• ACL WE2 in a Nutshell

    Another Austin City Limits is behind us boys and girls and it’s always a good time to reflect on the music and experiences from the weekend. I considered myself very

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  • SXSW 2019 – A Recap

    Yet another SXSW is in the books and it’s time for the ATH crew to reminisce a little and offer some highlight from the week behind us. I think we’ve

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  • SXSW: 6 Bands To Watch

    Well SXSW music is officially here, and as I sit and ponder my existence while at work, I thought it would be fun to share some advice on bands to

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  • RayRay’s Top Songs – 2018

    When it comes to ATH and our areas of expertise, I like to think I’m the go to guy for song lists and bad ass playlists. If you’re doubting me,

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  • Best of Indiepop 2018

    Everyone has their own definition of indiepop; but I tend to ascribe to the original craft where DIY aesthetics and a softer response to punk were all the rage. But,

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ACL 2019: Saturday In Pictures

Next. It was still hot. It was a dry heat, but who am I kidding. Electrolytes, it’s what plants crave.

As Billie Eilish fans sat in pools of sweat, I spent the day chasing the music. It was a good day. The dust started to rise and survival was the utmost priority,. Besides, we had Bayonne, Taylor Bennett, Superet, Men I Trust, Patrick Droney, Brittany Howard, Bones UK, Gary Clark Jr., James Blake and The Cure to keep us on task. No photos of GnR (sorry 19yo me), Metric (sorry RayRay or Eilish (sorry Nathan) due to artist restricted pits and rights grabs release (looking at you Emily). I made up for it with even moar Cure. See more via the Read More.

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Parker Longbough Announces New LP

I imagine the remote nature of crafting music in Anchorage, Alaska has got to be tough, but that hasn’t stopped Matthew Witthoeft from penning great tune after tune for Parker Longbough. They’ve just announced Green and Gold/Drink the Hemlock, their new LP, and with it comes a doozy of a single. The deep tones of Witthoeft’s voice here have this Calvin Johnson lineage, which many a listener has noticed…but I’ve been gravitating towards this really soft pop inflection he’s inserted into this track. The first time it caught me was with the line “I wanted a friend,” and then reinforced with the clever “any millennial memes they could put on the Internet.” It’s these tiny little pop nuggets that I live for; they always make my world better…which is why I wish the band weren’t so far away, so I could connect with them in person. Alas, I’ll just have to wait for the album’s release on November 20th via Wilderhood Music.

Olivia’s World Share Blotter Video

A few weeks ago, I went out of my way to encourage you to listen to Olivia’s World and their latest track; I even vaguely reference Rose M’s participation, but I suppose if you don’t come out and say it, no one’s like to do the research. Alas, the band’s back with a video for the tune, so maybe that’s a chance to get you caught back up in the joy of this tune…plus, for what its worth, this track belongs on repeat all day. I kind of figure that folks are getting back into the jangle a little, or maybe they’re just going to look into the band’s current Aussie locale as reason to get in on the tune. Regardless, the track rules, and it’ll be released on the new EP, out October 25th via Lost Sound Tapes.

Devil in the Woods Back with New Releases

I think I first discovered Devil in the Woods sometime in the early 00s; the label had put out releases by personal favorites like Bright Eyes and Grandaddy (not to mention Death Cab, GBV, etc.). But, like all great things, changing musical climates and various other forces put the label up on the shelf for a bit. That was until founder Mike Cloward dropped into Mexico and felt reinvigorated by the goings-on in that scene. So, today the label is jumping back into the fray, with planned releases from Nik Freitas, Twin Tones and Espectroplastma…the latter two dropping in from la ciudad de Mexico. Below we’ve got a track from the 7″ with Espectroplasma, which recalls sort of an industrialized version of what you’d expect to find on Holodeck Records. Jumping in full force, the label also has plans for other titles on the horizon, so join me in welcoming the label back into the fold.

Circling Back on Behavior

Not so long ago I was really digging on the first single from Behavior‘s forthcoming Spirits and Embellishments record, so I’m coming back to the group to see they dropped another tune from the LP. Something in the band’s sound is so very hypnotic; in this tune it seems to be the stationary guitar riffs and that deepened thump of the percussion that has this almost animalistic nature to it. It allows for the vocals to sort of just hang out, take on this indifferent persona that radiates LA cool; it’s like the band doesn’t really give a fuck what your musical expectations are, and in that, they draw you into their little circle. I’m looking forward to this LP; it drops next week via Post Present Medium.

Poppy Rocker from Johnny Kills

I got in early on Johnny Kills, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on the band as they’ve kept dropping singles left and right. Their latest is this huge wall of pop rock; it’s got one foot in arena rock and one foot in the tradition of that early 00s emo sound. Having been there, I can definitely feel the nostalgia; it’s all about throwing out songs with singalong moments, and slight inflections, like the vocal yip here, that make your band sound different. Figured it’d be a fun way to kick off your Wednesday! This tune appears on the bands Panic EP, out November 20th via Killing Moon.

ACL 2019: Friday In Pictures

Weekend One is done. Let’s start with Friday’s big gallery.

The big stories from Friday were GnR not embarrassing themselves (quite the contrary), Tame Impala crushing through a fantastic festival set, Thom Yorke’s fun side shining through, Jenny Lewis charming the crowd, FIDLAR bringing the noise and much more. The gallery to follow will feature The Amazons, Houses, FIDLAR, Cherry Glazerr, Palm Springsteen, King Princess, Weyes Blood, Jenny Lewis, Thom Yorke and Tame Impala.

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ACL Gimme 5 – Drew Holcomb

Hopefully those of you attending Weekend One of ACL Festival have survived and are possibly looking forward to another 3 days of fun in the cooler weather. I know I am looking forward to it and especially the new acts for W2. Drew Holcomb is one such act who didn’t play last weekend so he seems like a great choice to continue our Gimme 5 ACL playlists this week. He’s featured a few artists not yet mentioned by previous band so it should offer you something new. Hit the jump for his words and picks.

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Have Another From JW Francis

After my compadres both shared some tuneage from New York based JW Francis over the last several months, I felt it was my turn to get in on the hype. Today we have this new song called “Lofi” which is a lovely bit of guitar pop music similar to a guy like Albert Hammond Jr. in his earlier solo days. What draws me in here is the infectious, breezy sound that is super easy to fall head over heals into. Now having shared three songs from Francis, I think it’s safe to say he’s ATH approved.

Joy Cleaner Share Dramatization

Dammit, I just love Joy Cleaner. There’s something refreshing about a band that’s just banging out rockers from start to finish, like that classic guitar rock sound from the 90s. Sure, that seems dated, but the the huge riffs and the hooks lend themselves to the reemergence of power-pop fans across the Internet’s web. Sometimes its nice to just sort of put your pretense to the site, turn the stereo up and let it rock. I promise, it’ll be cool to rock again real soon, so let this bunch ease you into it. You’re So Jaded drops on November 8th courtesy of Jigsaw Records.

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