Check it out: Swear and Shake, “These White Walls”

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Yo! It’s been a while, but I wanted to share this here with you guys. Last week I went to a G. Love & Special Sauce show at George’s here in Fayetteville. I was running late and was only able to catch the last song of the opening band, Swear And Shake. It was awesome. I totally regretted not getting there to catch their whole set.

Shout out to G. Love, who usually has really great new bands opening for him on the road. Last year he introduced me to The Belle Brigade.

Well, check them out. These guys and gal are pretty awesome:

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Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey & The Roots: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

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I’m guilty of being a Christmas music hater. Apart from the sound of Love Actually, I can’t stand any other holiday melodies. Having said that, when a friend of mine shared this video on facebook yesterday I didn’t look at it. But at night, I saw several of my friends had shared it. So I clicked. SWOON. What a fun version of the song! Check it out. Who can hate on Questlove using a wooden clacker with an afro pick or Mark Kelly with a toy xylophone?!

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Get Ready for Wakarusa 2013

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I’m so in love with this video! Get ready for Waka Waka Waka 2013.

May 30th – June 2nd, 2013. Tickets on sale NOW at www.wakarusa.com

See you on the mountain!

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Grandfather Child: Edythe Bates Old Chapel

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Last weekend, Houston was treated to the release of the long anticipated full-length debut from one of their favorites, Grandfather Child. Let’s just start out by saying the record’s great, and that if you don’t have a copy yet, head on over to your favorite local independent record store and pick up a copy. I’ve been jamming it on the regular for a few weeks now – like almost to the point that I’m annoying everyone else around me. Just today, to help push their new record, they’ve released a video of a recent performance in an old empty church an hour north of Houston in Round Top, Texas. I got a sneak peak of this video over a month ago, when the band received the first edit from the filmmakers, and I’ve been excited to see the entire thing ever since. My anticipation was well worth it, with the video’s glorious 16+ minutes being some of the best and prettiest footage of any band I’ve seen online in some time now. Included in the video are sexy album opener “Can’t Seem To Forget,” all out rocker “Gonna Have Ourselves A Vision” and the Zeppelin-esque “New Orleans” – three great tunes that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day (rest of your life). Check it out.

I’ve had the chance to see Grandfather Child play music a few times over the past month, including their tour kick-off at Warehouse Live at the beginning of August and their latest performance at Fitzgerald’s for their record release. I took a bunch of pictures at both – you can see the latest ones from the Record Release show over at Houston Press’ Rocks Off Blog about the show, and a handful from the tour kick-off after the jump.

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Reptar @ Fitzgerald’s

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Reptar @ Fitzgerald's

Last week, I headed up to Fitzgerald’s just in time to catch a headlining set from Athens, GA based indie dance group Reptar. They first came on to my radar last summer when I heard the lead single from their debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all, “Stuck In My ID.” They had that same Foster The People sound, but something told me I wouldn’t grow old of them immediately like I did with FtP. They came through Houston a few times in the past year, but I never had the chance to see them until I headed up to Fitz that night. I walked in right in time for “ID,” and danced my way through the entire rest of their set. They played their entire EP, as well as a host of new songs from their upcoming first full length LP, Body Faucet, set for a May 2012 release. While I’m not in love with the new album’s title, I’m certainly enamored with the content that will be released come May. They finished the set with a super high energy new track called “Sweet Sipping Soda” that left the crowd screaming for more, while not moving an inch away from the stage. They came back out for another tune, but you could tell they saved “Soda” for the end as the encore song didn’t carry near the energy as it did. While it seems as if the encore is slowly dying away in this day and age, this night they definitely deserved the call back.

I took a video of “Sweet Sipping Soda,” and a bunch more photos which you can find after the jump.

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Bonnaroo 2012 Initial Artist Announcement

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Bonnaroo went hard again this year with their initial artist announcement, and boy does it look like a good time! Leading the dance card at the 2012 Manchester, Tennessee festival are indie rock gods Radiohead, alt-rock monsters Red Hot Chili Peppers, jam titans Phish and legendary surf rockers The Beach Boys. If that isn’t enough to get you to Bonnaroo, they have a little bit of everything else on the line-up as well. For those fans of indie rock, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Dawes, Delta Spirit and St. Vincent will be playing the festival. Hip-hop fans can rejoice as they’ll be enjoying sets from The Roots, BlackStar, Ludacris, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino and Yelawolf. The nighttime will be the right time with sets from Skrillex, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus and more. While the first years of the festival were predominantly focused on the jam scene, things have changed for the better (arguably, depending on who you talk to), but their is still a strong focus on jambands with two sets from the aforementioned Phish, and also performances from the likes of The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Word which features John Medeski, Robert Randolph and The North Mississippi Allstars, Umphrey’s McGee, Dumpstaphunk and ALO.

Check out the initial artist announcement after the jump.

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MUTEMATH @ House Of Blues

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Mute Math @ House Of Blues

Last weekend was a great one for music, starting Thursday night at House Of Blues when Alt-Rockers MUTEMATH took the stage. I’d seen MUTEMATH once before when they performed at Voodoo a few years back, but among all of the other great acts playing that weekend, they weren’t one that stood out above the rest. Going into this show, especially with such an early start time, my hopes were not too high. Those low hopes were immediately diminished as soon as they walked in the front door of the venue with instruments in hand, headed through the crowd while playing before ultimately taking the stage from the very middle. As soon as they jumped into their first song, I was sold. I had the opportunity to photograph the band for the first three songs, and while the energy was super high as it usually is at the beginning, it didn’t let up one bit after I left the pit. Actually, for over two straight hours, the band never let up. I’m not sure how a band could go for so long with such high energy, but they managed to do it that night – and while this was the first night of their tour, I have a feeling this is how it is at every single show. They were on the stage, off the stage, in the crowd, on top of the crowd, on top of a drum in the crowd, on top of a glittery, light-up air mattress on the crowd, and just about everywhere else besides the balcony and the bathrooms. The music was great too – mixing elements of 90’s alternative, 00’s jambands, and 10’s indie-dance rock, MUTEMATH had people sweating the whole performance. I had a great time at this show, and I can rest assured knowing that a band this good is making a huge name for themselves because of their ability to put on a great show, both musically and theatrically.

I took a bunch of pictures and a few different videos which you can find after the jump.

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Wilco & Popeye – “Dawned On Me”

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Today, the interwebs have been abuzz about the latest viral offering from Chicago rockers Wilco, and for good reason. The new music video features not only an animated Wilco, but also the famed cartoon character Popeye The Sailor Man as well as his list of cronies including Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea. In the sketch, we find Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy vying for the hand of Olive Oyl, only to have a fight put up when Bluto and Popeye start to catch wind. In the end, despite Popeye’s best efforts, Tweedy takes home the prize. Enjoy!


You can read all about the video, pre-order the new iTunes sessions, and find out where you can get your fill of live Wilco in your area here.

It sure seems as if Tweedy and the boys have more fun than the rest.

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Buxton EPK & Driveway Sessions

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You can stream Buxton‘s new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, over at Paste Magazine‘s official site. Also, check out a bunch of tour dates and video of them performing stripped-down versions of their own “Blown A Fuse” and “Lynchburg Ferry” for Austin Harkey’s Driveway Sessions after the jump.

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Buxton – “Boy Of Nine”

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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.

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