More From Wives

Queens based rockers Wives have really been impressing me with their new and upcoming album So Removed. I could probably even go so far as calling it one of my favorites of the year. If you are not a believer yet, I recommend you check out the band’s latest single off the new release called “Servants”. Yet again I am finding myself entranced by the band’s ability to effortlessly pull off an old school, alternative rock sound while still pumping in some freshness with slick beats and production. I like this band.

So Removed will be released on October 4th via City Slang.

Guitar Heavy Rock From WIVES

Queens based rock band WIVES sent out this new track called “The 20 Teens” yesterday and I had to get it out to you people today. The song is a straight up rock n roll song with just a little bit of quirkiness to bring in a sort of Wolf Parade, Spencer Krug vibe. As you have a listen and enjoy, consider checking out more of the band’s music on bandcamp and mark your calendar for the release of their new album So Removed on October 4th via City Slang.

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Obligatory ATX Post: Two New Ones From White Denim

We all know that there’s something in the water here in Austin that gives rockstar super powers to our groups. It’s always a treat when one of these groups makes their way into the mainstream of national indie rock, as White Demin managed to do over the years, but especially last year withPerformance. It doesn’t seem like the group is really coming up for air anytime soon, as they’ve just dropped two new tracks, which you can check out below. I’m partial to “NY Money,” as the fast talking lyrics come at you quickly with those tight knit guitars. Both of these tracks are off of the March 29th forthcoming Side Effects LP, which comes to you from City Slang.



Digitized Pop from Roosevelt

rooseveltDo you have the back to school, epic level, can;t even Mondays? Need some shimmy to counteract the the traffic from the newly unleashed soccer moms delivering kids to school?

Roosevelt put this one up late Friday, but it makes sense to have it as a little Monday dance party in the cube. Having recently switched to a standing desk at work, I have to the opportunity to increase my shimmy factor exponentially. Roosevelt is a project of German DJ and producer Marius Lauben. There has been a lack of dance pop summer jams for me and this kind falls into place as an end of summer send off that should have been much earlier in the season, but that is how the cookie crumbles.

The self-titled full length just landed on City Slang.

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BTW: I’ve missed you all, life getting in the way of life. I’ll see you at a show soon and we’ll talk.

Take Notice of New Nada Surf

nadasept05When time looks back on the last twenty years of independent music, I feel sadness knowing that it’s likely that Nada Surf will only be a blip on the radar, if anything. That saddens me to a great extent, especially after they’ve announced a brand new album with the below single. It’s the perfect bit of pop songwriting, just as the group’s always done. Matthew Caws has the perfect voice for pop music; it’s so gentle and warm that it fits every melody within the confines of the song. Ugh. Those guitar tones too? I dare you to find a group writing such great songs…or one that’s done it so well for so long. You Know Who You Are will be out on March 4th via City Slang…it’s going to be a great 2016!

I Missed Junior Boys

atm-junior-boys1While I admit that I have a sparing interest in most electronic music, I’ve always had a fondness for Junior Boys. They’ve somehow managed to consistently create pop hooks within their songs that otherwise seem like dark cavernous tracks. It’s not an easy juxtaposition to pull off, but I feel like they’ve been able to continue their approach by dragging out songs beyond their expected time stamps; it allows for turns and folds, much like we find in this new jam. Finally we’ll get an entire new album from the duo; it’s titled Big Black Coat and is slated for a February release via City Slang.

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