With news of their first headlining tour, we got the chance to check out lovelytheband in Nashville and at Hangout Festival. lovelytheband hit the stage just as the sun started to set and the venue came alive with more fans. Opening with “Make You Feel Pretty” the band set the scene with the song giving off a similar vibe to the time of night and finally for us in Nashville, great weather.
The pop-punk band Boys Like Girls was the soundtrack to my teenage years and was the beginning of my love affair with Martin Johnson. Fast forward to about this time last year and I received a new song recommendation from a friend. Immediately I knew the familiar. Martin Johnson’s latest band, The Night Game, provided my life with the 80s pop soundtrack I never knew I needed.
It was Thursday after Hurricane Harvey when I went to go see Sylvan Esso in Austin at Stubbs, they had to cancel their Houston show but promised to make it up later. They were even using this opportunity in Austin to collect supplies and donate funds to relief efforts. That just goes to show how Sylvan Esso is more than a musical act.
The first time I saw Why Don’t We was on Valentine’s Day at a small venue in downtown Dallas, one they’d just been shifted to that night and weren’t sure the crowd would be the right size for. I was familiar with a couple of their songs and was stoked to spend my V Day with this boy band (obvi), but I had no idea how wonderful the show would end up being. It’s safe to say it might have been my best Valentine’s Day yet.
Fenech-Soler was performing on the same night as “the xx” at ACL Live, so you can imagine this was a tough show, but 3TEN is one of my favorite venues in Austin right now. After a killer start with Knox Hamilton, we were ready. I’ve been listening to Zilla almost on loop all day to prep and couldn’t get enough of the synth pop jams that show promise of fun. and Phoenix.
A complete silence came over Mohawk when Mitski took this stage. The darling of the indie music scene’s show was completely sold out. After putting out her critically acclaimed ‘Puberty 2’, Mitski has become the voice of every anxious girl transitioning into true adulthood, trying to find happiness and figure out her place in the world. Her emotionally honest lyrics and sweeping dramatic songs brought half of Austin out on a humid Wednesday night.
It all started normally enough. With Honey-Nut Cheerios and Chipotle respectively inhaled, the usual kerfuffle of parking sorted out, and the journey to Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix accomplished, the roommate and I took some time to enjoy the scenery out front of the venue. Watching a guy yelling about selling tickets right next to a guy who was carrying on about needing tickets was one point of interest, and trying to guess which concert-goer went with what band was another.