We started out our evening rather early, rushing over to End of an Ear to catch a brief in-store with Here We Go Magic before we grabbed coffee with Luke Temple to discuss his band. After grabbing a bite we bounded down the road to the Parish where we wanted to see if Grizzly Bear could prove that their album really is the best album of the year. Follow the jump for full review and show pics.
We’ve always been big fans of Austin band Hollywood Gossip so we were excited to see that they are playing a free show at Nomad Bar on Saturday night. If you aren’t familiar with the bar, here’s a little map to help you find your way to the show. Fellow locals Household Names and Harlovve will be kicking things off around 10pm. Should be a good one![audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/bicycle.mp3]
Download: Hollywood Gossip – Bicycle [MP3]
Let’s not forget that some of us had to start our musical fandom somewhere, and for myself and many of my friends it was in the land of punk rock. This heralded land has been taken down by a lot of things lately, namely any genre wherein you add the word -core as a suffix. But, back for the attack are some of the forefathers, as Screeching Weasel comes to town this Friday at Emos. Not only that, but Ben will also be playing a Riverdales set Saturday night. The song below is one of my favorites that comes off Screeching Weasel’s Anthem for a New Tomorrow. Yay, punk rock didn’t completely die![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/18-a-new-tomorrow.mp3]
Before their sold out show at the Parish, ATH stopped by End of an Ear in Austin on Tuesday for an intimate in-store performance by Brooklyn band Here we go Magic. Shortly after the set, we had the chance to sit down with founding member Luke Temple to ask him a few questions about his newly formed band. We talk about what it’s been like touring with Grizzly Bear, the future of his band, and tons more interesting tidbits. Follow the jump to read our full interview with Luke Temple.
Everyone’s favorite indie songstress Annie Clark (known as St. Vincent) will be making another much anticipated stop in Austin on Friday. First up is one of those famous free Waterloo Records in-stores going down at 3pm with free keg beer of course. Second is a chance for a full on proper set at Mohawk beginning at 9pm with openers Pattern is Movement. Tickets for this show will run ya $17 and can be bought online now. If you’re planning on making it out, stick around after the St. Vincent set for an inside show by our new favorite Austin band Sad Accordions.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/st-vincent-actor-out-of-work.mp3]
Download: St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work [MP3]
Before you fell in love with him as one of those pesky Raconteurs, Brendan Benson was writing great pop tunes all over the place; his album Lapalco is one of the must haves in my opinion. Finally he is making new tunes, and is set to release his new album My Old, Familiar Friend via ATO Records on August 18th. This new track is interesting; it is more keyboard driven than things he’s come up with in the past, but we’ll wait on pins and needles to see where the whole album goes. Take a listen.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/brendan-benson-feel-like-taking-you-home.mp3]
Download: Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home [MP3]
Usually a show we’re interested in attending rarely goes the route of Antones, but a venue known for its pristine seemed like the exact place one would want to witness the soaring sounds of Camera Obscura. We set out with open minds, looking forward to hearing some of our favorite tracks of the year live. Follow the jump to read more and see some fancy pics.
After the moderate success of his debut 2007 solo album American Hearts, folkster A.A. Bondy is back and ready to release his sophomore effort. The new album will be called When the Devil’s Loose which hits stores September 1st via Fat Possum Records. First single from the album “When the Devil’s Loose” can be found below.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/aabondy_devilsloose.mp3]
Download: A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose [MP3]
Fresh off the release of their It’s Frightening, White Rabbits returned to Austin, riding the wave of praise heaped upon them by various media outlets, ATH included. We ventured to Emos salivating at the chance to hear “Percussion Gun” live, as that clearly is one of our songs of the year. Local Austin band The Boxing Lesson opened up the evening, but they were practically done with their space-electronica when we made it into an empty indoor Emos. Follow the jump to read the full review.