The Hollows, The Future Laureates, The Third Wheel Band, Special Guests: The Woes

The Hollows are a roots-rock ensemble of multi-instrumentalists— a freewheeling hootenanny of a band. A veritable junkyard of mandolins, banjos, guitars, keyboards, horns, harmonicas, and various other musical doodads are in constant rotation, and with no frontman (or six frontmen), everyone writes and arranges material, creating a diverse and uniquely blended sound.

Their debut LP, Belong to the Land, was recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY and released in August 2011. Soon after, the band was voted The Deli Magazine’s “NYC Artist of the Month” and showcased in the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon. “Poor Eyes,” the band’s first music video, was released in February 2012 (its release party garnering a “Critic’s Pick” in TimeOut NY), and the track was later highlighted in the soundtrack to Bob Giraldi‘s short film A Poet Long Ago (2013). ”Basilica” and “Home” have also appeared in the soundtrack to Sun Belt Express, a feature film starring Tate Donovan which is currently making the rounds at festivals.

A follow-up self-titled EP was tracked at Brooklyn’s Grand Street Recording and Galaxy Smith Studios and released in June 2012, landing features on Spinner, The Huffington Post, MSN, WCBS FM, Pure Volume, and MP3.com, among others. A second music video, “August,” was released that July on BaebleMusic.

The Hollows showcased again in the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon and attended South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX. A live album, Neverending Show, was released in April 2013 and was called “a fresh breath of true musician spirit” that offered “a soulful, powerful and thick sound” and captured “everything that makes seeing The Hollows live in concert so much fun.”

The band recently completed main tracking for their next full-length studio album at The Bunker in Brooklyn with producer John Siket (Sonic Youth, Phish, Yo La Tengo, Dave Matthews Band) and engineer James Frazee (Beck, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding).

Onstage, The Hollows are a high-octane, unpredictable barn-burner. You can expect a lot of foot-stomping, over-the-top toasts to life and death, and a good bit of sweat. Put on yer dancin’ shoes.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH (The Deli Magazine)
CRITIC'S PICK (TimeOut NY)
BEST OF THIS WEEK (Oh My Rockness)
BEST OF SXSW (The Wild Honey Pie)
BEST OF CMJ (WNOW 92.3 FM)

The Future Laureates

With a successful presence at SXSW 2012, plus airplay on 140 college radio stations, The Future Laureates are celebrating with unabashed energy and triumph. Offering positive punk-rock energy with folk/pop musicianship, their sonic champagne is frothing
and bubbling with the release of their third studio album, “Fortress Sessions”. It is seriously full of fun. Since the release of their new record, the band has had their music talked about in blogs ranging from Music-Defined.com and Southside on the Town to Chicagoist.com, as well as a plethora of internet radio stations and podcasts.

They’ve established connections with fans over shared interests. The bleakness of current events or dynamics of interpersonal relationships faced by college-age crowds (most of them singing along) can’t be downtrodden as the pure sunshine of radio-ready pop comes through in every millisecond. Soaring harmonies glide through serious matters of the head and heart, along with major jamming by guitar, bass, drums- and ukulele.

2011’s “Rethink the Recession” led to reviews of “Kingston Blues,” the EP’s single, as “a fresh and fun melody led by a lively rhythm, brisk percussion, and warm, spirited vocals.” (Chicagoist.com) and “…it’s not just a gimmicky thing; he jams the livin’ crap outta that uke!” (DailyLimerick.net). The same year, the album won licensing deals with a variety of shows on MTV, Showtime, and Discovery Networks via Tinderbox music.

Touring has brought together even more fans through numerous Midwest and East Coast journeys as well as hometown venues including Chicago’s House of Blues, DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel, and the Congress Theater for the 3rd and 4th annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festivals. They’ve shared crowds with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, and Dawes.

Through it all, they keep it smart, fun and rhythmic.

In 2012, The Future Laureates have added “the fifth Beatle” with Chicago’s CAUDog Records. Working with accomplished producer Ellis Clark (Nikki Sudden with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden), the recent album is their strongest effort to date. “We’ve treated it as a separate entity and process than our live shows, with additional organ, piano, horns, percussion, and most notably, violin,” says Danny Surico, primary songwriter for The Future Laureates.

“Fortress Sessions” sees TFL’s three founding members (Danny Surico (guitar/vocals), James Hyde (bass/vocals) and Matthew Daigler (ukulele/vocals) polish 12 gems with an unprecedented level of honesty about the songwriting and arrangements. Also contributing are special guests Ellis Clark on keys and organ, Mike Scheiman on guitar, Aaron Apter on drums and percussion, Kristina Priceman on violin, and Emily Claire Palmer on vocals. The album gained its unique title from the band’s practice space and songwriting hub, a coach house fondly nicknamed “The Fortress” tucked away in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Following their SXSW appearances in Austin, TX this March, the band is gearing up this summer for some hot festivals, including the world's largest music festival: Summerfest. They'll also be playing a slew of shows in the Midwest and along the East Coast to promote the new album. Spontaneous, professional and passionate, TFL is dedicated to bringing their latest effort to radio and online distribution; in fact, another 300-city, North American college radio campaign through Tinderbox Music kicks off in June. Most importantly, they’re bringing it to the fans that keep dancing and singing along.

The Third Wheel Band

The Third Wheel Band is a hand-clappin',toe-tappin', footstompin' American Roots act from New York City. We’re devoted to playing feel-good music and shamelessly tip our hats to the hard-working folks in song who came before us. Armed with acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, three part harmony and a stockpile of original tunes as well as old-time standards, we’re out for a raucous good time!

Special Guests: The Woes

There are a lot of them. Like thirty. They play in groups of up to twenty people, but mostly just groups of seven to thirteen. The records are good, the live show even better - they know how to have fun.

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Friday, May 17 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Littlefield