Upful LIFE Favorite Records of 2023… and More! Curated by B.Getz [Reviews/Playlists]

This colossal compendium includes 23 original albums (LPs & EPs) reviewed, with another 23 terrific records recommended. Plus a hefty slab of singles/B-sides, dope DJ sets/mixtapes, and smattering of official live releases. Curated by B.Getz

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Sweet Dreams Are Hulaween: A 10th Anniversary Celebration At Suwannee [B.Getz & M.B. on L4LM]

Having just celebrated the 10th anniversary at the incomparable Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL over the last weekend of October, Hulaween proved a remarkable achievement in a crowded, homogenized industry, and a consistent crown jewel of contemporary festival culture.

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The Gains Have Been Substantial: lespecial Releases 4th Studio LP, ‘Odd Times’ [B.Getz on L4LM]

A surly snapshot of the maniacal minds and musical evolution of three childhood friends and bandmates, making no bones about just where this squad feels most liberated and lethal.

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Resonate Suwannee 2023: These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things [B.Getz on L4LM]

Hosted by STS9, Resonate Suwannee returned to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on March 30 through April 1. The event’s third iteration provided a phenomenal three-day experience, delivering high art and even higher vibes at one of the premiere festival venues in the U.S.

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Slaytanic Panic: A Report From lespecial’s Wet ‘N’ Wild NorCal Debut [B.Getz on L4LM]

The trio would summarily unleash nearly two straight hours of bombastically beautiful mayhem on the frontal lobes of the good folks who stuck around for the set, amply rewarding them for their patience early and often.

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Black Throated Wind: Boots On The Ground At Sonic Bloom 2022 [B.Getz on L4LM]

One of the longest running independent music festivals of its kind, Sonic Bloom 2022 hosted numerous potent performances from a smattering of musicians, producers, DJs, VJs, painters, poets, dancers, and educators throughout an ever-chaotic but ultimately rewarding weekend.

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Hulaween 2021: An Emotional Reunion At The Spirit Of The Suwannee [B.Getz on L4LM]

Throwing a festival in this day and age is even more of an ambitious, frustrating, and confounding undertaking than it ever was before the age of pandemic. The fact that Suwannee Hulaween 2021 even happened at all was a miracle in itself, yet somehow the fest managed to manifest something as magical as ever.

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Get The Latest On lespecial With Bassist Luke Bemand on the Southeastern Leg of Their RepeaTOUR

lespecial have had a helluva year, in spite of a pandemic that ground touring to a halt for a seemingly endless time. These boys are adept at making lemonade, and recent performances have shown audiences just how badly they missed raging the stage.

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The Upful LIFE Podcast- Ep.040: JONNY G. — lespecial (guitar/vocals/keyboards/samples)

JONNY G of lespecial hollers from the Music Cellar to discuss his influences, career, the band, and their fantastic 3rd LP ‘Ancient Homies’, released Dec. 2020 on Ropeadope. Episode 040 of *The Upful LIFE Podcast*!

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