Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

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Jess Glynne’s voice echoed through Zilker on Friday afternoon, spreading a cheerful attitude mirrored by the crowd and those finding their way to start their weekend.  She wowed with her cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” just before she closed out her set.  Banks & Steelz were worth getting to the Samsung stage early, while The Front Bottoms teased and tested the crowd’s football knowledge in between songs.  The Strumbellas drew a crowd that may have seemed to be full of stragglers, but everyone easily sang along to “Spirits” even those that may not have known that they knew all the words.

 

Both the crowd and St. Lucia got lost in the music, delivering a performance that would’ve… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Weathers Perform “Happy Pills”, Talk Origins

weathers-songThe four-piece of Weathers formed in 2013 while still in high school in Southern California. Since the start of 2016, the band has been on a roll, playing their first SXSW and have since been on various tours opening for Saint Motel, Nothing But Thieves and Drowners. Weathers consists of lead singer/rhythm guitarist Cameron Boyer, guitarist Cameron Olsen, bassist Brennen Bates, and drummer Cole Carson. Much of the band’s growing profile is attributed to the release of “Happy Pills”, which landed the band a major label deal and growing radio airplay. Still on tour, the band is on the cusp of their debut album release scheduled for early 2017.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Catfish & The Bottlemen at Austin City Limits 2016

catfishbottlemenCatfish and the Bottlemen made quite a splash with their debut album, The Balcony in late 2014. The Welsh band didn’t take long to follow it up with their sophomore release, The Ride, which was released in May 2016. According to lead singer and songwriter, Van McCann, the topics were inspired by experiences of managing life and relationships while on the road, making the writing process quicker than the previous works. As much as their recorded material has garnered a growing and loyal fanbase, the live shows that Catfish and the Bottlemen put on are just as memorable. McCann stated, “Our live shows are about the moment, just getting lost in the music. Make people dance and make people feel. My whole… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Young The Giant at Austin City Limits 2016

Young The Giant returned in 2016 with their third studio album, Home of the Strange, which features the current radio hit, “Something To Believe In”. The follow-up to Mind Over Matter (2014), Home of the Strange tackles new subject matter for the band as the songs revolve around the perspective of immigrants and first-generation Americans. Speaking to how the increasing awareness of discrimination and racial tension, lead singer and songwriter, Sameer Gadhia told Rolling Stone, “We have strong beliefs, and now more so than ever, we’re talking about human rights. Our main thing is about equality. It’s a humanitarian issue; it’s not a political issue. So we’re comfortable going forward on this path; we have the platform and an open line of dialogue with our fans, some of whom are completely unaware of the racial struggles in America, or the racial struggles that we deal with on a personal level.”… Continue reading

Album Review: Phantogram – Three

Phantogram released a new album named “Three.” The name suits the duo perfectly as the name Phantogram is derivative of the word describing two-dimensional images that appear three dimensional. Fun factoid for the name three as the title is only called Three however it may have ties to the origins of their performance name.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ingrid Håvik of Highasakite Talks ‘Camp Echo’

highasakiteHighasakite returned in 2016 with the album Camp Echo, again impressing fans and critics alike. The album is the follow-up to Silent Treatment, which was released in 2014 and not only received positive reviews as well, it has remained on the Norwegian top-40 album chart for two years running. On Camp Echo, the band explores more synth/electronic sounds to accompany the darker, introspective lyrics of love, loneliness and despair. With millions of streams of the songs from Camp Echo, Highasakite have been on the road for much of the year, performing at festivals like Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Latitude Festival, Roskilde Festival and Øyafestivalen. Additionally, Highasakite will perform at the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11 to honor this year’s Nobel Laureate (awarded December 10) and help spread the message of hope, courage and global peace. The event is annually attended by world leaders and dignitaries, in addition to a live audience of 8,000 fans at Oslo’s Telenor Arena; televised to more than 100 countries, 300 million households and also streamed live on YouTube. Highasakite join the ranks of countless globally renowned artists that have taken the stage at the concert including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and Aurora among many others.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Beaty Heart Talk ‘Till the Tomb’, Songwriting Growth

