Kishi Bashi – Utopiafest 2014 – Review

Collage of Kishi Bashi by AoxoA Chris Hooper

Kishi Bashi – Captivates Utopiafest 2014

Kishi Bashi is an alias for, and project of, renowned violinist, multi-instrumentalist, loop artist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi.  His captivating virtuoso musical ability has fostered a groundswell of devotees.

Kishi Bashi’s Kickstarter-funded debut album 151a was self-released, recorded and produced in 2012. NPR awarded it the “Best New Artist of The Year”. It received applause from Huffington Post, Paste, Spin, Stereogum, and many others. Microsoft, Smart and Sony licensed songs from the album for commercial use.

Kishi Bashi has since toured across the globe and has played in major festivals such as SXSW and Austin City Limits and Utopiafest.  Concert and festival photographer Chris Hooper (aka AoxoA) presents images of Kishi Bashi’s live show at Utpiafest 2014 and media clips from various sources.

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Warpaint – All Female Band – Utopiafest 2014


Warpaint – Utopiafest 2014

Warpaint, an all-female quartet, has a Sirens gift for sounds filled with subtle pleasures. The hypnotic and lovely vocals float within gorgeous psychedelic reverb and skeletal guitar lines. The music is typically classified as indie, art, and dream rock.

Their early level of success began in 2008 with a self released EP called Exquisite Corpse. The EP, mixed by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, ranked number one on Amoeba Records local artist chart. The quartets 2010 debut The Fool peaked at number 176 on the Billboard 200, and gained international recognition.

Warpaint performed an immense and breathtaking show at Utopiafest 2014. The expansive and dynamic musical interplay was a harmonically juicy jam band session. Austin based concert and festival photographer Chris Hooper resisted the Sirens call long enough to bring you the following images.

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Cold War Kids – Utopiafest 2014


Cold War Kids – Rocked Utopiafest 2014

The Cold War Kids seemed to explode onto the scene in 2006 with their major label debut album Robbers & Cowards. Their blues-rock influenced indie sound earned them a cult like following. As album sales quickly approached 200,000 copies, the band embarked on a worldwide non-stop tour that lasted two years.

The Cold War Kids continue as a successful band. Their albums chart in the upper end of the Billboard 200 with two reaching the 21st positions. A few highlights of their success include a US headline tour, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and festival appearances in Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Utopiafest.

Their live show at Utopiafest 2014 was full of energy and synergy that was nothing short of dynamic. Chris Hooper, a concert and festival photographer based in Austin Texas encapsulated the vibe in the following images:

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Beats Antique | Electro-Acoustic Psychedelic trio

Beats Antique collage by Chris Hooper

Beats Antique – World Fusion, Electronic Dance Music

Beats Antique, one of the significant acts of our time, delivers delicious, soul reaching rhythms and a multitude of live instrumental grooves blended together with electronic elements.  Add to that a breathtaking spectacle of tribal fusion and performance art of mysticaldelic proportions and you have a show that appeals to Burners, world music lovers and EDM-ers alike.

Known worldwide, they got their start with Tribal Derivations a sort of Middle Eastern inspired trip-hop belly dance music. –A fusion of old school jazz, hip-hop, and psychedelia, all rolled up into a framework of Middle Eastern influence.

Chris Hooper, a concert photographer based in Austin, created compelling images of the trio as they performed live during the Euphoria Music and Camping Festival 2014 (EMCF14).

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