In celebration of their new LP, All is Wild, All is Silent, local boys Balmorhea are throwing a release party at Ballet Austin (map) on Friday night. The Wooden Birds will provide your opening band entertainment during the nights events. Doors open up at 9:30 and entrance will cost you only $8. Free loaders take note, New Belgium Brewery & Progress Coffee are sponsoring and will provide complimentary beverages while supplies last! Single track “Harm & Boon” from the band’s debut LP (out now on Western Vinyl) is below.
Download: Balmorhea – Harm & Boon [MP3]
So we’re fairly certain that this track is soon to be on every blog in the country by the end of the day. Regardless, this killer new tune comes your way from Jack White’s latest supergroup going by the name The Dead Weather. The group features of course Jack White on vocals & drums, Raconteur Jack Lawrence on bass, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita and best of all, The Kills‘ Allison Mosshart on lead vocals. Sounds like a match made in heaven right? Apparently the band played their first gig at Jack White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville last night and gave out a limited 7″ vinyl of new single “Hang You Up From the Heavens”. You probably don’t live in Tennessee so we’ve got the track for you below. The debut full length from the group, Horehound, is due out in early June.
Download: The Dead Weather – Hang You From The Heavens [MP3]
The last album Alight of Night from Crystal Stilts was one of those magnificently beautiful records that sort of crept around your brain for a period of time during 2008. The band are set to release a new single this Spring on Slumberland Records, and we’ve opted to throw a sample of the track your way. Listen closely as the lyrics swirl around the dense fog of energy.
Download: Crystal Stilts – Love is a Wave [MP3]
Fresh from the hills of California comes more gentle pop tunes. People have referenced Elliott Smith when discussing Willoughby, but this song shows that there’s more to the songs than simple reference points. Sit back at your desk and just let the soothing voice in the song take you away.
Download: Willoughby – Story [MP3]
To celebrate the release of their new Side A Ep, Austin band The Georgian Company are throwing a release party at Mohawk on Thursday night. The alt-country band will be joined by local heavy hitters Loxsly and opening act Leatherbag. Music starts on the inside stage at 10pm.
Download: Georgian Company – Apology [MP3]
Recipients of a spot in our top albums of 2008 post, The Dodos, just recorded a session for the NPR World Cafe. The set features 4 songs that you can stream from the comfort of your own home. Check it out now.
Download: The Dodos – Winter [MP3]
Everyone seems to love Surf City lately, and they are picking up a lot of press over here in the states, which isn’t entirely rare from a band straight out of Oceania. We, too, are really excited to see what they can come up with when they release their full length to throngs of fans stateside. Here’s just a little sample off their self-titled EP.
Download: Surf City – Canned Food [MP3]
The week/weekend before SXSW is usually pretty bland for live music, but a few locals have put together a nice little festival going down this weekend. Over the weekend, if you’re not resting up for next week, you should make it out to the new Radio Room (map) for the 2nd annual Psych Fest. The lineup for the weekend events is pretty impressive with big names like Black Angels, Strange Boys, Dead Meadow, Shapes Have Fangs, A Place to Bury Strangers, and tons more. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are going for $45 for a 3 day pass and $15 for individual day tickets. Music starts at 9pm on Friday and 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out the official website for full schedule and band info or have a look at that trippy flier.
Download: The Black Angels – Young Men Dead[MP3]
A whole slew of websites & record companies are giving away some free MP3s from artist participating in SXSW. NPR has one featuring 16 tracks from artists involved in some of their events during the week. Famous UK label 4AD also has a sampler of artists playing their showcase available for download after you give them an email addy. And of course Amazon won’t be outdone with a sampler of artists playing the IODA opening day bash party. Are you ready for the party?
This Melbourne, Australia group has been on my mind a lot lately, and it was recent brought to my attention that they released a new single not too long ago. I had to have it, and I had to bring it to your attention; here is the newest tune from The Crayon Fields, who are set to release another album later this year. We’ll keep you posted on that front.
Download: The Crayon Fields – Mirror Ball [MP3]