Music Monday: The Colourist

colouristThe Colourist

Local artist to: Orange County California

RIYL: Indie Rock, Pop, Echosmith, HAERTS

Touring in Seattle: Friday 4/11/14 at Tractor Tavern

The Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the band’s bright and anthemic signature sound.

Having spent much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist begin 2013 holed up in a small studio in Southern California. It’s there that Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys) committed their pop-fueled, indie-bred rock to tape before embarking on their first tour which included appearances at Coachella along with support shows with Metric and Youngblood Hawke and Atlas Genius. source

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Balthazar

balthazar

local artist to: ghent belgium

riyl: millionaire, the van jets, das pop

balthazar are an alternative pop band, with rock, electro and hiphop influences. they were formed in 2004 in kortrijk-belgium and anticipated their first album with gigs all over europe and a tour in south africa. their debut album “applause” was released march 2010, and both the album as well as their live performances were received with much critical acclaim. source
balthazar is one of my picks for sxsw 2012. check back every monday for a new band to check out at the next sxsw.

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Music Monday: Calhoun

calhoun

local artist to: fort worth, texas

riyl: blind pilot, pete yorn, doug burr, cataldo, alt-folk-rock

calhoun’s music has been described as catchy, irresistible, gorgeous, melodic, sorta poppy, sorta rootsy, sorta rockin’, and, in general, really splendid music. you can call it what you will, but lead singer tim locke says, “we’re just a pop band.” then he laughingly concedes a nod to the root-rock and alt-country influences that others hear in the band’s music. “well, let’s say we’re just a pop band with a pedal steel thrown in occasionally.” source   

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Music Monday: Cataldo

cataldo

local artist to: seattle washington

riyl: indie folk rock, ben gibbard, hey marseilles, alexander

cataldo is the recording project of eric anderson. an increasingly consistent though persistently shifty group of musician pals joins him live and in the studio. their music is generally of the “indie” variety–meaning pop/rock/folk which hopefully seems like it was composed by a hard worker with a mild taste for adventure. source

          

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Music Monday: Pet

pet

local artist to: edinburgh uk

riyl: dreamy guitar pop

the single track ‘what you building?’ is easy to fall in love with with its dreamy sounds and vocals while other songs offer a more garage sound, which i like a lot. i hope to hear much more from this little uk band known as pet.

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Don’t Say Oh Well

for today’s music monday, i am re-featuring grouplove. i am super psyched for this show tonight at tractor tavern!!! so you should get acquainted with them if you have not already! there have been a few posts on here already like this one…and this one. grouplove is easily my favorite band of 2011 and they were my favorite performance at sxsw. the stateside tour schedule is quite short with the band staying on the west and east coasts over the next few months and lots of overseas dates. i’m also gonna see them at san francisco’s outside lands festival in august! i am giddy and will be front row for tonight’s show. the openers for tonight are walk the moon and people eating people.

Music Monday: Grouplove

grouplove

local artist to: los angeles california

riyl: the vaccines, modest mouse, yuck

etc: check them out at sxsw 2011! they are playing at the floating fest day party on 3/17 (presented by flying dog brewery and i guess i’m floating ) …which is where i plan to be camped out.

hannah hooper met christian zucconi late one evening on the lower east side of manhattan. they had both been living in new york for years and had never crossed paths before. but from that night forward the two could hardly be pulled apart. soon after their connection hooper was invited to an art residency in greece on the island of crete and hooper insists “without any hesitation” she invited zucconi to join her on this journey. “seriously, we had only known one another for a few days but are both so inspired and alive when we are together that going to greece seemed like a magical and natural thing to do” recalls zucconi.

on crete, in a small remote mountain village, hooper and zucconi met the members of their future band “grouplove” a year before it was officially formed. sean gadd, a natural songwriter and guitar player, born and bred in london instantly bonded with the two eccentric new yorkers. their relationship became apparent through the music they were making day in and day out. andrew wessen, a pro surfer and musician from los angeles and his childhood friend ryan rabin, an accomplished drummer and producer, were also at the residency and quickly joined in with the musical trio. these five musicians make up the members of what we now know as grouplove. (source)

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