Leonard Cohen @ The Long Center 4/1 & 4/2

lennyLet’s face it, there really isn’t a better show in town this week. If you are nearing the end of your life, wouldn’t you like to say that you were there when Leonard Cohen played the Long Center in Austin? Sure, tickets may be a bit much, but you can’t go wrong with buying one of these. I mean, really, you can pay your bills next month, but Leonard only comes to Austin once in a lifetime, so live it up with Leonard this week.

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Download: Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die [MP3]

POBPAH On Woxy

pains1Hands down the most hyped band in the music world right now, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have some live MP3s posted over on the Woxy blog.  This is just the first SXSW artist recap post on the site with many more said to be on the way.  Check out the 5 song set now including this new unreleased song “103”.

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Download: POBPAH – 103 (live on Woxy) [MP3]

Neko Case @ Stubbs (3/31)

nekocaseStubb’s has a great lineup on Tuesday featuring headliner Neko Case and beloved Austin band Shearwater opening.  Doors for this show are at 7:30 and tickets are on sale now for $20.  Neko Case is currently touring in support of her new album Middle Cyclone which features the single “Some People Got a Lot of Nerve”.

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Download: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve [MP3]

New Tunes from Conor Oberst

mysticConor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band are at it again, releasing a new album, Outer South, this May on Merge Records. The first single from the album is titled “Slowly (Oh So Slowly).” Listening to the track, the vocals are really solid, but I’d be remiss not to say that the production seems to favor the full band approach, over the backing band approach used previously. You be the judge.

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Download: Conor Oberst – Slowly (Oh So Slowly) [MP3]

New Music From Super Furry Animals

642x600mrsuperfurryprevThis new Super Furry Animals track has been getting heavy rotation around the ATH offices over the past few days.  We weren’t sure what to make of it at first, but now we just can’t get enough.  The track “Inaugural Trams” will appear on Dark Days/Light Years out April 14th digitally and April 21st physically.  What’s your verdict on the new material?

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Download: Super Furry Animals Inaugural Trams [MP3]

Calm Blue Sea Score Film @ Alamo (3/29)

siegfried20-webLocal and ATH favorites, The Calm Blue Sea, are one of those bands with music that just screams movie soundtrack/score.  The guys in the band have apparently listened to our demands and will be doing a live score at The Alamo Ritz on Sunday night.  The film to be scored is an old school black and white/silent movie from 1924 called Siegfried.  Alamo describes the silent film as one that “ranges in scope between the hellishly intense defeat and death of a Dragon to more quiet emotional moments”.  Sounds like a perfect fit for the band’s emotionally charge instrumental music.  We’re sure you won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to relive the days of live scoring.  Show time is set for 7pm with tickets on sale now for only $11.

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Download: The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few [MP3]

From The Closet: Soundgarden

soundgarden-pressphoto10Our From The Closet this week features one of the hottest bands from the age of grunge, Soundgarden.  We bring you the rock this week to coincide with Chris Cornell brining his new solo act to town Monday at Stubb’s.  We hope that this reminds you about how completely insane this new project with Timbaland is.  Remember the rock?  We do.  And hey!  Get tickets for Chris Cornell’s show on Monday and get a free digital download of new album Scream. What a deal.  We promise this is the last time we make fun of the Cornell/Timbaland project.  Maybe.

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Strange Boys @ Beerland (3/28)

the-strange-boys-410x4101One of the best local acts around right now, The Strange Boys, are playing a show at Beerland this Saturday.  This should be a pretty nice way to work your way back into some live music after your exhausting week at SXSW.  The Austin boys are joined by opening acts Mass Hysteri and The Hex Dispensers.  Music starts at 10pm.

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Download: The Strange Boys – Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up [MP3]

Broken Records

32242jpegNot too sure if we’re late getting on the bandwagon for Edinburgh band Broken Records, but you can consider us fully aboard the fan train.  Sounds and influences seem to draw heavily from fellow Scottish indie bands like Frightened Rabbit with a more native Celtic sound. Forming in the land of Scots back in 2006, the band is set to release a debut full length album Until the Earth Begins to Part on June 1st via the famous 4AD record label.

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Download: Broken Records – If Eilert Loevborg Wrote a Song it Would Sound Like This [MP3]

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