August Brown Los Angeles Times Published 10:49 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 In mid-January, the quartet of very young rockers in Greta Van Fleet were preparing to make their “Saturday Night Live” debut. For a band just a couple of years into a dizzying rise from its Michigan hometown of Frankenmuth, known for its Bavarian kitsch, this was enormous, and the act’s members sounded a little nervous. “It’s a really humbling experience,” said guitarist and co-songwriter Jake Kiszka, 22, just hours before they took the stage in New York. “It’s something we grew up watching, so even to be on the stage that so many legends stood on, it’s pretty overwhelming. I don’t know any way you can particularly prepare for that.” When they finally performed their singles “Black Smoke Rising” and “You’re the One,” the four were dressed in fringe, with shirts fully unbuttoned to show their track team captain-worthy … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet looks poised to bring home a serious haul at the Grammy Awards Sunday.
Mark Kennedy, Ap Entertainment Writer Updated 9:31 am PST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018 file photo, Josh Kiszka, foreground left, and Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet perform at the 2018 KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif. The young Michigan rockers whose sound and classic rock look is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin are nominated for four Grammy Awards. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018 file photo, Josh Kiszka, foreground left, and Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet perform at the 2018 KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif. The young Michigan ... more Photo: Amy Harris, Amy Harris/Invision/AP Photo: Amy Harris, Amy Harris/Invision/AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 … [Read more...] about Some call Greta Van Fleet the saviors of rock. But not them.
By Jed Gottlieb | PUBLISHED: January 11, 2019 at 12:52 am | UPDATED: January 11, 2019 at 6:09 am A look at this year’s Boston Calling headliners proves pretty humdrum — ambient hip-hop hero Travis Scott, Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala, overexposed rap-rock act Twenty One Pilots. Look below the headliners and, well, there’s more humdrum (including nearly a dozen repeat acts from years past). And yet, after years of nothing, we finally have our own successful, growing festival. And it’s at least as good as the next fest. The 2019 event — the three-day party’s 10th edition — returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston for its Memorial Day weekend residency (Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26). While you can complain about so much — such as the obvious, male-centric headliners, many of whom will be at a lot of similar events this year including Coachella, various Lollapaloozas and iHeartRadio concerts — the lineup has … [Read more...] about Tame lineup for 10th Boston Calling
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 2:19 AM EST Dec 28, 2018 Brimming with confidence, fueled by a year of career triumphs, Greta Van Fleet delivered the strongest Detroit performance of its career. The Michigan rock quartet hit the sold-out Fox Theatre Thursday night to launch a three-night run, capping a successful 2018 and showing ample growth since a holiday homecoming stand at Saint Andrew’s Hall this time last year. Where Greta Van Fleet’s previous Detroit shows came with an edge of charming scrappiness, Thursday brought a performance that was full-bodied and commanding. The delivery was tighter, the transitions quick and clean, the interplay self-assured. After a year of breathless touring — including three Fillmore Detroit sellouts in the spring — the three Kiszka brothers and drummer Danny Wagner have all clearly strengthened as musicians onstage. The night showed off a newfound swagger — though not at the expense of the upbeat … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet hits new heights in Detroit homecoming show
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 Sam Kiszka was snoozing in his Los Angeles hotel room when his cell phone started lighting up. “I woke up and I had like three billion text messages. I was like, ‘Oh, good God, what happened?" recalls the Greta Van Fleet bassist. "And then I open my phone and I see all this stuff. What is going on? So I get up out of bed, look around, look out the window, then I go back to look at my phone and I’m like — yeah, now I’m awake!” More: Meet the Michigan grandma who inspired Greta Van Fleet's name More: For Greta Van Fleet, new album is just beginning of rock 'n' roll ride It was the morning of Dec. 7, and Greta Van Fleet had just landed four Grammy nominations, topped by a nod for best new artist. Kiszka and his Michigan band mates — brothers Jake and Josh Kiszka, along with drummer Danny Wagner — will attend the Feb. 10 ceremony at L.A.'s Staples … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet on Grammy nominations: ‘Kind of surreal’