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The Top Ten Bands & Musicians We Want To See At All Good Music Festival 2015

All Good Festival & Campout has recently Revealed their 2015 Return to West Virginia, July 9-12. The 18th incarnation of the event, put on by Walther Productions, is taking place at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, WV (near Charles Town and Harper’s Ferry, WV). The new site, located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia, is approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore and 75 minutes from Washington D.C., and marks the festival’s return to the Wild and Wonderful Appalachian country. The festival lineup and further details will be announced in the coming months.All Good Festival - Save the Date

With that said, HYPE Editor, Phil Sunkel, gives us his top ten bands he would love to see at All Good Festival & Campout this year.

Leftover Salmon


Tedeschi Trucks Band

Superhuman Happiness

Snarky Puppy

Nahko and Medicine For The People


The Nth Power


Blues Traveler

For more info visit www.AllGoodFestival.com


Lightning in a Bottle Fest Announces Dates and Location + Tycho/ISO50 Visual Takeover

The Do LaB has just announced that Lightning in a Bottle, California’s premiere transformational boutique music and arts festival, will take place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21st – 25th) at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA for its ten year anniversary.

After what many are calling the best year in the festival’s lifespan in 2014, The Do LaB is excited to return to the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area. The last two LIBs have been held in new locations, so The Do LaB is excited about returning to the same location, which will allow them to build and improve off of last year’s efforts.Daniel Zetterstrom 1

Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 5th at 10AM for the Rush-n-Get-Em 24-hour ticket window starting at $235 for the full weekend pass. Up-And-At-Em tickets go on sale the day after for $260. Purchasing tickets now is the best way to secure one of the limited car camping, boutique camping or lightning bus spots.

The Do LaB is excited for what promises to be an amazing 10th year of existence. Just last week, it was announced that IS050 (Scott Hansen of Tycho) will be the lead visual designer for LiB 2015. ISO50 will have his clean, colorful touch on everything from the website to the lineup flyer.

Lightning in a Bottle just released their first image from IS050, who was given a blank canvas to showcase his unique design style and preview what is to come for next year’s festival. IS050’s design was built off a photo from photographer and friend Daniel Zetterstrom, whose photo was selected for its focus on individual experiences within a communal setting that has come to embody LiB. Also, the water pail that one of the characters is holding signifies the festival’s connection to the environment and its role to improve/educate California amid the drought.Daniel Zetterstrom 4

ISO50 also produces music under the name Tycho, creating dreamy atmospheric music that has garnered admiration from music critics and fans across the globe, highlighted by the release of one of 2014’s most standout albums, “Awake.”

The Do LaB has been a fan of Scott Hansen’s work, both musically and visually, for years and after performing at LiB as Tycho for the first time in 2013 Hansen immediately fell in love with the festival. In his own words:

“A lot of my friends have been going to LIB for years and I’ve always wanted to go. When we finally got a chance to play the festival I immediately felt a sense of community that was very inspiring. When LIB contacted me about designing some images for them it seemed like a perfect opportunity to apply the aesthetic I’ve been developing for Tycho to a physical space. I was really inspired by the images my friend, photographer Daniel Zetterstrom, had captured of the event the year prior and set about incorporating them into a sort of idealized vision of what a gathering of people around art and music could be. I tried to create images that felt less literal and more like the memories people would take away from the event.”Daniel Zetterstrom 3

Get your tickets and find out more about lightning in a Bottle here.

All photos by Daniel Zetterstrom

Ghost Owl On The Rise

Let’s be honest, we at HYPE love Ghost Owl. If you’ve never heard of these guys, then perfect, you’ll go into it with no judgement. If you’re a P. Groove fan, even better because Ghost Owl sounds absolutely nothing like P. Groove. In my humble opinion, I think they sound a bit more like a little Lotus mixed with Radiohead, Tycho and maybe a little Arcade Fire.

Check out these awesome shots I took at the guys show a little while back at Guanabanas in Jupiter, FL.

For more info and to buy the guys new album visit GhostOwlBand.bandcamp.com

Best 35 Albums of 2014, So Far…

By Phil Sunkel

After we did the 50 Greatest Live Acts of Right Now article in response to Rollingstone’s piece by the same name, I knew I had to put together another list.

This time I’ll be showcasing what I believe to be the 35 best albums of 2014, so far.

Please keep in mind this is my personal opinion. Feel free to voice your opinions at the bottom of the page in the comments section.

