Its a known fact that Matt Corby has been the Musical Prince in my heart since I saw him perform at Sxsw in 2011. Sadly, Matt been off the grid for more than a year….but if you thinkg about it…..he performed at nearly every festival in the UK & Australia, it’s no wonder why he needed a break. During that time he went back into writers mode….and released his new single ‘Monday‘.
And with new music = live shows!
That’s right Matt will be performing live in Australia, so check out his site for more date information!
Be sure to check out the new single on iTunes, YouTube and Spotify.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lauren Little, Ben Epand, Will Weissman and Jesse Magnuson = Queen Caveat
Queen Caveat, one of LA’s favorite indie rock band, recently released their new EP, Manufactured Happiness and I have been in musical heaven ever since.
When I first listened to Manufactured Happiness the song that hit me the hardest was Brave Boy. Lauren Little’s voice is absolutely perfect and the emotional range she exudes both pain and strength and when she sings…”I’m not afraid of being called crazy anymore…” I swear I lose my mind…..but in a good way.
But after listening to this EP several times, I simply cannot choose my favorite song because each song is genuinely great. Almost as if this was a small glimpse into Queen Caveat’s soul as a band. From the moment the first track, Marion which jump starts a heart thumping ride from beginning to end.
Manufactured Happiness leaves me with the same feeling I have when I see Queen Caveat live – excited, exhilarated & fucking happy. If you’re headed to South by Southwest this year make sure to schedule some time to see Queen Caveat!
Imagine Dragons have finally released they official video for the song ‘Radioactive’. One of my favorites off the Night Visions cd. I admit it’s a little different than what I imagined the video to be. I guess because it’s a very dark song, the video would reflect that but it’s quite the opposite.
I guess when it comes to Imagine Dragons never expect normal!