Stream A Single Dropped By Widowspeak

Widowspeak just released a preview track of their pending EP. The song is called “True Believer” and if you like the Widowspeak, you will be pleased. Very pleased.

It has the drawn out tempo, as though it was recorded at pace and slowed down to keep your busy brain in check. Vocals and guitar interplay in lovely layers.

The EP will be called Swamps and is due late October via Captured Tracks.

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Austin Spotlight: Classy Nude Release Split w/ Quitters + 7″ Release Show

classyOne of the acts I’ve been keeping a close eye on, Classy Nude, is releasing a split with another such act, Quitters.  Both Austin acts specialize in crafting pop tunes centered around well-written guitar chords, leaving listeners with hooks to tap their toes to today. CN has been kind enough to share their part of the split 7″ with us, and we’re happy to share that track with you as well.  If you like what you hear, you can order the 7″ HERE, or you can head out to Hotel Vegas on Thursday night to pick one up in person from both bands.  That bill also includes other heavy local hitters like Act Rights, Poppy Red and RF Shannon. Dig the tune below!

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Hunx & His Punx Rocking Out Again

Hunx & PunxLast year’s Hairdresser Blues brought us the softer side of Hunx, but now that he’s working with his Punx again things are amped right back up.  This new tune from his upcoming Street Punk LP is a quick little blast with jagged guitar word and breakneck speed…it’s over in just over 1.5 minutes.  It seems there’s definitely two sides to Mr. Hunx, and I’m always down to listen to both.  The newest release will be coming your way on July 23rd via Hardly Art Records.

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Download: Hunx & His Punx – You Think You’re Tough [MP3]

Show Preview: Appleseed Cast @ Red 7 (7/11)

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Date 7/11/13
Location Red 7
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

If you frequent this website, I really shouldn’t even have to begin telling you about my love affair with all things Appleseed Cast.  Hell, I’ve likely seen the band more than any other in my history of attending live shows.  Cool?  With that said, you know I will be in attendance when the band headlines at Red 7 tomorrow and I’ll also likely be screaming along like a school girl to every word.  The undercard of this bill is surely something you won’t want to miss either with The Life and Times, Muscle Worship, and Phantom Lakes all joining in on the fun.  It’s never too late to get on this bandwagon.  Be smart.

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Download: The Appleseed Cast – Middle States [MP3]

FFF8 Lineup Leaked – 3Day Passes @ 10am

Date Nov 8,9,10
Location Auditorium Shores
Doors 11am (Show up Early)
Tickets On Sale @ 10am


The internet had the scoop overnight on the lineup for this year’s FunFunFun Festival, or as I call it, three-days-of-chasing-bands-with-a-camera-so-too-busy-to-catch-a-buzz Fest.

I am sure we will have previews galore, but the lineup this year has many alums of previous iterations with plenty of new faces to go along with the mayhem on three-by-two stages. The short list of jams – Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Cut Copy, Kurt Vile, Television, The Walkmen, Johnny Marr, Delorean, Chromatics, Snoop, The Men, Descendents, Bonobo, Small Black, King Kahn, and oh soooo many more. If you can’t find a band you like in this line up, you suck at music listening and festivals.

Full list of leaked bands after the break…

Update: Poster is out, leaks are fun.

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New Tunes from Islands

islands17We’ve long been fans of Islands, not to mention the various other projects by Nick Thorburn (especially Human Highway), so we’re always happy when he pops up with a new song. His group are back, after a little over a year, with a brand new album titled Ski Mask; it hits stores in September.  The first single we get to here builds really slowly, but jumps off into the collage-o-pop masterpiece that has made Nick so endearing over all these years.  Plain and simple, the guy knows how to write catchy tunes.  Listen and see.

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Austin Spotlight: Love Inks Announce Album

loveinksThose of you who were elsewhere Saturday night missed the mesmerizing set by Love Inks that closed out the Rockaway Beach Party at Hotel Vegas.   On the heels of that remarkable performance I awoke today to find news that the group had announced the release of their new album, Generation Club; it’ll be released on September 24th.  Their lead single for the upcoming release has a hypnotic beat that vibes throughout, whilst lead singer Sherry Leblanc cooly let’s the warmth of her vocals float atop.  Songs like this one, and a live show to back it up, show that the band is poised for a really incredible end to 2013.

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They’re Back: The Terry Malts Announce New Album/Single

terrymaltsOh man. Monday rules.  I can’t tell you how excited I am for the return of one of my favorite bands, The Terry Malts. Their debut album still gets spins, but we should all rejoice knowing that they’ll be back with Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere on September 10 via Slumberland Records.  Their first tune from the album definitely has that chainsaw buzzing guitar accompanied by infectious bass lines and precision drumming.  I really can’t say enough things about this band, on record or in the live setting; they kill, simple as that. Enjoy this new jam.

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The Postiljonen Rings Twice

I might be Swedish.

Postiljonen is not Swedish for Postal Service, though it is somehow translated to postman with French origins (according to the internets). I guess that makes sense given this track has a bit of M83 feel to it. The trio of Joel, Daniel and Mia deliver the well-crafted tones and ethereal vocals I have increasingly become addicted to this summer. I think you will enjoy it, too.

Skyer is due July 22. You can peep a video for the track “Atlantis” here. #saxsolo

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New Pop from Warm Soda

Warm-SodaIf you haven’t seen us raving about Warm Soda, then you probably haven’t been following our site for too long.  Their album released earlier this year was full of delicious power pop that continues to show up on all of our playlists.  But, the band has turned around instantly with the Tell Me In a Whisper 7″.  The A-side isn’t as furious as previous work, but it definitely exemplifies the group’s habit for constructing perfect melodies around their guitar chords.  Soft or not, this is such a sweet jam that it only convinces me this band won’t do anything wrong.   Keep writing the hits boys!

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