Long have I loved The Wrens, who released one amazingly flawless LP, Meadowlands. They’ve hinted time and time again at new music, but we’ve only gotten glimpses over the past decade. Today, Stereogum released a track via Epitonic, and I got that warm feeling all over again. Listening, it has that same brooding/builiding element, forcing you to anticpate the eventual eruption of joy. Spolier alert: that eruption doesn’t come, as one might expect, but there’s still an element that harkens back to the days of the band’s first album, which immediately makes me smile. A gentle haze, steady drumming, and that guitar sound. I love it, and I hope you do too.
Download: The Wrens – As I’ve Known [MP3]
Nowadays it seems like every body has their hands in some aspect of punk rock, which is definitely okay by me. You’ll get garage, power-pop, post-punk, etc., but what really grabs me are those bands that remind me of those innocent pop-punk days when it was all about just having a blast with your friends, playing tunes in your garage or over at your friends backyard party. Here we have a new upcoming band from Oklahoma, They Stay Dead, who just put up their first EP. It’s everything you want good old school punk to be, full of delicious solos, catchy as all get out, and perfect for just cruising in your car with the windows down and the stereo up high. I’ve been enjoying this EP all week, and if you’re like me, you just might enjoy it too!
Download: They Stay Dead – Paper [MP3]
We don’t need to inundate you with the history or the iconic status of a band like the Meat Puppets; that stuff is a given. What we do want you to know is that they’ve got a new record, Lollipop, heading your way April 12 on Megaforce Records. Admittedly, this new single is great, but it’s not one of those songs that is really going to blow your hair back; it’s just a steady song that eases its way into your life by way of simple melodies and warm vocals. It sort of reminds of all those punk bands that went country, and you know I love those guys. Also, SXSW fans, you can catch the band at several places, such as La Zona Rosa and Austin Music Hall, so be on the lookout.
Download: The Meat Puppets – Damn Thing [MP3]
Today we are pleased to announce our 3rd annual unofficial SXSW show during the madness of the festival next week. This year we decided to go with a night show as opposed to a day show since many of you have voiced complaints about not enough good music to see at night. Well here you are people, we have partnered with our friends over at Songsinc to bring you a show at Empire Garage (next door to Side Bar). Deets are as follow:
– Thursday March 18th
– Location: Empire Garage
– Doors: 7pm/Music 8pm
– Lineup (in order of appearance with links):
Ash Reiter, She Sir, The Fling, Eulogies, Cloud Control, One AM Radio
This show is totally free and open to the public with no RSVP, wristband, badge or other B.S. needed to get in. Just come out and have a good time while listening to some great music at one of the best bars in Austin. You’d probably be at Side Bar anyway right? The two places are connected so come on over and say hi. We’re also very pleased to have Floyd’s Barbershop, Dangerbird Records, and Sweetish Hill Bakery on board to help put on this event. You can also help us promote by liking the event on facebook, Do512 and Ning.
Download: Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight [MP3]
Later in March we’ll all get to hear the much-anticipated sophomore record from Tennessee’s Those Darlins titled Screws Get Loose, which they’ll be releasing on their very own Oh Wow Dang label. If you take a listen to this album’s title track, you can definitely hear a bit of the brattiness exhibited by early punk rock females. Then you combine that with a bit of swirling melody, and wouldn’t you know it, you’ve got yourself an infectious song for everyone to fall in love with today. Let’s hope the rest of the album lives up to the phenomenal promise I find in this little ditty. What say you?
Download: Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose [MP3]
If you’re looking for more Mascis-infused fury from one of the members of Yuck, then you can probably skip this, as it’s nothing like that. Instead, think more along the lines of an Atlas Sound bedroom session. Oupa is the project of Yuck‘s Daniel, and he’s going to have release his debut Forget LP some time in June of this year. You can tell by this single that there’s definitely something to draw you in, whether you like the rising vocal in the chorus, or the darkened tones of the piano as it plays out through the song. And, if you’re in Austin for SXSW, you’ll be able to catch Daniel doing his thing at the Gorilla vs Bear Party on March 17.
Download: Oupa (Daniel of Yuck) – Forget [MP3]
You have to give it to the Parenthetical Girls for offering up something incredibly personal to their fans, giving them several 12″ EPs instead of just releasing their newest LP, Privilege. The most recent part of the series is Privilege Pt. III, which should be out on the band’s own label, Slender Means Society, on March 22nd. The latest MP3 is really creeping up my playlist as of now. It’s got this really dramatic feel to it, particularly the vocals, yet in the back you can hear all this squalling noise and haunting percussion. This definitely makes for a great listen, and you’ll be coming back to listen again and again, just as I have.
Download: Parenthetical Girls – The Pornographer [MP3]
Austin’s own Holy Wave have asked us to share this new track “Best Friends” coming out this week as a single. The tune’s sort of a psych-rock garage inspired number that shows a lot of promise for this up and coming band. If you’re feeling it like we are, you can pick up a physical copy of this one and another new tune from the band on their new start up label Fungal Hunger. It’s a great time for new music in Austin.
Download: Holy Wave – Best Friends [MP3]
Long have we been fans of the great Austin group, Freshmillions. They’re at it again already, giving us all a taste of new music this past weekend. The band have two tracks up now for free download, and it’s straight-up danceable fun, which is exactly what we expect the group to bring our way. They don’t just toss sweet tracks our way, they also bring a killer live show to the stage wherever they go. You’ll want to catch their act during SXSW, with a whole slew of shows lined up for you guys over at their page. If you like this new track, they’ve also got another one for your ears, and its all free over at their site, so get there soon!
Download: Freshmillions – Hot New Jam from ’73 [MP3]
Here We Go Magic are a band that we fancy around here in the ATH offices. The band puts out solid tunes on a regular basis, is great live, and even manages to be a pretty nice group of people. Continuing with their hard work ethic, the band is getting ready to release a new EP of material entitled The January EP on May 10th via Secretly Canadian. Below you can find a taste of that EP in the form of “Hands in the Sky”.
Download: Here We Go Magic – Hands in the Sky [MP3]