Free Week Pics: Modern Outsider Takeover @ Emo’s (1/5)

Ume. There is the general feeling around these parts that they just need to blow up; power trio rock with the remarkably charismatic powerhouse lady putting down the jams should be a lock. I love photographing this band. I think every music photographer in Austin loves photographing this band thanks to Lauren’s hair.

But they weren’t my highlight. Modern Outsider is a friend of the program. They have several great acts on their roster and bedsides being really good people, they call Austin home. So naturally, they decided to host a pre-SxSW showcase as part of Free Week 2013.

Click through for plenty of pics of Soft Swells, My Jerusalem, The Black and White Years, The Calm Blue Sea and Ume.

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Rad Tune from Useless Eaters

Knowing the history of Useless Eaters, particularly the ties to Jay Reatard, one would expect a more brash sound from the newest single from the group.  But, that’s not quite the case, as the core songwriter Seth Sutton seems determined to create a blossoming tension, as you’ll notice in the way the song climbs via the guitar in the first few minutes.  I definitely appreciate the steadied sound here, allowing the music to creatively evolve, rather than just hit you in the face forcefully.  You can find this tune on the group’s upcoming record, Hypertension, which hits stores on February 19th via Jeffery Drag Records.

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Download:Useless Eaters – Black Night Ultraviolet [MP3]

Bombastic New Tune from Iceage

I’m busy working on getting the site ready for tomorrow, and this pops up.  I’d post it tomorrow, but by then it’ll be old news; it’s too loud to post bright and early in the morning.  Iceage will be releasing their newest effort, You’re Nothing, via Matador on February 19th, and this track here exemplifies some of the changes we heard when we caught the group this past summer at Chaos in Tejas (they’ll be playing again this year).  I can appreciate the discord, but sometimes I wish this band would just clean up the recording a bit, leaving me with just some shiny hardcore gem. This will do for now.

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Download:Iceage – Coalition [MP3]

Wayward Jangling Tune from MUST

With a new year arrives new hype machines, and while I agree that we play our part here at ATH, I’m always overly reluctant to accept the praise of most.  However, when I heard about this group MUST, I was really intrigued.  They were said to be bits of alternative rock, but blending in elements of classic indie pop.  Those who know me are aware that I can’t shy away from either genre, and listening to MUST, they’re living up to that promise.  I also appreciate the art aesthetic that goes with their accompanying singles and whatnot, not to mention that their name, in my mind, swears allegiance to my beloved Manchester United.

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Download:Must – The Devil Lives [MP3]

Austin Free Week: Monday Highlights

That’s right folks, Free Week is now more like Free Week and A Half.  I had a blast last week, catching favorite acts like Young Girls and Bad Sports, but we’ve got to soldier on.  Monday is a little tame on the scheduling, but don’t forget we’ve got to support our scene and the incredible artists in Austin doing their best to make it what it is for us all. Here’s my suggestions for your night.  Read more

New Tune from Paperfangs

It looks like our good friends over at Soliti Records will be starting off 2013 the right way by releasing Past Perfect by Paperfangs.  This is the first single from the band’s new album, said to be the process of creating an album with multiple layers and stories that will unfold differently, depending upon what the listener brings to the table.  For my two cents, I like the electronic pulse of the track, which seemingly adds more diversity to a steadily growing stable of incredible bands.  Seems like the perfect way to start off our Monday here at ATH.

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Download:Paperfangs – Bathe In Glory [MP3]

Pleased to Meet You: The Chrysalids (UK)

One of my favorite things about the holiday break is that I get a chance to listen to the advice of various friends around the world who often advise me on hits galore.  For me, the Chrysalids have been on constant rotation, though the band hasn’t been together in quite some time.  2012 saw the group release a retrospective album titled Neither Love Nor Money via Pronoia Records.  This hits right at the heart of my adoration for jangling pop, coinciding with great harmonies and bits of indie pop.  Here’s the opener from that retrospective, so maybe you’ll feel inclined to go check out the band as well.

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Download:The Chrysalids – When There Are No Stars In The Sky [MP3]

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