ATX Spotlight: Check the New Gentlemen Rogues Single

gnrMan. I’m really excited for this Gentlemen Rogues EP to come our way.  I’ve always felt that the band were one of the many under-appreciated gems rocking out in Austin.  Perhaps their pop-centric sound is hard to typify, so you can’t really lump them into an ordinary Austin trope.  They’ve always had a punk edge, though it’s rather clean in this new single, save for a few guttural turns on the vocals. Really, it’s just a great pop song, and you know how I love those ones.  Look for their EP, A History So Repeating on April 7th via End Sounds.

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Stream the Emma Kupa EP

emmaI’ve made it quite known about my adoration for former Standard Fare songwriter, Emma Kupa.  So, as Wiaiwya preps the release of her Home Cinema EP, I want you take a minute to stream in its entirety.  It’s mostly light indie pop fare, built around Kupa’s lyrics and her guitar, though she brought in friends to fill out the sound of the EP itself.  Definitely a nice step into her own limelight, showing Emma as the charming songstress we’ve come to know her as.  This will definitely make your day a bit brighter.

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More from Diet Cig

ciggyThis could be a really awesome year for Diet Cig; the duo is already building quite a name for themselves, which is a great deal considering they haven’t even released their EP, Overeasy.  The songs are immediately accessible, and while I can see some similarities to bands like Tegan and Sara or Vivian Girls (minus the wall of noise), but I hear a lot of Juliana Hatfield.  I’m having fun with the lyrical playfulness; they’re relatable, yet they still have a harsh punch for their intended audience.  Look for Father Daughter to release the EP on February 24th.

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Yeah, I Dig This Gengahr Tune

unnamedMan, looks like I’m all over the place today; I think I’m okay with that. This tune from Gengahr rolled out late last week, and I didn’t get a chance to really get into it until the sun parted the clouds here in Austin.  The MGMT nod has already been given, but that’s mostly due to the vocals.  I’m listening to the bass line quite a bit, not to mention that cascading guitar part that knifes its way through the middle of the track.  It’s just one of those tracks that makes you feel pretty good inside, so why not give others a chance to hear that too? Look for their She’s a Witch EP on Transgressive Records in March.

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Never Young Return with Rock Number

FD023 12 Jacket Outside (Fold Over)It’s been almost a year since I’ve written about Never Young; they started out 2014 with a bang, and they look to do the same with their new release for 2015.  The group specializes in huge walls of distorted sound that ring in your ears hours after you’ve turned their music off.  Still, while that wall is likely to anger your neighbors and the sound ordinance, you can hear a gentleness lurking in the middle of the track; it’s juxtaposed to the brutal vocal delivery that operates atop the majority of the single. They’ll release their new Never Young EP on March 10th via Father Daughter Records.

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Little Indiepop Goodness from Pretty Sad

sadProps go out to our friend over at IPSML for catching this one before me.  I swear; I checked the Shelflife page just Monday morning!  Anyways, they’ve just put up this wonderful announcement that they’veg just released the new eponymous EP from Pretty Sad.  You can stream the whole EP from the label’s Soundcloud page, but really I just want to highlight this one track.  The group, from various mailboxes across Europe, has created this really tight-knit swell of indiepop that would make any other creator rather jealous.  You swoon with songs such as these.  There is an LP soon to follow early next year, but the digital EP is available now.

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Chilled Electro Pop from Ginla

niglaJust wanted to toss out something that was easy listening to start off the week, and this track from Ginla seems to fit that bill pretty nicely.  It’s a mellow electro-jam with vocals that are all washed out, so you’ll have an easy time just pressing play and relaxing.  Those sort of vibes make it easy to deal with your own personal case of the Mondays, but I think there’s some definite redeemable qualities that go beyond early week listening.  The duo is readying their Dreaming In Circles EP, so look to pick that up in a few weeks if this is your bag.

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Something Dance-y from Avid Dancer

AVIDThe press release on this tune read as a melding of Hot Chip and The Dandy Warhols. That was definitely enough to peak my interest in regards to Avid Dancer.  This song doesn’t have the immediacy of a HC bounding hook, but I can definitely hear that cool swoon in the bits of vocals. There’s a steadier pacing too, at least until you move your way into the beat-y chorus.  I like the infectious attitude, but I also appreciate the restraint; it means longevity in my listening rotation. This tune is the title track from the I Want To See you Dance EP, which comes out on October 21st.

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Dangerous Tune from Youth Code

youthAt first, I loved this song. Then I hated it. Then I figured, why the fuck not post it and let you decide? I love the anger that’s unleashed on the listener, reminiscent of early industrial acts, then melding it with post-hardcore acts of the late 90s.  It’s an interesting composition, frightening at moments, then thrilling at other instants. Youth Code have composed four new tracks, of which this is one, and then the flip-side of this new EP has remixes by the likes of Clipping. You can grab the A Place to Stand EP from the band on September 23rd from Dais Records.

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Great Return for Imaginary Pants

coverImaginary Pants only have a handful of small releases, but I’m really in love with their most recent EP, Kites at Night.  Perhaps it’s because there’s five new songs; you can’t ever complain when you get five songs with Rose Melberg involved. There’s a variety of songs too, with the one below opening the EP up with a warm bit of summery pop, but there’s also a couple of more upbeat tracks like “Creaking Gates” and “Bleak Outside.”  Either way, you’re not going to be disappointed with what you’re getting, and if you’re so incline, you can get the EP for NYP or order the tape from Lost in Sound Tapes.  You win either way.

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Download: Imaginary Pants – Branches As Bridges [MP3]

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