TIpper
Symbiosis 10 year RE:UNION Re:View
In a saturated festival market, where lineups and themes start to blur into eachother, you have to pick wisely. This year’s 10 year Re:Union of Symbiosis was my big pick of the summer, and I was not disappointed. I had not attended a Symbiosis event since the legendary 2009 Symbiosis in Yosemite, and I couldn’t wait to Re:Unite with this magical family. The Symbiosis production crew always delivers with a style and class that is hard to match. I know this because I have had the pleasure of attending 4 Symbiosis festivals, first in 2006 and 2007 in Angels Camp,...
Tipper plays intimate show for 500 lucky fans: show review
Experiencing the music of Dave Tipper is best described as an exercise in mindfulness. It’s the attempt to continuously and steadily balance the sometimes overwhelming cascade of multi-sensory stimulation. It’s the challenge of giving one’s full attention to the movement of sound as it dances across a stereophonic playground. It’s the total surrender to the chatter of the mind and its eventual return to the present moment; the ritualization of finding a “sweet spot”.  Experiencing Tipper’s music is trying to pick up on the nuance of his endless almanac of composed beats and rhythms that I think I’ve heard before,...
Wakarusa Lineup takes over Summer 2013
My uncle told me something a while back. “I’m really glad I’ve gotten to see so much of the country because of music.” Damn right. I never thought that I’d be driving for over a day to the boonies of Ozark, Arkansas with a group of whacko miscreants heading to see some live music. Yet, here I am, sitting on the steps of my porch in the woods, watching over the still Lamprey River on the first actual nice night of spring here in New Hampshire, writing a preview for Wakarusa. A full moon is rising over the trees in...
Kaleidoscope Kamp Out: Woodland Wonderland
I could hear the bass echoing through the parking lot as I made my way through Fort Tuthill. I walked on the long and winding path and took in the smells of the Arizona forest –surrounding us were giant, green ponderosa pines as far as the eyes could see. The sun was shining almost as bright as we were as we passed through the gates of the Pepsi Amphitheatre that lovely Saturday afternoon. This was the first annual Kaleidoscope Kamp Out, a one day festival that provided us a place to connect with friends in nature while enjoying some of...
Kaleidoscope Kamp Out: Flagstaff’s Woodland Dance Party
Flagstaff is a quaint little town tucked away in the mountains of Northern Arizona, home of the NAU Lumberjacks, microbreweries and the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine tree forest.  The energy in Flagstaff is super friendly, and its woodsy vibe and constant stream of amazing musical events attract people from all over.  Now that summer is sizzling down to its end, the shows seem to be getting cooler and cooler. This month Culture Shock will be presenting the Kaleidoscope Kamp Out.  Culture Shock is an EDM event hosted monthly at the Green Room and has brought us events like Bassnectar, Mimosa, and Pretty Lights.  KKO...
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