As I browse through the SXSW showcasing artists, the first bands I always scout are the ones from Australia. Nine out of ten times this is where I find my next obsession, which is the case for Sydney natives Oxford & Co. The duo are headed across seas to showcase their Indie-folk tunes at this year’s festival and I couldn’t be more excited to catch them live.
From the very first note of this song I knew I was in love. There’s something about the Bon Iver voices of the world that always rope me in. I’ve posted a few similar artists that are close to my heart, including Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Dustin Tebbutt, and after hearing this track from Kaleo they will be joining their ranks. The Icelandic group, who happen to be managed by Austin based company Triple 8, have already been confirmed for SXSW next year. If my prediction is right (which they usually are) their SXSW appearances will be followed by a performance on a late-night talk show and a sold out US Tour.
Between my fall travels and two weeks of ACL mayhem, I’ve had no time to blog some of the great music I’ve discovered the past few weeks. One of the most exciting releases came from the artist I first fell in love with 14 years ago after catching his show at Paramount Theater. After an 8 year hiatus, I had lost all hope of ever getting a third album out of Damien Rice. So it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise when I heard this new single, along with an October 31st release date for My Favourite Faded Fantasy. Can’t wait to play the full album on repeat like I have this track the past few weeks.
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.