ATX Spotlight: More from Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes

carlsaganIs that new self-titled Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes record out yet? Man, I loved the first single, but this new is just ridiculously rad; it hits hard, but also has an artful touch to it that harkens back to the the noisy creatives of 90s rock. There’s a brash bark in the vocal, giving the tune an edge, but ultimately, the guitar work steals the show. Chords are carefully woven in and out of distortion, crashing at times with an emphatic punch. It’s heavy, it’s clever and its damn good; look for the effort from Super Secret Records on August 19th.

ATX Spotlight: Tele Novella Announce Album

telenovellaIf you’ve been living under a rock in Austin, you’d be excused for not being aware of Tele Novella (otherwise there’s no excuse!). Recently, the band signed on to work with Yellow Year Records, and now we’ve got the first single to hear. I think the recording here is spot on; Natalie Ribbons’ voice is perfect, polished and mature. For me, I appreciate the bits of keyboard twinkling lurking behind the guitars, as well as the soft backing vocals, adding an extra touch to an already great song. Look for their debut album, House of Souls, on September 23rd.

Flavorsound Productions Class of 2016 Premiere

flavorsavorThe last few years in Austin have seemed like a downer, everyone worrying about how the music scene here is dying. Well, I know it’s troublesome, but that’s not an Austin-centric issue. So let’s look on the bright side with Flavorsound Productions releasing a compilation of theClass of 2016. These are all acts that either got their start in 2016; you can tell by listening that while things are tough for the artists, there’s still an abundance of talented acts everywhere you look. We even have a hand in releasing a few of these acts, like Plantation Band and Mean Jolene (coming soon). Stream the whole compilation below, and see what Austin is really all about.

They’ll have a tape release of the compilation on August 12th over at Barracuda, so be on hand to get yours.

ATX Spotlight: River Jones Tune Blows Up

riverI’m not going to say Lorelei Linklater’s participation in this new River Jones song helped make this song blow up (though it might have helped) because the song’s just one of those tracks that’s too good to ignore. It’s the sprawling sort of indie rock that reminds me of the last Girls LP; the vocals by both performers really fit the emotional pull of the song…Jones has a cool drawl while Linklater has this dreamy R&B touch. You’ve also got to take note of the production itself, there’s not a single musical touch that oversteps it’s place in the song, knittingthe musical textures together for maximum pleasure. No idea where or when this will appear, but it’s a damn good track, and sometimes that’s enough.

ATX Spotlight: Meet Tooantuh

tooantuhWhile we’re fighting for venues and cultural districts, one thing that won’t ever change is the consistent influx of talent into Austin, even if we lose some talent to Lockhart. Tooantuh is one of my newest discoveries. Mike Teague, hails from the same high school that produced Orville (OBN IIIs) and Jason Smith (Jonly Bonly), so you know he’s got songwriting in his heritage, though he’s taking on a more folk element than his fellow alumni. As a fan of the genre, I think the songs on the Yesterday, Today EP benefit from added percussive elements and backing vocals. Take a listen to the EP, and pick up the limited CD version that Mr. Teague has hand drawn and colored.

Show Preview: Fear of Men @ Barracuda (7.23)

Fear of MenI’ve been anxiously awaiting this show for some time, knowing that the show we threw at SXSW with Fear of Men on the bill was just a slight tease…a musical appetizer if you will. They’ve recently released the stellar Fall Forever, building upon everything they exposed us to with Loom by adding extra layers and pushing those dreamy vocals. Pop fans have no other place to be but at Barracuda on Saturday night. The group will be joined by Puro Instinct and Typical Girls, so there’s even more reason to clamor for this evening. Grab tickets for $12 bucks right HERE.

ATX Spotlight: Stream the Vampyre EP

vampyreIt’s been an overwhelming year for Austin music…tons of really great releases…and this Vampyre EP is one that’s been thrown my way by several friends, so I sat down to spend some time with Death Dream Kingdom (I). It’s three blistering songs of noise rock, not unlike Death From Above, which you can imagine makes for an incredible live show. The words are delivered in such a manner that you can picture singer Brandon Brooker stalking the stage, interacting with the audience like very few can do. It’s easy to get pigeonholed in this city, but don’t think that’s happening to these guys any time soon. Check out their EP below.

ATX Spotlight: The Return of Quin Galavis

quin-galavisIf you missed out on listening to Austin’s the Dead Space, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that one day those stars cross our paths again. But, in the meantime, you’ve got Quin Galavis to satisfy your needs, though his newest single offers up more of a darkened folk.There’s this element of pain in the notes his voice unleashes, fit in perfectly over a heavily strummed guitar. The song’s negative space is filled in perfectly with various layers of added strings and percussion, pulling listeners deep into the song’s aura. He’ll be releasing a double LP, My Life In Steel and Concrete via Super Secret Records on August 26th.

 

ATX Spotlight: New Music from Slow

slowI’ve dug Slow since the first time I caught the band a few years ago; I went on to include the band in several of our own ATH shows around town too. I caught up with songwriter Garrick a few months back and he told me he had the band’s first LP almost ready to go, so here we are with the album’s first single. On display is Garrick’s distorted guitar riffs, put out there in almost a mathematical sense, crashing into one another while the lyrics are seemingly thrown in from a distance. The LP is titled Pocketknife and should be out later this year via Play Pinball.

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