Tonight Emos will host the danceable band HEALTH on the inside stage, fresh off their set at Pitchfork Music Festival. All signs point to a phenomenal show filled with dance tracks and crazed stage antics. If you’ve got nothing else to do tonight, this is where you should be. Even if you have something to do, this is still where you should go. Doors, as usual, are at 8 PM. See you tonight folks! Below is a song by the band called “Crime Wave”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/health-crimewave.mp3]
Download: HEALTH – Crimewave [MP3]
Oklahoma’s Colourmusic is set to release their album, F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13, on September 9th on Great Society Records. We have just gotten our hands on a new song for you to enjoy titled “Winter Song.” This is one of their slower tunes, but it shows the range of the band. Be sure to keep track of these guys as they are sure to build a huge following with their rocking live show.
For more info you can check them out on their Myspace Page.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/11-winter-song1.mp3]
Grupo Fantasma will be bringing their brand of Latin dance music to Antones this Saturday night. Tickets for the event are $16 and can be found on the Antones ticket page. Show time is set for 9pm. Preview the show below with the song “Gimme Some” off their 2008 album Sonidos Gold.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/08-gimme-some.mp3]
The show on Saturday kicked off bemba entertainment with a fantastic performance by Monterrey’s own, 60 Tigres. They lit up the night with funky bass lines, searing guitar riffs, and a percussion that commanded bodies to move in ways they never thought.
Polyvinyl friends The M’s recently did a short live set for KEXP Radio. You can download the entire set on the KEXP website or pick and choose songs you like. If you’ve read our review of the band’s most recent album Real Close Ones, you know we can’t get enough of the M’s.
When Dr. Dog released their second album, We All Belong, I hadn’t really heard much about them; that soon enough changed. Their blend of classic rock meets country meets indie pop had me cornered, and I didn’t mind it one bit. They follow that with the release of an album, Fate, that is more solid all the way through the album.
The fist thing I noticed on this album was that there was a lot more presence of the piano. Sure, it was there in the last album, but here it seems that the piano was the backbone of the writing process for this album, which, in all honesty, does wonders for the band. The melodies this time around are a lot stronger than on the previous efforts.
The first standout track was “The Old Days,” and everything about this song screams single. From the steady pace of the drum-mostly snare-to the splendid guitar work and piano accompaniment; then you can’t help but love the vocal progress of McMicken and Leaman. Then you follow that with “Army of Ancients” and you can tell the band is progressing. Whoever sings the majority of the aforementioned song really strains his voice, going to places I haven’t heard the band go before, and it completely works. It’s one of the more sincere songs I think the band has written.
From that point on, the album really just sticks up for itself. From the classic guitar work on “The Ark” to the more Motown-inspired “From,” one would be hard pressed to find a song that lets you down. Even when they slow it down, they are able to maintain the overall feel of this album without leading you somewhere else. And they close it all off with a rocker of a tune in “My Friend, which is just more classic rock appeal for your ears–and make sure you wait until about 3.3 minutes into the song because they mix it up perfectly–a sign of their progression.
I’m sure that you could fault this band for their lack of originality, for I feel as if I have heard these sounds many times before in my father’s record collection, but you can’t fault a band for that really. I mean, we all have to start at some point, and often that is our biggest influence, musically. I think the maturity on this album shows that Dr. Dog, despite their name, can keep coming back time and time again with great songs for ALL of us to enjoy.
Check out “The Old Days” off the new album now:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/03-the-old-days-1.mp3]
What Laura Says Thinks and Feels has some new music available for your enjoyment. The new single we have below is called “July 23rd” which will be found on the band’s new album Thinks and Feels due out August 19th. Read more about the band on their website.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/july23.mp3]
These United States, ironically from D.C., have a new song we picked up on today out there in the world wide web. The song is called “West Won” and will appear on the bands new album Crimes due out October 7th in the US. More info. can be found about These United States from their website. Enjoy![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/01-west-won.mp3]
Our Canadian friends Wolf Parade will be bringing their rock to La Zona Rosa in Austin on Friday night. The show is set to kick off at 9pm and you can get your tickets now for only $20 bucks. ATH will be on hand covering the event with pictures and a full show review a couple days after the show. Read more about Wolf Parade on their myspace page and preview the track “Call it a Ritual” off their 2008 release At Mount Zoomer below:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/02-call-it-a-ritual.mp3]