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Austin Spotlight: Boy + Kite Prep Premiere New Song

Boy plus Kite BWBoy + Kite have been on our radar for some time, though tragedy unfortunately struck the band, forcing them into a temporarily hiatus.  This new EP, and definitely this new single, should propel them into the consciousness of Austin music fans, and hopefully beyond.  I was drawn to the darkness that came with the subtle vocals at the beginning of the tune, but the hook in the chorus is what ultimately sold me on the track.  It offers a nice dosage of pop that’s brightened by its immediate contrast to the song’s softer moments. They’ll be releasing their Blueprint EP on October 21st, followed by greater things we expect to hear in the future.

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Show Preview: Alex Napping Album Release @ Cheer Ups – TONIGHT!

AlexNapping_VineetGordhandas-1It’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!


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ATH & ACL Interview: Beat Connection

beatconnectionAs we’ve previously mentioned, ACL festival is only a short 2 weeks away.  As we are known to do, we’ll be interviewing a whole slew of bands leading up to the weekend.  Today we begin with Beat Connection.  Follow the jump to see what they have to say.

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Busy Thursday Night in Austin

ramThere’s really only one show you NEED to go to.  That’s the Ramesh album release over at the Belmont, which kicks off at 7 PM.  I’ll be there, smiling, and hopefully selling LPs.  But, for those of you who aren’t into Ramesh, which I completely respect, there’s tons going on tomorrow night, so here’s some places you might want to find yourself.  Read More

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Austin Spotlight: Soft Vision

artworks-000088551364-c4p52u-t500x500_440_440Prior to today, I knew almost nothing about up and coming Austin band Soft Visions.  After a little bit of research here and there, I see that the band have only been around for a couple of years and are trying hard to make a name for themselves in this busy town.  Today I’m sharing with you their latest single called “Feel it Coming” to hopefully aid them in their quest for local takeover.  The track has this great washed out, hazy sort of feel to it that is enhanced by the bellowing vocals of Bradley Barr over his female counterpart Kelly Winchester.  It’s something to enjoy.

Pick up a new EP from the group on Acoustic Division on October 20th.

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Ramesh The King LP Release – TODAY!!! Album Stream

ramFor a kid born and raised in Austin, there are a handful of bands that hold a great deal of meaning to my life, at least in regards to growing up.  Voxtrot is one of those bands, so it has been an absolute pleasure for me to work with Ramesh, one of the main songwriters in the group.  He quietly released The King digitally earlier this year, and we here at Austin Town Hall Records are releasing the album TODAY on vinyl.  It’ll be at all your local shops, but you can also grab it from us online HERE. And, if you’re lucky enough to live here in Austin, Ramesh is playing his album release show at the Belmont on Thursday night with She Sir and Mahogany.  It’s going to be a great night in honor of this great release.  I hope to see you there, or ship you a record.

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Austin Spotlight: Jonly Bonly Unleash New Single

jbIf you did what was right last week, you picked up the excellent Put Together LP from Austin’s Jonly Bonly.  The band, if you haven’t caught wind,  is the project of Jason Smith (formerly of OBN IIIs) and his buddy Stephen Svacina (Sweet Talk).  As always, Jason just kills the guitar licks on this tune; they’ve got an old school rock n’ roll feel while drawing some similarities to modern acts such as Parquet Courts.  This album’s filled with really sharp guitar playing, energy and a cock-sure attitude; you should head over to 12XU Records and pick it up now!

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Austin Spotlight: Institute Sign to Sacred Bones

institootSeems like Austin has had a pretty good year, musically speaking.  Bands from all corners are getting a lot of much deserved recognition for their work, and I’m really impressed with this new tune that’s been hopping around by Institute.  The act features members of a lot of local acts you should be familiar with like Wiccans or Glue, though this new entity seems pretty impressive.  They’ve signed on with the great Sacred Bones Records to release their Salt EP, and since I didn’t get around to it earlier, I’m getting you amped now.  The rhythm section owns this song for sure.  Pick up the EP on October 14th.

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