SXSW 2012, Thursday March 15th


My SXSW 2012 began on Thursday, March 15. In retrospect, being there Wednesday would’ve been worthy. Pianos (NYC) co-hosted a showcase full of great independent acts on the upswing – including Hooray for Earth, Fort Lean, Haim and Tiny Victories – that I was saddened to miss (and reminded of by my peers). On the [...]

Madi Diaz Record Out Today


I let the release of Madi Diaz’ new LP, Plastic Moon, sneak up on me. Since giving the EP a whim of a listen-through, back seat treatment to the live show, honestly, I anticipated that the LP would be one to write home about, comparatively. Madi’s voice is strong. Her songwriting skills are apparent, though [...]

Review: Mates of State @ Drunken Unicorn


Because Mates of State’s music is so happy and hip and quirky, I forget that they’ve been at this for a little while. Having existing since 1997, releasing their first full-length in 2000, they’ve got some extensive recording and touring experience under their belts. That becomes instantly obvious live. Their set is as pristine and [...]

Win Tickets to Madi Diaz in Atlanta


Nashville songwriter, Madi Diaz, has a new EP coming out tomorrow. It’s called Far From Things That We Know, and word of it started leaking through to me a couple of months ago when I checked out the single, “Let’s Go,” on Soundcloud. Recently signed to tinyOGRE Entertainment, the EP is a prequel to a [...]