It’s ticket giveaway madness time again here at ATH! Last week we brought you a pair of tickets for a lucky winner to the incredible Saint Motel show at Stubbs last Saturday. This week it looks like we’ll be back at Stubbs on a Saturday for the locals only show being curated by ATH favorite The Clouds Are Ghosts. We’ve got a guest list spot with +1 for one lucky winner and the deets go like this:
Up for grabs: A guest list spot with +1
Closing time for entries: Friday morning around high noon
How to enter?: Simple leave a comment with why you should win. That’s it.
Please remember to leave a valid email address in the comment form so we know who to get in touch with. This show also features great local talent Equals, Love Hate Affair, and Rescue Mission so it’s gonna be a good one. Check the Stubbs event site for more info.
Download: The Clouds Are Ghosts – Fields [MP3]
Surely you’re all aware of my thirst for Swedish indie pop, and I was satiated today when a friend send me this recent EP from The Lost Homeboys. They didn’t have to do too much to convince me, considering members of the band are also part of The Electric Pop Group, a band in the heralded stable of our friends at Matinee. This gem comes from the group’s Leaving Town EP (out not on Dufflecoat Records) and it’s a five minute trip down the beautiful road of indie pop goodness. Something about that guitar sound gets me every time, and the vocal definitely found its way to my heart. I hope you’ll enjoy this one.
Download:The Lost Homeboys – S is for Secrets [MP3]
Our boys in Literature have had a pretty solid year thus far, having released their debut Arab Spring LP with us earlier in the year. They’re back at it again with the new Tie Die 7″, which will come out via our partners for the LP, Square of Opposition Records. On the B-Side for the release you’ll notice that the urgency of the power pop the band used in the past has receded slightly, allowing for their melodies to take their time coming through the song. In what’s already been a banner year for the band, they continue writing great songs, maintaining their spot as one of our favorites. Oh, and if you haven’t bought their LP, you can still grab a few HERE.
Download:Literature – Apples [MP3]
Friday night was our third show in a four day run, and man, I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of bands to catch live. Manhunt, Flesh Lights, Mind Spiders killed it, and to top it off, Obits closed the night in marvelous fashion.
Read on for some thoughts and the usual solid photographs from Mr. Brian Gray.
I was first introduced to Nathan K‘s music while listening to his other group, Stepdad, but now he’s stepped out for just a minute to offer up a brand new album of really mellow tunes. All these songs stem from time spent with his dying grandfather in the hospital, which clearly makes this a very personal album for him. Clearly, it’s not the most uplifting affair, but he’s really done an incredible job allowing us a brief view into this experience. All these songs appear on his release Dishes, with the majority of these tunes recorded late at night on a four-track while he tended to his ailing grandfather. Sometimes with great tragedy we see great beauty.
Download: Nathan K – Hospital Walls [MP3]
It seems like every woman ever connected with Vivian Girls likes to keep herself busy, and Ali Koehler isn’t any different from the rest. She’s recently recorded this nice little gem for Art Is Hard’s Pizza Club, and it’s quite a nice bit of pop. It’s not a long track by any means, and it doesn’t really need to be, as the hooks come as soon as Ali opens her mouth. Sure, you’ll find similarities with the other acts she’s been associated with, but this sounds so much sweeter, in an innocent pop songstress sort of way. Hope you dig it.
Download:Ali Koehler – Not Like Me [MP3]
A bit ago I brought you a sweet gem from Allah Las, a California group with an homage to the classic psychedelia of their home state. Well, lucky for you, the group is nearing the release of their self-titled album, which comes out on September 18 via Innovative Leisure. Again, the group is tossing back their sound, and that guitar sounds so incredible coming through the speakers. I can’t really see a lot of modern bands giving the sound this kind of classicism, which proves to me that this group really has something special going on in their tunes. It’s not a rehash; it’s a re-imagining and it sounds great.
Download: Allah-Las – Don’t You Forget It [MP3]
I’ve written about this duo before, but as things heat up here in Austin, I’m always pleased with tracks that demonstrate the lighter side of my personal musical tastes. My Great Ghost has just released their EP, which should whet your appetite as they work on completing their full length album. While the beginning of this track seems fairly normal and catchy, it hits harder as the vocals soar a little bit higher and the strength of the beats come through. This is definitely a group worthy of your attention; be sure to check out their self-titled EP.
Download:My Great Ghost – Means To An End [MP3]
FatCat really has their hand on melodic noise rock from the British Isles. Not only do they have our favorite The Twilight Sad on their roster, but they’ve just picked up PAWS to release their album, Cokefloat!, on October 9th. There’s a great bit of exuberance in this track, with a youthful vocal attack dominating the song from the get-go. I like how things are slowed down just a touch towards the end of the song, giving you time to capture your breath before they blast off in an angst-ridden fashion. Definitely an exciting track from these Glasgow lads.
Download: PAWS – Miss American Bookworm [MP3]
The great thing about the Internet is that it makes discovering acts a lot easier than it used to be, and lucky for Suicide Squeeze I think they’ve stumbled upon to a real gem. They’ve just signed Peace, a Vancouver act, and plan to release the band’s album, The World Is Too Much With Us on October 16th. It has the slightest hints of Fresh and Onlys, with that heavy vocal being the focus, although it’s not exactly in the realm of modern psychedelia. I appreciate the onward stomp of the track with its crashing cymbals propelling the song forward. Congrats SS, this is going to be a great one.
Download:Peace- Your Hand In Mine [MP3]