Exploratory Pop from Apparat

Perhaps one of the best things about our site is that it belongs to us, so we can post whatever we like, which is why I feel like this new piece from Apparat is definitely worthy of some mention.  It’s a creative piece of pop music, based around Sascha Ring’s interpretation of a theatre production of War & Peace.  It’s a pretty lofty goal to set a whole album based on such lofty note, but this is precisely what he’s done with Krieg Und Frieden (Music for Theatre), which will see a digital release from Mute Records on February 19.  Lofty as it might be, it’s also equally as beautiful.  Sit back and enjoy.

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Download:Apparat – A Violent Sky [MP3]

New Music from The Woolen Men

It’s always interesting when you can see a geographical stamp in a band’s sound, so it’s no surprise that new music from The Woolen Men bares some homage to the Pacific Northwest.  Sure, this most comes through in the bands vocal stylings, with hints of woodsmen, though the aesthetic of recording and running things on your own has also played a huge part in the region’s output.  The band just signed on with Woodsist to release their brand new self-titled LP, which will be in stores officially on March 5th.  I have a feeling a lot of you are going to find this release something you can really get behind.

Noisy Girl-Pop from Flowers

There’s not too much information out there concerning Flowers, but I guess that’s too be expected considering the group’s name.  What I can tell you is that the UK outfit is going to have a four-song EP coming your way very soon from the good folks over at Cloudberry Records.  On this single, there’s a rush of distorted guitar and pounding drums, encouraged by the spritely female vocals that flow effortlessly throughout the track. This is the sort of music I dig at the moment, combining bits of noise and dainty elements of indie pop.  The EP should be out soon!

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Download:Flowers – When You Lie [MP3]

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

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