A. Savage, of Parquet Courts, will be releasing his new album,Thawing Dawn, in a little over a month on October 13. He’s shared another single from that release called “Wild, Wild, Wild Horses” and it’s an interesting take on indie rock. It’s got a cinematic feel to it– minimalist in instrumentation, the song sounds like it’s going to launch into full sound at any moment, but it sort of lingers off stage for the most part. The vocals are in the spotlight, and with in-depth lyrics like A. Savage has spun, you’re pretty glad you can make out every word. Take a listen below and then go pre-order the new record here.
Alex Lahey, out of Melbourne, is coming up in the scene with some pretty great indie rock that fans of Courtney Barnett will enjoy. The new track she released this morning, “Lotto in Reverse” is a prime example of her sleek yet fuzzed out rock and roll. The guitars are heavy in the mix, grounding the whole thing in a layer of garage sound, while the vocals demand the power of the track, Lahey’s range shining through the choruses. Take a listen, immerse yourself in the lyric video below, and get stoked for her new album,I Love You Like a Brother, which will be out October 6. Pre-order it here.
Midnight Sister first got our attention with this zany video, and with the release of this new video they’re pulling us in a little closer in anticipation of the debut of their full length album. “Clown” is no exception to this excitement. The song is a nostalgic orchestral pop lullaby, complete with sweeping string arrangements that will leave you swooning. The whole number feels like a blast from the past, with cutting melancholy that’s doubled down by the pristine vocals from Juliana Giraffe and the visual accompaniment of two figures slow dancing in the middle of an empty street. Take a peek below and get ready for the release ofSaturn Over Sunset, which will be out September 28 via Jagjaguwar. Pre-order it here.
Another week, another trip to the Moody Theater for me. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way– when it comes to touring acts, there really is no better venue in this town to catch a big name. Tuesday night, a rather large name, or perhaps a man with a rather large mouth, came to our city to tape an episode of Austin City Limits. With all the buzz around Father John Misty and his latest album, Pure Comedy, I was interested to see what the character that Josh Tillman plays would have in store for a taping. What we got was a dialed in performance from a personae.
Read past the jump to get my full thoughts on the show.
Wednesday and Thursday nights, The Moody Theater played host to one of the biggest acts in the indie world, Fleet Foxes. The band was coming in hot after the release of their triumphant third studio full-length,Crack-Up,and droves of excited fans poured into the venue to catch a performance for the first time in a long time. What they got was musicianship at its finest– two nights of precise and profound music that fed the excitement of the crowd as the band seamlessly wove together new and old tracks from their catalogue of folk rock.
Read on for my thoughts on the show, as well as some pics from the ever-awesome B. Gray.
Indie folk gods, Fleet Foxes, are coming to our city tomorrow and Thursday and if you don’t have tickets yet you best get to stepping and try to find some, as these two evenings are bound to be nights to remember. The last time Austin played host to Robin Pecknold and company was the 2011 ACL festival, so it will be nice to see the band again with full and proper sets in an intimate setting–the Moody Theater seems like the perfect venue for such a group. A lot of time has passed since then, and with the release of their phenomenal third full-length,Crack-Up,earlier this year, we are on course for two transfixing evenings of orchestral beauties new and old. Personally, I’m stoked to see how the band weaves together the introspective new material with the sweeping folk of the past. With their now expansive catalogue of gems, there really isn’t any way they could go wrong.
To top things off, the band is bringing along the quiet bedroom folk of Bedouine. If you haven’t checked them out yet, take a listen below and get excited for this complimenting opener.
If you don’t already own it and you’re not into holding a 2xLP through the whole show, go buy it on the Nonesuch Records page. Trust me–Crack-Upis one of those records you need to hold in your hands.
- Grizzly Bear, who will be joining us a little later in the year at Sound On Sound Festival, are releasing their new album,Painted Ruins, this week and they’ve just dropped a new video for the single “Mourning Sound.” On the off chance you’ve yet to hear some of the new material from this forthcoming release, I suggest you take a peek at the star-studded surreal video below and fall in love.
Did I mention Grizzly Bear will be at Sound on Sound in November? They’re one of the reasons I’m so stoked on the lineup–have you picked up your three day pass yet?
Painted Ruins is out this Friday. Pre-order your copy here.
On the off chance you have been living under a rock and somehow missed that The War On Drugs have a new album coming up, I wanted to share with you another single fromA Deeper Understanding. “Pain,” is both classic War On Drugs and a glimpse at another side of the band that I expect we’ll see even more of on this new album. The track is highly emotive– the americana piano and strumming acoustic guitar gives this nostalgic, wistful sort of feeling of missing something. Of course, the band builds to their signature cathartic swell with buzzing guitars. It’s truly a treat.
A Deeper Understanding will be out quite soon on August 25 viaAtlantic Records.
Deerhoof will be releasing a new album on September 8 and today they’ve shared a new single featuring Stereolab’sLtitia Sadier. The song, “Come Down Here and Say That” has got a definite bite to its crunchy astro-pop, but just the right amount of punch to get your fist in the air while you jam. The song alternates between different sound spaces, moving abruptly and throwing a wrench in your classic song structure. It’s a great track, so take a listen below.
Mountain Moves will be out September 8 onJoyful Noise Recordings.
Dead Stars have just released a new straightforward rock and roll tune for you to jam to on this Thursday. “Happy Or Sad” relies on the growling electric guitars to carry you through to the bombastic chorus. The lyrics may be telling you about melancholic feelings of apathy, but the song itself is anything but boring. Take a listen below and then go pre-order the band’s new album,Perfect Patterns,which will be out September 1.