Last week my brother posted about a few new shows he was playing early in the New Year. Not long after that I was switching through the radio stations in the rare break we take these days (with my kids in the car) from the all-Christmas music station.
There was a song on 92.5 - the independent radio station here - called Turn It Around.
And when the artist - Lucius - came on the screen, I thought it looked familiar.
So I got in touch with my brother and found out that it was, indeed, the band that he would be playing with in just a couple of weeks.
A couple of notes about Lucius to start, since they're really this week's Music Monday New Thing.
Turn It Around is a pretty catchy song, and I listened to a few of their other songs online. There was a set they did for the NPR Tiny Desk concert, and a couple of other individual songs performed live.
They sound like a pretty fitting band to play with my brother - they seem like they would complement each other well.
Meanwhile, I think it's another great step for my brother. It's one of two shows he's doing in the first weeks of January associated with WFUV, and I think it adds a nice little symmetry to my year. (OK. I suppose it does so for his year too.)
Remember back in January he turned me on to The Lone Bellow, who then started to get significant radio play and national exposure on TV, and then he opened up for them in a show in Rhode Island this summer.
There was his set for JetBlue, which now that I'm thinking about it might not have happened this year, but featured other bands like Iconapop, who became a big radio presence this year…and 2013 did feature a bunch of people who were happy to tell me that they saw my brother on the TV on their JetBlue flight.
So it's fitting that as we're set for 2014 Matt's developing another relationship that could be high-profile.
And hopefully, soon enough, it will lead to radio play for him.