there are no strangers; just friends waiting to meet…
Growing up with two older brothers had (and has) its perks…and challenges. I wouldn’t change it for the world though, even when they made me cry convincing me I was adopted.
As we grow older (now in our late 20s and early 30s) we often seek each other out since we enjoy many of the similar activities and have become each other’s “squad” (Skwaa). Well, they might not know it, but they are mine. Yes, we argue and fight (whoever says they don’t, that’s a lie a la Maury). Simply put, they’re the best fellas I know. They tag along in my crazy whether that involves a birthday trolly (thanks guys..) or partaking in something I love: music. They’re there when it means the most.
This past Thanksgiving weekend, we did something we hadn’t done in the longest time: waking up under the same roof. As cheesy as it sounds, it felt nice reliving those younger, simpler days. You grow old, and you start appreciating the little things even more (e.g. cooking breakfast, watching TV, falling asleep as you watch TV, etc.).
Check out the a little snippet of this past weekend’s shenanigans in Michigan. Enjoy!
Serendipitously heard this during Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival reminding me of my dad and his love for Cumbia.
This track fuses a genre staple to Jamaican culture while sprinkling Latin rhythms and sounds proving, yet again, that music knows no boundaries. Close your eyes and see where the Music takes you.
Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter VÉRITÉ (born Kelsey Byrne) helped cure the Monday blues and start the week off right with her Somewhere in Between Chicago tour stop. Playing to a sizable crowd at Lincoln Hall (also so happens to be my favorite music venue in the city), VÉRITÉ‘s soft yet soulful and intense vocals took over the night.
Alt pop? Alt rock? Not totally sure where I’d put her on the genre spectrum but to be frank some of the best artists are those who don’t necessarily identify with a particular genre. Singing from her debut album, a few of my personal favorites that she performed were ‘Need Nothing,’ ‘Bout You‘ and ‘Better.’ Pausing in between a few songs to chat with the crowd, something a fellow show goer mentioned was different this time around–mind you he had seen her a handful of times already, VÉRITÉ connected with the Monday night crowd. “I don’t know how it happened, but I managed to cut my lip with that last song so hopefully there’s no blood on my face,” she said as she laughed at one point during her set.
It’s no surprise she’s accumulated more than 95+ million streams on Spotify (to date) because it seems like her fans are pretty willing to catch her anytime she’s in their neck of the woods. Loyal listeners indeed. After chatting with a couple of them, I quickly realized you don’t just see VÉRITÉ once. All of them had one thing in common, this wasn’t their first time seeing her,“This is my fifth time seeing her” or “Yea this is like my third time seeing her.”
I have this little music rule of mine: Don’t repeat artists (I’ve made exceptions…) and I’m finding it harder and harder to stick to it…I definitely wouldn’t mind catching her next time she’s in town.
Check out VÉRITÉ‘s Soundcloud, and catch her at one of her upcoming shows:
September 1 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
September 2 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
September 3 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
September 5 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 10 Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music and Arts Festival
September 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
September 15 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
September 16 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
September 17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
September 19 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
September 20 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
September 21 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
September 22 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
We don’t meet anyone by accident… “Everyone that’s been in your life has been there for a reason, to teach you, to love you or to experience life with you.” Continue reading