It’s been almost three years since we’ve heard any new material from Menomena. They’re set to release their new album Mines on July 27th on Barsuk Records. Based on this opening track it’s going to be another record of driving riffs and odd time changes, all built to please. There is a sneaking suspicion that this record will make lots of year end lists, just as Friend or Foe, the group’s last project. And on the mic, check it.
Download: Menomena – Five Little Rooms [MP3]
Anyone looking for something fun to do with some great music on Saturday night should head out to Stubbs for a local show sponsored by Autobus Records, Birds Barbershop, Do512, and Covert Curiosity. The lineup features local favorites Brazos, Mark David Ashworth, The Weird Weeds, and one of my favorite new locals Sleep Good. The price is super cheap and apparently some free Lone Star will be coming out so you won’t want to miss this one. Below you’ll find a new MP3 from Austin artist Sleep Good which is basically a solo project from Will Patterson of Sunset. You can find more tunes and more info on this hot up and coming artist on the Autobus Records website.
Download: Sleep Good – Schlitterbahn [MP3]
Some days you just need a little kick in the face… and that’s just what I’m getting with a new rockin’ tune from Cali band The Henry Clay People. This new song “Your Famous Friends” reminds me a lot of The Hold Steady with someone who actually knows how to sing. You can find this new track on the band’s upcoming LP Somewhere On the Golden Coast which hits stores via TBD Records on June 8th.
Download: The Henry Clay People – Your Famous Friends [MP3]
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you D.C. based band Loose Lips. Many of you may not be familiar with this upstart indie-rock band, but we’d like to think they deserve your time. The four piece are a fairly straightforward post-punk band with a rough edge to their recordings that leave promise of a bright future for this band. Loose Lips will be dropping their debut EP Lower Your Expectations and Be Happy on June 15th by way of self-release. Check out their myspace page for more info on the band and more tunes for your jamming pleasure.
Download: Loose Lips – Our Sons and Arsons [MP3]
Seattle based band The Moondoggies are prepping a new EP entitled You’ll Find No Answer Here for release on June 8th via Hardly Art. The 5 track EP is meant to tide you fans over until the guys release their sophomore LP Tidelands on Sep. 14th. I’m sure both efforts will offer more bar soaked folk ballads similar to this new tune “Fly Mama Fly” from the upcoming EP. The perfect description of The Moondoggies sound can be taken from this quote on their label’s website: “There will always be a Band that sings the song of The Highway. For us, for now, that band is the Moondoggies.” Right on fellas.
Download: The Moondoggies – Fly Mama Fly [MP3]
Our neighbors from down 35, This Will Destroy You, are about to head out on tour and are getting the hype machine going with some new music. The band has reportedly wrapped recording for their upcoming LP Tunnel Blanket but have yet to put a release date to the album. They do however have this new single “Communal Blood” ready and available for your listening pleasure. It’s a lot more of the same instrumental sound we know from the band with even more swirling atmospheric sounds and less emphasis on the guitar.
Download: This Will Destroy You – Communal Blood [MP3]
Hell yeah Emo’s, it looks like you’re getting back in this game of booking top indie bands and we couldn’t be more excited. Seriously, doesn’t it feel like the venue has made a huge jump in their bookings over the past few months after a short lapse? Regardless of what you think, the venue has a great lineup of buzz worthy bands for cheap cheap cheap on Wednesday night. The bill is headlined by Annuals with Most Serene Republic and What Laura Says rounding out the solid night’s event. Oh and it’s inside so that’s cool.
Download: Annuals – Confessor [MP3]
James Michael Cicero surely has a lot going on in brain. Just listening to the latest single from his group Light Pollution gives you hints that despite all the madness and cacophony that there is an underlying since of beauty, and that becomes visible with extended listens to the underlying melodies and various hooks. The group has their debut album, Apparitions, scheduled for release on June 15h on Carpark. Judging by this song, it wlil be chock-full of experimental wonderment.
Download: Light Pollution – Oh Ivory [MP3]
Seattle’s Perfume Genius is a little bit mysterious. His website doesn’t give a lot of background info, nor is their much on the gent as publicity goes, but his latest single, “Mr. Petersen” has a lot of promise. For some reason, I feel as if he’s channeling his inner Neil Young, but that could be just wishful thinking on my behalf. Regardless, if he keeps writing songs like this, he’s sure to make waves. You can hear more from him when his album, Learning, comes out on June 22nd.
Download: Perfume Genius – Mr. Petersen [MP3]
A Lull is a relatively new band from Chicago that have been getting some spins around the ATH offices as of late. They take the few parts of Animal Collective that I can actually stand (zing!) and mix it in with some parts Yeasayer/The XX. The band is currently promoting their new 7″ single “Weapons for War/Spread it All Around” which can be downloaded for free or ordered in physical form on their website. Have a listen to their latest single below and lemme know what you think. When that beat comes in, you gotta bob yo head.
Download: A Lull – Weapons For War [MP3]