Steady Jam From Low

mainLow has been around the game for years now and have put out more than their fair share of hits.  With such a history, you’d think the well had run dry, but as evidenced by this jam “What Part Of Me”, the band is still capable of producing gems.  This one is a short and sweet lo fi track worthy of being labeled a pop hit.  Press play and enjoy.

Low will drop Ones and Sixes via Sub Pop on September 11th.

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New Track From The Helio Sequence

helioThe Helio Sequence, who have been around for almost two decades now, have a new track to share with you from their new album that’s due out in just a few weeks on May 19th. That new, self titled record looks like it will be an extension of the duo’s intimate pop tunes, as “Upward Mobility” works around the looping guitar riffs and some really understated piano that constantly pounds in the background. This track has got me excited for the new record, so you should listen and get excited too.

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Fascinating New Daughn Gibson Tune

Daughn GibsonIt’s been interesting to watch the progression of Daughn Gibson‘s career.  He’s gone from a relatively unknown act we stumbled upon about five years ago to a powerful force to be reckoned with in the modern age.  His music this time around seemingly matches his intoxicating live performance; I love the noisy bust up that comes around the 2.5 minute mark of the track.  The song even closes with a softer approach that spins the tune in a different space as it comes to a close Press release says he’s worked a great deal on his lyrics for his new album Carnation, so I have a feeling you’re going to be in for a real treat when Sub Pop unleashes it on June 2nd.

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Can Metz Live Up to the Hype

metzHonestly, Metz was a hot commodity a few years back, and I feel like their resurgence is perfectly timed.  I’m weaning myself off (a little) from the mild folky tunes of Winter doldrums, and looking forward to getting my rock on, so this is fitting.  Musically, the band’s as dangerous as they’ve been before, though there’s a bit of a change in the vocals that’s slightly new.  To me, this track feels like a post-hardcore blast of rock, which is perfectly fine, but I’m interested to see what the rest of Metz II sounds like; it’s being released by Sub Pop on May 5th…and for the record, I’m buying into the hype.

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Avi Buffalo’s Happy Return

aviI don’t know if it’s nostalgia, or if the return of Avi Buffalo is really winning me over.  Yesterday his latest single popped up, and  I just absolutely fell in love…making me what took so long for the songwriter to get it going again.  Something in the vocal reminds me of Jason Lytle, and I can hear a bit of that grandiose musical approach in the songwriting that was used by Lytle’s band Grandaddy.  If you’re not in love with this song, that’s fair, but we can’t be friend; I’m sorry. Look for At Best Cuckold to be in stores on September 9th, courtesy of Sub Pop.

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King Tuff Returns with New Album

King Tuff Band PhotoIt hasn’t been too long since King Tuff‘s last record, but he’s back with new jams…and maybe a little bit of a new spin.  This new track starts off almost in a classic rock manner, and then moves into his standard fare.  But, around the 1.40 minute mark, the song turns into a progressive jam moment.  It makes sense reading the new page on Sub Pop, who will be releasing the album.  It talks about battled between God and the Devil, and fire obsessions…yet the heart of it all still are hooks.  Tuff can do whatever he wants, as long as he keeps those hooks.  We’ll find out on September 23rd, when Black Moon Spell hits stores.

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Welcome Back Avi Buffalo

PrintI sort of feel like Avi Buffalo was the great band that many people forgot about, which is fair, as the band’s fallen mostly silent since the release of their debut of their self-titled album in 2010.  But, an amped up schedule of touring, including this year’s SXSW (where I caught them) indicated that they were ready for a return.  This track does a great job filling in on the promise that their debut offered, using spritely hooks to capture the listener.  After repeated listens, count me in as one of the many that’s on board with anticipation for the group’s new album, At Best Cuckold, which will see a release of September 8th via Sub Pop.

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Love Me Some Chad VanGaalen

chadhiresThe great thing about running ATH is all the different personalities that help make this site go.  When it comes to Chad VanGaalen, I’ll admit that RayRay and I wholeheartedly disagree.  RayRay says it’s not his bag, and I get that, but I just love the dude, especially this new song, “Monster.”  There’s a bit of a warble in the vocals, which is part of the draw to me; I like that sort of affectation, particularly when the lyrical content is clever, as you’ll see when you listen to the tune.  His new record is titled Shrink Dust, and you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy on April 29th, courtesy of Sub Pop.  Listen to why I love this man below.

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New Music from Chad VanGaalen

chadvangThe last time we heard from Chad VanGaalen everything was really pretty; the songs he constructed on Diaper Island were well constructed and pristine.  While he’s taking a similar approach on his new effort, there’s a definite difference in the recording itself; it features this static wash that’s layered atop his organized songwriting process.  It leaves you with quite an impression, as the harmonious element is surrounded by a wall of discord, creating an effect that’s rather unsteadying.  I’m sure we’ll get a better look at what he’s trying to accomplish when we get the full listen to Shrink Dust, his latest effort for Sub Pop; it comes out on April 29th.

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