i would love you now/but my hands are on fire

Happy actual warm weather guys! It feels like the world is picking up some steam again, throwing off the tiredness of winter. Bands are releasing albums, huge tour schedules are being put out, and I see lots of big smiles wherever I go. I have a lot of exciting things in the works for this blog this summer, and I'm super excited to share them all with you.

My next post will hopefully be a new mix - a sort of spring/early summer mix to counteract my previous spring mix, which was very much meant for the very beginning of spring. For now, I'd like to share a few things that have really brightened my past week, in hopes that tehy'll give you something to smile about as we eagerly await the weekend.

I had the pleasure of seeing Fort Frances play an EP release show in Chicago this past weekend, and man, do they put on a hell of a show. I'm absolutely in love with their new EP, "Harbour". Click here to buy it, and watch this amazing video of an acoustic version of 'How To Turn Back'.

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The Great American Canyon Band opened up that show, and they're also a hell of a band to watch live. Their music is mesmerizing, an ethereal throwback to all of the positive vibes of the early 70's, cars gliding along dusty highways, and the soft breeze in your hair. This video plays off all of that, and I can totally dig it.

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Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, released the first single off of his new album, entitled 'The Hurry and the Harm'. It's a stunning song, and perfect for these spring days.

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The National released the first video from their upcoming album. I'm beyond excited for this one. Watch 'Sea of Love' below.

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I can't stop listening to Kodaline these past couple weeks, and this Take Away Show is unbelievable.

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While I realize these links got a little heavier as the post went on, I'm going to end it on a heavy note, because I've been meaning to post this video for a bit. Watch Jon from The Head and the Heart absolutely blow you away:

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Exciting things ahead. Keep your eyes and ears perked! Happy Spring!

 

on why this weekend was awesome

This weekend I had the opportunity to see two absolutely incredible shows. On Friday night I found myself at Schuba's for the incredible triple bill of Pickwick, Basia Bulat, and The Local Strangers. Then, Saturday Night, The Local Strangers played a small, intimate house show in Evanston, that may have been one of the more perfect concert experiences I've experienced in a great while. For those who haven't caught on to the wonderful, infectious music that Pickwick is making: watch this video, then run over to iTunes, or to their website, and pick up their debut album "Can't Talk Medicine".

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Basia Bulat was a name that had been on the edge of my radar for a bit, but I never had taken the time to really listen to her music. For those who haven't had the pleasure, don't make the mistake I did - watch this one, then go get her newest album, "Heart of my Own".

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As far as The Local Strangers are concerned - I spent a lot of my weekend with them, hearing their powerful, soul-searching, eyes-to-the-stars music wash over me. They released their debut full-length last year, and it's absolutely gorgeous - not to mention that Aubrey and Matt are two of the sweetest, most earnest people you'll ever meet. I can't say enough positives about this band. Listen to the song 'I Will Let You Down', then watch this video of an incredible new song they played last night. The video isn't great - but it's the best I can convey the power of this song. Seriously, go buy their album(s). Right now.

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All in all - an incredible weekend.

P.S. - Watch this Take Away Show with Kodaline that was posted at the end of last week. It's haunting and painful and gorgeous.

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