It’s been a week since I returned from the dreamland that is Austin, Texas during South By Southwest Music Festival. Every year I get nervous that it’ll be different and some how won’t live up to the year before BUT every year I have been proven wrong; Sure, it has become so much bigger and “Too commercial, brah” but where else in the world can you have a cultural experience like this completely FOR FREE? It’s such a crazy mix of amazing intimate shows, huge mega parties, and brand-sponsored events that you will have the time of your life and barely spend a dime which makes you forget that everything is a walking/driving/eating/drinking advertisement; I know I know, how very un-Oregon, free-range, gluten-free, paleo hippie of me but this girl likes her free stuff. The reality is that I’m not buying a Mazda vehicle just because they drove me around Austin a bunch of times for free. I’m not suddenly a vodka drinker just because the Titos and Deep Eddy were more readily available than water last week. I’m no longer steady drinking Don Julio craft cocktails by the bucket because, well, I’m no mixologist and I probably (Read: definitely) had too many of those last week. I’m not running to Whole Foods to buy Beanitos Lime and Sea Salt Bean Chips…okay fine, I am actually totally sold on those and they may have been a life saver because of the aforementioned plethora of free booze. SXSW pro tip: ALWAYS TAKE THE SNACKS; they’ll come in handy later when you’re in a line at 2 pm and realize you only had a liquid breakfast. Whoops!

Now I think we all know it’s not the free food and drank that brings me to Austin every year. I’m a music junkie who always has a long list of must-see artists that I stress out about trying to fit into my daily schedule; scratch the word “stress”, I’ve just been informed that drinking more margs whilst seeing other amazing bands and passively missing other shows cannot be defined as stressing…duly noted. Every year I leave the festival feeling refreshed, despite a lack of sleep, and inspired by the incredible shows and quality humans I’ve met. Since I’ve been back in town for a week post-festival a lot of people have asked, “How many shows did you see?”, “Which bands were your favorites?”, “How are you so cool?” etc. etc. This post is about to answer the first two questions for the masses because that last question…hasn’t been asked yet.

Who I saw this year in no particular order:

Ghostface, Raekwon, BADBADNOTGOOD, TOTEM, Torey Lanez, KING, Lucius, THEY., Miguel, Lukas Graham, JAHKOY, Alunageorge, D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, The Lucas Bros Comedy, a Questlove DJ Set, Ruby Woo, Louis the Child DJ, Honne, Coast Modern, Transviolet, Gallant, Poliça, Just Blaze, Rock City, JP Hoe, Tigers are Bad for Horses, Tabi Bonney, Chaz French, Maggie Rose, DJ Spicoli, Wale, Visto, BJ the Chicago kid, Anderson .Paak, Haelos, Powers, Will Joseph Cook, Låpsley, Allan Rayman, St. Lucia, Muna, CHVRCHES, Jack Garratt, Kacy Hill, Hinds, Fear of Men, Mitski, Lower Dens, Kacey Musgraves, SBTRKT, Hannibal Burress Comedy, Morly, Elf kid, Little Simz, Metro Boomin, Lewis Del Mar, Kill J…

Phewwwwwf. Taking into account a few I’ve forgotten from the list above, I saw over 60 acts this SXSW. While there were some live performance duds and total weirdos in the mix, I was able to see so many amazing performances and this week’s post and playlist will focus the ten best.

My favorite artists at SXSW 2016:

