Imagine my surprise today when I found this new track from Sweden pop group Shout Out Louds! This band won me over a few years ago with their album Our Ill Wills and I have been a fan ever since. The new LP from the Swedes, Work, is due out Feb. 23rd on Merge. First single “Walls” from the record is below. 2010 is shaping up to be one helluva year.
Download: Shout Out Louds – Walls [MP3]
We promised you a contest and here ya go! For starters, you should already know that ATH fave Dutchess & The Duke are making their way to the Mohawk on December 12th. If you’d like to attend the show with a friend, listen up as the details for this contest are very simple. Simply leave us a comment or hit us up on twitter with your favorite D&D song and why. That’s it! Two lucky winners will receive a spot on the guest list with a +1 for that special someone. We’ll hit you guys up over the weekend if you win so be sure to leave a valid email address.
English buzz band Fanfarlo are making their way to the Independent on Wednesday night in Austin. Fellow buzz band Freelance Whales will be joining the band to make this a bloggers wet dream. Check out some tunes below and decide if this one’s for you.
Download: Fanfarlo – I’m A Pilot [MP3]
Man, a show by Athens, GA band The Whigs on the indoor stage at Emo’s sounds like one hell of a loud and awesome rock show. Fellow rockers The Features and A Giant Dog will also be getting down on the inside stage. This is surely a show you won’t want to miss.
Download: The Whigs – Right Hand Over My Heart [MP3]
How I love thee Ted Leo. Luckily for me, and all you like-minded fans, Ted Leo will be bringing us a new album on March 9th titled The Brutalist Bricks, his first album for Matador Records. We’ve gotten to hear the new single, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Leo-penned tune. The man’s no stranger to power-pop, nor classic pub-rock, and you’ll find hints of each in the workings of this new tune. Hope you dig it like I do.
Download: Ted Leo – Even Heroes Have to Die [MP3]
Ever since the first time I heard “Jordanna,” I was possessed with the songs of David Wingo. His group, Ola Podrida, has just released their newest album, Belly of the Lion, which is one of the best albums to come out of Austin (well, sort of NYC) this year, and we were lucky enough to catch up with David before he hits the road in 2010. Read more
Over the Thanksgiving holiday one of my favorite new finds of the year, Telekinesis, appeared on the famed Daytrotter website. The new hyped band play 3 songs from their self-titled debut album and one older song from the Telekinesis independent days. Here’s a tasty little number called “Calling All Doctors” which should brighten you day.
Download: Telekinesis – Calling All Doctors [MP3]
Long time fans of genre hoppers will definitely be pleased to hear that those clever kids in Violens are dropping a free Winter Mixtape for you on their web site. This little mixtape, and it’s not that little, will probably win over fans, as the guys sing over My Bloody Valentine while playing over the Byrds. Sounds like nothing short of a guaranteed test of musical sanity. Unfortunately, it’s a mixtape, so I can’t throw a sample up for you, but I’ll give you a taste of “Doomed,” which is remixed on this mix.
Download: Violens – Doomed [MP3]
So the time has finally arrived for the Metric show at La Zona Rosa on Tuesday and we couldn’t be more excited. If you aren’t to familiar with the band, check out our review of their most recent LP Fantasies or read our new interview with front woman Emily Haines. Opening support for Metric will be provided by Band of Skulls. Don’t pass up the rare chance to see these Canadians melt your heart and face.
Download: Metric – Help Im Alive [MP3]
We had the incredible opportunity this week to speak with solo songwriter J. Tillman about his musical endeavors. Mr. Tillman talks about his new solo record Year in the Kingdom and his work with indie powerhouse Fleet Foxes. This interview should serve as a nice preview to the J. Tillman show coming up on Friday at Mohawk. Follow the jump for full interview.