Show Pics: Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s (8/14)

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Today’s collection of thoughts and photographs is centered around a gathering viewing proceedings on the inside stage at Stubb’s. Lucy Dacus brought her smoky lyrics underpinned by clever organic pop to life for an appreciative crowd of music fans out on a Monday night. The music people also were treated to Cowboy Crisis and The Diamond Center. Pretty varied lineup…

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Dreamy New Track From Widowspeak

The Brooklyn music scene am I right? It’s like a new band comes our way from the area almost everyday and it continues to shock me. We represent Brooklyn again today with this track called “The Dream” from Widowspeak. It’s definitely a dream pop number reminiscent of pioneers like Beach House or even newbies like Alvvays. You are sure to sink in and be swept away with the beauty of this track.

Widowspeak will release Expect the Best on August 25th via Captured Tracks.

Show Preview: Fleet Foxes @ ACL Live (08/16, 08/17)

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.

 

 

Did You Watch This New Grizzly Bear Video?

  1. 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.

 

Another Whispertown Gem For You

I can’t tell you how excited I am for people to spend the rest of the year fawning over this wonderful Whispertown record. She just dropped another single, which has me staring longingly out my window, wondering what’s to come. Her quick vocal delivery on this tune is a marvel, only punctuated by heavenly backing vocals. Morgan Nagler has this power that draws you completely into the song, and you’ll find that I’m a Man is filled with such rare quality…so much so that you might not listen to anything else; look for it on September 1st via Graveface Records.

Check New Wireheads Single

I’m always locked in on what’s happening in the Australia neck of the woods, and Wireheads have popped up previously, though their next LP is promised to be their best work to date (it was recorded by Calvin Johnson). There’s something about the way the guitar is strummed in the front of the mix, while a echo-y drum pounds in rhythm to moving piano lines. If you’re listening closely, you can definitely hear the lineage of Aussie poetic delivery…makes me fawn nostalgically. They’ll be releasing Lightning Ears on October 20th via Tenth Court…but sample this gem in anticipation of another great Oceanic pop release.

Check Out This New Abraham King Tune

Stop what you’re doing right now and check out this new tune called “Spit” from Brooklyn based outfit Abraham King. It starts a little bit slow, almost a downer to be honest, but once it drops and the heavy bass comes in, it brings something truly special. Think old school 90s indie bands like Pavement if the breaks were even heavier.

Abraham King will dropping their debut LP sometime this fall. Stay tuned.

Show Preview: Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s TONIGHT

Hey all, last minute reminder to come check out Lucy Dacus with me. She and a really talented batch of musicians supporting her are coming in town to play on the Stubb’s inside stage. Tickets are available here and should be at least a few at the door. #airconditioning

We caught Lucy Dacus’s set at ACL last year on weekend one, alas no weekend two repeat. We were terribly impressed and left as fans calling her set as a definite highlight in our recaps. I missed her set at 3Ten earlier this year, but will remedy that tonight. Come hang. I am testing a new lens. The Diamond Center and Cowboy Crisis open.

Smooth Pop from Hamjam

I’m really surprised there’s not more of a hubbub concerning Hamjam, considering it features members of both Pond and Methyl Ethyl. Regardless, the act is crafting this sleek synth pop, filled with little burst of soaring vocals and infectious hooks. You want this tune playing as you slip into your nighttime groove; it’s definitely has vibes that guarantee a good time. And, if you’re into it, you can grab a/s/l? from Bedroom Suck Records. You can stream the whole LP HERE.

Tim Chaplin Releases A New LP

Prolific songwriter Tim Chaplin has just dropped his latest release, Days Either Side. He seems to be really pushing himself on the entirety of this, aside from “Some Kinda Saint” (thats still a remarkable gem). He utilizes loops, spoken word and sort of a constructionist approach to piecing his songs together; it provides for a diverse listen that never goes stale. It’s good to hear him working in all his various influences, yet remaining wholly himself. I suggest you give his new album a listen below.

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