There’s an old guard in the Austin music scene, filled with bands who’ve been playing together for years. But, at some point the youngsters in town are going to take over, which is where we find Mr. Santiago and Ms. Blair, the duo working together as Rain Collectors. Both artists have their own acts, Growl and AMA, respectively, but they step outside of these two projects to craft gentle folk music together. Their new single relies upon very few lyrics, choosing instead to revolve the emotional pull around the tune’s structure, filling in empty space with piano and drums to add extra textures to the track. For those worried about when the talent in Austin will run out, rest assured, there’s new territory being explored by the young guard, and Rain Collectors is one of those acts to keep an eye on; look for a new EP later this year.
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Looking forward towards the weekend, as we all are, there’s a show that should be on your radar, making your list of must attend shows. Sungod, who many missed (due to rain) at Levitation, will be playing Friday night at Red 7. If I were to describe their sound, I’d throw it into the original landscape of organic psychtronica; it’s an entrancing sound that deserves your attention…and it’s only $5. Plus, the opening line-up of Crawl, Thousand Foot Whale Claw and Gods Gun. Personally, I’m looking forward to the sounds of Gods Gun, who’ve been rather mysterious, though the band have prominent members about town such as Jose from Ssleeperhold/Boan. Want a show that explores some new sonic territory? Bring $5 and show up early for all the bands!
Yep, another cover, another day. But, Austin’s Orthy don’t just cover Tom Petty’s “Listen to Her Heart,” they totally reimagine the song itself, leaving no resemblance of the original save the lyrics. There’s these dark electronic pulses during the chorus, while the remainder of the song is a smoothed-out electro croon. The song features on a digital release that just came out this week via Dither Down, allowing listeners the chance to also listen to various remixes from the group’s E.M.I.L.Y. EP, which we raved about last year. Give it a listen, and enjoy your day just a little better.
As you can see by the attached photo, your friendly ATH crew has been hard at work recently trying to make your website experience even better than before. After hours spent in the ATH labs, we created a fancy Soundcloud widget over there on the sidebar which allows us to share with you our recent playlists. We think it’s pretty sweet. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we cranked out a new playlist today featuring some of our favorite tunes from the last few weeks. Feel free to jam out in the Soundcloud app, stream/shuffle on Soundcloud.com, or give it a go as you browse through our recent reviews or fancy photos. As always, feedback is welcome. Party on Wayne.
As if two great bands weren’t enough for you all, you should go out and support a couple of great local acts getting ready to head out on tour. You’ve got to fill their pockets with gold, buying merch and throwing spare change their way. Shivery Shakes and Bop English are hitting the road, kicking off their respective tours with The Rotten Mangos, Texas Never Whispers, and The Inscape at Cheer Ups tonight. I’m still really proud of the Shakes album, Three Waves and a Shake, which you can grab right HERE; I’m happy to have my name associated with that LP. You can find all their tour dates right HERE, but if you’re living in Austin, head out and support all the bands tonight.
Psych fest starts tomorrow! Tomorrow I tell you! Now that I’ve got your full attention, lets focus on the task at hand and get you even more prepped for the weekend. Today I’m continuing our coverage with yet another interview this time from L.A. based band Fever the Ghost. Follow the jump for full interview and deets on the band’s festival set.
Dana Falconberry has been one of the most prominent voices in Austin songwriting for the last several years. There’s a fragility in her voice that I’ve always found rather fascinating, and she’s got a great story to her new EP, The Lowering Night. Seemingly fed up with the cycle of record, wait, release, tour, etc, she wanted to sit alone in her bedroom and write entrancing tunes. The songs are meant for just you and Dana, her voice as your night companion…or day companion if you choose. She’s technically offered up the EP for free, or name your own price, but I encourage you to donate a dollar here and there to help fund her continued craft.
Looks like this year’s going to be a great one for Yuma. The band has already released one new track, with this fresh number sure to stop you in your tracks. “Loglo” is the name of the tune, and it’s likely to be one of the best pop tracks to come out of Austin this year. You’ll hear a nice groove crafting a playful atmosphere, and the vocals add to that effect, making it the perfect jam for your pre-summer parties. To celebrate the release of this new single, which you can grab HERE, the band will be playing an incredible show at Blackheart on Saturday night. Care Package (members of Borrisokane) opens the night, followed by Rose Selavy, Yuma and then Ramesh. If you’re not planning on being at Levitation, this is the best possible show you can attend on Saturday night; we’re happy to be a part of it.
Let’s face it, once we wake up on Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a shit show. Tons of things going on, including local bands, touring acts and festivals. So, let’s start off by pointing you to one of the shows I’m most looking forward to, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields playing at Central Presbyterian Wednesday night. He’s playing with Sam Davol, and I’m honestly not sure what the set will include, though it’s sure to be great. Put his MF work aside and Stephin’s scored plays, written accompanying songs to young adult literature and been involved in various other projects, so he’s got a huge category to draw from…and seeing him at the church will surely be remarkable. And despite his history as a curmudgeon, I’ve always found him quite endearing, sot he intimate setting seems the perfect way to see him. Doors are at 7, and you can grab tickets HERE. Listen to one of my favorite songs below.
Been helping a friend put together a show this week over at Mohawk on Thursday night, and in doing so, I encountered a new band, Twin Bitches that’s really exciting. Based on their two singles, the band has sort of that post-punk Constantines feeling to them, using jagged guitar chops to push forth the lyrics, which come across somewhere between a throaty growl and a gentle croon. Musically, you can see similarities to other indie acts, but combined, it sounds like something wholly different. They’ll be playing with two of our favorite local acts, SLOW and Jonly Bonly…so come out, grab a drink, jam out and enjoy some of the finer rock n’ roll tunes in town. Doors are at 9, but you can always come hang out early.