These days, there are a good many websites that aim to go beyond the normal boundaries of the standard, mp3 sharing music blog. Popular sites like Daytrotter and HearYa.com are both great examples of sites that find unique ways to create art based upon the musicians they are covering. There’s a close-to-home site on the scene and it covers predominantly Texas-based acts (Sarah Jaffe, Doug Burr) with the occasional national act (Waters, Pterodactyl) thrown in for good measure. Denton based Violitionist.com (aka The Violitionist Sessions) has been great about picking some great acts and getting some great performances out of them. Who can go wrong with getting some (Texas-based act of the year?) True Widow on film?

There’s really not much to say or add to what you see below. If you’re not famililar with the site Daytrotter.Com, then you’ve been missing out n some serious (and free) music by some of the biggest names (Death Cab for Cutie, Social D, Bon Iver) and brightest up and comers (Yuck, Portugal the Man, Dawes) that the musical universe has to offer. Big time. But, there’s good news: It doesn’t really matter if you havent clicked onto the site ever before, as there is gold beyond measure awaiting you from years of not visiting it before.

What’s even better is that many Texas-based acts have visited the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Ill and laid down tracks to be listened to and downloaded from the site. There’s always a great write-up and whimsical artwork to go along with the 4-5 songs as well.

Well, let’s get to it. Below are but a sampling of Texans that have Daytrotted before. You’d be crazy to not dig deeper, OK??

Matt the Electrician | Fresh Millions | Dale Watson | Dignan | Doug Burr | Old 97′s | Ben Kweller | Black Angels | Centro-matic | Jesse Dayton | Meat Puppets | Asleep at the Wheel | Monahans | Seryn | Robert Ellis

In the Open: Bahamas – Already Yours from In the Open on Vimeo.

Making its way through Texas, starting tonight in Austin, is the musical project of Canada’s Afie Jurvanen. Better known as Bahamas, the self-taught guitar player is opening a string of shows for English darlings Noah & The Whale.

A recent signee to Brushfire Records, the label owned by Jack Johnson, Bahamas manages to showcase some similarities in the easy-breezy style without simply copy-catting the reigning laid-back surfer king of rock. The understated whimsy that Jurvanen produces will never go out of style and will always make showing up early for the opening act worthwhile.

Be sure to check out the sweet Daytrotter Session for Bahamas, and chcek out the video below for a taste of what’s to come this week as Bahamas plays in Austin on the 8th and 9th (The Parish), in Dallas on the 10th (Dada in Deep Ellum) and Houston on the 11th (Fitzgerald’s).

BAHAMAS – Hockey Teeth from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.