Friday, May 31, 2013

Knapsack - Cellophane

Well, here's another band I haven't thought of in a LONG time. And I probably wouldn't have thought of them if not for yesterday's rumblings of a Knapsack reunion tour this fall. Will I be going? Probably not. But I may just be inspired enough to pop on their records this weekend. Here's a video from their rockin' debut, 1995's Silver Sweepstakes.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sara Bareilles - Brave

I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sara Bareilles. I have for some time too. I was a fan of her breakthrough album Little Voice when it came out and was fortunate enough to see her play just as she was getting big in 2009 from a front row table at my favorite under 300 seat venue. That show pretty cemented my adoration for her fine piano-centric tunes. I also got to see her play on a big stage at both 2010's Lilith Fair and then opening for Sugarland in 2011. Both performances featured songs from her fantastic Kaleidoscope Heart record so of course the show was awesome. On July 16, she'll release The Blessed Unrest and I for one cannot wait to hear it. Here's the fun video for the record's first single.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mudhoney - I Like It Small

New music by Mudhoney?!?! How did this one slip past my radar? I'm digging it (will have to pick up Vanishing Point ASAP). Like most of their best tunes the song straddles the fine line between smart and silly...and of course there's the trademark fuzzed out punk rock sound.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lissie - Shameless

Yowsas! This new Lissie song is awesome. Not sure when exactly her second album is coming out (I hear this summer), but if the rest of the songs are half as cool as Shameless, Lissie fans will certainly be in for a treat.

WARNING: Lissie says some naughty words in this song so make sure you crank it up in front of the kiddies.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Kenny Chesney (featuring Grace Potter) - You and Tequila

One day left until the No Shoes Nation Tour hits FedEx Field. This will be the second year in a row that I get to see Kenny Chesney's big summer tour. I certainly hope this will become an annual thing for me as I had a blast last year and I fully expect to have a fantastic time tomorrow (rain or shine...let's hope for the more ways than one). One of the highlights of last years show was seeing Grace Potter join Kenny on stage to perform their 2011 hit You and Tequila. I certainly don't expect a repeat performance this year as Grace isn't on the tour, but how cool would it be if Kacey Musgraves took Grace's spot? Hey, a guy can dream.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Eric Church - Creepin'

My No Shoes Nation Tour "preview" continues today with one of my favorite country singers - Eric Church. I saw him perform last year at WPOC's annual Sunday in the Country concert in Columbia, MD and it was ELECTRIC. I suspect Eric's performance at FedEx Field on Saturday will be just as awesome (if not better).

While I really like the simplicity of his latest video for Like Jesus Does, I had to go with the video for Creepin' today because, well, it's just so freakin' cool.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kacey Musgraves - Blowin' Smoke

Today we continue our "preview" of the No Shoes Nation Tour which I'll be attending this Saturday in Washington, DC (well, actually Landover, MD).

I'm probably the most excited to see Kacey Musgraves on Saturday (I saw both Eric Church and Kenny Chesney last year for the first time so it's a different kind of excitement for me when it comes to them). She's by far an early frontrunner to be my 2013 Artist of the Year (while I'm at it, let's give it up for my 2012 Artist of the Year Kellie Pickler for winning on Dancing With The Stars last night). Of course, this isn't my first post about Kacey. I wrote about her phenomenal first single Merry Go Round on this site already. And, well, she was also pretty prominent in my Miranda Lambert post for Mama's Broken Heart. Here's the video for Kacey's latest single Blowin' Smoke.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Eli Young Band - Crazy Girl

This Saturday I'm heading off to the No Shoes Nation Tour headlined by Kenny Chesney with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band serving as the openers (what a line-up!). So the rest of the week we'll be taking a look at some of the acts more recent videos. Today we start with the Eli Young Band.

The Eli Young band was founded by Mike Eli and James Young (no, Eli Young is not a real person...that's not to say there isn't a person named Eli Young somewhere, but he's not in this band). Their most recent album, 2011's fantastic Life at Best, featured two number ones, a fine Will Hoge cover -- Even If It Breaks Your Heart -- which I wrote about at Totally Covered last summer and this one written by the very talented Lee Brice.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shovels & Rope - Birmingham

Yeah, I'm a little late to the Shovels & Rope party, but at least I showed up (eventually). I saw this video a couple weeks ago and was instantly hooked. I'm definitely looking forward to checking out their debut album O' Be Joyful (which I just happened to pick up this weekend).

