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Festival season is upon us!

As we finally begin to enter the warmer months, tickets for music festivals everywhere are selling like mad! Not sure which festival to attend? Check out this interactive map that profiles ten different music festivals around the country. Whether you want to camp out for a weekend or attend just one show, there’s a festival out there for you. They can get pricey, but I promise the experience will be worth your money! Happy festival season!

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If you like Mumford & Sons, then you’ll like The Head and the Heart

No matter how old you are or what type of music you like, you have heard of Mumford & Sons. They’ve put a refreshing spin on mainstream music and have proved that not all hope has been lost to auto-tune and Rebecca Black. The London natives recently won the Grammy for “Album of the Year” for their latest release, “Babel”.

Mumford & Sons performing at this year's Grammy Awards - guardian.co.uk

Mumford & Sons performing at this year’s Grammy Awards – guardian.co.uk

Mumford & Sons has a distinctive sound. Their folksy, almost bluegrass-like rock is full of lively guitar and banjo, layered vocals, and passion. Their music ranges from foot-stomping anthems like “I Will Wait” to slow, heartfelt tunes like “White Blank Page”.  Their vocal harmonies are perfect and haunting.

The Head and the Heart, a group from Seattle, has a similar set of qualities with one major difference – their vocal harmonies are comprised of both male and female voices. The band’s sound is more reliant on piano than guitar, but the feel of their music is akin to that of Mumford & Sons.  Both groups have an incredible amount of soul.  They sing about love, loss, and longing, and they do so in a way that makes you feel what they are feeling.

The Head and the Heart - etownian.com

The Head and the Heart – etownian.com

Having self-released their album “The Head and the Heart” in 2009, The Head and the Heart should have had a slow start. However, since the album’s release, they have opened for artists like Dave Matthews and The Decemberists as well as appeared at music festivals like Lollapalooza. The band has a pop-folk sound, relying heavily on the vocals of Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and Charity Rose Thielen. All three sing separately as well as together, giving the group a dynamic sound and a lot of room for variation in their songs.

Check out my favorite The Head and the Heart song below:

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If you like Kid Cudi, then you’ll like The Knux

Kid Cudi has become quite popular since the release and subsequent success of his single “Day ‘n’ Nite” in 2009.  The Ohio native’s music has been defined by some as “hipster hop,” an indie rock-inspired form of hip-hop/rap.  The musical aspect of Kid Cudi’s songs seems to be just important as the lyrics, whereas traditional rap songs place more emphasis on the lyrics.

The Knux, a duo from New Orleans, also fall into the “hipster hop” category.  If you’ve ever been to Lollapalooza or a similar music festival, you know that there’s always downtime between the bands you want to see.  During that time, you can eat, take a nap, or watch an artist you’ve never heard of.  In the summer of 2009, this third option is how I came to discover The Knux.

The Knux - cherrytreerecords.com

The Knux – cherrytreerecords.com

I saw The Knux perform on a little side stage during my first year at Lollapalooza in Chicago.  My friends and I had never heard of them but were immediately drawn in by their infectious energy and catchy rhythms.  Brothers Kentrell “Krispy” Lindsey and Alvin “Joey” Lindsey leapt and danced across the stage as they rapped enthusiastically, encouraging the crowd to join in and even teaching us their easier choruses.

As the show went on, the crowd grew to the point where people had to stand among the trees flanking the stage.  Oddly enough, Kid Cudi was also performing at Lollapalooza that year.  In 2011, The Knux released a track called “Run” that features Kid Cudi.  It has been the duo’s most successful song yet.  “Run” reflects Kid Cudi’s distinctive groove, though The Knux provide a bit of flair.  While it’s a great track, the video for “Cappuccino” is a more accurate portrayal of The Knux and their style.  Check it out:

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