Wondering what some of the best local live acts where of 2013? Throughout the year bands dropped by KRTU studio B and got Plugged In so check out this recap of our 2013 Plugged-In Sessions to jog your memory.
It's been a busy year for San Antonio's Third Root but they made time to head to our studio's for this January release of Plugged-In. Our session catches the dynamic duo between releases, digging into some of Stand for Something's most choice material, and honing tracks from their soon to be released mixtape Mind Elevation.
Another release from January, the Dark Planes Plugged In Session captures not only their punky sound but their punky vibe. The band started with early noise-rock work-outs, which typically consisted of leader John Mata making up lyrics (and occasionally songs) on the spot, while his band-mates thrashed out whatever seemed to make sense behind. But now they have a set list and stuff so here you go:
Another great local band who really do really capture something about the SA music scene. Shaking up the studios with their unique blend of atmospheric fills and abrupt rhythm transitions, this four-man instrumental band brought it all together with a set that showcased their style and personality.
THE WHIRLY BIRDS
Dem Whirly Birds dropped by and got Plugged In. Self described disciples of American Soul, beat music, and British blues, the Whirlys have quickly shaped into one of SA's most formidable live acts. Check out what they gave us.
We're not sure what the hell Wandering Soul, Frontlawn Blues or Jigsaw Jazz are. Not that you need to know any of Sugar Skull's probably made up genre descriptions to figure out what makes them special. Decide for yourself.
Charisma, they have it. Front-man Nick Long doesn't sing so much as howl like a shaman mid-exorism, while drummer Travis Hild pounds away furiously, determined to conjure some sinister Native American drum circle.
Been a pretty big year for these guys, as they've been rocking the local live scene.
AT WAR WITH DUST
Yeah its Kevin Sanchez, and yeah its pretty great.
We hooked us San Anto's own Fishermen for the newest installment of our Plugged In Sessions. Experience singer Edwin Stephens' Vernon-esque take on the falsetto over some lush soundscapes laid down by the band.
Another great one from this past year we are proud to present our Plugged In Session with the piano-driven, vintage-inspired quartet Phonolux, pulling from their recent E.P. Feathered Fortress.
They came by in previous years and they couldn't stay away in 2013. Take a listen to San Anto's sleaziest-greasiest guitar glimmers, this time as a three-piece.
FLOWER JESUS QUINTET
To rap it up we had this great rising band come hang. Great way to wrap up 2013 Plugged In Sessions because like so many local bands they truly have their own sound. Check it.