Wednesday, June 22, 2011


It’s sounding like summer

Express Staff Writer

Headphone Union, based in Lake Tahoe, Calif., will play to Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Friday, June 24.

     The progressive electro/funk quartet, Headphone Union, plans to rock Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum with a powerful high-energy performance on Friday, June 24, at 10 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. The band’s tight songwriting and excellent musicianship come from influences including the bands Galactic, New Mastersounds, and Benevento Russo Duo.

     Eric Matlock on keyboard, Nick DeNoia on bass, Fletch on drums and Dan Parslow on guitar fuse old-school funk sounds with new-school electronica and blissed-out jams. Formerly known as Subjecktochange or STC, the band only recently and officially changed its name to Headphone Union.

     “We’ve gone through a name change because we ran into too many issues with misprints even though our fans liked Subjecktochange,” said DeNoia. “We took submissions from friends and fans for band names and received over 100 submissions.”

     DeNoia said Headphone Union made the final cut mostly because the band members didn’t hate it.

     The Headphone Union has released a new EP, which debuted at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. The band is traveling with the new EP and bringing it to Ketchum for their show.

     “Being based in Lake Tahoe, we are close to being a Burning Man epicenter,” he said. “So no matter what, we are always hearing electric-based music.”

     DeNoia said that even though electric-based music getting bigger, the band is sticking to playing instruments.

     “We are firmly rooted in our instruments,” he said. “People in Ketchum and the Sun Valley area should be excited to hear a new band that will grab them. You are going to dance and be into what we are doing.”

     Headphone Union likes to rock and does not play mellow sets—it’s fun listening for everyone, especially for the summer. In addition, the band’s connection to Ketchum and past visits led DeNoia to write a song about Ketchum.

     ““Tumblin’” is a song I wrote over 10 years ago,” DeNoia said. “It was inspired by the mountains in Ketchum.”

     Does town have a new anthem? Find out on Friday, June 24.

For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.

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