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.

Iron Sky – Paolo Nutini

23 May

Paolo Nutini’s long-awaited third album Caustic Love is finally here after a very long five-year wait.  I had almost given up hope on the Scottish singer-songwriter since he fell off the map post sophomore album in 2009.  But he’s back and better than ever with his Iron Sky EP, which has 5 of the 13 tracks off his upcoming album.  The debut single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” might be a catchy tune, but “Iron Sky” is the one I have on repeat.  Can’t wait to hear this one live at ACL Festival this year.

Come Alive – Chromeo Featuring Toro Y Moi

15 May

Over the past few weeks I’ve been drawing inspiration from Chromeo’s single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” as I build my ultimate summer playlist.  Well the full album finally dropped on Tuesday and considering I added 9 of the 12 tracks to my playlist, I think I’ve found my 2014 album of the summer.  From The Black Key’s Brothers to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, there’s always that one album that plays on repeat.  There are a lot of great contenders for this year but I’ve placed my bets and my money is on White Women.

Giant – Matrimony

8 May

After incorrectly reading the SXSW schedule, I showed up for The Paste Party at Swan Dive thinking I was about to see Metronomy and jam to some “Love Letters.”  I quickly discovered that the band that was actually playing was Matrimony, who wouldn’t drunkenly confuse the two?  It turned out to be a pleasant surprise when I heard them play this song, I’m always a sucker for the slow ones.  Two months later they’ve released their debut album Montibello Memories, which is a perfect blend of Southern roots from front woman Ashlee Brown and Irish folk from her husband and bandmate Jimmy.

Artifice – SOHN

7 May

As I was searching through artists similar to Glass Animals, I stumbled upon this track from SOHN and knew I had found myself another keeper.  His work has been compared to both James Blake and The Weeknd, so he certainly fits in nicely to my repertoire of blog posts.  Although he won’t be coming to Austin on his North American tour, he is making his first stop at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. I recommend DC friends to go catch his show!

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