Every once in awhile the British press will actually get something right. They’ve been all over The Vaccines, expecting huge things from the group in 2011, even though the band have little more than a demo to their name. There is, however, this one incredible single featuring two great tracks. The first track is titled “Wreckin’ Bar,” and its this amped up tune that blows by you in less than 1.5 minutes; catchy to boot. Then, there’s the below single, “Blow It Up,” which draws out the listening experience a bit more, giving a bit of angular guitars and hollow swirling vocals to the masses. As of right now, I’m super excited about this band and their promise. I’ll not get too over myself until they actually put out something more substantial, but for now, it’s nice to meet you guys.
Download: The Vaccines – Blow It Up [MP3]
It’s that time of year again, Fun x 3 Fest is just one short week away. The lineup is great as usual, ticket prices are still fairly low, and the weather is looking like it’s going to be even better than ACL festival! To celebrate this wonderful time of year, we here at ATH have been given the awesome opportunity to give 1 very lucky person a Fun Fest pass with +1. So in other words, one person will win two passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest next weekend. Now last year we seriously made this too easy on you guys and we’d like to make things a bit more fun for everyone involved this time around. Can you say PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT! To compete in our outtasite contest, you’ll need to follow the jump for full details.
The fabulous new duo featuring lovers Jenny Lewis and Johnny Rice known simply as Jenny & Johnny are stopping in Austin next week and we’ve got a little prize pack to give away to one lucky winner. To enter, all we ask is that you leave a comment with your favorite duo of all time. That’s it! One, yeah I said ONE lucky winner will win:
– A signed copy of new LP I’m Having Fun Now
– Several posters promoting the new album and tour
– As many Jenny & Johnny stickers as we can fit in a mailable envelope
Sounds like a sweet deal to me! Get those entries in and don’t forget to leave a valid email address suckahs! Winners will be contacted no later than 5pm today. You can also get in on the live show coming up on Tuesday at Emo’s which has yet to sell out! Let the games begin.
Download: Jenny and Johnny – Scissor Runner [MP3]
Just when I thought they could do no better, Urban Oufitters goes and proves me wrong with their solid new edition of their LSTN sampler. This time you’ll get a whopping 25 tracks all available for download on itunes or fully streamable on the website. Highlights include tunes from The Dirty Projectors, Small Black, The Walkmen, and many many more. Check it out.
Seems like forever since we’ve run a proper From the Closet, so what better way to start things back up than with a little coverage of one of our favorites, T. Rex. You can get a piece of the band’s collection brand new starting October 26th, as Fat Possum is re-issuing the catalogue, one LP at a time, beginning with The Slider.
Pujol is an up-and-coming band out of Nashville, and they’ve already received lots of praise all over the Interwebs. Their sound uses a bit of that garage recording, which apparently is the technique of the year, at least for me. But, they include a lot of melodies, likely to make you bounce about your room jubilantly. They’ve just released their EP, All at the Same Time, and though its short, its got quite a punch. Give this track a try to see if this is your bag.
Download: Pujol – Butterflyknife [MP3]
The incredibly fun annual Fun Fun Fun Fest scavenger hunt is being held this evening at The Mohawk. You can sign up ahead of time here or be at The Hawk at 5pm to sign in. Festivities get under way promptly at 6pm. A huge list of details, what you need to do, and how to win this thing can be found on the Transmission Entertainment website. Even if you don’t win, everyone always has hella fun! Plus, who doesn’t love free 3-day passes!?
So tomorrow is the big day and we’re all real excited for ACL festival (duh). But what about those kids who like to go the alternate route and save a bit of money? If you fit that mindset, check out some shows below going on Thr.-Sat. night that could tickle your fancy. Some are official, some are not. Some are real cheap, some are not. That free show Friday night at Mohawk is lookin’ real good to me right now… just GET THERE EARLY. Door times and cost are listed. Sold out show? Check out the craigslist playah. Follow the jump for a full list. That thing was a bit long for the main page….
Our artist to watch really shouldn’t really be an artist to watch, rather a must see artist. Lucero aren’t a new band, in fact, they have six albums to their name, all full of songs we know you’ll enjoy. They blend a nice bit of country twang with a punk rock ethos, giving them credibility galore in my book. Singer Ben Nichols has a throaty vocal, often times seeming like he’s struggling to get his voice out, but that’s just the sort of passion he brings to the table. Their latest album, 1372 Overton Park, featured some new moves, bringing in loads more horns, and you’re sure to get a glimpse of the more than just a four-piece band on stage, as they definitely will be bringing an entourage to bring the house down. I can see this as one of those shows that unifies the unkempt rockers with the casual ACL festival goers; the band is simply good enough to bring us all together, especially in the live setting. So, if you like a little bit of punk rock, you have to be there. Country is your thing? Still, you gotta be there. We’re all going to throw back a few nice beverages, and fall in love with Lucero.
Download: Lucero – Hey Darling Do You Gamble [MP3]
The Parish played host to Film School’s fifth stop on their tour in support of the album Fission. Austin’s TV Torso and Monahans were brought in to open. I was looking forward to this line up as a good match to the excellent sound and lighting at this venue. Follow the jump for more and fancy photos.