In what’s been a pretty productive year for Austin music, Xetas‘ recently released The Tower LP has risen near the top of those releases. They just released a pretty Austin-centric video for the album’s title track, and it’s worthy of your time this morning. I love the fact that the band are giving love to all their friends and supporters, while doing it with one of the album’s standout tracks. This is exactly what a rock n’ roll band should sound like, so enjoy the video and grab the LP from 12XU if you know what’s good for you.
Over at the Cheer Up Charlies this evening you’ll get a chance to catch two of the great acts on our little label, Basketball Shorts and Pollen Rx. Basketball Shorts are releasing a new 7″ featuring the killer catchy jam below, and Pollen Rx are a well-oiled machine after returning from tour. Plus, you get to see Rhett and Dean, as well as Break Time in the early part of the evening’s festivities. Come out and grab the new 7″ and maybe get one of those new cool Darren tank tops from the band as well! Let yourself live a little with a great Thursday night party.
There’s a great show going down tomorrow evening over at Cheer Up Charlies, which gives us the opportunity to drop this live video from Belcurve, who are one of several acts playing the venue. The video is the perfect portrayal of the band’s power, with Sarah Castro’s distinctive vocals dominating the front of the mix…clearly she’s got some range in those pipes! It’s a pretty strong performance from the rest of the band as well, crashing in unison to meet the rise and fall of Castro’s pitch-shifting.
You’ll be able to catch them at 11 on the Outside Stage, but be sure to show up early and stay late…the bill features The Reputations, Magic Rockers of TX, Loteria and our own Lochness Mobsters!
Caroline Sallee is a good friend of ours over here at ATH; she’s one of the guitarists in our ownPollen RX, but we wanted to make sure you were aware of her solo work as Caroline Says. Not too long ago she released 50,000 Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong via bandcamp and a handful of tapes…now it’s getting the reissue treatment from the revered Western Vinyl. This song’s a great introduction, mostly working with intimate picking and Caroline’s voice; there are some slight atmospheric touches atop too (including vocals towards the tracks end). It’s the sort of song that lets you sit at your window with a cup of coffee in hand, gazing into the distance as your mind drifts in and out. It’s a winner for sure. Look for the reissue on August 4th!
Austin’s been fortunate to house Emily Beanblossom’sRuby Fray for the last several years, and while she’s about ready to leave our city for Chicago, it looks like she wanted to leave us with one more great track. I love the brooding bounce that really pushes this track forward, almost crafting a dream pop number as keyboards twinkle in the distance. I like the little syllabic notes she tosses in with her vocals, adding a layer of playfulness to what seems like an otherwise sullen tune. Emily and her band will head out on a Western tour of the States before heading back up to Chi-town to wrap up her work on a new album.
I’ve always wandered what exactly is a Marijuana Sweet Tooth, but I like to think its the band’s approach to songwriting, offering their listeners a relaxed calm that you’ll beg to revisit. They quietly dropped a new single this week, as solemn as one would expect, yet drifting in its sentiment. Guitars slide behind the vocals, while other notes are carefully strummed to supply emphasis to the voice. I love how the male and female roles seem to go back and forth with one another, yet they often share the same ideas. If you’re looking to fade away into the day, then press play below.
Local Austin favorites The Sour Notes are gearing up for the release of their next LP, Darkest Sour...and good news for you is we have a brand new single to share with you, and it might just be the band’s best track yet! “On Yer Mark” walks on the poppier side of indie rock, dwelling in that light-hearted realm that’s been owned by acts such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The guitar chords have that angular jangle while keyboards push through the crowd. Jared Boulanger’s voice has the perfect softness to ride the song out, especially when we get the female accompaniment to polish off the pop substance. I’m just sitting here smiling, and I’m sure you’ll be doing the same. Plus, if you’re in Austin, the band play Thursday evening over at Cheer Up Charlies…and I’m sure their set will include many new hits for your ears!
Photo Credit: Vineet Gordhandas
The ATH family is always proud when we see one of our favorite Austin artists earning some praise and recognition outside of town. Local A. Sinclair has begun to grow outside of our little city in such a way and we couldn’t be more proud of the very deserving dude. Just last month he released a new track as part of a new single series by Dangerbird Records called Microdose. Today he has another single for the series entitled “Just Remind Me”. We hope you’ll check it out below and enjoy yet another jam from one of our favorite locals.
Tomorrow you’ll be able to get your hands on Quin Galavis‘ new album, The Battery Line. We’re here today with the last single you’re likely to hear before the release, and I think it perfectly illustrates why Quin’s one of Austin’s most valued songwriters. You’ll hear guitar work that leans towards the heavier side of things, pushing distorted riffs with a hint of danger. That being said, the song’s accents such as keyboard work and string accompaniment balance the song, never fully giving in to either rock or pop. Plus, there’s a calm in his voice that soars when it reaches the chorus. Look for The Battery Line at your local shops tomorrow, courtesy of Super Secret Records.
I’ve been really looking forward to this show for awhile, as I’m wholly stuck on B-Boys new record, Dadism. The band have this old school punk vibe, though thrown into a world of odd structures and a sense of urgency…it’s like if Parquet Courts had gotten artier (and better). Plus, the headliner is Merchandise, who always put on a really great show, continuing to impress with their constantly changing vibe. Street Themes will also be going on early to kick off the night. Doors at 6:30 over at Sidewinder, so be there or risk missing out on one of the best shows coming in town this summer.