"Los Angeles" at Aloft Chicago O'Hare
California Wives treated us to a stripped-down two man performance of "Los Angeles" on a rainy day in their hometown.
The Lighthouse and The Whaler
"This Is An Adventure" at Aloft Cleveland Downtown
In one of the band's last hometown shows of the year, watch The Lighthouse and The Whaler perform "This Is An Adventure."
"I Don't Wanna Go Home" at Aloft Lexington
By far one of our rowdiest events was in Lexington, Mass. with Kingsley Flood, the Americana-infused rockers who spent the summer making a major splash at Newport Folk Festival and won us over time and time again with their high-energy sets. Watch the band perform "I Don't Wanna Go Home" live at Aloft Lexington by clicking below.
"Gatsby" at Aloft Tucson University
With a simple but heavily electronic set up and crisp vocals, Tempe duo Bogan Via charmed us with a performance of "Gatsby" for our stop in Tucson, Ariz.
Future Loves Past
"Pretty Things" Live at Aloft Tempe
When Tempe's own Future Loves Past brought not only their tunes but a gaggle of fans to the Aloft lobby, it was tough to find a member of the crowd that wasn't on their feet and dancing. Watch the band perform "Pretty Things."
"Run Away" at Aloft Rancho Cucamonga
Cary Brothers, no stranger to intimate playing atmospheres around Los Angeles as well as all over the country, brought a full band to perform at Rancho Cucamongo. Watch and listen as Brothers performs "Run Away" from his recently released EP, Let Me Be.
"Queen of Hearts" at Aloft Cupertino
We'd seen Chicago native Ezra Furman rock a stage before--he'd played our SXSW party in 2011 with his band The Harpoons--but the opportunity to see Furman perform completely solo was one we were particularly excited to witness at Aloft Cupertino. Watch his performance of "Queen of Hearts."
"The Way It Is" Live at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
When we stopped in Portland, Ore. for a session with Denver, the band brought a bit of a party along with their trademark rock-country tunes. Listen to the band perform "The Way It Is" from their self-titled 2012 album.
"Virginia Slims" Live at Aloft Nashville Cool Springs
We were still buzzing with excitement over Futurebirds' lates album Baba Yaga when we rolling into Nashville in June, so it was no surprise that the Athens-based band drew a sizable crowd for their performance at Aloft Nashville Cool Springs. Watch Futurebirds perform "Virginia Slims."
"Obey Your Guns" at Aloft Charlotte Uptown
We got the chance to see Matrimony perform at Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the beginning of a pretty crucial week for the band. Their debut EP, Montibello Drive, was set for release just a few days later, and the following weekend the band made their first appearance at Bonnaroo. Watch the band perform their single "Obey Your Guns" live at Aloft Charlotte Uptown,
"Heart In A Mousetrap" at Aloft Washington National Harbor
Toy Soldiers made the drive from their home base in Philadelphia to perform a few tracks for us at Aloft Washington National Harbor. Watch their impassioned performance of "Heart in a Mousetrap," and keep an eye out for their forthcoming album The Maybe Boys.
"Lights Go Down" at Aloft Brooklyn
Scott Tournet, who some may recognize as the guitarist from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performed several songs from his new solo album Ver La Luz at Aloft Brooklyn on May 21. Check out the video of Tournet and his band performing "Lights Go Down," the first single from Ver La Luz.
"Song For Sid" at Aloft Chapel Hill
On June 12, Pennsylvanian folk rocker Langhorne Slim performed a special, stripped-down concert at the Aloft Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Slim has been touring steadily with his band, the Law, for the past couple of years alongside the likes of the Avett Brothers and Josh Ritter. After releasing his latest full-length effort, The Way We Move, the dynamic singer/songwriter embarked on a summer tour.
Slim showcased his knack for storytelling during his summer string of dates, particularly at his Aloft show. Watch him and his band perform one of their most heartfelt numbers, "Song For Sid"--a song dedicated to the frontman's grandfather.
"The Christians and the Pagans" at Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center
On June 14, singer/songwriter Dar Williams played an impressive hourlong set live at Aloft's North Charleston, S.C., location. Williams, who recently released her ninth studio record, In The Time Of Gods, showcased several new numbers during her show. In between songs, the New York songwriter elaborated on the stories behind her work, which range from social activism to Greek mythology.
Watch Dar Williams perform "The Christians and the Pagans," a longtime fan favorite, live at the Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center.
Cheyenne Marie Mize
"Going Under" at Aloft Charlotte Uptown
On June 13, Louisville's Cheyenne Marie Mize brought a stripped-down take on songs from her latest album, this year's We Don't Need EP, to Aloft Hotel's Charlotte, N.C., location. Mize, who's collaborated with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, filled the room with inspired, carefully crafted tunes--all led by her powerful voice. Watch Cheyenne Marie Mize perform "Going Under," a keyboard-driven track, live at the Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre.
"Seventeen" at Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
Canadian indie-pop group Hey Rosetta! performed an intimate set on on May 17 at the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown. The band--originally from the St. John's, Newfoundland--featured songs from their sophomore album, Seeds, during their hourlong acoustic set. Compromised of Tim Baker, Adam Hogan, Phil Maloney, Josh Ward, Kinley Dowling and Rishi Thavanathanski, the group stripped down to a foursome for this one-off show before heading out to Hangout Music Fest. In addition, the group also plans to take part in this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago, Ill.
Watch Hey Rosetta! play "Seventeen" live at Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
"Force A Smile" at Aloft Birmingham Soho Square
Kentucky rockers Sleeper Agent showcased their infectious exuberance at the Aloft Birmingham Soho Square on May 20. Traveling back from Hangout Music Fest, the band performed an acoustic performance that exhibited their knack for catchy songwriting. Typically boasting six members and a raucous electric sound, Sleeper Agent stripped down to a trio featuring members Alex Kandel, Tony Smith and Josh Martin--who performed a number of reworked originals off their debut album Celabrasion. In addition, the group also performed a handful of impressive covers, including songs from notable indie-rock artists such as The xx and Girls.
Watch Sleeper Agent perform "Force a Smile" live at Aloft Birmingham Soho Square.