Thursday evening, KGSR celebrated 27 years of bringing the best in alternative music to central Texas with a night of performances by X Ambassadors and Grouplove at ACL Live.
“X Ambassadors’ debut album VHS reflects on the events that shaped lead vocalist and lyricist Sam Harris and his older brother, keyboardist Casey Harris’ life growing up in Ithaca, NY. “It was us looking back on everything that made us who we are,” says Sam. The gold-certified album, which Rolling Stone called “bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger,” debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spawned the platinum-selling “Renegades,” which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative chart, and the double-platinum “Unsteady,” which went Top 10 at Alternative, Hot AC, and Top 40 radio.
The success of VHS sent X Ambassadors on a nearly two-year touring odyssey that found them winning over fans around the world and performing at the Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, and Shaky Knees festivals, among others, and establishing themselves as a world-class rock band.”
In 2017, X Ambassadors released four singles in “Hoping” in March, “Torches” in April, “The Devil You Know” in June, and “Ahead of Myself” in July, from their second studio album.
Grouplove released their third studio album, Big Mess, on September 9, 2016. On July 15, 2016, the band released the lead single from the album, “Welcome to Your Life” and announced the follow-up world tour.
Grouplove donated $1 from every ticket sale of their ‘Big Mess’ world tour and raised $40,387 for charity: water. On April 22, 2017, Grouplove released an EP titled Little Mess. The EP was an extension of their full-length album Big Mess and it came with songs “Tell Me a Story“, “Torso“, “MRI“, “Enlighten Me (Live)“, and “Adios Amigos“.
Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt
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