Dasher Sign to Jagjaguwar

Honestly, and this is a stretch for some of you, I know, but I feel like Ty Segall‘s gotten sort of safe, almost calm. But, for those of you who cherish is heavy, unabashed style…now you have Dasher. Drums open the track, pounding as chords knife their way through the distance, setting the scene for Kylee Kimbrough to scare you out of your seat (in the best way possible). This song seems furious to a certain degree, but the central chorus definitely has an accessible hook, which should endear the group to fans just on the cusp of heavy tunes. The group just announced they’ve signed to Jagjaguwar, so we should expect to hear more from them real real soon!

Stream Skittle Alley’s End of a Story

Life got you down? No energy? Well, Skittle Alley is here to make the world a little bit better. They’re spritely indiepop is precisely what’s needed to uplift the spirits. “When She Dance” immediately had me smiling with its ringing guitar chords working over tight percussive lines. Or, you can jump to the end to find a dreamy dose with “They Can’t Cast a Shadow,” allowing your soul to float into the world with a warm grin. Indiepop might not be for everyone, but I promise you can’t turn away from End of a Story; I suggest downloading it immediately!

Please to Meet You: Roya Announce Debut

This tune from Roya is all sorts of wonderful. Careful guitar notes build the song’s tension, slowly taking little steps towards the introduction of the vocals. When they hit, they come in like an effortless breeze, riding atop the mix. As you move along, there’s little notes unfolding that bring in a nod towards Western psychedelia, inevitably picking up the tracks pace; I kept waiting for the song to explode, but they always hold back just enough to keep you interested here, whilst still bringing in a natural draw. Their debut self-titled LP will be out on June 2nd via Burger Records.

Late to Turtlenecked

You know how I love that classic indiepop sounds, filled with stabbing guitar chords, slight jangles and a touch of cool in the vocals…this is exactly what Turtlenecked bring to the table. Harrison Smith playfully enters the scene, bouncing his voice along with the backbeat of rhythm. He definitely brings some energy to the verses, but allows for a swelling of pop sensation as the chorus crashes with broader wash of full sound. Stay tuned for the emphatic finish. He’s signed on with Good Cheer Records to released Vultures, which will hit on June 15th, just in time for a summer hit.

Are You Ready for Eric Slick’s LP

While Eric Slick probably is most noticeable for his work with Dr. Dog, his solo outing is really impressive, and totally different. On his latest single there’s a defined move towards a broader pop spectrum, with sweeping arrangements and light flourishes of noise filling in the space behind Slick’s voice. His voice is steady and calmed, remaining as such even through the emotive chorus. This track’s all about execution, and it’s pulled off extremely well, leaving us with great promise as Palisades hits stores this Friday courtesy of Egghunt Records.

Say Hello to Ratboys

Despite nearing the release of their sophomore album, Chicago based Ratboys is brand new to me. If you’re also new to the group, you should check out latest single “Control” for a taste of what the band is all about. An image of Rilo Kiley comes to mind, with a little more sweetness to the vocals and sounds. A perfect song to brighten your Monday funk.

Ratboys will release new albumGNon June 30th via Topshelf Records.

Listen Now: Slack Capital 2 Stream and Slugbug World Premiere

Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of the most exciting bands in Austin. All proceeds go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’ve been unveiling one song per day until the the release party on April 14, which is today!

Song of the day: SLUGBUG — “When The Words”

If you live in Austin and care about music– and by music I mean good music– and by good music I mean weird music– you haaaaaave to know about SLUGBUG. SLUGBUG is the longtime musical project of synth ber-wizard Paul D. Millar, who truly forges his own path with his songs of prime neurotic pop bliss. Like a more German-influenced Ariel Pink, or Devo on a hallucinatory trip, SLUGBUG is built quite efficiently to groove you– think Robocop on speed at a disco– but also, even though (but kind of especially because) Millar is never not straight-faced, to make you laugh. “Bread bowl/ I don’t want to eat that” is a phrase you hear at the beginning of the song, a robotic coo spoken into the spheres. SLUGBUG takes its energy from the punk sensibility of protest, and in this case, he’s protesting meaning itself. “Words come out of your mouth/ Can I tell that they say one thing and really mean the opposite?” And “Words come out of my mouth/ Can you tell that the words were/ Nothing more than filler text.” He seems to be saying, none of us know what we’re talking about. Which is the wisest it gets, probably. –Eric Braden

Stream Slack Capital 2 in its entirety here, and download it, or come pick one up tonight at Barracuda for the Slack Capital 2 official release party. $5, doors at 9 PM. Come have fun and help us support SafePlace!

Powerful Ballad from Paul Bergmann

I’m a huge fan of Paul Bergmann‘s work, and am excited he’s back so quickly with another collection of songs that heads our way in May. He just released this great song and accompanying video,which features a personal portrayal of Paul’s soaring voice and personality. I love how he’s playfully swinging himself about as the track’s accompanying strings play through the background. Somehow I feel like there are never enough artists crafting this sort of eloquent pop, but oh how I wish they were. Look for his new album, Nothing at All, on May 5th.

Playful Pop from Jared Mees

Feeling good on a Friday, and figured we should start off our day with a little bit of bouncing pop. Jared Mees brings in another great single, working his voice over electronic beats, crooning atop of spirited backing tracks. It’s reminiscent of early Dent May tunes, offering careful poetry that energetically rides the internal melody of the tune. It’s all in good fun, so why not ride this track into the afternoon? Look for Jared’s new LP, Life is Long, which comes out on Tender Loving Empire next Friday!

Premiere of a New Quin Galavis Tune on Slack Capital 2

Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of the greatest bands in Austin. All proceeds from the comp go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’re unveiling one song per day until the the release party on April 14.

Song of the day: Quin Galavis — “Cold Skin”

This new song by Austin songwriter Quin Galavis is a gorgeous kind of hushed ballad, epic in its scope. Opening with spare, plaintive piano, and the words, “I told them leave/ I’m done wasting hours” Galavis evokes a world of regret, heading toward an ambivalent brand of hope: “Maybe you, maybe you, maybe you/ can dream.” The song evolves toward the end, as strings and dissonant sounds gently pile up, and the words take on the shape of a litany: “The fragile, sickly love/ the ocean of mistrust/ the shaking, fearless love.” There is no irony or humor, yet it doesn’t feel cloying. Galavis’ delivery is earnest and believable; his vulnerability neglects to be self-indulgent, and he never risks succumbing to what I call “cool tough folky nice guy syndrome.” A quietly stunning entry into what is clearly shaping up to be a tremendous era for Austin music. –Eric Braden

Order Slack Capital 2 HERE.

See you tomorrow at Barracuda for the Release Party!

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