Trampled By Turtles

Ready for some bluegrass? Trampled by Turtles is a band from Minnesota with inspirations like Bob Dylan, Nirvana, and the Rolling Stones. They have been on the top 10 billboard charts for over a 52 week period before. They have played at Coachella, Bonnaroo, All good, Lollapalooza, and more music festivals. I saw them at Bonnaroo, and immediately fell in love. Each song has a unique tune to make sure you never forget it, along with an even deeper meaning. They have six albums so far, and “Stars and Stripes” has many popular hits on it today. Each song can be played in a different setting or mood. Some are upbeat while others are for the sad moments in life. Either way, Trampled by Turtles has trampled my heart of music.

Check out “Wait So Long” & let me know what you think!

Wilco

You know when you meet someone for the first time and you automatically can feel a friendship forming? This happened yet again to me last weekend in downtown Athens. I was out with friends, and was introduced to a girl who had mutual friends with me. We immediately had a flowing conversation, and since then we have a great time downtown together. She recommended this band, Wilco, to me. Always excited for new music, I went straight home and decided to listen to them.

Wilco rose from the ashes of the band Uncle Tupelo. Reformed in 1994, they are an American alternative rock band from Chicago. They have released over eight studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations.

The first song I listened to was, You & I, which is below.

Other top hits:

I Might

Jesus, Etc. 

Impossible Germany 

Let me know what you think. I showed this band to a couple friends, and a few did not share the same passion that I saw. I am very curious what you all think. 

Of Monsters and Men

A favorite new way to pass time of mine is Spotify. Spotify is a music application for your computer and phone, and is better than Pandora in my opinion. You can link your Spotify account through Facebook, and easily see what your friends are listening to. This is how I discovered the band Of Monsters and Men. I was browsing what people were currently listening to, and found multiple songs by this band. So I decided to check them out.

Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie/folk rock band from…..ICELAND! They were brought to the United States when a Seattle based radio station saw them at the Iceland Music Awards. The main singer’s voice is unforgettable. I have only been listening to them for a couple days, but if a new song comes on I can automatically recognize her voice. They are said to be the current Arcade Fire, which from my previous posts you know I am a huge fan of.

Popular songs to check out:

  • Little Talks
  • Dirty Paws
  • King and Lionheart
  • Mountain Sound

Check out my current favorite song by them, “Slow and Steady”

 

Let me know your thoughts!

The Kooks

One of the songs that I repeat constantly on my current playlist is “Seaside,” performed by The Kooks. A British indie pop band, The Kooks are becoming more and more popular in the United States. They developed their unique sound by listening to Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and  Chris de Burgh. Their album Inside In/Inside out has received multiple platinum statuses among the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Another personal favorite is the song “Native.” I have shared my love for the Kooks with many friends, and none were disappointed. The song, “Seaside” might be short, but its message is moving.

Mazzy Star

When I was in California for my sophomore spring break, my friend Chelsea was obsessed with the band Mazzy Star. The band has two members, and is an alternative rock band. One of the main reasons she loved them so much was because they were formed in California, Santa Monica particularly. The song she introduced to me was “Fade Into You”. It is one of their biggest hits, all over VH1, MTV, and the radio. There has been a long gap between their albums, but they have tour dates for 2012 that shows they are ready to be back in action. Unfortunately for Georgians and myself, they will only be touring in California and outside the US for now.

Here’s a look at “Fade Into You”. Let me know your thoughts.

Santigold

At the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in May, my friend Ashley and I were so excited to see them play that we did not bother to check who the opening act was. To our surprise, Santi White, better known as Santigold, was performing. Immediately lights were going everywhere and there was a hard bass bumping from the speakers. When she appeared on stage with two back-up dancers (“twirl girls”) and two people dressed in a horse costume, our attention was focused. Singing hip-hop and pop, Santigold was the diva every girl dreamed of. For me, she was like Britney  Spears today. One of her most popular songs is, “Disparate Youth”. Before we even knew this was a favorite song, we automatically fell in love. Check out the video below and see what you think.

Arcade Fire

So last year at Bonnaroo was my first year attending. I went with four girls, and we were lucky enough to be camping neighbors to our now good friends from Colorado. If there is one thing I learned from the first year at Roo, it is that once you get separated from someone inside Centeroo, you most likely will not see them again until you get back to your campsite. At one point during my first Roo, I got separated from all the girls I came with and had to tag along with all our new Fort Collins friends. At the time I was a little upset, but in the end it was one of the best things that could of happened that trip. We ended up going to see Arcade Fire, who I did not know of. All the boys knew of them and told me I would not regret seeing them. And I did not one bit. It was by far one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen. In particular, the song, “Wake Up” made me feel like a different person. Here’s a clip of “Wake Up” from Roo’ 11. Let me know your thoughts.

The XX

The XX are an English indie pop band that have been a favorite of mine for over a year. I found out about them through my best friend’s French boyfriend. He said The XX are one of the most popular bands in Europe currently. This is the perfect band if you need calming music. I listen to them when I study because it is not too distracting. I listen to them when I wake up because it’s not to much to take in during the early morning hours. I listen to them when I go to bed because their voices are peaceful and relaxing.

By far my favorite song is, “Basic Space.” For some reason, the line “I suffered shipwrecks right from the start” always meant something to me. Other popular songs are “VCR”, “Islands”, and “Crystalised.”

Lucky for you all, their new album is coming out very soon. For faithful followers, it has been a long wait.

*You may have heard them sing with Florence and the Machines during a remix for “You Got the Love.”*

The Lumineers

My current attraction in the music world is the band The Lumineers. From Denver, the Lumineers are a folk rock band. There are three main members in the band, and various musicians tag along for each show. The most main stream song they have is called, “Ho Hey.”

After listening to their top songs on Spotify, I instantly became obsessed. Late at night I am always falling asleep to their song, “Slow it down.”

Lucky for me, they are coming to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta mid August. I have already bought my ticket, and I will be traveling to ATL that saturday with about seven other girls.

Check out their video of “Slow it down” and make your own opinion! However, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The Black Keys

On my current summer playlist there are over ten songs by The Black Keys. Consisted of only a guitarist and a drummer, they were formed in 2001 in Ohio. Currently, The Black Keys have sold over 2 million albums.

My first time hearing this band was actually last year at Bonnaroo. They fell into the category of bands I did not know. Some of the people in the group wanted to see them, and the show ended up being one of my favorite shows last year. The band is definitely a Rock band, some may even say a jam band.

I do have one small problem with the band. When I listened to their album online, it sounded just the same as live. Some people would think this is a good thing, but not for me. I feel a band should sound ten times better in concert than on the internet or itunes. They sounded amazing live, do not get me wrong, but my perception might have been a little off since I had never heard of them before. 

For new listeners, check out some of my favorite songs and make your own decision:

-dead and gone

-sister

-little black sumbarmies

-next girl

-hell of a season

The Black Keys - KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas - December 12, 2010

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