Tallest Man On Earth @ Stubbs (5/2)

Date 5/2/10
Location Stubbs
Doors 10pm
Tickets $12 @ Frontgate

If you’re looking for an intimate and special show on a Sunday night, head over to Stubbs for a show by Swedish songwriter Tallest Man on Earth.  Opening support for this one is provided by Nurses.  Don’t pass this up as you may never know when this guy’s coming back!

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 Download: Tallest Man on Earth – King of Spain [MP3]

New Tunes from Coliseum

We realize of course that we don’t always post the most rocking of tunes, at least not of this order, but we all come from a pretty solid punk background (at least I do). Kentucky band, Coliseum, have a new new album, House With a Curse,  which comes out June 22nd.  Since it’s produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox, it’s probably going to rule.  It’s a blistering tune, but it’s one I’ve been jamming to all day long. Happy Friday Folks!


Download: Coliseum – Blind in One Eye [MP3]

New Music From Phosphorescent

If you can’t tell from my artist to watch feature and last FTC, I’m having a bit of an alt-country faze in my current listening trends.  I guess that makes it a perfect time for some new music from Matthew Houck and his indie folk project Phosphorescent.  The group is prepping to drop their brand new fifth full length LP Here’s To taking It Easy on May 11th via Dead Oceans.  Prior to that release date, we’ve got this new single “The Mermaid Parade” for your listening pleasure below.  I’ve already spun my press copy of this new joint a few times, and can tell you alt-country fans that you’ll want to pick up a copy.

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Download: Phosphorescent – The Mermaid Parade [MP3]

Dr. Dog @ Emo’s (5/1)

Date 5/1/10
Location Emos
Doors 9pm
Tickets $18 @ Ticketweb

Seems like Dr. Dog mine as well just move to Austin huh?  It sort of seems that way with all the shows they keep playing in our little town.  This time they’re at Emos along with fellow ATH favorite Deer Tick.  Should be your best show option for Saturday night.

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Download: Deer Tick – 20 Miles [MP3]

I Was Wrong: The Walkmen’s You & Me

We’re starting a new feature today, one that we hope you really enjoy.  The section is titled “I Was Wrong,” and it’s based on things we’ve either said or reviewed on the site that we’d like to apologize for, since we’ve come to realize now that we were wrong.  I know some people want me to apologize right off the bat for my Vampire Weekend review, but I’m not there yet, sorry.  The first edition goes to The Walkmen and their album You & Me.  When it first came out, I wrote this REVIEW.  I found it boring and uninspired, especially after listening to “The Rat” on repeat for years.   Now, as time has gone on, and I’ve invested more time in the record, and seen the band perform the songs live, things have changed up a whole lot.  There are songs sprawling with emotion, catchy basslines that walk you through the songs, and then there is “In the New Year.”  Sharp edged guitars ring in your ears before Hamilton’s vocals crash into the scene.  Listen to this song, now!  For that matter, go back and listen to the record, and see what I failed to see upon the first ten listens.  I made a rash decision based on hurried listening, and I’ve come to regret that entirely.  To you, dear reader, I’m sorry, I was wrong.


New Tunes from Woods

Hopefully you’ve already gotten your hands on this tune already, but it’s too good not to share it with those who haven’t.  Woods will be releasing their newest album At Echo Lake next week (May 4th) on Woodsist, and the blissful creativity in this song is just one of the many reasons that you’ll fall in the love with this record.  This is the perfect tune for the perfect Austin weather we’ve been having.


Download: Woods – Suffering Season [MP3]

Owen Pallett @ Mohawk (4/30)

Date 4/30/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $13 @ Frontgate

The great Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) has a show planned at Mohawk on Friday evening.  His opening support will be provded by Snowblink.  Also, stick around after the headliner for a show inside by our favorite local group Great Nostalgic.

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Download: Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Action [MP3]

Surfer Blood On HearYa

I know I know, we just can’t seem to shut up about Surfer Blood can we?  That should just tell you to pick up their debut album Astrocoast before we kick you in the face!  So the now overly hyped band just recorded and posted a sweet new live session on the HearYa website.  This session is super sweet because you can download MP3s of all songs separately or in one big zip file.  Live videos of “Take it Easy” & “Swim” are also included.  Seriously, check this band out now.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/03-Take-It-Easy-1.mp3]

Download: Surfer Blood – Take It Easy (live on HearYa) [MP3]

A2W: Guns Of Navarone

It’s that time yet again!  Time for your friends at Austin Town Hall to start hyping some local bands that deserve a little praise.  We’ll keep the hype machine going this week with a short feature on Austin band Guns of Navarone.  We were first exposed to this quartet last Saturday night when they opened up at Stubbs for our friends Whitman.  Upon first listen, the band came across as a dirtier version of Old 97s with a super tight rhythm section provided by bassist Dustin Meyer and drummer Richard Knox.  Mix that in with some country picked guitar from Seth Gruenberg and a perfect southern voice from Corey Reinisch, and you’ve got the Guns of Navarone sound.  The songs are quite obviously labeled as “alt-country” which makes it easy to compare their sound to early tunes from Uncle Tupelo or the aforementioned Old 97s.  Either way, their simple approach to songwriting and fast paced punk-country is a welcome refresher to the often times watered down indie scene full of “weird” and “complex” bands.  Guns of Navarone currently have their debut EP up for download on their Band Camp site while they prep their debut LP for release later this summer.  Give ’em a shot.  You can also check out more of their upcoming tour dates over on myspace.

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Download: Guns of Navarone – You Used To Be [MP3]

New Music From Marching Band

Swedish indie pop duo Marching Band have some tasty new pop tunes coming your way this summer.  The band’s sophomore effort, Pop Cycle, will be making its way to you on May 18th via U&L Records.  Until then, the guys have this new single “It Will Never Slip” available for free download.  I dig their pop melodies.  Is it summer yet?

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Download: Marching Band – It Will Never Slip [MP3]

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