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Revisited: My SXSW 2015

26 Mar

For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to attend SXSW. It’s kind of like summer camp when you think about it. In many cases (and mine) you are staying with friends, sometimes too many for the apartment you are in, you see people you haven’t seen in a year and you run around like kids going to see the next big thing, an artist you’ve been dying to see and bands/musicians who are playing massive underplays. All in, SXSW is what you make of it and this past year was no exception. Of course I didn’t get to see everyone I had hoped to but I did have a handful of new discoveries and a grip of new memories to carry with me.
In five days I logged 63 miles on my feet traversing the city and it was worth every step.

Who I saw:

Monday: The Vaccines, Ryan Hemsworth, Run The Jewels, Kaleo, Cathedrals, Spoon and Portugal. The Man

Tuesday: VÉRITÉ, BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, Gorgon City (Live), The Delta Riggs, Passion Pit, San Fermin, Milo Greene, Odesza, Spoon

Wednesday: The Cribs, Sam Hunt, Ryn Weaver, Leon Bridges, Robert DeLong, GRiZ, The War On Drugs, Future Islands

Thursday: smallpools, Twerps, Sam Dew, Raury, SZA, Dry The River, Colony House, Robert DeLong, Kero Kero Bonito, GRMLN, House Music, The Stone Foxes, California Honeydrops, CRUISR, T. Hardy Morris, Frank Turner, Migos, Wyclef Jean

Friday: Son Lux, Skylar Spence, Wolf Alice, Blank Range, Jack Ladder, Natalie Prass, Gorgon City (live), George Maple, Poor Me, The Covz, Slow Caves, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Kari Faux, Seinabo Sey, Years & Years, Rae Sremmurd

NOTES:

  • There were hands down an overabundance of great performances but for me the best shows of the week were Leon Bridges, The Delta Riggs, The War On Drugs and Future Islands.
  • Yes I saw Run The Jewels where the fight broke out. The show was packed with energy and too much fn besides that brief interruption.
  • Seeing Frank Turner acoustic on the back patio of Red7 with maybe 100 people was a true treat.
  • Wyclef as always delivered a fun and crowd participation show well worth the wait.
  • Skylar Spence (FKA Saint Pepsi) is putting together a band for this summer’s festival season so be on the lookout for that!
  • If you have a chance to see the California Honeydrops, do it!Robert DeLong keeps getting better and better.
  • San Fermin, my how much this band has grown in a year. Sounding excellent.
  • I became a fan of Sam Hunt.
  • Kaleo sound nothing like you’d expect and that’s a good thing.
  • Spoon was ripping through shows all week and sounded great as expected but I can’t wait for Britt Daniel to go back out as Divine Fits.
  • Jack Ladder, seek them out this year.
  • Despite saying it was their last song, anyone who stayed for The War On Drugs show at YouTube was treated to 30 more minutes of rip roaring jamming and it was flat out crushing!
  • I’d been dying to see George Maple and she lived up to it. Her new track with What So Not, fire!
  • And again, LEON BRIDGES. I sincerely hope you all start listening to this soulful human being who is going to make his mark this year. If you’re lucky enough to catch Leon and St. Paul and The Broken Bones at the same festival (Outside Lands) these two are quickly ascending to a level of fame that I hope makes them the stars of tomorrow.
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DoYouHearTheMusic.com – January 2015 Playlist

27 Jan

Made it just in time before January is over. Hope you like this little playlist for January 2015.

Some artists you are definitely familiar with like Modest Mouse, Houndmouth, MisterWives, Belle & Sebastian as well as some artists I hope you discover like Coasts, Viet Cong, BenZel, Years & Years, Raury, CRUISR and Wild Party

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – My Favorite Albums of 2014

29 Dec

What a year it was for me in music. So good that I don’t want this year to end but excited to see what 2015 has in store. Below (in alphabetical order) are albums I was digging in 2014.  I couldn’t limit myself to a number and I know I missed some too but here it is.  What were some of yours from 2014?

††† (Crosses) – †††

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

Alvvays – Alvvays

Asgeir – In The Silence (US Release)

ASTR – Varsity (EP)

James Bay – Hold Back The River (EP)

Bleachers – Strange Desire

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker

BØRNS – Candy (EP)

Broods – Evergreen

Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Balcony

Caribou – Our Love

Chromeo – White Women

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Chet Faker – Built On Glass

Eric Church – The Outsiders

CRUISR – All Over (EP)

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Madi Diaz – Phantom

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

FKA Twigs – LP1

Flight Facilities – Down To Earth

Future Islands – Singles

G-Eazy – These Things Happen

Galantis – Galantis (EP)

The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

Glass Animals – Zaba

Goat – Commune

Great Good Fine Ok – Body Diamond (EP)

The Griswolds – Be Impressive

Holychild – Mindspeak (EP)

Hozier – Hozier

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

In The Valley Below – The Belt

John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood

Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Jungle – Jungle

King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

The Kooks – Listen

Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Like Swimming – Structures

Los Colognes – Working Together

Manchester Orchestra – Hope

George Maple – Vacant Space

J. Mascis – Tied To A Star

Milky Chance – Sadnecessary (US release)

Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

MisterWives – Reflections (EP)

MØ – No Mythologies To Follow

Mystery Skulls – Forever

O.A.R. – The Rockville LP

Phantogram – Voices

Port Isla – In The Long Run (EP)

The Preatures – Blue Planet Eyes

Priory – Weekend (EP)

RAC – Strangers

Real Estate – Atlas

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Spoon – They Want My Soul

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Twin Peaks – Wild Onion

Tycho – Awake

Vacationer – Relief

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Warm Soda – Young Reckless Hearts

Warpaint – Warpaint

Ryn Weaver – Promises (EP)

Jack White – Lazaretto

Young Rising Sons – The High (EP)

Zac Brown Band – The Grohl Sessions Vol.1