Aisha Burns Video Premiere!

It’s interesting when you stumble across an artist who you think you know, such as Aisha Burns of Balmorhea.  As the multi-instrumentalist for the band, I fully expected the music on her album, Life in the Midwater, to be incredible, but it was her voice on the album that won us over, earning her one of the coveted spots on our Top 15 of Austin list.  Today we bring you the premiere of her new video for the single, courtesy of her label, Western Vinyl.

If you like what you hear, and we know you will, you need to hurry out to Holy Mountain this evening to catch Aisha playing a set that will surely remind you of why she’s got one of the great voices in Austin at the moment.  The doors are at 9 PM, and you’ll be able to catch other acts like Easy Tiger and Hikes, so be sure to get there early and support all the great music.

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Download: Aisha Burns – Sold [MP3]

Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012

It’s that time of year folks, when we here at Austin Town Hall try to convince you that we know what’s what in the world of music.  We’re starting things off with our list of Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012.  We purposefully left out EPs, just focusing on the Album as a whole, since that’s our favorite form of media.  Before you read this, please know that this is just the expressed OPINION of ours, and you’re definitely cool to disagree. Let us know your thoughts, and make sure your favorite Austin bands send us their hits in 2013!
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FFF 2012: Sunday In Pictures

Final day. Your feet, lungs and liver have taken a beating, but the pain feels good now.

I had a busy slate of things I wanted to check out on Sunday. I started bright and early to catch favorite locals on the upswing and kept after through the headliner. Final installment of shots from FFF7 will bring you Flesh Lights, Ume, Balmorhea, Cult of Youth, Bleached, A Place to Bury Strangers, Class Actress, Trust, Deerhoof, The Promise Ring, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Black Angles, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe.

Tons of eye candy after the break.

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New Instrumental Jam from Balmorhea

So I’ve been hitting you in the face with rock n’ roll today, so perhaps I should pull it back a little.  Good thing this great Balmorhea track is cleared to post.  It’s an interesting listen, really giving you two different songs in one, but that’s what we’ve come to appreciate about one of Austin’s most revered acts.  I love the way the song slowly inches its way along, then with the lightest of switches, the guitar picks up a touch, the percussion moves in, and the song begins to move in a faster direction–they continue going off in this fashion as only they can. If you dig this, you can pick up the band’s new record, Stranger, on Western Vinyl October 2nd.

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Download:Balmorhea – Pyrakantha [MP3]

Show Review: Balmorhea @ The Parish (1/13)

On a chilly and regrettably less than spooky ‘Friday the13th’ evening, the Parish and Western Vinyl hosted a sold out event of emerging and established local talent.The audience was full with family and friends, young and old, who were treated to a sonic experience of the highest order and the way in which Balmorhea, in particular, presented their craft might have caught a few of them off guard.  Follow the jump for the full review. Read more

Show Preview: Balmorhea @ The Parish (1/13)

Date 1/13/12
Location The Parish
Doors 9pm
Tickets $11 @ Frontgate

Some great shows are going down this weekend to get all of you crazy kids back into the swing of things after a long free week in Austin.  Let’s start the long holiday weekend off right with a show by Austin band Balmorhea at The Parish.  Joining the talented band on stage are Peter and the Wolf and Botany.  This should be a great venue to hear all the intricacies of some great local and talented musicians.

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Download: Balmorhea – Clamor [MP3]

Balmorhea on Daytrotter

Everyone needs to have Daytrotter on their favorites, as their attention to detail and their selection of some of the best bands around is always a constant on the site.  Today, the site offered up new tunes from local Austin favorites, Balmorhea.  The majority of the set comes from the latest Candor/Clamor single release by the band, but they also tossed up an unreleased song that I’ve been enjoying all morning long.  If you’re a fan of the band, and you should be, then you’ll love hearing new music from the group as we all await their next great release.

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Download: Balmorhea – Untitled [MP3]

Show Preview: Balmorhea @ Mohawk (2/25)

Date 2/25/11
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

Those looking for some solid local shows this weekend have a lot of good options and one can begin their quest with a set by Balmorhea at Mohawk on Friday night.  The show has local support provided by The Eastern Sea and Danny Malone.  It should be a great weekend to be outside for a show on this incredible outside venue.

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Download: Balmorhea – Clamor [MP3]

New Tunes from Balmorhea

Austin’s favorite, well one of the many, instrumental band, Balmorhea, are releasing some new tunes for you to grab. The Candor/Clamor 7″ is hitting the streets on Western Vinyl, and it shows a newer sound for the group.  They’re including new instruments, such as marimbas.  It definitely makes them sound a bit more exciting, although part of me wants to see them just get really dark and mess things up, but that’s just one man’s love for discordant instrumental moments.  All in all, the band continues to show interesting progressive moves forward, making this an interesting purchase, as it will clearly document the band’s exploration of new sonic territory.  Never a bad thing.

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Download: Balmorhea – Clamor [MP3]

Show Preview: Balmorhea @ Mohawk (9/15)

Date 9/15/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 7pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

One of Austin’s finest up and coming bands Balmorhea are playing another show at Mohawk on Wednesday evening.  Fellow local buzz bands Mother Falcon and Lost River/Old River will be in support.  For a Wednesday night in Austin, this is the place to be.

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Download: Balmorhea – Bowsprit [MP3]

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