The Suffers Announce Spring Tour

Our favorite Houston ensemble, The Suffers, have announced that they will be hitting the road later this month to support Lake Street Dive! The tour will kick off on February 22nd in Phoenix, AZ and wrap on March 26th in Portland, ME. Before the group heads on tour though, be sure to catch their performance next Tuesday, February 9th, on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah! 

Below you can find the full list of tour dates!

2.22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
2.23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
2.24 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
2.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
2.27 – San Franscisco, CA @ The Masonic
2.28 – Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall
3.1 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
3.2 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
3.3 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
3.10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
3.11 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
3.14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
3.15 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
3.16 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
3.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3.19 – Richmond, VA @ The National
3.21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3.23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3.25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
3.26 – Portland, ME @ The State Theatre

The Suffers To Release Self-Titled Full Length Album

The ten-piece Houston soulful act, The Suffers, have announced their upcoming self titled debut album to be released February 12th! The album, which successfully raised nearly $10,000 over the band’s original Kickstarter goal of $50,000, includes ten tracks that we are pretty damn excited to hear. With excitement towards the band’s debut full length album, Franklin explains: “We are so happy to finally be able to share this record with the world. It’s been a long time coming, and we hope everyone else enjoys it as much as we do.”

The Suffers recently released their first single off the album, “Better,” exclusively on Noisey which you can stream here. Additionally, their Tiny Desk Concert with NPR Music was released last week, which you can see here. All we have to say is that your ears will thank us later. 

Below you can find the art work and track listing for the band’s album!

Track Listing:
1. Make Some Room
2. Dutch
3. Midtown
4. Slow It Down
5. Gwan
6. Better
7. Peanuts
8. Good Day
9. Stay
10. Giver

CMJ 2015: Showcases To See | Tuesday, October 13th

With the first day of CMJ underway, we’ve put together a list of nine showcases going on today that you should take some time out to see! We’ve included some FREE showcases for those of you who have not purchased a CMJ badge this year, but keep in mind, some shows do have an age restriction (which we have included as well)! If you attend any of these showcases, reach out to us on our Twitter and let us know what new favorite band you have been introduced to!

Official CMJ Showcase
When: 12pm
Where: Rockwood Music Hall
Cost: FREE
Artists: Keys & Corridors (12pm), Playboy Manbaby
(12:45pm), Captain Squeegee (1:30pm), Fairy Bones (2:15pm), Valise (3pm), Amy
& The Engine (3:45pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1OuGnev
Additional Info: 21+

Pianos CMJ Kickoff
Party
When: Doors 12:30pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: FREE
Artists: Robbing Millions (1pm), Good Morning (1:45pm),
Caveboy (2:30pm), Them Bruins (3:15pm), Slum Sociable (4pm), Crooked Colours
(4:45pm), Cosmo Sheldrake (5:30pm)
Link: http://on.fb.me/1jvHFso

Rhyme & Reason
Records CMJ Day Party
When: 1pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: FREE
Artists: Golden Bloom (1pm), Holiday Mountain (1:50pm), The
Suffers (2:40pm), Catey Shaw (3:30pm), Kid In The Attic (4:20pm), Fiction Plane
(5:10pm), Say Girl Say (6om)
Link: http://bit.ly/1k0auO4

DoNYC CMJ Official
Kickoff Party
When: Doors 6pm
Where: The Delancey
Cost: FREE
Artists playing downstairs: Village Psychic (6pm), Original
Sharks (6:30pm), MPV (7pm), Life Size Maps (7:45pm), Narc Twain (8:30pm),
Silverbird (9:15pm), King Neptune (10:15pm), City of the Sun (11:15pm), Arrows
of Love (12:15am)
Artists playing main room: Growing Stone (7:30pm), Lance
Neptune (8:30pm)
DJs playing: Edward Askew, Dirty Boogie, Big Vic, Tek It
Izi, K Styles
Link:  http://bit.ly/1NaWE5b

