I actually got to see one of the bands, Local Natives, in concert here in Dallas at the House of Blues a couple months ago. A friend of mine that works for Radio UTD got me the tickets! Wild Nothing was the opener and it was such a great concert. They just had great energy and you could tell they love doing what they do. Definitely check out their album "Hummingbird," you won't regret it.
|Local Natives at Dallas House of Blues, Oct. 8 2013|
I found out about CHVRCHES because their lead singer spoke out about the harassment female singers face every day, and why it's not something we should just shrug off as "the norm." I am always happy to support someone doing good work for feminism. I try not to talk about that kind of thing too much on here because that's not the purpose of this blog, but between her and Grimes it was a great year for women in music.
Also speaking of awesome women, I'm so glad my Aunt Melissa let me burn her copy of Kacey Musgrave's debut CD. I'm still kind of in disbelief that there's a country singer who sings about kissing girls. We've come a long way, baby (Gloria Steinem really should trademark that phrase...). Plus Kacey is a native Texan :)
Hellogoodbye came out with their third album this year and they seriously just keep getting better and better. It's so different from their early emo-pop rock, but I love it. Plus Forrest Kline seems like such a nice guy and his house is awesome.
And of course I had to close it with an M.I.A. track, because who doesn't love M.I.A.? She is fearless.