On Thursday, Mac Demarco announced the release of a new Mini-LP entitled Another One to be released August 7th via Captured Tracks. Along with the announcement a short promo video shot by Mac’s girlfriend was also released, featured below. You can pre-order the new LP, which features the instrumentals of all 8 tracks, here.
Mac Demarco will be performing at Austin Psych Fest Sunday, May 10 and will surely be playing a few of these tracks pre-release. You can purchase tickets to Austin Psych fest here.
This week’s Fave Cover Friday is from one of my favorite YouTubers, Travis Garland, whose man-bun is almost as angelic as his vocals. Recently, he covered “Earned It” by The Weeknd, and I knew that I had to share this. If you’ve turned on any TV or radio for the past couple of months, I’m sure you’ve heard “Earned It”, but if you need a refresher, here is the original.
While it’s hard to even come close to The Weeknd’s vocals’ , Garland does an amazing job. He hits high notes with precision and adds some really nice runs as well.
If you like what you heard, don’t be afraid to check out Garland’s YouTube channel. While he posts a lot of covers, there’s also some original songs on there that are amazing. One of my favorite songs of his is “From Adam“, which samples Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown”.
We’ve been holding on, patiently waiting for new music from Alabama Shakes for three years and finally the new album is here to shake things up! Their debut album Boys & Girls won them Grammys such as Best New Artist, which if you haven’t listened to it, please do yourself a favor and jam it on a sunny day.
Alabama Shakes has matured over the years and the album Sound & Color reflects such growth in their sound. Boys & Girls has an innocent touch, with flirty guitar strumming and energetic rhythm, it’s more funky and playful. Sound & Color has more depth through it’s deeper blues, lyrical introspection and overall burning passion. Either way, Alabama Shakes’ soulful blues-rock sound fills one’s heart with lead singer Brittany Howard’s dynamic voice, reaching high and bringing back down heavenly music.
The first track “Sound & Color” is a soft introduction to the album as you hear tapping of a xylophone until Brittany lightly stirs us with her first appearance as she sings the words “love is sound & color”. From the get-go, this album exuded a much deeper message, so I mentally prepared myself. “Don’t Wanna Fight” kicks in next with powerful guitar plucking that you can’t help but sway your hips to and raw emotion is felt from Brittany’s crooning about her exhaustion of fighting with a lover. Drums beat into “Dunes” as Brittany sings that she’s losing it from being overwhelmed by the desert, a metaphor for her problems probably. The album continues this calmer, blues sound with “Future People” but with an extrospective message of hope for the future generation.
We then enter the heart-wrenching ballad, “Gimme All Your Love”, that makes you ache for love, as the guitar tries to hold back from falling apart as it narrates this emotion and expertly drops into the chorus with intensity as much as it contains it until the song picks up with a guitar solo. This is the second single from the album, performed on SNL, and is by far the most powerful when it comes to bearing one’s soul. The acoustic guitar calms things back down with “This Feeling”, a song made perfectly for lounging in the sun to appreciate momentarily that “it feels so nice to know I’m gonna be alright.”
A touch of soul is heard in “Guess Who” with soft, guitar strumming to match Brittany’s softer singing as she questions why do things have to be complicated, she just wants a piece of mind. “The Greatest” is the first in the album to have a much heavier garage rock merged with a slight punk touch that just pumps you up, here you have to stomp your feet. “Shoegaze” returns us to a calmer yet still magnifying sound, slightly psychedelic when it comes to the guitar strumming but overall it continues that energy seen throughout the album. “Miss You” brought back that old blues feel that women such as Etta James sang so well. The song starts out ever so sweetly as Brittany speaks out to her love who is leaving, probably due to a break up.In the song, she suddenly explodes into a declaration of “maybe I’m yours!” once she realizes she will probably miss him. We’ve all been there, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
We near the end with the second to last song “Gemini” with a heavier atmosphere as drums slowly pound along with Brittany’s deeper singing, bass guitar comes in to help weigh down the electric guitar’s dragging of this heavy feeling carried by the band. I melted into this song, as I listened to every instruments description of the weight on their shoulders. “Over My Head” wraps up the album, resonating the album’s heart aching message of the trials of love and life, it says its goodbye as Brittany says “loving so deeply I’m in over my head”.
