Odds and Ends

So now that twitter has stopped buzzing about South by Southwest (SXSW), it’s time for us late-to-the-party music lovers to share some of the goodies that surfaced from the festival.

Brooklyn NY’s Hospitality is a lovely indie pop crew with the same infectious hooks that the New Pornographers do so well.    The group made a number of ‘best of SXSW’ lists, and the video (below) for the catchy Friends of Friends features the hilarious Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development fame.

Sticking with the Strong Female Lead, Charli XCX is a “British goth-pop upstart” rumoured to be releasing both a debut EP and LP in the coming months.  Here’s a taste of what to expect, her third and latest released track, I’ll Never Know:

Back here in the great white (?) north, artists from across the country gathered in Toronto for Canadian Music week.  We’re going to refer you to this entry, where Torontoist offers their retrospective along with some pictures and reviews.

One of the most highly reviewed performances at Canadian Music Week was John K. Samson & The Provincial Band.  Samson released his first (and only?) solo album earlier this year.  We couldn’t find a video of the CMW performance, so here’s a live version of “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” recorded for Exclaim tv.

In other news, one of our favourite artists, M. Ward, has a new album coming out in April (his first solo since 2009 – although he’s been keeping busy with She & Him).  Here’s the first video from A Wasteland Companion:

Watch for these and other new tracks on the next episode of myboytheriotgirl.

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