Banners Showcase
When: 7pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: $10 cover for showroom, free for upstairs
Artists playing showroom: Yabadum (7pm), Methyl Ethyl
(7:45pm), High Waisted (8:30am), Chastity (9:15am), Great Caesar (10pm), Sizzy
Rocket (10:45pm), Mainland (11:30pm), Crooked Colours (12:15am), Gilligan Moss
(1am), Matty Rico + DJ Set (1:45am)
Artists playing upstairs: Ben Talmi (7:30pm), Tora (8:15pm),
Jack and Eliza (9pm), Brave Shores (9:45pm), Briana Marela (10:30pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1gSowzo

TJO Showcase
When: 7pm
Where: The Rock Shop
Cost: Free w/badge, $10 for non badge-holders
Artists: Dreams of June (7pm), Bree and the Whatevers (7:45pm), Out
of System Transfer (8:20), Polyvox (8:55pm), Best Behavior (9:35pm), Nightmares
of Nashville (10:25pm), The Tins (11:15pm), Howth (12am)
Additional info:21+

Data Touring + Siren
Sounds Showcase
When: Doors 7:30pm
Where: Arlene’s Grocery
Cost: FREE
Artists: Swizzymack (8pm), Wes Walker & DYL (9pm),
Weekend Money (9:45pm), Denitia & Sene (10:30pm), Nina Sky (11:15pm)
Link:  http://bit.ly/1RF7J05
Additional info: 21+

BMI + HD Radio Showcase
When: 8pm
Where: Knitting Factory
Cost: Free w/badge, $10 for non badge-holders
Artists: Cultfever (8pm), Sizzy Rocket (8:50pm), Audiodamn! (9:40pm), Secret Weapons (10:30pm), Frances Rose (11:20pm), Chrome Pony (12:10am)
Link: http://bit.ly/1iZT97k

Music is GREAT Britain
Showcase
When: 8pm
Where: The Living Room
Cost: FREE
Artists: Stealing Sheep (8pm), Garden of Elk (8:45pm), Jake
Isaac (9:30pm), Sykes (10:15pm), Hooton Tennis Club (11pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1QmApdg

UTOPIAfest VII Announces Schedule and Day Passes

Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, UTOPIAfest returns for its seventh annual festival in Utopia, TX!  Thoughtfully designed to allow creativity, music, and new friendships to flourish in a unique and intimate setting, UTOPiAfest is bringing back the basics by showing an unparalleled hospitality to both artists and music fans. Festival attendees can enjoy their free camping (cabin and RV lodging is also available), and while there are plenty of options for dining in their food forest, everyone is welcome to bring their own drinks and food under the festival’s open BYOB policy. Now does that sound like a good time or what??

Below you can find the official line-up for the festival (including performances by Explosions In The Sky, Wild Child, Holiday Mountain, Of Montreal and The Suffers, to name a few) and camping information! To purchase tickets, click here!

Official Lineup: Explosions in the Sky, Leftover Salmon (2 Nights), Tune-Yards, RJD2, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Of Montreal, Man Man, Wild Child, WhoMadeWho, Valerie June, The Suffers, Mikhael Paskalev, Holiday Mountain, The Sheepdogs, Monophonics, Calliope Musicals, Hard Proof, Sphynx, Vinyl Williams, Sip Sip, Les Hay Babies, Netherfriends, Chipper Jones, Sid Fly, Riders Against the Storm, The Deer, Transcontinental Trip, Dimitri’s Ascent, Bone Fur and Feathers, Kupira Marimba, and Blunt Force.

Main Festival Information: UTOPiAfest’s CEA (Chief Experiential Architect), Travis Sutherland says, “We think it should be more meaningful than just watching a show. It should be a place where individuals and communities grow and learn. Participants should feel free to be and express their truest selves, and contribute to the experience…The experience should be accessible to all ages, and enjoyed with your whole family. You should never have to feel crowded or wait unreasonably long in a line. We believe you should be able to bring your own beer and cook your own food. We believe a music festival should be seamless, effortless, and timeless.” The festival is also offering a limited number of Hassle Free Tent Rentals, which include a pre-set up tent, cots or air mattresses, chairs, coolers, and a lantern. 

