New Tunes From Crystal Antlers

crystalantlers03The latest and greatest crystal in their name band, Crystal Antlers, have a new rockin’ jam for your listening pleasure.  The new track is called “Andrew” and will appear on the band’s upcoming LP Tentacles out April 6th.  If the whole album sounds like this, we may be in store for one of the years best.

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Download: Crystal Antlers – Andrew [MP3]

New Music From Whitman

whitmanLocal boys Whitman recently spent a long weekend in the studio and are ready to drop a new track your way from the sessions.  No word yet on a title or release date for an upcoming album, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.  The new track, “Light It Up”, has been getting heavy rotation in the ATH offices and we think you’ll like it as much as we do.  Feel free to drop us a line about the new tune or hit them up on myspace.

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Download: Whitman – Light It Up [MP3]

Mastodon Bring More Rock

mastodon-photoMaybe some of our readers are not ready for the face melting music of Mastodon, but count ATH as one of their many fans. The Grammy winning band are bringing you a new album on March 24th entitled Crack the Skye and have two new songs to preview the effort. First new song “Oblivion” can be heard on the album’s website along with some sweet flash animations.  We’ve got the other new tune “Diviniations” for you below.

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Download: Mastodon – Divinations [MP3]

New Tunes from Cursive

cursiveTim Kasher has long been penning incredible tunes, both as the frontman for Cursive, and as the man behind The Good Life. Now comes the time of year where we can all be grateful, as new tunes are now available in preparation for Cursive‘s release of Mama, I’m Swollen, out on March 10th via Saddle Creek Records. You can hear “I Couldn’t Love You” over at Entertainment Weekly.

Also, they released another track yesterday to the public, which is also another song off the upcoming album.  This song, “From the Hips” illustrates Tim at his best, writing great lyrics, and the song just seems to churn out those special moments we missed on the band’s Happy Hollow last time around.

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Download: Cursive – From the Hips [MP3]

New Tunes from Bricolage

bricoGlasgow, Scotland has a certain place in my heart, as my favorite band stems from the region, not to mention their influence Orange Juice. Yet, here comes another great band, Bricolage, that seems to owe a bit of love towards the aforementioned band.  Throw in a touch of The Smiths, and you’ve got a rollicking good time.  The band is set to release their self-titled album on Slumberland this May.

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Download: Bricolage – Turn U Over [MP3]

Deep Elm Emo Sampler

deepelmIf you thought emo was dead, think again peoples!  The now legendary label Deep Elm is offering up a 15 song sampler of emo tracks from all of their artists new and old.  ATH favorites like Appleseed Cast, Slowride, Sounds Like Violence, and a slew of others appear on the free compilation.  Here’s one of our favorite old school emo tunes featured on the sampler by Appleseed Cast.

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Download: Appleseed Cast – Marigold & Patchwork [MP3]

Drew Danburry

tour2008_lrgWe receive a lot of randomness in our inbox here at ATH and rarely does anything strike our interest like Drew Danburry has.  Maybe it’s a shared love for The Never Ending Story or the songwriters catchy diddy about Atreyu’s beloved horse Artex.  Regardless, check out Mr. Danburry’s hilarious video for the song which follows the scene from the movie line for line.  You can find out more about Drew Danburry on his website.

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Download: Drew Danburry – Artex [MP3]

New Tunes from Swan Lake

swansSwan Lake is a supergroup, featuring members of Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, and Destroyer. Their newest album, Enemy Mine is slated for release via Jagjaguwar Records on March 24th. While early indications claim Frog Eye’s Casey Mercer as the better writer this time out, you can’t count out Destroyer’s Dan Bejar. Just take a listen to the following track.

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Download: Swan Lake – Spider [MP3]

SXSW Watchlist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

pains1The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have recently been lauded, not just by ATH, but by many others for their self-titled release. It’s shrouded in atmospherics and melody, the perfect blend of everything going on nowadays. Suffice it to say, that very record is one of the only albums released thus far in 2009 that succeeds in every song. Follow the jump to find out a little more about the band.
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