Cupcakke Concert Review 2/27/18

Cupcakke is a 20 year old hip hop artist from Chicago who has found her niche by creating songs that are empowering, especially to women. Her show tonight, at RBC in Dallas, had a crowd that was predominantly women and members of the LGBT community. It was apropos that her show was a mixture of a concert and drag show atmosphere. Despite lack-luster opening performers, the crowd was crazy and into the music from the moment she hit the stage.  

She performed a furious and unrelenting 40 minute set for the raucous and exuberant crowd. The larger than life personality that Cupakke projects may be more character than substance, but it is truly all entertainment. Our video below is NSFW, but then again, nothing Cupcakke ever does is safe for work. 

 

Friday Playlist 2/23/18

This week we celebrate the birth of one of SWB’s founders. Happy Birthday Jamie..

Janelle Monáe is both a visual and musical artist. Her artistry, aural, and visual beauty come through in her videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane”. Needless to say, we are waiting with baited breath for her new album to drop.

We stumbled upon “Hardly Strangers” by the Psychic Markers and knew instantly that we had to share it with you.

Screaming Females create earnest and honest that you could call Indie Rock, or Post Punk, or whatever you want, but it is damn good.

Someone took the time and amazingly created an amazing mash up of the Solo movie trailer with the Beastie Boys “Sabotage”

Kendrick Lamar returns to our list this week, with the Brit awards performance that you surely missed.

Speaking of the Brit Awards, if your performance is strong enough to receive a response from the government, it definitely makes our list. Stormzy had a performance in which he targets Theresa May. Instead of labeling him “Fake news” or making up a silly nick name, the British Government decided to respond with logic and numbers.

As long as Nilüfer Yanya keeps putting out good music, she will keep making our list. This week, you can enjoy “Baby Luv”

Is it punk? Is it Hip-Hop? Is it Indie rock? Who cares, it is Bakar

We will be a bit lazy and end this list with three of the greatest cover songs of all time. To be a great cover, you actually have to bring something new to a song, and all 3 of these definitely qualify. We start with Johnny Cashperforming “Hurt” by NIN

Few songs are undeniably greater than the original, but Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” elevates the Ringo-led Beatles tune to another level.

Jamie’s favorite cover, and perhaps favorite song is Jeff Buckley performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Happy Birthday, Jamie.

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 6

Here is our sixth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list focuses on some singers with truly beautiful voices.

Odetta Hartman is a talented musician with a beautiful voice. She combines her talents with some gorgeous production to compete some great music.
Odetta Hartman
RIYL: Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse
Pseudo Genre: Beautifully produced Electro Singer-songwriter

Here is the official video for “Dreamcatchers”.

The second video is a live version of “Batonebo”.


Davie is an artist that straddles the line between R&B and Gospel to create some truly inspired music.
Davie
RIYL: The Weeknd, Luther Vandross, Kirk Franklin
Pseudo Genre: Rhythm & Gospel

”Testify” is a song that most embodies his overall music style.

We think that talent really shines through in live performances and this version of “Love Sick Fool” highlights his great vocals.


Sunflower Bean are a band with two lead vocalist that swap off lines throughout their songs. It creates an interesting dynamic that fans of The XX and Stars are familiar with.
Sunflower Bean
RIYL: The Cardigans, The Pixies (Popier songs), Stars
Pseudo Genre: Swapping vocals and hooks
This is the official video for “I Was a Fool”

Here is a 20ish minute live performance in the KEXP studios that allows you to hear the band live.


SYML is an American musician with a Welsh name that creates some hauntingly beautiful songs.
SYML
RIYL: Hozier, R. Kelly
Pseudo Genre: SINGER Songwriter

”Where’s My Love” is a simple and beautiful song with a very simple, yet powerful, video.

Here is a very simple live recording of “Fear the Water”.

Friday Playlist 2/16/2018

This week we have quite along playlist which includes some relevant music, some music we came upon, and a few brand new releases.

Affected by the events in South Florida, we draw strength from Amanda Palmer and her post Columbine song, “Strength Through Music”.

Kendrick Lamar curated an exceptional soundtrack to the new Black Panther movie.

Amen Dunes is a nom de guerre of Damon McMahon. He shares his beautiful and emotion filled voice on “Blue Rose”

IAMDDB is an up and coming British Hip Hop artist, and she is truly one to watch in 2018.

Noga Erez is an Israeli musician who at 18 served in the army as a military musician.

Chrystal is another artist from England, but she specializes in personal and straight shooting Pop music.

Car seat Headrest made many “Best of” lists with their recent hit “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” and they return with a new sure hit, “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)

PJ Harvey has long been a SWB favorite, and here she remakes an Irish classic for an upcoming movie soundtrack

Superorganism has an origin story worthy of a Marvel Comic hero.

Beach House is a controversial band around the SWB offices, and some of us love Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s band and others…well…don’t. Have a listen and you can decide.

Isadora is another British musician that makes this week’s list with a lovely song.

BlocBoy JB & Drake put out a track that is sure to be on many heavy rotation lists for weeks to come.

Our list ends with a cover from one of the greatest movies of all time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. One of music’s true iconoclasts,Frank Ocean , puts his spin on “Moon River”

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 5

Here is our fifth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list includes one artist that you may have heard in the past (Amy Shark), and a good sample the mixture of sounds you can hear at SXSW.

