The impending joy/doom of SXSW is right around the corner folks! As of today, we are only a month away from the music portion of the festival, and even closer to interactive and film. Not to worry, ATH once again has you covered as your guide to all the best musical acts you need to check out during the week. Today seems like a great day to begin our onslaught of coverage with an interview from Tornoto indie-soul artist AHI. Like we did last year, we will be asking multiple artists similar sets of questions so you can see a variety of perspectives on the festival. Hit the jump for full interview.
No lie. I would have no idea about Leon Bridges if it weren’t for my friend at GvsB, who turned me onto the sweet sounds of the Ft. Worth songwriter. Sure, it doesn’t fit into the modern spin of all things indie, but I’m grateful for that; it’s a refreshing sound that I’ve not heard in some time. It’s a little bit Cody Chestnutt, but a whole lot more Stax. At the moment, there’s nothing quite like this being spun out there, making the voice and music of Bridges all the more powerful. Seriously, how can you not appreciate this?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Better-Man.mp3]
Download: Leon Bridges – What Can I Do [MP3]
I’ve known this number was coming down the pipeline for a bit, and I just couldn’t wait much longer to share it with you! Royal Headache is an Australian quartet destined to break out with their blend of joyous garage-soul fusion. Royal Headache is fortunate to have their self-titled album picked up for US release by the always excellent folks over at What’s Your Rupture; they’ll have it ready for you on May 8th. There’s this infectious energy in album track “Girls,” be it the steady pop streaming guitars or the playful crooning of Shogun on vocals. We’ll all be fortunate to witness their invasion in June, after they stop by Austin to play several Chaos in Tejas dates. Get ready to fall in love with rock n’ soul.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/RoyalHeadache_Girls.mp3]
Download: Royal Headache – Girls
I’d like to take a minute this week to pay homage to one of the great soul voices of our time. Sure, you’ve heard this sweet voice several times in your life, but does it make Wilson Pickett any less powerful? Absolutely not! I’m throwing a tune your way, just as an example of the great voice that stems from American soul. See that smile?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/16-you-keep-me-hangin-on.mp3]