Saturday, February 25, 2012

Santigold & Kirko Bangz at SXSW 2012

On Tuesday, March 13th Santigold and Kirko Bangz will be playing at La Zona Rosa during SXSW 2012.

The funk/pop/rap sensation Santigold is set to release her second album, Master of My Make-Believe on May 1st via Downtown Music/Atlantic Records. Santi released her first album in 2008, and in an interview with Pitchfork she talks about her long awaited and highly anticipated follow-up alum.
Here is "Disparate Youth", a new track from Santigold off her upcoming album. Download this track for FREE here.

Santigold unveiled,"Go" last summer which features Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O.

Southern hip hop artist Kirko Bangz, from Houston, TX released his new album, The Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa on January 24th, 2012. Stream or Download his album for FREE, here.
Listen to two tracks form his new album below, "Drank In My Cup" & "Say Hello".

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dr. Dog at SXSW 2012

Adored Philadelphia band Dr. Dog will play during South by Southwest 2012 at Stubb's on Friday, March 9, 2012. Tickets for the Austin show are on sale now. 

The band's new album Be The Void, was released via ANTI records on February 7th which you can order here. "The songs on Be The Void flawlessly combine Dr. Dog’s adventuresome and expansive arrangements with a far leaner and meaner primal sound. The beats are harder, the guitars louder and edged with a warm distortion." Stream the full album here, my current favorite is "Over Here, Over There." Dr. Dog has two new additions:  drummer Eric Slick and electronics-percussionist-guitarist Dimitri Manos. See their full tour schedule here. See you at SXSW! 

Here is"That Old Black Hole," a track from their latest album:

SXSW Phone App

SXSW GO is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending SXSW 2012.
This app is pre-loaded with the latest official SXSW lineup to help you build schedules and pick shows to attend. They have a map feature as well as reminders for when your shows are about to start. Pretty cool! Just search "sxsw" in the app store on your pone to download. See below for a full list of features. 


Schedule - Search/browse the entire event list, create and save filters based on category, sub-category, track and venue

Map - Quickly see what’s going on around you and how to get there

Floorplans - For each level at several key venues

Search - Quickly find events, venues or exhibitors via keyword search

SXSocial integration - Login to view thousands of Registered Attendee profiles and make connections

Who's Here - Browse a full list of Speakers and Exhibitors

Post Your Photos - Upload your own pics, view and rate photos and see them on a map 

Social - You can also keep an eye on all the SXSW Twitter, Google+, Facebook and YouTube posts 

Share - Post about your favorite events via Twitter or Facebook, or send via Email or SMS. Pre-filled hashtags and links.

Discover screen (iPad only) - Find other great events at SXSW

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SXSW 2012 Miike Snow, YACHT, Deerhoof, & The Drums

Such an amazing lineup! RSVP here!

Swedish electro-pop unit  Miike Snow are about to drop their new album Happy To You on March27th. Miike Snow will be playing SXSW 2012 at Lustre Pearl Thursday March 15th at 12AM. 
Here is the latest visual from Miike Snow for "Paddling Out."

YACHT, the Portland dance duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans released their 5th album Shangri-La last summer. They will be playing at SXSW this year at Lustre Pearl Thursday, March 15th at 11PM, just before Miike Snow. 
According to NPR, "In concert, YACHT uses elaborate Powerpoint presentations dominated by a mysterious, triangle-based symbolism, in the process channeling [willful weirdness]... The special effects are no crutch, though — the band's inventive electro-pop translates well to a live setting, where it gets crowds to their feet."
Here is a track from their new album, Dystopia, which creates an electro-funk, disco-y feel-good groove. 


On Friday March 16th The Drums (6PM) Deerhoof (5PM)will be playing at Lustre Pearl... as featured previously on KaylaNicole

The Drums released their latest album Portamento on September 5th, 2011. Here is "Money," a track from their new album, which gives off a surf indie pop vibe. 

Listen to Deerhoof's "Super Duper Rescue Heads!" here:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chairlift at SXSW 2012

In support of their newest album, Something, electronic pop group Chairlift have announced that they will be playing during SXSW 2012. See their full tour schedule here.

"I Belong In Your Arms" is a track from their new album which features fast tempos, dreamy 1980's pop influences, and emotional melodies.

In 2008 they released, "Bruises" which eventually found its way onto an Apple ad. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Big SXSW news: The Shins & M. Ward FREE shows

The Shins and M. Ward will headline FREE shows at Auditorium Shores (lady bird lake) during SXSW 2012 on Thursday, March 15th.

The Shins! I've been waiting nearly 5 years from when they released their last album in 2007, and their upcoming album, titled Port of Morrow is set to release March 20th. You can pre-order the album here, and get an MP3 download of "Simple Song" instantly! "Simple Song" is the album's first single.

M. Ward is an indie-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is set to release a new solo album, A Wasteland Companion, on April 10th, where you can pre-order here. Watch his new track "The First Time I Ran Away". In addition to his solo work he is a member of She & Him with Zooey Deschanel.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Local's Guide to SXSW Music 2012

South by Southwest is just around the corner... are you ready? We all have those key bands we are dying to see, but to help you sort through the clutter of all the other hundreds of bands performing and to help you devise a schedule, my posts from now until the beginning of SXSW will consist strictly of bands performing at the festival.

The music begins Tuesday March 13th - Sunday March 18th. Let me help you get ready for one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. Preparing for a festival of this magnitude can become very stressful especially with so many bands to choose from, over 2,000. I'm here to help! Providing you with the best bands and when and where they are playing. 

Some of the artists previously featured on KaylaNicole are playing at SXSW & here is the list of the ones featured on the official SXSW site:


Beach Fossils @ The Parish SATURDAY MARCH 17th at 1:00-1:50. 

Body Language @ The Maddison THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Class Actress @ 512 ROOFTOP THURSDAY, MARCH 15 11:00PM -11:40PM



Geographer @ SOHO LOUNGE THURSDAY, MARCH 15 11:00PM -11:40PM

LaFemme TBA

Neon Indian @ BARBARELLA THURSDAY, MARCH 15 1:15AM - 2:00AM



Young Empires @ TRINITY HALL FRIDAY, MARCH 16 12:00AM -12:40AM

>> I'm still working on doing the research to find some of the FREE shows (we all love those) that showcase amazing bands, like last year... Surfer Blood... AMAZING! Stay Tuned!

Follow the Official SXSW twitter here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Right One

The Phenomenal Handclap Band is a collective of musicians and artists from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. They will be releasing their new album, Form & Control, on February 13th via Tummy Touch Records, stream the entire album here . – an “ambitious work which takes their clever fusion of international psych, soul, and cosmic disco a bold step forward”. PHB is brilliant at creating unique music that merges several decades of sounds. Pre-order Form & Control on Amazon here.

This single, The Right One, is taken form their new album Form & Control. wait for 0:48 :)

Baby comes from the PHB self-titled album released in the US in 2010. It has such a smooth old school vibe, you are going to enjoy this one.