  • Miguel. This is not one of those typical WAS “You’ve probably never hear of him” posts because Miguel is a huge mainstream star and for good reason. Laaaawd have mercy, he is INCREDIBLE live. It was my first time seeing him perform and I was completely blown away. He is handsome, his voice sounds impeccable live, and his stage scaffold climbing made security staff incredibly nervous which was fun to watch. “Miguel Jontel Pimentel you better get down from there before I call your mother and tell her you’re being reckless again.” Miguel had the whole crowd at the Spotify House eating out of the palm of his hand and his hit ‘Do you’ asked the perfect question for this particular demographic; Yes, my rough estimate is that 80% of that crowd don’t just like drugs, they loooove drugs. WOULD SEE AGAIN.
  • Gallant. In the past year I’ve flooded my playlists with newly released Gallant tracks and I actually got to see him live three times over the course of the week. He killed it every. single. time. So much emotion, insane voice, provider of crowd-wide chills; Just try to not sing along as he belts out ‘Weight in Gold’. He was one of the best of the week, hands down. Go see him when he comes through your city.
  • Lewis Del Mar. I was in line at East Side King (Very hip, very delish, very Austin) one night when these girls were freaking out about this group of guys ordering in front of me and I just assumed it was someone I didn’t know. The next night, when I made sure to catch Lewis Del Mar I realized it was that whole band who had ordered their chicken karraage noms ahead of me the night before and the girl’s freak outs were absolutely warranted. They put on an amazing live show and are exciting to watch. I was so impressed by their sound live and I cannot stop listening to their EP.
  • Lukas Graham. I’m sure a lot of you know the song ‘7 years’ because it is everywhere now and it’s lovely, well, he sings it. I made an effort to get up early for this show; FYI, in Southby time a noon show start time comes much too early. I was so glad I got up “early” because he and the band sounded absolutely perfect live. Lukas has great onstage banter and you would have no idea that he’s selling out 10,000 capacity venues in Europe because he seems so down to earth. Lukas’ backing band look like Danish male models which adds to the appeal. Try to see him while he’s playing the little venues across the US because he’s coming for our stadium shows in no time.
  • Honne. If you like their relaxed brand of British electronic-soul music, you’ll love their live performance because the chill factor is very high and they sound great. No crazy stage antics or exciting banter just solid musicianship.
  • Anderson .Paak. I’m about the drop a bomb here but I was not sold on Anderson until I saw him live at SXSW. I loved his features all over Dre and The Game’s albums and that Tokimonsta track is insane but I’ve never been as into his own solo releases. When ‘Malibu’, his second studio album, was released this year, I liked it but I wasn’t sure why ALL the blogs were going nuts over it. Now, seeing him live I saw a mega star in the making; This guy sings with an incredible voice, he raps, he plays drums, he dances, and he has a completely fun and likable on-stage persona. SOLD. I was lucky to see him another two times during the festival and I am excited to see him again in Portland next month.
  • Låpsley. Two years ago I posted a Låpsley track ‘Station’ that I was obsessed with and I finally got to see it live last week. She is insanely talented and her strong vocals give off major Adele vibes in concert. I have tickets to a big name act the night she is coming to Portland next month but after seeing her live, I promptly decided I’ll sell my other concert tickets and grabbed tickets for the Låpsley show here at Doug Fir.
  • Transviolet. They are another act that sounded as good live as I’d hoped. The lead singer is a rockstar and she managed to jump off the drum kit in a leather mini skirt while keeping her vocals consistent. I loved this show.
  • Metro Boomin. This is not a joke, people. I took an Uber pool with one of those hip LA music industry guys one night at SX and he said Metro was his favorite act of the festival so far; I joked that he should probably take in some more shows if that was the best he’d seen. Then I saw young and his crew in concert and totally got the appeal; the show had so much energy that the whole Hype Hotel was going off. I ran into LA dude again and he was like, “SEEEEE!?!” In this case, it’s definitely less about the producer and more about the fun I had at the show. If Young Metro don’t trust you…
  • THEY. These guys are new to the game and, as a result, they seem like they’re still having a blast performing; their boyish excitement was awesome to watch. They had the whole crowd dancing and singing along with a bunch of their most popular tracks and I almost got KO’d by some bro’s backpack during ‘Motley Crue’ so you know the show was tyte.

Please enjoy this 10 track playlist that summarizes my favorite song moments of this year’s SXSW. ‘Til next year, Austin!

Just be a tough act to follow. You know, a free spirit with a wild heart. – Miguel





Haaaaaaaay haaaaaaay! Thank you for all the reminders and check-ins the last couple weeks to make sure I was alive and hadn’t forgotten about my weekly duty to bring you new tuneage. You sure know how to make a girl feel needed! I assure you all that I didn’t forget but I didn’t want to half-ass it since I had no time to really curate a playlist of bangerzzz. As one of my favorite legends (pictured above looking like Post Malone) says:

Never half-ass two things, full-ass one thing.

Soooo, I full-assed work and class the last couple weeks and now it’s time to full-ass my blog for the day. As a special treat I’m bringing you an extended weekend playlist; 30 tracks!! A mix of brand new finds and tracks from the last few months that haven’t made my lists but that I lurrrrve.

