Music Discovery of the Day for 4/30/15

Today’s Discovery for Thursday, April 30 is a brand new one that has an old school feel. Jimi Charles Moody has a jazz-tinged,  R&B/soul influenced sound that makes you feel like you’re in a smoky jazz club. A good throwback track is always good for me. The fresh on the scene UK singer looks like one to look out for. Yeah, I’m not gonna say the L word, but yeah, he’s from there.

Listen: Jimi Charles Moody “Blue Honey”

Enjoy and Keep Exploring!


How I Would Plan It: Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015

Shaky Knees Music Festival is a relatively new music festival (in its 3rd year). The fest takes place in Atlanta’s Central Park May 8-10 and has a pretty well curated lineup for such a newbie. Anyways, here’s how I planned it. I do appreciate all the stages having the same staggering on the schedules.

Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015
Friday, May 8
12:30-1:00 Blank Range (Boulevard)

I’ve seen Surfer Blood and they weren’t incredibly inspiring, but they have a decent batch of songs. But I’d be interested to see Blank Range has to offer.
1:00-1:45 Halsey (Buford Hwy)
Well, I did just tell you to check out Halsey, so check out Halsey. That said, this might be one of the worst fest conflicts I’ve seen before 2:00
1:45-2:30 Jukebox the Ghost (Peachtree)
Alright, I guess I can do this one.
2:30-3:15 Tennis (Buford Hwy)
Man, I loved John Grant’s album a couple of years ago, but I hear Tennis is pretty epic, so we’ll give them the nod, but maybe check out a bit of John Grant.
3:15-4:15 Wavves (Boulevard)
Nathan Williams is one of the greatest purveyors of 90’s style alt-rock in today’s landscape.
4:15-5:15 Mac DeMarco (Ponce De Leon)
A nice critical darling to get you into the late of the day. Should be a fun one.
5:15-6:15 Manchester Orchestra (Peachtree)
In Manchester Orchestra vs Kaiser Chiefs, I’m taking the home team.
6:15-7:15 TV on the Radio (Piedmont)
A little indie-rock royalty, but you might feel like splitting this one with Death From Above or Mountain Goats, whatever you’re into. I know, I’m not helping.
7:15-8:15 Mastodon (Peachtree)
What the hell, Mastodon vs American Football? Home team again.
8:15-9:00 James Blake (Buford Hwy)
I love me some James Blake, so this can be my one split set for the day
9:00-9:30 the Pixies (Piedmont)
And let’s hope Francis saves the big ones for the end.
9:30-11:00 the Strokes (Peachtree)
Umm, be ready to wait, both times I’ve seen them they were 20-30 minutes late.

Saturday, May 9
12:30-1:15 Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band (Buford Hwy)

the Bad Books frontman had a couple nice solo records a couple years back
1:15-2:00 Speedy Ortiz (Boulevard)
Sadie DuPuis is a rock star, but Mariachi El Bronx are a fun show too.
2:00-2:45 Viet Cong (Buford Hwy)
Their self-titled debut is one of my top-rated records so far for 2015.
2:45-3:45 Real Estate (Peachtree)
This jangle-pop band is one I haven’t seen
3:45-4:45 Black Lips (Ponce De Leon)
Another local group, these guys always pull some tricks for their live shows.
4:45-5:45 Flogging Molly (Peachtree)
Time for a rollicking set of Irish rock
5:45-6:45 Neutral Milk Hotel (Ponce De Leon)
Honestly, I’m not a huge Interpol fan, and I believe this is supposed to be the last NMH tour, so this is a pretty easy pick for me.
6:45-7:45 Milky Chance (Boulevard)
I’m going with the newness of Milky Chance over the retroness of Social Distortion.
7:45-9:00 Wilco (Ponce De Leon)
More indie rock royalty I haven’t seen. Don’t care about Noel Gallagher when his brother’s not around for some classic Brit-Pop thrown in with all the drama.
9:00-11:00 the Avett Brothers (Peachtree)
These guys are festival stalwarts that are apparently starting to get some big headlining spots.

Sunday, May 10
12:30-1:15 Matthew E White (Piedmont)
I saw Nikki Lane on NYE this year, and she was pretty intriguing, but I think Matthew E White has more going for him.
1:15-2:00 Mini Mansions (Peachtree)
Wasn’t overly impressed with them when I saw them open for Arctic Monkeys, but the album is excellent, so maybe they’d be worth another go.
2:00-2:45 the Mowgli’s (Buford Hwy)
Another hot emerging band with a nice summer jam sound.
2:45-3:45 the Sheepdogs (Boulevard)
Canadian band with a bluesy rock sound. Or for more indie royalty, check out the Both (Ted Leo and Aimee Mann)
3:45-4:15 Best Coast (Piedmont)
I’m going to split this one and get some summer jams from Bethany Cosentino.
4:15-4:45 Heartless Bastards (Buford Hwy)
Then catch one of the best female vocalists around, Erika Wennerstrom.
4:45-5:45 Dr Dog (Peachtree)
Excellent indie folk band that I’ll be catching live for the first time this summer.
5:45-6:45 Panda Bear (Buford Hwy)
Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox has produced some pretty respectable records as a solo artist.
6:45-7:45 Ryan Adams (Peachtree)
From what I hear, the former Whiskeytown frontman has had a pretty impressive run on his current tour.
7:45-9:00 Old Crow Medicine Show (Ponce De Leon)
Looking forward to seeing these guys for the first time here next month
9:00-10:30 Tame Impala (Peachtree)
Along with the Shakes, these guys are the top emerging artists on my must see list.
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

Top Shows Coming to Town for 5/1/15-5/7/15

Lot of good Country acts in town this week, kinda what I expected the week to be like for ACM weekend. Oh, and I’m scratching a top 10’er off the bucket list. This might also be the first time that 10 different venues made the list. Might be the first in a while without the Granada, too. They have no shows this week.