We start this list with another Australian lady. Amy Shark is an Australian singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice for Pop Music. She breaks with current trends by utilizing sparse instrumentation instead of overproduced backing tracks
Amy Shark
RIYL: Kesha, Adele, Pink
Pseudo Genre: Beautiful Vocal Pop

This is a live version of her breakthrough hit “Adore”. Believe it or not, the video starts off with a real life fish story.

The “Golden Fleece” video was recorded in a studio and demonstrates how she sounds with full, but simple, production.


The next recommendation, Surfbort, brings great contrast to this the other bands we’ve recommended. Their brand of raw, hardcore Punk Rock is something you feel more than hear. These songs are definitely not for everyone
Surfbort
RIYL: L7, Sex Pistols, The Slits
Pseudo Genre: Punk that will shake you to your core

”Hippie Vomit Inhaler” is a song and video that are as intense as the name implies.

The ”Back to Reaction” video begins with an alarm waking someone from bed, and this is the most calming part of the video.


WILD are a socially conscious band from California that use Male/Female Harmonies to create infectious sing alongs.
WILD
RIYL: Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, Lady Antebellum
Pseudo Genre: Harmony and Hooks

The video for “All My Life” includes messages about shelter animals, a subject near and dear to the SWB staff.


“Throw Me in the Water” is one of their most recent songs and gives a glimpse of what we can expect from WILD in the near future.


Uni rounds out this group of recommendations with their modern take on Glam Rock. They create fun songs while channelling the spirit of progenitors such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, and T-Rex.
Surfbort
RIYL: David Bowie, T-Rex, Lou Reed
Pseudo Genre: Glam is back and it is FABULOUS

”What’s the Problem?” an amazingly catchy tune with a NSFW video that embraces Glam and all of it’s excesses.

NSFW VIDEO

This is a live video of ”Adult Video” which was the B-side of “What’s the Problem”.

Iceage “Catch it”

You may have heard the term “Post-Punk” as a music descriptor and wondered what it truly meant. It is most definitely an overused term, but there are very few bands and songs that embody Post-Punk more than Iceage’s latest single “Catch it”. The first thing I think of when I hear “Catch it” is of early Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. After all, who could embody post punk more than Nick Cave’s post Birthday Party band? As this Danish band enters its second decade, I expect some big things from them, and I am eagerly awaiting their upcoming album. 

Concert Videos: Vince Staples&Tyler the Creator 2/8/19

All videos are in HD (you might have to change settings).

Vince Staples opened up with "Rain Come Down"

The crowd was energetic the whole night and this was evident during "Lift Me Up"

Tyler took the stage on a giant broken tree and performed "Where This Flower Blooms".

Tyler held the crowd enraptured the entire night and this was particularly evident during "IFHY".

Friday 2/9/18 Playlist

Welcome to our second Friday playlist, which includes a few videos that we shot this week. Each Friday we will post a list of songs at around noon, just in time for you to enjoy all weekend. These will be songs of the moment, or songs related to things in the world, etc. This week we have a couple of songs inspired by Valentine's Day.

Nilüfer Yanya is a jazz pop musician that creates some truely enjoyable songs.

Tom Misch is an East London musician that is part of a new wave of British musicians ready to invade Ammerica.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of our favorite live bands, and they make another appearancs on a SWB list.

Frankie Cosmos have created one of our Valentine's Day theme songs. "Being Alive" is a fun, happy, and exaggerated love song.

Elvis Costello created an indie music Valentine favorite way back in the 70's with "My Funny Valentine".

Poppy Ackroyd's composition "The Calm Before" is a beautiful classic song that you can use to woo your someone special with some candle light and warm smile.

Andy Cooper rounds out this week's list of new music with a solid video and a great Hip Hop track with some interesting production.

Vince Staples and Tyler the Creator are the last 4 songs on our list. These are videos that we shot live at a great show in Dallas at The Bomb Factory.

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 4

Here is our fourth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list highlights some of the many amazing women that we hope to be able to see at SXSW.

Stella Donnelly is an Australian singer/songwriter whose delicate and beautiful voice shares her delicate and personal emotions.
Stella Donnelly
RIYL: Lily Allen, Courtney Barnett, Kesha
Pseudo Genre: Confesional Folk Rock

”Boys Will Be Boys” addresses rape in a misogynistic culture. It could easily serve as an anthem for the #METOO movement

This “Mechanical Bull” video demonstrates how strong her music can be when conveyed in an intimate setting. We hope to see her at a church or other similar setting this March in Austin.


Helena Deland has a beautiful voice and she accompanies it with elegantly layered musical tracks.
Helena Deland
RIYL: Adele, Joanna Newsom, Fiona Apple
Pseudo Genre: Elegant Songs written by a singer

”Aix" was our first exposure to Helena and the doubled vocals and backing track coupled with her lead vocals just blew us away.

”There is a Thousand” is a song off of her upcoming album.


Sammus (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an erudite, Ivy League educated rap artist. She entertains and will likely educate you with her lyrics.
Sammus
RIYL: Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Lauryn Hill
Pseudo Genre: Scholarly Hip Hop Rock

Immediately upon hearing Sammus I thought of Open Mike Eagle and was pleased to find out she has a song “Qualified” that features Mike.


“1080p” is a very personal track that includes a voice mail from her mother.

Black Panther Soundrack

The Black Panther movie is not out until February 16th, but the soundtrack will be released this Friday, February 9th. We are particularly excited for the soundtrack which was put together by TDE's Top Dawg and Kendrick Lamar. The songs include some of our favorite musicians with contributions from Kendrick, James Blake, and Vince Staples. 

Today sees the release of a new video for the  song, "All the Stars", from the soundtrack.