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]
One of my personal favorite bands Horse Feathers made an appearance on the famed Daytrotter website yesterday. This session is just down right sick. Not only do we have 8 songs for download, but we’ve also got a tasty unreleased song called “Orphan Girl”. You won’t want to miss out on this action.
Download: Horse Feathers – Orphan Girl(live) [MP3]
The Gum just tossed this Miniature Tigers song up this morning, and I’ve been rocking to it ever since then. The great thing is that it was produced by adopted Austin artist Alan Palomo of Neon Indian fame. It sort of reminds me of something along the lines of an electronic version of Human Highway. Basically, that means it rules. This jam is set to come out on the group’s album Fortress, which hits stores July 27th.
Download: Miniature Tigers – Gold Skulls [MP3]
Seattle is usually known for a harder edge sound, perhaps even with a blend of hippy in there somewhere, so its no surprise that Math and Physics Club haven’t gotten too much attention out that way. Luckily, we’re here to set things straight, as their breezy pop jams always bring a ray of light into our days (not to mention a little good-hearted nerdiness). The band has a new album titled I Shouldn’t Look as Good as I Do, and it will be released on June 12th by my favorite label Matinee Records. Enjoy the sun.
Download: Math and Physics Club – Jimmy Had a Poloaroid [MP3]
You may not have herad of Neverever just yet, but then again, you might have heard of them, and never ever known it. The group, comprised of Jihae Simmons and Wallace Meek used to go by the name Champagne Socialists, and Wallace was in one of my favorites, Bricolage. Now, they have Neverever, a sweet little classic pop group based in LA. I’ve been playing this bouncy little number, with its warm “ooohs” floating over it, all morning long. You should too. Their debut Angelic Swells will be out May 25th on Slumberland Records. Another jam, “Young and Dumb” is available HERE.
Download: Neverever – The Young Runaways [MP3]
One of Austin’s finest up and coming bands TV Torso is playing at Emo’s on Saturday night along with some other great local talents. The hot buzz band will be joined by fellow locals Follow That Bird! and Hundred Vision(formerly Corto Maltese). Should be a solid night for the best talent Austin has to offer.
Download: TV Torso – Days of Being Wild [MP3]
It’s been awhile since I’ve heard something like this come out of Michigan, but I know its no fluke, as 800Beloved released a solid debut titled Bouquet almost a year ago. They’re back now, with their new album, Everything Purple, and it’s full of simple dream pop. This tune will surely remind you of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but just take a bit of that jangle guitar, smooth it out, and clear up the vocals just a touch. If you ask me, it makes for a pretty incredible sound. You can stream the new album HERE.
Download: 800Beloved – Everything Purple [MP3]