SXSW Interviews: Young Empires

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know much about Canada based Young Empires prior to sending off these interview questions.  While doing a little bit of research on the group, I found myself jamming to their brand of new wave/dance music similar to The Rapture or even Cut Copy.  It’s now always my thing, but SXSW can definitely bring out the inner dance child inside.  After the jump you can find interview questions from Jacob Palahnuk, bass player for the band.

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SXSW Interviews: Prince Rama

As we continue our SXSW coverage, we’re bringing to you a group that sadly gets lumped in with psychedelic rock, not that we don’t like that style, but Prince Rama is so much more than that.  They’re a whole lot more experimental, combinging elements of Eastern world music, creating an atypical sound from the get-go.  They played a great show in Austin earlier this year with Gang Gang Dance, so we expect another great performance. Oh, and apparently cats are the loneliest thing if their owned by touring bands. Read more

More Tunes from Juston Stens

Three weeks ago we brought you a country-ish number from Juston Stens, the former member of Dr. Dog, but this new track is something quite different. There’s an almost jagged element, giving a little spring to your step, but through it all, you can still see the folk-ish routes of Stens and his past.  My ears hear a little bit of an homage to Okkervil River, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.  Regardless, if he’s writing songs like this, it doesn’t seem like he made a bad move in stepping out to go solo. His album Trash or Treasure can be found in stores now, and if you’re in Austin, you can catch him playing several sets as part of the SXSW festivities.

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Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]

SXSW Interviews: K-Holes

K-Holes are one of the bands that you’re either going to love or hate, though I’d prefer if you loved them.  Every time I listen to their single for their upcoming record, Dismania, I nostalgically wander back to the early days of Liars. We caught up with them via email before their trip to SXSW, and they threw some humor our way, which is always appreciated.  Thanks Mr. Baxter for the interview hookup. Here’s answers from the band… Read more

Great New Song from Balthrop, Alabama

Balthrop, Alabama has an interesting story, having moved to New York (of course!) to start a band, then forming their own town of sorts to help them create their tunes.  The results in my book are pretty exciting, and the band will be releasing their album We Have Electricity on April 10th.  You’ll find a nice groove going on from the get-go here, but also an organic sound fueled by their established township.  This is definitely a promising introduction to this group, don’t you think?

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Download:Balthrop Alabama – Electricity [MP3]

New Dance Banger from Icky Blossoms

It’s Friday and that means Spring Break’s here! In honor, I wanted to toss up some funky hits today, like this catchy new tune from Icky Blossoms. This is definitely a dance track, and I’d love to hear it in the club (you know versus my laptop); the song is the debut single from the group’s upcoming debut on Saddle Creek. Dave from TV on the Radio is producing it, so you know there’s a man with tastes behind the knobs.  The band will be here for SXSW too, so turn it up, shake it a little, and lets get ready to party.

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Download:Icky Blossoms – Babes [MP3]

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