Posts Tagged ‘Live Session’

Watch Lucy Dacus perform a few new songs from her new album ‘Historian’ at the PledgeHouse day stage. The extraordinary singer songwriter Lucy Dacus, is one of the most heavily-buzzed acts playing Austin this week. Some artists just have a presence, captivating listeners from the first note, and Lucy Dacus is very much among them. Whether her songs come in a quiet wash or a rocking churn, her powerful and expressive voice cuts like an airplane wing through atmosphere, pulling the music up and up and up. Songs like “Night Shift” — the title track to her new album Historian reward the attention with uneasy, engaging lyrics.

You might not have caught the buzz for Lucy Dacus’s superb released 2016 album ‘No Burden,’ but you’d have to have your head in the sand to miss the wild anticipation for her sophomore LP ‘Historian.’ Her lilting and confessional brand of indie-rock will make for a riveting live set.

Historian is a record that’s great for introspection and Thinking About Your Life™, but it’s also the perfect kind of music for a late afternoon outdoor set in Texas, Lucy Dacus’s music can feel like a bit of a slow burn, but the layered, aching guitars sound like they’re a lost recording session from every influential guitarist from the 90s. It’s great.

Songs performed: 0:57 Historians 4:22 Nonbeliever 12:55 Body to Flame 16:32 I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore

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Wye Oak reimagined their expansive sound for an intimate, mellow sound at the PledgeHouse day stage during SXSWAustin! So excited to come through playing all-new material for the first time ever in our new power trio configuration holy shit!

Baltimore duo Wye Oak retooled their songs to soften the wall of sound to fit within Blackheart stage. Their expansive sound has been heard in TV shows including ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘The Walking Dead,‘ so expect a distinctly cinematic sensibility at the PledgeHouse stage.

Songs performed: The Instrument ,Shriek The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, I Know it’s Real.

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Minnesota native Caitlyn Smith has been one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets for a couple of years now as co-writer of hits for everybody from Cassadee Pope to Meghan Trainor. But the secret will be out with her upcoming album (titled Starfire, due later this year), a deeply personal collection of songs that sound like she opened a vein. Of particular note: “This Town Is Killing Me,” a pensive ode to Music City’s darker side, and “Tacoma” which shows off Smith’s sonic boom of a voice to devastating effect.

She Says: “Every time I perform that song, I almost go into a trance where I’m just transported into the story,” Smith says of “Tacoma.” “I can’t not sing that one at 100 percent, it’s all emotional. ‘This Town Is Killing Me’ is emotional, too, from a very real and honest place. This industry is not for the faint of heart. There are days I just face-plant on the couch and don’t want to get up.”

The yearning “Tacoma,” captured live here, is the best example of Smith’s full-on howl. Caitlyn Smith live at Paste Studio NYC!


1. Starfire 0:45 2. Before You Called Me Baby 8:49 3. Tacoma 17:20

Developing its musical roots in PhiladelphiaMt. Joy ,one of the new class of bands set to release its self-titled debut album on March 2nd. Founding members Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar) have been making music since the early 2000s. However, it wasn’t until several years ago that the two came together and began to write songs that would form the foundation of their debut album. Mt. Joy combines old-school classic rock and touches of rootsy acoustic music with vibrant, well-crafted songs that overflow with hooks, tenderness and singalong moments.


In the wistful and nostalgic “Jenny Jenkins,” from Mt. Joy’s forthcoming debut, Quinn’s emotional phrasing leaves him pleading and quivering with desire. While not a rendition of the traditional folk song of the same name, Mt. Joy’s tune does have a connection to the cover of it by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

“‘Jenny Jenkins’ is a song I wrote about moving to Los Angeles,” Quinn writes via email. “Growing up in the Philadelphia area, I feel like I was exposed to a lot of ‘real’ grounded people. L.A. was kind of a culture shock — a lot of people offering meetings that don’t materialize and just a general culture of false promises. I even found out the palm trees were imported, and was just feeling pretty down on myself and the city. The song was put together as a song of appreciation for my girlfriend, who was my only real ally in the city at that time. As a tip of the cap to some of my heroes, I used the name of one of my favorite folk songs from a record my dad always used to play by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, ‘Jenny Jenkins.'”

