Concerts

SXSW Song of the Day: Nur-D – All My Friends Are So Hot

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Nur-D is a Hip Hop artist from the hip hop hotbed known as Minneapolis. From the few songs I have sampled, I have enjoyed the goofy, nerdy themes of his tracks. They are fun, unique and refreshing – I am actually listening to the lyrics. Reminds me of early ’90s hip hop acts.

He’ll be at SXSW, check him out.

Nur-D plays Flamingo Cantina on March 16 at 1:30am.

SXSW Song of the Day: Bubble Tea and Cigarettes – 5AM Empanada With You

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I love Bubble Tea, so naturally I will gravitate towards any band with Bubble Tea in their name. I also love Empanadas, so when I saw on the SXSW Playlist that there was a band called Bubble Tea and Cigarettes with a song called “5AM Empanada With You,” it was an easy “lets check out what this song is about.”

Unsurprisingly, this song was good. To the title’s credit, it really does have that 5am, I’m too awake to sleep, but too tired to stay up vibe.

A little bit about the band – Bubble Tea and Cigarettes, also known as Kat and Andi, are a duo formed in New York but now residing in LA. Their music has that dreamy late night melancholy vibe to it, and I dig it.

Bubble Tea and Cigarettes play St. David’s Historic Sanctuary on March 13 @ 8:00pm and Empire Control Room on March 15 @ 4:20pm.

SXSW Song of the Day: Wolves of Glendale – The Gym

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No more than two minutes into “The Gym” from Wolves of Glendale, it became clear that this is the funniest song I’ve heard in years.

In the same vein from which Weird Al and Flight of the Conchords were drained, their comedic libretto set to stereotypical pop not only brings a smile to your face but does double-duty as late millennial midlife commentary. Also, I’ve never even heard of the Saxon Pub on Lamar – I’d say those are all the reasons I need!

Wolves of Glendale play The Saxon Pub on March 15 @ 1:00am

SXSW Song of the Day: BackDrop Cinderella

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BackDrop Cinderella is a 4-piece punk band from Tokyo. Having formed in 2006, they eventually cobbled together their own record label and self-produce pretty much everything at this point. Atypical of their 2000s era Japanese J-pop origin as well as the harsh upbringing self-promotion must have involved, they are surprisingly upbeat.

There is a video of them on location in Austin TX in 2023 floating around if the one below isn’t ska-punk enough. Their single official show at Elysium is one that I would not miss – even if it will be mere hours after my flight arrives in Austin.

BackDrop Cinderella play Elysium on March 12 @ 1:00am.