Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

Austin, I love you.As the weather unfortunately heats up, that means there’s also a music scene heating up.  There’s tons of shows this weekend in particular, both local and traveling.  I won’t bore you with details, but remind you to show up early to catch openers, especially the local ones like Sweet Talk playing at Mohawk tonight. Here you go: Read more

Austin Spotlight: Whalers Release New Album

whalersWe’ve written about Whalers many a times on these here pages, and we’re excited to let you know that the band has quietly released their new album, Submarine Sun.  The group has previously released singles “Battleships” and “Bon Viviant,” but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite tracks from the recent release. On this tune, you see the band work on expanding their sound, opening the song with a soft vocal layer over some precision drumming and a pulsing beat. As the song moves forward, the tune opens up even more, with accented guitar pieces and an emphatic vocal performance.  Definitely spend some of your time today listening through all the tracks; you’ll regret it if you don’t.



Win Tickets to see the Whalers @ the Belmont (7.6)

whalersNo! This is not Bob Marley’s Wailers, but the great Austin act, the Whalers.  They’re celebrating the release of their new single by throwing a great show over at the Belmont this Saturday night.  What’s even better, they’re letting us give away a pair of tickets to the show!  If you’re not convinced yet, check out the incredible Austin talent supporting them: Tiger Waves, The Baker Family and Jesse Woods.  I’m pretty sure anyone with good tastes will want to make their way out.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your 4th of July plans, and I’ll pick a winner.  Our contest will close at 5 PM on Friday, July 5th. Good luck….and if you don’t win, you can still go check out great Austin music.


Download: Whalers – Night Train [MP3]

Austin Spotlight: The Whalers Ready New LP

battleshipsartI’m really excited by the leaps and bounds that The Whalers have made in the past couple of years, and I think their latest single really demonstrates the growth, providing us with one of their best tunes to date.  The band does a great job blending mild bits of Americana with modern indie rock flare, adding both energy and their own unique touches.  Their new record will be available to the masses come this October, and as expected, it’s shaping up to be one hell of a listen.  And if you’re local, the group plays with our boys Tiger Waves on July 6th over at the Belmont.


Download: Whalers – Battleships [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!


Whalers On Daytrotter

I’ll apologize now for neglecting the Daytrotter website that has been so solid for what seems like an eternity at this point.  With that out of the way, I was pleasantly surprised to see our local ATH A2W band Whalers as the featured band of the day.  The guys grab a lengthly 5 song live in-studio set highlighting their short career in the music business.  Below you can find a live version of the song “Magic Tricks” which was the first tune that started turning heads around here.  Head on over now to grab yourself some free music by this up and coming local band.


Download: Whalers – Magic Tricks [MP3]

New Music From Whalers

Local boys Whalers grabbed our attention earlier this year and landed a much coveted Artist 2 Watch tag.  Since that time, the band has been hard at work recorded some tunes to follow up their late 2010 release How the Ship Goes Down.  The new song I have for you below “Cheat on Each Other” is taken from those new recordings and appears on new EP, Paddle Easy which hits streets on September 6th.  Apparently more great things are on the horizon for this up and coming Austin band, so stay tuned as we get the details.


Download: Whalers – Cheat On Each Other [MP3]

Austin A2W: Whalers

Austin band Whalers have been at the music game in and around town playing live shows and making a name for themselves for about two years at this point.  It’s a shame that we haven’t discovered them sooner, but we all know this town has more bands than we know what to do with.  These guys recently finished their debut EP How the Ship Goes Down that features their very own brand of good ‘ol fashioned rock n freaking roll.  If I were to make a bill of similar local bands, I’d build a show with SuperLiteBike, The Happen-Ins, and Whalers.  All bands that know how to rock and don’t need a lot of added BS to create a solid sound.  You’ve got a chance to check these guys out live next month on February 2nd at Beauty Bar in Austin along with Only Thieves and Look Mexico.  In the meantime, you can check out the band’s new EP for free on their bandcamp page and let us know what you think.


Download: The Whalers – Magic Tricks [MP3]