• ATX 2016: The Christmas Gift Guide

    As year-end lists get more and more arbitrary, I decided I didn’t really want to play that game with our local Austin scene. Instead, I wanted to celebrate the excellent

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  • Top 50 Albums of 2016

    You’ve all been waiting, anxiously. Waiting for our arbitrary list of the opinion of four folks who run this site, and what we think were the best albums of 2016.

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  • Slack Capital Is Here!

    When I was preparing to release Big Bill’s Weird Walk/Mainly Manly 7″, I began to talk to Eric Bill about the idea of creating an Austin compilation. Well, we released

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  • SxSW 2016: Welcome to the Jangle

    Thank you, Spider House. Thank you, Mother Nature. Thank you, bands. The weather was absolutely perfect. We were given blue skies, the occasional cloud, a lovely breeze to pair with

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  • SxSW 2016: ATH Takeover @ The Nomad

    Next bucket of awesome comes fromRayRay’s neighborhood bar, Nomad. A friend owns the place and we were ready to take things on the road at a place that we knew

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ATX Spotlight: New Wiretree Music

Austin’s Wiretree have been relatively quiet the last few years, but it looks like at long last we get to hear brand new music from the band, and it sounds like we’re in for a real treat. Our first listen to the group’s new work comes via this brief gem, appearing on their album Towards the Sky. It’s a gentle pop track, centered on acoustic strumming, playful piano and voice; there’s a lightness to the song’s simplicity, really bringing the track’s harmony to the forefront. Consider me a fan, and I hope you’ll consider yourself one too; the album drops on March 1st.

New Pop Tune from Funeral Advantage

Listening to this new single Funeral Advantage, it reminds me that one can elevate the sounds of bedroom pop. The recording is a touch quiet, with the vocal resting deep in the heart of the mix. But, that being said, the accompanying music shines really brightly, allowing the song to take on a strong indiepop sound…basically guaranteeing enjoyment for my ears. You’ll find the song available on the new Please Help Me EP, which is written as a piece about hope, about coming out of the dark side of a confusing world. It’ll be released by The Native Sound on February 24th.

Join Us Tonight at Barracuda for Flesh Lights, Pollen Rx and More

Well, looks like our dear friend Free Week has extended into the second week of January, and we’ve got a banger of a show for you to hit up this evening over at Barracuda. We’re sponsoring it with our good friend over at GTZ Records. Midriff will kick things off, followed by ATH Records act Pollen Rx, then Stiletto Feels, Otis the Destroyer and closing the night with the always phenomenal Flesh Lights. All these bands are really great, and they’re playing for you for free, so why not enjoy a Thursday properly and come on out. Show starts just after 9, so get there early, as there’s sure to be a good crowd.

 

Diet Cig Give Us More To Love

If it isn’t abundantly clear yet, we here at ATH are big fans of that band called Diet Cig. We just saw them at Sound on Sound, have attended their show in the past, and love the energy brought by the duo in everything they do. With that said, I was obviously excited this morning to get an email delivering news of a new single and the release of their debut album. I already can’t wait for the album and a chance to see them again come March. Very excite!

Swear I’m Good at This will come out on April 7th via Frenchkiss Records.

Cloudberry Records Announce Some Other Day Collection

You can always count on a handful of dependable labels to hand you gifts you didn’t even know you wanted, such as the announcement of this collection of Some Other Day tunes. You can read a great interview about the foundation of the band via this interview on the Cloudberry Blog, then fall in love with the angelic combination of voice between Mark Walshe and Suzy Allen. This single offering also has that ringing jangle that indiepop fans will clamor for, leaving room for soaring harmonies between the two main songwriters for the group. The release of the compilation is slated to come later this year, so wait in anticipation.

The Return of Slowdive

After waiting almost 22 years, we can all finally rejoice that there’s new Slowdive music coming our way. The band reunited in 2014 to get some things going for reunion shows, sparking that creativity that has led them to sign with Dead Oceans. If this song’s swelling wall of guitars sounds familiar, well, that’s because they’re just one of the staples of indie rock that so many after them have ripped off. I look forward to what’s coming from these guys, so stay tuned to hear what’s next. Hope they can help make 2017 just a touch brighter.

Jazzy Number from Mega Bog

The excitement is building for those of us in the know about Erin Birgy’s project, Mega Bog. In fact, there’s been a larger push on this second LP, with many sites taking note of her work. This new single has some real jazzy qualities to it, though the vocal delivery still has that poetic playfulness for balance (sort of reminds me of early Fiery Furnaces). It almost sounds like the most kick ass elevator music you ever heard…and I love the recording touch of a nice bit of laughter at the end, celebrating the fun of songwriting. I think Happy Together is going to come across as one of the most eccentric bits of pop infused music we’ll hear this year; it hits on February 3rd via Nicey Music.

Joyous Pop from darkDark

Every once in awhile, a great pop jam bursts through the noise into my listening rotation, and I think this darkDark tune does just the trick. Haley Bonar sings on the tune, opening it up with a crisp bit of angelic tones before the bass and drum beats kick in behind her. It’s got just enough of a hook, and just enough of a burst to encourage you to grab your friend and run to the dance floor to let the evils of the world escape. Sometimes true pop music has a place, and perhaps we need it now more than ever.

Quiet Ballad from Dom Robinson

A friend from overseas passed along this Dom Robinson tune to me yesterday, and I was struck by the song immediately. There’s a breath-y quality to the vocals, like a singing whisper coming through. Musically, there’s a forcefulness to the instrumentation, although it will seem fairly minimal to the first few run throughs of the track. All that in mind, listen carefully as there are some emphatic moments, particularly in the song’s latter half that really bring forth the song’s earnest beauty. This is our first listen to what Dom has planned for 2017, so stay tuned if you’re looking for more from this striking songwriter.

ATX Spotlight: New Single from The Hours Quiet

The Hours Quiet hit my Austin radar last year with their single “Memory,” but I already knew I’d enjoy it based upon my appreciation of singer Jason Morris’ voice. There’s an electronica undercurrent for the song…one that is far more upbeat than what we’ve heard up to this point. That being said, the groove allows for the perfect playscape for Morris voice to soar into the front of the mix; his best moment coming during the chorus. Those little guitar chords cutting in with accented percussion will definitely get your body moving throughout. Let’s hope we get to hear more from these guys throughout 2017.

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