As summer draws to a close, there always seems to be a swell of folk-tinged outfits putting out releases, but none sound nearly as good as this new tune from Port O Brien. This is the first single off their upcoming album Threadbare, which should hit the streets near us on October 6th.
Download: Port O’ Brien -Sour Milk/Salt Water [MP3]
Or, The Whale reminds me a lot of The Dutchess and the Duke, with a little less stones, and a little more country-pop thrown in the mix. They have a new, self-titled album coming out on September 22nd, and we’ve got ourselves a hold on one of the new songs. Enough of the comparisons, let’s hear those tunes.
Download: Or, The Whale – Datura [MP3]
AU will be hitting the road soon with Why?, and as they are about head out, they’re offering up a sweet new tune to go with their upcoming Versions EP slated for release on October 8th. This track, “Ida Walk Away” is layered with sound, and it seemingly swirls in a condensed format before rising, and then falling again. Try this on for size.
Download: AU – Ida Walk Away [MP3]
The great M. Ward will be making his way back to Austin on Tuesday night at Antones and you need to make a point to get yourself there. Unfortunately tickets sold out recently so you may have to try your hand at scalping or craigslist. Door time is 8pm and show is 9. Here’s that song we all know and love that will surely appear on everyone’s best of list.
Download: M Ward – Never Had Nobody Like You [MP3]
Desolation Wilderness is prepping for their tour this fall, and as most bands do, they’re releasing an album to promote themselves. This record will be titled New Universe and is going to be released by our friends over at K Records this week. We’ve got a little sample to throw at you right now!
Download: Desolation Wilderness – Boardwalk Theme [MP3]
They were named our top act of SXSW ’09, they earned a spot on our top songs of 2008 list, and now Glasvegas is returning to Austin for a sure to be awesome show at Emo’s on Monday night. Norwegian Ida Maria will be the only opening act on the night which starts around 9pm. Tickets are on sale for this one now at $15 a piece. Here’s that song that we just can’t seem to get enough of…
Download: Glasvegas – Geraldine [MP3]
If you’re looking for some real rock n roll in your life, head over to Mohawk on Saturday night for an incredible lineup of local acts. Both stages of Mohawk will be occupied with locals Scorpion Child, Eagle Claw, Pack of Wolves, Castle and Shitty Car Wash all performing during the night’s events. Tickets are only at the door and things start around 9pm.
Download: Scorpion Child – A Million Lines [MP3]
Cruiserweight is a band that has been around longer than I can remember, but we always make a point to see them when they play a show in town. Make your way to Red 7 on Saturday night for one of these shows and enjoy this veteran Austin outfit. Openers are The Story Changes, Markov, and No Champions. Tickets are being sold only at the door and show starts at 9pm.
Download: Cruiserweight – Balboa [MP3]
Oh yeah, I can hear the nasty comments already… Counting Crows!? On ATH!? Well you can just shaaaat uuuup! I know a large majority of you people, or at least the none liars of the bunch, all owned a copy of the Counting Crows 1993 debut August and Everything After. That album was full of hits like Mr. Jones, Omaha, and this little early 90s jam that still pulls on my heart strings, Round Here. Not as random as you’d think, I bring you this From the Closet because Counting Crows are playing at Austin Music Hall this Monday. Tickets are a whopping $47 so I hope you’re really feeling nostalgic. Enjoy this old grunge era jam and forget about those Joni Mitchell covers and terribly outdated singles the band is promoting now.
Sebadoh frontman and Dinosaur Jr guitarist Lou Barlow is prepping a new solo album out this fall. First single “Gravitate” is available from the album now and can be found below for stream or download. Goodnight Unknown will be out October 6th via Merge Records. We dig it.
Download: Lou Barlow – Gravitate [MP3]