**New Belgium beer is offering one of their fine beers with each admission
to the David Dondero show on June 7 at the East Side Club while supplies
#10 ON NPR'S TOP 10 BEST LIVING SONGWRITERS LIST (along side Dylan, Springsteen, Waits)
10. David Dondero: Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst is often cited as one of the best songwriters making music today, and he's credited David Dondero for his whole sound.
NPR'S TINY DESK CONCERT
NUMBER ZERO WITH A BULLET (TEAM LOVE EPK)
Mechanical River is the melancholic and twisted folk project of ex-Working Title frontman and Charleston, SC native Joel T Hamilton. As the Working Title, Hamilton's first E.P. "Everyone Here Is Wrong" was rated 5 out of 5 in Alternative Press Magazine and they also labeled The Working Title, A Band To Watch. The band's next LP, About Face, was released July 18, 2006. On October 6, 2005, The Working Title began the "The Music Is Much Too Loud Tour" with Circa Survive, Mae, and MUTEMATH as an opening act. The band has also been on tour with bands such as mewithoutYou, Copeland, Vedera, As Tall as Lions, Counting Crows, Our Lady Peace and the Goo Goo Dolls. In 2008 Hamilton released his first solo record "Officina" and in 2010 released the critically acclaimed "Feels Like We're Gonna Win" on Charleston label Shrimp Records (Shovels and Rope, Owen Beverly)
With musical influences running the gamut, Hamilton's new project Mechanical River effectively paints the Christ-haunted southern low-country into every song with a then-and-now blend of digital loops, 80s Casio keyboards, swampy effect-riddled vocals, a cigar box guitar and even more traditional instruments like accordion, banjo and fiddle. At the top, Hamilton's voice is both soaring and despondent - crooning a transcendent lyrical portrait of the muddiness of life and love
Live, Mechanical River features Hamilton as the classic one-man band - singing, playing guitar and drums all with the accompaniment of backing tracks. The cacophony of sound is both captivating and surreal.
Mechanical River's debut album releases on Shrimp Records in the summer of 2012 w/ a full fledged US tour and VA Publicity at the helm.
RIYL: Smog, Dirty Three, David Bazan
http://vimeo.com/38947310 (new video for "By Fathers")
East Side Club of Madison (View)
3735 Monona Drive
Madison, WI 53714