Elephant Revival discusses Petals, Red Rocks, and Green Chile [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Red Rocks season is in full swing, highlighting some of the best and most entertaining acts anyone would care to see. We’ve already made it up for a few notable shows, but the best outdoor venue in America still has so much in store, including a showing from Colorado-based folk outfit Elephant Revival.

We’re planning on being in those legendary stands this Sunday, but before we head out there, we thought it would be great to get to know this homegrown band a little bit better. So, we fired off a few choice questions to Daniel Rodriguez, who sings, and plays bass, banjo, and guitar.

TMN: Thanks for taking some time to sit down with us ahead of your first ever headlining show at Red Rocks. Let’s talk about that for a second. As a Colorado-based band, what does this mean to you guys?

ER: It truly is a great honor to be headlining Red Rocks. As a Colorado-based band, it means that the people who have been with us since the beginning can share in this experience with us. To have this world-class and incredibly epic venue in our backyard is a true gift. To be connected as we are to the Colorado music community—coming up through the jams and small venues, to now headlining Red Rocks—sure means a lot!

TMN: This performance closes out a pretty hefty tour in support of your recently released album, Petals. How has the reception been so far?

ER: The reception of our new material and all of the new sounds has been great. It's funny because when Bonnie picks up the cello, Charlie gets on the pedal steel, and I get on a drum, our fans become exposed to a sound that we have never produced live before. On tour, we found a balance of playing material off of our past records as well as off the new record. Intertwining both really helped people to welcome in the new. Mostly, I think people are mesmerized by how many instruments Bonnie can play. And then she sings, and how could that ever not be well received?

TMN: The album is phenomenal, by the way. The procession from start-to- finish was beautifully crafted. Did you write the album with a solid storyline in mind, or is this more so a collection of songs arranged in a specific order?

ER: Many folks have pointed out that they feel this is a conceptual album—that each song is one part of a larger story that the whole album tells. I'm shocked to realize that it does seem like a conceptualized album, because that's not what we set out to do. We just picked the songs that we and our producer were most excited about. Though it wasn't a conscious thing, perhaps it is a mystical thing that it came out sounding so cohesive.

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Frances Luke Accord – Fluke [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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There’s something about the warming temperatures hinting at the edges of summer that beckon us to go out and track down some of the most endearing indie folk tunes we can find. Maybe it’s the thought of mountain adventures, adorned with a backpack weighed down with the essentials. Maybe it’s fondly recalling late-night, lakeside campfire memories where the only things that matter are a circle of good friends and a bottle of quality whiskey. Whatever it is, it always happens around this time of year, and thankfully, Frances Luke Accord is here to satisfy that itch.

Made up of Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty, this Windy City duo has an Americana-rich charm that’s simply irresistible, especially when both members pair up for one of their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. At times, their modern folk interpretations remind us of Iron & Wine, at times they call on nostalgic associations of Simon & Garfunkle, and we also can’t help but shake hearing Hunter Hunted, especially with those harmonies we mentioned earlier.

We have to start by covering one of the most interesting origin stories we’ve heard, which comes from one of the oldest songs in the group’s repertoire. “Nowhere To Be found” was actually originally recorded in Kkindu Village, Uganda during their senior year at the University of Nortre Dame. When Powers and Gunty were putting together the Fluke, they revisited it once more and decided to include it.

We decided to re-record it for Fluke because we wanted an optimistic voice (both sonically and narratively speaking) to contrast the more sober corners of the album. We feel that this version also reflects our growth as performers and producers since our first release.

Beyond that, it’s honestly difficult to highlight other songs to talk about for one simple reason – they’re all so damn good. Take “Tangled In Your Web,” which takes a slight departure from other offerings, showcasing their ability to hone in on classic rock sensibilities. While the essence of their sound is still very much in tact, the calculated guitar riffs give it an edge that other tracks don’t have. Conversely, tracks like “Who Do You Run From” showcase the frolicking, playful folk nature that’s perfect for that soon-to-be sunshiney weather.

As a collective experience, it’s truly one that’s worthy of a start-to-finish session. With that in mind, we won’t keep you from it any longer.

’Who Do You Run From’
’Something Moving’
’Stones I’ve Thrown’
’Tangled In Your Web’
’David’
’The Nightline (ft. Katie Van Dusen)’
’Egoeye’
’Nowhere To Be Found’
’On The Road’
’In The Snow’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #3)

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You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you’ll get the Indie Dojo that you need.

