Personally, the new Dr. Dog really has me on edge. Sure, they’re not necessarily indie darlings anymore, but I’m really looking forward to the release of Shame, Shame, which hits stores April 6th. Here’s another new track off their latest effort. You can welcome the boys to Austin in May @ Emos as they come our way to support their new album, that’s if you don’t catch them at SXSW.
Download: Dr. Dog – Stranger [MP3]
Tre Orsi recently popped up on the Matador Austin Compilation, though the band is a three piece from Denton. This is probably due to the fact that we’d like to claim them as our own due to their rocking live shows, and their powerful sound. The band will be releasing their album, Devices + Albums, on March 23rd through Works Progress Records. Production credits go to Bubba Kadane of Bedhead (The New Year too) fame, so you know it will sound great–I can confirm it does, as I’ve been listening to it non-stop since I got my hands on it. Give the band a try. Buy local.
Download: Tre Orsi – The Engineer [MP3]
If you aren’t indulging yourself in our March music sampler (you better be), NPR music has another worthwhile SXSW music sampler available for download. The 11 song sampler features top notch ATH favorites like Spoon, The Walkmen, Local Natives, and more. You can read more about it on NPR or download the sampler straight from itunes. Until then, check out the standout sampler track “Airplanes” from Local Natives. For those of you who have yet to pick up their new album, we aren’t friends anymore.
Download: Local Natives – Airplanes [MP3]
As we lead up to our showcase during SXSW week, we wanted to give a quick shoutout to Ear Peace who have graciously jumped on board to help sponsor the show. Ear Peace is a new start up company that plans to re-define the way you protect your hearing during live shows. These ear plugs are what we call “top of the line” and actually allow you to hear the music while still protecting your ears. I think we all know that’s important during SXSW. Ear Peace will be around the showcase handing out some free samples along with premium carrying cases to all attendees. You can read more about this new company on their website or follow them on their twitter page. Expect these guys to be a household name after SXSW. Stay tuned, as more free stuff for the showcase is soon to be announced.
Ladies and Gentlemenz, we are again pleased to announce to you the 2010 Austin Town Hall SXSW guide. It’s super fancy and comes with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Just like last year, you’ll see a day by day breakdown with the best 3-4 parties going on that day. You’ll also find an awesome SXSW food guide and a breakdown of the artists playing our showcase on Thursday. Not enough for ya? Try plugging that page (http://sxsw.austintownhall.com) into your fancy lil’ iphone. Now I know you like that. We’re hoping this site will help you weed through all those parties you’ve been RSVPing to and stick to the ones really worth a damn. Check out the new page now! Please keep in mind that we’re going off the information we have as of right now. More parties are sure to be announced (looking at you Fader Fort) as the week draws closer. Also, don’t forget to RSVP to our showcase and check out the sweet ATH March music sampler.
British indie label 4AD have started a new live sessions portion of their site to feature performances by their stacked lineup of artists. Things started off with a session by tUnE-YarDs and now moved on to up and comers Efterklang. The band plays 4 songs from their new release Magic Chairs in an incredible looking venue in Copehagen, Denmark. Baller. Check out the videos now.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce for your listening pleasure the new Austin Town Hall March music sampler. This bad boy features 6 tracks from bands playing our showcase on Thursday the 18th, as well as 10 other bands we’re looking forward to seeing during the SXSW week. That’s 16 in all for you kids that don’t do the math too good… You’ll see familiar ATH favorites like Surfer Blood, Besnard Lakes, and Crayon Fields alongside some of the lesser known acts like The Loom, The Crookes, and Holiday Shores. I’ll stop blabbing and just direct you all to the new sampler page. We’re pretty proud of this one so tell all your friends! Also, don’t forget to get those RSVPs in for our sweet party at The Ghost Room.
This fine Wednesday evening, yours truly will be heading down to San Marcos to appear on local college radio station KTSW. I’m slotted to be on the air between 10pm-midnight on the weekly Wednesday show The Party Line w/ BC & Merch. I’ll be discussing our upcoming day party lineup, giving away some free stuff and of course jammin’ the tunes (while simultaneously judging their taste of course…). Anyone can tune in online via the KTSW site. Also say hi to BC & Merch on their website or follow dem on twitter. Tune in tonight! Do it!
Prior to it’s March 1st release date, Frightened Rabbit are streaming their upcoming LP The Winter of Mixed Drinks over on their myspace page. Anyone care to give us their first impressions?
In a year that already seems full of releases from our favorite bands, there is yet another one to keep us on pins and needles. The New Pornographers are set to release their fifth album, Together, on Matador Records on May 4th. Thanks to the Matablog, we’ve got a new tune to bring your way this morning. Enjoy!
Download: New Pornographers – Your Hands Together [MP3]