April New Music

It is a Tuesday, so you know what that means? Album release day!

I’ve missed a lot of new music in April, so I thought I’d sift through some of it to provide you with some highlights.

We all know how much I love indie folk. Nashville based Apache Relay is one of the bands at the forefront of this (hopefully long lasting) revival. Today they released their self-titled follow up to the amazing American Nomad. 

Here is “Don’t Leave Me Now”, the first single off of the new record.

Switching gears a bit, singer/songwriter and general sassy pants, Ingrid Michaelson, released Lights Out, her 6th studio album earlier this month. I saw Michaelson live a few years ago when she opened up for Keane and Fran Healy (from Travis). I can tell you that what you think of her based upon the songs on the radio, is, in fact, not consistent with the show that she puts on. She was incredible live.

Here is “Over You” featuring A Great Big World (spoiler alert, this is not a happy song):

Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, most well known for his song “New Shoes” released his third studio album Caustic Love on April 14th. This album is not available in the US yet, but an EP with some of the songs, Iron Sky, is available on iTunes and Spotify. The new album sees Nutini after a breakup with his long time girlfriend and 4 years of constant touring and performing. His sound has definitely matured as have his lyrics. The new record has a mix of soulful pop songs, and heart-wrenching break-up songs.

Here is “Scream (Funk my life up)” from Caustic Love and/or Iron Sky. I think @begt will enjoy this video as it is filmed in one of her favorite places.

If there is new music we should be listening to, please let us know in the comments.

 

April Music Extravaganza!

@Begt has been encouraging me to write about the April full of music I am about to have. Lets be real, I wish I was wealthy because there are SO many good acts coming  to Las Vegas in the next month. Though if I spend all my money this month, I will not be able to attend things like LouFest, so I need to keep my priorities in order!

I’ll start with who I am going to see, and then talk a bit about those I will not see, or I most likely will not see.

My April of music starts next Friday with one of my favorite new bands, opening up for a band that I just started getting into. This concert is at the Cosmopolitan Pool on the same night that indie favorite Lana Del Ray is playing the newly renovated Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Now, I like Lana Del Ray, but I would not miss this show at the pool.

The openers for the evening is the great St. Lucia. I am pretty pumped to see them. I’ve watched a couple live videos and the band seems to know what they are doing. My only concern is that when I saw another synthpop group at the BLVD Pool, The Naked and Famous, their sound just didn’t work outside. Regardless, I am excited to be taken back to the synthpop glory days of the 1980’s.

Here is “September” from their 2013 release When the Night. 

The headlining act of the night is Young the Giant. These guys hail from due west and the city of Irvine, CA. I really enjoy their indie style and catchy lyrics. I think this show has the potential for being the best I’ve seen at the pool save Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.

Here is “Mind Over Matter” from their 2014 release of the same name.

Up next is a show I’ve been waiting for since I first saw The Naked and Famous in October before Life is Beautiful. This time they are playing the brand new Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq with The 1975.

Here is “I Kill Giants” from their newest release In Rolling Waves. (I find this video only slightly disturbing).

I’ve not listened much to The 1975, but I enjoy their 80’s vibe. Here is “Settle Down” from their self-titled release.

The other show that I am not going to miss is Robert Randolph and the Family Band. They just wrapped up their first of two weekends and Brooklyn Bowl today, and will be coming back later this month. I’ve been a fan for a few years, and never thought they’d come to Vegas. I am glad I have been proving wrong. Ask yourself, “do I want to see the greatest steel guitar player who has ever lived play live?”. There is only one answer to that question.

Here is “Amped Up” from Lickety Split. 

So on to the bands I probably won’t see, but maybe I will:

(this is why April is so freaking outstanding)

Grouplove (sorry B, YtG and St. Lucia win out)

Empire of the Sun (miracles happen, so maybe I will be able to go)

Haim (I wouldn’t see them unless it was free anyway)

Foster the People (sorry B, this one is also hella expensive)

Gogol Bordello (this is looking more like a yes that I will see them)

Lorde

O.A.R. (would be awesome but these tickets are not wallet friendly)

The Infamous Stringdusters  (the price is right, but its a Sunday night)

Let us not forget that May will bring at least one show I will be seeing, Twenty One Pilots, and hopefully Childish Gambino (tickets are actually reasonable).

The summer will have more in store as the Cosmopolitan has the summer series “Set your life to Music” kicking off at the end of May and only a few bands are on the lineup.

TBT: Mumford & Sons, Wakarusa 2010

I’ve had “Little Lion Man” playing on repeat in my car for two days. I am not ashamed of disclosing that. And this morning, that song, and maybe the nice and humid morning drive to work, reminded me of the Mumford & Sons set at Wakarusa 2010 (aka the best lineup that Wakarusa has and, most likely, will ever have). Man, the memory of that show still makes me so happy. I watched the show alone after shooting the first three songs. I made my way to the front row and then… bliss. That was a nice crowd, everyone was letting me go in front of them when seeing how I was struggling to see over their heads (I’m 5’2″). This is what I wrote about the set:

Mumford & Sons @ Wakarusa 2011
The set began with “Sigh No More” and the crowd roared. It was the perfect set, balanced with beloved hits and new songs like “Bellow My Feet,” “Lover of the Light,” and “Lovers Eyes.” Bringing it to the grand closing with “The Cave.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one on cloud nine at that point. I’m still smiling. I’m positive this set brought the biggest crowd to the main stage. Mumford, Winston, Lovett, and Dwane, along with other supporting musicians, did an excellent job that day. The intimate lyrics and their love for their music made the Wakarusa stop an unforgettable show.

Mumford & Sons @ Wakarusa 2011
Mumford & Sons @ Wakarusa 2011
Mumford & Sons @ Wakarusa 2011
Mumford & Sons @ Wakarusa 2011