Love when I come across a new band that immediately makes me run to iTunes, purchase, and listen to non-stop. This week it’s Typhoon (via The EveryGirl). They have a bit of a more controlled sound than Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, so if you dig them, you’ll probably dig Typhoon.
The crazy part?? The band is a 12-piece group. I cannot even imagine the stage presence they must demand while playing live. They’re putting quite the pep in my step during the work day just coming through headphones.
Current favorite song at the moment– “Young Fathers”
Two years ago during the Film Festival, we screened The Descendants and had a Q&A with the lead opposite George Clooney, Shailene Woodley. I remember sitting there thinking how well-spoken, down to earth and real she was while holding a mic and speaking to a room full of strangers. She had a command and presence that just pulled you in.
Fast forward to today, and she is blowing up. With the lead in the Divergent series (which by the by, is a FANTASTIC series and highly recommended if you enjoy/ed Hunger Games) and The Fault in Our Stars (just picked up the book, plan on reading it during this weekend’s Colorado trip), she’s in this spectacular trailer, The Spectacular Now. It’s also based off a book.
There’s your Summer reading list courtesy of Shailene Woodley’s movie career.
Oh and naturally, I’m all about the song in this trailer– “Feel Again” by OneRepublic
A few months ago, a friend introduced me to Atlas Genius when he used their song “Trojans” in a promo video for us. I gave this Australian band a little listen and then stopped, for no real reason.
After looking through the Osheaga Lineup to get psyched for the Fest in August (note: we’re psyched), I started listening to them again as they’re playing.
And now I’m addicted.
“If So” was the jam of last week. This week, it’s “Don’t Make A Scene.” Just ready for Osheaga to finally release those schedule times so we can see who’s competing with our Atlas Genius Dance Party.
Well it’s time to officially get in the Summer mentality with a music fest. We’re heading down to the land of the Delta Blues…Memphis for Beale Street Music Festival. Last year it was 100+ degrees with a sun just punishing you all day. This year, it’s supposed to rain with temps in the 60s, but with bands like The Wallflowers, Hall & Oates, The Roots, Mavis Staples, Phoenix and The Smashing Pumpkins, our spirits will be hard to dampen.
Oh, and this Missouri gal’s showing up too:
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” — The Great Gatsby
Next week, after an early screening of the highly anticipated The Great Gatsby, we’re hosting a Junior Board after party Gatsby would love; full of champagne, cocktails, finger foods and of course dancing at the PUBLIC Hotel. Just looking at photos from this iconic hotel, it’s easy to get into the Roaring 20s mindset. And we’ll kick it up a notch by having partygoers dress in their favorite Gatsby attire (read pearls, red lips, cigarellas).
Aside from loving the book, I’ve been pumped for this film. Even Maggie, the not-so-movie-goer said, “Even I’m excited for this screening!” With a visual-spectacle director like Baz Luhrmann, it’s sure to be a treat. But I’m most excited for the music. The trailer alone features a handful of songs that I wish ran their full length (and it seems a new trailer is coming out every week).
Florence + the Machine’s song for the movie is my current go-to.
It’s that time of year where music fests start announcing their line-ups. The leaked Lolla line-up looks unreal, Bonnaroo nearly makes me want to camp (nearly) and Beale Street will tell the world any day now.
But none will come close to this. It’s all in the presentation folks and well, Firefly Festival really delivered. In this epic mash-up, I’m not sure what I want more, tickets or this song mix.
I feel another Northeastern adventure to a state neither of us has been to is in Amanda’s and I’s futures.
Last week’s iTunes free single was a little jam called “Bleeding Out” from The Lone Bellow. I immediately became a fan. And listened to that song a good 50 times before I just decided to buy the album.
Every song is loop-worthy, but I’ve found my current repeat: “You’ll Never Need Nobody.” Shockingly, this one does have an accordion (I just cannot get enough of those) and I find the rhythm of the song to just be the perfect winter companion. And those lyrics? Game over.
Thanks to Noisetrade, we get some serious jams to get us through the work day. Today’s was an EP from Sooner the Sunset (Graham Colton is part of this duo, so if you still obsess over Best Days, you’ll enjoy).
Needless to say, I cannot get enough. And had one rockin’ morning.
“Long After I’m Gone” // Sooner the Sunset
Maggie and I have started a roommate tradition during the holidays of having a little date night. Typically it involves dinner, but this year, we decided the Of Monsters and Men concert would be the perfect option. So I bought tickets and we were off!
Only to find, I forgot the tickets. Cab home, search and nothing. So now, I’ve lost the tickets. Cab back. Buy some more from someone on the street, go in and have one hell of a time. (Note: lesson learned, it’s time to carry a purse. The stuffing-it-in-your-pocket method has failed more than a handful of times. Time to adopt a new practice).
The show this Icelandic band puts on is nothing short of stellar. Granted, you can’t really understand what they’re saying due to their accents, but their spirit and energy are quite catching. We couldn’t stop smiling, laughing, dancing and singing right along. If you get the chance to see these guys, take it!
Also to note, the band passes around instruments. Everyone pretty much plays every single thing. When the keyboardist was on the clarinet and playing the keys, I was completely mind-blown.
As Maggie said at the end of the night, “Europe does everything right. They have cooler clothes, accents and can play a variety of musical instruments.”
I protested podcasts for a long time. I protested talk radio for a long. And then I learned NPR has a plethora of podcasts solely based on music: All Songs Considered to World Cafe to First Listens and even Live Concerts. I’m addicted.
Then I came across a series of theirs they’ve had around for a few years now: Tiny Desk Concerts.
The premise: a band comes into their HQ and records a few songs with instruments at someone’s desk. The finished product: a spin on songs you never knew imaginable. And the best part? The artists/bands participating are the ones you want to see and hear. I nearly flipped out from Adele’s, The Civil Wars and the Blind Boys of Alabama. If you need a little moving break during the 9-5, you don’t have to leave your desk. (Good news for winter, whenever it decides to roll around).
I listened to this Passion Pit one at least 4 times today.