50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 5)

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It’s that time of year again and South By Southwest(SXSW) is just around the corner! We’ve decided to bring back our “50 Acts You
Won’t Want To Miss” feature! Check out our final installment
(acts 41-50, in no particular order) of artists we think you need to check out
below!

Previous posts: 1
| 2
| 3 | 4 

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not
South By Southwest. However, since the festival takes place during the week of
South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

The
Suffers
Featured
on our list last year, this 10-piece continues to be one of our favorite
Houston acts. This ten-piece may be overwhelming to some, but the Suffers know
how to utilize each member brilliantly, creating classic tunes of rock &
roll with a bit of soul squeezed in there. Perfection is an understatement.
Sidenote, be sure to catch these guys on Lettermen on March 31st!
Where to catch The Suffers:
3.17 – 4:30pm – Paypal Party @ Empire
Control Room; 3.17 – 6:30pm – do512 Family Picnic @ Midway Food Park; 3.18 –
1am – New Frontier Showcase @ Holy Mountain; 3.19 – 12pm – BMI Showcase @
Lambert’s; 3.19 – 4:05pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Blind Pig Roof;
3.20 – 11:30am – Balcony TV Showcase @ Joe’s Crab Shack; 3.20 – 11:10pm –
Convoy Group Showcase @ Palm Door Sabine.

Transit
Boston rockers, Transit, have the best mentality when it comes to music.
They create music as a way of finding themselves while sticking true to who
they really are. Every new album from these guys is different and that’s
exactly why we’re fans: because they aren’t conforming to any ideas of what
others want them to be. If you don’t get the chance to catch their performance
at South By, the band will be playing the Acoustic Basement Tent on the Vans
Warped Tour all summer!
Where to catch Transit:
3.19 – 1am – Official SXSW Showcase @ The
Trophy Club.

Empires
We’ve been huge fans of Empires for quite some time now. The band produces
music that is nothing but catchy, leaving the listener singing along and
wanting to hear more. At this point, the band has honed their sound and
perfected their own style, blending all the right sounds and feelings into
their work.
Where to catch Empires:
3.21 – Official SXSW Showcase – TBA.

The Tontons
Another act that appeared on our list last year is the Tontons. This
psychedelic rock/soul band is just so all over the place, but in the most
perfect way. Filled with empowering vocals, the Tontons know how to provide
fans with a unique and soulful experience that they may have never felt before.
Where to catch The Tontons:
3.16 – 8pm – Capital One Party @ 6th
and Congress; 3.17 – 5:30pm – Do512 Family Picnic @ Midway Food Plaza; 3.18 –
12am – New Frontier Showcase @ Holy Mountain; 3.20 – 12:30pm – Balcony TV @
Joe’s Crab Shack; 3.20 – 1am – The Convoy Group Showcase @ Palm Door Sabine;
3.21 – 3pm – Eye In The Sky @ Shiner Saloon; 3.21 – 5pm – Holy Underground @
Swan Dive.

Ghost Town
Ghost Town is one of those bands that began making a name for themselves
very early in the game. After being a band for only a year, Ghost Town signed
to Fueled By Ramen in 2013 and has been touring like crazy ever since. From
playing last years Warped Tour to touring with Issues, then Every Time I Die
and The Ghost Inside, now South By Southwest, and just today announced touring
with Falling In Reverse, I’m starting to wonder if these guys will ever take a
break. Passion and drive is what makes these guys one of our must see acts.
Where to catch Ghost Town:
3.20 – South By So What?! @ QuikTrip Park.

