You needed something in the middle of the week to pick you up, right? Why not try on this angular new post-rock from Lazyeyes! It’s got these knifing guitar parts that cut back and forth through the song, almost creating a dancing euphoria, though the track’s pacing and vocals throw that a bit off-kilter. It’s filled with a hook, but it’s brevity makes it perfect in that you never grow bored, pressing play over and over again…just like this asshole. This is a brand new track, but if you like what you hear, then grab the band’s New Year EP…and see them at SXSW if you’re here with us.
Instead of going on about how Holly Miranda is a female songwriter with looks and songs, let’s just enjoy listening to this great new single of hers. I love the nonchalance in her lyrical display here, not to mention the coated fragility that seems to seep through. And, instead of just giving us a singer-songwriter touch, she adds some atmospheric flourishes behind it all, strengthening the heart of the track; it puts her in a league where few other live…female or not. Look for her self-titled LP to hit on May 19th via Dangerbird Records.
Hmmm. Did Jimmy Whispers really bust out that old school Casio to serve as his background for his latest single? Yeah, he did…and honestly, after my initial WTF moment, I’m definitely intrigued. It’s his really his vocals that have won me over with his last few singles, so since those shine here, it’s still got me hooked. I think some might be dissuaded by the song’s simplicity, but there’s something special in the oddity and audacity to just throw this track out. Look for Summer In Pain, his new record, to hit stores on March 24th.
When you press play on the tune below, you’re going to think it’s your run-of-the-mill indie rocker; it’s got a decent pace, but it’s mostly relaxed college rock (not that that’s bad by any means). Still, you’ve got to hold on as Van Dale unleashes some crunchy guitar that brings a boisterous bit of noise to the typical affair. It takes on a tone of what I always dreamed and hoped Weezer would become…they didn’t…so we’ve got these guys to bring it instead. On March 31st, the trio will release their self-titled album via Fleeting Youth Records.
This new Joanna Gruesome has to be one of the hottest commodities not yet out there; I feel like everyone is talking about it…and no one is saying a bad word. So, when a band and a record like that comes along, the best thing we can do is to turn up the singles, and prematurely (possibly unjustly) make up our mind. This tune has a real soft side, which is one of the reason’s I’m in love with it. Still, the band brings their tenacity, switching between that softness and a brash bit of rock n’ roll. Look for Peanut Butter to hit on May 11th via Slumberland Records/Fortuna Pop.
Looking for a good rock n’ roll record? Well, you’ll finally be able to get your hands on the great TV Colours album, Purple Skies, Toxic River. The Australian group released this killer LP back in 2013, and there’s a real raw energy in it that just blows out your speakers. It’s rare when you can find something that harnesses the energy and tenacity of a group on a vinyl format, but I feel like this little gem will win many over. It hasn’t really been available in the US as of now, but on April 14th, Comedy Minus One will be releasing 500 copies over here, so be on the look out to add this one to your collection.
It’s hard to really get into an EP. It doesn’t always feel finished, but in the case of the new Bouquet EP, that’s not necessarily so. Each of the 5 tracks on In a Dream is worthy of your time, especially this dreamy little synth-based burner. I love the fuzz from the speaker, and especially when Max Foreman’s voice joins the foray to put the song on edge just a bit. You’ll also find the ringing of the guitars, though rare and brief, really impacting the overall feeling of the song. Every track on the EP is equally as rewarding, so I hope you give it some time.
Tired of the typical psychedelic influences growing in your record collection? Well, perhaps you’ll enjoy the slight twist that Nashville’s Penicillin Baby have put on the sound, bringing in a more melodic focus to the structure that’s previously been established. Sure, the sound of the guitar is still there, soloing off into the distance, but the vocals and the groove of the track below really implore you to appreciate a more pop-tastic approach. As of now, they’re working on finishing up a new album, so this is the first taste you’ll get of good things to come your way.
Over the last few years, Eternal Summers has become one of those bands that I root for incessantly; I’ll do anything to promote the band and their shows. I even skipped out on seeing the much-hyped Modest Mouse Fun Fest gig to catch them at the GvsB show late in 2014. It was their they announced they’d been working on a new album in our town of Austin, so I’ve been salivating since then, awaiting the arrival of such tunes. “Together Alone” definitely fulfills on the promise of the group, featuring tight angling guitar chords, beautiful harmonies and even an emphatic shouted chorus to really kick you in the face. They’ve titled their new album Gold and Stone; it will be released to my collection on June 2nd by Kanine Records.
This Clip Art tune came in yesterday, trying to erase the dreary weather outside my window today (kind of beautiful actually). There’s an inherent brightness to the music being crafted by the group, filling in the negative space with various little elements, be it samples or oddball percussive accents. Personally, I’m digging how the song seemingly moves in and out throughout, sometimes providing a nice bounce, while other times pulling back to a relaxing explosion of pop sensation. You’ll find this song on Culler, the new record from the project that’s slated for a March 31st release date.