We’ve always got to give love to Texas bands, especially those that dwell in the quirkier regions of pop music. Fishboy, primarily the project of Eric Michener, hails from Denton, TX, and his writing definitely has a story to tell. In fact, it’s all one giant interwoven story, with song titles representing various characters who encounter one another or are somehow interconnected. It sounds sort of like the thing all English majors would love. The thing is, the newest release, Classic Creeps, which you can grab from the band now, has this great little pop spin on it, something that you’d put alongside other local acts such as Hollywood Gossip. Give it a spin, and feel free to listen to the whole new album on the band’s Bandcamp page.
Download: Fishboy – Adrian Simmons [MP3]
The Dodos get all kinds of attention on this website so you know when they have new music, we’ll surely be posting it and playing it. This new single from the band “Black Night” is set to appear on upcoming LP No Color out March 15th on French Kiss Records. How has this spring gotten so full of sweet new jams?
Download: Dodos – Black Night [MP3]
Philadelphia band Arc in Round have a new song called “Spirit” that’s been getting some plays on my old itunes as of late. The tune is set to appear on the band’s upcoming debut self-titled LP due out May 10th. Prior to that date, you can check out the entire debut EP, Diagonal Fields, from Arc in Round over on their bandcamp page.
Download: Arc in Round – Spirit [MP3]
All bands will have to grow in order to progress from recording to recording, and that seems to be the place that we find Austin’s Sad Accordions today. The band is busy prepping a new EP, The Colors and the Kill, for a March 1st release date. You can grab hand-decorated versions from the band’s at their shows this year. Listening to the single from this six-track effort, you get the feeling that the music itself is spreading out, giving the band a bit more variety, and a whole lot more power going forward. It’s nice to see one of our local acts push themselves, and doing so, push the whole town to rock a whole lot harder.
Download: Sad Accordions – Inside Out [MP3]
When I first got the email with this new track from Helvetia, I was immediately drawn to the band’s participation with Papercuts, one of my favorite acts. Now, while I can definitely see some similarities in regards to how songs slowly build before reaching their climax, this group doesn’t seem to have the same somber tones, instead offering up a bit of light through that Pacific Northwest rainy weather. The group will be releasing their new record, On the Lam, on April 12th via The Static Cult Label. Going off this single, it’s going to be a trickling affair full of harmonies meant to undermine your soul, forcing in a bit of pleasure and thoughtfulness.
Download: Helvetia – On The Lam [MP3]
If you’re stuck in a pattern trying to decide whether or not you like your acoustic folk or your bedroom electronica more, then you’ll be lucky to have stumbled upon Emil & Friends. You’re likely to find the best of both worlds evident in the work here, and so Emil has solved your great dilemma. They just released their Downed Economy EP, and we’ve got an unreleased track to offer you, which still sounds like everything on the EP. It’s a catchy little number that seems to twist and turn with every electronic touch, reminiscent of bands like Throw Me the Statue. Try it out, and if you dig it, be sure to grab the EP from Cantora Records.
Download: Emil & Friends – Cheap Imitations [MP3]
The Sour Notes have slowly become one of the most talked about bands in Austin as they continue to pump out solid tunes and play the local scene. Well now the guys are prepping the release of their upcoming album Last Looks on February 17th with a release show at the Mohawk, which we’ll tell you more about closer to the date. For now we’d like to share this new song with you called “Hot Pink Flares”. The catchy new number recently appeared on a 7″ self-released by the Sour Notes and will also be track #2 on the new album. Also for a limited time, the band is offering up their entire discography for free download on their bandcamp page. Keep up the rock guys.
Download: Sour Notes – Hot Pink Flares [MP3]
Admittedly, I’ve been posting lots of rock n’ roll, and things that aim to get your blood pumping. But, I still have an affinity for well-crafted folk-leaning pop music, and so I was grateful for the change of pace that swept into my email late this afternoon. The Wilderness of Manitoba definitely has a rootsy-feel to it, but their usage of lofty harmonies and all around craftsmanship have made them a joy to listen to this afternoon. If you’re enjoying what you hear, and I sincerely hope you do, the group will release their US debut on May 10th, titled When You Left the Fire. If it’s anything like this track below, it’s going to come in handy on those summer road trips and camping ventures with your friends.
Download: The Wilderness of Manitoba – Orono Park [MP3]
Mexican garage rockers Le Bucherettes recently announced the release of their debut album Sin Sin Sin coming out on May 10th. The group have a rough edge to their sound fairly reminiscent of fellow ladies of rock Allison Mosshart and Karen O. For some reason I’m really into the tough girls of rock sound as of late… what can I say!? Check out a taste of the new record in the form of “New York”.
Download: Le Butcherettes – New York [MP3]
Everyone seems to have their favorite style of punk or new wave or garage or whatever, but Brooklyn’s Xray Eyeballs seem to have all of that in mind when crafting their songs, that and a touch of down-trodden temperament. The songs could easily go double time on your turn table and sound like run of the mill garage punk, but in this time, they just sound like your party ran out of beer, and you lost all your money gambling on beer pong. Luckily, you can add this to the late night soundtrack of your life on April 19th when Kanine Records release the band’s full length, Not Nothing, to the rest of the world. I’d write more, but I’m sort of bummed from listening to this track, in a good way of course.
Download: Xray Eyeballs – Crystal [MP3]