Bay Area songbird Mara Hruby today released a new video to accompany another From Her Eyes track. In "Alright," Mara covers the popular Jamiroquai tune with signature class. The video is bright and glimmery, all while still down to earth - in it Mara is joined by Bay Area band The Park as they jam out at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco.
Catch Mara at Yoshi's Oakland tonight and at the Blue Note next Saturday, July 28.
Rambunctious Bay Area soul and funk band The Park join indie-country/roots artist Lee Bob Watson together form Happy Mayfield. Along with the ever dynamic Darondo, this bunch have recently released Silvercloud Time Machine, a project that honors two generations of Bay Area funk.
The first single, "Jesse James" is accompanied by a vintage style video with a thrilling chase scene straight out of the 70s. Turns out the video happens to only be the first part of a longer narrative of "crime, mystery, and romance."
Known by many as a DJ and show host for Los Angeles' highly respected KCRW, Anthony Valadez is preparing to now show us a slightly different side. June 5th will see the release of Anthony's debut full length album as a producer, Just Visiting. Expect to find appearances from Miles Bonny, The Park, Rebekah Raff, Anna Wise (Sonnymoon), Def Sound, Damon Aaron and others.
Above, find a video digging a little into Anthony's inspiration and recording process. Below, find the first single from the album, "Under Water," featuring a super sexy vocal appearance from Dutch singer Mar. Also included is a house/dance remix by the incredible Full Crate.
Bare legs and beautiful people, music blasting from every doorway, epic parties with blow up rafts for crowd surfing, and more good eats than you can count on your fingers and toes, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the epitome of camp for adults. Above, take a little peek into our time at SXSW with this photo slideshow from some of our favorite shows!
We'll leave you with a couple fun top 5 lists of our SXSW highlights - our top 5 performances and our top 5 places to eat!
Top 5 Performances
Alice Smith - The woman can sing her behind off, first of all. Every time we've seen her perform it's all heart and soul - you watch her feel the spirit and are compelled to be moved by it right alongside her. Just epic. She also sang a few new cuts off of her upcoming album that will be coming out this year - and yes, they are amazing.
Michael Kiwanuka - Another magnificent voice. As we walked up the stairs to the church Michael was performing in, we couldn't help but find ourselves in disbelief yet again at the voice emanating from the stairway and the walls - we had to be in a time warp, right? Was that voice really coming of this humble young man in 2012? Once we entered the room of jam packed pews, we became witnesses to our seeming fantasy becoming reality. Simply beautiful.
THEESatisfaction - So much flavor and heaps of attitude, these ladies are entertainers. With lyrics about bisexuality and racial identity, they also aren't afraid to push the envelope and talk about things that actually matter. The melodic, often dense, dark, throbbing sound enraptures you like you never knew how you were without it before.
Erykah Badu - Anyone that's seen a few Badu shows knows that no one show is ever the same. The lady can fill up a stadium with charm enough to make you think she was your homegirl talking just to you. In her home state, Erykah does not play - at all. The energy was the livest of live and we took it all in.
Rick Ross - Rawse at the Fader Fort. What else is there really left to say? Call and responses reduced to grunts and a hysterical crowd of hipster fans = everything you'll ever need in life.