35.) Gramatik “The Age of Reason”

34.) Boombox “Filling In The Color”

33.) Beats Antique “Thousand Faces Act 2”

32.) Jimkata “Feel In Light”

31.) Space Jesus “Atom + Eve”

30.) The Royal Noise “This Is The Funky Part”

29.) Railroad Earth “Last of The Outlaws”

28.) The McLovins “Funk No Uno”

27.) Will Kimbrough “Sideshow Love”

26.) Delta Spirit “Into The Wide”

25.) Rebelution “Count Me In”

24.) Earphunk “Sweet Nasty”

23.) Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy”

22.) Keb Mo “Bluesamericana”

21.) Chatham County Line “Tightrope”

20.) Michael Franti & Spearhead “All People”

19.) Umphrey’s Mcgee “Similar Skin”

18.) The Heavy Pets “Rags and Aces”
Ok ok, I know its really just an ep with three songs, but they’re really good songs. Probably three of the best that The Heavy Pets have brought out to date.

17.) Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line”

16.) Chet Faker “Built On Glass”

15.) Milky Chance “Stolen Dance”

14.) Spiritual Rez “Apocalypse Whenever”

13.) Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits”

12.) Kung Fu “Tsar Bomba”

11.) St. Paul & The Broken Bones “Half The City”

10.) Moe. “No Guts, No Glory”

9.) String Cheese Incident “Song In My Head”

8.) Hard Working Americans “Hard Working Americans”

7.) Phish “Fuego”

6.) Turkuaz “Future 86”

5.) Lotus “Gilded Age”

4.) Greensky Bluegrass “If Sorrow Swims

3.) Ghost Owl “Say Goodbye To Finland”

2.) Snarky Puppy “We Like It Here”

1.) Tycho “Awake”

Summer 2014 Beach Playlist

Summer is in full steam and lets be honest, some great tunes to cool you down would sure help you forget about that blazing sun. Check out these 15 songs to help you simmer down in the summer’s heat.

*A little side note here, after the success of this post last summer, we knew we had to bring back the beloved Summer Beach Playlist for your listening pleasure.

“Keep It Cool” by The Aggrolites

“Tan Lines” by Futurebirds
Continue reading Summer 2014 Beach Playlist

Tycho and Beacon Play the Original Cafe11


As the warm Florida winter gave St. Augustine a dreamy spring fever, so did Tycho and Beacon, as they played the original cafe11 on Jan. 28.


Beacon, an electronic mesh of bass synths and sensual falsettos, opened the night in a downtempo trance. The band is composed of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett, a Greenpoint, Brooklyn based duo who bring back a dash of ’90s and spoonful of contemporary R&B. The cherry on top is battle between the deliscious vocals and the mehanics of the synths. The duo played songs such as “No body,” “Exhal” and “Girl in a coma” off their latest EP, “No body.”

Tycho, the music project of San Francisco based artist and producer Scott Hansen, stopped in town for the tour of their latest album“Dive,” released in Oct. 2011. It has been a busy year for the band, as before the “Dive” tour, Tycho joined fellow electro-pop band, Little Dragon, for a fall 2011 tour. “It was a great experience. They’re favorite band of mine so when they asked us to support on that tour I was really excited,” Hansen said. “They all ended up being really great people and we learned a lot from their show; they do an incredible job representing the music in a live context”


But Hansen has is own unique ideas of how to present his music project live. Along with being a musician, he is also a talented graphic artist, and creates design and images to play during performances. It is as if he is sending people into a foreign world with its own soundtrack. Anything from space to hot air balloons are screened in vibrant rotating colors that transcends into a story of its own.

“For me, the music and design are one and the same,” Hansen said. “The eventual goal of this whole project is to create a full

length motion piece scored by the music. I am working towards this with the live show where I project animations and film in sync with the music.”

Tycho creates a ying and yang effect of music and art to create a show that feels like a true journey or experience, like walking into a painting. Hansen utilies his skills as an artist and a musician to correlate the two art forms. And as his skill grows, so do Tycho’s albums.


“I think the album that preceded it [“Past is Prologued”] was more a celebration or ode to the external, natural world while this album [“Dive”] was more an introspective journey. Still indirectly linked to the world around me but more bout how those experiences and ideas change when they are perceived and stored as memories. I guess you could say the first album was a photograph while this one was a painting.

Before Dive, Hansen took time off from releasing music to focus on his visual work and strengthen his skills as a musician through gaining further knowledge about audio engineering, recording and “general musicianship” he said. Hansen was thrown into the music industry at the age of 20, and believes he has grown musically in between albums as he spends more time learning about his music before writing and sitting in a recording booth. “I wanted to get to the point where I felt my skills as a producer would allow me to create the album I had envisioned,” he said.

By Ryan Buffa: rbuffa@flagler.edu

Photos and Videos By Phil Sunkel: Psunkel@hype-mag.com