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.
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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.
If you’ve been following the Austin scene over the last year, you’ve probably heard all the assholes blogging about how we expected Sweet Spirit to be the next band to break out in a big way. It doesn’t hurt that the band has Spoon and their frontman Britt Daniel backing them up along the way, so much so that he’s even collaborated with them on a tour 7″. The A-side was released this week, and the band is finishing up their debut album, which is set to be released this summer via Nine Mile Records. Sweet Spirit will hit the road this summer, with a few shows including their friends Spoon. This is our “I told you so” moment, I reckon.
Well, it didn’t take long for the lads in Spray Paint to rack up another set up tunes for listeners. Last year they releases Clean Blood, Regular Acid, and now they’re prepping Punters on a Barge. It looks set to sound rather similar to their last effort, with a driving percussive march and spoken vocal delivery. There’s some guitar ringing here to propel the songs forward, though I’d gladly take a little bit more…just to really amp the barrage of noise one gets in their live-setting. The LP is super-limited, at least at this point, so head over to Homeless Vinyl and pre-order before the album’s June 1st release.
Last year’s Salt EP really solidified Institute as a group to be aware of in the broad spectrum of the Internet rock n’ roll buzz-bands, but those in Austin likely had already been paying attention to the group (if not their other projects like Glue or Wiccans, etc). Now, they’ve got the release of their new full-length lined-up, and this first single really has me amped for its release. You’ll hear a certain nonchalance in the delivery of the vocals, while there’s a sharpness in the gritty recording of the rest of the act. Sounds like the band’s going all over the place on Catharsis, and I hope you all have fun on the ride…going to be a good one. (Sacred Bones 6/9)
Download: Institute – Perpetual Ebb [MP3]
Trying to cover all the great music in Austin is pretty near impossible, so I was completely caught off-guard when I came across Secret Daughter. They just released this incredible new record, 2, and I can’t do anything but beg you to go and listen to it right away. There’s some elements of the dreamier side of indie rock here, though there’s other construction pieces…some more experimental, some gaze-y that fill out the band’s sound. I’ll admit that I’ve done nothing but consume the music that’s below here since I found it…so don’t be an idiot like me and miss out on this band.