A beautiful love letter to love itself, this album shows maturity as one would mature in a relationship–you realize love and life is not perfect or simple, but it sure is wonderful. Compared to the first album, it is deeper, fired up with passion and raw emotion that moves your soul. At times, it explores frustration and sadness of why things just can’t be easy but at other times it lifts you up reminding that life wouldn’t be as exciting if it was all rainbows and unicorns. It is what makes you feel alive and this album does a great job of replicating that. We started with love understood by Boys & Girls but have added depth and shape to love with Sound & Color.
Like so many other artists on Monday, 4/20 did not go unnoticed by Audio Push. The duo from Inland Empire, Calif. released a thematic 14-track project called The Good Vibe Tribe, complete with weed-strewn artwork. Artist features include Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Isaiah Rashad and G-Eazy, among others. Audio Push members Oktane and Pricetag love connecting with their fans on social media and showed them all the love when they announced the mixtape’s release via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The mixtape includes four previously released singles (“Reppin”, “Heavy”, “Reset”, “Normally”) along with 10 brand new tracks. The duo kicks off the project with “Refugeenius” and the line “good vibes to the sky,” playing on the title of the mixtape and their aspiration to always spread positive energy through their music. As an added bonus, random cyphers strategically placed as outros on some tracks add to a more intimate feel that only mixtapes can give off.
With features from artists like Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad, the West Coast duo compliments each featured artist with style and great Hit-Boy production. I know my fellow readers have heard OG Maco’s viral hit “U Guessed It.” Well, watch out! The rapper stops in on the Fugee’s “Fu-Gee-La” influenced track “Heavy” and leaves you thinking “OG Mac can rap? I hardly knew it!” The most stand-out track on the tape is “Mary Jane/SixtyOneImpala” where Okatane and Price refer to their one true love Mary Jane (if you catch their drift) in a R&B-styled first half that continues into a jazzy-funk feel at the halfway mark. My personal favorite off the project is Audio Push’s collaboration with rapper G-Eazy in the track titled “Bonfire.” The three artists switch off verses in a song that fans of slow jam J. Cole or Kendrick fans would drool over.
Overall, this project shows the duo’s diversity and ability to creatively weave in features from various West Coast rappers to create a melting pot of good vibes in an 14-track tape. With a mix of chill tracks with smooth bars to bangers with mastermind features, Audio Push shows the hip-hop game that they are only getting bigger and better.
Check out the full mixtape below and follow Audio Push on Twitter and Instagram!
Last night, the ACM Awards rocked the state of Texas from AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The show celebrated their 50th anniversary in a big way with performances from legends including the long awaited return of Brooks & Dunn! Long time buddies Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton hosted the record breaking show. Check out some of the best moments and a list of winners below!
From the beginning the 50th annual ACM awards kicked off with a bang, Eric Church was joined by Grammy-award winner Keith Urban to pay tribute to Merle Haggard with the song “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.” At the end of the performance, Keith Urban took the mic and showcased his vocals by singing “Raise ‘Em Up” while Church continued to accompany him on guitar.
This year the ACM’s introduced a the Milestone Award to a handful of artists starting with the legendary George Strait who performed “All My Exes Live in Texas” and “Let It Go” which had the Texas crowd going crazy.
Throughout the show, Milestone award winners were introduced and performed some of their biggest hits.
Award Winners: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn
One of the most talked about moments during the ACM’s (which is hard to choose because everyone was raving about so many things) was when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came out as a presenter and was interrupted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Bryan just really wanted Romo to throw him a pass which he did and Bryan caught it then handed the ball over to Shelton who asked if the ball was deflated. (For non-football folks deflated balls were a big deal this past season, google it y’all!)
