Kerri's Latest songs
Thirteen months to the day we last featured Karma Wears White Ties, they released a new EP. Three dreamy indiepop songs that I can (ahem, have) listen(ed) to on repeat for a looooong time without feeling bored. (But don't stop at those, all so good!) Still haven't seen the boys make their way to performing in Austin, but maybe SXSW 2018?
P!NK keeps raising the bar for what's possible in performance. Did you see her "Beautiful Trauma" AMAs act?!? Literally dancing & doing acrobatics on the side of a 38 story building, live and without missing a note or getting out of breath! (Wanted it to be a full bonus video but can only find short clips in HD. Side note: Check out Christina Aguilera's tribute to Whitney Houston from the same awards show.) As ya know, I love her voice, her power, and what she stands for. Picked this song off her new album because when I saw her perform it on SNL a few weeks back it made me cry. At first blush, seems like a standard (especially for her) break-up song but careful listening makes me think this is more existential. I think she's either talking to a god or a government or something like that. Been a rough year in a lot of ways. Hope she inspires you like she does me.
Are we too deep into fall for this summery Parisian psychedelic/electronic tune? What's that? Oh yeah, it's never too late. Holy Oysters have an odd origin story (literally about a vision of Holy Oysters) but don't take themselves too seriously. Let this track be a calm, yet funky lead-in to your weekend.
A shiny new single from MGMT, released in advance of new LP arriving early 2018, so be looking for tour announcements around that time as well. I love love loved their debut album that came out (gasp/gulp) ten years ago now. Wow, can "Electric Feel" really be that old? (Yes) Anyway, I like the sounds in this track and the sentiment -- not of actual depression but just a little, almost playful, toe-dip into the darkness - definitely shown in the Cure-esque video.
There's a hard edge to the indie electronic pop made by LA band Sir Sly that reminds me very much of Foster the People. They took a few years between their debut and sophomore albums, but if you hadn't heard of them before, you probably heard first single off this (2nd) album, "High" on alt radio all summer - it hovered around the number 2 spot for 19 weeks!
Helping Keith out ever so slightly in the Airfest roundup. FM Belfast are a major party act. Their entire set has shooting streamers and dropping confetti and glitter - not just the final song. It also seemed like every song was made for chanting along by a bouncing audience. Basically: not the most polished or sophisticated but undeniably fun. They released a new album last Friday... maybe we saw a combo album-release party? Either way, worth a night out if they're in your town.
The Front Bottoms new album is perfect. Perfectly them, perfectly low key college rock that could also serve as a middle schooler's anthem album, with it's perfectly world-weary, sarcastic tone. Anyway, I sat and listened to the entire thing AGAIN this morning (something I almost never do) and could have picked any track to share so I just went with the first. Also, "You Used to Say" feels additionally perfect at this moment: dramatic imminent death declaration followed by a dance break. I didn't know the band before seeing them at ACL last year but count me as a big fan now.
The other night we went out to see Atlas Genius and they had two entertaining openers: Half the Animal and Magic Giant. MG had a couple songs already on my radar for possible MI placement, but I wasn't at all expecting the vibrance and energy coming off the stage. They were like Dave Matthews Band meets Rainbow Kitten Surprise meets John Lennon but styled like Steven Tyler. Anyway, if you're in need of some banjo/fiddle + orchestral drum + hippie love find your way to a MG show STAT, or at least put their debut album In the Wind on rotation.
Kristine Flaherty was raised in Illinois and started making music while a psych major at Stanford. It kind of blows my mind that she started out as a hip-hop artist and still describes herself as a low-fi hip-hop-rock hybrid because I first heard "Blood in the Cut" last year and thought it was a pretty lame but solidly alt-rock anthem. Come to find out her make-it-up-as-you-go, true indie cred (leaving behind 60 songs written while under contract at RCA), and that her fans range from Taylor Swift to Dan Reynolds, who signed her to his small imprint and put her on tour currently (with Imagine Dragons). Anyway, this single reached my ears this week (from Everywhere is Somewhere, same album as "Blood in the Cut") and I can't believe how much more nuanced and enjoyable it is. Or how she slipped my notice before all this!
Posting Childcare yesterday (with it's former TKAK member) prompted me to check and behold I was rewarded with a long-awaited new release. It's another darkly upbeat track like their best off their debut. I love how percussive and urgent it gets midway. Right now they have plans to tour native UK early next year and my fingers are crossed they'll be invited back to SXSW.