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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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Dream Pop from The Hobbes Fanclub

hobbesIt’s been a couple of years since I’ve heard from Hobbes Fanclub, but after rounding out a full band, the group are finally ready to unleash their debut album.  The first single has this delightful bit of indiepop slightly obscured by a wash of feedback; it gives it that dreamy quality, laying somewhere beneath this great melody.  The UK group have titled their debut Up at Lagrange; it will be released by Shelflife on August 19th.  You can expect bits of shoe gaze, bits of pop, and a complete little masterpiece of a record.

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Austin Spotlight: Stream Southern Boutique’s Album

sbThere’s always been a bit of mystery in the work of Southern Boutique, comprised of members of the now defunct act, Tiger Waves; they’ve always remained relatively hidden, choosing to focus on recording great songs.  So, it comes as no surprise that they quietly began to stream their album today, asking for little other than your pure enjoyment, and enjoy you will.  I’ve always admired the boys for their craftsmanship, and their focus on perfecting every inch of tape is evident throughout the entirety of this LP.  There’s no word on when it’ll have a physical release, but just take some time today to drift away this afternoon with one of Austin’s best kept secrets.

Bishop Allen Gives Us Another Pop Hit

bishoWe’re less than a month away from the new Bishop Allen LP,  and it looks to offer us a whole lot of enjoyment as we wrap up our summer.  We previously shared “Start Again,” which was an immediate pop hit.  This new song, keeps vibe going, utilizing really light guitar lines and washes of keyboards to craft a pulsating verse that’s met by a quiet whirlpool of sugary delight.  Their new record, Lights Out, hits on August 19th via Dead Oceans, wrapping up what’s been a pretty fun summer of listening activities.  I can’t wait for you folks to hear this album, so get another little taste below.

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New Music From Celestial Shore

174It’s been just about a year since I first discovered Brooklyn based act Celestial Shore and immediately fell in love with the sound they create.  I originally found the band to be this sort of quirky indie pop fairly similar to Dirty Projectors, but now it seems the band have grown up a bit and found some focus and maturity for their new material.  See what I’m talking about with this new track called “Gloria” that definitely shows a band capable of writing some great, more traditional pop numbers.  You’ll still find a bit of quirkiness here, though not quite as “out there” when compared to their previous work, this is a strong single to preview the new material.

New album, Enter Ghost, will be available on October 14th via Home Tapes.

FFF9 Aqua Olympics Announced

fff9 water olympicsThe chill bros and bro-ettes at Fun Fun Fun Fest have release some details on this year’s Aqua Olympics.

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
DJs: Flying Turns
4pm – 8pm
Registration @ 4pm (first come, first served)

You will need to start practicing now for Paddle Board Joust, Paddle Board Relays, the Belching Contest and the Celebrity Tug-of-War. I am not sure they will use celebrities as the rope for the tug or if you will be joined by celebrities. If that wasn’t enough to witness, the lake jump ramp will be back as well as the usual camp challenges like the balloon toss and sack race. …and of course they will have the taco cannon! You could win passes of all flavors and Fest Merch.


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