ATX Spotlight: New Letting Up Despite Great Faults Jam

Letting Up Despite Great FaultsI was out of town, so I should have been on this tune already.  We love Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and we’re always here to support those guys (and gal)…thus why I’m putting up this instrumental jam that they’ve recently released.  I hope it means the group are backing in the studio working their way towards another release, which can only mean good things for Austin. Seems like a pretty good way to wrap up what’s been a good case of the Tuesday’s in my book, so enjoy yourself as we close the day out with a little local love.

Top 15 Austin Albums of 2014

Top LocalsIt’s that time of year when we all toss up our arbitrary lists of what we think is best, and seeing as we’re based here in Austin, we opted to go with our Top 15 Austin Albums first.  Why 15? Well, there were a lot of great releases all over the place, covering different styles, and appealing to our different writers. Sure, the list isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t reflect singles and EPs, as that could get entirely too crazy.  I included links to the labels so you can buy these albums from the hard-working folks in our town.  Also…there are two releases on our label, but I have no qualms about that; I didn’t set out to put out a bad LP, so obviously, they’re going to be in here.  And without further meaningless words…here’s the best records from Austin that you should already own!

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Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

Austin, I love you.As the weather unfortunately heats up, that means there’s also a music scene heating up.  There’s tons of shows this weekend in particular, both local and traveling.  I won’t bore you with details, but remind you to show up early to catch openers, especially the local ones like Sweet Talk playing at Mohawk tonight. Here you go: Read more

Austin Spotlight: Letting Up Despite Great Faults

10336826_10154252742045122_4351492479774252113_nAustin based Letting Up Despite Great Faults are releasing their new album entitled Neon tomorrow and they’ve offered up one more new single to get you all excited.  This great new pop number is called “Gold” and features more of those great shoe gazy and irresistible melodies that the band has spoiled us with over the years.  If I were you, I’d hop on over to my local record shop tomorrow and pick up what is sure to be one of the great Austin albums of the year.

Check out their first single from the record, “Wrapped”, elsewhere on our site.


Download: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Gold [MP3]

Austin Spotlight: Letting Up Despite Great Faults Return

10336826_10154252742045122_4351492479774252113_nWe here at ATH have always stood behind Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  They blend shoegaze and indiepop, and it’s always done quite successfully.  Their last album, Untogether, was one of our favorite a few years back, and now they’re set to return with Neon.  One thing you’re likely to notice is that singer Mike Lee has allowed Annah Fisette to play a larger role in the vocal performance, as evidenced by this first single; her voice definitely is the perfect counterpart to Lee’s vocals.  It all makes forms an infectious blend of pop music that’s sure to warm the band’s fans, and gain new followers.  They’ll be releasing their album on August 12th, including a show at Holy Mountain on the 16th that we’re proud to sponsor.  Pop doesn’t get much better than this.



Super Rad Thursday in Austin: Tons of Shows

Happy-Thursday-DudeMany of us might have bundled up for the last few days, which means we’re aching to get out on the town and enjoy libations and music.  Lucky for us, the weather is clearing up, and there’s tons of shows on Thursday, including a few important releases we whole-heartedly back.  Check below for your interests and best bets on a great night.



Wildfires, Simple Circuit, Colleens, David and the Israelites @ Beerland – 9 PM

Jess Williamson LP Release, RF Shannon, David Longoria @ Hotel Vegas – 9 PM

Grape St., Captive, Party Girl @ Mohawk – 9 PM

Orthy EP Release, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Technicolor Hearts @ Holy Mountain – 9 PM

Dam Funk, White Walls, Electric Attitude @ Red 7 – 9 PM

That’s five incredible shows, all reasonably priced, all over town.  You’ll hate yourself if you don’t attend at least one of these. Here’s some jams from Simple Circuit, Jess Williamson and Grape St., respectively.


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Friday’s Local Austin Gigs!

austin-skyline-mark-weaverWe’ve been working harder this year on being sure we get more coverage going, not just internationally, but locally as well.  With that in mind, I wanted to point out a couple of shows that are desperately seeking your attendance on Friday night, in case you didn’t have plans. These shows all offer a bit of different sounds, but each features some of our favorite local acts, so be sure to do your best to support our local scene.  Or, you could go see Widespread Panic.  Seems like an easy choice to me, but it’s your life! Here’s my suggestions on what to hit up:

Flesh Lights, Church Shoes, Sweat Lodge, Ghost Dance, John Schooley @ Hotel Vegas – Doors are at 9 PM – $6

Junior Prom, The Laughing, Migrant Kids @ Holy Mountain – Doors are at 8 PM – Cheap

Genuine Leather, Ponderosa, The Hereticks @ The Parish Underground – Doors are at 8 PM – Cheap

The Couch, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Major Major Major @ The Blackheart – Doors are 8 PM – FREE!

Here are some jams by Letting Up to get you in the mood.


John Laird Turns 30 @ Holy Mountain – Tonight!

Going on 30 - BadgeThere’s a small little “blog” community in Austin, and we’re happy to be part of it; it also means we’ve got to support the other people involved, like John Laird of Side One Track One, who celebrates his 30th year of life with great music for you at Holy Mountain.  You’ll get to hear LA Snacks, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, The Sour Notes, Space Camp Death Squad and Miss Manners, with the first band kicking things off at 9 PM.  It’ll only cost you $5 to get in and support the bands, plus there will be drink specials and free cupcakes (while they last). Come out and support the locals and celebrate birthdays!


Download: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions [MP3]

What’s aHappening Austin? Weekend Show Spotlight

austin-skyline-mark-weaverAs rock n’ roll season heads into full swing, it’s time we all take advantate of the many shows that are coming our way in the next few months before SXSW hits us hard.  Surely you know Ty Segall is playing at the Mohawk on Friday night with Ex-Cult and OBN IIIs, but what else is going on in town?  Well, in case Ty isn’t your taste, or you can’t make it, here’s some other show suggestions for a pretty solid weekend in Austin. Read more

Letting Up Offered Another Track For D/L

More week end round up posting, good vibes to download through the Cloud from the recent transplants.

Letting Up put on a lovely little set during Free Week. Wife and I chatted with the band after, talking influences, Austin, pressed sandwiches, etc. Velocity Girl <- how's that one for a fave band mention? Anyway, Pauline has a jacket now. [soundcloud url="" params="show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

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