Happy Birthday

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It’s been one whole year since the meager beginnings of SeeingTrees. All I can say is thank you to each every person that has read anything on the blog and felt something because of that. *OK, reign in the cheese, Eliz* But, seriously, every time I have the honor of interviewing an artist, I realize the untouchable value of music. It’s a form of communication and one of the only forms that is able to cater to every single person out there. Encouraging communication is a passion of mine, as strange as that sounds. Subtext can only accomplish so much. Music helps. Talking helps. But, I’m not about me here. It’s for all of you. We have a lot to learn from each other. Let’s talk. From the depths of my terribly sentimental heart; thanks for listening.

Don’t forget:

– House show tonight at 8PM featuring Matt Wright, Keelan Donovan, and Nick Glickman! Info here.

– Go read our interview with Wrenn of beautiful Athens

-Go read our interview with The Last Bison of beautiful Chesapeake

Daddy Problems? Not for KBC

So I was reading about Kansas Bible Company on Bandcamp and couldn’t help but laugh. They’re classified under the tags, “funk/psychedelic/rock/rock and roll/soul/surf/ Nashville.” That’s a lot of categories to cover with just 4 songs, all off their newest EP, Dads Day.
Dads DayBut honestly, after taking a listen, I couldn’t agree more. Just when I thought I had their sound figured out, I was gifted with a killer guitar riff that made me feel like I was a 70’s wanna-be surfer in So-Co. Then I fell into a trippy 60’s vibe, with trumpets that had me wishing I could have been a peace-loving hippy at Woodstock. Mix this with vocals that make you dream of being an extra in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video and you’ve got a perfectly concocted rock cocktail. It’s the kind of album that makes you want to take your dad’s ’67 Mustang out for a joy ride at 2AM just to listen. (The Playboy-mansion worthy facial hair featured on the EP’s cover definitely helps this vibe though…)
Even if you’re not a Beatles fanatic with a hope of free love or a Pearl Jam freak with a homeless chic wardrobe, Kansas Bible Company’s new EP, Dads Day kills it for almost anyone with an appreciation for the seemingly lost art of rock and roll. It’s got the perfect mix of drowsy vocals, hallucinating guitar jams, and big band trumpets that remind you why you bought all those remastered Stones album in the first place.

And for a minor throwback to last year, check out our interview with the guys here.

~ Rabekah Hansen, our lovely intern.  She hails from John’s Creek, but don’t hold that against her.  Rabekah is currently in a long term relationship with Chipotle (and it’s going really well), prefers the Stones, and has more yoga pants than you will ever have.

Show in Review: Monsoon 1/12

A marriage happened last night at the Georgia Theatre. I’m still trying to decide if it was the symbolic marriage of sound to recording (after all, it was Monsoon’s album release party- Ride A’Rolla) and the performance was the reception or if Sienna really wants to marry her bassist, Scott. But, this ain’t an episode of Friends, it’s really exceptional riot rock from our very own Athens. And, I’m serious. Teenage flower girls showered the audience in… flowers… among a dimly lit stage. Then the band came out in a dramatic yet borderline trippy sequence complete with a white dress and make shift tux. The whole shebang. The rest of the night was full of theatrics and expressionism that screamed, “Welcome to the inside of my brain. You’ll be here a while,”.


Lead singer and songwriter Sienna Chandler commanded the stage with her emotion and just flat out motion. At the end of [figure out song title], she had percussionist Joey Kegel in a sleeper hold while yelling “BANG!”. Here and there she’d shuffle over to Scott during Shotgun Wedding to rep the couple in the song. By the end, I forgot there were only three people up there.

Three cheers to the band (and manager Sally Hackel) for keeping stage banter to maybe three sentences. Yes, an abundance of talking is annoying but more importantly it says to an audience that the band/singer isn’t confident enough to let the music actually speak for itself. Also worth mentioning- the bottom floor of the Theatre was looking pretty full which is a big deal on a Monday night. Whether or not you dig punk rock/metal like Lucky Charms marshmallows, there’s no denying Monsoon puts on one hell of a show.

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Lists Lists Everywhere: Things 2 Do in January

Here’s my list of things not to miss this January – from a few albums I’m stoked are finally coming out to some killer shows…my bank account is about to hate the amount I’m going to spend on music this month.

Family and Friends with Roadkill Ghost Choir and Semicircle
$12 // 1/9 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
Ok, if you live in Athens and have never heard of Family and Friends, then do you actually live here? Pair F&F’s high energy indie-folk aesthetic beside the eerie rock style of Roadkill Ghost Choir, along with Semicircle’s melancholy and hushed tones, and you definitely have a killer show.

Justin Townes Earle’s new album, Absent Fathers – Available 1.13
One listen to his single, Looking For A Place To Land, will have you hooked on Earle and his gritty vocals embedded with a hint of his Nashville upbringing, with lyrics so thoughtfully melancholy you just may shed a tear. Keep an eye out for his newest album on the 13th.

Greensky Bluegrass with The Last Bison
$15 // 1.17 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
Not only are you going to get your banjo-picking fix with Greensky Bluegrass, but this show also offers one of my personal favorite bands, The Last Bison, as your opener. Greensky will gift your ears with some good, old-fashioned bluegrass while The Last Bison fulfills your all your folk-dreams with harmonies so beautiful it almost hurts. This show undeniably isn’t one to miss.

Elephant Micah’s new album, Where In Our Woods – Available 1.20
If you’ve never heard of Elephant Micah before today, go to their Bandcamp right now and take a listen to ‘By the Canal’, off their upcoming album. Joseph O’Connell’s peaceful vocals, backed by the ukulele’s sweet melody and a strong bass drum combine for a super addictive song (I personally haven’t stopped listening). Watch for the rest of the album, released on the 20th.

