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FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 9 (Night One): Eagles Ballroom - Dec 2

FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 9 (Night Two): Eagles Ballroom - Dec 16

FM 102/1 Big Snow Show Hangover with BANKS : The Rave - Dec 18

Wilco : Riverside Theater - Dec 3

Blue October : The Rave - Dec 11

Chevelle : The Rave - Dec 20

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Local H : Shank Hall - Dec 30

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BSS6: The Leap Heard Round The World
Updated: Nov 22, 2014 -- 10:23am

When you mention Big Snow Show 6, there is one story that comes to mind. It is easily the most talked about story in all eight Big Snow Shows. It involves friends of the station, Cage The Elephant. Over the years they have played the FM102/1 stage at Summerfest several years in a row, so naturally it was time to get them to headline Big Snow Show. Sleeper Agent and The Joy Formidable were on the bill also, so it was a night of high energy and there was no doubt Cage The Elephant was going to finish off strong, we just didn’t know how strong.

Just to get some context, they were touring in support of their second album Thank You Happy Birthday. So the songs “Aberdeen”, “Shake Me Down”, and “Around My Head” were very well received. The entire set was high energy and a great mix of the two albums out at the time, their self-titled debut and Thank You Happy Birthday. The main set finishes up and Cage The Elephant leaves the stage for their encore. They break in to Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked. During this song the intensity hits its peak. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked wraps up, and the final song of the night is a Pavement cover called “False Skorpion”. At the end of the song, singer Matt Shultz jumps in to the crowd and begins to crowd surf. He motions to the side of the stage and the crowd passes him that way. When he is right under the balcony he stands up, and grabs for the railing on the balcony. He hoists himself up, and in about ten seconds is perched facing the crowd. At this point there is no question what Shultz is about to do. Only a few seconds go pass and Shultz takes the leap, and lands on the crowd. The Rave goes crazy. I have been to sold out shows before but this was the loudest I’ve ever heard the room. The electricity in the room was unbelievable.

Cage The Elephant are masters of destroying a stage. I’ve seen Shultz go in to the crowd before but nothing like this. After this of course we needed to have them back! Hopefully you got your tickets for night 1 before they sold out. Who knows what Shultz and crew are going to do as the headliners of The Eagles Ballroom, but one thing is for sure. It is going to be awesome. As I mentioned before, tickets are gone, but FM102/1 has a few pairs left. Keep listening to check out where you can find them.

-- Mark Mileager

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Listen: Doton - Home
Updated: Nov 22, 2014 -- 10:19am

Everyone has had this moment. You hear a song that you’ve never heard before. You Shazam it, or type in some of the lyrics you remember and in a few seconds you have a new favorite song. You assume it’s new because you’re pretty dialed in and you haven’t heard it. Even better, you’re the first person of your friend group to have heard about this song. You get to tell your friends about this awesome song you’ve just heard. After having the song on repeat and audibly studying it, you want more. So, naturally you turn to Google (or Bing) to get more information and songs. That is when you find out that the singer you like isn’t new at all. In fact, they actually have two albums… in The Netherlands. Good news! Still relatively new in America and you know about him before a lot of people! That is “Home” by Dotan for me. That should be Dotan to you.

“Home” is the newest single off of Dotan’s 2014 release 7 Layers. Fans of Ben Howard, Bon Iver and Laura Marling should check this song out. It is simplistic, but powerful. A simple drum beat and simple acoustic guitar riff anchor this song, and haunting vocals make it pop. The soft vocals are similar to those on “Holocene” by Bon Iver, or even “Old Pine” by Ben Howard. Although this approach doesn’t work for everybody or on every song, it certainly works on “Home”.

-- Mark Mileager

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