ATH + SXSW: Barnfire Social @ The Whiskey Room (3/15 & 3/16)

Barn Fire Social - Austin Town Hall Logo

More SXSW shows coming your way today with another awesome free party featuring some of the best local bands Austin has to offer.  This one is going down at the Whiskey Room on 6th and features many ATH approved local bands, along with old ATH show alum The Loom.  Check it out below for some deets:

Dates: March 15th & 16th

Time: Music @ 12 noon both days

Location: The Whiskey Room 503 E. 6th St.

Lineup Friday 3/15: The Ruxpins, Mayeux & The Broussard, The Loom, So Long Problems, The Couch, & Frank Smith

Lineup Saturday 3/16: Fatback Circus, These Made Dogs of Glory, Carpetbagger, Sour Bridges, Whiskey Shivers, Guns of Navarone

Free for over 21 with food provided by Brick House + Tavern.


Download: Guns of Navarone – Gatsby Did It All For a Girl [MP3]


Download: The Loom – Song for the Winter Sun [MP3]

Great New Jam from Frank Smith

FrankSmith_1I’ve known about this new release from Frank Smith for some time, and I couldn’t be more excited for you all to get to hear Nineties.  If you listen to this track, you’ll definitely see that the band’s made some progressions since their last effort, bringing in more noise, yet in a well-configured manner. Personally, I think this is the best the group have sounded, with all the elements of the group complimenting each other perfectly.  A lot of people are throwing out some pretty high-brow names like Pavement and Sebadoh in relation to the bands best effort, so you know that I’m not bullshitting you when I say you’re going to love this album.


Download: Frank Smith – How Many Ways [MP3]

Stream the Grape St. Record – A Date With You

grape_st._cover12inchHey-o folks.  Been hard at work here behind the scene to get this new record and all it’s info out to the masses. A Date with You is the second release from our up-start label here at the site, and we’re really stoked to be working with Grape St., which features members from Harlem, Hello Caller and Frank Smith.  Honestly, I don’t really care what anyone says about this record; it’s infectious, and there’s not a bad song on here.  I hope you dig it; I hope you jam out with your clam out.  If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can pre-order the album HERE.

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New Jam from Grape Street + Album News

grape_st._cover12inchThe time is nigh for the second release from Austin Town Hall Records; I’m thrilled to officially announce that we’ll be releasing the debut album from Austin’s Grape St., A Date With You.  We’ll be doing a limited run, which will be released on March 12th, and I assure you, you’re going to want to get your hands on this, as their likely to go quick.  For those of you not in the know, Grape St. features members of Harlem, Frank Smith and Hello Caller, so you know you’ve got some heavy hitters writing songs.  I chose this jam to share with you (along with another single) because in my eyes it demonstrates more than one direction the band is going.  It’s not all clever hooks and bouncing beats…I particularly dig the horns.  Pre-orders for the album will be up in a few weeks.

Don’t forget Austinites! They’ll also be playing with Residual Kid and Calm Blue Sea this Friday!

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Download: Grape Street – A Date With You [MP3]

Show Preview: Centro-Matic/ONUINU @ The Mohawk (2/1)

Date 2/1/13
Location The Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets Mohawk @ Frontgate

Double bill of diversity.

First up, Will Johnson blows the dust off of Centro-Matic playing the outside stage. Hoping to get some new tracks out of this deal. Doors are 8pm, show at 9pm with Frank Smith and Moonlight Towers opening. I really enjoy Moonlight Towers for some just plain rock, got to hang with James at EAR studios during SxSW a few years back, super good people. Should be a lovely evening ($13 doors/$15 will call). A lil Centro-Matic action to put you in the mood.


Things double back and head indoors for ONUINU on the inside stage. Portland based Dorian Duvall brings his show to town so you can dance. Love Inks and Roger Sellers open up ($8 door/$10 will call). Here is some ONUINU to get you in the mood, or if you fill AV, go here to see and hear the latest..


Austin Free Week: Weekend Highlights

It’s time for Free Week to come to a close, but Austin isn’t going out without making a final bit of noise for you all. There’s two days left of free rock n’ roll, so this is your last time to take advantage before you have to start paying to see all these great bands. With two days left I’m going to toss out my ideas on where you should find yourself Friday and Saturday night.  Don’t forget to tip your bartender! Read more

Show Preview: My Jerusalem @ Stubbs (12/16)


Date 12/16/12
Location Stubbs
Doors 8pm
Tickets $7 @ Frontgate

It’s been a big year for local band My Jerusalem.  They just dropped their impeccable album Preachers, have done some light touring, and have been picking up some positive national press.  Sunday evening is a chance to get on board and support local music with a show on the Stubbs inside stage featuring the up and coming group.  It’s an even better show with ATH approved local songwriter Frank Smith providing the opening support for the evening.  Should be a good one.


Download: My Jerusalem – Mono [MP3]

5 Bands To See @ Fun Fest: Friday

Fun Fun Fun Fest is here everybody!  As excited as we know everyone is, it’s important to have some sort of plan before you head out to the festival each day.  Before you head out, we thought we might give you some recommendations for the day just in case your head is about to explode when trying to decide who you should see.  We shall alleviate your pain with the top 5 bands you should make a point to see each day.  Now this is by no means a conclusive list and all festival goers should check the full lineup to accomodate their discerning taste.  In our mind, these are five bands that you don’t dare miss today!  Follow the jump for Friday recs.

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