Scream

It’s not easy writing comics. Sometimes I stare at a blank sheet of paper for hours with nothing to show for it. However, every now and then the comic gods smile down upon me and a strip practically writes itself. Chris Cornell teaming up with Timbaland is one of those moments.

Austin Sound Check Feedback

Our friends over at Austin Sound Check have created a mix tape chock full of local acts called Feedback Vol. 1. The Feedback features tracks from Austin acts like Built by Snow, The Band of Heathens, and Full Service among others. Check out the free mp3s from some great Austin bands on the Austin Sound Check Site. Don’t forget to leave some comments on their site if you enjoy the music.

Smoking Popes & Koufax @ Mohawk 8/12

If you are looking for a night of classic indie pop from some well-established bands then you should head out to The Mohawk tomorrow night! Smoking Popes are headlining, along with Koufax, who used to be heralded as one of indie-pop’s greats. Not to mention, you will get to see the local Austin band, Masonic. It’s sure to be a good night of classic pop tunes in the vein of the indie realm. Koufax should be debuting some new material, which has the possibility of being surprisingly good. See for yourself.

Doors to the show open at 8 PM, and you can purchase $10 tickets to the show.

Check out the song “If You Don’t Care” below:

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Download: Smoking Popes – If You Dont Care [MP3] 

08/06 The Hold Steady @ The Parish

In front of a sell out crowd at The Parish on Wednesday night, Brooklyn’s finest The Hold Steady set off some M80’s with their raucous set-opener “Constructive Summer.” “We’re gonna build something this summer,” declared frontman Craig Finn as the “party pit” stumbled their way to the front of the stage. Touring in support of Stay Positive, the gang was sharper than keyboardist Franz Nicolay’s on-stage attire and brought a steady flow of beer-drinking, pot-smoking, Max Weinberg-lovin’, ass-shaking rock ‘n’ roll. This was my third time seeing The Hold Steady and by far, their best show in Austin yet. A lot had to do with the Parish’s flawless acoustics and the band’s diverse choice of songs for the evening (review and set list after the jump). Read more

Sea Field Of Elephants @ Ruta Maya

Up and coming Austin band Sea Field of Elephants are showcasing their talents on Saturday evening (8/9) at Ruta Maya in Austin Texas. The show cover is only $5 and includes a free copy of the band’s new EP. Things get kick started at 6pm and go until 9pm with several other bands playing with the Elephants. Read more about Sea Fields of Elephants and hear more tunes on their myspace page. A preview of the song is below with a song called “See Field of Elephants”.

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Download: Sea Field of Elephant – See Fields of Elephants [MP3]

I’m From Barcelona

I’m From Barcelona, creators of our favorite video of the last few years “We’re From Barcelona” off one of the best albums of 2006 Let Me Introduce My Friends. have some new music for you pop geeks out there.  First song “Paper Planes” has a video you can watch on youtube and can also be streamed on the band’s myspace page.  Another song, “Music Killed Me” can be had with a real (or fake) email address on the I’m From Barcelona wesbite.  “Paper Planes” sounds like it could belong on the band’s 2006 release but “Music Killed Me” sees a totally new direction for the Swedes.  Both songs appear on the band’s newest Who Killed Harry Houdini? out Sep. 24th in the UK and Oct. 14th stateside.

New Music From The Bellfuries

Austin’s own The Bellfuries recently put out an album earlier this summer entitled Palmyra. We didn’t know much about this band at the time but have started to put the new album on heavy rotation in the ATH offices.  Below is a track off that album called “Give It, Get It” that’s one of our favorites of the year.  You can hear some other songs off Palmyra over on the band’s myspace page.

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Download: The Bellfuries – Give It Get It [MP3]

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