After dissolving his previous band, Red House Painters, singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek resurfaced with Sun Kil Moon, refining and expanding the luminous acoustic balladry and harrowingly intimate lyricism that were the hallmarks of his career to date. Born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1967, Kozelek formed his first band, God Forbid, while in his teens. Upon relocating to Atlanta, he struck up a friendship with drummer Anthony Koutsos, and together they formed the first incarnation of Red House Painters. A move to San Francisco followed, where guitarist Gorden Mack and bassist Jerry Vessel rounded out the group’s roster. While performing on the Bay Area club circuit, the quartet came to the attention of American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel, who often cited Red House Painters as his favorite band; through Eitzel, RHP’s demo tape made its way to the London offices of 4AD Records, which signed the group and in 1992 issued the unvarnished demos — a striking collection of Spartan, atmospheric melodies lurking behind Kozelek’s ghostly vocals — as the LP Down Colorful Hill. Subsequent efforts, highlighted by a pair of eponymous albums released back to back in 1993, established Kozelek as a writer of stunning emotional depth, unflinchingly detailing his erratic, abusive nature and troubled background.

Established in 1997, Ypsigrock Festival has earned a reputation as one of the most suggestive European festivals, it returns in August for its 18th edition

Ypsigrock Festival 2014 announces lineup

Established in 1997, Ypsigrock Festival has earned a reputation as one of the premiere independent European festivals and it returns this August for its 18th edition at its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono,

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