Silopanna Music Festival
With the release of his fourth full-length album Dusk and Summer, the Boca Raton, Florida resident is no longer simply an up-and-coming musician; he's a career artist. Dusk is certainly the most defining album of what has already been a remarkable career; on one end, it's a return to the full band sound of Carrabba's earliest, pre-Dashboard work, and yet also the most forward-thinking and innovative record he's ever recorded.
“When I started Dashboard six years ago, I was reacting to these other bands I had been in,” says Carrabba, referring to his time in the bands the Vacant Andys and Further Seems Forever. “At the time, I needed something...simpler.” If those bands were about being loud and filling a room, Carrabba's instinct was to strip it all down and let his voice and his guitar carry the emotions.
Matt and Kim: The main difference between Matt and Kim and most hugely talented and popular music groups is simple: The down-to-earth duo are people that you'd probably want to hang out with. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino embody the friends you've had that started playing tour dates in someone's garage; except that the duo is becoming a bigger success with each new album and expanding concert schedule. Matt and Kim's latest success, the album Sidewalks, has lead to a full concert schedule lately, and the Brooklyn dance party continues with the onset of 2011 tour dates for the Sidewalks Tour. The Sidewalks Tour will feature The Thermals and DJ Autobot and begins on May 31 in Philadelphia. The tour will wind across the United States, with a stop at Bonnaroo on June 10, before ending in Boston on June 30.The tour won't be the only tour dates on the concert schedule in 2011, as Matt and Kim are keeping busy with multiple tours this summer.
Matt and Kim met at Pratt Institute in New York in the early 2000s, and much of their musical origins is shrouded in mystery. Before Matt learned to play the keyboard and Kim learned to play the drums, they were coerced into playing their first show in 2004. The spark created by their performance fueled a number of DIY shows in Brooklyn, as well as their first EP, titled To/From which was burned on a laptop on the way to performances. Tale of Matt and Kim spread throughout New York City and they released their debut self-titled album in 2006. The album was a hit with both fans and critics, spurring a number of tour dates at music festivals like Lollapalooza in 2007.
Shortly after their breakout success, Matt and Kim released their album, Grand, in early 2009. Matt and Kim hit the big time with this one, with the album's lead single "Daylight" appearing in numerous television shows, commercials, and movies. Hits turned to sensations with the premier of the music video for the single "Lessons Learned," which saw Matt and Kim streaking through Times Square. The video won an MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video and showed the world (along with a lot of skin) that Matt and Kim weren't one-trick ponies. In a demonstration of their humility and good nature, the duo began donating proceeds of their concert schedule to various charities.
Matt and Kim continue their meteoric rise to fame with their latest album, Sidewalks, which was released in November of 2010. The album's single, "Cameras," has become a huge success and led to a plethora of tour dates in 2011. With an ongoing concert schedule, Matt and Kim have even more high energy tour dates lined up in 2011. Matt and Kim have three European tour dates in 2011, including stops in Paris, Huntington, and at the Melt! Festival in Berlin. Matt and Kim's busy concert schedule continues in September 2011, where Matt and Kim will play tour dates to much larger arena crowds on the Honda Civic Tour. Matt and Kim's 2011 tour dates culminate in a show at the Hollywood Bowl on October 8, effectively ending their concert schedule for the year. Fans of music, Matt & Kim, and dancing better not miss one of the Sidewalks Tour's tour dates in 2011; because Matt & Kim know that it's not always great to be caught with your pants down.
Hellogoodbye: FORREST: vocals, guitar and then some JESSE: keyboard MARCUS: bass CHRIS: drums
Hellogoodbye is all about having fun. What started out as a casual recording project in one boy's bedroom quickly became the most lighthearted rock-dance-roll band around today. They may not be able to sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves but they could probably bring a smile to her face.
Combining this happy-go-lucky outlook with good songwriting, interesting instrumentation and clever wordplay, hellogoodbye is sure that almost no one can say no to their brand of rock, and if not, there exists a melody that will make them change their mind ;).
Immidiatly following the group's conception, it was clear hellogoodbye was a blessed baby. Most of the songs were written even before the bands birth. When the crowds demanded it, a band was recruted and things improved exponentially. The foursome quickly learned their first words, took their steps and pretty soon they were a singing, dancing powehouse. Shows at orange county venues chain reaction, koos, the hub, among others came quick and easy and an awesome following began to surface.
The whole hellogoodbye production is as diy as it gets. All the music is written and recorded in forrest's home studio. The website has always been 100% band created and maintained. All merchandise designs, and even t-shirt screen printing is done by hellogoodbye's caring, hardworking hands. Mailorder, booking, promotion, button making, etc etc etc... all done in-band.
The live show lacks no energy. Each member is dressed in a smile (sometimes nothing but) at the good fortune to be able to play such fun music with such fun people at such a fun show. The keyboardist's bizarre signature 'knee shake with extended arm pointing at the ceiling' dance always "wows" the crowd. Goodtimes is par for the course at "hellogoodbye Live-in-Concert Greens'; sometimes water pistols are chosen over guitars, occasionally a well timed 'pantsing' instead of keyboards. Whether theres a beat behind it or not, something fun will be going on.
What does the future hold for hellogoodbye, you ask? A debut release is in the works, a tour will be scheduled in its support, and the band will continue riding their bikes, swimming and dancing like travolta. their following will continue its rapid growth with each show and a pleasing wave of rocking out will sweep the nation.
So come on out, polish those dancing shoes and let loose. Life is much to precious to spend unhappy.