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Brand New at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Brand New at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. After taking an eight-year break from releasing new material, Brand New dropped their critically acclaimed record, Science Fiction, on August 17th of this year. This powerhouse alternative rock band from Long Island, NY straddles the lines between emo, indie/acoustic, post-hardcore and pop punk. With dedicated fans across many music scenes, Brand New draws in huge crowds and sold out shows almost everywhere they perform.

 

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Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA. Death Cab, from Bellingham, WA, helped define the quintessential indie rock sound in the early 2000’s with the release of Transatlanticism (2003). The band is also known for shaping the emo genre, with Something About Airplanes (1998) frequently cited as one of the most influential emo albums of the late ’90s. 20 years after Death Cab For Cutie’s formation, and eight studio albums under their belts, the band’s distinctive style has garnered dazzling critical and commercial success.

 

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Now, Now at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Now, Now at High and Low Festival on Saturday September 9th at the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA. Now, Now is an expressive indie pop duo from Minneapolis, MN. The pair recently released their first new song since 2012, “SGL,” which NPR called a “heart-throbbing” “instant classic.”

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Overview – High and Low Festival at NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA

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Best Coast at High and Low Festival

Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival

Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival

Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival

Brand New at High and Low Festival

Best Coast at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Best Coast at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. Best Coast is a garage/beach pop-rock duo from Los Angeles.

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Now, Now at High and Low Festival

Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival

Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival

Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival

Brand New at High and Low Festival

 

Bad Suns at High & Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Bad Suns at High and Low Festival on Saturday September 9th at the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA. Bad Suns are a Los Angeles-local indie/alternative rock band from Woodland Hills, CA.

 

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Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival

Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival

Brand New at High and Low Festival

Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA. Tegan and Sara are a rockin’ Canadian twin sister duo who just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their indie/alternative rock classic, The Con. Their newest record, Love You To Death was released last summer.

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Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival

Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival

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Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. Kevin Devine is an indie/acoustic/alternative rock singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. The multi-instrumentalist plays guitar, bass, piano, and percussion.  He performed with a backing band at the festival.

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The Hard Times Comedy Room at High and Low Festival

tHeARTofLA got to check out The Hard Times Comedy Room at High and Low Festival on Saturday, September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. Headliners in the comedy room included Kurt Braunholer, Mike Lawrence, Cameron Esposito and Guy Branum.


The inaugural High & Low Festival hosted by K-ROQ was an exciting hotbed for alternative and indie music on multiple stages inside and outside along with live comedy curated by The Hard Times featuring popular and emerging talents in San Bernardino at NOS Event Center on September 9. The comedy acts will be reviewed in a separate article following this overview of the bands that performed at the High & Low Festival.

At 3 p.m., we headed over to the comedy room to catch hilarious performances by Kurt Braunholer, Dave Ross, Janine Brito and Jay Shingle. JMB was the host.

JMB had the packed crowd roaring with laughter talking about religion, punks, white privilege, marriage, polyamory and having sex with a woman on her period.

Jay Shingle is a comedian from Portland, Oregon who has a very unusual comedy act and uses weird props and spoke in an equally strange voice reciting most of his jokes on a crumpled legal notebook. He had a bag with his props and costumes in and he changed on stage to go his bizarre characters/personas.

Janine Brito has been described as a sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80′s. Brito is part of the alternative comedy scene. The focus of her comedic material tends to be on issues of gender, race and her sexuality. It was definitely the central theme of her stand-up bit at the comedy show. These themes were a part of this show as well as she talked about dressing like a senator’s son and wearing a necktie.

Dave Ross is a Los Angeles based comedian known for being in a sketch group called WOMEN that makes sketches for Comedy Central and IFC’s Comedy Crib. He also hots the podcast Terrified and the Nerdist Network. Ross was voted in 2017 by Time Out as the one to watch. Ross had everyone cracking him with his acerbic wit which was sharp and forthright. He mediated on desert punks and the room where the comedy event was held comparing it to a place where you hold old men’s birthday parties.

