I don’t know about you, but I had always been hesitant about going to a concert alone. I mean, I’d wondered Lollapalooza solo before..but that’s not quite the same. A few Sundays ago one of my very favorite bands Phantogram played a show at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa. I had bought my tickets weeks in advance, hoping I could find a buddy who actually liked Phantogram to tag along. Unfortunately my friends don’t seem to have very good taste in music and no one wanted to go. I was faced with a decision, miss seeing one of my favorite bands or go see them but possibly feel awkward. Guess what? I went to that concert and had the BEST time! I was nervous for sure and standing around waiting for the bands to come on was totally weird (thank god for cell phones) but once the concert started everything was great! The best part about being at a concert solo is getting to dance and flail and whip your hair all over the damn place because, who cares? You’ll never see these people again (in most cases).
The opening band Bad Things was great! I had only ever heard their song “Caught Inside” (which I love) and I really like all the other songs they played, their album is definitely worth a good listen. The singer was VERY flaily, which was entertaining. At one point he hopped into the crowd and kind of purposefully ran into people..pretty sure the majority of the crowd didn’t know whether to cheer him on or call an ambulance (he seemed pretty out of it..see video). Meanwhile Continue reading
In case you didn’t know, today Phantogram decided to give us the first listen of their upcoming album “Voices” on NPR (click HERE to listen). This is great news people! The band has already shared SEVEN songs from the album with us which btdubs you can get on iTunes or stream on Spotify. You can pre-order “Voices” on iTunes which will be out February 18th (next Tuesday) by clicking the pic below. If you pre-order you get instant downloads of “Bill Murray” as well as “Fall In Love” and “Nothing But Trouble”. Phantogram will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel the same day the new album comes out (Feb 18th) so set up your DVRs or stay up super late to watch if you’re cool like that.
One last thing…this past Monday aka 2 days ago the official music video came out for “Falling in Love” so you should probs check that out…
You guys! It’s almost 2014! I really feel 2013 was a great year for indie music. A lot of great bands put out new music (Phoenix!, Lorde,Pacific Air). I grew into liking some bands that I didn’t necessarily like before this year (The National, Cults, Young The Giant, Arcade Fire..still no hope for Mumford & Sons YUCK!). There was also a lot of really amazing bands/artists that made it to the spotlight (Lorde, Haim, Chvrches, The Royal Concepts, New Politics). Of course I made a playlist for my 2013 favorites (what kind of music blogger would I be if I didn’t?!). A handful of the tracks on the playlist really stuck out for me this, basically meaning that I may or may night have been so excited at first listen that I teared up and put the song on repeat for that entire week. I also had a bunch of favorites as in favorite song I heard on TV, favorite live show I saw, favorite album, etc. so here those are:
MORE new Phantogram! They are really in a giving mood this Christmas ;p
I haven’t done this since last year, mostly because instead of full albums I’ve been listening to a mixture of music from various Spotify playlists. BUT last month and this month too so far I have been listening to these 5 artists more than other so I thought it fitting that I bring back IMHB’s Holy High Rotation!