Episode 33: Gremfest ’17

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Here’s episode 33 with Gremfest ’17 coverage!

Gremfest started as a house show with friends which has since turned into the most raddest, funnest and most epic house party festival that I’ve ever attended.

Spencer Kilpatrick and his girlfriend decided one day to have bands play for his birthday. It has since grown into a melding of Reno and Bay Area bands getting together, playing music and drinking beer with fellow music fans who share a love of rock ‘n’ roll and good times.

Spencer asked me to show up to the festival to record some interviews with the bands playing and to provide coverage of Gremfest ’17. I carried a handheld recorder with me in one hand, beer in the other, and let the tape roll. What was recorded is pure fun!

Here’s a flyer of featured bands that played at Gremfest ’17 and appear on this episode.

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Be sure to check out the Gremfest showcase at this years Off Beat Music Festival in Reno.

Visit offbeatreno.com for festival passes and be on the lookout for Gremfest ’18.

Thanks for listening!

Hosted and produced by David Hadel

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Episode 32: Tacocat

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Here’s episode 32 with Tacocat!

Tacocat is an American punk rock quartet from Seattle, Washington on Hardly Art records. They founded in 2007 and consist of band mates Emily Nokes, Bree McKenna, Lelah Maupin, and Eric Randall.

Tacocat recently performed at the Holland Project in support of their record Lost Time with Reno locals Okay Urge and Snack. We had a great time talking about their favorite podcasts, their experience at Coachella where they performed this year, and we find out which band mates are dog lovers, cat lovers or both! Speaking of podcasts check out the awesome Sub Pop Podcast at subpop.fm.

You can find out more about Tacocat and purchase their rad merch and music at tacocatdotcom.com.

Here’s the video for “Dana Katherine Scully” from Tacocat’s record Lost Time.

Here’s the video for the song “I Hate The Weekend” from Lost Time.

The following songs from Lost Time are featured on this episode:

“Talk”

“I Hate The Weekend”

Follow Tacocat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Thanks for listening!

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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Episode 31: Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

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Here’s episode 31 with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts.

I had the pleasure to talk to Ryan Chrys and Bradley Weaver from The Rough Cuts before they performed at The Saint in Reno. They were coming through town from Denver CO in support of their latest record Shovel Full Of Coal. The opening band at The Saint were Everyday Outlaw from Truckee, CA. Check ’em out!

Here’s a little info about Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts from their site:

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, they drive their sound with blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and a rock n roll attitude. “Modern Outlaw Country” is a term the band uses to describe their music.

Recent highlights include being direct support for Blackberry Smoke,  The Marshall Tucker Band, Shakey GravesJunior Brown, Cody Canada & The Departed, Cash’d Out, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and more. The band toured extensively in 2015 and 2016 in support of their sophomore album, “Up From The North.” Highlights of the touring include the 75th annual Sturgis Rally where Gilby Clarke, formerly of Guns n Roses, performed on stage with the band, and later at the Ogden Theatre in Denver where Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident performed on stage with the band.

Here’s the video for the song “Modern Outlaw Country”

The following songs from Shovel Full Of Coal are featured on this episode:

“Killer”

“Country Music Soundtrack”

Follow Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

Visit their website to purchase their music and awesome merch.

Thanks for listening!

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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Episode 30: Chris Staples

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Here’s episode 30 with Chris Staples!

Chris Staples played a solo performance on his living room show tour with Undertow Music Collective at 7th Street Station recently in Reno. We talked about his recording / writing process, his musical roots growing up in Florida, then moving on to creating his own sound in Seattle and releasing his music with Barsuk Records.

Here’s a little info from his bio written by Kathleen Tarrant:

“Starting in his hometown in Florida, all the way to the Pacific Northwest, Staples has built a career writing songs in their most immediate form – a moment happens, and to process it he lets a thought or feeling guide the song into being. This mentality has carried him from his first solo record, Panama (2001) to American Soft, and with each album Staples’ core strengths have grown into a subtle brilliance – innate melody, intense allegory, and the deceptive sinew behind songs that could easily be dismissed as merely quiet.”

“Balancing his music with day jobs in construction and carpentry, and playing at times in other people’s bands, Staples struggled to focus the many parts of his creative life, but didn’t have the capacity to make a change.  His life was split between work, split between his home in Seattle and his roots in Florida, where he had always gone to write and record his albums.”

