With a new album called Are We There coming out earlier this month, Sharon Van Etten recently played a show for WFUV at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
One of the definite highlights of the performance was the lead single off Are We There, the laid-back “Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” in which Van Etten sweetly sings about seeing double when the sun peeks over the horizon.
When New York-based indie rockers We Are Scientists were recently overseas, they stopped by the Guild Artist Showroom in London to perform a few tracks off fifth studio album TV en Français.
One of those new songs, “Make It Easy,” is a slow burner with a sunny melody when plugged in, but the group puts a great twist on it with this acoustic version. In addition, the guys pulled out the bass-heavy “Dumb Luck.”
Enjoy the performances below and visit We Are Scientists’ official website for a list of upcoming tour dates.
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Hailey Steele has appeared on The Voice and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but we were lucky enough to get some time with her in the Guild Lounge.
While there, Steele teamed up with bassist Annie Clements (Sugarland, Amos Lee) to play a few songs on her upcoming solo album. Clements’ dad Cranston Clements, a well-known guitarist in New Orleans, also pitches in one song.
Watch Steele and Clements perform “Lazy River,” Somebody Else” and “How Much Can One Take” in the clips below.
Midlake’s 2013 album Antiphon was a challenge to make.
The Texas-based low-fi band lost its lead singer in 2012, and they had to ditch two years of work and start over with guitarist Eric Pulido on vocals. What came out of that was a gem of ethereal rockers that can easily lull the listener into a trance.
Late last year, Midlake got the chance to stop by the St. Louis studios of KDHX to play a few of their new tracks. Watch acoustic performances of “Antiphon” and “It’s Going Down” after the jump and listen to their full set here. Continue reading →
Neal Casal has worked with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he also boasts a prolific solo career, having released his first solo album in 1995.
When Casal recently stopped in the Guild Lounge with artist Lauren Barth, he touched on two different periods of his solo catalog, performing the tracks “Need Shelter” from 2011′s Sweeten the Distance and “Too Much to Ask” from 2001′s Anytime Tomorrow.
Watch Casal and Barth below and visit his official website for more information.
Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini has kept out of the spotlight for the past few years, but with the new album Caustic Love slated to come out April 14, he is returning to the music industry with a soulful bang.
Nutini recently turned in an amazing performance at London’s Abbey Road Studios, offering up a heart wrenching version of the track “Iron Sky” with a spot-on backing band and an Instagram-worthy filter.
The song highlights Nutini’s powerful vocals, as well as a snippet from Charlie Chaplin’s noteworthy speech from 1940 film The Great Dictator, in which the comedian states, “Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men.”
Count Grammy-winning pop songstress Adele as one artist who was impressed.
“F**k!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” she tweeted.
You can watch Nutini perform “Iron Sky” in the clip below.
Scars on 45 have their sophomore full-length album at the ready— with a PledgeMusic campaign in action to mix and master the record—and the band recently performed one of those new songs on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz.
In the clip after the jump, the English indie rockers play “Crazy for You,” which features dual vocals from members Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver.