Check out this live version of a brand new song, called “Walk Away,” we recorded at Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio last week! We’ve been hard at work making some new music and are pumped to finally be sharing it with you!
Hey, so we’re playing this awesome festival in Plano, TX on May 3rd! Hope you can make it out to see us on a big ole’ festival stage!
2013 was a stellar year for new records, here are our favorites!
JOSH CAMPBELL’S PICK: Local Natives – “Hummingbird”
I don’t have any divine words as to why I chose “Hummingbird”, Local Natives second album as my favorite album of 2013. It was just a really solid record that I really enjoyed this past year. Where a lot of bands fall short on sophomore releases, Local Natives did not. Their guitar work and drum parts are always unique and refreshing. Their vocal melodies and harmonies, their sort of trade mark in my opinion, are executed beautifully. I had the pleasure of seeing Local Natives live again this year at the Austin City Limits music festival, and they did what most bands cannot. They made a mid afternoon festival set amazing and engaging, and ultimately one of my favorite sets of the festival, if not the year. Good bands put out good records and put on good live shows, Local Natives did both of these things in 2013 and therefore earn my coveted album of the year nod. (I could’ve easily written very similar paragraphs about basically every band on my list, all had amazing records and I had the pleasure of seeing several of them put on amazing live shows in 2013, but I had to choose only 1)
I’ve been fortunate to bear witness to the creation process of Stoney’s newest album’s “More than Animals” over the last 2 years, when I first met Stoney and filled in on keyboards for a few shows in 2011 for Stoney’s “Soar Before” EP. Though I’ve been personally disappointed it’s taken this long for this album to come to fruition (as many of the songs are at least 2 years old), the wait is completely worth it. Stoney has outdone everything he’s done in the past. His songwriting is witty, endearing, and also, at times, serious. The album includes intricate, complex production elements and creative instrumentation as well as bare bones arrangements which are just as powerful with simply an acoustic guitar and barely whispered vocals. Stoney deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as any acclaimed albums of this year, and I strongly recommend checking it out for free at stoney.mu!
Holy moly it’s hard to believe that 2013 has almost passed! It’s been an incredible year for us getting to travel the country and play music for you guys alongside amazing bands like Relient K, The Almost, Mike Mains & the Branches, Dinner and a Suit, The Mowgli’s, Kopecky Family Band and many more! We aren’t quite finished with our live show schedule this year, so if you live in one of the remaining cities, make sure to buy tickets and come out and see us!
As we move ahead into the new year, we’re excited to let you know that we already have a healthy batch of new material for what will be our third full-length album. Though we’re still a ways away from its completion, we’re already giddy to share what we think will be our best material yet. Stay tuned – we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with progress and fun stuff along the way!
Nov 22 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Bar+
Nov 23 – Austin, TX @ Listening Room at Winflo (acoustic)
Nov 23 – Waco, TX @ Common Grounds+
Dec 17 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s*
Dec – 18 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s*
Dec 19 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall*
+ w/Corrier, * w/Kopecky Family Band
We are so excited to get to share the stage with some great bands who we love this November! We’ll have some headlining shows to announce around this time very soon!
Nov. 4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
Nov. 5 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
Nov. 6 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov. 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
To some of you Daytrotter is old news. You’ve been finding cool new recordings of your favorite bands, and finding new favorite bands from them for years! In fact, we’ve actually been there a couple of times, and a few of us recorded a session for Brandon’s side project The Wealthy West. Well back when we were getting ready for our new video release they came out with a couple really sweet new changes that we’re super pumped about and we hope you’ll go give them a look! Click picture below to hear our session from 2010.
One thing we’re excited about is their new “Direct to Artist” portion of their subscription. Basically, if you sign up and become a member, you can now elect to donate $5.00 of your yearly fee to any band of your choice. Check out this article all about it on Evolver.com
We’ve recorded a new session a couple months ago, and can’t wait for you to hear it! But until then, check out these Wealthy West songs.
We’re excited to announce that on June 5th we’re releasing a Total Recall-inspired music video for our song “Marching to the Palace!” We’re also hosting a premiere of the video in Austin at the North Door on June 5th where, in addition to showing the new video, we’ll be watching the original Total Recall and giving away awesome free stuff! We promise it’ll be a night you’ll never forget (insert awkward Total Recall joke here)! Doors open at 7pm. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? You really have no excuse now…
And in case you aren’t familiar, here’s the 1990 trailer:
We are beyond excited to announce that we’ve been offered the opportunity to support two amazing bands Relient K and The Almost this summer from July 2nd – July 23rd. Please check out the dates and come support us out on the road! Tickets for all shows go on sale on May 17th.
7/2 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown*
7/3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade#
7/5 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners*
7/6 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater*
7/7 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29*
7/8 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird’s*
7/9 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
7/10 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse $
7/11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony*
7/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance*
7/13 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met*
7/14 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall#
7/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts*
7/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection*
7/19 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s*
7/20 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*
7/21 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo $
7/22 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada+
7/23 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown+
7/25 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s#
$ = The Rocketboys only
# = w/ The Almost
* = w/ Relient K, The Almost
+ = w/ Relient K, The Almost, Driver Friendly
Stay tuned — we’ll have more summer shows to announce soon!