Sad news today in the Internet land as word has broken that much-loved Austin band Voxtrot have decided to call it quits. You can read about it HERE from the man behind it all, Ramesh. There doesn’t seem to be a huge response yet from the Austin scene, but rest assured that this is a band that will be sorely missed. Personally, the last time I saw them was a few years back at a show over at Emos. I remember being really impressed by opening band Beirut, but it was all forgotten as Voxtrot took to the stage. Their live shows were always a blast, while the whole band sang along and smiled. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite memory of the band. Farewell friends, you leave a hole in our scene.
Download: Voxtrot – Kid Gloves [MP3]
This just in: Tickets and 3-day passes for October’s Austin City Limits Festival are going on sale tomorrow at 10am. These things sold out real quick like last year, so head to the ACL website and make a purchase. Passes for all 3 days are going for $185 with all fees included in that price.
This should be a show post about the killer evening of tunes over at Antones Friday featuring Local Natives and Suckers (2 of our favorites this year). But, instead, we’ve got something for you. We’re running a little contest to win a free Local Natives “Sun Hands” 7″. All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what your favorite album of the year is, besides Local Natives (as that should be near the top), and don’t forget to leave a valid email address in the email portion of your comment. We’ll pick the winner by tomorrow morning and take care of the rest.
Oh, and our top secret spies tell us that the first person to buy Gorilla Manor starting today at Waterloo Records wins two free tickets. Get over their now. And be sure to show up early as you’ll love the Suckers too!
Download: Local Natives – Airplanes [MP3]
There’s nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion every once in a while, right? Paravel, the guys behind the scenes at Austin Town Hall, has a fun new project we’d like to share. It’s called The Many Faces Of…, and was born from a love of movies. They plan on posting a new feature each month, with Alan Rickman up first. Check it out.
Oh Schnaps! As promised last week, we’ve got even more rad show contests coming your way this week! So huge buzz band Beach House are coming to Emo’s next week. The show is SOLD OUT, and we’ve got a couple passes to give away to 2 lucky winners. Deets are as follows:
– Since the new album from Beach House is called Teen Dream, leave us a comment or Tweet us with the best song you can think of with the words “teen” and/or “dream” in the lyrics and/or title. Ex: “Teenage Wasteland” – The Who. Bonus points awarded if both words are used.
– Make sure to leave a valid email when filling out the comments form so we can get in touch with you.
– Winner will be contacted by Wednesday afternoon!
That’s about it. Simple right? Don’t forget, we always appreciate some creativity! We’ll leave a comment about who won on Thursday morning. Ready, steady, go!
Download: Beach House – Norway [MP3]
It was a rare night of glorious talent at Emos Monday night, as King Khan, The Fresh & Onlys and The Strange Boys all graced the Austin stages, in a sort of possessed ambiance of the evening. Meanwhile, the legendary Wedding Present pleased fans for hours indoors. Follow the jump to read more.
One of our favorite bands Camera Obscura is stopping in town again on Friday night at Emo’s. Of course you know we’ll be there, but we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a guest list spot that we’re offering up to a lucky reader. Deets for the contest are simple: leave a comment below or tweet us with your favorite Camera Obscura song. Easy right? Our one lucky winner will receive a spot on the band’s guest list with a +1. Winners will be contacted at the end of the day on Wednesday. Please also remember to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you. Our non winners can check out Ticketweb for tickets going for $16. Doors are @ 8:30pm. Go!
Download: Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career [MP3]
We’ve got a couple contests coming your way this week and our first one features a couple guest list spots for Thursday night’s much anticipated Big Pink show at The Parish. Details for the contest are: leave a comment below or tweet us with why you should win. Be creative fools! One lucky winner will receive their name with a +1 on the band’s guest list. Don’t forget that we’ll need a valid email address so we can contact you later. We’ll be ending things on Wednesday afternoon so get those entries in quick like. Tickets are also available via Frontgate @ $13 a piece. Ready, set, go!
Download: The Big Pink – Dominos [MP3]
Band Of Horses finally have a new track that they’ve made available for download for free on their website. The song, “Compliments”, will cost you the price of an email address/mailing list sign up. The song comes in video Mv4 format with some accompanying images, so the file size is quite big. Maybe this is a new wave of cutting down on file sharing/leaking? Maybe? Band of Horses new album, Inifinite Arm, will be out in stores May 18th. Dig.
Ah yes so we finally made it through the SXSW week and everyone is secretly glad that we’ll have to wait another year before doing it all again. Someone once said to me this week, “man this is like your World Cup huh?”, to which I said “hell yeah it is”. That might be the understatement of the century… So now that the week is behind us with ears ringing and our bodies not used to the lapse in alcohol intake, let’s follow the jump to re-live the week via amateur photography.