As per my previous predictions, 2019 is already shaping up to be a great year for music. It’s also been a great year of concerts. I started interning at a concert booking agency so I’ve been able to go to more shows than I normally would. I also attended SXSW for the first time ever this year and that was an incredible experience. This year, I’ve seen some of my all time favorites, along with bands that I’ve just recently gotten into, and a few bands that I’ve seen before.
BOYO isn’t slowing down anytime soon and has continually churned out new music since 2017. I even saw on an “Ask Me Anything” on BOYO’s Instagram stories that his manager told him that he simply couldn’t release all the songs that he’s written. BOYO played during the Biker Gang showcase at Spiderhouse during SXSW, and although his solo performance lacked in instruments on stage, his vocals and passion made up for it.
Despite the fact that Vacations released a full LP last year, they dropped their latest single “On Your Own”, this March. Featuring upbeat jangly guitars and mild synths, this track doesn’t diverge too far from their previous work. The Australian indie rockers were last up at the BIRP.fm SXSW showcase at The Parish on Sixth Street.
One of the very first indie groups that I got into was The Drums. After almost seven years of fandom, I finally got the opportunity to see the surfy indie pop turned experimental dark pop group at the Paper Tiger in San Antonio. They released their fifth album, Brutalism, in April during the middle of their North American tour. Although only nine tracks long, this album feels like it’s the most personal project that frontman Jonny Pierce has written and released to date. Check out this article from 2016 where he delves into some super personal aspects of his life.
Going back to 2019 in terms of music in general, Cage the Elephant and Reptaliens released impressive new albums. Club Kuru, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, and Cuco have all released promising singles preceding upcoming projects.