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    The ATH Top 50 Albums of 2015

    Year-end lists are everywhere…and I can see why they’re important to people. But, seeing as we generally walk off the beaten path more often than not, our list of the

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    Top Austin Albums Of 2015

    It’s that time of year when we all throw arbitrary numbers at you, trying to convince you that our tastes are the best. But, I’m going to try taking a

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    FFFX: Team ATH Recap

    There was a lot of talk this year comparing Fun Fun Fun Fest to ACL this. Perhaps it is the proximity with the second weekend, perhaps the tenth anniversary. FFFX

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SXSW Interviews: Spanish Prisoners

Spanish Prisoners are an up-and-coming act who are making their first venture to SXSW, not to mention their first venture together in a van! We all know how that can go, so we wish them the best of luck.  Also, you can download their excellent debut Gold Fools over at their bandcamp page, but be sure to donate to help support the cause! Here’s their answers to our questions: let’s be sure to give them a warm welcome. Read more

New Music From Violens

Yes here we are again, stealing a sweet jam posted by our amigos over at The Gum.  I’m sure some of you have heard the tune already, but it’s just too irresistible to pass up posting on the site.  As previously reported, Violens have a new album called True due out in May via Slumberland Records.  This new song “Der Microarc” has a lot more of that twee vibe to it than the previously reported “Unfolding Black Wings” and I dig it.

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Download: Violens – Der Microarc [MP3]

New(ish) Indie Pop From Chocolate Robots

This is a fun song called “Young Luff” from indie pop band Chocolate Robots.  Very little info is to be had on this band other than they just release a new album entitled PiZzAfAcE which can be purchased via Cheeky Monkey Records.  The group also has some other songs streaming over on their bandcamp site if this one strikes your fancy.

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Download: Chocolate Robots – Young Luff [MP3]

Show Notes: Radiohead @ ACL Taping (3/7)


As I regroup and prepare my brain for a second night of Radiohead mania, I wanted to reflect a bit on our evening the Moody Theater. Getting be one of the relative few that got to go, I carried a bit of reverence into the venue, no doubt one of the smallest they will play on this or any tour. I was soon disappointed that not all concert-goers shared this feeling of privilege.

Click past the break and I’ll reveal my highs (the band) and the lows (the crowd) and the set list.

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New Slow Jam from Leland Sundries

Brooklyn’s Leland Sundries have just put out their Foundry EP, and we’ve got another new track from the effort to offer you up today.  For the most part, the song centers around a nicely strummed guitar, with a deep-toned vocal coming your way.  Apparently the song references a fire in Brooklyn in 2006, so it’s definitely had time to germinate with band leader Nick Loss Eaton.  Let’ this track sink in for a bit, and you’ll soon join us in singing the praise for Leland Sundries–another Brooklyn band with a really bright future.

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Download:Leland Sundries – Monitor Arms [MP3]

SXSW Interview: AU

We’re continuing our SXSW coverage with one of the more creative bands coming to Austin next week, AU. Luke Wyland is the main man behind the project, but he brings in his friends from time to time to flesh out the sound.  I can’t wait to catch these guys live, so read on to hear what they had to say about SXSW and other such things… Read more

Brand New Jam from Suckers

Oh snap! New Suckers! Man, we absolutely love this band; we’ve probably seen them a combined 25-30 times, and we’ll get another chance when they grace us with their presence at our SXSW Party.  But, more importantly, the band has a new record coming out on Frenchkiss Records on April 24th titled Candy Salad.  This first listen is a solid track, just as we expected, but it indicates a whole lot of focus from the band, seemingly reigning in some of their spontaneity.  Feel sure that the band’s got more great songs up their sleeve, and as an early indicator, this one definitely makes me happy!

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Download: Suckers – Turn on the Sunshine [MP3]

SXSW Interview: Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Los Angeles outfit Letting Up Despite Great Faults released their Paper Crush EP last year on Old Flame Records, and we jumped all over it.  It had this really warm feeling lurking beneath the dream-like pop that the band crafted.  As they prepare to head down for SXSW, band member Kent took some time out of their schedule to fill out a brief interview…check out their responses.  Read more

New Dance Jam From Sinkane

A couple months ago, we brought you a psych dance type of jam from SINKANE called “Jeeper Creeper”.  Well today we’ve got another song “Runnin” that invokes similar trippy dance feelings.  The song appears on a new album from the one time Yeasayer member entitled Mars which does not yet have a release date.

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Download: SINKANE – Runnin’ [MP3]

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