More Tunes from Juston Stens

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.

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Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]

SXSW Interviews: K-Holes

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

Great New Song from Balthrop, Alabama

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?

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Download:Balthrop Alabama – Electricity [MP3]

New Dance Banger from Icky Blossoms

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.

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Download:Icky Blossoms – Babes [MP3]

Dreamy New Track from Strawberry Whiplash

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.

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Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Now I Know It’s You [MP3]

SXSW Interviews: Spanish Prisoners

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

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