1 the Who w/ Joan Jett @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Sat 5/2/15

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend windmill their way through Dallas

2 Ed Sheeran @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Thurs 5/7/15

The red-headed lad from Britain has blown up in the last year or so. If you missed out on this hot ticket, don’t worry, he’s coming back through Frisco Sept 5

3 the Jesus and Mary Chain @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Thurs 5/7/15

Post-punk band playing their 1985 classic Psychocandy in full. #23 on Pitchfork’s top albums of the 80’s

4 Kacey Musgraves @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Fri 5/1/15

Rising country superstar heads to the Funk

5 Walk the Moon w/ the Griswolds @ Southside Ballroom (Dallas) Fri 5/1/15

2 of the biggest emerging bands of the last year or so.

6 Dwight Yoakum @ Gas Monkey (Dallas) Fri 5/1/15

Country legend touring on a pretty successful and acclaimed new record.

7 Lady Antebellum @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Fair Park) Sat 5/2/15

Have I ever featured 3 country shows. I don’t think it’s happened, and it may not happen again.

8 Reptar @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum) Fri 5/1/15

Saw these guys at ACL a few years back and they were a real good time.

9 Bob Schneider @ Kessler Theater (Oak Cliff) Fri 5/1/15

Austin singer-songwriter is a Texas favorite, and has a cult-like following in the area.

10 Crocodiles @ Three Links (Deep Ellum) Tues 5/5/15

An excellent emerging garage rock band.

Also in town this week: the Soft Moon @ Club Dada, Sarah Jaffe @ Shipping and Receiving, Kaiser Chiefs @ Trees, Chris Botti @ Verizon Theatre, John Michael Montgomery @ Panther Island Pavilion, Lee Ann Womack @ the Kessler, Jason Boland & the Stragglers @ Billy Bob’s, Yellowcard/Finch @ Gas Monkey, Local H @ Three Links

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Records for April 2015

My rankings and scores for my top 20 records I listened to in April 2015
1 Alabama Shakes “Sound & Colour 8.5
2 Bop English “Constant Bop” 8.5
3 Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp” 8.3
4 Speedy Ortiz “Foil Deer” 8.3
5 the Very Best “Makes a King” 8.3
6 East India Youth “Culture of Volume” 8.3
7 Drenge “Undertow” 8.2
8 Mountain Goats “Beat the Champ” 8.1
9 Blur “the Magic Whip” 8.0
10 the Wombats “Glitterbug” 7.8
11 Dwight Yoakum “Second Hand Heart” 7.8
12 Built to Spill “Untethered Moon” 7.8
13 Greg Holden “Chase the Sun” 7.7
14 Passion Pit “Kindred” 7.7
15 the Mowgli’s “Kids in Love” 7.7
16 Turbo Fruits “No Control” 7.6
17 Calexico “Edge of the Sun” 7.6
18 Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” 7.6
19 the Lilac Time “No Sad Songs” 7.6
20 Ava Luna “Infinite House” 7.5

Happy Listening!

Music Discovery of the Day for 4/29/15

Today’s Discovery, for Wednesday, April 29 is out of London (I originally intended to move on from them for that reason). Hah. The Masks are a London group that’s still developing their identity, but it’s becoming apparent that what you’re going to get is a chilled out, R&B influenced track. Today’s track, “Say Goodbye” features gentle female vocals and a gorgeously flowing instrumental. Check it out below and enjoy.

Listen: the Masks “Say Goodbye”

Stuff I Dug (4/28/15)

The Stuff I Dug Playlist is where I dump all the songs I liked recently but didn’t get to write a post about.  I hope you enjoy:

This list’s inclusions:

Jade TV “Dream”
PINS “Young Girls”
Bee’s Knees “Keeper (ft Chuck Inglish & Buddy)”
Gallant “Talking in Your Sleep”
LACES “Liv It Up”
Shannon Saunders “Bodies & Beats”
Mitchell Adam Johnson “Round & Around”
Oh So Quiet “Rain at Night”
Braids “Miniskirt”
Astronauts, Etc “I Know”
Jason Burns & Sarah Winters “Lightweight”
GRRL PAL “Paradise”
Chelsea Lankes “Love. Hate. Pain. Killer.”

That’s it for this week, check out the playlist and enjoy!

Music Discovery of the Day for 4/28/15

Today’s Discovery for Tuesday, April 28 is the opener for yesterday’s Discovery. Max Garcia Conover is a fantastic songwriter, also out of Portland, ME. A fingerpicking guitar player, who crafts some lovely, well thought out folk tunes. As noted, he’s currently touring with yesterday’s pick, the Ghost of Paul Revere on an extensive tour, so if they’re coming your way, give them a chance. Today’s track is called “the Start of Fables”. I hope you enjoy, and I also included a link to download his latest album, which is available as a pay what you want download.

Listen: Max Garcia Conover “the Start of Fables”

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