Monster pop rockers Sleigh Bells threw down an amazingly energetic set after having to cancel a couple of dates due to Alexis’ flu.
What a great year in music, these are some of the best albums we have heard!
Airways – Starting to Spin
Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
alt-J – RELAXER
Barns Courtney – The Attractions of Youth
Beans On Toast – Cushty
Big Thief – Capacity
Black Pistol Fire – Deadbeat Graffiti
Bleachers – Gone Now
Bonaparte – The Return Stravinsky Wellington
Brick + Mortar – Dropped Again
Dan Reeder – Nobody Wants to be You
Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About The Car?
Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
The Digital Wild – Tall as Trees
Flint Eastwood – Broke Royalty
Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club
The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
Hippo Campus – Landmark
IDLES – Brutalism
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – Planetarium
Knox Hamilton – The Heights
Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures
Maggie Rodgers – Now That The Light Is Fading
MAGIC GIANT – In The Wind
Margo Price – All American Made
Matt Maeson – Who Killed Matt Maeson
Mother Mother – No Culture
The Mountain Goats – Marsh Witch Visions
The Mountain Goats – Goths
The Mynabirds – BE HERE NOW
New Politics – Lost in Translation
The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – DROOL
Otis the Destroyer – Keep Bashing
Overcoats – Young
Poppy – Poppy.Computer
Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
Quiet Company – Your Husband, the Ghost
QUIX – Heaps Cool
Randy Newman – Dark Matter
Rostam – Half-Light
Rude Kid – Monsters
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – The Laughing Apple
Our favorite music videos of 2017, some may even say the best of 2017 Watsky – Exquisite Corpse Run The Jewels – Call Ticketron Open Mike Eagle – Hymnal (feat. Sammus) Avey Tare – Ms. Secret Tuvaband – Eventually Silence Caroline Rose – Money AWOLNATION – Seven Sticks of Dynamite Moon Honey – Betta…
An eclectic mix of the songs we could not stop listening to 2018. Family – Mother Mother Step into the Darkness – Said The Whale Polyamory – Bonaparte 3WW – alt-J Hate That You Know Me – Bleachers Juice – Lady Leshurr Confetti – Satellite Stories Die Young – Sylvan Esso Radio – Sylvan…
Written and photos by James_ATX Indie rock legends, the Cold War Kids threw down an excellent performance for 101x’s Indie Xmas! They ran through the gamut of their catalog –playing hits off their new album LA Devine, reaching back into Robbers and Cowards, and even veering outside their works with a beautiful cover of Rihanna’s…
Written and Photos by Bang Ho
Cults filled Antone’s with their slightly dreamy synth pop that approaches the shoe gaze genre but is too lively to be labeled so. The band’s mid tempo beat is combined perfectly with Madeleine’s sometimes soft and drawn out vocals that linger around out sweetly, giving us time to not just hear but feel the song. The last time I got to see Cults was SXSW 2012 at the since renamed Red 7; it was great getting to see how they’ve grown as artists in the five years but still retain their identity. Be sure to check out their new album Offering!
Written by Steve Benham Photos by Bang Ho
I had the privilege of seeing the Blue October concert at Stubbs in Austin on Saturday, November the 18th. This was the first time I have caught a Blue October performance in over 10 years, and they did not disappoint… not for one second.
I have been a Blue October fan since the beginning, seeing them play shows back in the mid 90s at little bars in Dallas. It was amazing to see that they still create the same excitement.
It didn’t surprise me at all to see that the energetic stage presence of Justin Furstenfeld hasn’t faded. He still has the ability to engage his fans and work every inch of the stage as the crowd sang along to the more mellow songs such as “Heart go Bang” to the edgier “Houston Heights”. I was so stoked to finally hear “Home” performed live and of course songs from the past such as “Into the Ocean” and a two piece stripped down slow acoustic version of “Hate Me” for the first song in the encore. I can’t fail to mention the outstanding performance by Ryan Delahoussaya, as he captivated the audience with his electric violin.
I’ve been listening to the musical brilliance of Blue October for 20 years and can’t wait to hear new music and catch their next show.