It’s hot here in Texas, but things are cooling down so I think it’s just about time you get your ass back out and go to a show. What show you say? Friday night is a great place to start with an all local lineup featuring many of our best and most promising bands. Alexalone and The Hermits will be headlining the the evening right before they head off on tour together. In the middle of the lineup is an old school ATH fave Zoltars who are sure to keep you rocking. Kicking things off you’ll be treated to Why Bonnie and More Eaze. Friday night, get there or be… a big loser.
We’re a few weeks away from the release of PLAX‘s Clean Feeling, so why not celebrate that with a brand new single from the group. While the discordant energy seems to have a strong pace, it’s interestingly offset by the vocals stalking the listener, seemingly from a distance. That juxtaposition offers the perfect tension, almost as if you’re dangerously spinning out of control with the group. Clean Feeling is set to be released on August 11th via Super Secret Records.
Oklahoma’s Sun Riah is coming into Austin this Saturday night to play over at Track House. Why’s this so important? Well, for one, it celebrates the release of her new album, Sitting with Sounds and Listening for Ghosts…put out on cassette and CD by Austin’s own Keeled Scales tomorrow! Secondly, this might be some of the best harp music you’ll get to hear in an intimate setting; she’s already drawn comparisons to Joanna Newsom, though I think Sun Riah has a crisper vocal tone that I think some of Joanna’s detractors will love. Should be an enchanting night, with sets from Blair Robbins (AMA), Chase Weinacht (Marmalakes) and Future Lives.
For all the great music in Austin, our shoegaze game has been hit or miss. I mean, we have the ridiculously solid Grivo, but now we’ve also got Honeyrude. The band dropped another new single from their forthcoming The Color Blue LP, and it’s shimmering guitar tsunami to open up the song is perfect for shoegaze and dream pop fans alike. Jess Ledbetter’s voice brings about a softness that allows for a calming beauty. Be sure to stick around for the song’s latter half, filled with guitar excursions and fading vocals. Look for the new LP via Shifting Sounds on August 18th.
We’re less than a month away from the release of Monk Parker‘s new album, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this new song as much as I do. It begins with simple electronic samples working behind Parker’s Texas leanings (imagine a country-version of Arab Strap). As the song unfolds, the song blossoms, growing into a larger entity as horns and added layers fill in the space. It settles down a bit towards the end, but if you’re looking for where country goes in the future, it sounds like Monk Parker has it figured out. Look for Crown of Sparrows via Grand Jury on August 4th.
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.