Sunday, June 2, 2013
10 songs to download, inspired by KXT’s Summer Cut concert
You'll need these songs when you're laying by the pool or on a road trip.
This summer, pull some local music onto your playlist. At Summer Cut, the June 1 concert hosted by Dallas' KXT-FM radio, the organizers masterfully produced a rock-heavy lineup full of both big-name musicians and music-makers you should get to know. The show featured stand-outs The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Matt & Kim, plus local acts on the side stage.
If you want to recreate your own live version this summer, here are 10 songs that'll cool you down when it's hot, hot, hot.
1. “Lay My Head Down” – The Roomsounds: These long-haired rockers from Dallas add a '70s touch to their kicked-back rock 'n' roll. Expect rambunctious guitar solos.
2. “When My Time Comes” – Dawes: This Los Angeles group lets its lyrics do the talking. Download "When My Time Comes" for a road trip.
3. “Stars” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: All this gorgeous free-spirited, front woman needs is a piano and mic. The soaring chorus and Potter's heartfelt delivery make "Stars" great for a quiet moment.
4. “Great American Shakedown” – Oil Boom: Soulful bellows and kick stop drums make this punchy single rival the likes of the Black Keys.
5. “Let’s Go” – Matt & Kim: It’s hard to believe all of that energy and volume comes from just two New Yorkers. "Let's Go" is a peppy, anthemic tune that will get you out of a funk with one verse.
6. “Distraction #74” – The Avett Brothers: The instrumentation in this song could carry it, even without its vivid, confessionary tale. Get some down-home North Carolina music from The Avett Brothers on your playlist.
7. “When Hammer Hits Stone” – RTB2: Ryan Thomas Becker’s guitar skills are unmatched, so you can’t go wrong with any of his bands' songs, but this one reveals Becker’s falsetto alongside unrelenting drums.
8. “A Little Bit Of Everything” – Dawes: Front man Taylor Goldsmith’s sincerity is the heart of this somber track.
9. “Apologies” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Yes, we chose another ballad from Vermont rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, but we can’t get enough of Potter's scratchy chords and thoughtful inflection.
10. “Laundry Room” – The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers, Scott and Seth, write sweet love songs with the simplest of words, and then they deliver them in beautiful harmonies.