In case you were wondering what you were doing with your weekend, look no further, as we’ve got a new fest that combines both great local faves and touring acts in small venues. Yes, that’s right! The inaugural KVRX Fest is upon us starting tonight, and for the low price of 45 bucks you get three stages and 40 bands, both local and national, to help kill your Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, B.Gray shared the schedule with you, and after the jump I’ve got my lineup picks as well as more information on what happens if it rains!
Smiile have graced these pages many a time, so it’s always nice to have the band return to our pages, especially with brand new music. This number has Jake taking the song’s central focus, both in the accompanying video and the vocals. He’s got this voice that sounds light in presentation, but heavy in tone; it’s sort of the vibe the whole song offers listeners. There’s this natural light to the song that seemingly seeps through, though perhaps that’s just the “mystical” aspect vibing through my speakers at the moment. But, the one thing missing (if you can even say that) is the perfect foil to Jake’s voice. You can hear that in the second track the band released! And because they’re from Austin and we love them…both videos are below! Look for a new EP this Spring.
Mary Bryce has impressed us over the last several years, most recently with his band Smiile. But, she’s now ready to step out for a solo outing, and we’ve got a track for you to familiarize yourself with her songwriting. Immediately, you’ll notice the power of her voice; it has this huge range without seeming forced. The string arrangements accompanying the central piano passage are quite stunning, perfectly accenting Bryce’s voice as she stretches her pipes into the soulful closing in the song’s latter half…akin to the work of Amber Kauffman. Have at it kids.
Austin’s SMiiLE have been on our radar for some time; we ran their album, Like a Diamond in the Rough, You Shine almost a year ago to this day. And here they are unleashing a new single unto the world, with a video to boot. All will be celebrated over at 2822 Salado St, with things kicking off around 8 PM. This new single still has the group’s ability to charm with infectious melodies, but there’s a little bit more grit, or punch here…illustrating the band’s growth in the short time they’ve been around. Come celebrate the band and their new single tonight, as they head out on tour to spread their positive vibes across the US. Oh, and our dear friends the Millbrook Estates will open, as will Marmalakes, so be there early. We have more news on Marmalakes, but we’ll save that for another day…we’re here to celebrate SMiiLE.