Here’s a video for you

I’ve been quite MIA from Sandy Beats, but it’s only because I’ve been busy SURVIVING. I had a pretty nasty case of strep throat that has left me behind on so much. I didn’t even notice where Autumn went, because it already feels like Winter here in Northwest Arkansas. But back to the music: Michael Franti released this video a couple (maybe a few) weeks ago and I wanted to share it with you. “Life Is Better With You” is a really happy, feel-good, love song. Although it is the type of love song that you could dedicate to a parent or a BFF. There’s a lot of kissing, diversity, and unicorns in this video. Which means, I LOH IT! Enjoy.

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The Concrete Schoolyard Podcast 11-21-13

This week our #TapeOfTheWeek is from Dallas bred heavy hitters A.Dd+! It is titled DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man is King and it’s free! *Listen to our show here*

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I’m stupid excited to introduce a #TapeOfTheWeek for A.Dd+ as they are from my stomping grounds of Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas! I’ve been on them for a while as my cousins link up with them sometimes. E-Yo be hatin not showin my city love but it’s cool though because he did this week *shrugs*. E-Yo once again killed the airwaves for two hours of pure, unadulterated, underground awesomeness.

We had a full house with Dj E-Yo and I. Dj Mars, whose new show airs before ours, dropped by, Dj Beeeaaamerrrr (gotta say it like Schoolboy Q would) who has a show on Saturday and Dj Ecclesiastes 5foot7, who is currently working on a DOPE comic book called #Ralfie&Rockwell also came by. They were all too scared to “get on the mic doe” Anyway, I’m not going to talk your ear off just listen to the show!

My City. Shout out to A.Dd+

Autumn Sounds Pt. 2

When the weather gets colder I start to crave certain things… foods like soups and chili’s, hooded sweatshirts, hot chocolate and mellow and melancholy filled music.  On my recent hunt for the warm the soul music, I’ve stumbled on to a few songs which when not cloudy outside, would sound just as good, but would illicit different feelings.

First up, from Canada, Indie Folk outfit Cuff the Duke and their song “Count on Me”.

British singer Luke Sital-Singh has a sound much more mature than his age suggests. Here is “Nothing Stays the Same”.

Not as new as the other two, but folk vets the Wood Brothers sing one of my more favorite melancholy songs, “Luckiest Man”.

Finally, a band that @Begt introduced me to, Swear and Shake with “Brother” from their forthcoming full-length album.

“I Lived” by OneRepublic

I’m just going to leave this here for @DocMurda

Edit: Every now and then, you hear a song and a phrase of it grabs you and brings you in to pay attention to the rest of the lyrics. And you find that song could be your anthem. And you fall in love with that song. And you give that band another chance. Well, that’s what happened to me with this song.

New Music: Avalon Landing

November is a great month for movies and music in 2013. This week has already seen a new “Greatest Hits” release from The Killers, but the focus of this post is on another one of  Las Vegas’ own music treasures (by way of Buffalo, NY) Avalon Landing. I’ve been enjoying Avalon Landing for a while now, and have seen them a couple times opening up for another Vegas’ powerhouse, Imagine Dragons.

You may remember Avalon Landing, as I introduced you to them back in July. Over the past few months they’ve changed drummers, and have really increased their promotion of this new release.

Avalon Landing released their second full-length record Reside this Tuesday. The record has the same style as their first release Demo’s, Dead Ends & Do Overs” but the lyrics definitely show the maturation of the band. They have definitely expanded on their sound and this new album is a bit more polished and refined, which does the band well.

The first single off of Reside is “About Face”.

Avalon Landing has started to tour around a bit more, but currently only has dates listed for Las Vegas. I hope to catch them again soon.

You can listen to the whole record on SoundCloud.

I do hope that they become the next big band from Las Vegas, but as of right now there is a lot of tough competition for that title.

You will like them if you like: The Fray, One Republic, The Script.

New Video: “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons has had an awesome week. They took over Twitter trends on Sunday night during their performance of “Radioactive” at the MTV EMAs. Today, they released the video for “On Top of The World.” The video is pretty damn cute, if you ask me. You get to meet Dan’s (main vocals) family and Wayne’s (guitar) wife. I don’t know that Ben (bass) is married or if that’s just a fantasy, but those kids are hilarious and look exactly what I would picture his sons to look like. The mini tribute to The Beatles (goals?) and the whole faking the moon landing theme are light and quite appropriate for this fun song. Click play and enjoy!

Autumn Sounds

Fall is my favorite time of year, and living in Las Vegas it is the BEST time of the year in our fine city. Despite not having any plans for any live shows in the near future (though I am pretty sure I will be seeing Imagine Dragons & The Mowgli’s here in Vegas at the end of the year), I’ve still be listening to a lot of music and have caught a couple shows in the last month (other than Life is Beautiful).

Two days before Life is Beautiful, @Begt and I (along with a few others) went to see The Naked & Famous at the BLVD Pool at the Cosmopolitan Resort here in Las Vegas. As I’ve mentioned before, this venue is pretty amazing. The show happens right above the pool, and for larger shows the main pool is drained (it was half-drained for this show). I had thought that this show would be the most well attended of the shows I’ve attended this summer/fall (including Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAVVES, G. Love, etc…) however, this show was not as well attended as ESM0’s which was pretty darn packed. Apparently TNAF is not as popular as I expected.

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The sound at the BLVD pool can be a bit sketchy, and this show definitely highlighted that. With the electronic beats from TNAF there was some distortion. This was a bit distracting, but it was not the end of the world. I really expected the group to be a bit more talkative. As groups go, they were pretty quiet and stuck to business. They played a mix of songs from their two full length albums. The crowd favorites were definitely “Punching in a Dream” and “Youngblood”. My favorite “Girls Like You” was one of the earliest songs in the set. The set ran just over an hour, which is not surprising noting that TNAF’s catalog is not very expansive. I do think that they are more of an “inside” band, and North America will get to see them open for Vegas’ natives Imagine Dragons on their upcoming arena tour.

I enjoyed the show, but would think they would fit better in a smaller indoor venue.

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