Long ago we posted about the newest record from Strawberry Whiplash, Hits in the Car. Now the band have returned with their second single from the record, “Now I Know It’s You.” While the first single was pure pop goodness, this one has a little bit more of a hazy quality, giving off that dream-pop vibe you know that we love. The great thing about the group is that their tracks are always short and to the point, giving you the goodness you know you crave. So, if you’re like us, go pick up the record on March 27th from the good folks over at Matinee Recordings.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Now I Know It’s You [MP3]
Spanish Prisoners are an up-and-coming act who are making their first venture to SXSW, not to mention their first venture together in a van! We all know how that can go, so we wish them the best of luck. Also, you can download their excellent debut Gold Fools over at their bandcamp page, but be sure to donate to help support the cause! Here’s their answers to our questions: let’s be sure to give them a warm welcome. Read more
Last week I wrote about Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys, a solid rock outfit coming our way for SXSW. Fortunately, we caught up with the trio before their trip to Austin, and now it’s time to share their responses. Stoked to have all three dudes chip in their answers, so thanks to Jason B. for his hard work getting this together. And be sure to check out their Glazin LP on Hardly Art. Read more
Brooklyn’s Leland Sundries have just put out their Foundry EP, and we’ve got another new track from the effort to offer you up today. For the most part, the song centers around a nicely strummed guitar, with a deep-toned vocal coming your way. Apparently the song references a fire in Brooklyn in 2006, so it’s definitely had time to germinate with band leader Nick Loss Eaton. Let’ this track sink in for a bit, and you’ll soon join us in singing the praise for Leland Sundries–another Brooklyn band with a really bright future.
Download:Leland Sundries – Monitor Arms [MP3]
We’re continuing our SXSW coverage with one of the more creative bands coming to Austin next week, AU. Luke Wyland is the main man behind the project, but he brings in his friends from time to time to flesh out the sound. I can’t wait to catch these guys live, so read on to hear what they had to say about SXSW and other such things… Read more
Oh snap! New Suckers! Man, we absolutely love this band; we’ve probably seen them a combined 25-30 times, and we’ll get another chance when they grace us with their presence at our SXSW Party. But, more importantly, the band has a new record coming out on Frenchkiss Records on April 24th titled Candy Salad. This first listen is a solid track, just as we expected, but it indicates a whole lot of focus from the band, seemingly reigning in some of their spontaneity. Feel sure that the band’s got more great songs up their sleeve, and as an early indicator, this one definitely makes me happy!
Download: Suckers – Turn on the Sunshine [MP3]
Los Angeles outfit Letting Up Despite Great Faults released their Paper Crush EP last year on Old Flame Records, and we jumped all over it. It had this really warm feeling lurking beneath the dream-like pop that the band crafted. As they prepare to head down for SXSW, band member Kent took some time out of their schedule to fill out a brief interview…check out their responses. Read more
It’s just a week away folks, and we’re here to share some responses from one of our favorite acts of 2011, Twerps. Their self-titled debut blew us away, making our top albums of the year. We’re also really excited that the band has found some time in their busy schedule to join us at our party. Read more
It’s crazy that Sub Pop just released this track by their newest signee, King Tuff, because I just bought the 3 7″ singles collection from Suicide Squeeze yesterday afternoon. KT used to jam with Happy Birthday, and he’s been banging around on his own for a long time as well. The label will be releasing his self-titled debut on May 29th of this year, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to have a lot of fun jamming out to this. Garage rock with hooks galore, just like the track we’ve got featured for you below!
Download: King Tuff – Bad Thing [MP3]
You know, Frenchkiss Records quietly goes about releasing some awesome acts: they’ve got Cut Off Your Hands, Suckers and now they have the wonderful Emma Louise. The Australian singer has signed on with the label to release Full Hearts and Empty Rooms, her new EP, on March 13th. Her first song from the album, “Jungle,” is centered around this nice little groove, but Emma’s voice is what will definitely win you over. In a world full of Lana del Rey’s, it’s nice to have someone of that ilk doing something you can believe in. She’s also just put out a really nice video to go with the jam, and you can check that out HERE. Don’t forget to look up her tour schedule, as she’ll be zooming in for SXSW.
Download: Emma Louise – Jungle [MP3]