Beautiful New Track from Tiger Waves

Long have we supported Tiger Waves, and with their most recent single, that’s definitely not going to change.  This latest track is from a collection of 8 new songs the band is currently finishing up.  We’re going to help the band by releasing those sets of songs on our ATH Records label come may, but for now, they want you to sit back and enjoy this simple beauty.  There’s this great bit of warmth that flows through the speakers when you press play, and a slight bit of stomping as the pace picks up slightly.  Properly place backing vocals only add to the harmonious folk approach the group has taken on as of late.  I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.  Also, if you’re in the Midwest and North East…keep an eye out, the band is coming your way in the next few weeks.


Download:Tiger Waves – Fields [MP3]

Austin Free Week: Weekend Highlights

It’s time for Free Week to come to a close, but Austin isn’t going out without making a final bit of noise for you all. There’s two days left of free rock n’ roll, so this is your last time to take advantage before you have to start paying to see all these great bands. With two days left I’m going to toss out my ideas on where you should find yourself Friday and Saturday night.  Don’t forget to tip your bartender! Read more

Top Songs of 2012: 1-100

Our year end lists are wrapping up at this point, but we wouldn’t be a legitimate music site without a list of the top songs from 2012.  Personally, I feel like this list is a thousand times more difficult to compose than an albums list because we’re dealing with close to 400-500 songs in the running.  It’s been a long process trying to narrow that iTunes playlist down to 100, and I know some incredible tunes from this year are missing, but we hope you enjoy.  Ladies and gentlemen, follow the jump for the ATH version of top 2012 songs.

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Photo Pop 2012: Photography and Rock n’ Roll @ Red 7 (11.9)

I’ve been waiting to make this announcement since we first began planning Photo Pop 2012, which takes place Friday, November 9th.  As a native Austinite I realize how important the community aspect of the local music scene is, so I wanted to highlight some of our favorite photographers who work their tails off to bring you the best footage of our local scene.  Photographers Rick Kern, Brian Gray, Tim Griffin, Pooneh Ghana, Randy Cremean and Gary Miller will be displaying and SELLING prints of their favorite photography shot here in Austin.  A portion of those proceeds will go to HAAM.  But, that’s not the end of it.  Since the photography wouldn’t go down without the rock, we’re putting on a show afterwards with some of our favorite local bands: Gender Infiniti, Low Times, Tiger Waves, Shivery Shakes and Grape Street.  It’s a chance to enjoy some incredible photography (and get your hands on some good prints) plus stay and enjoy the rock n’ roll. Or you can choose one or the other, just be sure to support the local scene; it’s what makes it great. Here’s a tune from one of the bands, Tiger Waves.


Download:Tiger Waves – Countryside [MP3]

Thanks to Transmission Entertainment for helping us organize this event!

New Jam from Tiger Waves

We’ve been talking about the dudes in Tiger Waves for quite some time, like a year +, and we’re going to continue to write about them as long as the Austin group continuously write such incredible tunes.  They’ve just put up a new Digi 7″ on their BANDCAMP page, and this is one of the gems from that session.  It’s just two tracks, but their both just incredible, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t try to get ahold of them while you can.  I know the boys went recording this past summer, so hopefully we’ll have a full-length for the masses to fall in love with soon.


Show Preview: SSLYBY @ Red 7 (8/21)

Date Tuesday, August 21st
Location Red 7
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $8 from Transmission

It’s been a bit of time since I’ve seen Someone Still Loves Your Boris Yeltsin, but having thoroughly enjoyed their recent effort, Tape Club, I think this is going to be the place to be on Tuesday evening.  They’re always energetic, and they know their way around a solid pop track, so your expectations should be high. Oh, and the bill can’t get much better with two great Austin bands, Oh No Oh My and Tiger Waves.  You’ve gotta get there early to see Tiger Waves and support the guys, as they’ve had some rough times on their recent national tour, having lost a van to the ways of the road.  Good pop, good times. Be there.


