Friday, February 22, 2013

Sights and Sounds: #BOTH (Aimee Mann/Ted Leo project), Field Report, Moreland & Arbuckle,

Happy Friday everybody! Here is the latest roundup of news from all corners of my jammed inbox...


#BOTH, a new collaboration of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, will be showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material. See their first shows ever at Largo in Los Angeles on March 8 and 9 and Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on March 26th and 27th.

Mann is also set to perform at the Petty Fest next week, as well as a string of solo dates. Visit Mann's official Web site for more details on all the concert dates.

NPR Premieres Debut Video "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" From Field Report

March 2013 Tour with Sara Watkins


"Enchanting...a breakout debut" -Rolling Stone

"Meticulous...gorgeous" -NPR

"Drop dead elegant" -Esquire

Field Report and NPR present the video for "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" from the band's debut full-length, Field Report, with a First Watch premiere. The emotionally arresting video was directed by Manny Marquez and creates a wrenching narrative of a formerly homeless man seeking healing and redemption amidst the urban decay of Field Report's hometown, Milwaukee. Here is the link:

By listening to Chris Porterfield's lyrics on repeat during his daily bike rides through Milwaukee, director Marquez says, "I started to see this world that he was creating, a world that was this Field Report album. It reminded me of Raymond Carver's work or Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, OH. You have this series of seemingly normal situations, and people in different phases of life dealing with these situations. I'm talking about love, lost love, happiness, and longing. And with all the empty factories and old houses in Milwaukee, the town just set the scene."

Marquez continues, "The most difficult part of shooting the video was the scene in the church food program at the end. That's St. Ben's in Milwaukee, and it's a wonderful place where the Capuchin Brothers feed about 400 people every night. We had to shoot it in a way that the only faces seen were those of the people that wanted to be in the video, and respect all the other people that were just there for a meal."

Field Report will play songs off their widely praised 2012 record across the US this spring. They will headline a handful of dates before appearing at SXSW in March, followed by a tour of the East Coast with Sara Watkins.


Aaron Moreland
Since their beginnings in the Kansas heartland, guitarist Aaron Moreland and vocalist/harpist Dustin Arbuckle have captured the visceral spirit and raw energy of the early 20th century Delta blues and distilled it all down to a hard-driving and powerful garage-rock configuration.

Working for the first time with Seattle-based record producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Sword, Norma Jean), Moreland & Arbuckle are set to release a new collection of “raw, dirty, primal sounds” (USA Today) on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group, in late summer 2013.

The follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2011 release Just A Dream, this new recording captures the excitement of their live shows, showcasing the best of Moreland’s dynamic and compelling guitar work – and his custom cigar-box guitar – Arbuckle’s emotionally charged vocals and edgy harp, along with a rock-solid backbeat of drummer Kendall Newby.

Dustin Arbuckle
I caught Moreland & Arbuckle in a fantastic 45-minute outing when they opened for Buddy Guy in September 2011. Read my review of that show here.

For more information on the exciting Moreland & Arbuckle, visit

Moreland & Arbuckle photo credits: Jon T. Cruz, 1369 Photos

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