We’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!
Download: Camera Obscura – French Navy [MP3]
Our 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.
Download: LA Snacks – Kristin was a Meteorologist [MP3]
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.
Download: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun (woxy lounge) [MP3]
Seeing 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.
Download: The Exploding Hearts – You’re Black and Blue [MP3]
Indie-pop craftsman Sean Bones has a sweet new single that’s hitting the internet like wildfire today. The new jam is called “Dancehall” and will appear on upcoming album Rings due out July 21st via Frenchkiss Records. It’s a tasty little pop tune that should kick off your summer right.
Download: Sean Bones – Dancehall [MP3]
Emo’s has a solid lineup of local acts ready and rarin’ to go for a night of rock on Friday. Acts include heavy rockers Lions, Ume and The Record Hop. No tickets will be sold online so bring $7 if you’re of age and $10 if you’re under. Here’s that Ume song everyone is talking about around town called “The Conductor”.
Download: Ume – The Conductor [MP3]
Swiss transplant Jason Albertini is now living in the Northwest, and his music with Helvetia is easily influenced by the sounds of the area, not to mention his recordings, since he’s been joined by Scott Plouf of Built to Spill. His new album, Helvetia’s Junk Shop, will be released this September on Static Cult. This recording sounds a bit muddy, but it the vocals definitely meander through the song as you would expect from a band in this region. Here’s “Leading Towards an End.”
Download: Helvetia – Leading Towards an End [MP3]
Sex crazed pop musician Peaches is making a stop at Emo’s in Austin on Thursday night. Tour support Drums of Death should combine nicely with the headliners to make this a night of crazy drunken dancing and singing. Tickets are still available to purchase, but I wouldn’t plan on buying one at the door. Music starts at 10pm. Don’t miss this one!
Download: Peaches – Talk To Me [MP3]
We love the project over at Daytrotter, especially when they do work with local Austin bands. Corto Maltese is one of the younger bands around town who are making a name for themselves. Their Daytrotter session is full of four unreleased songs recorded during SXSW. Unfortunately, the band have no current shows lined up, but at least we have these new songs.
Download: Corto Maltese – Providence (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]
It’s always been really hard to classify the Fiery Furnaces; just as you have them all figured out they go and record an album with their grandmother. Still, the prolific duo is always pushing themselves, and in doing so, they tend to create a lot of really interesting tunes. This new tune represents the more piano driven side, though somewhat reminiscent of a 70s television theme song. This song, as well as others, will appear on the band’s new album I’m Going Away, which comes out July 21st via Thrill Jockey.
Download: The Fiery Furnaces – The End is Near [MP3]