We have been setting you up with interviews, and a few news posts and some fun previews. Let’s get down to business. These are the things that will help you survive ACL. After the break you will get information that will make you feel like a seasoned pro at festing, updates on food and vendors around the grounds and plenty more.
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I’ve been looking to find something that’s a bit out there, thus landing on this new single from Friendly Males. Musically, it’s not too distant from a lot of modern indie rock, but I think the way the vocals are recorded kind of singles it out as something more than just your ordinary fare. There’s a slight haze, and almost an electronic touch, to the voice, hiding right in the middle of the mix. Sometimes you just need a little change of pace, and for me, this song does just the trick. Look for the band’s Nopalera LP via Lolipop Records on November 6th.
I know ACL is tomorrow, but honestly it feels like it could be weeks away at the point from which I stand. Lucky for me, and maybe for you, Zone Out is here to help speed up that transition with their transfixing blend of electro pop. When I listen to this track, “Inside,” I’m transported to a land of bliss; the vocals are so clear they seem translucent and the electronic elements such as the percussion and synth sounds gracefully glide through the song and you feel as though it has led you by the hand to a different, perhaps more peaceful world. And who can deny the groove of that instrumental outro Look out for more from Zone Out in the future, as this seems to be the first single for their upcoming 2016 album.
There’s something brewing here with Swings. They’ve unleashed two singles to date, and each of those tracks has me more interested each time. I feel as if it looks back on some of the elements of slo-core, at least in how the songs are constructed, though the vocals give it a slightly different touch going forward. One of my favorite things is that it doesn’t sound remotely like some of the tunes coming out, so having a refreshing view is always solid. Look for their album Sugarwater to come out on November 13th via Exploding in Sound.
I’m an admitted fan of Rose Melberg and her work, so when we heard about a new project, Knife Pleats, I was really excited to hear what it had to offer. As expected, it’s every bit as glorious as we thought, and the full length is now available to pick up on your own. If you’re looking for something that’s just slightly hazy on the sound, but adheres to the delightful side of indiepop, then I think you’re going to want to pick up Hat Bark Beach. It’s available in the US via Lost Sound Tapes and Jigsaw Records.
I’m not going to lie to you; I think the newest album from Sweet Talk is one of my favorite records coming out of Austin this year. It’s a nice blend of power-pop and punk rock, hitting all the wrong notes while leaving you with memorable lines and singalong choruses. The band just released a video for their newest single, “Borrow Your Stuff,” and we’ve got it showing below in hopes you’ll be convinced, like me, that their new effort Double Perfect is something you need in your record collection this year. The LP will be released on October 16th via the esteemed 12XU.
Every once in a while, a band meets you at the place you want to be. Keep Shelly In Athens has long been and ATH IT Department favorite, but this latest track is all up in my business. Bands, pay attention, this is the wheelhouse for eternal praise from me. Great bass line, lyrics that stand out or disappear depending on how loud you listen to the song and proper synth flourishes and 808 claps. Newer Wave.
The band will be in town just after festival season, Nov. 12th at the Empire Control Room, and I will be there. You can preorder Now I’m Readyhere. Coming at eight tracks, it looks to be a concise LP/extended EP that will be a late add to many top records of 2015 lists.
I’m going to be honest with you; I know very little about Coastal Town. But, I will fill you in on what information I do have…it’s just not much. The voice should be familiar to ATH followers, as it sounds like it’s Frode from I Was a King at the helm. This leads down a crazy path of tales and such…is I Was a King over or is Coastal Town just a new project? I do know from the IWaK blog that they have spent recent time in studio with Joe Pernice and Robyn Hitchcock…could this be part of it? I don’t really know any of it for sure, but I know the songs are incredible…so as I know more, I’ll keep you posted.
It’s ACL Weekend One, and after all the hubbub, the festival is upon us. Initially, I was surprised at the choice of offering up the Strokes as the Sunday headliner, but upon further consideration, I can see how easily they fit in. They’ve spent the last 15 years as a relevant musical act, whilst filling my own personal collection with hit after hit. People will rave about Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, but when I think of the quintessential band of the 2000s, I think of these guys. Their first two albums alone could be played from front to back, and never miss a beat as far as enjoyment goes. I might be in the minority, but I think this is one of the best headliners the fest has had. So, I went through the catalog and picked out my Top Ten Strokes songs of all time, which should not only cement them as a great band, but as a great closer of Austin’s revered festival. If you click on the track title, you’ll get a video link to hear the songs for yourself. Read More
Really, the music being pumped out of your speakers should come as no surprise at all to you, especially if you love Ty Segall and Ex-Cult. Both of those bands have had really successful careers, especially in the last few years. Ty and Chris Shaw, along with Charles from Fuzz, have created GOGGS, and it’s every bit a rocker as you would expect from a band comprising the three. It’s heavy on the riffs, with Shaw’s snotty growl pummeling your ears in a manner that very few can pull off. In a week where a majority of the tunes have been pretty calm, this rocker is a much need respite. Look for the debut single from the group to hit in November via In the Red Records.