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television

To this day I still have no freaking clue as to how Ned's Atomic Dustbin didn't take over the music world in the early 90s. Great punkish alt music and a to die for live set (saw them on both the Godfodder and Are You Normal tours). So join me on another Friday Flashback and check out the video for their biggest "hit" Kill Your Television.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Katie Armiger - Playin' With Fire

It really is just a matter of time before Katie Armiger hits it big on the country music charts. She's a talented 21-year-old from Sugar Land, TX who just this year released her fourth album Fall Into Me (which I regrettably still haven't picked up yet...same old story, so much music, so little funds). I have heard a few songs off of it though and I'm definitely digging it. Check out the video for new record's second single Playin' With Fire.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sara Watkins - You and Me

Sara Watkins keeps popping up on me lately so I figured it was time to finally post a video from her fantastic second album Sun Midnight Sun. I caught today's video over the weekend on CMT Pure. I think. It might have been GAC (I tend to flip back and forth depending on what's playing). Then, just last night, I was hanging some framed Opry posters I picked up in Nashville a few weeks ago. I noticed that the wall was starting to look kind of bare (even with the new additions) so I started adding a couple more signed/framed 8x10s and posters from another overcrowded wall. One of the posters I moved (naturally) was my signed Sara Watkins Sun Midnight Sun poster which I got from her website when I ordered the cd. Regardless of how we got here, we got here. So just sit back and enjoy this wonderful song/video and her super sweet voice.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dillinger Escape Plan - When I Lost My Bet

There's a new Dillinger Escape Plan album out today. I'm pretty sure that at some point I'll pick up One Of Us Is The Killer...that is, after I stop quivering in the fetal position underneath my pool table from watching this insanely creepy video.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Taylor Swift Red Tour from Washington, DC

Last night my wife and I had the pleasure to witness Taylor Swift's Red Tour in Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience. Half concert, half theater. She held the crowd (of all ages) in the palm of her hands for the entire hour and 45 minute set. The following photos were taken by my wife (she said I could post 'em). Hard to believe that with the exception of the acoustic photos, we were at the opposite end of the arena. Not bad for a point and shoot.

Acoustic set at our end of the arena. She may have been singing Begin Again here.

Another shot from the acoustic set.

Love Story

Glammed up and singing The Lucky One

This was early on in the show, I'm thinking it was Red

The night came to an end with a rousing version of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Another solo acoustic shot. Love the smile.


Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - Invisible

Here's the first video off of Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) latest album The Low Highway. I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, but rest assured I will. I'm still kind of kicking myself for not seeing him again when he came through town recently. Oh well. I caught him on his last tour (a tremendous performance filled with great songs and storytelling).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Archers of Loaf - Harnessed in Slums

It's time for another Friday Flashback. The Archers of Loaf were one of my favorite bands of the 90s. I was lucky enough to see them a handful of times back in the day...and they were always killer. Sadly, I didn't get to see any of their recent reunion shows in person (I did see a show online and they obviously can still go). Now how about a new album?

Here's a video from their second album Vee Vee.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Terror - The Most High

Admittedly, I've been neglecting punk and hardcore lately here at Your New Favorite Song. That ends today (for now at least). Here's L.A. hardcore veterans Terror with the first video off of their latest album Live By The Code.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Patti Griffin (featuring Robert Plant) - Ohio

Patti Griffin released her seventh studio album this week. Here's the video for American Kid's first single, a song she sings with her husband -- apparently he fronted some little known 70s rock band. (I honestly had no idea they were cool is that?) Anyway, I look forward to checking out the rest of American Kid as I've long been a fan of Patti's music.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pistol Annies - Hush Hush

Hell yeah! I saw the Annies a couple summers ago.
Annie Up kiddies! There's a new Pistol Annies album out today. You know I'm all sorts of psyched to hear new music from Lone Star Annie, Hippie Annie and Holler Annie...otherwise known as Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. If Annie up is even half as great as I'm hearing I'm sure it will be among my top records of the year and could push Ashley, who is also riding a tremendous second solo album (Like A Rose), to the top spot of my 2013 artist of the year countdown (something that happened in 2011 with Miranda's Four The Record and the first Annies album).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lady Antebellum - Downtown

Lady Antebellum's fourth album Golden comes out tomorrow. The first single Downtown hooked me right away with its groovy goodness (I simply love that bass line). As for the video, well it's pretty darn funny. I mean who doesn't want to get so crazy that they get arrested?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Poster Children - What's Inside The Box

There is absolutely no reason why this song popped into my head this morning. It's not like I came across a box and wondered what's inside of it. Regardless, the Poster Children were one of my favorite indie rock bands of the 90s so they'll make a perfect Friday Flashback.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Matt & Kim - Let's Go

Here's Brooklyn indie-poppers Matt & Kim with a very "Awkward Family Photos" inspired video from their 2012 Lightning album.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

David Nail - Let It Rain

You know that the spring/summer concert season is kicking into full gear when I start attending three concerts in the span of a week. Last Thursday it was Aimee Mann/Ted Leo. Saturday it was Craig Morgan/Sarah Darling. And tonight I'm seeing David Nail from a front row table at my local under 300-seat venue. Seeing a performer with a booming voice like David's in a small venue will certainly be a treat. I saw him last summer at the annual Sunday in the Country show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Now THAT was a fun day of live country music. The show was headlined by Eric Church and also featured Justin Moore, Thompson Square, Jana Kramer and Craig Campbell.

Here's the video for the song that took David Nail to No. 1 on the country charts in 2011. I suspect he'll be playing this one tonight.