Posted // April 15,2014 Summer days are usually just intolerable sweat-fests, but balmy summer nights are where it’s at. And one of the best ways to spend those just-warm-enough evenings is watching live music at the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series—with hopefully some wine, munchies and good company.
Posted // April 1,2014 Happy Tuesday, music fans! This week's new releases include two albums that I'm pretty much freaking out about, from Ohio indie/folk-rock quartet Saintseneca and Canadian folk band Timber Timbre.
Posted // March 25,2014 Happy Tuesday, music fans! It's been a while since I've posted a New Tunes Tuesday blog (SXSW craziness, followed by the flu), and it's good to be back. There are a lot of great new albums coming out this week, including the "lost" album from the Man in Black himself. Johnny Cash's posthumously released Out Among the Stars was recorded in the '80s and discovered by his children in a storage unit after he and June passed away.
Posted // March 15,2014 Before a jam-packed night of live music in Austin, I met up with local psych-rockers Max Pain & the Groovies at Rio Rita for an interview about their second year at SXSW and what's been happening with the band. David Johnson (vocals/keyboards), Dallin Smith (guitar), Shane Preece (guitar), Kallan Campbell (who joined the band as the new bassist in spring 2013) and Troy Coughlin (drums) stopped at SXSW during a two-month nationwide tour, and played several shows this week, including a showcase with fellow Lollipop Records artists.
Posted // March 15,2014 On Friday, my final full day at SXSW, I crammed in as much cool stuff as possible to end my time here in Austin on a high note. And that awesomeness included hanging out with one more local band, stuffing myself with delicious food and going to more live shows than I thought was physically possible.
Posted // March 14,2014 Thursday (Day 3) was another jam-packed day at SXSW, with some great hang-out time with a local band and tons of awesome music on 6th Street. And I even discovered the proper term for the cartoon birds.
Posted // March 14,2014 Before Libbie Linton and Spencer Harrison of Provo electro-pop duo Mideau played a show at Whisler's on Thursday night, they sat down with me to chat about how it's been playing at SXSW for the first time, as well as what's going on for the band. Mideau's latest EP, Way With Words, is now available on iTunes, and they're also gearing up for the national release of their self-titled debut album.
Posted // March 14,2014 Even though their show at Whisler’s on Thursday night wasn’t Mideau’s “official” SXSW showcase, I checked it out because I was interested to see how they’d adapt to the challenging environment—and the Provo electro-pop band put on an excellent performance despite chatty people and some technical difficulties.
Posted // March 14,2014 I chose to spend my Thursday afternoon at one of the many shows Desert Noises—check out my interview with the band here—have been doing at SXSW, and it proved to be an excellent decision, as their performance at Easy Tiger was a doozy.
Posted // March 13,2014 It's been a blur of music and fun for the music lovers and bands attending SXSW, but Provo folk-rock band Desert Noises (photo courtesy of Facebook) took a few minutes out of their hectic festival schedule to chat with me at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew in Austin. Tyler Osmond (bass), Pat Boyer (guitar) and Brennan Allen (drums) talked with me about their upcoming sophomore full-length album, 27 Ways--out March 25--and what they think of their SXSW experience this year.