Guitarist Adrian Quesada from Grupo Fantasma/Brownout, Dante Schwebel of Hacienda/City and Colour, and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan form the backbone of new Southern supergroup Spanish Gold (@spanishgoldband).
The trio of friends set up a session at Dan Auerbach’s studio in Nashville, did more recording in Austin, then finished their debut LP in Louisville, where Hallahan lives.
This new voice from Ireland — coming out of a man born on St. Patrick's Day, no less — has floored us with "Take Me to Church," his breakthrough single powered by an interwebs wave over 2 million strong.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier (@Hozier), has but one EP to his solo career credit after honing his chops as a member of Anúna. So he's no stranger to the touring life, but this is his first SXSW — in fact, this week was his U.S. debut.
To shake up the sound of their fourth album Free Your Mind, Melbourne's Cut Copy reached out to longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The result is a sunny, expansive, mind-banding dance record that begs for summer festivals and blissful daydreaming on an Ibiza beach. Cut Copy plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on March 21 and 22, but around the time of Free Your Mind's release, I headed to an East Village studio to chat with Cut Copy—Dan Whiteford (vocals, keys, guitars), Tim Hoey (guitar), Ben Browning (bass) and Mitchell Scott (drums)—about the album's development, songwriting techniques, their affection for The KLF and other sundry fun facts.
Tonight on a frosty TAS on FUV at 10, a preview of tomorrow's outstanding Public Radio Rocks lineup with music from Phantogram and Jeremy Messersmith plus a Shuffle courtesy of the The Hold Steady. In addition, new music from Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, Sharon Van Etten, Battleme, Avey Tare and more.