Ah, yes, it’s time for the Suicide Squeeze Singles to start rolling out, and they’re starting with a bang. Their new series begins with a split between ATH favorites Shannon and the Clams and Guantanamo Baywatch. Last time I heard from GB, they were rocking a sweaty punk style, but this new jam seems like the perfect fit for a shared 7″ with Shannon. It’s a country-tied garage jam with a slow pace and lyrics that will allow you optimal sing-a-long fun. This single will hit stores on April 29th, but you can catch the band playing throughout Austin during SXSW, including the SS Party with our friends at Hardly Art on March 14th.
With all this SXSW business going on, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed…you know, scheduling, advice, sleeping arrangements, etc. So, with that in mind I figured I’d just throw out this jam from Cape Lion to lift all our spirits. It’s a pretty straight-forward pop jam of the electronic sort. The Swedish duo craft the sort of jam you just want to throw on to get the evening dance party started for all your friends, so why not throw that party right now? Expect an EP from the band later this Spring…for now just enjoy the swelling pop sounds coming through your speaker.
For those of you living outside of Austin, please pay attention. For those of you already here, you’re hopefully familiar with Austin’s John Wesley Coleman. His solo work and his work with The Golden Boys remain a constant in this city, and we briefly caught up with him to get a few words before he starts playing all over town. Check out what he had to say in response to our questions. Read More
2014 has been a jam packed year, but some labels have seemingly been in hibernation, like my personal favorite, Dirtnap Records. They’re getting in the swing of the action though, with the announcement that they’ll be releasing a new record from The Estranged. While it’s rumored that the band has widened their spectrum on post-punk influences, this tune rings a bit of Ted Leo, which if you know me, isn’t a bad thing by any means. It’s a self-titled record and it hits the stores on March 18th…enjoy a little preview below.
I’m most definitely a sucker for some good crisp power-pop, which is one of the reasons I love the work of San Francisco’s Cocktails. It doesn’t hurt that some of their work for Father Daughter Records was recorded by Matthew Melton of Warm Soda. These guys are high up on my list of bands to catch at SXSW, and after reading a few words from the Patrick Clos and Lauren Matsui, maybe you’ll feel the same. Read More
Of all the bands crafting noise-pop music at the moment, perhaps none have my heart more than Odonis Odonis. The Canadian act are preparing for the release of Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, and this new song is just another reason that I’m backing the band to grab a huge following in 2014. I love the way the guitars screech through the speakers, while a slight bit of pop sensibility gurgles beneath the noisy wash the group has created. They’ve also created a nifty little video for the tune, which you can check out by jumping HERE. You can hear the whole record on April 15th via Buzz Records.
After news of the finality of Vivian Girls, it would only make sense that Katy Goodman and her project, La Sera, would get more of a focus. She leaked news via a Youtube clip earlier in the week, and now we get our first full listen to one of the tracks. It’s definitely a more rock n’ roll approach, which fits with Goodman’s known adoration of classic West Coast punk like Black Flag and the Wipers. After hearing this track, we’re completely giddy in anticpation of her new record, Hour of the Dawn. It’ll see a release of May 13th via the good folks at Hardly Art.
Of all the names on the list for SXSW, perhaps none has had a greater run-up than Mutual Benefit. The work of the band has surely paid off with the praise heaped upon Love’s Crushing Diamond. The band make their way to Austin riding that wave, with promise to live up to, and beyond, the hype that’s been ascribed to them. Here’s how they answered some of our questions on their way into our city. Read More
We here at ATH tend to stay away from overloading you with information about SXSW parties, shows, free booze, etc. If you need that sort of info, I’d recommend showlistaustin or maybe even Do512. Now what we will do is post about a show when shameless self-promotion is needed. Today we’re happy to announce a show we (kind of) helped put on with our good friends over at Fleeting Youth Records and Modern Vinyl. Local and national talent fill the lineup, free booze is included, and of course no silly badge is required. More deets:
Show time: 2pm – 2am
Location: The Owl Gallery
Lineup: Habits, Clouder, Mumblr, Krill, LA Font, Big Bill, Gunther Doug, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass is Green, Butter the Children, Basketball Shorts, Ghost Wolves, The Chelsea Kills, Bent Shapes
We’ve been hyping up local San Antonio boys The Rich Hands for awhile now and we’re excited to call these almost locals ATH approved. You may have heard their style before, but I think the guys are providing a fresh take on the indie-pop genre. Expect quick, guitar driven songs complete with short and catchy choruses to make music in your ears. I can’t find any reason not to like this.
New album, Out of My Head, is due out May 6th on Burger Records/Fountain Records. Also, check our SXSW interview from the band elsewhere on the site.