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Chilled Vibes from The Good Sports

goodieI just can’t get enough of sun-drenched guitar pop, and today, there’s nothing better than this EP from Brisbane’s The Good Sports.  I’ve spent the last few hours listening to their new Mandarin Time EP, and it sort of reminds me of the music being crafted by The Growlers.  There’s slight traces of garage rock, but they spin it in such a soft manner that you can’t help but to just sink into the vibe of the tune.  Their EP gets a little bit groovier in the long run, but this tune was the one that grabbed me immediately.  You’re going to have a hard time getting this jam out of your head today.

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Download: The Good Sports – Out Of The Way [MP3]

Grungy Pop from Virgin Kids

virginIn case no one else out there obsessively follows their favorite labels, I’m here to help you with that job today.  Art is Hard Records tossed up this little gem from Virgin Kids last Friday, and it made its way into my weekend rotation, getting so many spins I had to share it with you. The three-piece London outfit really has two sides of this song; they offer a pretty straight-forward guitar pop piece up front, but get all distorted in the middle of the song, letting the chords ring loud.  Heavier parts of the song come in strong, but they’re short-lived, as to be sure not to wear out their welcome amid such a pop-centric feel.  Enjoy this one.

Show Preview: Woods @ Holy Mountain (8.20)

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Date Wednesday, August 20th
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9:00
Tickets $12 from Transmission


I feel like Woods is one of the bands that I will forever undervalue.  I snatch up everything they put out, then indulge far too frequently in those purchases. But, then I sometimes forget they even exist, especially since Kevin Morby always has something going on.  Luckily, we can all indulge on Wednesday in a little bit of Woods; their live sets are phenomenal, not to be missed gigs.  They cover so much sonic ground, from folk to pop to psychedelia, and it all blends together so seamlessly. Odds are they’ll spend a great bit of the night covering their most recent effort, With Light and With Love, yet I now they’ll fill their set with delights from the back catalogue. See you guys Wednesday!

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Download: Woods – Suffering Season [MP3]

Austin Spotlight: New Song from Silver Ships

chazzWhen I look around the Austin music landscape, there’s some incredible things happening.  The rock n’ roll scene is hitting hard with great acts like Trustees or Xetas; the indie pop scene is, as always, flourishing; folk and country artists abound, with some doing it better than others.  But, no one is making the music like Silver Ships.  It’s the product of Chazz Bessette, who recorded the entirety of his new album sans computer technology.  That’s a pretty impressive feat alone, but this new song is just so so good. There’s an old school feel to it, with a plodding organ and a solid melody.  Look for more when Songs From a Room That Never Moves comes your way on September 30th.

Another New Song & Video From Lace Curtains

michael-coomersHaving already shared with you new single “Wilshire and Fairfax”, I’m happy today to bring you another new track from Michael Coomer and his project known as Lace Curtains.  This one comes in the form of a video and is entitled “Boardwalk to the Alps”.  The track is yet again superb with its quirky and undeniably catchy rhythms throughout.  Fans of old school monster cinema will also love the video.  Check it out after the jump.

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Enjoy This Latest Single from Johnny Aries

johnnOkay. Johnny Aries plays with the Drums.  But, don’t let that impact your listening.  He’s actually better known, to me, of this role in UK outfit Two Wounded Birds.  The UK songwriter has a touch of that spritely bounce you’ll get in his current act, but there’s more of a traditional indiepop sound coming from his songs; I can even hear a bit of that Moz croon hanging on the tip of his delivery.  It’ll be interesting to hear how his whole record, Unbloomed, shapes up. It’s going to be released by Frenchkiss on August 26th.

Catchy Jam from Free Time

freeWe’d previously run the B-Side from Free Time, but the A-side is even better.  Dion Nania’s project seems to have fully taken form, stepping further away from his work with Twerps, and moving in another direction, though still paying homage to his past.  There’s cascading guitar solos maneuvering in and out of the song, and you’ll find the relaxed vocal approach working too.  If you expected another chilled bit of casual pop, then check yourself, as “Esoteric Tizz” is a stunner.  The 7″ will be released this week on Underwater Peoples, so grab it while its hot.

Austin Spotlight (Sort of): New Music from This Will Destroy You

twdyTechnically, This Will Destroy You hailed from San Marcos, which is just a few minutes away from Austin, so we’ll gladly take them in as our own.  They’re crafting the sort of sprawling post-rock that was popularized by the likes of Mogwai and EITS, and they’re doing a pretty solid job.  On their latest single, the song opens with a rolling drum and a careful touch of keyboard notes, as guitars quietly begin to creep into the track.  Just before the 1 minute mark, those guitars begin to ring louder, distortion enters the picture, building towards a crescendo.  But, if I were to have a complaint, it would be that song doesn’t quite get there; there’s no ultimate crash that swoops in.  Of course, that also makes the group different, offering their own branding on the style.  Look for their latest album, Another Language, on September 16th via Suicide Squeeze.

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