Dehd Share Final Single from Blue Skies

This Friday, Dehd drop that new album, Blue Skies. I’ve been pretty stoked with the band’s development, as the song’s just feel more complete, more textured. It’s clear just how much the band has put into the record, from the video work to the construction, so I won’t be surprised if the whole LP is just an absolute knockout from start to finish. Below is the final single from the record, and the performance from Emily should put everyone on notice that the band mean business. Blue Skies drops Friday via Fat Opossum.

Why Bonnie Share Athlete

We here in Austin have known about how much you’ll love Why Bonnie for some time, and now that they’ve got a new EP on the horizon, it’s only fair that we hip you all to that too…in case you hadn’t heard. Perhaps my favorite thing about this single is how it illustrates the band’s ability to move between their quieter inclinations to full on raucous moments; it perfectly captures their live force, which isn’t always easy to pull off. I think the song’s fade out also adds a nice little layer, putting the finer details into tune with little odd notes like bending strings and violin accompaniment. Voice Box is out April 10th via Fat Possum Records.

The Districts Announce Album, Share New Music Video

Philly band The Districts shared this single a few months back, but this time around, they’ve got not only the news of their upcoming album, Popular Manipulations,and this spooky new music video to accompany the track. “Ordinary Day” was a great track to begin with, balancing an acoustic, folksy sound with harder alt rock, but now we’ve got a cult-ish music video to watch. It features lots of plain masks and banality– I suggest you take a few minutes and watch it below, and then try to forget about your own “Ordinary Day.”

Popular Manipulationswill be out August 11thvia Fat Possum Records.



The Districts Share Solid Leonard Cohen Cover

It’s not easy to cover a legend– to me a good cover pays homage to the original track while putting enough of a different spin on the sound to prevent the inevitable mental comparison of the listener. The Districts, in my opinion, have struck a pretty good balance on their cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Lover Lover Lover.” What I like about this rendition is that the band keeps the focus on their gritty indie rock sound, but they retain the melancholic tone of the original.

This track is a B-Side off the band’s upcoming Record Store Day Release via Fat Possum Records. Check it out below, then go hunt it down on Record Store Day.

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The Districts Share New Rock Track

The Districts, out of Philadelphia, are back with a brand new track that will get you ready to face pretty much anything. Starting slow with some falsetto vocals, the song hits you hard thirty seconds in when the guitars kick through. From here, the track transforms into a grunge/emo rock number, but you still get the gentle motif from the beginning a little later on. I’m taken by the way the band alternates between these two tones with ease and still manages to create a rock jam that you want to scream along with. Take a listen to “Ordinary Day” below.


Refined Lo-Fi From American Wrestlers

unnamed-2Refined lo-fi? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Well, maybe, but if you’re at all familiar with American Wrestlers‘ music then you’ll understand what I mean when you press play on this new song, “Amazing Grace.” In the past, the tunes we’d heard from Gary McClure and company were gritty– super fuzzy and washed out tracks with McClure’s voice hanging high in the mix. This new track shows a ton of growth for the band in that the mix has cleaned up a bit to allow for a variety of sound to be expressed. You get the tinkling piano that carries the tune, but the overall vibe is anthemic and soaring, something along the lines of The War on Drugs. This track is from the bands’ forthcoming album Goodbye Terrible Youth, which is due out November 4th via Fat Possum Records.

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Local Love: Perfect Folk From Adam Torres

unnamed-51The rain is really coming down here in the ATX, so it’s a good thing that our very own Adam Torres has got the perfect folk track for us to jam all through this rainy week. “Morning Rain,” the track you should already be listening to below, is a single off Torres’ upcoming album, Pearls To Swine, which is due out in a little less than a month. It’s a quiet little ditty, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear just how complex and textured this folk track is. Torres’ vocals are pushed to their limits, and he shows his impressive range via falsetto’d choruses. My favorite part of the track is the undercurrent of string sound, that adds a line of sorrow to the mix. Do yourself a favor and listen to this song, and be sure to pre-orderPearls To Swine, which is out September 9th via Fat Possum Records.


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Upbeat Number from American Wrestlers

americanThis new track from American Wrestlers is great, but at the same time, I’m a bit perplexed. Vocally, there’s a nod to modern indie rock sounds, but the guitar work is straight-up jangling indiepop; I have no way to pigeonhole this band! I guess in the end, that’s a pretty great thing, as we can just focus on sitting back and enjoying this song. It’s the first listen we all have to their forthcoming album, Goodbye Terrible Youth, which will be released on November 4th via Fat Possum Records.

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Gritty Rocker From Yung

unnamed-44Denmark’s Yung are doing their damnedest to make their way into your heart before the release of their upcoming debut record, A Youthful Dream, which is coming out soon on Fat Possum Records. Their latest effort to win you over comes in the form of “Commercial” another single from that record, which is a rambunctious and riled up rock track. The first thing you hear is a gritty and crunchy guitar riff before the hazy vocals join the mix. The whole track is fairly lo fi, far from a clean sound, but it’s this fuzz that makes the song so endearing. Take a listen and then go pre-order their upcoming record, which will be out June 10th.



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Hear Another American Wrestlers Tune

awFeels like the new American Wrestlers album should be out already, right?  They had a bunch of great buzz built at the end of last year/beginning of 2015…then things went silent for a wee bit, until you hear this new single. It’s a tune build upon the backbone of a solid piano, holding space for the coated vocals to dance across the top whilst an electronic beat holds things in place.  There’s fine touches like a soloing guitar that add some differentiation in the middle of the tune, just so you don’t get weary and ensuring the track is a success. The band’s self-titled album will be out on April 7th via Fat Possum Records.

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