I am just back from another fantastic South By Southwest experience. Despite two days of rain and cool temperatures…it was music nirvana. Quite a few of this show’s artist appeared at this year’s festival so let me tell you about what I uncovered.
I got the show started with CRUISR. I just saw these guys on my last day at SXSW. They are a four-piece, Indie Pop band based out of Philadelphia. They got signed by Vagrant Records, which allowed them to release their debut, three-song EP, ALL OVER, in 2014. They have just released a single, GO FOR IT, about two weeks ago. I happen to like the B-side a little better. It’s called “Wild Babe.”
I completed the show’s opening song set with the latest from San Cisco. This mixed-gendered, Indie Pop, quartet from Freemantle (in Australia) was making their second consecutive trip to SXSW to promote their new album, GRACETOWN, which was just released on the 17th of March. The song I had for airplay was “Too Much Time Together” and it was the one that got my attention when I saw them play in Austin over this past weekend.
Changing musical direction with a self-described Indie-Dance, Electro-Pop band based out of Paris, France; they are Broken Back. I don’t have a great deal of information on this band. I’ve been to their Facebook Page; their Twitter feed and their SoundCloud site and that’s about the extent of background information I’ve been able to glean. Of course, other than they have just self-released (today) their debut, four-song EP entitled DEAR MISFORTUNE, MOTHER OF JOY. The song I’ve picked to play was “Happiest Man On Earth.”
I then spun a tune from Baby Montana. This artist, Baby Montana, is another performer with little or no biographical information. Obviously, I’m finding some really new artists here that are just starting out…and I’m sure they’re doing it all by themselves. Anyway…Baby Montana is a talented electronica styled, singer/songwriter and she is based in New York. This is her one, and only, track…it’s simply called “Child.”
Next up is an interesting Alt. Rock duo: Sego, which is Spencer P. and Thomas C. They boys are originally from Mapleton, Utah but now reside in Los Angeles, which, given their music style is a good move for them. I found these guys at SXSW and I was impressed so I thought I’d share them with you. Their latest EP, WICKET YOUTH, came out last Fall and I aired the title track.
I followed that up with new music from Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, also known as The Weepies. This is the second cut I’ve featured from their new album SIRENS. This pair actually had their own separate singer/songwriter careers before they teamed up to become The Weepies. They met at one of Tannen’s shows in Cambridge and became admirers of each other’s music. That led to a partnership, both musically and romantically. I’ve been following and playing them for over ten years. The new album officially drops on April 28th and the tune I sampled was “No Trouble.”
My lineage subject was Allison Moorer. Did you know she is Shelby Lynne’s little sister and that Allison is married to Steve Earle, who also produced a couple of her albums? Allison is a fine singer/songwriter in her own right. She has released eight studio albums with the latest being DOWN TO BELIEVING. The song I had for this feature is the album’s lead off track…it’s “Like It Used To Be.”
Part two of the lineage feature was fulfilled by Allison Moorer’s “You’ll Never Know,” which was released in 2006 on her GETTING SOMEWHERE album.
My re-issue release of the week was from James. The album that has been re-released is a re-mastered version of their 1993 album LAID. James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include “Born Of Frustration“, “Sit Down“, and the one I played on air; “Laid.”
I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from The Big Sun. I’ve been playing intermittent singles from this talented, young artist over the past two years. She makes delightful music from her bedroom in the U.K. She even sent me a note remarking how amazing it is to have her music made in England, surprisingly appears on a radio station in Boston. Ah…those InterWebs. Anyway…her latest single is “Jelly Bang.”
Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Telephantom. They are a talented four-piece, unsigned, Indie Pop band out of Houston, Texas. They are pretty new and have released a couple singles, so far, and all of them in 2015. The latest is a track called “Good With Words.” It’s a fun little tune.
I followed that song up with the latest from The Yetis. The Yetis are an unsigned, Indie, Surf-Rock quartet out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. I found these guys last year with their single “Warm California” and they just keep growing on me. The single I had for airplay is titled “Mysterion.”
Let’s keep things going here with a really nice new tune from Jacco Gardner. They are four-piece, Neo-Psychedelic band out of Hoorn, in the Netherlands. They have a new album coming out in May, HYPNOPHOBIA, and I spun the album’s lead off single…”Find Yourself.”
Then it was the latest material from the Art Of Sleeping. Art Of Sleeping is an unsigned, Indie Rock quartet out of Brisbane, Australia. I found them over the weekend and felt compelled to share it with you right away. The song I aired was “Voodoo,” and it’s been released as a stand alone single.
Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.
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