What’s better than getting into a conversation about music with a total stranger? In my eyes, you can learn more from a five-minute conversation rattling off bands you’ve seen and what albums you’re into at the moment than you can speaking about anything else. Whether its indie, house, chillwave, shoegaze, whatever…the records you spin are what you want to soundtrack your existence. And sharing those with another is what makes music even more fun. I say this because I was recently chatting about music with someone new to my world and the first band I blurted out when asked about some of my favorite bands were The Drums. So the next time you get into one of these conversations, pay attention to what you say…you’ll find something about what your true taste is.
Off that tangent, The Drums were at SXSW this past weekend, and someone was gracious enough to drop some fabulous stripped down performances of “Money” and “Days” onto YouTube. Watch and enjoy below.
Written by Greg Dahman
A while back, we featured a new song from the U.K.’s Michael Kiwanuka. The song was entitled “Lasan” (Listen) and featured The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on guitar. Today, Kiwanuka dropped a video for the track. This time, though he rocks the song solo on the streets of Brussels. Next week, Kiwanuka will Austin’s SXSW festival. I am anticipating his appearance to generate a significant stateside buzz for the performer, who has been consistently selling out venues overseas. Check out Kiwanuka’s SXSW schedule and peep his new video below:
Wed, March 14th, 3pm :: KCRW Official SXSW Showcase :: Austin Convention Centre
Fri, March 16th, 11:45pm :: Communion Records official show :: St David’s Historic Sanctuary
Sat, March 17th, 8pm :: John Mayer support :: Stubbs BBQ
Written by Rob Peoni
The Alabama Shakes are no stranger to getting love from us here at Thought on Tracks, and that’s probably not going to stop anytime soon because, well, they are really fucking good. Below you can catch a 4-song performance of the Shakes taking over the KEXP studios in Seattle that concludes with their latest single “Hold On”.
- Rise to the Sun
- Hang Loose
- I Found You
- Hold On
Don’t forget that the band’s debut album entitled Boys & Girls drops on April 9th. You can pre-order on iTunes today, or wait and pick up the vinyl at your local record at the beginning of next month.
Written by Greg Dahman