Macrock XVII Presents: Diarrhea Planet
If you live in Harrisonburg and go to shows, then Diarrhea Planet likely need no introduction. They’ve been playing here for years, and have developed quite a little mountain town cult following. Their set in the basement of a local show house after last year’s Macrock was easily one of the craziest performances I’ve ever witnessed in Harrisonburg. That show has become sort of legendary here. They covered “Born To Run”, so yeah.
But if you’re not as familiar with Diarrhea Planet, don’t let the name turn you off. These Nashvillians bring a full on multi guitar, punk rock detonation that is not to be missed. The melodies are immediate, the guitars shred true, and the vocals almost demand participation. Start with the old classics like “Ghost With a Boner” and then move on to tracks off their most recent, more refined but equally combustive release I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.
Diarrhea Planet return for this year’s Macrock, which goes down April 4th and 5th. Make sure you have long hair by then.
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ATTENTION ATTENTION it’s cold in Harrisonburg but our hearts are warmed to announce the next wave of bands playing Macrock XVII! Boogarins, The Diamond Center, Disciples of Christ, Grass is Green, and Kal Marks will all be joining us this April!! Check them out and keep sending us those applications if you want to play with these rad bands at Macrock!
Macrock XVII Presents: Ovlov
If there’s one band that I’ve heard other bands talk about the most this year, it’s gotta be Ovlov. Indie nerds all up and down the east coast collectively praise Ovlov, wearing their t shirts and playing tunes from am before shows. And it makes sense: not many other bands seem to be pulling off fuzzy 90’s indie rock as well as Ovlov. Listen to their track “The Well” and find some one to live all over.
Macrock XVII is very proud to be hosting Ovlov this April, so be sure to come out to Harrisonburg and hear what all the fuzz is about.
Also remember we are still accepting applications to play Macrock until February 14, so get those doggies in the mail.
Macrock XVII Presents: EX-CULT
HEY HEY over the next few months we’re going to be introducing some of the artists you’ll be able to check out at Macrock XVII. First up is EX-CULT.
I saw this band at the Blue Nile last fall and it ruled pretty hard. You know how when you see unfamiliar faces at your local show spot and you wonder if they are members of the touring band or just some weirdo ghosts? That didn’t happen; EX-CULT look like a punk band in all the best ways. I think half this band sports mutton chops? And their live show didn’t disappoint- EX-CULT were loud and direct and punk with enough interesting guitar parts to ever let things get boring.
Seriously they were great you’re not gonna wanna miss them when they return to Harrisonburg for Macrock XVII. EX-CULT have a new record called MIDNIGHT PASSENGER coming out at the end of April so come see all these future classics early.
Band Announcement for MACROCK XVII
We are so pleased, excited, overwhelmed to announce that Disco Doom, Ex Hex, Occultist, PC worship, and Woodsman will all be playing MACROCK XVII! Remember there is still time to submit your application to what is surely turning into possibly our best festival yet. Remember to check out our website for more details at macrockva.org or on our Facebook page.
So happy to have so many great bands come play at our home, Harrisonburg! Stay tuned as more details and posts roll out in the coming weeks. April 4th and 5th can’t come soon enough!
The 24 Hour Project - Court Square Theater
We here at MACROCK have long been supporters of Court Square Theater, so we are extremely excited for what they have coming! If you are a performer of any kind be sure to apply to their 24 Hour Project. A festival combining drama, comedy, music, dance, spoken word, and many other performance art forms. A fundraiser and platform to see all the talent Harrisonburg and Court Square Theater has to offer. Go here for more information and remember that the deadline for the application is December 5th!! So hurry.
Also the project is taking place Jan. 25th, you know what else is occurring? The deadline for MACROCK application!!! Be sure to apply to MACROCK while you are at it!