Free Arts & Crafts Sampler

artscraftsThe free record label samplers continue this week with one from the Canadian super label Arts & Crafts.  This 15 song sampler is available for download from Amazon and features all the big names from the label like The Stills, Amy Millan, The Constantines and more.  Here’s one of our faves from new artist Zeus called “Fever of the Time”.

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Download: Zeus – Fever of the Time [MP3]

Dear And The Headlights @ Emos (6/16)

dathPhoenix rockers Dear and the Headlights are making another stop at Emo’s in Austin after a few months away from our little town.  Opening acts are also pretty solid for this one with Quiet Company and The Bright Light Social Hour both joining in for support.  Get your tickets ahead of time now for $10.  Starting time for music is at 8pm so make sure you get there early.

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Download: Dear and the Headlights – Talk About [MP3]

New Music From Fruit Bats

fruitbatsWe’ve really been enjoying this new tune from folksters Fruit Bats and wanted to share it with you guys.  The song is called “My Unusual Friend” and will appear on the band’s upcoming album The Ruminant Band due out August 4th via Sub Pop.  We hope this sweet little diddy gets you excited for the forthcoming album.

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Download: Fruit Bats – My Unusual Friend [MP3]

Grizzly Bear @ The Parish (6/16)

grizzlybearIf you’re a frequent reader of our website, you know we’re peeing our pants in anticipation for the Grizzly Bear show at the Parish on Tuesday.  We love the band’s new record so much, we’re already calling it the record of the year so far.  The show should be made even more enticing for you concert goers as new ATH favorite Here We Go Magic will be providing opening support.  Tickets for this one have been sold out for quite some time so try to scalp your way in!  Doors are at 8pm.  Hottest song of the year is streaming for your enjoyment below.

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Download: Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks [MP3]

New Music From Zero 7

872889249_lNot much attention has been given to London band Zero 7 since they received all kinds of new fans after their song “In the Waiting Line” appeared on the Garden State soundtrack. Many years after that success, the band is still going strong and would probably rather forget about the band wagon fans they made back then. Regardless, Zero 7 are prepping a new LP entitled Yeah Ghost set to be released September 8th. First taste of the new album “Everything Up (Zizou)” is available below and features the vocals of Eska Mtungwaz.

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Download: Zero 7 – Everything Up [MP3]

Camera Obscura In Austin (6/15)

camera-obscuraWe’ve had our calendars marked for Camera Obscura coming to town ever since we fell in love with their new release My Maudlin Career.  So now the time is here and lucky for all us fans, the Glasgow band is playing two shows on Monday!  First up is an intimate stripped down Camera set at Waterloo Records around 1pm.  Second is a full on proper set around 9pm at Antone’s downtown.  Hellz yeah!  The late night show features opening support from Anni Rossi and an entrance fee of $20.  Check out one our favorite jams from the last year below and tell me you aren’t pumped up for this one!

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Download: Camera Obscura – French Navy [MP3]

LA Snack @ Club de Ville (6/13)

lakicksOur friends over at Party Ends have a sweet show planned for Saturday night at Club de Ville here in Austin.  The all local lineup includes up and comers LA Snacks, Deleted Scenes, Loxsly and a DJ set by John Gross.  Show starts at 9pm.  This should be a cheap way to get your live music fix on an otherwise boring Saturday night.

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Download: LA Snacks – Kristin was a Meteorologist [MP3]

White Rabbits On Woxy/In Austin

rabbits1 White Rabbits, creators of one of our favorite songs of the year, just recorded a Woxy lounge session which is now posted over on the Futurist.  The in-studio performance features 4 songs including a rousing rendition of that sweet jam “Percussion Gun”.  Now is also a good time to mention that the band will be making a stop at Emo’s in Austin this Sunday night.  Tickets for that show are on sale now for only $10.

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Download: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun (woxy lounge) [MP3]

From the Closet – The Exploding Hearts

explodinghearts1Seeing as it’s summertime around these parts, I’ve been creating lots of mixtapes in my head for various trips across the country.  One band that always makes the cut is The Exploding Hearts. Their brilliant punk meets power-pop career was cut short by a tragic accident that took three of the four founding members.  No amount of press would bring the greatness of this band back to us, but we will always have their delightful tunes to put on our mixtapes.

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Download: The Exploding Hearts – You’re Black and Blue [MP3]

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