Interviews and Reviews
Joined by the supporting artist Samia, Hippo Campus took the stage after her departure with the bouncy opening notes of “Bambi” booming out over the speakers, nearly drowning the audiences ecastic cheers of joy. After silently setting themselves up, there was a flurry of light and movement, and then the show was on.
Hozier lets a single ray of light into a dark room and all of a sudden this album is a beacon of hope in a modern apocalyptic world. It is important to note that although this album highlights the doom and gloom, there is still warmth in humanity; sometimes it’s just difficult to see.
Luxtides, has produced some of the most powerful songs that resonate so deeply with me. Bouchard, who is an incredible force of a woman, has never shied away from speaking out about her own experiences with her mental health struggles and is consistently outspoken about the struggles of being a woman in a male dominated industry (and world, for that matter).
Ella Vos is an American pop singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Ella is embarking on her North American tour this spring, stopping in Austin, TX on April 3 at Emo’s. Her EP, Watch and Wait, is out now and available on all streaming platforms and she just debuted her video for the song “Empty Hands.”
Live music is truly a special place for those who enjoy it. For so many people, it is a haven from the darkness they might find themselves in or the struggles of day to day life. When a band or artist can bring so much love to a show, and shine a light into that darkness, it is a beautiful thing. The Mowgli’s achieved this in a way that is hard to truly put into words.
“Style” seems to be derived from their post-punk and alternative rock influences. The band took to small clubs for the past two summers to rework songs they love from artists like Gang of Four, The Ramones, and Joy Division. In the Sacred Hearts Club environment they only played a few of their own tracks, giving the spotlight to their covers. “Style” carries the energy Foster The People had in a sweaty, tight club in it’s music and lyrics.
Indie-electronic band Moontower seeks to tell stories to their growing fanbase all over the world, from their home city of Los Angeles to my suburban town in South Carolina. Jacob Culver (vocals and guitar), Tom Carpenter (bass), and Devan Welsh (guitar) set themselves apart from other storytelling bands by releasing their songs as episodes of a musical sitcom, each album a different season. Their most recent track, “Lay With Me,” connected a community of listeners through a creative street team.
They are forever formed into something totally other than their respective original states. This is what Baby Boys have crafted with the spontaneity of I’m Set: a catalyst for pure noise that cannot be distilled or recreated, just complex, raw, touching music from three talented artists who are sure to continue evolving the soundscape of their beautiful and strange world into the future.
I was nervous about listening to “Sucker”, I was afraid that the new Jonas Brothers wouldn’t hold the same bright and enticing feeling they had held for me as a kid. Yet after listening, I can confidently say that if this comeback graces us with a tour, you’ll most definitely see me, sporting a new tour tee, giddily watching the stage, and screaming every word back to the ‘new’ Jonas Brothers.
“Body” perfectly embodies the mentality one might have after a really obvious breakup. In a sea of songs which sing of heartbreak-ish despair, “Body” swims straight to the top, offering a different way of regarding the manner entirely. With undeniably infectious synth riffs layered over more tentatively hopeful chord progressions, the texture of the song begs its listeners to dance along.