Houndmouth On Mountain Stage

May 30, 2013

The Indiana folk-rock band Houndmouth makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. Houndmouth surprised many of its fans by signing with the London-based Rough Trade label — home of The Smiths, The Buzzcocks and The Strokes.

All four band members share lead vocal duties, with keyboard player Katie Toupin bringing her own measure of rock 'n' roll glamour to play against the earthy Americana presentation of bassist Zak Appleby, drummer Shane Cody and guitarist Matt Myers.



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100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

May 29, 2013

One hundred years ago, a landmark of modern music was unveiled before a Paris audience. And that audience famously and mercilessly greeted it with boos, jeers and hisses. It was the premiere of the Ballets Russes' The Rite of Spring.

The Stray Birds On Mountain Stage

May 29, 2013

The Stray Birds' members make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. The trio, based in rural Lancaster Penn., features fiddlers Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven, with Charles Muench on bass — and all three sing lead.

The band's own original songs include "My Brother's Hill," which Craven wrote for bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. The Stray Birds' set also includes de Vitry's "Railroad Man," which was not heard in the radio broadcast. The group's self-titled debut came out last year.

We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

May 29, 2013

A few weeks ago, we asked you to take the last minute of Stravinsky's famous music for The Rite of Spring, transform it into something new and post your creations to YouTube. And boy, did you guys deliver, just in time to mark the ballet's 100th anniversary — it premiered May 29, 1913 — in brilliant fashion.

"No Need for a Leader," from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's recent album II, is the song that really drew me into the band's recent concert at Washington, D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel, recorded live on Feb. 27. A cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, it's a tremendous introduction to the trio, which began as a solo project for frontman Ruban Nielsen.