Having been listening to Too Young To Be In Love for several weeks now, I can say with exact certainty that I was really anticipating this show. It had that throwback appeal, with hints of grit, which is exactly why I couldn’t wait to get to Emos on Tuesday.
After releasing their latest, Belong, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart returned to Austin, riding a wave of credibility and praise. It’s no surprise then that the show was packed, especially considering the opening act, Twin Shadow, had their own wave of hype and adoration. Twas a good night.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t quite exhausted from SXSW, and nor was the near sell-out crowd over at the Mohawk this last Friday night. We all gathered to watch Destroyer, better known as Dan Bejar, not to mention the excellent War on Drugs. As a nice breeze floated in to the venue, you had to know it was going to be a special night.
What’s that you say? How can this be? We have even MORE photos from our new photographer Brian Gray from SXSW week? Thats right kids, this guy took a ton of photos all week long and we wanted to share with you just a few more before calling it good. I mean we really couldn’t resist at least sharing a few photos of Murray Lightburn going crazy on the unknowing crowd in front of him. Here’s to a job well done Mr. Gray. Hope you guys have enjoyed his work as much as I have. Follow the jump for the last bit of SXSW photos.
So this guy Brian Gray did quite a bit of running around during SXSW and saw more bands than any human being ever should over the course of 5-6 days. Hell, this guy even managed to pull that off while battling the flu. Lucky for you and me, Brian snapped a huge amount of photos during the week that we plan to share with you in small portions here. We’ve already shared some of his work from the first part of the week, so now we’ll move into the middle parts of the festival. What can I say, the man does great work. Follow the jump for more.
One of our favorite acts, Generationals, are releasing their new album Actor-Castor next Tuesday. We just wanted to give you a little bit of time to get familiar with by streaming it over at KCRW. We’re excited about this album, and this band, as they were one of our favorites at SXSW. So go STREAM the new record.
So we’ve finally wrapped SXSW and everyone is either lying in bed with the worst hangover of their life or back at work in a similar state. To begin some sort of recap for the week’s events, we will begin with some fancy photos from recent ATH pick-up Brian Gray. Now Mr. Gray has a lot of photos obviously so we picked just a few of the best ones to share. Follow the jump for more.
You’ve got to be an avid reader in order to catch some of the more obscure artists worth your time. Luckily, I like to consider myself one such person, and going through the thorough review section in the most recent Big Takeover magazine, I stumbled onto The Black Watch. At first, references to The Lucy Show and jangling guitars grabbed hold of me, but once I got my hands on the record itself, everything else just fell into place. John Andrew Frederick writes lyrics the way my favorite David Gedge would put together, just without the idiosyncrasies such as comic book references. His vocals have this warmth, as if you’re listening to a much loved mentor. Their latest album, Led Zeppelin Five, doesn’t have any hints of metal allusions, so that’s a good thing here. Sadly, the band had to go afar, all the way to New Zealand, to get Powertool Records to put out this release. But, if you like your indie rock to be thoughtful, clean and worthy of abundant spins, then go find yourself a copy. Here’s a sample:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/03-Emily-Are-You-Sleeping_.mp3]
Download: The Black Watch – Emily, Are You Sleeping [MP3]
One of the band’s we’re most excited to see at SXSW, Violens, has slowly been leaking out demos and mastered versions of their latest tracks for their next LP, the follow up to Amoral. You’ll have to wait a few weeks for the mastered version of their latest track, “Be Still,” but if you go to their site you can get a nice listen of this really sweet new track. I suggest you do so, as this band’s deserving of much more praise than they’ve received. Take a listen right HERE. And, if you like it, you can buy the first MP3 that they put up last month. Here’s an old track from the band to get you in the mood.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/03-Acid-Reign-1.mp3]
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
The great thing about SXSW is getting to see a lot of great bands you haven’t spent a lot of time with, but for me, that’s not the case with all the acts on Dirtnap Records. They’ve been putting a lot of great tunes together, several include local Austin/Texas acts like High Tension Wires or the Mind Spiders. They just put up a little comp HERE, where you can sample their great bands. Be sure to head out to their showcase on Saturday @ the Easy Tiger if you like what you hear.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/04-Dont-Let-Her-Go.mp3]
Download: The Mind Spiders – Dont Let Her Go [MP3]