Texas based folk band, The Oh Hellos, have started a Christmas Extravaganza tour. The band will be touring through the country, spreading Christmas joy, with energy and passionate performances.
Throughout the tour, they will be having a coat drive at each venue to be donated to local shelters. Everyone who donates a coat will be entered to win a signed merchandise package from the band.
The Oh Hellos have also said that they will be inviting the most festive fans on stage with them, so this is bound to be an exciting show.
The band released a Christmas EP in 2014, with four songs on it, so it will certainly be cool to see if they have worked on any more Christmas tunes for this tour.
Nashville based indie-folk band Judah & The Lion have released two new singles this week, Stockholm and Take It All Back 2.0. The band also released a music video to Take It All Back 2.0, showing live footage of performances and background shots of the band.
Stockholm has a similar sound to Mumford and Sons, with a powerful chorus and a rhythmic beat.
Take It All Back 2.0 is a different adaptation of the original track, which was featured on the album Folk Hop N’ Roll, released earlier this year. The new version has a faster paced strumming on the banjo, and enhanced vocals. This is definitely seems like a song that would be incredible live.
Judah & The Lion are only gaining more popularity. Their music is fun, upbeat, and high energy. I have not attended one of their concerts yet, but it is something that is definitely on my bucket list.
Mike Mains & The Branches sophomore album Calm Down, Everything is Fine has a great blend of various styles. There are songs that have rock influence, while their are other songs such as “Slow Down” which is calm and has a folk feel.
These mixtures of style are blended on the last track of the album Calm Down, Everything is Fine. The tack starts off calm, with some intimate verses, but picks it up halfway through and turns into a fantastic rock song. It contains really well written and clever lyrics, having lyrics that mention wine, Jesus, and Davey Crockett.
The album features some star studded musicians, with Matt Hoopes of Relient K on lead guitar, and Zac Farro of Paramore on the drums.
Mumford & Sons have released a new single “There Will Be Time” from an upcoming project of theirs called Johannesburg. Johannesburg will not be a full album, but an EP released on June 17th. Johannesburg was recorded over a two day span, while the band was touring through South Africa this winter.
“There Will be a Time” features Baaba Maal, a singer and songwriter from Senegal. Baaba Maal sings primarily in Pulaar, a language primarily spoken in the Senegal River valley area by Fula and Toucouleur peoples.
It is cool to see Mumford & Sons collaborating with other artists, and it brings out a unique sound for them. “Wilder Mind” was a different sound than their previous music, and this is a different sound for them as well.
I am a big fan of this song, and am pumped to see what the full EP sounds like. Here is a link to the song, and a trailer video for Johannesburg.
The Lumineers have come out with there anticipated second studio album, ‘Cleopatra’. The Lumineers are a folk band from Denver that grew to success with hits such as ‘Hey Ho’, and ‘Stubborn Love’.
‘Cleopatra’ consists of some songs with a sound that you would expect from The Lumineers, but they also show uniqueness and range in other tracks. If you were a fan of there first album, then you would likely enjoy Cleopatra as well.
My two favorite tracks from this album are Ophelia and Angela. Ophelia was the first single on the album, and is a very catchy tune, with a great piano melody in the background. The beginning of the song Angela actually has a similar melody to the beginning of the song The Only Exception by Paramore. Angela is a great tune, especially when the lead singer, Wesley Schultz, hits the high notes in the chorus.