Monthly Archives: July 2011
Peeps! My DC/VA concert list has been updated. Navigate to the ‘Concert Pulse’ page to see my recommended shows! Lots and lots of great music coming to the area. Get at me if you want to hit any of these shows.
Lord Huron’s The Stranger now graces every playlist I have put together, ever. From their second release, Mighty EP, this song seems like it runs endlessly and effortlessly. The perfect summer tune; the lyrics scroll through the tropical, acoustic backdrop and revel in their simplicity. You don’t care to realize that the lyrics are on repeat for most of the track [“Of all of the strangers you’re the strangest that I’ve seen”]. The change of pace near the end leaves us with an eerie truth about the stranger we have all struggled to know and understand [“Now that I’ve seen you face, I am haunted by the letters of your name”]. Put some headphones on and zone out for a bit with Lord Huron, you’ll thank me later.
Lord Huron – The Stranger
Music video after the jump…
If you are looking for a way to escape this suffocating, east coast heat, I have a movie suggestion that is sure to change your life. Opening next Friday, July 29, Life in a Day is a historic and ground breaking documentary film that chronicles a single day on earth…as told by YouTube. This film stole the show at Sundance and is being called a must-see by all critics. The music in the trailer is also pretty awesome. Let me know what you think if you make it to the theater.
Double Whammy, Folks! Toro y Moi will follow-up their stellar full length album with another release for 2011. The EP titled, Freaking Out, is due out Sept 13 via Carpark Records. With this news comes a new single!! Saturday Love hints that the EP may be somewhat of an experimental project from Chaz and crew. Regardless, the beat is infectious and I can’t wait to catch Toro @ the Black Cat Sunday, Sept 11 **Bring your dancing shoes
Listen: Toro y Moi – Saturday Love
Great news everyone, The Head and the Heart have just released dates for their fall tour in which they will be headlining with support from Thao With the Get Down Stay Down (Thao).
Tue 09/20/11 NEW ORLEANS, LA One Eyed Jacks
Wed 09/21/11 ATLANTA, GA The Variety Playhouse
Thu 09/22/11 CHAPEL HILL, NC Lincoln Theatre
Fri 09/23/11 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club
Mon 09/26/11 BROOKLYN, NY Hall of Williamsburg
Tue 09/27/11 NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom
Mon 10/03/11 GRAND RAPIDS, MI Calvin College
Thu 10/06/11 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall
Fri 10/07/11 MADISON, WI The Majestic
Sun 10/09/11 OMAHA, NE The Waiting Room
Mon 10/10/11 DENVER, CO The Gothic
Tue 10/18/11 EUGENE, OR WOW Hall
Wed 10/19/11 PORTLAND, OR Crystal Ballroom
Thu 10/20/11 VANCOUVER BC The Commodore Ballroom
Unfortunately the DC date falls on the same day as the Fleet Foxes concert at Merriweather. I would love to do both but at least I get see The Head and the Heart in a few weeks opening for the Decemberists. I highly suggest grabbing tickets for this show at the 9:30 club. The small venue will be rocking and Thao is an amazing vocalist that brings the noise.
Listen: Thao – Know Better Learn Faster [audio http://awmusic.ca/1/mp3/thao%20nguyen-know%20better%20learn%20faster.mp3]
This year’s FreeFest @ Merriweather Post will be headlined by The Black Key, Deadmau5, TV On the Radio, and Cee Lo Green. Check out the video below for the full lineup and make sure you “Like” the page on Facebook so you can grab free tickets. The show is set for Saturday, Sept 10 and tickets go on “free” this Friday (7/15). Should be an awesome party.
Portland, Oregon has produced yet another indie-folk-electro-pop winner with Priory. Lady of Late had me hooked immediately with its poppy edge and soaring vocal harmonies. The video accurately portrays how easy it is to become lost in our lady of late. And just as you finally reach her, you are just as quickly shut out.
If this song is any indication of what this band is capable of, I can’t wait to get my hands on a full length album. Be on the look out for updates on tour dates, hopefully they hit the area soon. Chao
I have been holding back on my devoted readers. I’ve been keeping a new favorite band secret for a few months now. For this, I am sorry, because The Head and the Heart have completely swept me to the bandwagon. What’s even worse is I am seeing these guys perform in C’ville this August, and you likely are not. Be jealous.
The Head and the Heart will give you comforting inklings of The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. But don’t be so quick label them as the “next” of anything. Their debut, self titled album, gives hints of a developing sound that has the potential to elevate them to the stardom spectrum. Songs Down in the Valley and Lost in My Mind give you that toe-tapping, knee-bouncing movement that is so crucial in this indie folk movement. I suggest picking up this album immediately and trying to scrape up the last remaining tickets to their summer tour. Enjoy.
Listen: The Head and the Heart – Down in the Valley [audio http://www.chromewaves.net/mp3/HeadAndTheHeart-DownInTheValley.mp3]
Lost in My Mind [audio https://www.box.net/shared/static/ib7xpii4dp.mp3]