Kurt Braunolder was recently named of Time Out NY’s “50 Funniest New Yorkers,” as well as a “Comic to Watch” by Comedy Center and the New York Comedy Festival. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV in Bob’s Burgers (FOX), Delocated (Adult Swim), The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim) Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), John Oliver Presents (Comedy Central), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life talking about relationship Rumspringa. He was recently starred in “The Big Sick.”

Again jokes about the comedy room were part of the show. Braunohler found humor comparing the room to a place where 12 step meetings were held and people can play Game of Thrones. He also ruminated on becoming a dad and being terrified to raise a daughter in a hostile environment with Donald Trump as president. Also joked about his life catching up with his looks. He told a very long story about seeing Dinosaur Jr in concert and watching Mike Watt from The Minutemen perform and encountering a woman in the crowd who he initially that was Watt’s wife but the saxophone player’s wife and he described why he hates the saxophone and their use in rock bands. Also, people in the crowd around him blocking his view of the show with cell phones pointed right in his face including the saxophone player’s wife who also had an awkward encounter with on the way to the green room where the bands congregated.

 

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Overview – High and Low Festival at NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA
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Now, Now at High and Low Festival
Kevin Devine at High and Low Festival
Tegan and Sara at High and Low Festival
Death Cab For Cutie at High and Low Festival
Brand New at High and Low Festival

Overview – High and Low Festival at NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, CA 

The inaugural High & Low Festival hosted by K-ROQ was an exciting hotbed for alternative and indie music on multiple stages inside and outside along with live comedy curated by The Hard Times featuring popular and emerging talents in San Bernardino at NOS Event Center on September 9. The comedy acts will be reviewed in a separate article following this overview of the bands that performed at the High & Low Festival.

High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Many attendees found comfort, relief and cooled off from the heat sitting on the grass in shady areas lined large trees and some tented places around the festival grounds and inside the fan-cooled Side Stage and Comedy Room.

There were a number of vendors selling CDs, concert merchandise and more. On-site, the festival provided food, snacks, drinks, cocktails, and beer for sale and several food trucks offered even more choices.

As the sweltering and humid temperatures soared back the 90-degree mark, the diverse and eclectic lineup of music sizzled and sparked the interest of the thousands of concertgoers that attended.

Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Best Coast, Andrew McMahon, Bad Suns, Coin and Kevin Devine performed on the Main Stage. Other notable acts include Pup, Citizen, Cloud Nothings, Now, Now, (Sandy) Alex G, Jessica Hernandez,  Charly Bliss and Elder Brother on the Side Stage.

theartofla.com saw a number of bands do their full set lists and others we got a glimpse of. Still, we got to experience the vibe and flavor of the music. It was a rich and satisfying experience for every fan to see maybe acts they weren’t so familiar, and with the bands, they knew so well, that they enthusiastically sang along to very song lyric and danced often to the music.

On the side stage, we got to check out Elder Brother, Charly Bliss and Now, Now.

Elder Brother is the indie rock side-project from East Bay, CA and includes Kevin Geyer (The Story So Far) and Dan Rose (Daybreaker) with in-studio assistance from Matthew and Charles Vincent (The American Scene). They have a melodic, level-head sound with a lyrical focus on self-reflection. Their songs offer anthemic hooks and breezy riffs with dynamic indie guitar work. The wonderful and poignant “Who Is Going To Carry You Home” from their 2014 LP, “Heavy Head” on Pure Noise Records was touching and deep. This song was the final number their earnest, well-intentioned but sonically uneven, ultimately muddled sounding set.

Charly Bliss is a four-piece power pop band from Brooklyn, NY. The group includes Eva Hendricks (vocals and guitar), Spencer Fox (vocals, guitar), Sam Hendricks (drums), and Dan Shure (bass) Charles Bliss has opened for alt-rock bands Sleater-Kinney and Veruca Salt. In 2014, they released a three-song EP along with a three-part music video and a comic book trilogy. The band released a new single, “Glitter” in February. Their debut full-length album, Guppy, was released in April.

