Just this last week the folks over at Burger Records released a cassette from Dutch band Mozes and the Firstborn. I like how the group opens up this lead single by jumping right into the chorus, than going backwards by offering up the verses. The vocals remind me of Austin’s The Strange Boys, those there’s a different folk spin on the group’s approach. A relaxed pace and a catchy chorus make this song worthy of repeat listens throughout your day, which will hold true for the band’s self-titled cassette. It’s available now, so do what’s good for you and pick it up.
|Tickets||$10 @ Frontgate|
It seems like a bit of a slow week for live music in Austin until the weekend so bigger name indie groups like Natural Child should be a must for music lovers. The show goes down on the inside stage of Red 7 and features a nice opener in the form of Birdcloud. Coming in at only $10, this seems like a no-brainer if you’re looking for something to do on a Tuesday night. Of course you know the rock will be brought and fun will be had by all.
Download: Natural Child – B$G P$MP$N [MP3]
We all now how busy Robert Pollard is, constantly writing songs for himself and for GBV, so he doesn’t want to waste any time here; he wants to give you another jam to take you into your Friday. He’s got a new record titled Honey Locust Honky Tonk, which will be in stores on July 9th. This is actually one of my favorite tracks of his recent output, which doesn’t mean I hate anything or love anything in particular, only that I like this track quite a bit. Never a bad day when you’ve got Bob to take you into the weekend.
Astrid Swan was the first signee with my favorite little label, Soliti Music; her first release was all Pavement covers. On this new single, you’ll see her expansive creativity, as she works the song in slowly for almost two minutes. About that time the piano begins to bounce more heavily, with off-kilter percussion accentuating the vocal. It’s definitely a song that’s going to take careful listening, but I think for a rainy day here in Austin, it’s perfect. You can find her new album Astrid4 coming to you sometime in the fall of 2013.
In the mood for a locally-sourced tasty house dance jam with a great bass line and pretty vocal loops to get you through an afternoon? Good, me too. Thankfully, Michael from ATH favorite Orthy and Samantha of Whiite Walls DJ as Deep Cuts decided to do an original track. It makes me want to put on big headphones and walk around at night with purpose.
If you dig this, check out this IT Department post and a track from Loose Fit.
I’m thoroughly impressed by the work of the duo, Steel Phantoms. When I first heard this track, I thought the group might approach the sound of Dodos, but they totally turned it up a notch, adding a more raucous element with the pounding of the drum section. Sure, they mellow out momentarily in parts, but the whole of the track is much more forceful. The band has a new self-titled EP that’s heading your way on July 16th, and it’s figuring to have a heavy spot in your summertime rotation, combining sprawling indie rock with energetic anthems.
Download: Steel Phantoms – Curtain Call [MP3]
I don’t know if you were paying attention, but I praised Growing Seeds, the last LP from Lust for Youth, the project of Hannes Norrvide. He’s going to be releasing another LP this year, Perfect View, and I’m already in love with what he’s offered up as his first single. Musically, it’s dark, and while it might not be the most expansive piece, it’s definitely captivating. The lyrics are said, almost shouted, which provides another haunting layer to the sound. Sacred Bones will be releasing the album on June 11th, and you can bet I’ll be in line for that one.
Austinites rejoice! Tonight is another rare opportunity to catch Simon Green (better known as Bonobo) with a full band in tow. Fast on the heels of his latest LP, The North Borders, Green and Co. look to spread the groove further South. These performances are known for their legendary statuses; and when seen in person, it’s easy to understand why. Come on out tonight and see for yourself!