James Bay is a UK pop singer/songwriter working (on this second album - out next week) to slightly remake himself, and the genre. I like pop, but I also like the trend of these guys wanting to be more than hipsters with a guitar (or boy band, in the case of Harry Styles). But whatever, I didn't know two bits about him until coming across this track, despite him winning all the Brit awards in 2015. This track grabs me for the same reason so many others on this blog do: it sounds vaguely 80s. This time more like Billy Idol than New Order but still. I guess, despite coming of age with grunge and techno, my brain first formed it's love of music around the pop radio dial of my childhood.
ACL 2018 lineup is out this morning! So many TMIS artists, the whole bill looks like fantastic fun. Wilderado will be there Weekend One only (a lot of the smaller bands are just one or the other weekend but most big names are both -- like Wombats this time 'round). Just some of the other mid-to-lower billed Most Important featured bands: Gang of Youths, Twin Shadow, Parquet Courts, ARIZONA, Alvvays, flor, Sir Sly, tired of linking... most of the headliners/second billing... And I'm going to say Paul McCartney counts, as well! Anyway, VIP & Platinum prices are INSANE so grab your GA badge while you can. Or wait for the summer single-day lineup/ticket release if you can somehow decide on just one day.
P.S. This song has been out for about a month and I love it and I'm excited to see Wilderado on the ACL list, but they are ALSO coming here to Stubb's in May with FOXTRAX so that sounds really fun too. Check out below if they're touring near you!
Here's a delightfully peppy tune to start your week off right. Lola Marsh is an Israeli duo we serendipitously discovered during SXSW, while simply ducking into the Swan Dive for a drink between must-see acts on our agenda. Her live energy immediately infected me with just the right verve to dance instead of rest, and made me remember to expect more such revelations throughout the week, or just maybe always around the corner.