There were plenty of great albums released this week including BANKS and Vance Joy, but the album I was most looking forward to was from one of my favorite artists, Ryan Adams. I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s back on the scene with his self-titled 14th album. Although Gold will always hold a special place in my heart, his newest work is certainly not a let down. Ryan Adams can do no wrong in my eyes, he is and will always be my favorite singer-songwriter.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.