The premiere event for grassroots American innovation, Maker Faire, will be going down for the second year this weekend in Austin. Maker Faire takes place this Saturday and Sunday with tickets running $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. The weekend’s events include crazy things like rockets, robotics, a life-sized mouse trap, Mentos fountains, fire acts, catapults, arts and crafts, a ton of bands, and loads more madness sure to delight. El Tule, Foot Patrol, The Dialtones, and The Hero Cycle are just a few of the numerous bands playing over the weekend. Full Schedule of events can be read on the Maiker Faire website.
The Wedding Present will be providing one of many outstanding shows for the weekend. The band will be playing Friday night at The Mohawk in Austin with tickets on sale for only $10. If you read our recent review of the band’s latest effort, El Rey, you know we’re pumped about this one.
Fairly new Brooklyn band, The So So Glos, have some new music for you to check out and evaluate. The song is called “Throw Your Hands up” and will appear on the band’s upcoming debut EP Tourism/Terrorism due out Nov. 4th. Have a go and leave us your thoughts.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/03-throw-your-hands-up.mp3]
Download: The So So Glos – Throw Your Hands Up [MP3]
This may be the best week ever for freeloading albums and EPs off the interweb! Today sees NYC band, Dead Heart Bloom, being the latest to offer up free tunes for your enjoyment. The EP up for grabs is entitled Oh Mercy and is the second in a series of three planned EPs for 2008. You can download this EP along with the first EP and Dead Heart Bloom’s first two albums all on the same page. All artists should be this generous! Check out my favorite track from the EP “I”m Going to go Meet Jesus” below.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/03-im-going-to-go-meet-jesus.mp3]
Download: Dead Heart Bloom – I’m Going to go Meet Jesus [MP3]
Dressy Bessy seem to be on the verge of “making it” as artists. The band has been around for over 10 years now but it seems like they are finally gaining notariety in the blog/music world. That being said, you better seize the opportunity now to see them at a smaller venue like Emo’s Lounge. The band will be playing the Jr. version of Emo’s on Thursday with doors at 9pm and tickets only $8. Latest single “Electrified” can be heard below.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/dressy-bessy-electrified.mp3]
Download: Dressy Bessy – Electrified [MP3]
Don’t forget about our Ting Tings ticket contest! Entry closes on Thursday.
If you missed Ra Ra Riot‘s recent appearances in Austin, you can listen to their entire concert in DC over on the NPR website. Thank you NPR for continuing to give us cool stuff to post about.
Portland alt-country great, Todd Snider, has a new album you can download free of charge from his website. The album, Peace Queer, features 8 songs and is only available until October 31st. Download it now before time runs out! You can also check out one of the better tracks of the album “The Ballad of Cape Henry” right here on our website.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/02-the-ballad-of-cape-henry.mp3]
Download: Todd Snider – The Ballad of Cape Henry [MP3]
The Kaiser Chiefs just made their new album Off With their Heads available to stream on the last FM website. The band’s latest effort doesn’t hit stores until October 20th so try it now before you buy it. This would also be a good time for us to post the UK boys latest single “Never Miss a Beat” which dropped on October 6th. What do you think of the new tunes?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/never-miss-a-beat.mp3]
Download: Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss a Beat [MP3]
Stephen Meritt’s brain child, The Magnetic Fields, will be putting on a show at the Paramount tomorrow evening. I’d suggest checking the get tix website to see what seats are still available for the sure to be mind blowing show. Doors/bar open up at 7 with the show kicking off at 8. Mr. Merrit also recently played a few songs for Minnesota Public Radio which you can listen to on the MPR website.