BY: CLARE SAUSEN // On Friday, September 15 th , Sturgill Simpson will come to the legendary Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD to tour his latest album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, winner of the Grammy for Best Country Album and nominee for Album of the Year in February, 2017.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is the singer-songwriter’s third solo studio album, following 2014’s hit Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and 2013’s High Top Mountain. Simpson was originally a founding member of the bluegrass band Sunday Valley before embarking on a solo career following the band’s ending in 2012.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is a slight departure from his country roots, leaning more on his rock elements and even covering Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Simpson has typically been classified as “alt-country,” incorporating psychedelic, r&b, and soul components to his bluegrass base. The album also features additions from The Dap-Kings, a Brooklyn funk and soul band. He claims that the record is a commemoration of the birth of his second son, and it is critically regarded as Simpson’s best work to date.
BY: CLARE SAUSEN // In the sold-out Lincoln Theatre, Nathan Fielder came out on stage to the sound of Lana Del Rey’s hit song Born to Die. In his infamous monotone, he began to sing the tune in the most uncomfortable way one could possibly imagine. He stood with hands by his side and kept his eyes fixed on the stage below him the entire time.
After this very Fielder-eqsue opening, he began to crack improvised jokes about the specific crowd—from the unruly air vent crawling into the box seats to the fact that Simple Plan had played the venue the night before (whose songs feel “like they’re speaking directly to me”).
BY: ELLERY GLADSTONE-GROTH // On Saturday September 16th Young The Giant, will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion accompanied by the stylings of the Cold War Kids and Joywave. The California based quintet, Young The Giant are coming off their third full length album, Home of The Strange(2016) and are sure to deliver the indie synth rock vibe we have come to know and love.
Home of The Strange recorded 3 Billboard top 100 singles with, “Amerika” , “Something to believe in” and “Silvertongue”. These singles would surely foreshadow the albums number 12 ranking on the billboard top 200 albums of the week.