With everything going on in the world right now, it feels 1) like everything is changing every day at a pace that’s impossible to keep up with and 2) there’s no point in planning anything that’s not happening in July or August. While I’m sure plenty of us have big plans scheduled before that (I definitely do), there’s really nothing certain in the coming months. With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of album and EP releases that have either 1) have been released early 2) releases that have been pushed back or 3) albums that have been announced amidst all the chaos.
Even though I’ve been writing this blog for almost five years (what the heck??) at this point, you’d be surprised how often people STILL ask me how and where I keep up with music as frequently as I do. Though the simple answers are “I follow artists and writers on Twitter and Spotify!” there’s a lot more to it. So I decided to write a post on it!
As many of you may or may not know, I was slated to go to Austin today to cover the last three days of music at South By Southwest. South By Southwest is a two-week festival in Austin, Texas that features film, media, conferences and music performances that started in 1987. Getting a chance to cover SXSW was a huge deal for me, as this was the first festival I had gotten a press pass for. I have also been wanting to visit Austin for awhile, so overall this was a really exciting trip for me! However, due to the pandemic we are currently facing, plans change. I am really hoping that I can make my debut at SXSW next year, so we’ll see. For now, I’m bringing SXSW to YOU (probably to your living room).
International Women’s Day is recognized on Sunday, March 8, but I wanted to share a post earlier in hopes that I can petition to make it a weekend-long event. I went back and forth on writing this post because I know there’s a lot of nuances around the topic of gender and its relation to music, specifically how women are labeled in ways like “women in rock” or “the best female in pop” right now when ultimately, most men, women, and non-binary artists want (at least I think), their talent to stand apart from their gender orientation.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I am entirely convinced that March is the busiest month for live music in Chicago, every year. Every year for as long as I’ve been going to shows, there’s been a RIDICULOUS amount of talent making their way through during the third month of the year, to the point where it’s physically possible for me to get to every single show. It’s no basketball tournament, but it’s definitely madness.
Happy 2020! A new year brings new blog posts and new album releases. Though there are a ton more albums I could have included in this list, I’ve compiled a list of the ones I’m most excited for, and the ones that I hope end up being released this year.
Did you think the blog posts were done for the year? Ha! Not yet! Below is a list of the 10 best performances I saw this year. I’ve wanted to get to 100 sets for the past three years and I finally got to it. I saw a total of 102 this year. Last year I saw 98 and in 2017, I saw 95.