I don't know much about Grand Rapid's Oliver Houston, but their debut album Whatever Works, which came out towards the start of last year, is terrific; it's straight-forward midwest emo/punk and I've been enjoying it quite a bit lately.
Philly rocker Dave Hause, formerly of The Loved Ones, was one of the opening acts for Beach Slang the other night. Sadly, we only caught a couple songs, but what we did catch was great. He's got a straight-forward punk-by-way-of-Americana sound that is best heard live, which leaves me with regrets. Oh well, hopefully, he'll be back around soon.
RIYL: The Gaslight Anthem, Hot Water Music, Frank Turner, The Loved Ones
I'm in the bathroom, waiting, for you to come and apologize to me
This morning I listened to Gaffa Tape Sandy's entire Spotify catalog, which consists of two EPs and a couple of singles, and I've been impressed. This is some fun stuff. I know hardly anything about them aside from that they make terrific and eclectic garage-punk music and, I assume based on their name, that they're British. I'm also guessing they're fantastic live, so hoping for a SXSW appearance. It was tough choosing a cut to feature, so I picked their latest, "Beehive". If you like out, here are a few other standouts for you to check out: "Transylvania", "Smart Dressed Guy" and "L'appel du Vide".