The smoothest soul and funk outfit in Nashville, Tenn., DeRobert & the Half-Truths returned with the album "I'm Trying" earlier this year. As evidenced by the track "The Dole, Pt. 2," the band is laying down some of the most finely textured and socially conscious music on the soul-revival scene.
KDHX DJs Chris Bay and Nick Acquisto discuss some of their favorite musical performances and discoveries from last two days of the annual South by Southwest music conference and festival.
KDHX DJs Chris Bay and Nick Acquisto discuss some of their favorite musical performances and discoveries from the first two days of the annual South by Southwest music conference and festival.
Never underestimate the power of familial bonds, in music as in life. Brothers Aaron, Bryson, Ryan and Landon Baggaley, who perform together as the Los Angeles band Brown Shoe, channel those deep connections into the bold, thundering rock anthem "Lonely Beast," the title track of what will be an ambitious, three-part EP release this year.
The nervous, post-punk energy that powers "Waiting" by Montreal band Ought is only surpassed by the not-so-subtle social critique of its theme. "How long you been waiting?" isn't just directed at a lover. It's directed at all of us.
Brush up on your German and warm up to the graceful country folk of Desiree Klaeukens on the banjo and fiddle-laced track "Warm In Meinem Herz" ("Warm in My Heart").
Never content to repeat themselves, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, aka Wye Oak, venture into fully-synth (and cello and guitar) powered, fully-danceable dream pop on "The Tower," a track from their forthcoming album "Shriek."
"Slacker rock" really should be a genre descriptor/epithet we've long since retired. But if a rock musician is going to go for the California gold, he may as well sound wide awake and joyful doing it -- and that's just what Chris Pope and the band Blonde Summer accomplish on the irresistible "High Times."
"Psychedelic dream pop" may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Brazilian music, and yet the duo of Lucas Moura and Felipe Augusto, aka Glue Trip, take the tropics on a strange, wonderful trip on the track "Old Blood."
For its new album the Oklahoma City band Skating Polly decided to work with lo-fi experimental king Calvin Johnson, and the results, as heard on the track "Alabama Movies," prove that art punk really can be made riotously fuzzy and scuzzy again.