Pitchfork is self described as “the essential guide to independent music and beyond.” I happily disagree. If you have surfed the site, which I am sure you might have stumbled on by happenstance at one point or another, you might … Continue reading
No, do… do call it comeback. I have not blogged in ages.. But I’ve been feeling inspired lately! Lots of reasons for this inspiration – I have recently become a stay-at-home-mom of sorts. Since I have gotten back to Austin I … Continue reading
There is a great allure to not understanding something. I find if I get tripped up on something challenging, I enjoy investing time to understand it. I think a lot of people get this vibe. That a challenge serves us … Continue reading
“Maybe I’m wasting my younger years…” Hannah Reid sings loftily in London Grammar’s most recent album: If You Wait. I have been wondering this in my spare time recently. Time really is an investment.. the biggest you can make since … Continue reading
Ezra Koenig reviews… Drake I’m late on this one… but Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig reviewed Drake’s NWTS and his review is flawless. It is a sarcastic stream of consciousness on Drake’s latest album. He begins his review by conceding, “I gotta be … Continue reading
Great artists are coming to Austin in the Spring and it’s worth getting excited about. The presale emails have been rolling out with new info and it seems like April alone could blow your mind. I always find a show I want to see, impulsively buy two tickets, and then find someone later who would want to go with me. If you want to go you have to make it happen. So pay attention to these artists playing in the Spring and pick up some tickets before they sell out.
Lucius @ the Parish, Jan 29th
Disclosure @ Stubb’s, Jan 31st
Lord Huron @ Emo’s, Feb 17th, 18th
Kodaline @ the Parish, Feb 20th
Lorde @ Austin Music Hall, March 2nd (…sold out)
Grouplove + MS MR @ Stubb’s, April 5th (…sold out)
Local Natives @ Stubb’s, April 9th
Arcade Fire @ 360Ampitheather, April 10th
HAIM @ Stubb’s, April 23rd (…sold out)
Vampire Weekend @ Stubb’s, April 24th, 25th (…sold out)
Bastille @ Emo’s, April 25th (….sold out)
London Grammar, Phantogram, Cherub, The Kooks, The Whigs, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Wild Child, Max Frost, PAPA, NONONO, Brick + Mortar
with more announcements coming soon.
Shows are a lovely thing aren’t they? Doesn’t matter how recently you have heard the music of the artist, they have the capability to bring back a range of emotions. Head and the Heart was a homebase for me “back in the day” (I know – not yet old enough to say that). The CD was locked in my jeep’s player which resulted in Cats and Dogs playing every time I turned it on. A warm smile covered my face as they rhythm returned.
As expected, the 6 part band enchanted the entire crowd. But what really stood out were the incredible lead isolated vocals. This included when Jonathan Russell climbed atop the 10″ speaker system at Stubbs to perform the solo of Another Story. With the help of 1,000 iphones ready to snap(chat) an identical shot, the moment proved memorable for all.
The swooning really began when Charity would join in. Her voice continued to be lusted after during the concert’s entirety. It has a certain soulfulness that helps to differentiate The Head and the Heart from the others. As the only girl in the group she holds her own instead of being a background piece. Her solo encore was met by roars of applause and the crowd’s satisfaction.
The final part of the encore left Down In the Valley still to be played. The band led with a different beat then settled into the more known melody. I just loved this. When artists know exactly what song we want and dangle it preciously in front of us. Just so great. After a beautiful performance, The Head and the Heart closed and invited us to come back the following night. I’m still wishing I could’ve went.
Endless summer lives on. The warm weather never quite goes away in Austin until it absolutely has to. And music just resonates better in the warmth, doesn’t it? Boundless, bundle-less.
While the sunshine lasts I cannot stop vibeing (a verb? probably not) to this MGMT remix. Electric Feel is one of those songs that has an instantly recognizable beat. What makes this remix interesting is how Henry Green subdues that beat and almost even disguises it. The result feels quite dreamy and almost melancholic. Worth the time before winter finally does come
Arcade Fire’s newest album “Reflektor” is getting dismissed by plenty of critics and viewers. The band kicked ass by taking over the Grammy’s last year & having fun with the #whoisarcadefire hashtag. Where is the loyalty that once aligned behind the Rebellion? (cause it’s their old album’s name… ha … get… ok) These dismissals and harsh commentary are pretty much all online of course. And the irony of it all is that Arcade Fire’s new album is about the uselessness of facing a screen. How people typing away online are just experiencing a “Reflektion” of themselves. (see Kanye West‘s version of this)
You can find some sad statistics out there about how much time 18-24 year olds spend on the computer (ones too frustrating for me to look up) & I admit I definitely contribute. RIGHT NOW I am writing a review about people writing reviews. I mean there is some serious ridiculousness in that. Meanwhile this blinking typer stares back at me… Plenty of college kids I know choose to Facebook rather than listen in class or text rather than talk face to face. Ultimately, could the people negatively responding to their album simply be frustrated because Arcade Fire successfully struck a nerve?
Yes the album is an hour and a half long… yes almost every song is over six minutes. But the length of the album is a way for Arcade Fire to play with our generation’s impatience. There is no doubt the band is fully in tune with our emotions and how technology is impacting the millennials. I don’t believe they made it long to annoy us, I believe they want to push the barrier back against the rise of #hashtags & numbered lists (ehm Buzzfeed). Arcade Fire has no intention of dumbing it down & they most definitely still believe in the audience’s desire to stick it out.
Music Monday’s are a thing right?
Black Mambo – Glass Animals
“Paperback dreams in head deep thoughts” because who doesn’t have illusive dreams all the time? This song is cool and a little bit warped at the same time.
Kisser – Step Rockets
On Step Rockets’ tumblr, they describe themselves as “The Flaming Lips and The Clash playing at a MGMT party.” Can I come to that party……….
If You’re My Girl, Then I’m Your Man – Papa
Papa’s music has a way of getting guitar riffs stuck in your head. They’re currently touring with Cold War Kids if that gives you a little bit better of an idea of what they are putting out there.
This Is How We Walk On the Moon – Geographer
It’s a hit. No debate.
Somehow – Caught a Ghost
Here are some soulful final notes on your rainy Monday.