On this Monday night, Emo’s Austin has chosen to bring the metal back into your life with Saviours. The band hails from Oakland and is one of the few bands that can still play metal the right way. If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, Saviours will knock you out of that coma and slam your week into high gear. Doors for the show are at 7 and you can read more on the Emo’s website. Also, check out song “Cavern of Mind” for a pretty accurate show preview.
Download: Saviours – Cavern of Mind [MP3]
One of our favorite acts in Austin, The Calm Blue Sea, will be putting on a CD release party this Saturday at Emo’s Lounge. If you aren’t familiar with the band, think Explosions in the Sky but a little heavier. Tickets for this show can only be purchased at the door. Check out the Emo’s website for more info.
These United States showed up on an encore performance on Daytrotter. We say encore because the band already performed for Daytrotter way back in March of 2007. Check out the band’s latest session on the slick Daytrotter website. Also, check out standout track “Burn This Bridge” from the performance in mp3 format below.
Download: These United States – Burn This Bridge(live) [MP3]
I’m all kinds of into audience participation, so I thought I would throw one more your way. Today, we will debate over whether the singer for Fabrizio Moretti’s (of The Strokes fame) newest project, Little Joy, is in fact better suited to front a band backed by Fab or by his old band, Los Hermanos. The kids love Little Joy, and Devandra Banhart produced the album, but something about the bossanova sounds of Los Hermanos are really working for me today. You make the call.
Download: Little Joy – No Ones Better Sake [MP3]
Download: Los Hermanos – Condicional [MP3]
We all love The Decemberists, and we are stoked to hear that they are releasing a series of singles this year (October 14, November 4, December 2). The single series is titled “Always a Bridesmaid,” and this is the track off the opening single titled “Valerie Plame.” Those in the know might recognize the name, but for now, let’s just listen to the tune. Follow this link to preorder.
Download: The Decemberists – Valerie Plame [MP3]
I cannot stop listening to this album, or this song; Gentlemen Jesse and His Men seem to know where its at. Sure, it’s a little bit of a throwback, but we all loved The Strokes the first time around right? Blast this song into the afternoon, and if you dig it like I do, then you can find the band’s self-titled debut out now on Douchemaster Records.
Download: Gentleman Jesse and His Men – I Dont Wanna Know [MP3]
Stereolab, now working on 18 years of existence, will be playing at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday evening. The show may be one of the only legit shows going down this week that has nothing to do with ACL. Tickets for the show are $25 and can be bought from Gettix. Below is a song from the band’s 2008 album Chemical Chords entitled “Three Women”.
Download: Stereolab – Three Women [MP3]
After some stellar Friday shows, make it a weekend o’ music with another sure to be great show by Pinback at Mohawk on Saturday night. Tickets for the show can be bought online for $16.75 after taxes or at the door. Preview the show with one of my favorite tracks of 2007 “Good to Sea”.
Download: Pinkback – Good to Sea [MP3]
This Aussie gentleman, Whitley, has been getting a lot of buzz lately so we thought it’d be a good time to jump on the hype machine. Some of you may know that he put out an album about a year ago in Australia called The Submarines that received a ton of critical acclaim. Now we the people of the United States will finally get our hands on this album September 30th. Catch a preview of the album with “A Shot to the Stars” below.
Download: Whitley – A Shot to the Stars [MP3]
The nice folks at Skybucket Records have a sweet little sampler you can download from their website. The sampler features tracks from Through the Sparks, Dan Sartain, The Dexateens, and a whole slew of others. Standout track “Slender Thread” from The Dexateens can be found below for your listening pleasure.
Download: The Dexateens – Slender Thread [MP3]