||Monday, September 17th
||$9 at the Door
There’s pretty much a great show to attend every night of this week, so if you’re a die-hard rock n’ roller, you should probably start your week off right over at the Mohawk. The People’s Temple are one of the bands I stumbled upon a few years back, and I’ve been following them pretty closely since then. They recently put out a great new 7″ on Hozac Records, and that’s only made me more excited to hear their psychedelic garage rock this Monday evening. Opening the show will be Dead Space and Foreign Mothers, helping to round out a pretty noteworthy evening at one of our favorite spots.
Download:People’s Temple – Sons of Stone [MP3]
I’ve been looking through the window at the rain for hours, trying to get the site ready for the week. One of the tracks we were sent just seems perfectly fitting for the soundtrack of these last two hours. Florida’s Day Joy have crafted this emotional folk number, which gives me the impression that my life is quietly floating by as the rain soaks my yard. It’s a pretty special listen, and one that moved me the minute I pressed play. You can find this track and others on the band’s debut, Go To Sleep, Mess; the record will be released soon by Small Plate Records.
Download:Day Joy – Go To Sleep, Mess [MP3]
It is going to be raining. There are a lot of shows. Be safe. Be happy. This song makes me happy.
Stars just released The North and will be touring through the fall including a stop at ACL, playing on Sunday during my birthday party at 1:15. I’m inviting all of you to the Barton Springs stage. I know some of you may venture off towards the Freelance Whales or Moon Duo. I understand. I may even stop by.
In the mean time, I give you 4:39 of happy.
I know how important the word community can be in regards to music, so when I read about the benefit album being put together by some of the heavy hitters in North Carolina’s music scene, I knew I had to share. Ivan from the Rosebuds (the most well-known of the bunch) and two other friends have created a record titled Yes Means Maybe, using the moniker The Flute Flies. Right now, they’re offering the album for a donation only, which is an absolute must, as all the money goes to Tisch Brain Tumor Center. The TBT Center is important to the story because their friend, and member of the NC music community, was a patient there before his passing. You know this means a lot to the musicians involved, so please head over to the band’s BANDCAMP and donate–enjoy the music they created in honor of the cause too.
Download:The Flute Flies – Shopping Mall [MP3]
I’ve been listening to the Levek record for a few weeks now, and it goes all over the place musically, in an endearing way. But, I’m completely on board with the release of the new single, “Girl In the Fog.” It’s a soft, guitar-based track, allowing the vocals of David Levesque to live in the foreground. For my two cents, I hear an approach similar to what Devendra Banhart used to do, though with a much more pleasant vocal. This is one of the standout tunes on David’s new record, Look a Little Closer, which comes out next Tuesday via Lefse Records.
Download:Levek – Girl In The Fog [MP3]
||Saturday, September 15th
||La Zona Rosa
||$15 @ La Zona Rosa
This is by and large the show of the week. Sure, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall have both made their way through town several times in the last few months, but I don’t think a single person that’s caught these two acts will tell you they wouldn’t willingly see the band over and over again. Plus, the new record from Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II, is pretty killer, so hopefully we’ll get some new jams live in their set, not to mention Ty guests on it, so he’ll probably guest on stage. And if you need another reason, check out locals Gal Pals and Fleshlights rocking things out in true Austin fashion. Looks like I just gave you plans for Saturday night.
Download:Thee Oh Sees – I Need Seed [MP3]
You send me something that references both the Stooges and STAX Records and I’m going to have to listen to it. And surprise, I dig it. This is the new single from Waves of Fury, a UK band set to release their album Thirst on October 30th via Alive Records. Interestingly, it definitely has more of an American feel than a UK feel, though the lyrics do have a bit of a Brit-rock delivery. I found it noisy, yet catchy, so you know those things are going to be present when you press play. It doesn’t hurt that they appropriately incorporate a nice bit of horns too…maybe I need to run and bust out my STAX collection. You enjoy this while I run and do that right quick.
Download:Waves of Fury – These Things I Leave You [MP3]
I’ve backed the ladies in the Coathangers for some time, and as their star continues to rise, the group only seems to get better and better. Suicide Squeeze just announced today that they’ll be releasing a new split 7″ with the band and label mates, Heavy Cream. This is my first listen, and it’s as bratty and catchy as I remember the group from when they came into Austin just a short bit ago. Really stoked to see what these ladies can pull off on their next full-length, so stay tuned!
Download:The Coathangers – Merry Go Round [MP3]
As much as I hate to run the same stuff as P4K, I have to continue for Ryan Howe and his project, Punks On Mars. His newest track encapsulates every inch of what I love about his music, using hooks wrapped around Bolan-esque guitar riffs, all the while traveling off the beaten path just a tad. It’s in the same vein as my faves King Tuff and Hunx, but in a completely different manner. If you’re loving this jam, you’ll find more tunes just like it when his new full-length, Bad Expectations, comes out via Zoo Music on October 30th.
Download:Punks On Mars – Showers of Pain [MP3]
I think I am already sick of the new XX album and don’t even own it. My drive time with SiriusXMU has pretty much locked that up.
As an alternative, we bring you Beacon. It starts low and sultry, and builds from sparse to sweeping. Another Brooklyn-based duo borrowing from R&B and dance pop, They’ll be releasing the For Now EP on October 2nd. Until then, you can stream this song called “Feelings Gone” over at the Ghostly soundcloud.
…or right here.