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New Music from Stardeath and White Dwarfs

starHaving spent a great deal of time in Oklahoma (college and what not), I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the work of Stardeath and White Dwarfs.  Their relation to Wayne Coyne was secretly met with much trepidation, but this new single puts all that bullshit to the side; it’s probably the best track the group have completed to date.   The melody within the tune is treated with great care, flowing out effortlessly, yet held back and released slowly to maximize its emotional impact.  Their brand new record, Wastoid, is due on Federal Prism on July 29th.

Show Review: The Antlers @ The Parish (7/20)

photo 1While it seemed that the release of their most recent album just a little over a month ago wasn’t garnering them much buzz around the Internet, The Antlers still lined up a sold out show at the Parish for a Sunday night. They brought along Montreal’s Thus Owls to open a night full of enchanting waves of sound and powerful lead vocals all around. Read on for more after the jump.

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Hamish Kilgour of the Clean Releases Album

hamishI spent my weekend going over some singles that I didn’t really feel got the deserved love in my rotation last week, and this tune from Hamish Kilgour was one of those that stuck out the most to me.  Sure, he was one of the founding members of the Clean, so I’ve got some nostalgic allegiance, but I think the approach taken on this track really makes it stand out.  There’s this stuttering guitar playing with a nice wash of varying instruments playing in the distance…all the while, Kilgour carefully walks you through with his vocals.  His first solo album All of It and Nothing will be released by Ba Da Bing Records on September 16th.

Contest: !!! @ Red 7 (7/24)

!!!Monday is a great day for another contest to provide some excitement as you begin your work week.  Today we have a couple of tickets available to see now veteran dance pop band !!! at Red 7 on Thursday night.  As usual, we will pick one lucky winner to get their name on the guest list with a +1 for a friend/significant other.  To enter, leave a creative comment about why you should win and we’ll pick a winner on Wednesday.  Please be sure to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.

Don’t forget that up and comers Wild Moccasins will be on the stage as well with Austin local Sally Crewe opening things up.

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Download: !!! – Intensify [MP3]

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat Ready New Single

infinityWhen I caught Ed Schrader’s Music Beat back in the Spring, I was extremely impressed by the band’s ability to create such a huge sound, despite only two members (and one who was just filling in for  a few shows). This brand new single from the group might not indicate that huge wall of spirited rock they created, but I like it’s off-kilter propulsive beat.  There’s something lurking in its simplicity that hooks its nails into my soul; I just can’t get this jam out of my head. Look for the Laughing/Bedouin Tramps single in a few weeks from Infinity Cat Recordings.

Hooray for Hooray for Earth

racyIf I were to sit around and pick my top few singles for the month of July, this new track from Hooray for Earth would definitely be in my top two or three.  There’s multiple components of the tune that keep me coming back to it: I love the seeming rise and fall of the guitar chords; I love the contrast between the verse and chorus, soft then loud (that’s a new tactic, right?).  Shit. I could listen to this song two hundred more times and probably never grow tired of it; it’s a pretty perfect pop number. Their album Racy will be released by Dovecote Records on July 29th; I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

Touring w/ a Band: The Handy Guide from A. Sinclair (Pt. 1)

asinclairA while back we thought it would be great to see the world from the eyes of touring Austin acts. We did a little run with our friends in Shivery Shakes, but now we’ve got some new insight from A. Sinclair, who are touring with their friends What Made Milwaukee Famous.  Brendan Bond, one of the guitarists in the group, is filling us in with his insights from the road…or in this case…offering us a Handy Guide to touring with a band.  Read on to see what Brendan has to say…and don’t forget to check out the recent A. Sinclair EP, Pretty Girls. Read More

Pink Frost Bring the Rock

artworks-000085411868-lp93mt-t500x500It’s Friday ya’ll, and what better way to end the week now behind you than with a little rock music.  Now this is by no means just straight rock music, it’s definitely a little bit left of center with a style unique to the band.  The unique tune below called “Seek and Recover” comes to you from Chicago based up and comers Pink Frost.  I dig that the tune melds a sort of metal sound with a more modern take on the grunge rock genre completed by the haunting vocals throughout.  That’s definitely not something you hear everyday.

This track will appear on a new EP entitled Traitors due out September 16th.

Another New Track from the Rosebuds

blueeyesWe’re just a few short weeks away from the release of the new album from The Rosebuds, and another single has made it’s way into the world.  Ivan takes the lead on this track, and I’ll be the first to say that this is one of my favorite songs from the group, period.  There’s a pronounced energy to it, which highlights the band’s exuberance.  There’s also a few moments when the band pulls back just for a second; those moments get me every time.  Sand + Silence will be released by the good people at Western Vinyl on August 5th; it’s shaping up to be one of those records that wins everyone over, so don’t be left out.

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Download: The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes [MP3]

Show Preview: The Antlers @ The Parish (7/20)

antlersIt seems like a few years ago, The Antlers were on top of the indie rock world.  They’d crafted two great records, won over countless fans, but with their latest album, Familiars, they didn’t seem to get as much fanfare as one would hope for.  Personally, I think that’s quite sad, as the ornate qualities of the record have made it a repeated joy to listen to time and time again.  They’ll be bringing their careful craftsmanship into town on Sunday night over at the Parish, which seems like the perfect venue for their sound. The show will start off at 8 PM with Thus Owls, so if you’ve got tickets, be sure to get there early to catch them as well.  You can see the latest live video as a reason why you need to show up early  HERE.

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