LouFest: The Favorites

LouFest 2015 will include many old favorite acts as well as bands that I’ve either wanted to see live but have not, or, are bands that have come into my life due to LouFest. In the first of my LouFest series, these are the groups that I’ve seen before, but am SUPER excited to see again.

3) Young The Giant – I’ve been fortunate to see YTG twice as they headlined a show with St. Lucia and opened for Imagine Dragons. From those two performances, I’ve learned that they are a band with incredibly high energy, and Sameer, the lead singer, has one of the best live voices I think I’ve ever heard. I know they are going to have a very great set.

Here is “Crystallized”

2) The Avett Brothers –  I was so excited to read that they would be headliner at LouFest. Despite the negative comments about the festival lineup (which I thought where completely uncalled for – see: The Case for LouFest) I couldn’t have been happier. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys for 2 of the 3 shows they did last August here in Las Vegas. They may be the best live band I’ve ever seen. The two shows I saw where very different from each other and only had a few songs that were performed at both of those shows.

Here is “Open Ended Life”

1) This should be no surprise to the readers of Sandy Beats, but act that I’ve seen before that I am most looking forward to is Brandon Flowers. His album, The Desired Effect was my first favorite record of 2015, and may take the top spot at the end of this year. I was fortunate enough to see him with 250 of my fellow fans at the epic show at the now gone Bunkhouse. He is a hell of a performer, and I know I’ll be in for a treat again. And I know that he will sing my second favorite song of all time, “Read My Mind” (Killers “cover”).

Here is “Magdalena” my favorite cut from his first solo effort.

(I just get goosebumps when I watch his performances… he loves what he does so much).

Stay tuned for the next LouFest preview.

September to Remember Pt. 1

September is a big month. We’ve got LouFest, Life is Beautiful, and more.

I know that @begt and I are really excited for year 3 at LouFest, and the preview for  that will be coming shortly. But before I give you that, I want to share some of the new music that has been on constant repeat for me the last two weeks.

One of my obsessions of late has been an up and coming indie pop folk band called The National Parks. They just released their second full-length Untill I Live which may be my favorite record of 2015 so far. Despite being from the neighboring state of Utah, they don’t make it out to Las Vegas much, but that will change on September 18th where they are playing a show with another recent favorite of mine, Vegas/Utah folk rockers, Brumby.  My favorite song off the new record doesn’t have a video that I can find, but, this song is a great representation of their current record. Here is “Monsters of the North” from Until I Live.

The second record  that has been on constant repeat for me is Mont Royal from Cleveland based The Lighthouse and the Whaler which I found out through a recommendation by @begt. This record marks the third EP from this indie folk outfit. Their sound has definitely evolved from their first album and some of the songs go beyond the typical folk sound including my favorite “We are Infinite”. They do have one single off the record so far, and the video features someone who is apparently famous, but I am not hip with the kids these days so I don’t know who that would be. Here is “I Want to Feel Alive”.

A new release as of today is the self-titled record from one of Sandy Beat’s favorite SoCal bands Family of The Year. This album was quite a few years in the making, and the band has seen some relative success as their song “Hero” played a prominent part in the recent movie Boyhood. The first single off of Family of The Year is “Make You Mine” which is catchy as all get out.

I hope a tour that includes a stop in Las Vegas comes with the new release.

Be on the lookout for a LouFest preview and, of course, more new music.