The Sour Notes Share B-Side from New 7″

All year long, the Sour Notes have slowly been releasing 7″ after 7″, and we’re really excited to share with you the B-Side from the latest Shoulda/Enough 7″. This song gives a glimpse into the band’s process, and their desire to do multiple 7″s in a year. it came to be after the band switched gears and changed directions on another B-Side, ultimately sticking with this track as it touches on the concept of pursuing your art despite the uncontrollable factors that sit in your way. Musically, I feel like the band are in a great place, especially when lining things up with my tastes; Jared’s voice sounds really solid hanging in the midst of those huge guitar sounds. This is guitar pop at its finest!

The band celebrate the release of this new 7″ with Thelma & the Sleaze, Royal Forest, The Black Drumsetand Fanclub on Friday over at Cheer Up Charlies. Event info HERE.

Show Pics: Orthy @ The Living Room (5/25)

OrthyA little end the work week viewing…

When it came time to figure out what to do the night before the Holiday last Monday, we figured something relaxing, maybe a little fancy, friends, etc. How about Orthy and Royal Forest playing the W’s Living Room Live series? Drink specials? Sure. Couches, awesome! We even made dinner reservations before hand. I wore shorts that weren’t cut down from longer origins.

Our friend asked if my little camera that joined us was one of the black & white specialty types, which keyed me to shoot the night in monochrome. Why not? I was “on vacation”

Read through for a few notes on their sets and pics…

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Contest: Deleted Scenes @ Holy Mountain 4/19

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ATH favorite Deleted Scenes are making a stop into Austin at Holy Mountain this Saturday night and we’ve got a couple of tickets to give away for the show.  Here are some deets and how to enter:

Show Time: Doors @ 9pm, Show @ 10pm

Lineup: Deleted Scenes (duh), Brass Bed, Royal Forest

How to enter: Leave a comment with why you should win and we’ll pick a winner on Friday.

Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can hit you up if you win.

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Download: Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed [MP3]

Show Review: Abram Shook Album Release @ Mohawk (1/24)

AbramWith tons going on in the city of Austin, musically, we hopped around the town Friday night, finally making our way over to support our friend Abram Shook and the release of his wonderful album, Sun Marquee. We were joined by friends and family; jokes were told, songs were sung. Reflecting back, the one word that sticks to my mind is consistency.  

Read on for more detailed thoughts and some great photos by Brian Gray. 

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Show Preview: Abram Shook @ Mohawk (1/24)

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Date 1/24/14
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $6 @ Door

If you’ve been a reader of our website in the past, you know that Abram Shook has long been one of our favorite Austin musicians.  That being said, you know the ATH team will be making it down to Mohawk tomorrow evening for Mr. Shook’s show celebrating the release of his new album Sun Marquee.  Let’s of course not forget the rest of the bill, with a solid undercard of Good Field and Royal Forest.  We’ll be inside rockin’ out all evening.

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Download: Abram Shook – Coastal [MP3]

Top 15 Austin Albums of 2013

Local Albums 2tMan. Austin had a pretty incredible year; it was a far better year than I’ve encountered recently, making my ears, mind and heart quite proud of our hometown.  While it’s obviously difficult to get in on every single band in Austin, I made a list of the albums that were most impactful throughout the year, 2013.  I purposefully left off EPs and singles, not because I didn’t enjoy those, but because this is a list of top ALBUMS!  I’m sorry to those we left off, and encourage you all to send us your music as we continue our push to be a great voice for Austin music.  Without further ado…this is how we do it.  Read more

Show Preview: Royal Forest Vinyl Release @ Holy Mountain (7/12)

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Date 7/12/13
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5

It’s a bit of a slow weekend in Austin for national touring acts so what better time to get out there and support your local musicians?  Easily your best opportunity for some great local music comes on Friday night at Holy Mountain with a vinyl release show celebrating the touchdown of Royal Forest’s new album Spillway. Making the show that much better is the undercard with local favorites Frank Smith, Tiger Waves, and Your Friendly Ghost all joining in on the fun.  Not sure I could put together a better local bill if you asked me to.  Get out there, tip your bartenders, and buy some merch jerks.

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Download: Royal Forest – John Denver [MP3]

Crowdsourcing The Scene – Hardly Sound

Hardly Sound is trying to document things going on in Texas, highlighting and profiling musicians and telling some stories. Second best music show on PBS? Perhaps. It is well shot and has featured a few ATH favorites already like The Bad Lovers and Royal Forest. Support the local projects, right?

This project is a labor of love, self-funded for the most part. Randy Reynolds and Christopher Kim want to step up their game this season and are looking for a little help. Head here to check out the options for supporting, including one very cool t-shirt design thumbnailed as the story pic.

Click read more to see the fundraiser vid…

…and a quick reminder to help our friends Shivery Shakes over on their kickstarter!

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More New Music From Royal Forest

royalforest_press_2012_meRoyal Forest is an Austin band that has really been making some waves recently as they try to reinvent their sound and mature into their skin as a band.  We here at ATH have taken notice of their hard work and have found new reasons to enjoy the band’s sounds.  Prior to the release date of their new album Spillways on July 9th via King Rock Record Co., the band are offering up yet another new track entitled “John Denver”.  The track initially sounds a bit folkier than what were used to with the acoustic guitar throughout, but then the band’s all too familiar pop tendencies chime in to craft a beautiful songwriter style indie pop tune.  Keep it going gents.

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Download: Royal Forest – John Denver [MP3]

New Experimental Pop Music From Royal Forest

royalforest_press_2012_meWe’ve long been supporters of local boys Royal Forest and the interesting pop music they’ve been creating over the last several years both as Loxsly and under their current moniker.  Though the band have been upping their frequency of shows around town recently, we haven’t heard much new music since the October release of beautiful new track “Ambulance”.  Today welcome news has come our way that the band not only have a new tune to share with us, but also have recently completed a new album of material entitled Spillway.  Prior to that July 9th release date on King Electric Record Co, the band are offering up this new song “Everyone Who Knows You” as a sneak peak of what’s to come.  Similar to “Ambulance”, this new jam has a very Transference era Spoon vibe to it  with heavily effected vocals and guitars throughout.  If the entire new album can deliver with these types of pop influences and unique songwriting, we might be in for something special.

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