CONTEST: Win Matt Pond PA Tix @ the North Door (10.24)

mattpondpaThere’s a lot of shows coming through Austin this month, and what better way to celebrate than by offering you a chance to win a pair of tickets to Matt Pond PA!? He’s touring the states behind the sound of his excellent LP, The State of Gold, which came out not too long ago. He’s been a huge part of the music scene since 98′, just illustrating how great songs and musicians can stand the test of time. Opening for him will be Laura Stevenson over at the North Door. You can also buy yourself a set of tickets on your own HERE, if you’re not into playing contests.

If you want free tickets, leave a comment with your favorite album of 2015…I’ll pick a winner. You can also tweet your response to @austintownhall.  I’ll pick a winner on Thursday at NOON.

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Pleased to Meet You: Murder Shoes

murderBeen on a kick trying to find some great tunes that aren’t getting a lot of coverage otherwise, which is where I found this tune from Murder Shoes. You’ll hear a distinctive guitar sound with crisp angles and a slight bit of jangle, which you know I enjoy immensely. They’ve just released this track as a hint at good things to come from the band for their upcoming LP, Daydreaming. It’s the sort of sugary pop that all of us love, engrained in our souls with the perfect bit of melody sticking with us. You’ll be able to get your hands on a copy on November 16th via Land Ski Records.

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Wimps Hit a Home Run with New Single

wimpsI’m pretty sure that Wimps wrote this great new tune while thinking of me, or maybe you. The music itself is pretty straightforward, feeding listeners some solid riffs with a catchy ring to them. But, the lyrical content is where I connect the most. My interpretation is that the “old guy” mentioned in the song is disgruntled at having constantly being seen as the old guy at the party with all the answers. Now, I might not know exactly what they mean, but I definitely feel like the old dude at some of the shows we go to. It’s not a complaint for me so much as it is that everyone just stares at the “old guy” in the corner; I’m that old guy. Sorry for creeping everyone out. Still, the song’s great, period. It appears on the band’s new album, Suitcase, which has a November 13th release via Kill Rock Stars

Terrible Truths Finally Prep Debut

Terrible Truths 2015 LP cover PRINT READYI feel like it’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the debut from Australia’s Terrible Truths is finally on its way. Several singles have floated about for years, and this is the second official single from the band.  It’s got an angular punch to it, tied in with a playful bounce to keep the groove running. There’s a whole lot to love from the vocal delivery; it’s almost bratty, but in an indifferent sort of way rather than just an angst-ridden tirade. Honestly, it’s all really refreshing, and it feels like the band is doing so much right with this tune. Their self-titled debut is out this week courtesy of Bedroom Suck Records.

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Clean Pop Tune from Sunturns

sunturnsSunturns is a group made up of heavy-hitters from inside the Swedish pop scene, but it would probably take too long to list them all, so may as well just focus on how great this song is. It’s a dosage of indiepop that comes off about as clean as you can get; there’s no jangling guitar or wall of atmospherics, just plain old good songwriting. It just so happens that this track, and the album’s content, take on Christmas…which is their second run at an original Christmas album. Fika Recordings will be releasing Christmas I and II as a double LP on red and white vinyl; it comes out on December 4th, just in time for a great gift. Enjoy the holiday season early.

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I’m Enjoying This Track from Wovoka Gentle

wovokaDidn’t have a clue who Wovoka Gentle was going into this track, just a push in the right direction. I’m quite impressed with this tune and the layers of work that went into crafting such exhilarating pop music. At moments the song seemingly takes on the roleof a loop project, using vocals wrapped around one another to create a huge coating of harmony. Still, put your ear closer to the speaker and you’ll hear little glimmers of Americana/folk in the actual musicianship; it’s all continuously filled these airy orchestral touches too. On November 27th the group is set to release their Wovoka Gentle EP Blue, so keep your ears peeled for more delightful tunes.

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ATX Spotlight: Ben Millburn Readies New EP

benmillburnWe’d like to take this time to really welcome Ben Millburn to Austin, though he’s been here working on his debut EP for some time. But, the Louisiana native is here for good, or for now, and he’s ready for you to hear what he’s been working on…and what’s been running through his mind. Strange Love and Consequence, his latest EP, features this powerful track, brimming with the perfect backing harmony and this swelling of huge guitar riffs that ring out in your speaker long after the tune is over. It’s a refreshing listen, not sounding like much else within the confines of the city’s current musical landscape. Give a warm welcome to Ben, if you haven’t already, and grab his new EP on December 11th via Sunglass Mustache Records.

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Fresh Track from Winter

WinterI know there’s always tons to filter through when it regards to SXSW, but one of the bands I caught last year that I picked for success in the upcoming year was Winter. And, here they are with a great new single that looks to be part of their follow up to the excellent Supreme Blue Dream. It’s filled with this shimmering guitar that casually drifts through the song, though the guitars crash with a nice fuzzy wave during the chorus, perfectly matching the vocal of Samira. No official word on the single’s release or a new record, but based on the buzz, expect to hear more from the band soon…also catch them touring the states, including an Austin date at Hotel Vegas.

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ATX Spotlight: Hear a New Track from Telepods

telepodsNo lie, I got turned onto this new Telepods joint by a friendly door guy just wishing to instill good tunes on me. Lucky for me, and you, the song’s got a good future ahead of it. Personally, I think the sound of the guitar that opens up the track is perfectly fitting, making way for the bass to work its way into the track. There’s a bit of a dark haunt to the vocal feeling, which can be totally entrancing, depending upon your musical tastes. Every time I listen, I think the band’s got a hang on post-punk, yet thrown in with a great deal more of pop-leaning tendency. See for yourself, and keep your eyes peeled for more as word on the streets is a new album is on its way. 

Can together Pangea Live Up to Tommy Stinson’s Expectations?

thephageThe power of a producer looms large in the indie realm. The likes of Ty Segall and Jason Quever just being at the helm on a studio session pretty much guarantees some instant “likes.” But, what if you go with someone heralded in the pantheon of bands, like a Tommy Stinson from the Replacements? This new single from together Pangea definitely sees the band playing tracks more to my liking, and the recording seems bright in all the perfect places; the guitars are crisp, and while there’s a bit of a rough edge to the vocals, it feels intentional. They’re releasing The Phage EP this Friday (10.16) via Burger Records, so give this new tune a listen to see if it’s up your alley.

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