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Last week I had the great joy of seeing one of my favorite bands, The Weepies, play live for the first time. I’ve been a fan for years – since I randomly stumbled upon their first album on iTunes – and I believe this has been the first time they’ve been to Houston in at least four years.

The Weepies, comprised of husband and wife duo Steve Tannen & Deb Talan, were as delightful and charming as their music convinced me they’d be. They performed masterfully, backing each song with heart and sharing parts of their soul with the crowd. Since it was an acoustic tour, their normally instrumentally-varied tunes were stripped down to two acoustics, a bass and the occasional keyboard, harmonica and glockenspiel and yet the songs breathed fresh with the new arrangements. Could it get much better?

I’m trying to think of my favorite songs from the night. I really enjoyed the whole set. “Suicide Blonde” was never one of my favorite songs of theirs but their performance of it that night had me liking it again. “San Francisco” was definitely high on the list. So was “Can’t Go Back Now.” Really, the entire show was quite fantastic.

And this was the first time I’ve been to a seated concert at the House of Blues here. Buying tickets in advance got me seats in the second row which, like the front row, was fairly abandoned. Though there were still a few hundred people who came to the show I can’t imagine empty chairs being the most heart-warming sight from the stage. In any case, I loved my view.

Check out their albums, check them out live, just go check them out. If you’re into delightful, often-whimsical folk music, The Weepies will not disappoint. I certainly can’t wait to see them play again.

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Beyonce’s got it. I don’t think anyone’s ever denied it. But here’s a little reminder. No frills, no gimmicks, just pure talent.

Watch this.


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I think this entry needed to be written long ago but I’ve been recently reminded of my love for this band.

Enter: Augustana. I was introduced to the band sometime in 2005 by my friend sister Shelly who gave me a burned copy of their debut, All the Stars and Boulevards, informing that it was good and that another one of our friends loved it, someone whose musical taste I also valued.

Well, I did like it. It wasn’t life-changing for me. But it was good. And there was a definite standout track – “Boston”, which hadn’t yet received the major radio play it eventually would.

Fast forward a few years, I’m mostly just a fan of “Boston” but enough so that I check out the band’s second release.

Holy cow.

Talk about a great album. While some of the tracks of the their first record struck me as a bit uninteresting, their second, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt, was killer from start to finish. I really couldn’t get enough of it. It was just great rock n roll. Nothing complicated, nothing pretentious, just great songs all the way through.

At this point, I’m a pretty big fan. I looked them up to see what the story was on a new record and it turns out they’re releasing it next month. I’m nerdy to the point where I’ve marked my calendar with this information which is a bit silly… since I just pre-ordered the album.

Well, with the pre-order I got a download of Augustana’s latest single, “Steal Your Heart.” It’s really got me excited for the rest of the album. Counting Crows have had Augustana open for them on a tour or two the past couple of years and reading Adam Duritz’s tweets exclaiming how great Augustana’s is and how great their new album is has also helped keep my excitement elevated.

This is “Steal Your Heart” from the upcoming self-titled album from Augustana.



Previous entries of SFMS:

Pt. I
Pt. II
Pt. IV
Pt. V
Pt. VI
Pt. IX
Pt. X

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In Honor

Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. 30 years ago! Nearly everyone has heard of Lennon and hardly anyone can deny his significant contribution to rock music. I thought I’d share a song in honor of the late John Lennon.


Also, last week was the anniversary of the passing of George Harrison and, because he was always great, here’s a song in his honor as well.

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Okay, so today I bought Maria Mena‘s album “Cause And Effect” and I’m simply in love with it all. Call me a sap but it’s turned out to be a very refreshing soundtrack and one I know I’m going to be coming back to again and again.

Here’s the one song I heard that won me over.


You can buy it here.

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Apparently, Radiohead has put together a live concert video with footage shot entirely by the crowd. Such a cool idea. And with the audio synced with the soundboard it can’t be too terrible, right?

Turns out it’s not at all.

It looks awesome.

This is going to be a fun (and incredibly long) download.



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