The cool kids in Hot Springs have put together another (well, a seventh, actually) year of Valley of the Vapors, the annual multi-day independent music festival that brings an array of wild, left-field SXSW-bound bands to Maxine's Pub and, the spiritual home of the festival, the Low Key Arts center.
Over the course of six days, from March 20-26, the VOV will feature bands, workshops, lectures, amazing tacos and, of course, a healthy dose of hedonism if'n you stick your snout in the right place.
And we've got some highlights after the jump.
Alright, y'all, here's a few things we're looking forward to:
* NYC shoegaze badasses A Place to Bury Strangers. The loudest band I've ever seen.
Watch: "I Know I'll See You"
*The “How To Build and Use Guitar Effects Pedals” with Oliver Ackerman, A Place to Bury Strangers frontman and pedal maker and engineer for U2, Nine Inch Nails and Wilco, amongst otheres.
*Brooklyn experimentalists and critical darlings (this critic included) Parts & Labor.
Watch: "The Gold We're Digging"
*Japanese punk superheroes Peelander Z.
Watch: "So Many Mike"
*Sugar rush noise-punk duo Japanther.
Watch: "Radical Businessman" (with Spank Rock)
*The unbelievable sadcore Americana act Theodore. Again, whose last album, "Hold You Like a Lover" is a favorite. (Also, these guys wrecked myself and the rest of my band pre-set at last year's VOV with a few rapid-fire games of
Beer Sparks Pong. Gak.)
Watch: "Half Pint" (live @ KDHX)