Twin Shadow
Recent addition to Warner Bros. Records, Twin Shadows is one of the newer
artists we’ve been introduced to. After some creative changes and a new
direction, Twin Shadows will be releasing their brand new album tomorrow and
it’s one we highly suggest you check out.
Where to catch Twin Shadow:
3.21 – 8pm – Official SXSW Showcase @
Ironwood Hall.

Microwave
Upon first listen, Microwave will warm you up from the inside out. This
will also happen upon second, third, fourth, and every other time you give them
a listen. This Georgia band uniquely balances genres including pop-punk and
post-hardcore, which is why they made our list. Microwave is one of those
unsigned bands that we expect to make it big before you know it.
Where to catch Microwave:
3.18 – 5:30pm – House show; 3.20 – 8:15pm –
Audiotree Showcase @ Licha’s Cantina.

Highly Suspect
Prog rockers, Highly Suspect, have become a recent favorite of mine, with
gritty vocals and their hard-rock sounds having previously been compared to
bands including Kings of Leon, Muse and Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is a must
watch-band for us.
Where to catch Highly Suspect:
3.18 – Beautiful Buzz Showcase; 3.18 – The
Trophy Room; 3.19 – Sonic Tonic Showcase; 3.20 – Reverb Nation; 3.21 – Trailer
Space Records; 3.21 – Monster Energy Rock Showcase.

Concord America
With an upcoming full-length on the horizon, this trio is one to keep on
your radar. Forming around their love for Rock & Roll, Concord America
contains sounds from a variety of genres from Garage Rock to Doo-Wop to Power-Pop
and even Surf. Though their tastes may be scattered, their music is cohesively
original.
Where to catch Concord American:
3.18 – 7pm – Ground Floor Booking/Hot Grits
Records @ Love Goat; 3.18 – 12am – Fireball Island Presents @ The Lost Well;
3.19 – 3pm – Sonic Tonic Pool Party @ Amli Downtown, 3.19 – KVRXPlosion; 3.20 –
21st St. Co-Op; 3.20 – 7:30pm – Audiotree @ Licha’s Cantina; 3.20 –
South Fry South Friendy’s @ Chain Drive Austin; 3.21 – 6pm – Georgia Theater
Athens @ The Side Bar; 3.22 – ATX Overload @ Spinner’s.

Halsey
For fans of Ellie Goulding, CHVRCHES, and Lorde, you’re sure to love Ashley
Frangipane, also known as Halsey. There’s something so refreshing about this
artist. At only 19, Halsey is taking over and is sure to be a household name
before you know it.
Where to catch Halsey:
3.18 – 1am – Official SXSW Showcase @ Bar 96

Texas Takeover Party

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When: Oct 23, 3pm
Where: The Delancey; New York, NY
Cost: FREE with RSVP
Additional Info: To RSVP, click here.

50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 4)

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Since none of us here at Lucy Out Loud will be able to attend SXSW this year, we’ve put together a list of 50 acts(in no particular order) we think those of you that are attending shouldn’t miss! 

To check out our fourth installment (acts 31-40), click “Read More”!

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By South West. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

Part 4 (Acts 31-40). Check out Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

  1. Hydra Melody
    This San Antonio-based band had an incredible 2013, including performing at 6 showcases at SXSW and even opened for Third Eye Blind’s sold out fall tour! The band are performing at 5 showcases at this year’s SXSW and plan on releasing three 4-5 song EPs, each different from the other. Now if you don’t think that’s awesome, I don’t know what is!
    Where to catch Hydra Melody: 3.11 – 1am – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Blind Pig Pub; 3.12 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.13 – 6:15pm – Lynwood King’s River City Showcase @ The 311 Club; 3.13 – 11pm – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Thirsty Nickel; 3.15 – 8pm – Eye In The Sky Showcase @ Shiner’s Saloon

