One of the band’s we’re most excited to see at SXSW, Violens, has slowly been leaking out demos and mastered versions of their latest tracks for their next LP, the follow up to Amoral. You’ll have to wait a few weeks for the mastered version of their latest track, “Be Still,” but if you go to their site you can get a nice listen of this really sweet new track. I suggest you do so, as this band’s deserving of much more praise than they’ve received. Take a listen right HERE. And, if you like it, you can buy the first MP3 that they put up last month. Here’s an old track from the band to get you in the mood.
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
The great thing about SXSW is getting to see a lot of great bands you haven’t spent a lot of time with, but for me, that’s not the case with all the acts on Dirtnap Records. They’ve been putting a lot of great tunes together, several include local Austin/Texas acts like High Tension Wires or the Mind Spiders. They just put up a little comp HERE, where you can sample their great bands. Be sure to head out to their showcase on Saturday @ the Easy Tiger if you like what you hear.
Download: The Mind Spiders – Dont Let Her Go [MP3]
It’s that time of year again for us to share with you two of our favorite things in the world: free music and show recommendations. First up is a sampler consisting of 27 songs from some of the best up and coming bands performing at SXSW this year. We tried to drop in some of the bigger names you already know with some of the small time guys you may not know much about. Check out the sampler as a zip file or stream the whole thing on the sampler site. The guys at Paravel really outdid themselves this year on the design.
Next up is our fancy SXSW guide that started last year and continues on in full power again this year. The guide features a day by day list of 3-4 of the absolute best shows to attend. Our goal is to try and slim down that massive list of unofficial shows you have and give you something that’s easy to read, print, or bring up on your slick iphone. Each day should give you a few free day show options and at least one show to check out at night. We also kept around our handy dandy food guide created last year by our friend Bonnie. This guide is of course intended as an “ATH Recommends SXSW” guide and by no means a complete list of unofficial SXSW shows. For that, we recommend Do512, showlistaustin, ultra8201, donewaiting, or the many many facebook groups.
ATH Unofficial SXSW Guide
SXSW only comes once a year, don’t blow it.
Man, have we got a deal for you! PS I Love You is playing a gig next Tuesday night (3/1) at the Mohawk (indoors), and we’re fortunate enough to have a pair of tickets to give you absolutely free. But, not only are we offering you tickets to this excellent show, but we’re also going to be giving away the brand new “Leftovers” single 7″, which is a split with Diamond Rings. Both bands have gotten loads of praise already, and it seems like their stars are only going to be rising higher and higher in 2011. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us which band you’re most excited to see at SXSW, and we’ll pick our favorite end of day Saturday (2/26). Oh, and speaking of SXSW, PS I Love You will be back for the festival as well, so stay tuned for more news on the band’s travel itinerary, but for now plan on meeting us at the Mohawk next week. Below is a sneak peak at a track from the new 7″.
Download: PS I Love You – Leftovers [MP3]
The Austin Music Office is back again with their annual compilation album featuring music from some of the hottest local acts around. The compilation CD soon to be released features music by Bright Light Social Hour, Sahara Smith, The Marshall Ford Swing Band, Danny Malone, TV Torso, Ocote Soul Sounds, Mother Falcon, Gina Chavez, Betty Soo, Bill Callahan, The Trishas, T-Bird and the Breaks, Tee Double and James Speer, and The Octopus project. Whew. To celebrate this release, a show is going down at The Parish on Wednesday the 23rd with short sets by a few of the acts mentioned above (full lineup can be seen on the Parish site). Now tickets will cost most of you $10 at the door, but TWO lukcy winners will get into this show on us. Deets are as follow:
– TWO winners will receive their name +1 on the guest list AND a copy of the Austin Music Volume 10 CD.
– To enter: Simply leave a comment below or hit us up on twitter with why you should win.
– Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can find you when the contest closes.
– Contest closes this Friday at high noon.
Who doesn’t love a headless photo crop? Well, aside from that, Austin is being blessed this week by a semi-residency of the great Jonathan Richman. He’s one of the greatest American songwriters all time, who got his start with the band The Modern Lovers. Still going strong, Jonathan just released his latest solo album O Moon, and it’s been quietly enjoyed around my house. Jonathan will be playing a show at Hole in the Wall tonight, as well as a few more gigs at The Continental Club. This is your chance to watch one of the great icon of American music do his thing, so be sure to get out to at least one of these gigs, if not all of them.
Download: The Modern Lovers – Hospital [MP3]
Earlier this week I got word from some friends about Cult of Youth, and just today Stereogum gave them the “Band to Watch” tag. Their self-titled album hits the streets on February 22nd, and this is another one of those bands that appeals to both my nostalgic personality, as well as my newer tastes. There is this dark bass line working, with an underlying sense of lighter melodies, but what gets me is the vocal. Vocals on this single are brash and throaty, like some snotty little punk-rocker playing in some dense club. It’s a great dichotomy, and one that should be equally as exciting for all you punks gone soft.
Download: Cult Of Youth – New West [MP3]
In preparation for the release of their album, Evening Tapestry, the catchy Brown Recluse have released an aboslutely free mini-LP for you to download, and perhaps hold you over for the time being. This little release is titled Panoptic Mirror Maze, and I’ve been enjoying this all morning. They even have a little video to go with one of the tracks, emphasizing that this band is just as hard working as they are enjoyable, which is quite a bit, if you’re asking me. If this is the kind of music you’re into, then head right over to the band’s Bandcamp Page to grab this for yourself.
Download: Brown Recluse – Notorious [MP3]
You know we’ve been long into Canada’s Ruby Coast, so much so that we had them play our SXSW Party back in 09′. Finally, the band have their debut ready for your ears, and today only they’re offering it up for your ears for absolutely free! The album is called Whatever This Is, and we’ve been jamming to it all day long over here. You definitely have to give this band a try, and like I said, if you go HERE, their debut record is totally FREE!. So go, preview it before you get it even, just try it on for size. There’s a small sample below.
Download: Ruby Coast – Stability [MP3]
Out of the ashes of Marked Men comes Mark Ryan, pushing through with his own group, Mind Spiders. The band will be putting out their self-titled album on January 25th via Dirtnap Records, which basically guarantees goodness with their releases. On this first single you get a little hint of garage grittiness filling it up, but the pacing provides a little bit more of a straight power-pop feel to it, allowing the band to capture both audiences. Yeah, it’s a short track, but if you give it a listen, it definitely feels like there’s so much more than 1.8 minutes of rock n’ roll here. And did I mention they’re from Ft. Worth? Who woulda thunk it?
Download: Mind Spiders – No Romance [MP3]