SxSW 2015 Recap: Circa Waves

As usual South by Southwest was filled with new bands to add to my play list but one band in particular, Circa Waves, caught my eye not only because they were really talented and have great songs but simply because at every time I saw them they had technical difficulties. Honestly, it should have turned me off but the complete opposite effect occurred.

The first time was at the British Music Embassy the Bass amp blew out and they had to end the show early and couldn’t play their new single T-Shirt Weather. So instead of moving on to the next band I was determined to hear this song!

Which leads me to the second time at the Dr. Martens showcase the bass went out half way through a song but was able to get it back and they continued on like champs. Yes, while standing under the giant tent trying to avoid the rain and not slide in the mud I officially became a fan!

And on the last night, while making plans my friends and I knew we had to end our SxSW Adventures with Circa Waves and see their last showcase at the #Uproxx house. Two songs into the set, the lead singer’s mic went out but don’t worry the guitarist mic was working perfectly and he just switched sides.

Despite all their issues Circa Waves played beautifully. I hope they come back to the US and everyone gets a chance to see how amazing these guys are. Their debut album, Young Chasers will be released on Tuesday, March 30th.

Circa Waves:

Kieran Shudall – Lead Singer

Sam Rourke – Bass

Joe Falconer – Guitarist

Colin Jones – Drummer

SxSW 2015: Tove Styrke

Tove Styrke

Had a chance to to see Sweden’s Tove Styrke perform at the Communion Music showcase the St. David church. With her brand of style she kicked off the showcase with an energetic set. Personally, I plan to add a few songs to my workout set list.

If you enjoyed this video, Tove is kicking off a 21 city tour in parts of the UK and USA this spring!

SxSW 2015: Matthew Mayfield

No doubt Matthew Mayfield is one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time. I can listen to him play and share funny little antidotes all day long. Yesterday I was able to catch his set at the Chuggin’ Monkey, despite the loud patrons he played an amazing set.

Check out the video of Mayfield performing ‘Wild Eyes’, which is also the title of his new album. And in case you’re wondering its an AMAZING album!

And if you get a chance, please check him out during his Wild Eyes Tour.

SxSW 2015: Until The Ribbon Breaks 

The first show of my SxSw 2015 adventures began with the band Until The Ribbon Breaks. It was a band my co-SxSWconspirator highly recommended and I’m so happy she did. Their music reminds me of Maroon 5, the Songs About Jane era with a mix of 1988 Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley with an updated sound – its a great mix.

Whether you want to or not you will be dancing and wishing the party would not stop. Looking around I knew it was not the free vodka that had the crowd going it was electrifying performance from UTRB.

Check out video of Until The Ribbon Breaks performing their song ‘Perspective’ at the Holy Mountain showcase.

Coachella 2015 Official Line Up

Today the official Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line up was announced!

The headliners: Drake (4/10 & 4/17), Jack White (4/11 & 4/18) and music legends AC/DC (4/12 & 4/19) alone will definitely bring the kids to the desert. But add Hozier, Alabama Shakes, alt-J, Ryan Adams and David Guetta (and many, many, many more) that’s going to be one HELLUVA party!Coachella2015Sadly, I’m not really into the Coachella scene but IF I did attend it would be for the following bands:

Did your favorite make the list?

Video: Time in a Bottle – Little Red Lung (Jim Croce cover)

Little Red Lung

Over the weekend Little Red Lung teased a new video and today my Christmas finally arrived for me! The song performed is a cover of Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle, which was filmed in L.A.’s Blaster Master Productions studios.

When Zoe of Little Red Lung sings – I listen! Her voice is delicate yet strong, she makes you feel so many emotions.

Her voice is EVERYTHING! 

I simply cannot wait for the new album.

For more Little Red Lung:

Website: http://www.littleredlung.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/littleredlung
Twitter/Instagram: @LittleRedLung

Christmas Playlist 2014

It’s Christmas Time!! 

That means we break out the eggnog and sing some carols while roasting some chestnuts…..right? Christmas music has definitely evolved over the years but the songs that get me in the Christmas spirit is quite different from others. Gotta Press Play Contributor, Sabrina and I picked our favorite Christmas songs we think everyone should add to their Christmas playlist!

Christmas Time (Bryan Adams) by MÉNAGE

Tammy: This is just a hopeful song about the song about the Christmas season and wanting to keep that happy feeling all year-long.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

Sabrina: I honestly can’t say why I love this song but I really do. It’s classic and just plain ridiculous and it just screams Christmas.

Lonely Christmas – Rebel Coast
Tammy: The title speaks for itself but when it first starts I instantly think of Hawaii and I instantly wish I could spend Christmas in Oahu like Mindy Kaling.

Christmas Lights – Sam Bradley

Sabrina: It’s funny, it’s cute, and it’s Sam Bradley… This girl couldn’t ask for anything more.

You’re Just Like Christmas – The Crookes

Tammy: I love the Crookes!! This song is heartfelt yet really fun – just like the band!

All I Want for Christmas – Bob Schneider

Sabrina: Not only is this song amazing but the chorus cracks me up!

My December – Linkin Park
Tammy: This is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it’s not completely about the actual day but the season. There’s a catch-22 when it comes to Christmas, for many people it’s either the happiest time of the year or the worst. This song ambiguously touches on the loneliness some feel around this time of the year.

Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC

Sabrina: One of the best rapped Christmas songs ever.

Hope you enjoyed our list and hope some of these classic Christmas gems makes it onto your playlist.