Download:Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let it Sway [MP3]


Show Preview: Whalers @ Stubbs (7/20)

Date Friday, July 20th
Location Stubbs
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $7 from Frontgate

If you’re going to be in the Austin area, you’re in for a great treat Friday night; you’ll be able to check out two of our favorite local acts.  Whalers are the big headliner, continuing their rise to popularity in the local scene.  They’ll be releasing their single (featured below), which should feature on an unnamed effort to come later on in the year.  But, since I know you’re a fan of the local scene, you’re going to get their early to see Tiger Waves.  I’ve pretty much hyped this band since I discovered them, and I still don’t have a bad thing to say about them, so be sure to catch them…afterall, they’re making waves (see what I did there?).Oh, and this is your friendly reminder on behalf of Stubbs to not talk during the band’s sets!


Great New Tune from Tiger Waves

Obviously Tiger Waves are one of our favorite acts, and as they continue to work together, they become increasingly better.  We’re going to help the band by putting out their next album, which is still being recorded, but they’ve passed along this great new song; I’m practically ready to put this record out already.  You’ll find that the vocals are vibrant, yet just a bit quiet in the mix; it’s one of the things I really enjoy about the group’s recordings.  I’m not going to spend time trying to compare them to anyone else, as they’ve gone to eclipse obvious influences by creating a sound entirely their own.  We’ll keep you posted as more details unfold about the group’s next record, but for now, enjoy “Weekends.”


Download:Tiger Waves – Weekends [MP3]

Tiger Waves – Don’t Be Yourself


Rating: ★★★★☆

When I first encountered Austin’s Tiger Waves, I was caught off guard by their experimental inclusion of bits of noise that eventually shifted into snippets of grandiose pop.  However, on their recent release, Don’t Be Yourself, the band tends to switch it the other way around–clearly indicative of a band who have grown in their songwriting capabilities. 

“From the Start” begins with a bit of a noise snippet, but the impressive forcefulness of the track quickly breaks into full stride.  Personally, I like how the lyrics are hiding just a bit behind the music, almost like the classic rock we all grew up jamming to in our parents living room, and then it ends. But, the motif of classic songwriting comes in with the hints of psychedelia that are present on “Quebec.”  Perhaps it’s just that jangling tambourine and the affected vocal that gives it the San Francisco effect, but it fits perfectly with the mood of the entire album.

When Tiger Waves breaks into “I Hope You’ll Feel Alright” you can tell that the band has abilities beyond just living with their influences; they’ve created their own sound with fluid movements amidst many of the tracks.  Here, you get almost a quieted chant from the get go, but the lurking backing vocal seems to make way for the entire group to make some mono-syllabic noise in unison.  And this is where you’ll find Don’t Be Yourself really taking hold of listeners, as the record moves into “Summer.”  It’s the sort of constructive pop that recalls bands like Youth Lagoon or Ducktails, but only done more effectively since they’re utilizing the songwriting of an entire group in the studio.  Layering the vocals atop the music on this track definitely creates special moments that you won’t want to miss.

As Tiger Waves prepare to wrap up the whole affair, they close things out with the perfect juxtaposition of their unique sound.  Of course, “I Love You George Harrison” surely harkens back to the careful craftsmanship alluded to in the song’s title–and I’m sure it would make George proud.  But, then you end Don’t Be Yourself with the hauntingly brilliant “Underground.” It’s the quiet atmospheric touches, mellow pacing and steady dosage of pop writing that initially drew me to this band; it comes full circle as the band closes out this EP, going out in quite a fashion.

Hopefully this isn’t your first introduction to Tiger Waves, but if so, do yourself a favor and spend some time with the group’s music.  If Don’t Be Yourself is anything with which to judge these young lads by, then they’ll probably be around for some time, hopefully writing more great tunes such as these.  You can grab this EP, as well as other great tunes by visiting the band HERE.


Download: Tiger Waves – Underground [MP3]


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