Here’s the video for the song “Golden Age” from his recent album Golden Age.

Here’s the KEXP performance from 2014.

The following songs from American Soft and Golden Age are featured on this episode:

“Hold Onto Something”

“Golden Age”

Follow Chris Staples on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

Check out his website at chrisstaplesmusic.com for more info and cool merch!

You can purchase his songs and full albums on Bandcamp. Follow his page for new music when it’s released.

Thanks for listening.

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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Episode 29: Killer Whale

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Here’s episode 29 with Thomas Johnson from the band Killer Whale!

Thomas and I had a conversation before he performed recently with his band Killer Whale at The Saint in Reno. We talked about their new record Casual Crush, his musical roots growing up in Louisiana and about how he learned to surf in the Gulf of Mexico among other things.

Here’s a little snippet about Killer Whale from an article by The Bay Bridged:

“Baton Rouge’s Thomas Johnson moved to San Francisco and brought a bountiful sense of creativity with him. Recording as Killer Whale, Johnson crafts psychedelic rock-pop from a mixture of acoustic instruments, electronics, and layered vocals”

Check out the music video for their song “Pink Pacific” from Casual Crush.

You can purchase their music on Bandcamp and follow them on Facebook for upcoming tour dates and future releases.

Thanks for listening.

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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Episode 28: Rigorous Proof

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Here’s episode 28 with Rigorous Proof!

The guys from Rigorous Proof had a conversation with me recently at The Saint in Reno about how they got together and their creative process. They are currently working on a new album coming out soon. You can listen to their latest single “AK-47” exclusively on Tunetrax.

Rigorous Proof is a “Post Modern Alternative Rock” outfit from Reno, Nevada. The band is fronted by the mercurial guitarist and singer, Johnny “Harpo” Bailey, who some have described as “James Brown, Jimmy Page and Ray Davies put in a blender and poured into Syd Barrett’s paisley shirt.” Johnny is supported by the stoic and pragmatic Adam “Lando” Landis on keys and backup vocals, rounded out by the groovy and jovial Jesse “JayBo” Gaddis on bass guitar, and solidified by the missing link between John Bonham and Ringo Starr—Wesley “WoFo” Forster on drums and percussion. Rigorous Proof plays music that blends a love for the old and the new, with lyrics pulling from narratives of triumph, despair, and sardonic wit. Think Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Arctic Monkeys and Wilco all fused together as one.

Check out their live recordings and performances from The Reno Sessions below.

The following songs by Rigorous Proof from their album Perspectives are featured on this episode:

“All Time Is Now”

“October Sky”

Follow Rigorous Proof on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for future shows and upcoming releases.

Purchase music by Rigorous Proof on their Bandcamp page and to find out more about them visit their website at rigorousproof.com.

Please help support help bring an all-ages community radio station to Northern NV! Visit kwnkradio.org for more info.

Thanks for listening.

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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Episode 27: Travis Hayes and The Young Daze


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Here’s episode 27 with Travis Hayes and The Young Daze!

Travis Hayes and The Young Daze performed at The Saint in Reno this past weekend with Reno hometown heroes Rigorous Proof and People With Bodies. I got a chance to chat with Travis Hayes and The Young Daze before they performed about their music, recent west coast tour stopping through SXSW and plans to release their future album.

Travis Hayes isn’t the type to wear emotions on his sleeve. He saves that for his songs- brutally honest most of the time, and endearingly heartfelt all the time. Hayes continues the timeless tradition of soul-bearing songwriting to interpret our shared human experience into music. Love, heartbreak, fading friendships, fraught relationships – they’re all expressed achingly through his impassioned voice and melodic guitar lines. Hayes echoes the earnestness of Springsteen, the pop sensibility of Petty, and the raw emotion of Ryan Adams. Simply put by Music Junkie Press, “If you are from the Bay Area and haven’t been to a Travis Hayes show, then you are missing out.”

Check out the video for the song Teen Haze below.

You can purchase their music on their Bandcamp page or at iamtravishayes.com

The following songs by Travis Hayes are featured on this episode:

“Song From A Movie”

“Young Daze”

Follow Travis Hayes and The Young Daze on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please help support KWNK, an all-ages community based radio station.

Visit their site kwnkradio.org for more info.

Thanks for listening.

Hosted and Produced by David Hadel

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