Rome Talks Working With Sublime

While discussing the first song he ever wrote with Sublime, Rome Ramirez (a.k.a. Rome) was all smiles.

“It was a pretty crazy experience. I was like 20-years old and I was in the studio with Sublime, the legendary huge rock band,” he said in an interview for Bud Light’s Music First series.

The tattooed tank-top-wearing Rome discussed the experience of putting together “You Better Listen,” while praising his fellow bandmates in the process.

“When they put their hands on the music, it gives it like this certain edge and this certain kind of bounce that not a lot of bands have,” he noted.

Check out Rome on his Guild acoustic performing Sublime with Rome’s “You Better Listen” below.

Visit Sublime with Rome’s official Facebook page for more information.

The Lumineers Play Two Hits on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Denver folk-rockers the Lumineers have been capturing the hearts and minds of fans around the world since the release of their 2012 self-titled debut album.

With the August 2013 release of a deluxe version of that record – which features five new songs – the Lumineers are definitely staying busy throughout the rest of this year, as well.

As such, the band recently stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to play two of their smash hits, ”Submarines” and “Stubborn Love.”

Watch both performances below and visit the Lumineers’ official website for a full list of tour dates.

R5 Performs New Single on The Morning Show

Los Angeles-based pop band R5 recently released the single “Pass Me By” from their debut album Louder (due out Sept. 24), and the quintet performed the catchy track on The Morning Show in Canada.

Surrounded by a group of young and enthusiastic fans, R5 stripped down the song with just two acoustic guitars.

Watch R5 in action below and visit their official website for more information.

Exist Elsewhere Rocks Artie Lange Show

Exist Elsewhere on the Artie Lange ShowExist Elsewhere recently appeared on the Artie Lange Show to perform the track “Tokyo” from their latest EP 413.

Led by Noah Benardout, the song takes a rocking turn once the refrain kicks in.

Check out “Tokyo” in the video below and visit Exist Elsewhere’s official website for more information.

The Lumineers Light Up Reading Festival

The Lumineers Hey Ho Reading FestivalDenver folk rockers the Lumineers have been making the rounds of the summer festivals based on their intimate and passionate live performances and their heartfelt 2012 self-titled album.

That journey recently took the Lumineers overseas to the U.K.’s Reading Festival.  Taking the Main Stage after a smattering of rain hit the site, the band went out into the crowd at times and generally led a giant singalong.

That was evident during their take on “Hey Ho,” which had the masses singing loud.

Watch the Lumineers play “Hey Ho” below and visit their official Facebook page for more information.

Okkervil River Hit Open Mics to Play New Tune

Okkervil River has a new album titled The Silver Gymnasium coming out Sept. 3, but frontman Will Sheff wanted to test out a new tune with his childhood friend Aaron Johnson in a few odd locations.

What ended up transpiring was Sheff and Johnson sitting in on several open mic nights around Vermont and New Hampshire, where they gave unsuspecting audiences a rare treat.

Watch the duo in action below, playing the song “Down Down the Deep River” in various locations, and visit Okkervil River’s official website to pre-order a copy of The Silver Gymnasium.

Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery Performs Solo Version of ‘If So’

Since the release of their pop-rock gem When It Was Now in early 2013, Australia’s Atlas Genius has garnered accolades around the world.

The band has made capacity crowds dance along with their catchy anthems in small clubs and big festivals. But when frontman Keith Jeffery stopped by the Guild Lounge to perform their latest single “If So,” it was not the fast-paced mover that they typically play live. Instead, Jeffery grabbed a Guild 12-string guitar and slowed down the tempo, creating a dreamy way to enjoy the song.

Watch Jeffery in action below and visit Atlas Genius’ official website for more information.

Grizzly Bear Bring Outside Lands Crowd to Their Feet

Grizzly Bear at Outside LandsEven though it was Grizzly Bear’s first time playing the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, it seemed like this band was meant for the bill.

The Brooklyn collective ran through a list of hits from their extensive catalog, plying their folky indie-rock wares to an enthusiastic audience.

Following the release of 2012’s Shields – which came out an agonizingly three years after their previous album Veckatimest – Grizzly Bear’s hearty fan club was anxious to see them live. Continue reading

Band of Horses Rev Up Outside Lands

When Band of Horses took to the Lands’ End Stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Friday  around 3:30 p.m., the atmosphere was slightly subdued, having been rocked to chill-mode by Surfer Blood.

But Band of Horses awoke the masses with their bombastic set that included a mix of hits from years past and several head-nodding numbers from their latest album Mirage Rock.

Early on in their set, Band of Horses pulled out one of their most popular songs, “Is There a Ghost,” relying on a constantly-building guitar crescendo and frontman Ben Bridwell’s unforgettable voice.

That was followed by “Electric Music,” a traveling song that really revved up the proceedings and seemed to be faster paced than the album version.

Proving to be one of the must-see shows on this summer’s festival circuit, the quintet knows how to switch things up while still honoring their original trackings.

Perhaps it’s a break of hearing it live, but “No One’s Gonna Love You” seemed to be even more haunting than it is on their record.  That didn’t stop the building audience from singing along, but it did cause many to put an arm around a significant other and sway in hypnotizing agreement.

That was broken, however, for “Knock Knock,” the racing rambler that leads off Mirage Rock.

As they laid into the driving beat that moves the refrain along, the growing crowd clapped in unison.

Clap-clap, clap!  Clap-clap, clap!

It was the perfect refresher to get things revved up for the rest of the festival.

The Lumineers Take Their Music to the Fans at Lollapalooza

The Lumineers at LollapaloozaPlaying in front of a large audience from the Lake Shore Stage at Lollapalooza on Saturday night, the Lumineers made every attempt to bring fans closer to the action.

Tactics like playing toy pianos, acoustic guitars, or using a single kick drum helped keep things intimate without feeling small.

But frontman Wesley Schultz went several steps further — several steps into the crowd.   In the middle of the Lumineers’ set, Schultz parted the seas and marched several yards into the mass of humanity and stood on a chair with a microphone stand to perform two bonus tracks that will come off the upcoming deluxe release of their self-titled debut album (Aug. 20).The Lumineers at Lollapalooza

After he strummed through “Darlene,” which actually featured percussionist Jeremiah Fraites on a xylophone solo, and “Eloise,” Schultz made his way back up to the stage seemingly unscathed.

Those were hardly the only high spots of the show, however.

The Lumineers came out of the gates strong, playing the ubiquitous “Hey Ho” a few moments into their setlist.  Aided by the vocals of multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek, “Hey Ho” had the entire crowd singing along, as did the summer anthem “Stubborn Love.”

Schultz also tabbed his inner Bob Dylan when he played the troubadour’s classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

As the sun went down in Chicago, the Lumineers verbally expressed their gratitude for those who gathered to watch them play.  But it was really obvious by the way they went about pulling everyone they could into their performance.