The Bread Brothers with Tarnation and Feather Trade
$5 for 21+/$7 for 20 and under // 1.24 @ 10pm // Caledonia Lounge
Having just started listening to The Bread Brothers, I can’t seem to get enough. They’ve officially made the transition from my “New Artist” to “Favorites” playlist. If their LP currently up on Spotify is half as good as their live show, we’re in for a treat. Check them out at the Caledonia on the 24th.

$13 preorder/$15@door // 1.26 @ 8pm // Vinyl
While it’s pretty much 7 degrees outside in all of the south, Vacationer’s newest album Relief takes listeners on an actual luxury cruise to some place where the sun actually shines. You won’t want to miss those groovy vibes.

The Lone Bellow’s new album, Then Came the Morning
Available on 1.27
The Lone Bellow’s entrance onto the music scene in 2010 successfully entranced enough people to continue touring on it until now… because they’re soul is unlike anything I’ve ever known. Try not to think about the haunting of “Two Sides of Lonely” when you pass a grave site. I dare you. I’m overjoyed to have a new album of tunes to addict myself to.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones
$15 // 1.29 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
St. Paul and the Broken Bones are the type of musicians that make you wish full skirts and tailored suits were still in style. And they’re bringing all that Mad-Men elegance and musical-genius to the Georgia Theatre on the 29th. Make sure to save the date and put their album, Half the City, on repeat in the mean time (all while we bite our fingernails waiting for their sophomore album, due out later this year).

The first of many posts to come written by STM’s first ever intern, Rabekah Hansen! She hails from John’s Creek, but don’t hold that against her.  Rabekah is currently in a long term relationship with Chipotle (and it’s going really well), prefers the Stones, and has more yoga pants than you will ever have.

MBUS has a scholarship! Thank You, Gregg!

No stranger to STM, put your hands together for one of our favorite guest writers Kelsey Butterworth!

Ladies and gents, there was some masterful musicianship at the Georgia Theatre on Tuesday evening. Gregg Allman, playing his first of two sold out nights, showed no signs of slowing down during a performance that felt like coming home.

Before the show started, Allman came out with Franklin College’s Dean Alan Dorsey to announce a new music and music business scholarship with the school, a partnership he also instituted with Syracuse. Hugh Hodgson chorus member and MBUS student Katie Black was its first recipient. With Athens’ music scene continuing to be an inventive and exemplary circuit, and UGA’s MBUS program growing in regard year by year, this scholarship is some serious icing on the cake.

Opening act Amanda Shires lived up to the hype by delivering a tight backwoods set of noirgrass, playing songs like “Wasted And Rollin'” and “Look Like A Bird” from her 2013 effort Down Fell The Doves. Her brazen, electrifying fiddle playing stunned the audience and her set felt way too short. However, there were bigger peaches to fry.

Once Allman & co. hit the stage, they were on fire, playing fan favorites like “Midnight Rider”, “Sweet Melissa”, “I’m No Angel”, and “Queen Of Hearts”. They shifted seamlessly between extended blues solos, swampy horn-smothered funk, and grooving interstellar jamming. A fellow of Gregg’s stature can afford to be picky about his backing band, and the Theatre wasn’t let down by the extraordinarily tight group Allman assembled. He didn’t touch any Allman Brothers stuff, but given their recent decision to call it quits for real, it felt an appropriate choice.

One night remains of this short-lived residency. It’s sold out, but if you have to go make a deal at the crossroads for tickets, it’ll be worth it.

Kelsey’s a senior Communications Studies major/Music Business Certified at UGA. She enjoys living in her purple house, Superchunk, and the hiking especially when snow is involved. If you’d like to bake her something to show your appreciation for her stellar writing, make sure it’s gluten free.


Avetts & Nickel Creek Take ACL

Let me just put it out there- I’ve seen both the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek live. It’s no secret I’m a sucker for strings. I mean, I have a tatt inspired by Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise. If you need a pick-me-up or want to pretend you’re at either of their shows, just blast the speakers and stuff 40 other people in your house while you watch. Technology, right?

BUT, the link to the site goes bye-bye after January 31st, so make sure to watch it 5,000 times before then. Click right over here to watch!

My favorite moment? Nickel Creek’s rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Ledge’… on point.

Show in Review: Slang

Hopefully you read my post about Slang playing at the Music Room last Thursday with Behold The Brave and Laurasia. If you didn’t, maybe we can still be friends. I want to start off by saying that I like where Slang is going in terms of performance art. It’s rock, but it’s not as much as about the music as it is about the lyrics and how leadIMG_4164 singer Hayes emotes to ‘em. But, I hate to say that my expectations in the actual live performance weren’t quite met. I’m just going to say it- I think Hayes was holding back. I wanted to see everyone in some kind of costume. I wanted to see him so invested in the music that he rivaled James Brown’s cape act. When you title a song: Herr Doktor Schwein and His Wife, there is just a certain level of (good) weirdness that listeners expect to see live. And, I’m pointing all of this out to say that I think Slang has the potential to pull off the kind of performance art I think they’re longing to be. Of Montreal is a good example to follow. Evvvveryone in this band is just a little off when they’re on stage. See their outfits? That’s of montreala regular thing. And people are crazy about them because their live set matches the mood you feel from listening to their music. Not to mention, you’ll never forget them. Hey, branding is more important than you think. It’s all about commitment. People will buy it (and love it) if you buy it. And, if not all of your band members wanna sacrifice that kind of convention for the band’s vision, dump them. Everybody and their brother plays an instrument these days.