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I actually found out about Shakey Graves and Wild Child at the same time. It was a week before SXSW and I was in Austin for business. I had a big night the night before and I was hungover on the pot at the Omni. There beside me was a magazine spotlighting SXSW. In that magazine were two local acts that really stuck out – Shakey Graves & Wild Child. I was lucky enough to catch both acts during SXSW. Now you’ll be lucky enough to catch them together as they are heading on tour together.
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia; an Austin troubadour. He plays as a mon show with a kick drum to keep the beat. In the overcrowded arena of folk music, you must be a real special talent to stand out. Shakey plays a blouesy folk that makes you stand up and take notice. When I asked friend of HearYa, SafariMan about him – he enthusiastically responded that he had seen him multiple times and was infatuated. After spinning his album, Roll The Bones, countless times and seeing him Austin, I can see why.
Wild Child began with Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins writing love songs on a ukelele while on tour. They have subsequently fleshed out the band into a six piece and they write infectious folk-pop tunes. Their 2011 album Pillow Talk is a real treat. I had the pleasure of catching them at my favorite SXSW venue, Homeslice Pizza.
Check them out on the dates below.
“OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS” TOUR DATES:
6/12 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Live Oak
6/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Door
6/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush
6/15 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
6/16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/18 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
6/19 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/21 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
6/23 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
This video is beyond *NSFW* as far as I’m concerned. The Separation is coming soon.
NJ-based five-piece Their Planes Will Block Out The Sun show great strengths on their upcoming EP Brasil. A track on the EP that reflects the band’s name starts with a guitar quietly flying off a small repeating riff, with a bass line that smooths things out and transforms the feel into ’90s alt-rock nostalgia. When Victor Fernandes’ fluid vocals emerge, his first lyrics tout the band’s full name: “Their Planes Will Block Out The Sun.” Even more self-aware, the lyrics include the name of the band’s bassist, Wayne Green. With these direct mentions, the track suggests that Their Planes is reflecting on how their lives have progressed since childhood. Another aspect that makes this track memorable is its phenomenally restrained song structure. It commences with a slow, subdued feeling that is at its core rather emotional, while still feeling contained. Then around the 3.5 minute mark the song starts to take off, signaled by the lyrics “see you at the meltdown.” However, the structure remains patient, avoiding clichéd explosive hooks. The art of restraint is one aspect of modern music that often goes overlooked. Many can write a song that explodes and takes off like a cheetah. It is when you find an artist writing a song that seems to be in control of itself that true musicianship shines most brightly. This track, along with another EP effort “The Hunter”, show this well.
RIYL: Merchandise, Sebadoh, Slint, DeVotchKa, Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices
It’s easy to become enamored with the slick psych-pop of Salt Lake City-based five-piece Cliffs. “Four Seasons”, the first single off their upcoming album, finds its footing on phase-friendly guitar licks and haunting vocals reminiscent of Luke Haines’ nasally elegance. The warbly verses are understated but subtly infectious; they serve as a proper road to a soaring chorus, influenced by anthemic Brit-pop in its whirring background harmonizing. “Free, I felt so free,” they then sing during a gentle acoustic bridge, just before a reprise of the explosively contagious chorus. You also have to love their quality logo above, Cliffs’ name camouflaged into zebra fur. Keep an eye on their new album, set to be released in the next month or two. In the meantime you can check out their EP Experiments, released last October. Hear one of its highlights, “Capsules”, below:
Off Hustle Gang’s G.D.O.D. mixtape dropping May 7. Hit the jump to stream the remix.