in the backwoods they understand

Sometimes a body just needs some boot stompin’, beer-swiggin’ American rock and roll. That’s precisely what the crowd got at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wisconsin on February 15, 2014 when they saw The Wild Feathers.

Affectionately dubbed “The Snowed Out Tour” according to Taylor Burns due to the sub-freezing temperatures the Nashville quintet has been encountering throughout the Midwest, the band warmed up the room with a blazing set that hit every track on their debut record along with a new song. Highlights included “Hard Times,” crowd-sing-along favorite “Left My Woman,” and barn-burner “Backwoods Company”. ¬†Also of note were their well-chosen encore choices by The Band and Led Zeppelin – where their main set was a stone-solid performance the encore was more akin to a jukebox sing-along with your best pals.

Part of The Wild Feathers’s appeal is the diversity found among the members – drummer Ben Dumas can bang it out with the best of them, Burns has a bluesy bent that calls to mind Chris Robinson, and Joel King’s garage-rock howl is tempered by Ricky Young’s gorgeous delivery. Preston Wimberly rounds out the four-part harmonies but really shines on guitar; his solos actually add to the quality of the songs as opposed to being indulgent or distracting. Such a wealth of talent in one place led to a truly memorable evening.

Opening acts Saints of Valory and Jamestown Revival were no slouches either – SOV’s anthemic rock is ready for an arena stage and the Jamestown boys have buckets of charm. The three bands will be touring together into March. Click here to get dates and free tour sampler.

You can check out all the photos from the show here.

Hard Wind, Backwoods Company, I Can Have You, If You Don’t Love Me, Got It Wrong, Hard Times, I’m Alive, How, Tall Boots, [New Song], American, Left My Woman, The Ceiling
Hey Hey What I Can I Do (Led Zeppelin cover), The Weight (The Band cover)

the silence stings staccato

Spring Green’s Shitty Barn closed their 2013 season on October 2, 2013 with Kalispell and Field Report. Click here or on any image below to see more photos from the evening.

barn sessions: s. carey

Last month we went to the Shitty Barn season opener featuring S. Carey. I took some photos but mostly just enjoyed being in one of the coziest, intimate venues in the Midwest. Here are some of my unedited shots from the night. Click on any photo to go the album.

lookie here

Hey! When we don’t have enough photos from a show for a proper album, we put them in a catch-all called the Mixtapes Sampler. Check it out for recent photos from No Age, Lucky Dragon, and Ezra Furman. You’ll also find photos of Blitzen Trapper, Jason Boesel, Jarrod Gorbel, and Pearly Gate Music.

new year, new method

We’re going to try something new here at M|H. Instead of letting promotional MP3s pile up in our inbox for a few weeks until we can make a worthy post out of them, we’re going to start posting them on Twitter. So, follow us! . It’s a good way to get free stuff, see what we’re doing on our sister site (Date With the Night), and see what other things we find interesting.

In the same vein, you can ask our editor, Stacey, questions at . You have the option of asking anonymously, so fire away!

you’re a boxer in the ring with brass knuckles underneath

St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work (Annie Clark will break your spirit and look good doing it)
M. Ward – Rave On (lovely video, sweet song)
Longwave – The Devil and the Liar (let’s get macro)
Department of Eagles – No One Does It Like You (art of war | war of art)

bonus throwback:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With the Night (really just a segue to shamelessly promote my photography)