A week after a weekend of Hot Summer Nights with most local bands playing bills would mean a bit of downtime for show-goers this weekend…if this was any other city besides Austin, TX. There’s always some live music to get into here in the ATX, and this Friday’s choice for me will be our own Jackie Venson, who just got back in town after a bit of a tour through Europe and is bringing her loop-filled eccentric bluesy indie rock to One-2-One Bar for a night of homecoming celebration. Venson released her studio album,Joy, earlier this year to much acclaim and success, growing her already cult-like following of fellow fans of crisp guitar riffs, lovely soulful vocals and a radiant stage presence. Go scoop some limited tickets to this show tomorrow night — doors are at 8:30, show starts at 9pm.
Sometimes I think Ty Segall is too prolific for his own good, but when he’s joining up with Tim Presley aka White Fence, I can definitely get behind that. This track almost sounds like it’s acoustic punk filled with furious strumming, but you can hear the influence of Presley, particularly in the very post-punk yelps and the delivery of the first chorus. Don’t worry, you get a Ty-esque solo in the last seconds of the song, just to whet your appetite. Together, Ty Segall and White Fence will release Joy on July 20th via Drag City.
It’s been some time since we’ve had a Ty Segall/White Fence collaboration actually hit the studio for a release, but it looks like the two friends have reunited for a new effort, Joy. Our first listen to new music gives us precisely what you’d expect from a band consisting of Ty and Tim Presley; there’s hints of glam, psych and garage…but it’s spun in this ornate manner Presley seems to have perfected with his other project Drinks. It’s like a weird journey down a kaleidoscope of influences; it sounds an awful lot like our friends in Colourmusic in their early days. Joy is being released by Drag City on July 20th.
Loma won’t release their debut full length until February 16th, but they’re here to give you one final enticing listen before Sub Pop drops it on the masses. This, for me, is the first song where I truly feel like the worlds of Meiburg and Emily Cross collide; her vocal performance is as solid as anything she’s done on her own, but the layered instrumentation definitely wears the badge of Shearwater. Interestingly, this was the first song the group wrote together, which might explain the presentation, but by no means does that means its disjointed. Enjoy this gem, and get your waller ready!
There’s tons of imitators out there, but very few punk bands really get it done right. Then, of course, there are the old school sorts, like the Aussie lads in The Peep Tempel, just kicking it out the best way they know how. It’s propulsive, it’s quick and things are delivered in a matter-of-fact, falling off the train tracks sort of way. These are the sorts of punk rock tunes that really leave a memorable impression on listeners, rather than just getting tossed aside as merely another of the same-old story. Looking for to the band’s new LP, Joy, which is coming out on October 14th via Wing Sing.