New Track From Elbow

Elbow c  Paul HusbandOne of my fondest festival memories ever is the time that Elbow played at sunset on one of the smaller stages at ACL. An overcast humid day had a front blow through mid-set. Wind gusts forced a stop in the action to lower a banner. As the hardware dropped, the band played a soundtrack and banter abounded. I will say that Elbow frontman Guy Garvey may possibly be the most charming person to front a band in the history of music. You ever get that fuzzy-eyed, smiling like an idiot zombie moment at a show? Everyone, old fans and new, delighted.

“Magnificient (She Says)” is the first song from the next album, Little Fictions, due on February 3rd. To say the least, I am delighted to report this is as good. This band will be on my festival season must-see list, but still hoping for an actual show here in Austin (ACL Live, please make that happen).


ATX Spotlight: Ama Releases New Single

amaA day after we dropped our ATX Christmas Guide, featuring tons of local talent, we’ve got another talented group offering up their new single, Ama. The band’s long been known to us, but the balance of this track exemplifies the group’s talents; they rock hard amidst the cool verses on display from vocalist Blair Robbins. You offer me impressive guitar work and hook-laden vocals and I’m in, which is why I’ll throw down behind this act. No word on a release, but you can help them out by throwing a buck or two their way over on their Bandcamp.

Brand Spanking New Bastards of Fate

bastardspress2-kent-mooreBoredom tends to sink in at this time of the year, as we read through an abundant list of Top whatevers, quietly disagreeing. Enter Bastards of Fate, an other worldly affair Personally, their offering up something that’s indescribable, and I mean that in a flattering sense. You’ll ear elements of classic instrumentation (in the opening moments), discordant flair, rockabilly, prog…and it’s all wrapped up in a tight little pop sensibility bow for your ears. It’s kind of reminiscent of the B-52s, if they were possessed by the devil and impervious to what’s cool. Their new album Suckthe Light Out will be released by HHBTM on February 10th of next year.

Groovy Track from Femny

femnyI’m going to be playing this Femny track quite a bit today, and I’m hoping you do too. We’re winding down the year, and so posts are fading…just don’t ignore this. It reminds me of a less reverb-coated Julian Casablancas outing, only with heavier synths and brighter hooks. In the latter half, there’s even a distant shout coming in through the main vocal mix…and it really could be Casablancas himself. Don’t let similarities dissuade you; your’e going to have fun listening to this tune. Look for their Instant Star EP from Broken Circles on January 17th.

The Grapes and Friends Release Christmas Crush

christmasEach year the guys from Gorgeous Hands, Dangeresque, Genuine Leather and more gather as Grapes & Friends to throw a huge holiday extravaganza over at Hole in the Wall. This year, we get the extra treat of a rad rock n’ roll single to boot! This track holds onto the a catch R&B vibe, while still bringing a solid punch. Basically this track employs members doing what they do best, write great tracks and throw great parties! The celebration kicks off this Saturday at 8 PM over at Hole in the Wall, with TOMA opening the night up. Find out more about the event right HERE, and jam the track below.

Tomorrows Unleash Golden Lion

tomorrowsI’m really enjoying this new track from Tomorrows, living somewhere between the worlds of psychedelia and indie rock. The vocals soar atop a stomping blend of organ and bending chords. They just released their debut album, Another Life, which is filled with a blend of classic touches and modern reinventions…I think you can surely hear that in this number. I’m a huge fan of the chorus, but I’ve also enjoyed trying to unfold the various textures that leave the song as a standout in my mind. Give it a little listen below.

MNNQNS Bring Dark Pop

mnnqnsAs the year draws to a close, folks are scrambling for the last bit of great tracks to fill their sites. Me, I’m just digging deep, looking for gems I missed out on earlier. I stumbled across MNNQNS, a French act who’ve just released their Capital EP, and the lead track is definitely worthy of some attention. It’s got all the right elements of brooding and discord, yet they’re woven tightly around a pop sensibility that always helps me gravitate towards repeat listens. You’ll also find a bit of exploratory noise rounding out the back half of the tune, which is a nice touch. Enjoy this one.

Top 50 Albums of 2016

top50You’ve all been waiting, anxiously. Waiting for our arbitrary list of the opinion of four folks who run this site, and what we think were the best albums of 2016. It’s really really important. We’re going to make our site great again with this list. We’re going to win, bigly. But really, it’s just a list of the stuff we loved the most that we covered throughout this year on our site. The comment section is open, so feel free to tell us where we’ve gone wrong or what we’ve got right or anything else fitting. Read more

New Video from Serengeti and Sicker Man

Serengeti‘s typically been known for his work in the hip-hop realm, and while I’m sure that still holds true to his heart, his work with Sicker Man is taking him somewhere entirely different. For instance, the video below accompanies this brilliant piece of electronically washed pop; I can’t help but find myself comparing the piece as an homage to Magnetic Fields…all the way down to the heavy tones of the vocals. It’s just one of those songs that finds its way under your skin, and the next thin you know you’ve played it ten times in a row! Look for this tune on the Doctor My Own Patience LP, which is being released on December 16thby Graveface Records.

Delightful Tune from Rebel Kind

rebelkindUp until now, the tunes that Rebel Kind have let loose, in regards to their new album at least, have been fairly energetic. On the title track from Just for Fools, the band illustrates that the group can channel any spirit animal, and for my ears, I hear them channelingthe greats like Hatfield or Sandoval (intentional or not). Those of you looking for something soothing, yet ultimately cool, will find that this new tune is refreshing…giving us the guarantee that the new record is more than just a one trick pony. Guess we’ll all find out on December 16th when Urinal Cake Records release it!

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