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Thus Far….Albums of 2014.5

docIt’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun.  But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man.  We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014.   Read More

ATH Interview: Wye Oak + Show Preview (7/6)

wyeoakIf you’re looking for shows to attend this week, odds are you’ve found something to your liking.  But, before the work week starts back up, there’s a nice little show over at the Parish featuring Wye Oak that you should catch.  They’ll be playing with Pattern is Movement, and you can buy yourself a ticket to the show right HERE.  We caught up with Andy real quickly for some questions about their tour, and their latest album, Shriek.  Read on for the interview.  Read More

ATH Abroad: Secret Solstice Festival

solsticebannerAfter an 18-hour ocean crossing trip, followed by a brief power-nap, I finally found myself at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.  To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect as I was very unfamiliar with most of the artists on the lineup and I don’t speak a lick of Icelandic.  Of course what we worry about most never happens and I ended up being treated to a great festival experience that could rival most anything we can offer here stateside.  Click read more for words and fancy photos.

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On the Road: Shivery Shakes Tour Diary (Part 2)

waffle-shakesLast week we offered a glimpse into the touring life of one of Austin’s rising stars, Shivery Shakes.  We continue this series with another update from the road, and of course, some great candid shots from Pooneh Ghana. Let’s get right to it.  Read More

On the Road: Tour Diary with Shivery Shakes (Part 1)

Shake-BannerThe blog world can get a bit stale from time to time.  Listen to this song. Go to this show.  So, I wanted to do something a little bit different, but something that still reflects the music.  I got in touch with our friends Shivery Shakes, who were just setting out on their first big tour as a band, going from Austin to NYC and back. I asked them to do a little tour diary, give some insight into a young band on the road.  We’ll be checking in with them throughout the tour for a little tour diary action. Plus, they’re traveling with our good friend, and excellent photographer (though no Brian Gray!), Pooneh Ghana. You can check out more of her work HERE.  Without further ado, here’s a look into  life on the road.  Read More

Austin Psych Fest 2014 In Pictures

Psych 14 BannerAPF7 has come and gone. Charlie Megira is my new favorite thing. Temples surprised me (ignore their flowery songs and cut to the big stuff). Think No Think were my favorite locals. The Horrors were dark, but sounded great even from the photo pit. The Fresh & Onlys are our new favorite people in rock and/or roll.

I thought I would try something new as we work out the rest of the bugs in the site after an unplanned server move (that sucked) by embedding a slideshow of the giant gallery from my photo site. Feedback welcome.

Hundreds more at the photo site

ATH Interview: The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 7

Fresh Onlys APF7 BannerTheir scene, their city, discovery, being a band, labels, projects, Spotify, sports – We had the opportunity to sit down with The Fresh & Onlys and talk music and people, and eventually a lot of sports. The interview went long and we love it. I thought about cutting it down, but these guys put it out there and to cut it would be a shame.

Big ups to the gentlemen for taking the time, being conversational and quite candid. It could have been even longer had my camera not over-heated, yeah, it over-heated.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Austin Psych Fest

psychIn a city of never-ending festivals, it’s hard to really pick just one to attend.  Whether you like comedy, music or other such things, odds are that Austin has a festival just for you.  So, why should you go to Austin Psych Fest?  There’s tons of reasons, but we’ve picked our favorite five to elaborate on below, so you’ll get an idea of why you should attend the festival this weekend.  There’s still a few tickets out there; buy yours HERE.   Read More

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