Dressed like a cheerleader, Eva Hendricks burst onto the stage with upbeat and peppy performance singing in what can be described as sort of high-pitched super girly voice. Their sound has been characterized as breathing new life into the poppier side of 1990s indie rock that is both wry and sincere. Watching the dynamic guitar interplay and chemistry between Hendrick and Spencer was fun to watch and definitely a highlight in an animated set.

Now Now – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Now, Now, formerly known as Now, Now Every Children, is an American indie rock duo formed in Blaine, Minnesota and based in Minneapolis. The band is composed of Cacie Dalager (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Bradley Hale (drums, backing vocals). Now, Now offers up dreamlike pop with an indie bang. The sound is notable for clipped acoustic guitar progression, subtle vocal manipulation and slowly-building layers of atmospheric guitar effects. In concert, Dalager utilizes her voice with hiccups, coos, sighs, and shouts demonstrating its elasticity. There was a drive and intensity to vigorous performance that held one’s interest throughout their energetic show.

On the Main Stage, we saw Kevin Devine, Bad Suns, Andrew McMahon, Best Coast, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab For Cutie and Brand New.
Kevin Devine – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Kevin Devine is a singer/songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York. Devine is known for introspective and political themes in his songs. In 2016, he released his ninth album Instigator. Live, Devine was the embodiment of being a troublemaker and instigator in not so subtle ways, but with that New York punky in-face attitude provoking and trying to pry a reaction out of the audience. Musically he can’t be denied: his chops are with unquestionably excellent. His songs are original, catchy, fun and smart. They are completely memorable after one listen. Devine is a natural frontman/ringleader and his backing band is really good.

Bad Suns – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Bad Suns are a rock band formed in 2012, which consists of Christo Bowman, Gavin Bennett, Miles Morris and Ray Libby. A majority of the band members are from Los Angeles. They released their debut album, Language & Perspective, in 2014. Their sound takes its inspiration from the 1970s and 1980s post-punk pioneers like The Cure and Elvis Costello. Bad Suns’ sophomore album was released in 2016, Disappear Here.

The band, lead by singer Christo Bowman, gave a heartfelt, sincere, no-frills performance that was crowd-pleasing. They engaged the audience frequently, but held their own at the same time, as artists remaining independent and self-possessed. They didn’t try too hard to make a connection or overcompensate because of the size of the festival.

Andrew McMahon is a singer/songwriter. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the band’s Something Corporate and main songwriter for Jack’s Mannequin and performs solo both under his own name as well as his moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. In 2013, he debuted his first solo work, an EP titled The Pop Underground, which was followed by his debut album Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, released in 2014. His second solo album, Zombies on Broadway, was released in 2017.

McMahon is outgoing and exuberant. The creative frontman is known for reinventing himself and can’t be pigeonholed. His show High & Low Festival was a virtual lovefest with the audience. Rumor had it that in every show in every city, he performs in, the set list is different.

Best Coast – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Best Coast is an American rock duo formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The band consists of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. They indie pop, rock, jangle pop and lo-fi music. They have released Crazy For You (2014), The Only Place (2012), California Nights (2015) and two EPs: Fade Away (2013) and Summer Is Forever (2011).

Best Coast is known for writing amazing pop-rock songs in 2-3 minute formats. The style is light but the lyrics dig deeper: tinged with sadness. Onstage at the High & Low Festival, Bethany Cosentino excluded a raw coolness and personified a rock and roll vibe. She wore a groovy tan pantsuit and had on retro sunglasses.

Tegan & Sara – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

The Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara are identical sisters are singer/songwriters and multi-instruments. They’ve had an 18-year-career and been the critical’s darlings and are openly gay. Speaking of which, they dedicated to anyone queer in the audience, the song, Boyfriend. Tegan and Sara also sang Nineteen dedicating it to their grandmother. Their likable set featured a number of catchy synth-pop songs.

The vaudevillian, off-the-cuff playful onstage banter was worth the price of admission. Their witty conversations with audiences seem real and never rehearsed. They wanted everyone to know they are grown up but grown-up ladies. They don’t “perform,” they are just being themselves. Even where they stood onstage became the focal point for a joke. Tegan stood next to something resembling a body part shaped like a T and Sara stood next to another floatable object shaped like a body part which was shaped like an S. It being a festival, Tegan and Sara managed to work in pot smoking jokes into their comedic routine saying they were getting a contact high being from the audience.

