We’ve been telling y’all about Trevor Sensor for sometime now, so when are you going to finally going to take a listen already? Sensor’s latest effort, “The Money Gets Bigger,” expands Sensor’s singer/songwriter sound tot brand new heights with some production help from Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. Sensor has amplified his sound with a backing band and the result is a bit of a toe tapper– there’s a great bounce to the tune in the piano and beats that puts a thread of americana to the music. Take a listen and watch the video below.
I love to love and hate Foxygen. Their first LP was remarkable, so remarkable that when they brought their live debacle of a show to Austin that I had to force myself to walk out (not just go to the bar; I straight up walked out). All that nonsense aside, I’m still quite fascinated with their musicianship. Just listen to this song; it opens with a carnival-esque freak show before folding into this really simple piece of melodic neo-folk. There’s two different vocalists, which shouldn’t surprise since the group is taking 9 people on the road as their band (please rehearse!). Even if ‘I heard they suck live,’ they’re music is still captivating…look for more of it on October 14th when …and Star Power is released by Jagjaguwar.
Those of you who followed Foxygen‘s rise to fame might recognize the name of Elizabeth La Fey, who was part of the group early on. She’s now stepped out into her own world as Globelamp, creating some really special pop songs that illustrate just how strong a songwriter she is on her own. This track spans over 5 minutes, and while there’s possibilities that that could wear on listeners, she manages to capture your attention from the get-go, dragging you along into quite a special world of careful guitar playing and proper accompaniment. Her album Star Dust will be out this week via Gazelle Recordings.
I am not going to lie: Saturday was my least favorite day of ACL. Aside from Parquet courts and The Cure (interestingly the first and last bands I saw on Saturday), no one really blew me away and the line-up was meh. But Sunday. Oh it was perfect.
Click through to see my highlights from the first Sunday of ACL.
When taking the first look at the ACL Schedule for each weekend, I tend to first see the conflicts in headliners. Luckily, we are fairly conflict free this year, we’ll get into that more soon enough. How about we take a look at a few of the artists put in the early spots? The cool morning grass, the wide expanses to roam and the vendors still relaxed before the dude-bro crush all add up to a child-like wonderment with the scale of the empty festival giving you the this all-for-me feeling. This year’s ATH Approved Early Bird Artists will create the soundtrack for your barefoot dance party.
Admittedly, I’m not a fan of Foxygen, at least in so far as the live setting goes. I thought the band was so horrible that I actually walked out of their set. But, that being said, I can’t say enough about the songwriters in that band, especially Jonathan Rado. He’s announced a solo effort for Woodsist, and it definitely harkens back to days of sincere pop. If you didn’t hear the 60s influence on his writing before, you’re definitely going to hear it in this new track. The album is titled Law and Order and should see a release date at some point in the fall.
Rainy weather won’t keep us down, especially if we’ve got rock n’ roll on our minds. The Mohawk gradually swelled to capacity with Foxygen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra having a huge draw in town, both touring behind pretty solid album releases in 2013. I even stuck around to watch our friends Tiger Waves do their thing on the indoor stage afterwards.
Read on for brief thoughts and Brian’s rad photos.
It’s contest time yet again here at ATH and today we’ve got some tickets for a show that we’ve really been looking forward to for a long time. Below you can find some deets on the contest:
Up For Grabs: One spot on the guest list with +1
Show Lineup: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, and Wampire opening
Show time: Doors @ 6:30pm
How to enter: Leave a comment with why you should win and we’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday morning.
Download: Foxygen – Make It Known [MP3]
Seems like every band coming out right now has a tendency to make a nod to the past, but that being said, I still find all the new twists on the old sound quite interesting. Foxygen is the newest signing by our friends over at Jagjaguwar, and I’m really enjoying the duo’s hip old school sound. Some people are tossing around the Kinks, but I sort of see it as a melding of Calvin Johnson and the past. There’s definitely flourishes that surpass the tendencies of classic rock, which allows the band to remain progressive whilst still paying homage to their forefathers. Enjoy this little jam, and pick up Take the Kids Off Broadway on July 24th.
Download:Foxygen – Make It Known [MP3]