LVL UP Give You Fuzzed Out Rock

LVL UPLVL UP have been at the game of crafting emotionally accessible and equally fuzzy tracks for some time now and are approaching the release of their third album, albeit their first on the Sub Pop label. The track below, “Hidden Driver,” is slated to be the first track onReturn To Love, and it’s a good example of how well this band does fuzzy rock. The song opens with a general layer of haze over everything–vocals, percussion, guitars– but this really makes the sound stand out. Take a listen below, and then pre-orderReturn To Love, which is out on September 23rd via Sub Pop.



Thursday Show Spotlight: Lochness Mobsters vs LVL Up

austinThursday means the weekend is almost here, which means your body can handle hitting up a show, grabbing a drink and testing your body’s limits to get up for work on Friday.  So…here’s two shows that I definitely feel should be on your radar this evening: Lochness Mobsters tour kick off and LVL Up, Whirr.  I’m going to hit up both of these gigs…but here’s a little info to help you pick.  Lochness Mobsters are the late-night stars, closing out over at Hotel Vegas.  Taking off Friday? Spend your evening with us over here rocking the only way we know how.  Looking for an early show with a traveling band? The line-up at Mohawk with Whirr, LVL Up, Basement is killer, but doors are at 6:30, so you can get your rock on, and still make it home in time to sleep off a few Lone Stars.  Sample some tunes from my personal highlights below.

Stream Three Song 7″ From LVL UP

52bd8af5-b887-410c-9ef3-972f4909b8a3LVL UP is a great band out of Brooklyn currently making some enticing, garage inspired rock tunes sure to be enjoyable by anyone with a pulse.  Today I’m pleased to share with you a three song 7″ from the band streaming in full below.  I’m a big fan of what’s going on with these guys and you better stay tuned in the future.

You can pick up a physical copy of this 7″ on August 1st via Run For Cover Records and Double Double Whammy.

Pop Tune from LVL UP

lvlupDon’t get sucked into the fact that this tune opens up as a semi-folk number; it’s nowhere near that.  It takes a few seconds, then driving guitar riffs and crashing cymbals echo throughout your ears.  It’s a weird cross between Weezer‘s pop sensibility and the oddball song construction of Built to Spill.  It’s another great tune from LVL UP, which will be offered to the masses via a split with Porches.  These young New Yorkers definitely have something rad going on, so we’re interested to see where they’ll be going in the very near future.  With catchy tunes like this one, I’m sure they’ll have no problem winning us over.

More New Rock From LVL UP


Last month or so I shared an in your face rock number from Purchase, NY based group LVL UP called “Graveyard”.  Today the band are being extremely generous and offering up another new sunny punk song entitled “Consistent”.  This band has a great rock n roll sound that could be compared to a slew of the big bright punk bands coming out of the NYC and L.A. areas.  I’m first in line to approve this new trend in the indie scene.

LVL UP have a new 7″ entitled Extra Worlds coming your way on April 6th via Double Whammy Records.  Pre-order the record here.


Download: LVL UP – Consistent [MP3]

LVL UP Bring Rock To Your Face


It’s a rock n roll type of day here at ATH and it seems fitting as we head into the weekend for a show going down this evening.  My band bringing rock to your face today is called LVL UP and their powerful tune “Graveyard” can be found below.  It’s similar to recent indie-punk bands like The Men, but is a more short and sweet number that’s sure to brighten up your otherwise dull day.

This tune will be available on a limited 7″ single run coming your way on April 6th via Double Whammy Records.


Download: LVL UP – Graveyard [MP3]