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    Well SXSW music is officially here, and as I sit and ponder my existence while at work, I thought it would be fun to share some advice on bands to

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  • RayRay’s Top Songs – 2018

    When it comes to ATH and our areas of expertise, I like to think I’m the go to guy for song lists and bad ass playlists. If you’re doubting me,

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  • Best of Indiepop 2018

    Everyone has their own definition of indiepop; but I tend to ascribe to the original craft where DIY aesthetics and a softer response to punk were all the rage. But,

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  • ATH Top Albums – 2018

      This is our year end list for albums of the year. There’s four of us here, so it’s hard to come to a consensus, but we did our best.

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Superdrag On Daytrotter

20030871-6904What, ATH hasn’t posted about Daytrotter in a while?!?  Well we gots ta change that!  I just couldn’t resist this Superdrag set, especially considering they play their self proclaimed only hit from 1996 “Sucked Out”.  Oh it brings back memories of middle school doesn’t it?  Check out this song and 3 newer ones on the Daytrotter site.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/superdrag-sucked-out.mp3]

Download: Superdrag – Sucked Out [MP3]

French Miami @ Mohawk (9/15)

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Date 9/15/09
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $8 @ Door

The Mohawk is showcasing some up and coming talent on Tuesday night with a show by San Fran prog rockers band French Miami.  Opening support will be provided by Follow that Bird and Serious Tracers.  Should be your best option for music on a Tuesday night in Austin.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/ScienceFiction.mp3]

Download: French Miami – Science Fiction [MP3]

Free Sampler From Portugal. The Man

00 PTM_USA_Fall_Tour_2009Portugal. The Man are about to embark on a tour of the US, and to celebrate they are releasing a free digital tour EP.  The sampler features the band’s tour support Drug Rug, Hockey and Robert Francis.  Here’s one of the songs from the EP we told you about a while back called “People Say” from Portugal. The Man.  Enjoy your free tuneage.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/01-people-say.mp3]

Download: Portugal. The Man – People Say [MP3]

Michael Kingcaid @ Scoot Inn (9/16)

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Date 9/16/09
Location Scoot Inn
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

101x is putting on another Homegrown live at Scoot Inn on Wednesday and features What Made Milwaukee Famous front-man Michael Kingcaid performing with The Motts.  Fellow locals TV Torso and Western Ghost House will be joining in for support.  Sorry for the lack of info on door times and price, but I tried my best.  I LOVE it when no one seems to know shit about an event put on by a big local radio station.  Seriously.  Anyone have more details?

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/gone-and-done-it-now.mp3]

Download: Michael Kingcaid & The Motts – Gone and Done it Now [MP3]

The Dodos – Time To Die

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Rating: ★★★★ ·

Since you’ve already been introduced to the Dodos in the ACL Spotlight, I won’t waste any time with the bands history.  Time to Die is the bands second full length (both released on Frenchkiss Records), and initially it shared a lot of similarities with it’s predecessor, 2008’s Vister, but on repeated listens the familiarity wanes into something completely different.

On their debut the Dodos existed as a two piece and, per my experience, two piece bands tend to have a certain something that sets them apart from larger groups. Some would say it’s sloppiness, and I would I agree that there is a looser sound when it is coming from such a small outfit, but I would also argue that, in a two man band, there exists an earnestness that sometimes eludes bands with 3+ members.  When listening to Visiter you are listening to band trying to fill the space with their modest instruments and voices.  It was spectacular and exciting.

With Time to Die the Dodos have expanded to a three piece, filling out their sound with an extra percussionist.  This extra member doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the band, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t change the bands sound.  Gone is the frenetic pace, guitarist/vocalist, Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber are no longer scrambling to fill out the space.  They have let themselves relax and in that relaxation came a fuller, more realized sound.  On tracks like ‘Small Deaths’, ‘Fables’, and ‘Acorn Factory’ we find a more mature Dodos, content on letting their songs unfold naturally rather than rushing them.  ‘Troll Nacht’ showcases the newest member, Keaton Snyder on the xylophone, and is probably one of the most well rounded tracks on Time to Die.

I am excited about what the Dodos will do in the future, and if Time to Die is any indication this is a band we should all be excited about.  Check them out at the LiveStrong Stage at ACL on Sunday, October 4th at 12:30 p.m.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/07-Troll-Nacht-1.mp3]

Download: The Dodos – Troll Nacht [MP3]

New Tunes from Or, the Whale

whaleOr, The Whale are less than two weeks away from releasing their self-titled album, and I’ve been playing it sort of non-stop around my house. While you wait at home for your copy, I’ve got another new tune off the album to share in hopes of encouraging you to dig this little San Fran band.  If you do, the new album hits stores on September 22nd. Here’s “Rusty Gold.”

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/03-RUSTY-GOLD-1.mp3]

Download: Or the Whale – Rusty Gold [MP3]

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