The countdown to Life is Beautiful rolls on as we enter the holiday weekend. I hope by now as “Rebel Heart” gets more and more spins per week on radio that you’ve had a chance to listen to up and coming LA rockers, The Shelters. Personally I cannot wait for them to take the stage at Life is Beautiful and if you are a fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, you are going to LOVE these guys.
You can catch them at Life is Beautiful on Saturday, September 24!
Morning obsession, Sheer Mag’s “What You Want.” The Philadelphia outfit will be making their Coachella debut this spring and I have a feeling I’ll be getting up extra early to catch them live. Now I’m just kicking myself for not seeing them at SXSW last year. Give a listen and decide for yourself.
It has arrived! Give a listen below to the lead single off Wilder Times, the upcoming third album from Mumford & Sons due out May 4. The four fellas put the folk aside in favor of a more electric and rock sound which I personally think will help elevate their live shows and well warranted headlining slots. Read more about the new found sound from Billboard, HERE.
I’m missing the first day of BottleRock Napa Valley today but stoked to be heading up to Napa tomorrow morning with my brother to catch a couple days of the first year, four-day festival. A stacked lineup, plenty of great food and wine in addition to plenty of friends making the trek should make for a fun weekend.
Tomorrow it’s all about The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Vintage Trouble, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, Blues Traveler and more. Saturday is definitely a power packed day/night of music with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, Donavon Frankenreiter, Allen Stone, Dwight Yoakam, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sharon Van Etten and more! Sunday brings it with Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti, Grouplove, Cake, Mavis Staples, Train, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile and more.
Everyone should be heading into this gorgeous weather weekend with some good tunes so this Friday I bring you, Buxton and their third record and first on New West Records, Nothing Here Seems Strange.
All week I’ve been holding out on posting this and I think it’s because of how much I sincerely love this album and their folk-rock sound, I wanted to keep it a secret but what fun would that be.
The album starts off with some slow harmonies (but in a good way – “Wolves & Owls” and “Fingertips”) before ratcheting it up and kicking some serious butt. Just give “Blown A Fuse” a listen and it will all make sense, I promise. For whatever reason the harmony on “Broken From Bread” makes me think of the Grateful Dead, but the best of the album I believe is with the single, “Boy of Nine” and “Down In The Valley.”
If you are fan of White Denim, DAWES, Middle Brother, Ryan Bingham, Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and the likes, you are definitely going to be digging the Buxton sound.
TGIF and this Friday we head across the pond for some righteous new music courtesy of Clement Marfo & The Frontline. The seven member posse led by Marfo is a mixed bag of fun incorporating everything from hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, R&B, soul, ska and more. Think energy and excitement when listening to this London group and look out for big things in 2012.
Below is the video for the current single “Overtime” but click HERE to listen to “Shock & Awe” my favorite so far.
You ever listen to an artist/band for the first time only to discover they have been around for quite some time, have released a few albums and wonder, “where the hell have I been?” Well it happened to me last month with Frank Turner and damn, I cannot get enough of his record, England Keep My Bones, his FOURTH album. I now find myself listening to his previous works to catch myself up to what I’ve been missing but continuously being drawn back to his latest record which was released this past summer. Turner exudes a singer-songwriter, folk, punk style unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
Say hello to Frank Turner and give a listen to one of best albums of 2011.
My latest in new music obsession comes courtesy of the Max McElligott led Wolf Gang. The British symphonic rock band released their debut album Suego Faults over the summer and have already toured with Florence + The Machine and Miike Snow as well as opened for The Killers this past summer. Give a listen to “The King and All of His Men” and you’ll most likely have this on your fall/winter playlist.