Double bill of diversity.
First up, Will Johnson blows the dust off of Centro-Matic playing the outside stage. Hoping to get some new tracks out of this deal. Doors are 8pm, show at 9pm with Frank Smith and Moonlight Towers opening. I really enjoy Moonlight Towers for some just plain rock, got to hang with James at EAR studios during SxSW a few years back, super good people. Should be a lovely evening ($13 doors/$15 will call). A lil Centro-Matic action to put you in the mood.
Things double back and head indoors for ONUINU on the inside stage. Portland based Dorian Duvall brings his show to town so you can dance. Love Inks and Roger Sellers open up ($8 door/$10 will call). Here is some ONUINU to get you in the mood, or if you fill AV, go here to see and hear the latest..
Got this one in the inbox and felt like sharing. John Grant sets the synths to stun and lobs a softball in the wheelhouse. This track, called “Black Belt” will be on the forthcoming full length called Pale Green Ghosts due on May 14th. I thought of plenty of bands to reference, one being Matthew Dear, but just listen to it if you like squarewaves and sparse vocal-driven builders with breaks.
The album was recorded in Iceland. That’s kind of cool. It features backing vocals by Sinead O’Connor, so hide your pope pics. Sorry for those “jokes”.
Download:John Grant – Black Belt (via Soundcloud) [MP3]
I really like the dichotomy of the sound Seatraffic are creating at the moment. Your first direction has you leaning towards a sort of electro bedroom pop, but the feeling of the vocals has more of a sprawling psych rock feeling behind it. It makes for more than just your casual listen, providing the band with another certifiable hit from a few singles they’ll be tossing out in the up-coming months. If you’re in search of something that’s fairly unique, let your ears feats on this new song, and look out for more in the future.
Download:Seatraffic – Superficial Heart [MP3]
Long have we supported the good folks over at Chapter Music in Australia, who brought us the great music of Twerps and The Crayon Fields. One of their lesser-known acts has really been making huge leaps and bounds, as far as popularity goes: Dick Diver. The group is about to release their new record Calendar Days from the label in March, and we’ve got one of those new tracks for you. I dig the brightness of the twanging guitar, accompanied by spoken word interplay between the male and female vocalists. It’s a casual track, reminiscent of the relaxed pop gems from other great bands in the label’s stable. Always happy to hear anything from the CM; it’s never going to let us down.
You want to get down with some rock n’ roll? Then you better take yourself out to Beerland tonight! All you fans of the heavier/faster side of Austin’s rock scene will surely find yourselves rocking to the killer new tunes from Austin’s Sweet Talk. The band has just released their record, Pickup Lines, and you really need to go get your hands on it. It’s a blend of crunchy punk rock, filled with hooks and call-and-response anthems. But, why I love those dudes, you will also get to see some of the incredible camaraderie by Austin’s rock scene, with openers Bad Sports (techinically Ft. Worth/Austin), Fleshlights and Burnt Skull. We’ve mentioned all those bands before, and you have no reason not go go out and just enjoy our cities best acts. Here’s one of the many hits from the new Sweet Talk record!
This new jam from Austin’s The Black Angels has been floating around just a little bit, but we’re just now getting a chance to post the tune for you. Interestingly, there’s a slight change in the sound, almost having a more direct approach to the dark-tinged rock element, as opposed to their hazier past. Clearly the band has something going, and I can only wish that rock n’ roll like this could break through to the masses. On April 2nd the group will release their new record, Indigo Meadow, which is sure to be a new fan favorite.
Depeche Mode has a new album coming out. I am hopeful. What does that have to do with anything?
I heard this while trolling tunes about the intarwebs, don’t remember what playlist thing it was (sorry source people). Duck Duck Punch is a synth band out of Minnesota. As many of you know, I am a full on sucker for synth bands, especially ones that list Depeche Mode and Gary Numan as influences. Bryan Rudell and Trent Waterman just celebrated the release of Human Chemistry, of which you can get four tracks for the price of an email on their website.
…and no Nathan, that does not say Dick Dick Punch.
One of the little labels that I have a great deal of respect for is Dufflecoat Records, a small-time label out of the UK. Now, they might not release tons of stuff, but they release really great dreamy pop tunes that always find their way into my daily rotation. Their newest signing looks to be Slumbook, a group originally formed in the Philippines. As of right now, there’s not tons of information out there on the group, but you can’t ignore a great song can you? No info on the release date as of yet, just sit back and enjoy. I’ll keep you posted on the rest as it comes.
Where the hell has this been? I got this track off the upcoming album from The ACBs; I’ve had it on repeat ever since that point. There’s little bits of trading off between male and female vocals, but the hooks are simply irresistible. If you turn this tune up really loud, you’re going to find yourself pressing play over and over again, and that’s not a bad thing. You’re allowed to let yourself go from time to time, and it looks like this KC acts are poised to help you with just that. Their new album Little Leaves will be out on High Dive Records on March 5th, so get ready to enjoy yourself.
Download:The ACBs – Record Store [MP3]
I didn’t really know much about Dead Gaze when I got the press release, but then again, I guess I did. Cole Furlow, the man behind the moniker, has been rubbing elbows with the likes of Dent May and Bass Drum of Death, not to mention releasing tons of hard to find 7″ and other various rarities. Luckily for us, Palmist is going to release a compilation of all that material on May 21st as a self-titled compilation. I have a feeling that you’re all going to enjoy the music here, as it’s readily accessible, yet artfully crafted. Probably my favorite jam of the day.
Download:Dead Gaze – I Found the Ending [MP3]