As we gear up towards the 2014 releases, here comes news of a band that’s slowly making waves here in the States, Desert Noises. The music on their first single from the upcoming album has the band playing a grassroots Americana stomp, similar to what we’ve come to expect from bands like Cave Singers. Of course, there’s lots more slide guitar work and less gruff qualities, but perhaps that is the cup of tea you’ve been waiting to drink. Their upcoming album is titled 27 Ways, and it’ll see a March release courtesy of SQE Music.
|Tickets||$20 @ Frontgate|
I was having a conversation the other day with a friend about how Built to Spill are one of the few bands that has managed to survive the crowded 90s indie scene and continually churn out solid releases. Sure maybe the newer releases have never quite grabbed the moments from the earlier days, but the band has a multitude of solid tunes and can always bring it in the live setting. With that said, why not head on out to Stubbs on Saturday night for a show by the veteran indie rockers. Of course let’s not forget the opening support provided by both Slam Dunk and Genders.
Download: Built to Spill – Hindsight [MP3]
I can’t say that I’d ever really heard too much about Edinburgh based pop group Withered Hand prior to this post. My admission out of the way, I wanted to share with you guys this fun new track called “Black Tambourine”. It’s an incredibly easy track to like with it’s jingle jangle style meandering about throughout the entire song. I’d be hard pressed to label it anything other than just downright fun. You agree?
Get your hands on new album New Gods via Slumberland Records on February 25th.
This is an admission. I like a Sky Ferreira song. “You’re Not The One” from Night Time, My Time is a perfectly balanced pop song that deserves a listen. I may get blasted by my ATH teammates, but damn this is catchy and I have to admit to everyone that it is among the top jams in my head right now. A great guitar hook rings over floating fluty-synth substance in standard pop song structure, it is a hit.
I resisted the hype machine, the tour O_o announcements, the drug arrests, the album cover controversy, the buzz, but I hide no more. I feel better and can go into my weekend with an eased mind.
I’m not sure what all the monikers in the musical world really mean, aside from things like psych rock, but if I were to label something as “dark wave,” I’d hope that it sounds exactly like this new single from Secret Boyfriend. It’s the one-man project of Ryan Martin, and while the music definitely has this dark electronic touch to it, there’s this really gentle undertone that’s delivered by way of the vocals. It’s not a full on juxtaposed composition, but it illustrates the varied sound you can come to expect when This Is Always Where You’ve Lived comes out on December 9th via Blackest Ever Black.
Just so the world of Austin musicians doesn’t hate us, we’re not just into the rock n’ roll stylings of our fair city. Personally, I love all sorts of different stuff, but right now I’m really enjoying the music of Austin’s own Jess Williamson. I love her ornate style of finger-picking the banjo, and her unique control of her pipes. It’s a bit odd, but in that endearing sort of way that makes the boys (and girls) swoon. She’s set to release her new record, Native State, on January 28th via Brutal Honest, and if it’s all this carefully orchestrated, then it’ll definitely catch the ears of those in Austin, and hopefully beyond.
Download: Jess WIlliamson – Native State [MP3]
The California based Gardens & Villa have always had this underlying electronic influence in their music, even though they’re often labeled as a band with folk influences (see flute solo below), and that aspect is pushed even further on the latest single released from the band. There’s a natural groove to the song, fitting perfectly with the high pitch of the vocals on the tune. Their new record is titled Dunes, and it’s going to see a February 4th release from Secretly Canadian. This is like a less-pretentious version of what Arcade Fire seems to be doing…which in the end makes it pretty enjoyable. I’m going to enjoy this jam for the rest of the day.
Man, everyone is getting re-released these days, which is actually quite alright with me, as this latest re-release is sort of dear to my heart. My favorite time period is probably the late 70s NYC, or Lawrence in the late 90, but will stick with the former for now. The Student Teachers were one of those underground acts that I only heard about; I knew I’d probably like them considering all the bands they’d played with, and that one of Blondie’s members helped record their stuff. While I’m harping on this whole NYC punk bent, you’ve got to hear the single they’ve re-released to get you acquainted with their music. It’s definitely not punk, though there’s still that outsider affinity. Seems like a natural bridge between Bowie and NY…to me anyways. So, if you like what you hear, you can grab the Invitation to The Student Teachers from Nacional Records.
Download: The Student Teachers – Looks [MP3]
|Date||Friday, November 22nd|
|Tickets||$14 from Transmission|
You’ll find a ton of shows in town on Friday, including the hipster-approved Miley Cyrus, I mean CHVRCHES, but here’s a show for those who are looking for something a little far left of the dial. Canada’s Besnard Lakes are the headliners on the night, offering up their blend of indie meets psych meets folk meets jam. Then you’ll have the band that I think cold steal the show, Elephant Stone. They’re another Canadian act that have been on my list of reliable group’s for some time now; you should check out their most recent self-titled album. And, as an added bonus, you get local opener, The Boxing Lesson. So, if you’re not going to Cass McCombs, and you don’t like Miley Cyrus, then this is definitely going to be a good place to find yourself Friday night.
Download: The Besnard Lakes – People of the Sticks [MP3]