Wye Oak is already posted, and over the next 11 days we’ll be posting the rest of the live audio and tons more coverage from our first annual Aural States Fest! Thanks for coming out!
All photos: Shantel Mitchell
OK, I am sure I am not alone in thinking that this was one of the best shows that I’ve been to in awhile. Not only did this show run so smoothly with both stages in action at all times, but it was also a night filled with some of the best bands from Baltimore and DC. I mean, 12 bands on two club stages over a period of about 6 hours – for only $10 bucks: who could want for more? Well, there was also free coffee (thanks to Zeke’s Coffee in Parkville) and door gifts for those who came early – filled with vinyl, CDs, books, and other goodies (thanks to Soundgarden, Atomic Books and a slew of record labels).
This was the perfect event. If you were there, I am sure you are agreeing with me and if you weren’t, well then you missed an awesome show! Here are my photos from the evening. I was able to get all of the bands but two: Title Tracks and Hollywood (so sorry!). I picked out a few from each band. If you want to check out everything, you can see them here.
Andy Abelow, a solo artist who also performs in Small Sur started the evening, featuring accompaniment by Austin and Bob from Small Sur, Caleb Stine, John Varrone and Bethany Dinsick.
CANNOT BE STOPPED
I love percussion and drums, so computer programed sounds with intense drumming was awesome for me! His set sparked a lot of energy for the evening!
This band had a sound very reminiscent of Black Sabbath. Low lights and incense also helped to create the mood of this band’s musical style.
Setting up on the floor meant that this band needed a lot of room, and they used it! I was completely impressed by Imperial China. Bands this wild are ALWAYS fun to photograph!
This 6-piece featured climactic music that exploded with tension in both the instruments and vocals. They put on an AMAZING performance!
The room was PACKED for Caverns. So much so that I had to stand on the steps on the side of the stage to take photos. Everyone in the crowd thoroughly enjoyed this band’s performance!
Considering that this was Wye Oak’s first show in like 3 months, they certainly filled the house! They are currently recording their next album and treated the crowd to three new songs!
Small Sur, with Andy Abelow from earlier in the evening, followed Title Tracks which I missed (I was caught up in Wye Oak’s performance).
Arbouretum headlined the evening on the main stage and featured Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak on vocals for a song! It was a special treat in the middle of their set.
Well, what can I say? I was intrigued, mesmerized, and I definitely want to see them again! Pleasant Livers preceded the last band of the evening (HOLLYWOOD) which I missed.
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