It’s a bit of slower week for live music in Austin, when you compare it to the craziness that was the last couple of weeks anyway. A solid option for to appease your live music hunger is a show going down at Mohawk on Thursday night with local veterans The Strange Boys. Now these guys have earned some praise outside of town, but they still stay true to Austin and play around the city whenever they can. The undercard of this show is also nice with up and comers The Zoltars going second and fellow local buzz band Leopold & His Fiction up first. Just do it.
Download: The Strange Boys – Me And You [MP3]
People want to love Tim Presley for his Darker My Love role, but as we’re based in Austin, I’m more a fan of his Strange Boys role. All that aside, dude’s also got a pretty nice little solo project called White Fence. This year he’ll be releasing a two volume set of tunes, under the title of Family Perfume. The first volume is slated to hit stores on April 3rd through Woodsist, and the first single has me pretty excited as it floated about the Interwebs today. It’s got this little low-key jangle, almost harkening to the classic pop moments of the 60s, especially with Presley’s mellow vocal delivery throughout. You digs?
Download: White Fence – It Will Never Be (Edit) [MP3]
Somehow we missed out on this new tune “Me And You” from one of our favorite Austin bands The Strange Boys. The tune is set to appear on the new album Live Music due out October 25th on Rough Trade Records. I’m sure you’ll want to pick this one up as it’s likely to be on of the better Austin albums out this year.
Download: The Strange Boys – Me And You [MP3]
Local kids the Strange Boys are about to embark on a cross country tour this summer, but have a show at Mohawk this Friday before they head out. Opening support is provided by Spiked Punch. Concert goers should also stick around after the Strange Boys for an inside midnight show by Grand Champeen. With not a whole lot of solid shows this Friday, sending our Austin friends off in style is a must.
Download: The Strange Boys – Baby Please Dont Go [MP3]
Those crazy bastards known as Monotonix from Israel are making a stop into Mohawk on Saturday night. Joining the punk rockers and opening the show up are our local favorites The Strange Boys. I’d recommend the Boys finish and get out of the way so as to not get a butt cheek in the face. I’m sure this show will be just as nuts as all their other ones.
Download: Monotonix – Set Me Free [MP3]
So while recently looking back on our earliest days here at ATH, I skimmed over on an almost 2 year old post about our least favorite things in the music world. If you don’t care to read that old piece of journalism, it was more a focus on trends in the extremely popular media world. We ranted on myspace, the loudness of some new rock bands, and the decline of albums as an art form. Looking back, I’d say myspace is really on it’s way out, loudness is a declining trend and albums seem to be on the rise. We made a difference! For today, I’d like to focus on 5 things that really erk me about our little niche known as the “indie music world”. Of course with bands like Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, and Spoon topping the charts, these trends are slowly making the move from indie to popular. We must put a stop to them now! Follow the jump for more.
Well ladies and gentleman summer has come to a close and we suggest the best way to celebrate/mourn would be to heal your wounds with some solid rock music. We think the best way to do that is to head to Emo’s on Wednesday night for indie-rock n roll band Titus Andronicus. Joining the band on stage are two solid locals Yellow Fever and Whitman. Also don’t forget that The Strange Boys will be getting down on the inside stage! All in all, this show should rock from start to finish and your face will be left on the floor.
Download: Titus Andronicus – Four Score and Seven (Part Two) [MP3]
Holy crapola, Emo’s has a pretty tasty little lineup for you music fans on Monday evening. First up, on the outside stage, you’ve got crazy good live band King Khan & The Shrines along with The Fresh and Onlys and The Strange Boys. Then inside you’ve got The Wedding Present and Ringo Deathstarr. Not too sure if you can go between the outside and inside stage for this one, but it’s worth a try. If only it wasn’t on a Monday…
Download: King Khan & The Shrines – Torture [MP3]
Attention to all you out of town kids coming in for SXSW! If you want to hear some solid local music before the week really kicks off, head over to Red Eyed Fly on Saturday night for a free show put on by bloggers Aquarium Drunkard. Some of our best and brightest Strange Boys & Harlem will be playing along with Brooklyn band Blair. I’d plan on getting there real early if you plan on getting in.
Download: The Strange Boys – Dare I Say [MP3]
Creating a Top 50 Albums list is never easy. You have to battle with what you think the world believes, and what you truly believe in your heart, to be solid jams. We have even more trouble because we have to three writers, all who have different ideas, and we have to make those ideas fit into a neat box. Well, we got it done, and honestly, our criteria was based on two things: how great we thought the album was, artistically speaking, and how long we listened to it without getting bored. That’s it. It’s fool proof; you might not like it, but it’s our list, so here it is… Read more