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Austin Spotlight: Another OBN IIIs Hit

obnIt was only a matter of time before OBN IIIs really started to make waves everywhere.  They’ve long been one of our favorite acts, and they’ve definitely earned loyal fans on their countless tours; it’s about time the band got some love from the press that lauds all their imitators.  Orville’s performance on this new jam is pretty spot on, and those feuding guitar parts are just ridiculous.  Just as we expected, the song captures their live energy, and shows just what a force they can be when recorded. Their new record, Third Time to Harm, will be out on May 11th via Tic Tac Totally. 

Another New Track from Dylan Shearer

dylan-shearerI’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the Dylan Shearer record for the last few weeks, and it’s one of those records that’s going to be hounded by everyone when it’s released.  Shearer has this soft vocal delivery that begs for the attentive ears of listeners, yet the construction of his songs match that in their ornate quality.  Those of you looking to indulge your quiet listening experience will surely fawn over every second of recorded music within the listen.  Garagearray will be released as a co-release by Empty Cellar and Castleface, two very reputable labels.  Be prepared for the wonderment herein.

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Austin Spotlight: Whalers Release New Album

whalersWe’ve written about Whalers many a times on these here pages, and we’re excited to let you know that the band has quietly released their new album, Submarine Sun.  The group has previously released singles “Battleships” and “Bon Viviant,” but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite tracks from the recent release. On this tune, you see the band work on expanding their sound, opening the song with a soft vocal layer over some precision drumming and a pulsing beat. As the song moves forward, the tune opens up even more, with accented guitar pieces and an emphatic vocal performance.  Definitely spend some of your time today listening through all the tracks; you’ll regret it if you don’t.



Austin Weekend Show Suggestions

AustinMusiFlowsaThis weekend, above most normal weekends, is a pretty good reason to go out.  There’s a benefit being put on by sxswcares, raising money for victims of the SXSW tragedy.  A lot of these venues are saving up for donations, are hosting events, as well as directing folks to various on-line auctions to raise money, so be sure to help support the worty cause; remind people what a great community we are. So, with that in mind, here are my suggestions for great shows to hit up this weekend. Read More

The Steinbecks Ready New Album

CD69The welcome return of Matinee Recordings in 2014 comes with the announcement that has me pretty excited over here; the label will be releasing a full-length album from The Steinbecks…the band that features the Meadows brothers of Sugargliders fame.  Kick to Kick with The Steinbecks is the name of the album, filled with jangling  goodness that is likely to make any indiepop fan swoon.  There’s a solid little bit of bounce on the track below, while the vocals seem to take on the notion of longing for personal change, adding a serious touch to an otherwise peppy song.  You’ll be able to get the record on April 22nd everywhere, but it’s available exclusively from the label HERE.

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Indiepop Delight from The Very Most

thingsI have to give credit to my friend Howard over at IPSML for keeping me up to date on things lately, especially with this really great track from The Very Most. The group has just released a brand new 7″ with this delectable treat for your ears.  It’s light-hearted, with a cascading guitar part working its way through the back of the track.  Heavenly vocals dominate the front of the tune too, making the song all the more endearing from start to finish.  The release just went up via My Little Owl Records, so grab it while its hot.



Danceable Pop from Tropic of Pisces

tropicI think we’ve pretty much uploaded all the tracks from the Topic of Pisces Symmetry EP, but there’s one final installment to get you grooving towards your weeknd.  For me, this song is my favorite off the former Oberhoffer member’s new mini-album; it almost opens with that same groove as “Get Lucky.”  Say what you want, but we all occasionally feel the need to dance, and as summertime rolls around, lets hope there are plenty of spots you can throw down with your friends. The EP will be out on May 13th via Ooh La La Records.

Pop Rocker from White Reaper

whiteyIt looks like Polyvinyl is trying to corner the market on upbeat pop music, especially now that they’ve agreed to release the new EP from White Reaper.  The band seemingly operate at a furious rock pace, but there’s still these elements of hooks via the electronic touches and then the final breakdown of the song, illustrating that the band’s more than just a one-trick-pony.  It’s the perfect track to get your energy up as you near the end of your work day, or any day for that matter.  Their EP will be released on June 24th, so stay tuned.

The Library Is On Fire Offer Steady Post-Rock

libraryI’ve been spending a lot of time today listening to this new release from The Library Is On Fire, and I’ll be honest, I don’t quite know what to say to make you realize what an enjoyable record it is.  There are parts of the album that are a little bit heavier and faster paced, but on the single below, the band seem to really work around this steady speed; it’s almost too slow, but not quite.  There’s a lot of different flavors to be had throughout the listen, so you should look forward to hearing the entirety of Halcyon and Surrounding Areas when its digitally released next week.

New Single from Total Control

tcIf people weren’t aware of what Total Control were doing, then they’re going to surely take notice after listening to this brand new single.  The project of Mikey from ECSR is known for providing this dark minimal electronica, spliced with elements of heavier pieces, but here it’s a pretty straight-forward pop hit from the Aussies. If you’re looking for the catchiest moments, you need look no further than the way the chorus is delivered.  My favorite thing about the band? You never know what you’re going to get on their releases, but you know it’s always good. They have a new album titled Typical System that will see an early summer release on June 24th via Iron Lung Records.

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