While we cover music from all over, we definitely like to give Austin acts a special focus. But, in covering the scene, you come across a lot of the same genres, same sounds; it’s this way in every city, so I’m always looking for that voice to rise above the rest. For me, the last few months it’s been consumed by this Benjamin Cissner LP, Birds in the Night. Lucky for you, you’ll have two chances to catch him tomorrow night to celebrate the release with him. He’ll be playing for free at 6 PM at End of an Ear, then later in the night he’ll be playing with Rattlesnake Milk and Kill County at the Barracuda. Like I said, this is the one artist around, at the moment, that I feel like is unparalleled in the local scene…he’ll be touring with Scott Yoder in May too, so the rest of you folks should keep an eye out!
Tons of great music is coming out of Austin lately, and Comforter have kept my attention with their first few singles. Their latest, “Hardies,” opens up slowly, twinkling guitar chiming in the foreground. As the drums kick in the song takes off, soon joined by resounding backing vocals to emphasize the lyrical content. The drum work also adds a nice little pace to the track, while the emotional warmth steadily climbs in the listeners ear. They’ll be releasing their new album for Merdurhaus Records this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlies with Alex Napping and Summer Salt. Definitely something that should be on your radar going into the weekend.
Austin’s been known to host an instrumental post-rock act or two…from Balmorhea to Explosions in the Sky, and everything in between. Enter Legendary Skies, one of the newer acts on the scene, who are ready to unleash their album Novarupta to the Austin masses (and hopefully beyond). Interestingly, the band draw from all the forebears in our local post-rock scene, building crash atop crash, yet always falling in step with more intricate guitar pieces made for long drives along sparse Texas highways. Head over to Hole in the Wall this Friday night to catch the band live, and help celebrate the release of their album.
Wednesday March 24th will see the unofficial launch of indie/folk outfit Carry Illinois’ first full length album “Alabaster”. Fronted by local folk stalwart Lizzy Lehman, who has a slew of solo records as well as an album with the now defunct the Blackwells, Carry Illinois brings the best of pop rock to the soulful foundation of folk song craft. Carry Illinois will be supported by other great acts such as the Loblolly Boy and the Deer. Lovers of Americana, folk, and pop rock will not want to miss this show. Currently Carry Illinois has released two tracks for streaming on their Soundcloud Page to whet your whistle. Physical copies will be available at the show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on March 25th and the official release is slated for April 7th. Music starts at 9pm with Loblolly Boy, followed by the Deer at 10pm, and Carry Illinois will cap the night off at 11pm.This show is a free one so no excuses y’all!
In a week with several great local releases (Zoltars/Quiet Company included), you’ve got to show up tonight to catch the ballsy rock display that Xetas continuously bring to the stage. The work they’ve put into The Redeemer completely catches their live energy, harnessing it into a ball of fury that’s ready to destroy your Apple headphones; you’ll likely want to hear this record on the best stereo possible. Go out to Hotel Vegas tonight, as they band will be joined by other local heavy-hitters, Spray Paint, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes and New China. And if you can’t make it out to the show, grab the album from 12XU; you won’t be let down, I swear it.
It’s Friday, and you need something to do. You’re in Austin, looking for a great show. Problem solved, you should be at Cheer Up Charlies for the anticipated release of Alex Napping‘s debut LP, courtesy of Punctum Records. It’d be easy to just say, go see Alex Cohen play; she and the band are great. And that’s very true. But, in order to draw a solid crowd, you’ve got to have some great opening acts, like Big Bill, Soft Swells and Lowin. Big Bill‘s oddball garage rock never fails to impress. Soft Swells are on the trustworthy label, Modern Outsider (local label!). Lowin, well, let’s just say this is one of the next big things to get out of Austin. Solid bill from start to finish. Get there at 8 in time for things to kick off!
|Date||Saturday. May 24th|
One of our favorite acts of the last few months, and really for the last several has been San Antonio’s The Rich Hands. We caught up with them before they came to kick it in Austin for SXSW, and we’ve covering their singles leading up to the release of Out of My Head. Good news! Not only is the album out, but they’ll also be celebrating its release this Saturday night at Hotel Vegas. They’ll be joined by ATH faves, Grape St, as well as other acts we support like Lochness Mobsters, Rolland Hazzard, Mitch Frazier and His Radiation. The show’s cheap, and the music’s great. Be sure to buy the album from the band…gas to San Antonio is expensive!
|Tickets||$6 @ Door|
If you’ve been a reader of our website in the past, you know that Abram Shook has long been one of our favorite Austin musicians. That being said, you know the ATH team will be making it down to Mohawk tomorrow evening for Mr. Shook’s show celebrating the release of his new album Sun Marquee. Let’s of course not forget the rest of the bill, with a solid undercard of Good Field and Royal Forest. We’ll be inside rockin’ out all evening.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/2013/11/19/austin-spotlight-new-music-from-abram-shook/coastal/]
Download: Abram Shook – Coastal [MP3]
There’s been tons of great records being pushed upon the Internet world lately, but one that I’m personally excited about it is the new effort from Pure X. Crawling Up the Stairs is on my list of anticipated albums, and it’s great that an Austin band is making such big waves. But, in other news, they’ll be playing their album release next Thursday, giving us Austinites a chance to hear the new tunes live at Holy Mountain on Thursday, May 23rd; they’ll be joined by Troller and Versus. And, we’re going to give away a pair of tickets to the show, which you can win by simply leaving us a comment. Let us know what your summer plans are, even if you have a real job and are just taking a weekend jaunt. We’ll pick the most exciting summer plan, and there’s our winner. Contest will end on Friday at Midnight.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Pure-X-05-Things-in-my-Head.mp3]
Download: Pure X – Things in my Head [MP3]
|Date||Saturday, April 13th|
Hey there Austin. Just a heads up, you have no business calling yourself an Austin music fan if you’re not going to this show on Saturday night. For starters, there’s four of our favorite bands, and we like to think we have good tastes, so that’s important. Second, both Frank Smith and the Preservation will be releasing their albums that night, and I’ve even raved about the new Frank Smith record HERE. Also, you get to check out some other up-and-comers who’ve been receiving a lot of our attention in East Cameron Folkcore and Growl. It’s cheap; booze at Hold Mountain is cheap; people are friendly. Don’t miss this opportunity.
Download: Frank Smith – Chewing Glass [MP3]