Brand New Summer Salt

The weather’s slightly warmer here in Austin, and with the onset of Spring, we all welcome the breezy pop of Summer Salt. They’ve been quietly working on finishing up their debut LP, but in the meantime have completed a beautiful new So Polite EP that we’ll help get out into the world in the Summer. As much as I love these guys, I’m continually impressed by M. Terry’s voice; I love his control as they switch from the verse to the gentle calm into the chorus. While you enjoy the smile creeping on your face as you listen, look for the band to hit the road with The Walters next week. Dates are below this sweet song.

4/16 – Kansas City, MO – Tank Room
4/17 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
4/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
4/19 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
4/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
4/21 – Olympia, WA – The StudioK
4/22 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
4/24- Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
4/26 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
4/27- Los Angeles, CA – The Hi Hat (SOLD OUT)
4/29 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
4/30 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
5/1- Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space
5/4 – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
5/5- Austin, TX – Sidewinders
5/6- Denton, TX – Andy’s Bar

 

New EP from the Coathangers

A general rule over here is to continuously fawn over The Coathangers; they give you catchy songs, a bit of attitude and always put on a great live show. Earlier this year, we got to hear a new song “Parasite,” which is the title of their just announced EP. Today they drop a new song for your ears, this one illustrating the girl’s ability to craft naturally infectious tunes. The chorus of “easy come/easy go” is delightful, but what I love is the switch in pacing in that chorus…all before Julia slides her fingers down the neck of the guitar. The Parasite EP will be available on June 30th from Suicide Squeeze Records; you can also catch these constant road warriors on the road, pretty much from here until the end of June!

SXSW Interview: Pines

When I first heard about the electronic musical stylings of Australian based band Pines a few years ago, I was immediately hooked. Since then, the band always finds some room on my playlists for pretty much any time and feeling. Their music just sort of works that way. As a fan of the band, it was an easy call for me to send them interview questions when they hit me up. Hit the jump for their thoughts on SXSW.

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More From Pauwel De Meyer

Back in October Nathan shared with you guys a sweet new track from up and coming Belgianartist Pauwel De Meyer. Well I’ve recently picked up word of this new single entitled “Emotional King” and I had to share it with you today. It’s a nice little indie rock track with some slick guitar work meandering through each verse. Ya dig? Stay tuned as we receive more information from this promising new artist.

Fresh Single from Quiet Hollers

quietLast year I was really excited by Quiet Hollers, sharing a couple of their tunes here on the site from their debut album. Well, a few months down the road, and here we are with a brand new track from the band. I love the classic feeling of indie rock that lurks in their songs, with hints of country and folk, though done so carefully that you might not even recognize it. I’m absolutely stuck on the opening moments of the vocal entry too; it’s breath-y, yet passionate. Look for the band on the road as they continue to promote their debut and write more kick ass tracks.

New Single from Marrow

marrowFriday’s are great for feel-good jams, and I think this new single from Marrow fits perfectly into that slot. The band just announced a slew of touring dates for early 2016, which includes an Austin date on January 31st (at Lamberts). In order to promote their album, The Gold Standard, and their tour, they’re offering up this sweet track. I love how it feels like a very groovy pop track, but beneath the powerful voice of Macie Stewart is a band doing their best to bring out the group’s rocking aesthetic. If you turn the mix another way, this track could easily break through some speakers. Enjoy your Friday good vibes.

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.

Loch Lomond Channel Indie Greats

lochlomondOkay, so perhaps the indie rock explosion bubble burst long ago, but the remnants of that still remain with lasting influence of Arcade Fire and the Decembrists. That’s exactly where Loch Lomond picks up, with a combination of those two, only slightly less orchestrated. There’s still a poetic note in the lyrical content, and symphonic touches that flourish in all the right places, so the Portland act isn’t too far removed from everyone’s heroes. This song was released via Tender Loving Empire to kick off the band’s tour through the West, and it’s a great way to start off your week…so says I.

Pleased to Meet You: Ne-Hi

neehighFeel like it’s been rather slow as of late with the music coming our way, which is fair enough for the time of year.  So, when I got sent this Ne-Hi track, I was stoked, to say the least.  Upon first listen, it reminds me of a relaxed version of The Feelies, using great rhythm to propel the song forward, whilst employing these slightly angular guitar chords and semi-chanted lyrics.  The Chicago outfit is about ready to head out on a nice little nationwide tour in August, including an Austin date on August 24th. Check this new hit out.

Austin Spotlight: Two Weeks Until the Love Inks New Album!

inkblotterWe’re just a short distance away from the release of Exi (September 9th), the newest album from Austin’s Love Inks.  I’ve always appreciated the group’s work, but I really enjoy their use of space on this latest single.  Sherry’s voice is the dominant focal point, while there’s very light bass movement in the distance, accented by little guitar pieces and synthesized beats.  The song walks this fine line of feeling huge and empty at the same time, which is quite an accomplishment in and of itself.  Those living outside of Austin will again get a chance to see the band perform live, as they’ll be touring the States throughout September.

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