Songs of Summer

I know the summer just technically started, but here are a few songs I think will help define my summer. While it is true that my recent Repeat One post highlights some of the songs that say Summer of 2017 for me, but there are more (always more).

First up is Margo Price who is bringing us back to the country music of Patsy Cline (with a bit more sass and a lot of weed). I am late to the game with Price who has been a Nashville staple for a while. Her Midwest Farmer’s Daughter is an instant classic.

Here is “Hurtin’ on the Bottle”:

 

If you could pick a new song that is the other side of the spectrum from Margo Price, that song would probably be the first single off of Arcade Fire’s forthcoming release. “Everything Now” is a disco jam made for summer. The video, like all of their videos, is a work of art and to me is reminiscent of one of my favorite podcasts, Welcome to Night Vale. 

 

Let us mess with genres some more, okay? I was not a fan of Dispatch until LouFest 2013 when @begutierrez introduced me to State Radio and Dispatch. Now I cannot get enough of Dispatch, State Radio or Chadwick Stoke’s solo stuff. Their newest record America, Location 12 has been a pleasant summer surprise for me. My favorite song off the record is a great road trip song, “Painted Yellow Lines”. This version was filmed at the Paste studio.

 

Finally, and on a slightly more somber note, Nahko & Medicine for The People has been one of my favorite live bands since seeing them at Life is Beautiful a few years ago. I had the pleasure of seeing them earlier this summer with a few more mainstream reggae acts. Nahko, always the activist, put on an incredible show. The live version of “Love Letters to God” from the most recent release Hoka both destroyed and inspired me. This incredibly emotional video captures that feeling.

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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.

“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 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!

Harvest Fest Is Happening Right Meow

Just down a couple of hills from me, there is a music festival happening. I am missing it because I just couldn’t take more time off work. The Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival (aka Harvest Fest) just happened to be sandwiched between my California break and the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. BUT my dear friend @IronsidePhoto is on the Mulberry Mountain capturing all the action. I’ve invited him to post some of his photos when he comes back, just to see what I missed.

Yesterday, I sent him some suggestions on what bands not-to-miss:

Beats Antique has awesome visuals and dancers. I know @IronsidePhoto will enjoy the visuals.

JJ Grey & Mofro got a lot of soul. This is his latest, “Brighter Days.” They have played at both, Harvest and Wakarusa several times before. And always sell out the show when they plan in Fayetteville, AR. You could say they are a local favorite.

I’ve wanted to be at an Elephant Revival show for a while. But I always miss them for one reason or another. The last show I tried to catch in town was sold out before I even got a chance to get a ticket. This is their video for “Quill Pen Feather.”

The first time I heard Andy Frasco and the UN they were all about the Blues (see this), but his style has grown into Bluegrass. Whatever he’s playing, Andy Frasco and The UN is a guaranteed great time. So I sent my friend and his dancing chacos this way.

It seems to me that Ha Ha Tonka should get more credit than it does. They put out clean and strong productions. Here’s one of my favorites, “Unusual Suspects.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvRW8APIsaQ

Before looking at the Harvest Fest lineup, I had never heard of She’s a Keeper. They remind me a lot of The Lumineers. Here’s their song, “Stupid Heart.”

And last, but definitely not least, Delhi 2 Dublin. If I had to pick just one set to watch at Harvest Fest, this would be it. Because of their awesomeness, you get two videos.