SXSW: Showcase > Panel > House Concert – All Bleu, All the Time

It’s all about the songs. Forget The Voice, American Idol, X Factor.  There are plenty of talented singers out there, but can any of them write a song that will be remembered fifteen minutes from now?  That’s where Bleu comes in.

A Berklee graduate, William James McAuley III crafts pop songs that are clever without being cloying, and with hooks that are deserving of the name.  Power Pop, Alt-Pop, Pop Rock and sometimes just Pop — Bleu delivers catchy songs with style, substance and an extra bit of bleuness.

We first featured Bleu in a Free Friday: Power Pop Edition that served up ‘Could Be Worse’ from Redhead.  NPR picked Redhead as one of the top ten records of 2003.  Since then, he’s written songs for himself, his bands, and a diverse set of artists including Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Hanson, and Meatloaf.

But the best stuff is on his own albums, most recently Four – which won the 2010 Kickstarter Award for Best Music Project, and is currently up for Best Independent Pop Album.  (Voting instructions here.)  Bleu has described the album as a more adult version of Redhead, with “a lot of weirdly morbid, upbeat stuff.”  Try track 4. (Dead in the Mornin’) for a sample.

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Can’t get enough Bleu? You can sample other performances and get more information from Bleu’s featured artist profile, available from the dropdown list at the top of each page and previewed below.  Oh, and you can watch the debut of his new music video with doppelgänger and Weeds star Justin Kirk.  And you can see him at SXSW.  Enough already!

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photo: David J Dowling

Bleu’s SXSW Schedule

If you’re lucky enough to be in Austin this week, you can find Bleu there too:

Wed 3/14 at 3pm
Showcase: Quantum Collective presents: Filmmakers Alliance Acoustic BBQ at the Section 101 Launchpad
[Looks to be sold out.]

Wed 3/14 at 8pm
Showcase: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society & popantipop SXSW 2012 party – SEA NOW!
The Brew Exchange
706 West 6th St.
click the link above to RSVP!

Thur 3/15 at 2:45pm
Official SXSW Panel: Age of the Benefactor: The 21st Century Fan Club
Room 17B
Austin Convention Center
(you’re gonna need a badge)

Sun 3/18 from 5-8ish pm
Austin House Concert – at the home of Sarah Sharp and Buffalo Speedway
6503 Auburnhill St
Austin, Tx 78723
Doors 5pm. Concert at 6pm.
Advanced tix here via PayPal for $15