Through Fire – Rocco DeLuca

26 Aug

I haven’t listened to Rocco DeLuca much (or at all) since college when I was obsessed with “Mystified,” but I saw that he was playing a show in Austin so decided to give him a listen.  I was pleasantly surprised with what I heard on his new album, which was in part due to the lap steel guitar used throughout.  Although the sound is different from his older stuff I’m accustomed to, I love the eeriness found in tracks like “Through Fire” and “Free.”  Enough so that I made a trip to Lambert’s on Friday to see him jam out and he didn’t disappoint.

Warranted Queen – Arum Rae

21 Aug

Don’t you just hate it when you discover a great new artist then realize they’re playing the 11:15AM Friday slot at ACL?  Loving this track from Austin native, Arum Rae, but I’ve already admitted to myself that I won’t be making it to the festival early enough to catch her live.  However, if I survive a day of Iggy, Major Lazer and Eminem, I will be front and center for her after show at Stubb’s Saturday night.  This queen is too good to pass up seeing live!

Play It Right – Sylvan Esso

18 Aug

I made the game time decision to go see Sylvan Esso last night at Emo’s and my mind was blown.  With vocals like Feist and beats like Phantogram, it’s no surprise that the show sold out…3 times.  From a 450 capacity at The Parish to a packed house of 1500 at Emo’s, the duo is quickly gaining a fan base for their catchy electro-pop tunes.  I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to see these guys live.

Hold On – Sons of the East

11 Aug

These guys are without a doubt the best thing I’ve come across all summer.  I tried to keep them to myself for as long as possible, but they’re too good not to share!  So now that the word is out about Sons of the East, they need to make their way from Australia to the States for a tour ASAP.  They’re officially at the top of my list of artists to see live.

You Haunt Me – Sir Sly

28 Jul

We finally have an album release date of September 16th for my favorite band and obsession for over a year, Sir Sly.  I’ve been following these guys since I first came across “Where I’m Going” last spring and my love for them only grows each time I see them live.  From their show at Holy Mountain last November to the multiple SXSW sets I was able to catch this year, I’m continually amazed by their talent.  The release date of their debut album You Haunt Me is bolded and highlighted on my calendar, along with August 27th when they will be making their way back to Austin for a show at The Parish.  You can check out their newest single “You Haunt Me” off the upcoming album below.

Roll the Bones – Shakey Graves

18 Jul

I’ve clearly been living under a rock for the past several years for never seeing Shakey Graves live before last night.  This talented Austinite put on one of the best shows I’ve ever been to at Stubb’s indoors.  Aside from his impressive songwriting and vocal abilities, he was hilarious and entertaining to watch.  I’m officially hooked and will be in attendance at any of his Austin shows from now until the end of time.

Lost Stars – Adam Levine

9 Jul

Although I’m not a big movie goer, it comes as no surprise that any trailer with good music is a movie I must see. I saw the preview for Begin Again yesterday, which included this song from Adam Levine, and I’m officially obsessed with a film I’ve yet to see.  I have no doubts that it’s one I’ll love considering it’s the same director as Once, one of my all time favorite movies.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

25 Jun

After a long two weeks of traveling I’m finally home catching up on all the new releases I’ve missed, which includes this track “Thinking Out Loud” off of Ed Sheeran’s new album. There are definitely some similarities in the melody to that of “Let’s Get It On” but unlike the Marvin Gaye classic, Sheeran sings of less sex and more love.  He certainly has a way with words, the lyrics are adorable and this song is one of his best yet.

Day And Night – Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll

6 Jun

The name Aaron Behrens may not ring a bell when you hear it but Ghostland Observatory certainly will.  After months of wondering where Ghostland had gone, I stumbled across Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll on the UTOPiAfest lineup and realized he was working on a solo album.  Although it’s not quite the electro funk tracks we’ve all come to love, there are definitely some similarities in the beats and guitar riffs.  I had the pleasure of catching a free show on Tuesday and as expected, Aaron Behrens put on an amazing set with his one-of-a-kind dance moves.

Wakes You – Those Poor Serfs

27 May

My sister and I stopped by Austin Ale House on a whim this past Friday where we found these guys setting up for a show.   What we had planned as a low-key night of nachos and beer flights, turned into a southern rock jam session and Ryan Adams sing-a-long.  Not only did I love the cover song choices from Those Poor Serfs, which included one of my personal favorites “Come Pick Me Up,”  but I was also a huge fan of their own music like the track below.  If you’re around on Friday I would definitely recommend stopping by Austin Ale House to catch their set at 10pm, they put on a great show!

Those Poor Serfs from Sean Mathis on Vimeo.

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