  2. The Architects
    The Architects have a sincerely unique view on the current state of the music industry as a whole and are trying to redefine and reestablish the modern idea of “doing something big.” Their goal is “to remind you that music is not a temporary fashion accessory fling”, and I could not agree more! Currently, the band is involved in the project, Border Wars, which is a series of five connected episodes told through a collection of comic book stories and their accompanying soundtrack releases. 
    Where to catch The Architects: 3.12 – 10:30pm – Sony Music Showcase @ Hanger Lounge; 3.13 – 10:30pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La

  3. Driver Friendly
    When you look through the roster for Hopeless Records, you see some of the biggest pop/punk names around today – All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Yellowcard, and a handful of other superstars. You’ll also see bands like Driver Friendly – a six-pack of Texans who are poised to be something big sometime very soon. Keep your eyes on these guys!
    Where to catch Driver Friendly: 3.11 – 9pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar; 3.14 – 12:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Roof; 3.14 – 5pm – Macbeth/Charlie Showcase

  4. Mime Game
    Mime Game is one of those bands that have already fulfilled a long list of goals within their first year of being a band. In 2013 alone, the band toured along the eastern half of the country, played SXSW, and released their latest EP. This is a band on a mission and there is no sign of them stopping anytime soon.
    Where to catch Mime Game: 3.14 – 6pm – Music Saves Lives Showcase @ Firehouse Lounge; 3.14 – 9pm – Tapasitas

  5. Warm Soda
    I came across this band randomly and after my first listen, I was already hooked. Though called a pop group, Warm Soda combines glam, garage rock, and some of that bubblegum pop that all of us secretly love. They were recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “Bands To Watch from San Francisco” – and I truly believe that they are. 
    Where to catch Warm Soda: 3.11 – 1pm @ Cheer Up Charlies; 3.12 – 10:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.13 – 9:45pm @ Trailer Space Records; 3.14 – 6:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.15 – 11:45pm @ Hotel Vegas

  6. Real Estate
    Real Estate released their third album, Atlas, only a week ago and it’s already received tons of buzz. The band signed to Domino Recording Company back in 2011 and it’s easy to see why this band has gained so much attention over the past few years. Their indie rock sound is instantly captivating and their new album is one you’ll be playing all year round.
    Where to catch Real Estate: 3.13 – Dr. Marten’s Showcase @ Bar 96; 3.14 – Pitchfork’s SXSW Showcase @ the Central Presbyterian Church; 3.14 – Spotify House

  7. The Suffers
    This ten-piece ensemble from Houston combines classic rock & roll with elements of soul into something that certainly stands out in today’s music scene. The group plans to release their first full-length later this year, so getting a sneak peek at that is sure to be a treat… if they can all fit on a stage together.
    Where to catch The Suffers: 3.13 – 3pm – Symphony Square Showcase @ 1101 Red River St.; 3.14 – 1pm – The Future of Music Showcase @ Shiner Saloon; 3.15 – 11pm – Convoy Group Official SXSW Showcase @ The Dirty Dog

  8. Printz Board
    Grammy-Winning musician, songwriter, producer, artist and entrepreneur Printz Board has a lot going on in his life. For those of you unfamiliar with Printz Board, he is the man behind Grammy winning songs from Black Eyed Peas “My Humps”, “Don’t Phunk with my Heart”, and “Where Is The Love?” He’s collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, and even Katy Perry! He recently launched his solo career and already announced an upcoming debut album. In the meantime, you can catch him opening up for CeeLo Green at this years SXSW.
    Where to catch Printz Board: 3.15 – 3:15pm – Rachel Ray Feedback BBQ Party @ 801 Red River St; 3.15 – 8:30pm – SXSW Cedar Street Courtyard Showcases @ Cedar Street Stage

  9. & 10. Taking Back Sunday & The Used
    I’m coupling these two together for multiple reasons. Most importantly, and obviously, are their live shows – they’re phenomenal. But, aside from that, both have been staples in the music scene for more than a decade, are teaming up for a co-headlined tour this spring, and both have new music on the very-near horizon.
    Where to catch Taking Back Sunday and The Used: 3.14 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park