Music Monday: Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Local artist to: Austin Texas

RIYL: Joe Pug, King Jim, Middle Brother

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A multifaceted artist, Alejandro Rose-Garcia wrote, recorded, and   produced every element of his debut release “Roll The Bones” which has received rave reviews worldwide. With its jaunty high soaring choral arrangements and twangy finger picked guitar, his recordings have a unique, psychotic, forlorn appeal that has quickly made Shakey Graves a household name from coast to coast.  source

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Music Monday: Einar Stray


Einar Stray

Local artist to: Sandvika Norway

RIYL:  Balmorhea, MúmEfterklang, Sufjan Stevens, Tunng

The 21 year old started out in year 2006 and has been compared to great musicians like Sufjan Stevens, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós. Live, Einar always has musician friends with him on stage. They make delicate sometimes grandiose sounds with both strings, blows and percussions. source

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Music Monday: Superlijm

Music Monday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Music Monday: Skeleton$

Music Monday: Strand of Oaks


Strand of Oaks

Local artist to: Philadelphia, PA

RIYL: J Tillman, Damien Jurado, Phosphorescent, folk rock

Strand of Oaks is currently on tour with The Tallest Man on Earth and we were lucky to see both bands last night at the Moore Theater. I was a bit blown away by Strand of Oaks. The touring drummer was quite impressive and added a layer of awe to the already brilliant lyrics based on hard times and real events by Timothy Showalter. The albums are quite different from the actual live show, but both are equally great.

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Music Monday: High Highs

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Parlovr

Music Monday: Cataldo

Music Monday: Toe

Toe

Local artist to: Tokyo, Japan

RIYL: Math Rock, This Town Needs Guns, Shy Trafficker, This Will Destroy You, The Album Leaf

 The vast majority of the music is instrumental in nature and is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases. source

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Music Monday: The Shy Trafficker

Music Monday: Errors

Music Monday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Local artist to: Los Angeles California

RIYL: Flamboyant Folk, Vaudeville Pop, Devendra Banhart, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister was one of my choices for SXSW this year. Their performance was the first show I saw of the festival and well worth the trek ten blocks to Key Bar.

HMBSMS are heading out on tour starting May 1!! Some of the dates include opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Unfortunately, there are no dates in the PNW, but I will keep my fingers crossed for the next tour. Go see this band, you won’t be sorry! Tour dates here! He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister could be the Grouplove of 2012, just sayin…

How’m I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight

Tales That I Tell

Clip I shot from SXSW 2012 …no, that’s not Zach Galifianakis

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Music Monday: The Mother Truckers

Music Monday: Grouplove

Music Monday: Coachella

While we are both stoked for 80% of the bands playing Coachella this year. Michael and I chose our top five per day that we are most excited to experience. And the 2012 Coachella app was finally released today but the times are still TBA, so there is still lots of planning to get the max amount of music humanly possible.

Michael: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, The Horrors, Alesso, GIVERS, WU LYF SATURDAY AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor SUNDAY At The Drive-In, Gotye, Beirut, Real Estate, Zedd

Annie: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, M Ward, WU LYF, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse! SATURDAY Jeff Mangum, AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, Radiohead, St Vincent SUNDAY The Growlers, Real Estate, At The Drive-In, Beirut, First Aid Kit

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SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 2

SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 3

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Shigeto

Shigeto

Local artist to: Brooklyn New York

RIYL: Samiyam, Electronic, Jazz

Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades. source
Shigeto played the Ghostly International showcase at Bumbershoot a few months ago and we only caught a little. I hope to see more at SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.

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