ATX Spotlight: Matthew Squires Returns

Austin based amigo Matthew Squires has long been a favorite around these parts and we are totally excited to hear he is returning this year with new music. For a preview of what the new album might sound like, Squires has just released this new single called “Strange Day”. At first, it sort of sounds like older, quirky material we’ve always known, but then it slowly evolves about two minutes in with a louder guitar, faster pace, and heated vocals. Might sound like a Neil Young song to some if you know his older material, and that’s perfectly all right with me.

Squires will release new album Visions of America on August 30th.

Fun New Single From Jason Matu

As many of us head back to work full time for the first time in awhile, it’s important to find some music to uplift your spirit and keep you focused. My new friend Mr. Jason Matu out of Brooklyn, NY has just the thing for you with his new single “I Don’t Wanna Do It”. His sound reminds me distinctly of a guy like Damien Jurado if he wrote more ironic/funny songs like David Bazan. Those are of course two artists I love so naturally this track is tailor made for me and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Another Beauty From Dan Mangan

Earlier this summer I was reminded of the greatness created by Dan Mangan and his music. Still unsure as to why he fell off my radar over the years, these new singles from his latest album are a wake up call. This new track “Just Fear” is yet another beauty of a songwriter tune which will fall in with some of the best works of Mangan’s career. Though he still flies somewhat under the radar, the guy is a true genius.

Mangan will release new album More or Less on November 2nd via Arts & Crafts.

Great New Tune From Kyle Craft

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I’ll always be a sucker for quality singer songwriters and Kyle Craft is a new artist on the scene who write some great tunes. Today I’ve got this one called “Lady of the Ark” to share with you peoples out there. Craft will be the first one to tell you who gets compared to Dylan frequently, which should be considered and honor, but I think the lad offers more than just some lazy comparison. The song is heartfelt and you can hear the passion in his voice. I suggest you check it out.

Craft will release Dolls of Highlandon April 29th via Sub Pop.

Chief Ghoul Does It For Me

ghoulThere’s something in the simplicity of singer-songwriters that often make it’s difficult to really immerse yourself in the music, at least for my ears.  But, occasionally you lock into something that seems really special, and you hold onto it…which is the case with Chief Ghoul.  I mean, listening to this song, the lyrics seemingly get repetitive, but the sound of the guitar and the passion in the voice just drags me in.  Must have played this song nearly a dozen times in the last thirty minutes. His newest album, III, should be hitting very soon, so keep an eye out.

Haunting Folk Themed Tune From Jesse Woods

81385df9d5007ab135be1d818d1c99047cc0fc21Singer/Songwriter Jesse Woods took a very unique road on his path to becoming a musician.  His story tells us that he hails from Katy, TX, played some college football at Texas A&M (boo), suffered one too many injuries, and decided to pick up a guitar.  Lucky for us, the music currently being created by Jesse is some of the most heartfelt and almost haunting songwriter music I’ve heard in quite some time.  I’d liken him to guys like JBM or a darker version of Tallest Man on Earth.  Anyone who reads this blog knows that those are two of my own personal favorites.  Check out new song “Lazerburn” below and let us know what ya think.

Debut album Get Your Burdens Lifted will be out on August 6th via Guns in the Sun.

Austin Spotlight: The River Has Many Voices

IMG_6258Our recent post calling out Austin’s live music scene has resulted in a major influx of emails coming our way from tons of local musicians looking for some help with exposure on our site.  To be blatantly honest, most of what we are sent isn’t worth your time, but then we find some gems like Matthew Payne and his project known as The River Has Many Voices.  Payne is an Austin native and has been writing music inspired by the Texas Hill Country for the last several years with an impressive list of recordings under his belt.  Upon first listen to the music, I hear sounds similar to Masson Jennings, Elvis Perkins, or really any other of the great up and coming singer songwriters in the game.  Below you can find a taste of this material with latest single “If You Gotta Go (Go With Me)” which I’ve found myself drawn to since the very first time I hit play.  I’m betting most of you will feel the same way.

While you’re at it, check out new album Division over on bandcamp and make a purchase if you see fit.  Stay tuned for more from Matt and co.

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Download: The River Has Many Voices – If You Gotta Go (Go With Me) [MP3]

New Beautiful Songwriter Tune From Solvents

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On this slow Monday morning, this new singer songwriter tune “Careless Step” from husband and wife duo Solvents is beautiful music to my ears.  I really like the way the voices of Jarrod & Emily Bramson play off of each others throughout the song to create some truly great vocal harmonies.  The song has some incredible moments throughout.

A new album entitled Ghetto Moon is coming out on March 19th via Bee Resin Records.

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Download: Solvents – Carless Step [MP3]