It’s the freakin’ weekend. Get it,




HUGE Wait And Scene announcement!!! I’m heading to Austin, Texas for my fourth annual SXSW in less than a month!!!

This is my absolute favorite event of the year for so many reasons and I feel #blessingsonblessings that I get to do it all again in 2016. I don’t like to let too many people know that this is happening until I cue up a lodging situation because, as any of you who are familiar with the event know, regular old hotel rooms go for upwards of $1000 a night during this festival and everything sells out months in advance. Even if I was a millionaire, I don’t think I could justify that ridiculous opulence. I’m fine surrendering my ‘gram lifestyle flex in order to try to find a place to lay my head and my massive suitcase for much (MUCH) less money; My only requirements are that it’s near all the downtown party action, reasonably safe, and not disgusting ie. not filled with animals and doesn’t smell like poo. I’m pretty easy to please! Last year I was staying in a house owned by a few too many college boys and this year ya girl is staying a ROOM with seven strangers of various ages and genders. This could be a living nightmare or it could be the best week of my life, only time will tell. The things I’ll do for the sake of live music, tacos, and party vibes! …No, not that… Eww, not that either.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll hit you with lists of the artists I’m excited to see but most of them have been on these Wednesday mixes. Plzzz start sending positive Southby roomie thoughts my way and enjoy this week’s playlist!



P.s. The first track hurts my vocal cords and my professional opinion is that singing like that is a reeeeeally bad idea. Do not try that at home, kids.

P.s. The cover pic is me dreaming up fire ‘fits for Austin.


Caaaalifornia loveeee.

Fresh off the plane at PDX late last night and home from a perfect five days in Cali. By the last day of my short ocean vacay, this Oregon girl was finally adjusting to 80+ degree temps and that unusual, persistent big ball of fire in the sky. My ghostly white skin has “tanned” to a nice shade of eggshell and according to my coworkers, my hair is somehow more blonde than it was a few days prior. I picked up a nice arsenal of vintage jorts and a couple pairs of leather motorcycle boots in LA so I’m fully prepared if any music festival responsibilities come my way…like, verrrry ready so feel free to hook it up with any of your connects. I promise to be on my best behavior and I’ll even don a flower crown if those are still part of the music festival starter kit.

A wise woman once said:

A bad bitch can play the part of a nerd, but a nerd can’t play the part of a bad bitch.

TRUUUUUUE. Very wise. Alright, fine. I paraphrased and butchered a famous quote to suit my lifestyle. Feel free to quote me on your ‘grams.

Happy WAS Wednesday, friends!



P.s. That new Drake though…”I’m out here lookin’ for revveeeeeeenge.”


Hello, how are you? It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry…Last week, I had my post published by about 10 pm on Wednesday; this week, we’re definitely well into Thursday afternoon. Siiiggh, c’est la freakin’ vie! I feel like Wait And Scene Whenever-I-get-around-to-posting doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. This WAS Wednesday title is staying and you’re going to have to deal with the fact that some weeks ya’ girl just doesn’t have the Tuesday night time. Why so busy? Well, don’t feel too sorry for me but I’ve been putting in lots of extra hours to get my work done so I can peace out to California for the next five days. Yes, I just got back from nearly a month in Cali in early January. No, I’m not sick of sunshine and beach vibes. Yes, I will most definitely be eating copious amounts of tacos, frolicking on the beach, and thrift shopping with the stars. I’ll be sure to update you on the celeb “cool teens” who look like they’re thirty that I run into while bartering for ALL OF THE JORTS at my fav LA Flea Market. Last month @Jortsmanship took note of my stellar Jortsmanship and commented on my Insta’ photo so that’s all you could really ask for in this life.

This week’s jams are best enjoyed in a pair of your finest cut-off jeans; bonus points and extra playlist enjoyment if you’re rocking denim-on-denim in a very classy, Americanized version of the Canadian tuxedo like my dude Chuck.

“Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.”-C. Norris




P.s. There was another new FLUME track this week and it is reaaalll nice if you haven’t heard it yet. Also, I checked and Kučka is not the girl from NAO even though they sound identical. WOW.


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