Sunday, November 21, 2010

Perfect music to relax with

 Freelance Whales at ND501 11/11/10

I had the opportunity to see Freelance Whales at ND501 in Austin a week ago.  Their music is great for when you’re driving around town or listening to music to go to sleep.  The lead singer, Judah Dadone, has a soft-toned voice that reminds of someone like Sufjan Stevens. 

The concert was great!  They use many different instruments so it’s not as if all of the songs sound pretty similar, they all have their own unique sound.  “The Great Estates” is definitely on my “PM” playlist I play when I’m getting ready to go to sleep, while “Hannah” has more of an electronic sound to it.  The entire “Weathervanes” album is worth checking out.

As a side note, Miniature Tigers opened for Freelance Whales.  I had never heard of them but became a new fan right when they started playing.  I think their music sounds like Vampire Weekend, which is always a positive thing of course.  They are also a band one should check out! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Matt & Kim's New Album "Sidewalks" = Amazing!

Matt & Kim playing at ACL 2010

Unlike many artists out there, Matt & Kim continue to make outstanding songs in their third album "Sidewalks." Not only does their music make them amazing, but their chemistry as well.  I was fortunate enough to see their show at Austin City Limits this past October.  Their set includes a drum set and keyboard but don't let the size fool you, their show was engaging and the way they changed up their songs made the experience different from just listening their CD.  

My personal favorite song on this new release is "Wires." I can't get enough of this song!  What I like is that after about 3.5 minutes of listening, you think the song is over, but wait there's more!  It finishes with such an upbeat sound that anyone's spirits can be lifted by it.  

Check out their new album on iTunes, it's currently in the Top 100.  It's definitely a good purchase; every song has the effect of getting you pumped up!