Young The Giant is a group of friends living in California. They got their big break by winning a contest in 2009. Known formerly as The Jakes, these barely 20 somethings got a chance to open for Kings of Leon before descending down to SXSW.
There’s probably something to the fact that most musicians who’ve gone to prison come from the country and hip-hop fields, but it’s going to take some graduate-level thesis work to extrapolate the real meaning. The easiest observation to make is that those genres tend to prize performers whose personas are rooted in anti-establishment lyrics and actions, and that the art and artist fed each other to the point where going to prison started to seem like one of those things you did to start your career or reinvigorate it. Or who knows, maybe people just crack under pressure regardless of what kind of music they make. Whatever the reason — feel free to insert your own — there are plenty of musicians who’ve done time over the years, whether it’s for minor infractions, drug charges, or serious crimes. It just goes to show that no matter how many fans you get, you’ve still got to deal with the boys in blue. Read more
Matt and Devon: The Heterosexual Life Partners join the show to discuss guilty pleasures, we review Scrullious by Protest the Hero and share some exciting news about where else you can find The LAP.
Happy 4/20! I was recently lucky enough to get to chat with one of my favorite bands, The Dirty Heads. I made sure to wait until it was after 12 noon before I called, and got a few minutes with singer/rapper Jared Watson.
This is a very cool video, obviously a high production cost from a duo that I haven’t been as excited about, Broken Bells. The track is The Ghost Inside and features the lovely Christina Hendricks from Mad Men. Enjoy…
This weekend, I was able to catch up with the lead singer of Sublime with Rome, Rome! We were able to chat about the new record they are currently in the studio working on, and the new upcoming tour this summer with 311.
Noticed that two of the greatest Portugal the Man albums haven’t been reviewed and seeing as how they both see PTM in a bit of a dark sounding phase, I think a double review is in order. Hopefully this’ll create some intrigue so that people will go see their upcoming performance at Hang-Out Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama and on the rest of their tour. They’ll be in Baltimore on June 8th and I’m currently exhausting efforts to score an interview. It’s just about time for a new album and I’d love to get the scoop!
This video is from Animals as Leaders, a unique instrumental group from the Washington DC area. Their 8 string basses are bad ass! They have recently toured with Circa Survive, Dredg, and Underoath.
This is my final post to this three part series (part one here and part two here) about my first ever SXSW experience. This last installment will serve as a summary of the new music and artists I am most excited about since discovering them at the conference. The most common question that I have been asked about the trip was which performers we were able to see. That would be great to know, but you have to realize this overlooks one of the best parts about SXSW. And that is for every mainstream, commercially successful artist that shows up, there are probably hundreds of lesser known acts making their debut for the first time. Well, at least the first time in this type of capacity. And it’s this type of culture and ethos in the DNA of SXSW that make it an experience like none other.