Friday September 07th 2012, 11:58 am
In Living Color: Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival 2012
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I think the realization finally hit me as I snaked my car over the mountains on the Oregon border late Monday afternoon; my radio tuned to some phantom AM station playing Elvis gospel records and forgotten Kingston Trio album cuts while the afternoon sunshine was being devoured by giant clouds that seemed to flow from the ominous California redwoods lurking in the distance. As I listened to Sonny James croon “Young Love,” it gradually occurred to me that trying to explain (let alone write) or even trying to share some thoughts about my trip to the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley, Oregon was going to be an impossible task.

After all, how can you even describe Pickathon itself to someone for the first time?
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Monday May 21st 2012, 3:49 pm
In Living Color: Jonathan Wilson at the Troubadour
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Jonathan Wilson

You should have been there. And by “there” we mean the celebrated Troubadour club in West Hollywood, CA, on Wednesday May, 9th, where Jonathan Wilson and his band played an impressive set that lasted nearly two and a half hours. Wilson — in a threadbare blue plaid shirt that made us think he probably has piles of laundry waiting for him back home in nearby Laurel Canyon — was in truly fine form, looking a little like Neil Young circa 1971 whilst offering up selections from last year’s vaunted When You Awake fave Gentle Spirit, along with a handful of new songs we can’t wait to hear again. Read more after the jump.
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Tuesday April 10th 2012, 4:05 pm
In Living Color: Deer Tick at The Garage (+ free MP3)
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Deer Tick

Deer Tick played a packed out show at The Garage last Wednesday night in support of the UK release of their latest record, Divine Providence. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the band since they first emerged on the scene in 2007 and have seen them play live at almost every stage of their career’s progression: from a tiny coffee shop in Austin, Texas (for War Elephant) and a dusty desert outside of Joshua Tree (for Born on Flag Day) to their holding court at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (for The Black Dirt Sessions) and now, at this latest gig (for Divine Providence) at The Garage in London.

Deer Tick

What’s struck me most about Deer Tick is that every time I’ve seen them they have completely surprised me. Some bands you can watch for 10 years and they always have the same tricks up their sleeve. But not them. Not Deer Tick. Though you can still hear traces of the ol’ bedroom recordings in their new tunes, life on the road these past 5 years has slowly but surely seeped into their sound and turned the one-man folk-tinged project into an all-out, bar-room power rock group.
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Tuesday December 13th 2011, 3:42 pm
In Living Color: Jonathan Wilson at the Troubadour
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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Photos from Jonathan Wilson’s headlining show at the Troubadour on Dec 7th. Check out more photos, taken by Jenna Bonenfant, after the jump.

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Tuesday August 02nd 2011, 7:27 am
In Living Color: Jackson Browne, Jonathan Wilson and Dawes
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Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson

Photos from the Jonathan Wilson and Dawes show, with special guest Jackson Browne, on July 19th at the Slaughtered Lamb in London. The boys are currently serving as Browne’s touring band, but stopped in London for these special shows in honor of Jonathan Wilson’s new record, Gentle Spirit (out August 8th via Bella Union). Dawes opened up the show and then were joined by Jonathan Wilson for his portion of the evening. Browne came out towards the end of Wilson’s set and performed on a couple of Wilson’s songs, before launching into some of his own, including “Take It Easy” and “These Days”.

Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson

The Slaughtered Lamb is an extremely intimate venue (everyone was sitting around on couches), and to see a legend like Browne in a space that small was absolutely astounding. Also apparent was the admiration, love and respect that these musicians had for each other. You could tell Browne adored the boys music just as much as they revered his. An incredible evening all around. Thanks to Will Rees for putting it on. More photos and a clip of the group singing “These Days” from the following evening’s show at the Borderline are after the jump.
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Monday April 18th 2011, 5:45 am
In Living Color: Akron/Family at the Echo
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Thanks to everyone who came out to the sold out When You Awake Present’s Akron/Family show last week at the Echo. More photos from the evening, by Hagop Kalaidjian, are after the jump.
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Monday April 04th 2011, 5:03 am
In Living Color: Sharon Van Etten at the Satellite
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The Satellite was abuzz last Friday night.  Having recovered (mostly) from our post-SXSW hangovers, dankovers and Texas heat exhaustion, the energy of our favorite glitter-curtained venue had us clapping, cheering and swooning from opener(s) to headliner, Sharon Van Etten. Read more after the jump.
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Wednesday March 30th 2011, 5:05 am
In Living Color: Efterklang at Scala
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Admittedly knowing little in advance about Danish band Efterklang, I was convinced by a friend and die hard fan to check out their recent sold out show in London at Scala. From the minute the event kicked off with a screening of their new documentary, a collaboration between the band and renowned filmmaker Vincent Moon called An Island, to their brilliant set that inspired numerous members of the audience to lift their hands up to the heavens, I can say those boys impressed. In fact, the night left me with such a high that when I realized I had lost my credit card, debit card, driver’s license AND oyster card, I didn’t even blink an eye. If that’s not a testament to the power of Efterklang, I don’t know what is. More photos are after the jump.
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Friday August 20th 2010, 11:09 am
In Living Color: Free For All Festival
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Concertgoer (HK)

Langhorne Slim (HK)

Photos from When You Awake’s Free For All Festival that took place on Sunday night. Check out more pictures from the evening, by our lovely photographers India Brookover (IB) and Hagop Kalaidjian (HK), after the jump. For the complete set, including some sweet face painting shots, visit our Facebook page.
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Wednesday August 18th 2010, 12:13 pm
In Living Color: Pickathon 2010
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Megafaun

Since I couldn’t make it up to Portland’s Pickathon this year (aka my favorite music festival in the country…seriously, it broke my heart), When You Awake reader Tim Marvin was gracious enough to share his experiences and photos from the fest with us. Check it out below. Thanks Tim!

Pendarvis Farm

What happens when you mix hippies, hipsters, hillbillies and a strong showing of cowboy boots? Apparently, Pickathon. Having sworn off festivals about seven years ago- too much money, too many people, too far from the stage, and the whole stinky shitters problem – the rumors of Pickathons past wore away at me to try one more time, but I was still skeptical.

Langhorne Slim

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