Romo’s response was by far the best however, he didn’t skip a beat and exclaimed, “We’re the Dallas Cowboys, we have real balls.”
Check it out for yourself below:
Miranda Lambert was the queen of the 50th annual ACM’s and cleaned house scooping up three awards in the biggest categories of the night including Album of the Year.
“I love my job so much, I will never not love this job,” said Miranda after winning Female Vocalist of the Year. Lambert also took home Song of the Year for “Automatic” along with her Milestone Award.
Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, and Thomas Rhett took the stage to perform their singles after being the three nominated for New Artist of the Year. Cole Swindell took home the fan-voted award.
“Thank you fans, for giving this to me, and thank you Luke Bryan for being like a big brother to me!” said Swindell who before getting his big break used to sling merch for Bryan on tour.
The jam packed ceremony saw not only waves of country stars but also included superstar appearances from Nick Jonas and Christina Aguilera who both performed along with Reece Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, and a couple Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders.
Co-host Luke Bryan went home with the biggest award of the night for Entertainer of the Year which, along with New Artist of the Year, is fan voted. Bryan’s acceptance speech, while rushed, was full of excitement and Luke was all smiles this time around. Luke also performed “I See You” off his album Crash My Party, “I See You” was the sixth single released from the album which went number one making Bryan the only artist to ever achieve six number one singles.
Taylor Swift definitely wins as one of the most emotional moments of the night, the 25-year-old superstar was one of the seven to take home a Milestone Award, and who got the honor to present it? Well, her mother of course. Andrea took the stage and delivered an emotional speech about Swift’s childhood and her career.
Garth Brooks took the stage to perform “All American Kid,” a powerful song which was intensified by the presence of military members surrounding the stage and Brooks dedicating the performance to his home state of Oklahoma.
Little Big Town performed their newest single “Girl Crush” which is taking country radio by storm. Other performances also included Lady Antebellum who performed “Long Stretch of Love,” Florida Georgia Line performing “Sipping on Fire” and amazing live mashups between Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts who performed “Shotgun” and “Riot” while Nick Jonas joined Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan + Shay for a mashup of “Nothing Like You” with “Jealous” and “Chains.”
The show closed out with a great performance from legendary group, Brooks & Dunn who reunited for the first time since splitting up in 2010. The duo performed a high-energy version of their 1996-hit “My Maria.”
The 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards was a giant success that Texas had the honor of hosting because everyone knows that everything is bigger here. Congrats to all of the winners.
What were your favorite moments of the show?
Check out the full list of award winners below!
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Single of the Year: Lee Brice, “I Don’t Dance”
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Video of the Year: Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”
New Artist of the Year: Cole Swindell
Vocal Event of the Year: Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, “This is How We Roll”
Milestone Awards: George Strait, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney
Southern California will be missing a gem for a little while because Night Riots are on tour with the Mowgli’s! This group has been performing together for several years, traveling the country sharing their talent. Consisting of five musicians that met in a tiny town on the west coast, Night Riots’ rich pop sound is highly acclaimed.
Their first EP, “Young Lore,” came out in 2013. After much success, the band signed with Sumerian Records and at the beginning of this year released “Howl.” Similar to Magic Man and Born Cages, the group has been playing on alternative stations and their fan base has been growing rapidly. They have music for many different moods. “Back to Your Love” for when you’re remembering how good you had it. Maybe you can relate to “Masks” when you feel like hiding. No matter the song or situation, Night Riots can help you out.
Fitzgerald’s will be graced with Night Riots’ presence on May 2! They are going to be opening for the Mowgli’s with Hippo Campus. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them; you can buy tickets now. Check out “Howl” on Spotify and iTunes. Follow their Instagram, Twitter, and like them on Facebook!
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