Chairlift

Brooklyn’s finest dance/pop band Chairlift have some new music for your listening pleasure. The song is called “Evident Utensil” and will be seen on the band’s newest album Does You Inspire You due out on November 11th October 28th. The band will also be stopping by our little town on August 9th at The Mohawk with tour mates Ariel Pink. Tickets for the event are sold only at the door. Mark your calendar!

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Download: Chairlift – Evident Utensil [MP3]

Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus are celebrating the release of their new album out last week, Florida St. Serenade by offering you their last two albums The Disappearing Dawn Chorus & Second Dawn Chorus completely free for your downloading pleasure.  You can download the albums from the band’s record label Fractured Discs.  You can also stream the band’s brand new album Florida St. Serenade and download a couple tracks from it over on the Last FM website.  That’s not all!  You can preview the song “I’m Cured” off the band’s newest album below.  It’s quite the catchy one.

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Download: Dawn Chorus – Im Cured [MP3]

Dear & The Headlights @ Stubbs 7/29

Arizona band Dear and The Headlights will be playing the live scene at Stubbs indoor this evening. What Laura Says Thinks and Feels will also be playing with Beaux Loy opening things up for both bands. Tickets are at the low low price of only $10 with doors set to open at 8pm. Buy yourself some tickets at the Stubbs website. Also, check out a song entitled “I’m Bored, You’re Amorous” from Dear and the Headlights 2007 album Small Steps, Heavy Hooves:

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Download: Dear and The Headlinghts – Im Bored, Youre Amorous [MP3]

ATH Presents Whitman & Friends

Austin Town Hall is proud to present Whitman w/ The Drawing Board and The Bridge Farmers at Emo’s Lounge Friday August 1st. Doors for the event are set to open at 9pm with The Bridge Farmers kicking things off at 10pm. Tickets for the show are only $5 for the above 21 crowd and $8 for you guys that haven’t hit that magic drinking age yet. Have yourself a listen to “The Girl in the Window” by The Bridge Farmers, “The Writer” by The Drawing Board & “Evangelist” by Whitman bellow:

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Download: The Bridge Farmers – Girl in the Window [MP3]

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Download: The Drawing Board – The Writer [MP3]

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Download: Whitman – The Evangelist [MP3]

Also, feel free to grab the show poster – send it to your friends, blog about it, etc.

Wesley Willis @ Alamo

So obviously the man himself isn’t playing at Alamo since he passed away in 2003, but they will be screening the documentary Wesley Willis’ Joyride as part of Music Mondays.  The show will only run you $2 with a show time of 10:20pm.  If you’re looking for a good time on a Monday night, why not buy a ticket at the Draft House website and enjoy the cult phenom Wesley Willis.  My personal favorite song “Rock n’ Roll McDonalds” is below for your enjoyment/pleasure.

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Download: Wesley Willis – Rock N Roll McDonalds [MP3]

HEALTH Tonight @ Emos

Tonight Emos will host the danceable band HEALTH on the inside stage, fresh off their set at Pitchfork Music Festival. All signs point to a phenomenal show filled with dance tracks and crazed stage antics. If you’ve got nothing else to do tonight, this is where you should be. Even if you have something to do, this is still where you should go. Doors, as usual, are at 8 PM. See you tonight folks!  Below is a song by the band called “Crime Wave”.

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Download: HEALTH – Crimewave [MP3]

New Music from Colourmusic

Oklahoma’s Colourmusic is set to release their album, F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13, on September 9th on Great Society Records. We have just gotten our hands on a new song for you to enjoy titled “Winter Song.” This is one of their slower tunes, but it shows the range of the band. Be sure to keep track of these guys as they are sure to build a huge following with their rocking live show.

For more info you can check them out on their Myspace Page.

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Download: wintersong.mp3

Dr. Dog – Fate

Rating: ★★★★½

When Dr. Dog released their second album, We All Belong, I hadn’t really heard much about them; that soon enough changed. Their blend of classic rock meets country meets indie pop had me cornered, and I didn’t mind it one bit. They follow that with the release of an album, Fate, that is more solid all the way through the album.

The fist thing I noticed on this album was that there was a lot more presence of the piano. Sure, it was there in the last album, but here it seems that the piano was the backbone of the writing process for this album, which, in all honesty, does wonders for the band. The melodies this time around are a lot stronger than on the previous efforts.

The first standout track was “The Old Days,” and everything about this song screams single. From the steady pace of the drum-mostly snare-to the splendid guitar work and piano accompaniment; then you can’t help but love the vocal progress of McMicken and Leaman. Then you follow that with “Army of Ancients” and you can tell the band is progressing. Whoever sings the majority of the aforementioned song really strains his voice, going to places I haven’t heard the band go before, and it completely works. It’s one of the more sincere songs I think the band has written.

From that point on, the album really just sticks up for itself. From the classic guitar work on “The Ark” to the more Motown-inspired “From,” one would be hard pressed to find a song that lets you down. Even when they slow it down, they are able to maintain the overall feel of this album without leading you somewhere else. And they close it all off with a rocker of a tune in “My Friend, which is just more classic rock appeal for your ears–and make sure you wait until about 3.3 minutes into the song because they mix it up perfectly–a sign of their progression.

I’m sure that you could fault this band for their lack of originality, for I feel as if I have heard these sounds many times before in my father’s record collection, but you can’t fault a band for that really. I mean, we all have to start at some point, and often that is our biggest influence, musically. I think the maturity on this album shows that Dr. Dog, despite their name, can keep coming back time and time again with great songs for ALL of us to enjoy.

Check out “The Old Days” off the new album now:

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Download: theolddays.mp3

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