Houston has seen an influx of bands on the rise in the past year, and one of the frontrunners for Houston’s biggest band comes in the form of five of the nicest guys you could meet and one great little lady. Buxton has slowly yet surely made a name for themselves in Houston, and with the help of their new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange soon to be released via New West Records, they have a great opportunity to become known in a lot more markets than their hometown. Recently touted by Esquire Magazine as one of their 2012 artists to watch, Buxton seem to be already gaining a whole heap of new fans several weeks before Nothing Here Seems Strange even hits shelves.
I’ve had a hold of the album for a while now, and have had the ability to truly let it sink in. The ten track effort brings the songs I’ve loved live to a whole new world with beefed-up instrumentation, precise mastering and mixing and an overall haunting feel to the entire album. I’ve been saying these guys were going to be big for quite some time, so it’s been really great to see their rise from a couple of fresh-faced kids from Podunk, Texas to a national touring act on the verge of breaking into the big time.
New West released Buxton’s first video from the new album which features the song “Boy Of Nine.” The video takes us through the lyrics of the tune, handwritten in front of our very eyes, as well as a flashing array of past tour footage and still frames of the band looking ever so serious.
I took a bunch of pictures of Buxton at their recent New Year’s Eve celebration that took place at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s. Check those out, as well as a video of them covering Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from the same night after the jump.
The last time I truly listened to Bright Eyes I was in high school, so when the opportunity to see them arose I didn’t really know what to expect from their show. I was completely out of tune (pun intended) with anything they had done since I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, and I wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to reconnect with them after so much time. Would their poingant lyrics and cheerful yet somber melodies be enough to win me back? Yes. Read the rest after the jump.
For some time I’ve been following the work of photographer Liz Devine, as we have a similar love of The Avett Brothers. She works at a music venue in Portland, and shoots portrait photography along with concert photography. One of her shoots in particular had me intrigued, as defying gravity tends to do. Devine’s shots of Bombadil led me to investigate, and I found a new fav.
Definitely in the folk-pop category, Bombadil is light and easy on the ears – generally writing about living the best life you can before it ends, or creating stories with characters within a song. The name matches their style perfectly. For you non-LOTR-geeks out there, Tom Bombadil is an eccentric recluse in Lord of the Rings, though he didn’t make the movie. Tolkien depicts him as an merry fellow who speaks almost lyrically.
Formed in 2005 while in Bolivia for school, Bombadil toured for a while before opening for fellow North Carolina natives The Avett Brothers, which led to their first record release - A Buzz, A Buzz. They continued, playing at festivals like Bonnaroo, going through several member change-ups, before declaring a hiatus at the beginning of 09. Bombadil had already recorded the next record (Tarpits and Canyonlands), which came out later that summer, but the bassist had a severe case of tendonitis and the entire band decided to wait til he healed. Two years pass and they FINALLY play a show (with the Avetts) this past Christmas.
Hopefully this means a tour is imminent. Keep your fingers crossed. Above is an old video of “Three Saddest Words” off their first album, and I added one of my favs off the new album, “Honeymoon,” to our BOT Playlist on the right.
Recently Texas got a good dose of The Head And The Heart, and we’re the better for it. The Seattle natives played in both Houston and Dallas last week, and were scrumptiously delicious enough to make our Freshly Squeezed Artists. Reminding me slightly of Denton alumns Seryn, THATH favor vocal harmonies and slow builds heavy on hand percussion and piano beats. They stand out with superb lyrics that speak as if they’ve seen our past/future and have a optimistic conviction of a better world. They note on their Facebook page that THATH “write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we’ve all been sold.”
If you missed them last week you can catch them a couple times at SXSW before they head to Europe for a month. They’ll also be at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in mid-June. They just signed a deal with Sub-Pop, who has a number of great acts, so hopefully the best is yet to come with THATH. They also have a free download on their site if you sign up for the newsletter. Read on for a few videos to satisfy your music-hunger.
Danielle Ate The Sandwich was one of the acoustic acts featured at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, Oct. 11. That night I suffered what we’ll call acoustic O.D. and I had to make a run for my sanity after I had a bit too much of a good thing with the act after Danielle Ate The Sandwich (DATS). To be fair, I won’t mention that band’s name, since they were not the act I was there to review. But they were horrible.
As the fall festival season quickly approaches with ACL, Voodoo and Fun Fun Fun Fest right around the corner, I am busy searching over the schedules for bands I need to see that I don’t really know much about. ACL is overall pretty familiar for me (I already found my last New Favorite Band on that line-up), but there are many bands that are gracing the stages at New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience over Halloween weekend that I haven’t spent much or any time with. One group that stood out immediately just because of their name was Die Antwoord, but it was there album, $O$, that made them a must see on Halloween weekend. After searching YouTube, I found some intriguing vids that made my need to see the South African hip-hop group grow even more. The best one by far comes from music video blog TaxiJam, which has the group flowing through their tune “Wat Kyk Jy?” complete with mooning and shirtless, sunglassed gentleman taking it all in in the back seat. Love this video…
They’ll be playing at 6:15 in between Boyz Noize and The Crystal Method at Voodoo in what they’re calling Le Plur, which is a new addition to the festival and seems to be some sort of dance stage/tent. See you there?
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