101X Staff Picks: Best Albums of 2013
12/12/2013 6:32:00 AM
It's December, which means it's that odd time of year when all of that holiday music that you're really digging right now to get into the holiday spirit is also going to make you cringe in just a few weeks' time. So, before you grinch out, take a break from "Jingle Bell Rock" and "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and relive this year's best (non-Christmas) albums with your very own trusted 101x jocks. It wasn't easy, but they have once again compiled a list of their top albums of the year.
This year we saw some highly anticipated album releases (Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City), well-received break out artists (Lorde), and some new albums from some tried and true quality bands (The National with Trouble Will Find Me). Without further ado, here is our another installment featuring Monty's top picks:
Top Albums of 2013
Watch: Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas
12/6/2013 2:41:00 PM
This week's music video break is brought to you by Daft Punk who just released "Instant Crush" off of Random Access Memories for our viewing pleasure.
The video is a forbidden love story between two star-crossed museum mannequins. They're not the most expressive of actors, but featured Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas makes up for all that with his choreography/colorful frollicking in an empty room. Check out the video below and add make sure to add a Julian Casablancas-themed toy soldier to your Christmas list.
Austin Psych Fest 2014 Lineup!
12/5/2013 2:04:00 PM
Next up in the barrage of music festival lineups is Austin Music Fest. They've announced who will be playing the fest in May 2014, including The Black Angels and of Montreal!
Check out the full lineup below and the Austin Psych Fest website for more info!
Toro Y Moi Side Project Alert: Sides of Chaz
12/4/2013 11:07:00 AM
Every once in a while, Chaz Bradley Bundick strays away from his identity as Toro Y Moi to work on his musical alter ego, Sides of Chaz. The newest song from this venture, "Sweet Tea" is more upbeat and a further example of how Toro Y Moi has moved beyond the chillwave genre (see Toro Y Moi's 2013 Anything in Return). The song will be released on a new 7" on December 10 but you can stream it now online.
Toro Y Moi, a SXSW 2013 act, also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
New Song: "In the Dark" by Reignwolf
12/3/2013 3:23:00 PM
Need a little more hard rock today?
Listen to a new song from Reignwolf called "In the Dark."
If you need another reason to listen, know that frontman Jordan Cook likes to do things to his guitar like the one he's doing in that photo ro the right.
We got a chance to sit them down for a chat during Austin City Limits music festival. You can watch a video of the interview below: