The Lumineers

Over the last eight years Neyla Pekarek went from answering a Craigslist ad to becoming a worldwide music star with The Lumineers. She recently left the band to strike out on her own and is set to release Rattlesnake on Jan 11. The first track below is excellent. Here’s some more info on how she came to this decision.

Pekarek said: “They say when a snake sheds its skin, it is a sign of rebirth, transformation, and new beginnings. Eight years ago, I answered a Craigslist ad to be in a band. In those eight years, we were nominated for two Grammys, we met President Obama, and we saw just about every dark, dingy green room this big, beautiful planet has to offer. I am incredibly grateful for these experiences and opportunities, but it is time to shed my skin; it is time for a new adventure.”

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Neyla is here

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Grammys: The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes

by oz on February 10, 2013

Let’s all wish The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes good luck tonight at the Grammys! Incredible to see their rise over the last year and we’re really grateful that they made it in for live sessions with us. Two of my favorite sessions we’ve ever done with great people deserving of all the accolades.

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I just watched Gary Clark Jr. on Good Morning America and had a flashback to SxSW where I saw him at an outdoor venue with a about a hundred people. He’s a brilliant guitar player and seeing him on the most watched morning show that typically caters to the Katie Perry crowd gave me tremendous hope. There’s a groundswell of great music that may finally reach more ears and influence a better taste in music among our population.

Although Gary’s success story is great, he’s also on Warner Bros Records, giving him an unfair advantage relative to most rising artists. That’s what makes The Lumineers story so incredible. They self-released an EP and then signed to indie label, Dualtone Music Group, for the official release of their self-titled debut early this year. I raved about the album back in April, calling them the next Avett Brothers or Mumford and Sons – not so much in sound but in their propensity to find a similar success and a huge audience. And they thankfully they did.

What I love about their story is that it was organic. “Ho Hey” started getting radio play. Fans started telling other fans. Shows started selling out. I witnessed first-hand the demand for The Lumineers in Kansas City – not the easiest town to sellout shows. They played their first show at a small venue here called The Riot room and it sold out. To put this in perspective, I’ve seen other artists that sellout in Chicago play to a crowd of 20-50 in KC. During their next pass through Kansas, they booked a similar sized venue in Lawrence called The Bottleneck and the demand for tickets required moving the show to the much bigger Liberty Hall.

This all happened over what seemed like a couple months and not long after they played our SxSW party in Austin to a tiny crowd on a stage in a parking lot, where they finished the set offstage in the crowd. Things were moving so fast after SxSW, we were afraid they might bail on our live session.  But they didn’t and we treasure it. I can’t say any more than I already have about their album and its importance, but as the year draws to a close, The Lumineers story gives me hope. These are the bands I want my kids to listen to one day – authentic music, written by the artists and performed with genuine enthusiasm and a sense of community with their fans.

The Lumineers just released a tour video for “Stubborn Love” that captures the roller coaster year. Let’s all raise a glass to their success.

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The Lumineers – Riviera 9/20

by Woody on September 21, 2012

Six months ago, I stood in the back of The Beauty Bar in Austin and The Lumineers strutted out in the crowd and finished an electric set that left me buzzing as I strolled across Austin. Since then, their music has been featured in commercials, my wife plays them almost nightly and I had almost become tired of them. It was to the point that I wasn’t totally fired up to go to the show last night.

I had voiced my concerns about where they would be going on the second album. My biggest concern would be some producer coming and over-producing them; stripping them of the charm that makes them so enjoyable.

Last night squashed any of those fears. Playing to a sold out Riviera Theatre as opposed to a 100 people in backyard made no difference to them. The interaction with the crowd was no different and Neyla was still smiling as bright as ever. And while wading into the crowd at The Riv would be near impossible. They still managed to get out in the crowd when they hit the balconies for a tune. They then tied a bow on the night with a great version of The Weight. All in all a great night from a great band. Can’t wait to see where they go from here.

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Are The Lumineers this year’s Head and The Heart? Avett Brothers? Mumford and Sons? [Album Review]

April 19, 2012

I have a demanding day job that has me flying around the country regularly. Conversations with strangers at airport bars or on flights lead to the “what do you do for a living?” question, usually uttered within 5 minutes of meeting someone. 20% of the time the conversation lasts long enough for me to mention […]

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The Lumineers and Buxton. Two bands to look for in 2012

December 23, 2011

There are two unreleased albums competing for my attention right now and I’m sure both will be making a splash in 2012. Denver is now home to The Lumineers after migrating from NYC and the band’s debut self-titled album is going to be released in March. Are you a fan of The Head and The […]

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