Modest Mouse formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington and has become, over the past two decades, the indie rock gold standard: One of the few bands capable of achieving massive popularity without sacrificing their longtime fans.
The founding members are lead singer / guitarist Issac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy. Strongly influenced by Pavement , Pixies, XTC, and Talking Heads, the band rehearsed, rearranged, and recorded demos for almost two years before finally signing with small-town indie label k Records and releasing numerous singles.
Since their 1996 debut - This Is A Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About', the band's lineup has centered on Brock and Green. The band signed to Epic Records in the early 2000s and achieved mainstream success with their fourth album Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004) and its singles ''Float On'' and ''Ocean Breathes Salty''. Since then Modest Mouse's lineup has included Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Joe Plummer (Black Heart Procession) as well as multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso and guitarist Jim Fairchild. The band's sixth album Strangers to Ourselves was released in March 2015. In 2019, the band released singles 'Poison The Well' and 'I'm Still Here' and embarked on a national tour of North America with indie rockers The Black Keys.
THE RAD TRADS
The gentlemen comprising the Brooklyn-based five-piece The Rad Trads distinguish themselves in ways few bands can. Already drawing lines around the block at home, the globe-trotting group’s singular take on rock n’ roll mixes punk rock energy, horn drenched soul, and jazz precision, all with a lighthearted but sincere delivery. It’s a sound and show that is gaining steam world over as The Rad Trads continue to tour in support of On Tap, out now from Hornblow Recordings.
Challenging but humorous, at times The Rad Trads bring to mind Springsteen and his “Big Man” Clarence Clemons, Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks-era vocal style, and Wilco’s epic guitar breakdowns. All of this sonic goodness is only upstaged by the fact that the guys in The Rad Trads manage to exist as five distinct songwriters and singers in a band that still sounds powerfully egoless, familial, and cohesive. And none of them even planned on being vocalists!
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
The Head and The Heart have been bringing their high-energy live show out on the road in the US on the Living Mirage tour this summer. Including 2 sold out nights at Red Rocks (the bands 5th and 6th sold out shows in the legendary venue), 2 sold out nights at the ACL Live at Moody Theatre in Austin, and more. Stream and purchase Living Mirage on Amazon Music HERE.
The Head and The Heart’s “Missed Connection” recently secured multiple weeks at the #1 position on the Mediabase and BDS Alternative Radio Charts - already having achieved multiple weeks at #1 on the AAA charts. “Missed Connection” is the lead single from Living Mirage, the band’s fourth full-length album, released on Warner Records / Reprise Records to critical praise earlier this year. This marks the band’s second #1 at Alternative, having previously landed the position for “All We Ever Knew” (Signs of Light), which also held the #1 spot at AAA for nine straight weeks in 2016. The band’s second single from Living Mirage, “See You Through My Eyes”, was recently #1 most added at AAA radio.
Initially self-released in 2011, The Head and The Heart’s self-titled breakout debut produced instant classics including “Rivers and Roads,” “Down In The Valley” and “Lost In My Mind” (#1 at AAA) and is now Certified Gold. Their last two albums, 2013’s Let’s Be Still and 2016’s Signs of Light, settled into Billboard’s Top 10 albums chart, with Signs of Light securing the #1 position on Rock Album Charts. They have appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, with music featured in countless other commercials, films and TV, among them Corona, Silver Linings Playbook and more. The band has established their status as a touring powerhouse, having landed prime time mainstage slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In total, the band has performed 15 times on national television including appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits with more to come in the coming months.
Although his musical talents make it easy to believe he’s always been a full-time musician, Rob Drabkin studied Biochemistry with the intention of becoming a doctor. His focus quickly changed after a trip to New York City where he dropped science and dedicated himself to music. His most recent album, “Beautiful Day” teaches us to get up, get out and find something beautiful in every moment. "We too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives. All we can do is keep being kind and have the courage to choose love in every decision we make.”
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