beaty-heartThe trio of Beaty Heart formed in 2010 while attending Goldsmiths College in London and consists of percussionists/multi-instrumentalists Josh Mitchell (vocals, guitars, electronics), Charlie Rotberg (drums, electronics), and James Moruzzi (drums, vocals, electronics).  Their debut in 2013, Mixed Blessings, was written mostly during jam sessions and showcased the band’s penchant for catchy beats mixed with tropical sounds and upbeat synths.  Their followup, Till The Tomb was released during the summer of 2016 to critical acclaim, showcasing a growth in the trio’s songwriting and yielded the addictive track, “Raw Gold”.  Mitchell stated, “We tried to cut a lot of the faff out of our sound, the sounds are much more staccato and up in your face on the new thing.”… Continue reading

LISTEN: Top Three Tracks ON-REPEAT – Lizzo, liv, The Mowgli’s

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week has three tracks that have been ON-REPEAT. liv is a collective of some familiar names- Lykke Li, Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winberg of Miike Snow, Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and producer (and Lykke Li’s boyfriend) Jeff Bhasker. Born Melissa Jefferson, Lizzo has been a rising voice in the Minneapolis alternative hip-hop scene. She’s toured with Sleater-Kinney, opening for their reunion tour and has been featured on numerous other songs by Clean Bandit and worked on a track on the album PLECTRUMELECTRUM by the legendary Prince. Her latest album, Big Grrrl Small World garnered positive reviews and shows the burgeoning artist on the rise. The Mowgli’s are back with their third studio album, Where’d Your Weekend Go?, which the band says is “the truest representation of who we are, not just as individuals, but as a band. It is the most honest thing we’ve ever done.”… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Almanac Mountain – Cryptoseismology

untitled1Almanac Mountain is an extremely remote peak in the forests of Maine. It is also the moniker of a band fronted by one, Chris Cote. The progressive-pop sounds of the band, mirror the loneliness of the mountain itself and is translated on their new record Cryptoseismology. Recorded in the depths of a long New England winter, a cold, knife-like, uncomfortable, and isolated  sound permeates the record and brings a chill to the music. Lush, and vibrant with a monotone reserved for Depeche Mode, the record forces to be listened to with undivided attention to pick up the nuances that give Almanac Mountain such and fresh and original sound.… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 10/1/2016 – The 1975 Stays On Top

top-10.The 1975 reign supreme on the B-Sides chart with “Somebody Else” while The Head and the Heart moves up to the runner up spot and Bastille holds steady with “Good Grief” at number three. New entries by Empire of the Sun and Two Door Cinema Club enter the chart on the strength of new albums recently released. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

LISTEN: Three Tracks ON-REPEAT – Dua Lipa, COIN, Fenech-Soler

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week has three tracks that have been ON-REPEAT. Dua Lipa made quite an impression at SXSW 2016 and has been on a roll ever since. Starting out by recording covers on YouTube and Soundcloud, Lipa used her online presence as a platform to build a network, which led to her working with songewriter Marlon Roudette. Roudette inspired her to get some original demos together and it wasn’t long until Lipa would garner an online following. Her handful of videos have millions of views with her debut album due out in February 2017. Nashville band COIN is back with new music ahead of their sophomore album, also due out next year. “Talk… Continue reading

Getter Keeps it Cool As Frick for the Music City

p1060722Hailing from San Jose, Getter brought his brand of heavy bass to Nashville from the Bay as one of the stops on his Wat the Frick Tour.  The tour promotes his new 7 –track EP of the same name.  Wat the Frick is his third EP with OWSLA and dropped earlier this month on September 2nd.

 

Getter and the Wat the Frick crew stopped in Nashville at the landmark Exit/In.  Along with Nick Colletti, Yulton, and Sneek, Getter brought something a little different to Music City.  Nashville may be known for its music scene, but EDM is vastly underrepresented among the wide variety of indie, alternative, country, and rock acts that can be found at almost all hours of the… Continue reading

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