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.
Steam Whistle’s is passionate about doing one thing really, really well leading to hosting events such as UNSIGNED (now in fourth year running). Steam Whistle has developed a reputation for supporting talented independent musicians who share Steam Whistle’s passion and follow their dreams. The April 29th show hosted in the brewery’s Beer Hall will be a line up full of indie alternative rock with The Darcys beautiful noise, Wildlife’s contagious energy, and Freedom or Death’s inspiring revolt. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are only $5 at the door with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the community through the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation.
I’m not going to say that I know much about tUnEYaRdS. Recently came across this video and thought it was rad! Besides a unique spelling to their name, they are currently signed to 4AD and have a new record being released in 2 weeks.
In part one, I described how my best friend and I attended the SXSW fest this year in Austin for the very first time. We didn’t purchase any passes, badges, or wristbands. Nor did we have any press passes either. Here is part two, reviews of all the shows that we were able to catch.
We weren’t quite able to hit our goal of going to 10 different shows while at our first ever SXSW this year, but we did attend 9. If not yet obvious, we missed way more shows then we saw. Little Dragon, TV on the Radio, Wiz Khalifa, Phantogram, Jack White, The Strokes, Wu Tang Clan, Widespread Panic, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, The Bravery, Mars Volta, Jay-Z, and The Kills were just a small sampling of who was in town for the week. Here’s a run down of the shows we did somehow manage to make it to, in chronological order: