A short while ago we hooked you up with a jam from Tribes, the UK band who’re expected to blow up in the States pretty soon. On March 13th the band will release their record, Baby, state-side, and I’m sure it’s going to be a polarizing ordeal. The band stakes their claim to a no-frills rock n’ roll approach, just blasting out the jams like we all secretly want. In listening to this song, part of me wants is singing along, tapping my feet; the other part of me is worried it’s going to get panned because it is so gimmick free. I think it’s tasty, I think it’s fun: you be the the judge!
Download:Tribes – Whenever [MP3]
Amid all the hype and recent accolades, Cloud Nothings breezed into town, only to be pushed outside by the Sony Vita Lounge. The redesigned Red 7 definitely provided an awkward pre-show ambiance, but as we would soon find out, nothing was going to stop Cloud Nothings.
You might recognize Julia Kugel as the guitarist/vocalist from the Coathangers, a band that’s graced our Interweb space on various occasions. This time around, however, she comes to us via her side-project, White Woods, offering up this really dreamy number that you’re pretty much guaranteed to love. You’ll find the below track as part of Suicide Squeeze‘s Single Series, who continue to put out some incredible single collections for a limited run. For me, this is a really interesting place to find Kugel, as I didn’t expect this from her at all, but I’ve been swept off my feet by this song. Give it a listen, or two…do you feel the same?
Download: White Woods – Where Did You Go [MP3]
It’s really funny that this track popped up in our inbox the other day, just a night after I was talking to our friend Marcus about the lack of credit given to the Idaho scene. In 2011 the scene hit big with Youth Lagoon, and the state is the home to Built to Spill, who took out the band Finn Riggins for several tours. This track from Finn Riggins definitely has a nice little groove to it, and it’ll feature on the band’s Benchwarmers EP, which is set for release on April 21st for Record Store Day. This is the perfect way to kick off our Monday; the band will be in Austin playing the Boise Showcase at SXSW if you’re looking for a place to catch them.
Download:Finn Riggins – Benchwarmers [MP3]
There’s so many acts coming into town, it gets difficult to narrow down the ones that you really want to promote, as you love them all equally. I figure I should give my first shout out to a Canadien group, as they don’t always get to cross the borders as much as we’d like, so here’s Adam and the Amethysts. Read more
One of the groups that we fell in love with in 2011 was PS I Love You after jamming to their Meet Me at the Muster Station album. With their quick rise to popularity, the band was traveling all around the States, which led to the recording of the Muster Sessions. It’s an album comprised of reworkings and live recordings the group did while hitting up Daytrotter and KEXP, as well as other spots. Basically, it’s like a collection of John Peel-esque B-sides and remixes for you to enjoy. They’re currently giving it away free in anticipation of their new record, Death Dreams, which comes out on May 8th. For now, you can download the FREE ALBUM, and sample the hooks the band are sure to bring with their new effort.
Download: PS I Love You – Leftovers [MP3]
We’re a small site, so we don’t always get the hits as soon as everyone else. Normally, I wouldn’t post everything, as you can clearly go to Stereogum, but I absolutely am loving these two tracks. The first one comes from Violens, one of our favorites. The band’s always writing tracks it seems, and they’ve apparently got True set to see release in May on Slumberland Records. Then there’s Crocodiles, who’ve refined their sound, bringing about this ridiculously awesome track. The group will release Endless Flowers on June 4th, and I hope it all sounds like the track below. Check out both these tracks, as they’re worth your time, and tell us which one’s better!
Download:Violens – Unfolding Black Wings [MP3]
Download:Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) [Mp3
Well, this track isn’t precisely a loud rocker, but it’s loud in the sense that the Mynabirds, and main songwriter Laura Burhenn, came across a lot quieter on their first effort. Now the group is back with Generals, again produced by the excellent Richard Swift; you can get your hands on the ablum on June 5th via Saddle Creek Records. According to our sources, the record revolves around the concept of political protests, which isn’t surprising considering she used to work with John Davis of DC’s Q and Not U. Several listens in, and this feels a little bit like a political bent on the Kills–not a bad thing. Give this one a taste, and be sure to check the group out at SXSW.
Download: The Mynabirds – Generals
Who’s that handsome chap in the photo? That’s Warren Teagarden, San Francisco’s favorite garage rocker. He’s joined with his friends The Good Grief to create the album Warren Teagarden and The Good Grief, which you can get from Meaningless World Records. Listening to this track, Warren’s got that same darkened howl of Tim Cohen, but he’s also got his hands on the punk rock guitar chug; it’s the main ingredient that propels this song along. If gritty garage tracks is your thing, then this is the number for you!
Download:Warren Teagarden – Stupid Happy Fun [MP3]
Today is the release of Bad Weather California‘s Sunkissed LP, their second full-length for the masses. You’ve got to celebrate with them, and the best way to do is by jamming to this sweet tune off their record. There’s this sunny little vibe going on here, one that definitely aligns with the band’s album title. But, beneath that, there’s this jam mentality, one that I’m not totally opposed to in this context, as it gives the song a nice groove, not unlike the works of Fool’s Gold, who like to toss out folk with a bit of movement within. I’m hoping you like this number, leading you to pick it up at the record shop your next time out.
Download:Bad Weather California – I’ll Reach Out My Hand [MP3]