Up and comers Phenomenal Hand Clap Band have a new self-titled album due out on June 23rd via Friendly Fire Recordings. Today we just received the first single “15 to 20” from the album and are ready to proclaim it another feel good dance hit for summer. What’s your take?
Download: Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – 15 to 20 [MP3]
Passion Pit seems to have been on the tongues of every person discussing music this year, and they return to Austin to show us what they have, in the live setting at Emos that is. Along with them they bring Harlem Shakes and Cale Parks, two bands who have been making waves across the country with delightful albums of their own. Be sure to catch this show, for if the band explodes, you likely won’t catch them in this sort of semi-intimate setting again.
Download: Harlem Shakes – Sunlight [MP3]
Long ago there was this killer band called Murder City Devils. They had this one guy who ended up in Pretty Girls Make Graves, who then left to start The Cave Singers. Now that I’ve name dropped enough, let me tell you that Derek Fudesco’s new outfit resembles neither of his past efforts, not even close. Still, it just goes to show you that punks like to folk it up. So, the new tunes are slated to appear on the next Cave Singers album, Welcome Joy, which is slated for an August release. Here you go folks.
Download: The Cave Singers – Beach House [MP3]
I’m not really up on the scene of the independent world music, but somehow I stumbled across the sublime tunes of the French duo Holden. Their understated combination of melody and electronics reminds me of a slower paced Stereolab, which is never really a bad comparison to make. They have a new album coming out titled Fantomatisme, and though you will have to search the Internet to find it, I’m bringing you a nice little track to give you a little taste test. Enjoy.
Download: Holden – Un Toit Etranger [MP3]
It’s the beginning of a killer week of live music here in Austin, and the town is going to start it off with a great set from various noise-makers. Black Moth Super Rainbow headline this show at Mohawk, closing with their electronic noise fusion. Local greats Balmorhea open this show, and they’re sure to be the quieter set of the evening. Don’t forget the middle band, School of Seven Bells, will bring their precious space-pop amidst the two acts, rounding out an evening of solid tunes.
Download: Black Moth Super Rainbow – Rollerdisco [MP3]
A few years back Nightmare of You seemed just like another one of the bands emulating The Killers. But, in the years since, they’ve fleshed out their sound quite a bit, evolving beyond the basics and into a group all their own. “I Think I’m Getting Older” from the band’s forthcoming album, which hits the streets on July 28th, has a hint of Koufax, especially in the delivery of the lyrics, but as previously mentioned, the band are going further then they have before; this is all to their benefit.
Download: Nightmare of You – I Think I’m Getting Older [MP3]
A few years ago, The Lovely Feathers had it all. Their high energy Canadian post-pop had them labeled as the next big thing all over the world, but then they hit some struggles, and seemed to get lost for the time being. And now they’re back for the attack, offering up new tunes, and a new album titled Fantasy of the Lot, which will hit the shores of Canada this week; it doesn’t make its way to the rest of us until August. Still, we’ve got the album’s opener to get you reacquainted with the band.
Download: The Lovely Feathers – Lowiza [MP3]
Yes you read that right. Kings mutha truckin X is playing at Red Eyed Fly on Monday. Monday! I can’t believe I am actually typing these words. How can such a band be playing at such a small venue!?! Okay maybe you aren’t as excited as me, but you damn well should be. I can’t find anything about a price or when it starts, but I bet it’s cheap and pretty late. Rock on!
Jason Molina has taken a few years off, though we can assume he’s just been laying low and biding his time. Now he’s ready to unleash a new Magnolia Electric Co album, Josephine, on the masses in July on Secretly Canadian. We’re here to offer you the title track from the album for your enjoyment.
Download: Magnolia Electric Co – Josephine [MP3]
Thank you Hole in the Wall for continuing to put on awesome shows for cheap cheap money! Saturday night the lineup at the local bar/venue features an awesome local lineup with Amplified Heat AND Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Please tell me you’ve seen Black Joe? You haven’t! Well do it! Price should be under $10. Check out some Amplified Heat video’s on youtube here, here, and here.