ACL season is here sports fans, and as always, ATH will be doing everything in our power to prepare for the festival. A couple of years ago I started a new concept of asking bands to create a short 5 song playlist filled with songs featuring only artists playing the festival. Lucky for us, my dear friends in Atlanta based band Neighbor Lady thought this was a great idea and made a playlist for the site. If this sounds intriguing to you, which it should, hit the jump for the songs and for short blurbs about each.Neighb
It’s a balmy and grey day here in Austin and I think we could all use a little rock n roll to put a bit of perk in our steps. Bringing the jam this morning is Brooklyn based outfit Native Sun and this awesome new song “Big Succ (ess)”. It’s a raucous taste of rock music full of loud guitars and a head banging rhythm section. This song might just get me through this slow ass day.
Native Sun will release new EP Always Different, Always the Same on November 9th via Papercup Music.
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Niklas Kramer and his project known as Still Parade has received a ton of praise from us over the last several years. I know personally I’ve always enjoyed his unique take on minimalistic pop music with a dreamy flare. His latest offering called “Soon Enough” is no different with it’s gleaming sound and washed out vocals hovering beneath the surface. If you aren’t tuned in to this guy yet, now is officially the time for you to start paying attention.
Still Parade will release new album Soon Enough on November 14th.
Since we’ve already posted two singles from the upcoming Hypoluxo album, I figured we would be missing out if we didn’t also post the third and final single. I’m not sure what else we can say about this band that can’t be said with a quick listen to this new joint “Trust Fall”. The band is dreamy and sort of new wave with deep vocals which might just put you in a trance. These guys are making some remarkable music right now.
Hypoluxo will release Running on a Fence on September 21st via Broken Circles.
Earlier this summer I was reminded of the greatness created by Dan Mangan and his music. Still unsure as to why he fell off my radar over the years, these new singles from his latest album are a wake up call. This new track “Just Fear” is yet another beauty of a songwriter tune which will fall in with some of the best works of Mangan’s career. Though he still flies somewhat under the radar, the guy is a true genius.
Mangan will release new album More or Less on November 2nd via Arts & Crafts.
Seattle based artist Matt Berry has long been making a name for himself on the West Coast with a variety of musical projects such as Happy Diving and Big Bite. Never satisfied with the status quo, Matt has a new project called The Berries with a debut album coming out soon. The premiere track from this new work is called “Security Blues” which features much more of a slowed down, country inspired sound in sharp contrast to the usual rock n roll vibe from Berry. This song certainly has some rock tendencies to it, but I like the veer towards the Americana genre.
The Berries will release Start All Over Again on October 26th via Help Yourself Records.
Lot’s of quality albums will be hitting the streets this month, one of which is the new joint from John Dragonetti and his project known as Jack Drag. Having heard the record in full as the really cool blogger I am, I can tell you that it is hot, on fire, and full of hit after hit. It seriously might be one of my favorite pop albums to come out in a long long time. Keep in mind we don’t listen to lot of traditional pop like Beyonce or Carly Rae so it’s going to be a little bit left of center, just like us. If my words aren’t enough for you to trust his new work, check out his third single from the release below and tell me you aren’t excited. You will need to own this.
Drag will release 2018 on September 14th via Burger Records.
Our dear amigo Tim Cohen has quickly established himself as someone who is in the “can do no wrong” category at this point in his musical career. Wether it be his work in Fresh & Onlys, or as a solo musician, the guy’s music is loved by the entire ATH staff. Currently working on a new solo album, we’ve already heard “Goodness” from the LP, and now he’s offered up another new single called “I’m a Girl”. I shall let the single speak for itself and just say that you should most definitely check out this album when it drops. Educate yourself.
Tim Cohen will release new album The Modern World on September 28th via Sinderlyn.
The weekend is near and it’s time we all take ourselves a little seriously and enjoy a carefree rock tune. If that sounds like something interesting to you, New Paltz, NY band Top Nachos will deliver with this jamming new song “Vegan Doughnuts”. If it isn’t abundantly clear by their band name, tend to not take themselves too seriously en route to some genius slacker style garage rock. More of this please.
We would also be remiss to not mention the upcoming release show in Brooklyn at Trans Pecos on September 27th. More info here.
More often than not, I like to kick it old school with my musical tastes. Ya know some old emo/post-emo style tunes or throwbacks to 90s era grunge/alt-rock are sure to pull at my heart strings. Well my friends in Vancouver based band Dead Soft deliver the later style today with this new song “Down”. It’s certainly a grunge, alternative rock song similar to something you might have heard on the indie stations back in the late 90s. Bing bang boom.
Dead Soft will release their latest EP New Emotion on October 5th via Arts & Crafts.