colin Hay’s music is very somber.

Reviewer: 
Vincent Dominguez Jr.

A Place to Bury Strangers at Club Congress

Acts: 
A Place to Bury Strangers
Acts: 
Creepoid
Acts: 
Sleep Like Trees
Concert Date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015
Location: 
Club Congress

Though A Place to Bury Strangers has been one of the most notable noise/shoegaze groups of this past decade, the group has generated a whole new wave of excitement with their recent 2015 full-length album, Transfixation. This album, in my opinion, has brought a more aggressive energy to the group's discography and needless to say I was fuckin STOKED to finally see 'em live.

Reviewer: 
Parisa Eshrati

Rodeo Tour

Acts: 
Travi$ Scott
Acts: 
Young Thug
Acts: 
Metro Boomin
Concert Date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015
Location: 
Rialto Theatre

This concert was insane. I have not seen a show with this amount of energy in a long time. I arrived late so I only caught the last few minutes of the opener Metro Boomer but from what I heard he did his job well. Metro is a DJ and got the crowd going by playing familiar rap songs that we could rap along with. He mixed some hard hitting bass in with this and by the end of his set the crowd was primed and ready to go. In order to properly understand the show the stage needs to be described.

Reviewer: 
Kevin Murphy

KIM AND THE CREATED -- Interview at Club Congress, March 7, 2015

I sat down with Kim and the Created after their show at Club Congress. The band was passing through Tucson on their way to play a boatload of shows at this year's SXSW in Austin, TX.

Interview with Simon Posford of Shpongle

I had the chance to interview Simon Posford (via email) before he arrived to Tucson on his tour with Phutureprimitive. We discussed the new Shpongletron, working with Raja Ram, and what we can look forward throughout the year. You can see Shpongle this Friday the 13th at the Rialto Theater, or see him headline Sonic Bloom this summer in Rye, Colorado. Check out the website for more information: http://sonicbloomfestival.com/
 

Mick Jenkins and Kirk Knight

Acts: 
Mick Jenkins
Acts: 
Kirk Knight
Acts: 
NoName Gypsy
Acts: 
Saba Pivot
Concert Date: 
Sun, 02/22/2015
Location: 
Club Red

If Mick Jenkins isn’t a familiar name that hasn’t come out of your mouth, you must be living under a rock…or not drinking enough water.

The great and wise fashionisto rapper is making his way up in the music industry after receiving praise for his ingenuity for creating “The Water[s]”.

            What makes this individual different from other musicians is his craving to keep his listeners hydrated with God’s famous liquid, H2O.

Reviewer: 
Mark Flores

Antibalas and Zap Mama at Fox Theater

Acts: 
Antibalas
Acts: 
Zap Mama
Concert Date: 
Wed, 02/25/2015
Location: 
Fox Theater

As great as the concert lineup in Tucson has been these past few weeks, most of the concerts have left me wanting more. I've been feeling a certain something lacking - whether it was energy from the band, appreciation from the crowd, or just the overall sound. This all changed when Antibalas and Zap Mama graced us with their presence at the Fox Theater this past week.

Reviewer: 
Parisa Eshrati
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