When RayRay and I first met, I think we bonded over a few bands, and one of those was Wilco. Through their changes and different paths, I’ve loved the band’s sound, which is one of the many reasons I’m super interested in Austin’s Star Parks. They call to mind several acts, but their acoustic version of “Theoretical Girls” in this video definitely calls to mind the harmonies that hit the right notes, a la Wilco. You can hear the album version HERE, which has a bit more filled in musical accompaniment…namely some beautiful string/horn arrangements. All in all, this is a band to keep an eye on at the moment. They’ll be releasing their debut, Don’t Dwell, on May 13thvia Paper Trail Records.
El Campo came onto my radar a few years ago with a little work they did for Punctum Records, but the band has been really hard at work over the last year, touring all over, and even having time to sit together and record this track off their recent Double AA record. I love the video, illustrating not only the pop-centric Americana, but the bond of friendship shared by the band members themselves. This is our, and your, first glimpse of the family-style video…hopefully it point out why you should check these boys out. Oh, and where can you see them? They’re playing this Friday night at Lamberts with Wiretree. Doors for the show are at 10 PM (More info HERE). See you there? If not, grab the new AA record HERE.
Local pop music has me excited, with tons of new bands brewing about town with hits galore. Kindatheart is one such young band, bringing upbeat pop rock of the indiepop ilk, even including some trading male/female vocal harmonies to boot! Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention two of the other acts taking part; Wildfires and Rose Selavy. Rose Selavy are great friends of ours, and the band is currently in the studio working on finishing touches for what we believe is a debut LP. It’s cheap, doors are at 8 PM, and you can go home feeling good about your life. Stream this sampler EP from Kindatheart to get a feel for the night’s vibes.
Those of you who’ve followed our site might recognize the songwriting chops of Adam J. Cook, as he was formerly a member of Austin’s Genuine Leather. But, he’s currently bucked the trend and moved the other way, heading out to LA to craft his debut, Attack Formation. His lead single takes on the style of casual pop, just working on perfecting the internal hooks of the song, while throwing out a relaxed pace and repeated lyrical lines. It’s the sort of tune you’ll play at work today, and the guy in the cubicle next to you will pop his head over and ask you who you’re listening to…so go ahead, listen.
Hovvdy seems to be one of the hottest tickets in the Austin market right now…as far as bands on the smaller scale of the world go. This song “Meg” is their second single from their forthcoming album, Taster. I think I might actually like this one a bit more than the first; it has the lo-fidelity approach that allows the earnestness of the band to breakthrough your speakers. It’s the trickling bit of pop that got really had me hooked on music in the late 90s. Look for the new tunes on April 15th via Merdurhaus/Sports Day.
So you thought that with SXSW your should could rest from all the music, but not so! There’s a great show over at Mohawk this evening, featuring some of the best purveyors of electronic music..all of whom hail from Canada. First, you have Junior Boys, who just released Big Black Coat; it’s a pretty special listen considering we had to wait five years. They’ll also be bringing with them their friends Jessy Lanza and Borys, all who’ve earned a name for themselves in their own right. it should be one of those nights where you can just let yourself go, and dance your way into the cool Spring evening. Grab tickets HERE all day, and bring your dancing shoes!
I was really happy to be part of the release of Ramesh‘s solo debut, The King (still a few copies left HERE). But, Ramesh is currently in and out of the studio working on new music for his follow-up…and I’m happy to share this tune with you today. He’s narrowed the band down a little bit in the last few months, at least in the live setting, so I think “Redemption” is the perfect piece to introduce this phase. You’ll still hear elements of the dreamy pop he’s known for, but this time, you’ll hear a more forceful band behind him. For now, this is just a taste of what we can be assured are great things to come.
For years I’ve followed the path of local boys, Growl. They’ve been writing super-infectious guitar pop songs since their inception, and while they’re in the studio working on a new album, they’ve just given us all a glimpse of what’s to come in the near future. Fighting guitar chords, crashing drums and Santi’s captivating voice. It’s too late to call these guys a buzz-Austin band, as they’re just continuing what they’ve always done best. We’ll keep you posted on forthcoming album news.
I’ve been listening to the new single from The Blind Pets this morning, and I think it’s something people should spin a time or two today. While the band get lumped in with our continuing Austin garage scene, I appreciate how this song takes on some slower moments for the chorus, illustrating that it’s not all meant to be a riot. But, the chorus is an energetic blast of fun, with a solo tagged on near the end for good measure. The band’s new album, Sharon is Karen will be out on April 15th via Sup Bob Records.
Austinites who pay attention to the local music scene will definitely recognize the name John Hetherington and his work with Austin band Knifight. Well maybe you don’t all know his name, but you’ve certainly heard of the band right? Right!? #supportlocalbands
Brand new act, Square Paradise, is John’s new project completely solo and away from his previously mentioned group. John tells me that he plans on releasing at least one new song a month “for the foreseeable future” as he records more and more music by himself in his home studio. Today you can find what is sure to be the first of many new singles below called “Ten Numbers”. This is pop music at its finest folks. I’m really looking forward to what else John has in store.