Spruce Moose Festival 2012 with Michael Franti and Spearhead

Michael Franti

The Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music under a variety of names and in a wide range of genres for twenty years. From the intense punk rock of the Beatnigs, to the deeply political rap he made with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy to his joyful and meaningful modern soul music with Spearhead, and now as Michael Franti & Spearhead, this still young man has released an impressive series of recordings that have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of this world.

The rollicking indie rock sounds of the Whigs is a jaunty mix of Paul Westerberg-like style and a heartfelt country disposition. In their "10 Artists To Watch" feature, "Rolling Stone" magazine called The Whigs, "A fiery, young and timelessly tuneful rock trio ... the best unsigned band in America" going on to say, "Nineties indie rock with Sixties pop craftsmanship and Southern-rock twang; Parker Gispert's hoarse vocals and ragged-glory rhythm guitar tap into a Cobain-Westerberg vein, but when he switches to keyboards, they evoke Pet Sounds." The Whigs latest release,In The Dark, is available now.


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