DC band Pree are a new band to us and are fairly new to the music game as well. We get tons of press releases everyday and it’s nice when we find something that really catches our ear like this band has. The self described sound of Pree mixes “Regina Spektor style narratives, Isaac Brock’s vocal stylings, haunting folk, and a remarkable command of words”. That sounds about right to us. Their debut EP A Chopping Block can be bought on itunes or in physical form on the Kora Records website. We are jammin’ it hard style.
Download: Pree – In the Parlor [MP3]
Make your way to Emo’s on Thursday night for a nice local lineup of promising and upcoming bands. Things get started at 10pm with ATH friends Whitman so get there early and start drinking cheap tall boys. Fellow ATH favorites The Bubbles, Red X Red M, and headliners Built by Snow follow on the bill. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8, but if you RSVP at Do512, you’ll get in for only $5. Working on Friday is no excuse not to be there, it’s a holiday (for some of us).
Download: Whitman – Light It Up [MP3]
It’s hard not to love a man with a ukulele. First, there was Stephin Merritt, and now the indie world has given us Dent May. We loved his debut album, and right now we’ll gladly get our hands on anything the man will put out, so when Daytrotter released an unreleased song, we jumped on it so as to bring it to you. Here is “Eastover Wivez.”
Download: Dent May – Eastover Wivez [MP3]
The new Veils record came out today and we wanted to share single “The Letter” with you guys today. It’s a catchy little pop track that’s sure to get repeated plays in the itunes. New album Sun Gangs is out today via Rough Trade.
Download: The Veils – The Letter [MP3]
Throw Me the Statue is one of those bands that you’ll find difficult to define immediately. They’re part Sufjan, part elctronica and stirred in a pot by the Northwest. It’s an interesting recipe for some great tunes, which is reason enough to post a song off the band’s latest Purpleface EP, which is out now via Secretly Canadian.
Download: Throw Me the Statue – Ship [MP3]
The famous Forty Acres fest is going down this Saturday on the UT campus. Games will be played, food and drink will be had, and the night ends with headliners Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing in front of the UT tower at 7pm. Best of all, everything is totally free. This is also a good time to post the band’s latest demo/single “Statues”.
Download: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Statues [MP3]
Being big fans of Eef Barzelay/Clem Snide, we’ve been looking forward to this show at Mohawk Saturday night for quite some time now. The alt-country band will be joined by fellow ATH favorites The Broken West and opening act The Heligoats. Tickets are available now for $10 or $12 at the door. Music starts at 9pm.
Download: Clem Snide – Me No [MP3]
Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice is set to release his 7th album, Romanian Names, via Dead Oceans on May 19th. This album supposedly is crafted of shorter songs, some more upbeat, but this song here isn’t that at all. This is the album’s longest, and possibly slowest, tracks.
Download: John Vanderslice – Fetal Horses [MP3]
Normally we wouldn’t just throw Daytrotter session after session in your face, but that site is the place to be, as they’ve gathered two greats in their studios. Earlier this week it was Stephen Malkmus, and now it’s our Number One Gay Dude That Rocks, Bob Mould. The man goes into the studio to play four new songs off his upcoming album for Anti Records titled Life and Times. This track is a great preview into the album, as is the entire session.
Download: Bob Mould – I’m Sorry Baby But You Cant Stand in My Light [MP3]
The Continental Club has a nice local lineup this Friday night with Li’l Cap’n Travis and Brothers and Sisters on the bill. We give a lot of coverage to both these bands and feel like they maybe haven’t gotten their due praise just yet. Tickets will be sold only at the door for $8 with music starting at 10pm.
Download: Brothers and Sisters – You’re Gone [MP3]