Three weeks ago we brought you a country-ish number from Juston Stens, the former member of Dr. Dog, but this new track is something quite different. There’s an almost jagged element, giving a little spring to your step, but through it all, you can still see the folk-ish routes of Stens and his past. My ears hear a little bit of an homage to Okkervil River, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. Regardless, if he’s writing songs like this, it doesn’t seem like he made a bad move in stepping out to go solo. His album Trash or Treasure can be found in stores now, and if you’re in Austin, you can catch him playing several sets as part of the SXSW festivities.
Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]
Yukon Blonde continue are SXSW interviews today. The band, while never featured on our site, are a worthy garage rock/punk band that you’ll definitely want to give a listen to this week during the festival. Band member John Jeffry was kind enough to answer our round of SXSW questions and his answers can be found after the jump.
K-Holes are one of the bands that you’re either going to love or hate, though I’d prefer if you loved them. Every time I listen to their single for their upcoming record, Dismania, I nostalgically wander back to the early days of Liars. We caught up with them via email before their trip to SXSW, and they threw some humor our way, which is always appreciated. Thanks Mr. Baxter for the interview hookup. Here’s answers from the band… Read more
Balthrop, Alabama has an interesting story, having moved to New York (of course!) to start a band, then forming their own town of sorts to help them create their tunes. The results in my book are pretty exciting, and the band will be releasing their album We Have Electricity on April 10th. You’ll find a nice groove going on from the get-go here, but also an organic sound fueled by their established township. This is definitely a promising introduction to this group, don’t you think?
Download:Balthrop Alabama – Electricity [MP3]
Just before Bear in Heaven releases their newest album, I Love You It’s Cool, they’ll be making their way down to Austin to party with us for SXSW. Well, not us, but you, and all the rest of the festival goers. They’ve been remixing records and throwing out hits for a couple of years now, so you better get out there and enjoy! Thanks to Grace for helping set up the interview with Adam! Read more
It’s Friday and that means Spring Break’s here! In honor, I wanted to toss up some funky hits today, like this catchy new tune from Icky Blossoms. This is definitely a dance track, and I’d love to hear it in the club (you know versus my laptop); the song is the debut single from the group’s upcoming debut on Saddle Creek. Dave from TV on the Radio is producing it, so you know there’s a man with tastes behind the knobs. The band will be here for SXSW too, so turn it up, shake it a little, and lets get ready to party.
Download:Icky Blossoms – Babes [MP3]
Last year Seapony seemingly came out of nowhere, casting their dream pop across the globe, and definitely won some hearts over here at Austin Town Hall. Their record, Go With Me, on Hardly Art still plays on at my house non-stop. We caught up with the band before they head our way (and play our show!). They’ll be at our party at 2:45, so be sure not to miss it! Read more
Long ago we posted about the newest record from Strawberry Whiplash, Hits in the Car. Now the band have returned with their second single from the record, “Now I Know It’s You.” While the first single was pure pop goodness, this one has a little bit more of a hazy quality, giving off that dream-pop vibe you know that we love. The great thing about the group is that their tracks are always short and to the point, giving you the goodness you know you crave. So, if you’re like us, go pick up the record on March 27th from the good folks over at Matinee Recordings.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Now I Know It’s You [MP3]
Spanish Prisoners are an up-and-coming act who are making their first venture to SXSW, not to mention their first venture together in a van! We all know how that can go, so we wish them the best of luck. Also, you can download their excellent debut Gold Fools over at their bandcamp page, but be sure to donate to help support the cause! Here’s their answers to our questions: let’s be sure to give them a warm welcome. Read more
Last week I wrote about Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys, a solid rock outfit coming our way for SXSW. Fortunately, we caught up with the trio before their trip to Austin, and now it’s time to share their responses. Stoked to have all three dudes chip in their answers, so thanks to Jason B. for his hard work getting this together. And be sure to check out their Glazin LP on Hardly Art. Read more