No real theme this week other than enthusiastic praise for Kris Bowers' Heroes + Misfits. Also, one more gentle reminder that our SXSW day party is on Wednesday. It's free, all ages, and much more low key than getting into a lot of everything else at SouthBy. Nevertheless, here's another show of newness.
The Line-Up for 7 March 2014
Our Canadian friends BADBADNOTGOOD just dropped a new single on us, "Can't Leave the Night", soon to appear on their upcoming album, III. The guys (Matt Tavares, keys; Chester Hansen, bass; Alex Sowinski, drums) have been working on this one for a good little minute now-- it definitely showed up in their set at our SXSW unofficial day party last year (and might show up again at our party next Wednesday) and Gilles Peterson was the first to give it some airplay on his show on BBC 6 Music a couple weeks ago. Now the song has reached a more final form. Give it some love after the jump and stay on your already well worn pins and needles for III to drop on the Innovative Leisure label soon.
The spectacle of The Stepkids just keeps getting (for lack of a better word) more and more spectacular. Their new video for the spirited "Insecure Troubadour", off their latest album Troubadour is full of sandy beaches, contemplative walks, and unabashed shouts. Soak it all in after the jump.
When Brooklyn Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown released their debut self-titled album in 2011, the world took notice. They proved themselves to be a tight, groove-oriented band in the same vein as Menahan Street Band or Lee Fields and the Expressions. They have a timeless quality that one could easily latch onto. Now they group is set to release their sophomore album, Stone By Stone. Give a listen to the first single, "The Offering", off the album which drops everywhere April 15th.