If you weren't already aware, here at Baeblemusic we have quite the collection of amazing concert videos. Every year, we travel to Austin to shoot our own series at SXSW, as we also do here at home for CMJ Music Marathon. Throughout the year, we're constantly catch some of the coolest upcoming artists as they pass through the NY Metro region. So if you weren't able to stop by the show, there's a good chance we did.
We pulled an inner-office poll and chose our five favorite shows of 2012, and left it up to you to select the winner. The results are listed in order below. Thanks for voting!
1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at World Cafe Live
We had the privilege to spend a bit of time with the band during a concert stop for the fine folks of WXPN in Philadelphia. Piling all 11 members of the band on stage, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros showcased a handful of their new, more meditative song fare from Here, as well as made sure to pepper in a few crowd favorites from Up From Below (for old time's sake...). It was a special opportunity.
Gary Clark Jr. shows a hometown crowd in Austin, Texas why he's one of rock music's great new hopes. There is style and swagger in his electric theatrics, a skilled practitioner carving the blues, soul music, and more classic rock leaning riffs into his devil red hollow-body. This is the kind of guitar music musicians and audiences alike can lose themselves in. For Clark and his band mates, that means infinitely channeling something greater on stage...some heaven-sent mysticism that's been guiding and informing musicians of his ilk for generations. For the audience, it means being bulled-over by the performance, which you can check out in this live video captured during MOG Music's SXSW Day Party at the Mohawk, presented by Intel.
Ben Howard didn't expect the enthusiasm the met him upon his arrival in America. Perhaps the young British songwriter assumed audiences on this side of the Atlantic hadn't heard Every Kingdom; Howard's smoldering, recorded contribution to his home country's booming folk scene. When you align yourself with the musical community Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett has been curating under the Communion imprint, American enthusiasts tend to notice though...the word gets out. All of which explains the packed past capacity gathering that welcomed Howard at our Launch Pad Party in Austin last spring.
Seattle-based indie-emo-rockers Barcelona drew The Launch Pad's most diverse audience - including droves of faithful underage fans, which were stopped at the door (we're sorry about that). For those of you who weren't able to catch Brian Fennell's poetic tunes at Spike Hill on that special Saturday night, we've got you covered.
If you don't think Rhett Miller was the perfect performer to plunk at the very tippy top of our incredible, Launch Pad line-up down in Austin this past spring, then you don't know much about this iconic singer-songwriter. So pay attention, particularly to some of the Lone Star musings galloping through "A State of Texas"; the second song in this supremely sweaty solo performance. In it Miller declares, "When the sun goes down on Austin town that's when I know I'm home"...and doesn't he look it, working through a barrage of classic Old 97's cuts, older solo work, and even a few from his new album The Dreamer ? It doesn't matter that home for this performance is some scuzzy, 6th Street shot bar. Miller had his family (Yeah, I met his parents - that was awesome), his faithful devotees, and a slew of songs on hand. This is why he can sing lines like "I'm living in a state of Texas and Texas lives in me." This is why there was no better way to top off our day of music in Austin.