’Two Another – Keeping Me Under’
’PLGRMS – Fools And Their Gold’
’Modesta – Strut’
’Jake Herring – Little Mess ‘
’Katmaz – Nautical Things’
’Om Collective – I Didn’t Know I Was Trouble ft. Jacob Pearson & Maia Jelavic’
’Hein Cooper – Rusty’
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Saturday Selection Vol. 6

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These past two weeks have been an absolute GOLDMINE for music fans everywhere. We’ve honestly never seen a month this stacked with releases both from established legends and exciting newcomers in a long time. It doesn’t stop, and we’d be fine it never did really. Even with all of the hype, you may have missed a few things, and we’ve got some highlights that you definitely need to hear. Switch up your taste a little today and show the talented folks below some love.


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CAFUNÉ – Don’t You Forget

We love CAFUNÉ. After having the amazing opportunity to premiere their debut EP, Love Songs For Other People, we’ve been hooked on their pristine style of electronically tinged pop. They continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with “Don’t You Forget” in a positive minded approach, both lyrically and production-wise. They’ve even been given praise from Pharrell Williams himself, so, even if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will. From their amazing covers to their catchy and sweet original material, CAFUNÉ show that pop music isn’t all formulaic, and we’re lucky to get to hear them break that barrier.


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Mura Masa – Lotus Eater (Tonton Remix)

Simply put, this is a stunning rendition of an already phenomenal song. Remixing Mura Masa is no small feat, and Tonton made it look effortless. The defining features of the original were kept, but this “Lotus Eater” update has skyrocketed into popularity on its own merit. Finding a way to still make your speakers go through a workout and maintaining a cool and collected sense of calm is quite the balance, but this remix handles both without fail. Keep your ears open to for more Tonton.


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Anna Straker – Late Night Swimming

We’ve got even more great pop coming at you this week, and it’s here courtesy of Anna Straker. Debut tracks on SoundCloud are always great to come across, and “Late Night Swimming” continues this trend without a hitch. You can soak up the sun with this one, or cruise around with the windows down as the breeze whips around you almost in time with the song itself. Anna Straker is enchanting throughout the tune, and, even with the strong production, her voice is the anchor holding “Late Night Swimming” together. We are VERY ready for more from her.


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Mishegas – Home

Building an emotional appeal with no words is something to be admired, and Mishegas‘ sophomore tune channels a similarity to artists in Foreign Family in this regard. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let “Home” transport you into another dimension of heavenly synths, swaths of reverberating drums, and a serendipitous melody that makes you feel like everything might just be alright. We’re catching onto Mishegas early, but there’s no stopping him if more tunes like “Home” are on the way.


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YOKE LORE – SAFETY

What do you get when you put a little bit of banjo into electronica? YOKE LORE. At first glance of that sentence, it may seem like a silly combination, but “SAFETY” has proven it can work, and very well at that. The group vocals chant harmoniously along with a strumming banjo, thumping kicks, and resounding synths that culminate into something extremely unique. This is one tune you’ll just have to listen to to believe. Grab their EP here!


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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #2)

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The internet can sometimes be an overwhelming, frightening black abyss of indie music. Which is why we don’t mind being your middle ninja. We spend most of our days swimming though what seems to be a never ending black hole of good and bad anyways, so why not filter it into one solid playlist? It’s really no sweat off our back.

’BOYBOY – VICES’
’Ruby Empress – Deluca’
’Firewood Island – All In Line’
’The King’s Parade – Gathering the Pieces of a Broken Heart’
’Postcards From Mars – Into The Unknown’
’Land of Trees – Wild Wind’
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[Folk] Someday River – Sleeping Sideways

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There’s no doubt about it – summer is peeking her sunny head around the corner, beckoning on those who are looking forward to a few months filled with road trips, late night camping sessions, and the necessary backyard BBQs. Per usual, we’ve already started our hunt for warm-weather indie folk tunes to populate our playlists, and Orlando-based Someday River just added a doozy into the mix.

Led by Greyson Charnock, this encapsulating outfit draws listeners in with stunning guitar work, sweeping drum patterns, and groovy basslines, all of which are rooted in a delightfully familiar folk structure. It’s the kind of music you picture as the soundtrack to your warm-weather adventures, casually tapping you on the shoulder to let you know you had one hell of a time.

Follow Someday River on Facebook to get updates on their upcoming EP, which is where you’ll find this dazzling little gem.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #1)

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Crazy day already? We’ve got a pretty chillax Indie Dojo for you, all queued up and ready to go. Go ahead…Take a listen. It’ll probably be good for you.

’Two Feet – You’re So Cold’
’The Beegles – Semaphore’
’Alexander Biggs – Out In The Dark’
’Wild Honey – This Time’
’Samson The Truest – Real’
’The Land Below – Hand In My Pocket (Alanis Morissette)’
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