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Straight Rocker From Teenager

teenanger-e-p-l-pIn my never ending quest to find new rock bands who know a thing or two about playing an instrument, I came across up and coming Toronto based band Teenager.  Today the band are sharing their latest single called “Hot Rods at the Loser Convention” with an ever growing fan base.  The track is a grungy rock sounding tune that is actually a bit more mellow than the other songs on their new EP due out this fall.  I suggest you pick that up when you get the chance.

New EP entitled E P L P will be out on September 9th via Telephone Explosion.

Sinderlyn Reissue Walter TV and Girls Tears

bandThe label group that began with Captured Tracks has blossomed into this incredible super group of small labels, some of which are focusing on reissuing lost classics.  Today one of those labels, Sinderlyn, announced two great reissues, Walter TV and Girls Tears.  The first single below is from Walter TV; it’s a bouncy post-punk piece with the warbling vocals lurking beneath the main mix; the band is also known for their touring work with Mac Demarco.  I’m also hoping the song’s title, “Master Ludi” is a Herman Hesse reference. Girls Tears is an LA act with more of a frenetic pacing to their punk rock sound.  The albums are titled Appetite (WTV) and Tension (GT), and thanks to Sinderlyn, they’re seeing physical releases for the first time ever on September 23rd!

Corey Returns with Cassette Single

coreyNo, not Corey from Girl Meets World, but Corey from Terry Malts fame.  Last year he released a 7″ with the good folks over at Loglady Records, and now he’s readying this great little cassette single for your ears.  The guitars on the track still have that buzz you’re used to from his other acts, but you’ll also find a tenderness in the vocal quality, allowing for a strictly pop appeal.  He recorded these two new songs with a backing band, the Castaways, though no word on if he’s adding that to the moniker full-time.  Regardless, just another step in the right direction for all things Corey.

Show Pics: Wild Cub @ The Parish (7/25)

Wild CubSometimes when I go to a show I want to be dazzled. Sometimes, I want to be challenged. Sometimes, I want to discover. However, we all need a night where you can just smile.

I caught Wild Cub at ACL a couple years back on the small BMI stage with a crowd that probably had never heard a Wild Cub song. By the end of their set, they had a few thousand new fans. I caught them again at the Mohawk during SxSW, a great way to end a day of chasing news. The reality is that this band isn’t our normal share, but the guys from Nashville put out perfect pop songs and deliver them in the live setting so convincingly, that you have to love them.

We headed out to The Parish for some much needed jams. Read on for thoughts and pics…

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Touring w/ a Band: The Handy Guide with A. Sinclair (Part 5)

524871_4433688652362_559866179_nOh no. It seems Brendan Bond has his mind on only one thing…well, more than one thing, but I’m stuck on the first paragraph.  Click below for a quick look into the mind of our touring friends.  Note that while on the road, if you’re just joining us, that Brendan is also playing with What Made Milwaukee Famous, not to mention his regular gig in A. Sinclair; he’s rocking two shows a night.  Below we check in with him from the ATL.  Read More

Another Tune from Sw/mm/ng

swWe’ve been enjoying our listen to the latest single from Sw/mm/ng, just to get ready for the release of their debut LP.  There’s really two elements going on in this track: the main course goes straight for the indie rock hooks, but the guitars wonder through the background, cascading in various directions.  One of the things I love about Feel Not Bad, the title for the album, is that the entirety of the record features 4 to 5 minute songs, yet they don’t seem to weigh you down, as one might expect. Look for the record on August 26th via Old Flame Records.

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Download: Sw/mm/ng – All I Want [MP3]

Guitar Rock from Dope Body

dopeStruggling a bit today, so I wanted to kick out something a little bit crunchy and loud.  This track from Dope Body popped up last week, and I love the sound of the distorted guitars ringing loudly, even the wild solos of noise.  It’s the sort of track that makes you want to go to a live show, jump around and sing with the band, or just watch your friends if you’re more the voyeur sort.  This new track comes from the band’s upcoming record, Lifer, their second album on Drag City Records; it’ll have a release date of October 21st.

Austin Spotlight: Bo Bud Greene

1995While digging through some of my emails today I came across an interesting track from up and coming Austin band Bo Bud Greene.  Now these guys are really new to the scene, and with this being my first exposure to their music, I immediately like what I’m hearing.  The recording quality of this new single “Numbers Count” is a little rough at times, but once we get past that, you’ll find a really incredible sort of noisy pop number.  Their style is almost a bit of a throwback to earlier days of rock music when things were a bit simpler, and that’s a welcome breath of fresh air in the Austin music scene.

Pick up new 7″ Hi How Are You? right now from the band’s website.

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Download: Bo Bud Greene – Numbers Count [MP3]

Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

Austin, I love you.There’s just too many shows to really talk about any singular show above any other, so we’ll point you in the right direction (in our opinion) of where you’re likely to have the best time this weekend.  There’s worthy shows Friday thru Sunday, so we’ll get right to it.  Read More

Gleeful Tune from Joanna Gruesome

jg12After an excellent album on Slumberland Records last year, Joanna Gruesome are here with a brand new 12″ to illustrate why they’re one of the most exciting acts of the last few years.  They’re splitting this 12″ release with Trust Fund, with three songs coming from each band; the US release will come via HHBTM in late September.  The immediate infectious quality of this song comes in via a jumping rhythm and male/female vocal duties.  There’s even some erratic shouts in the background to help keep the band’s edge in tact.  Fall in love with Jerome below:

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