Death Cab for Cutie – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Death Cab For Cutie is an alternative rock band from Seattle, WA. The group features Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Dave Depper, Zac Rae and Jason McGerr. The band set was a fan’s dream setlist featuring all their greatest hits: I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Soul Meets Body, I Will Possess Your Heart, Cath and more. All well-crafted and radio-friendly material performed with instrumental prowess, but the songs tended to sort blend into one another. Therefore, they became monotonous and repetitious sounding. When the band took a break from performing to speak to the audience, the singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard made a joke about being a wimpy band compared to the others on the bill and thanked the High & Low Festival for the invitation to perform there. It seemed like a moment of self-doubt coming from an established band possibly seeing younger acts move up in the ranks and steal some of their thunder. Maybe this will inspire the band creativity to venture outside its box and cast out the formula.

BRAND NEW – High and Low Fest, Saturday, September 9, 2017, NOS Event Center San Bernadino, CA

Formed in 2000, the headliner, rockers/post-punk Brand New, featuring Jesse Lacey, Vin Accardi, Brian Lane and Garrett Tierney, dramatically descended upon the stage with an epic and spectacular stage show with brilliant, compelling and controversy visuals elements and phenomenal lights utilizing all color schemes and effects. The towering high-voltage rock sound with its signature razor-sharp guitar riffs was the main ingredient in this unforgettable show. Brand New released Science Fiction their first album in nine years in 2017.

At the High & Low Festival, fans traveled from all over the U.S. to see the band perform in what is rumored to be either hiatus from its long and successful career or ending the group permanently. Either way, if this was last show they did or were taking an extended break, Brand New would certainly be going out on the top, based on this uniquely conceptualized performance and breaking more “new” ground.

From the Main Stage to the Second Stage, all the musical acts contributed to the success of the High & Low Festival, from emerging up-and-coming talent to established veteran acts. There was something for every indie and alternative music fan. This bodes well for festivals planned going forward as possibly concertgoers will be talking about what a good time they had to their friends. Thereby, spreading the word through social media building the momentum to create more excitement and enthusiasm for the next one.

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High and Low Festival Announces Comedy Line-Up, Curated by The Hard Times

High and Low Festival has announced its comedy line-up yesterday featuring some of the most hilarious up and coming comedians in the scene. Curated by The Hard Times, it features stand up comedy from headliners Kurt Braunohler, Mike Lawrence, Cameron Esposito and Guy Branum. Additionally, Eli Olsberg, Emily Heller, Dave Ross, Rhea Butcher, Ryan Long, Chris Fairbanks Allen Strickland Williams, David Gborie, Paige Weldon, Sam Tallent, Solomon Giorgio, Janine Brito, Christ Estrada, and Jay Shingle will be performing. This is the first time The Hard Times has curated a comedy set at a festival and one not to miss. Stage times will be posted day of.

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Presented by KROQ and taking place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA, High and Low Festival is a full day concert experience with multiple stages. Music performances include Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Best Coast, PUP, Charly Bliss, and many more. The festival also announced the addition of Elder Brother to the line up. The band will release new music ahead of their performance at High and Low.

General admission and VIP tickets for the festival are on sale now. For the full line up, to purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.highandlowfest.com.

High and Low Festival comes from the mind of Andy Serrao, producer of many successful Southern California festivals and owner of Chain Reaction. A reflection of both Serrao’s personal listening tastes and the very nature of music, he says the festival’s name has multiple meanings.

“Sonically, music has highs and lows, and emotional highs and lows, and with the California topography, we have the mountains, the desert and the ocean,” says Serrao. “The name High & Low fit for us, with the vision for where we wanted to go. Great music has got me through every aspect of my life. With every high and every low, came a soundtrack in my head that defined my life. This festival is a good representation of artists that do this for myself, and tons of other people.”

High and Low concertgoers can expect a festival with a coherent, cohesive identity, crafted by someone who truly understands what makes a live performance great.

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