Another band I am really into lately has been Middle Brother. Haven’t heard of them? You need to get yourself familiar pronto. A quasi super group comprised of John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit these fellas are crazy good songwriters and put together a really great disc after first performing together at SXSW in 2010. Releasing their self titled debut album last month, be on the lookout for the trio when you see any of their bands on festival billings.
Another band I would have loved to see had I gone to SXSW is mylittlepony. Hailing from Oslo, Norway the quintuplet was playing their first American shows in Austin and their indie pop sound is quickly likeable. Recently the band released their new album Making Marks and I have to say I’m really digging it and now find myself listening to the disc on repeat. Lead singer Ola Innset has an incredible voice and it just plays so well on each track; particularly give a listen to his voice and the horns on “Hard To Be Good” and hear for yourself.
I love new music Tuesday and today is an extra special one as Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears drop their sophomore effort, Scandalous. I need to grab the disc and will report back with some thoughts but this should be another winner from the Austin group. Check out “So Scandalous” below. And if you’re at SXSW be sure to swing on through and see the guys live.
Last Saturday night was music mania. Besides being at music festivals I have never experienced so much live music in one night. The night started across the street from Luxor where The Ting Tings and Cee Lo went back and forth rocking out as part of the Red Bull Sound Clash event. Very cool concept and both acts ran the gamut on their hit songs as well as performing a handful of covers including The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock The Casbah.” What was definitely the highlight of the night was watching the entire crowd go ballistic when Cee Lo ended the show with “Fuck You.”
From Sound Clash the race was on to make it over to the Cosmopolitan for The Strokes concert. Thankfully they were 30 minutes late hitting the stage so I only missed the opener. Playing their first show to support the new album, Angles, they sounded solid and definitely had all rocking the entire show (you could seriously feel the floor shaking throughout). Being my first time seeing The Strokes live, they exceeded my expectations and put on one of those shows you’ll never forget.
Next up was racing downstairs to catch the last set of Foster the People over at Book & Stage. Seriously those who were able to catch at least one of the eight sets they played over their four day stint, consider yourself lucky. It was great to see how much fun the guys were having and exuding an energy that had the packed house appreciating what the next big thing were rocking out with. While their EP featuring only three songs “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat” sounded absolutely magical and have netted them sold out shows on their current tour, I can’t wait for the debut album TORCHES to drop in May. Look up the song “Kids” and you’ll know what to look forward to from the band that’s about to become the darlings of SXSW and Coachella.
After Foster The People it was time to take a hard left and hit up Marquee and the end of Kaskade’s set to keep the night of music going.