Mt. JoyJenny Jenkins Recorded Live: 1/16/2018 – Paste Studios – New York, NY

jason isbell the nashville sound

Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit performed a pair of tracks from their forthcoming album “The Nashville Sound” exclusively for a Kansas City, Mo., radio station in preparation for the album’s June release.

Among the songs performed are “Cumberland Gap” and “If We Were Vampires” two very different tracks that still manage to capture the same amount of raw emotion. “Cumberland Gap” bears similarities to “Hope The High Road” which was the first track released from the record, while “If We Were Vampires” is a more somber tune.

The former Drive By Trucker member broke through with his 2013 release “Southeastern” which we described as “grounded throughout in brittle acoustics and modest, winning melodies.” Isbell’s next effort—the marvelous “Something More Than Free” was equally captivating. We can only assume that his next record will be as carefully crafted as his these past releases.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama band Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performs ‘Cumberland Gap’ in TV Studio A at KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri. for the 90.9 FM The Bridge

The Nashville Sound is set to be released on June 16th.

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With the confidence Middle Kids display in their songwriting and performances, it’s hard to believe just how new of a band they are.
The emerging indie pop band from Sydney, Australia has its roots in 2014 when classically trained pianist Hannah Joy met multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz, who worked as producer for Joy’s solo work. The project turned collaborative, and shortly after they recruited drummer Harry Day. Before the band had even played a show, they wrote and recorded their incredible debut single “Edge of Town”, which gained quick exposure after Elton John shared the track on his radio show and Apple Music playlist.

They quickly released their debut self-titled EP, which was recorded partially in their garage. They arrived in Toronto for a tour stop with Cold War Kids at the Danforth Music Hall, and played a short set for us in the Stiegl Hidden Studio which included “Edge of Town” and two other stand-out tracks from their EP. Check out their performance below and see for yourself why Middle Kids have blown up so quickly (and to check out Hannah’s unique upside-down guitar playing.)

Middle Kids perform “Edge of Town”, “Fire In Your Eyes”, and “Old River” live for Indie88 in the Stiegl Hidden Studio.

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After playing for years in the Pittsburgh punk rock band Kim Phuc, guitarist and vocalist Eli Kasan formed The Gotobeds along with guitarst Tom Payne , bassist Gavin Jensen , and drummer Cary Belback . The band quickly gained a large following for its mix of funny, yet sophisticated, lyrics and post punk artiness (Jim gleefully points out that they named themselves after the drummer for Wire). Their debut album “Poor People Are Revolting” was released in 2014, The Gotobeds perform live and also discus about commercialism in indie rock, the Pittsburgh scene, and not taking yourself too seriously.

http://KEXP.ORG presents TORRES performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded May 16, 2015.
in Torres’s second album Sprinter feels like dreaming in a state of moderate anxiety, with guitar effects and reverberating synths whirling around lyrics that weave scraps of emotion together with the kind of suggestive references—to Polish swimmer Beata Kamínska, to Poseidon, to a Christian God and a profane pastor—that might crop up in states of estranged reverie. Scott’s vocal instrument ranges from self-consciously fragile, to a menacing growl.

A Proper Polish Welcome
New Skin
Cowboy Guilt

Joseph Arthur sits down for for a session at the Loft at Sirius XM’s Studio in Washington, DC on May 1st, 2014, filmed for a One On One Session, special thanks to everyone at Sirius XM Radio INC. & Mike Marrone for making it happen.

Famous Friends Along The Coast
The Ballad Of Boogie Christ
Walk On The Wild Side
Saint Of Impossible Causes
I Miss The Zoo
Stephanie says
Honey And the Moon
Blue Lights In The Rear View
I Used To Know How To Walk On Water