We are big fans of VEGA and we are also big fans of cheap shows at Club Deville on Friday nights. Fellow locals Neiliyo and Joshua Distance will also be on hand to play for the show. Entrance is only $5 if you RSVP at Turn 2 Live or $10 if you don’t. Should be a fun one.
Download: VEGA – All To Vivid [MP3]
We’ve always made a point to see Bill Callahan when he comes to Austin and we always enjoy the performance he puts on. If you’ve yet to catch one of these shows, you can sort of recreate the live experience with Tiny Desk Concert Mr. Callahan just recorded for NPR. It’s a 3 song set and really highlights the unique style this guy is coming with. Check it out now.
TV Torso may not be a household name at this point, but I’m sure some of you are familiar with the Austin band Sound Team that disbanded forever in 2007. We mention them because two founding members of TV Torso, Matt Oiver (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Johns (drums) were both members of that now defunct Austin band. After adding bassist Austin Jones, the band has started fresh and are planning to take the Austin world by storm. TV Torso call their sound minimal rock music and try to keep their sound as simplistic as possible. Whatever you want to call it, we dig it. The band also recently finished recording two 7″ singles which will hit stores August 18th and will come with the vinyl, free downloads, a bonus download and a blank CD-R. You can catch these guys live on Thursday at Mohawk for free around midnight or on August 20th again at Mohawk along with fellow A2W band The Authors. Check out the TV Torso band camp site for some more free tuneage or enjoy this one “Days of Being Wild”.
Friday night isn’t too promising for music in Austin, so Rise Against at Stubbs may be one of your only options. Unfortunately the tickets will run you $35 so you better be a pretty big fan to make it out to this one. However, the lineup gets better with Rancid and Billy Talent (who are in fact both still around) providing the opening entertainment. Things get started around 8pm.
Download: Rise Against – Alive and Well [MP3]
Shortly after the release of their critically acclaimed LP Alopecia, WHY? are back with new material and a brand new LP. Upcoming album Eskimo Show will hit stores September 22nd via Anticon and features this single “The Blackest Purse”. Have a listen and let us know what you think.
Download: WHY? – This Blackest Purse [MP3]
We’ve long been fans of The Dodos as evidenced by their spot in our 2008 top album’s post, so we are of course excited about their forthcoming album. Apparently the band has had some trouble with the album leaking online, so they went on and made it available to stream in full from their website. Time to Die will be available digitally on July 28th and physical copies are in stores September 15th via French Kiss Records. We’ve also got first single from the album, “Fables” below.
Download: The Dodos – Fables [MP3]
We have no idea why such a hyped band would be playing at such a small place, but Dirty Projectors are coming to town at Red 7 on Wednesday night. We also just read that Greg Ginn, like THE Greg Ginn, like the guy that founded Black Flag, will be opening. Opening? Yeah don’t get that one either… Local acts The Laughing and DJ Sean O’Neal will also be on hand for opening support. Tickets are on sale now for $13 but are sure to sell out soon.
Download: Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca [MP3]
Another band that just reformed a few years ago, Mission of Burma, are getting ready to release their first new material since the 2006 album The Obliterati. This new album called The Sound, The Speed, The Light will hit stores October 6th via Matador Records. First single “1, 2, 3, Partty!” is available for your enjoyment below.
Download: Mission of Burma – 1, 2, 3, Partyy! [MP3]
Shortly after giving us new track “Hott”, Wheat have another tune ready to share from their upcoming release. This new one is called “Changes Is” and is getting us even more excited about the band’s new album. White Ink, Black Ink is due out July 21st on Rebel Group.
Download: Wheat – Changes Is [MP3]
Start your Wednesday night off right by heading to Mohawk for a set by Tortoise with local Austin band Balmorhea providing opening support. Tickets for this one are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Things get started at 8pm. Do it!
Download: Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin [MP3]