New Music from Chelsea Wolfe

You’re not likely to find a female musician who comes across as beautifully haunting as Ms. Chelsea Wolfe.  It’s not just her look, but the way her songs capture this dark density, then softly wrap that around the gentle cool in her voice.  Even short tracks, such as the one below, will reach into you, grabbing hold of you inner dark side, hoping to pull out every hidden secret in hopes of freeing your soul.  Ms. Wolfe will be releasing her new record Apokalypsis on July 21st via Pendu Sound Recordings, and surely this effort will mark her as one to be watched from here on out. I dare you not to let yourself get lost in this mesmerizing track.


Download: Chelsea Wolfe – Advice and Vices [MP3]

New Single from Brilliant Colors

As summertime grows closer, and the weather warms up, you’re probably looking for a new girl-group to give you some breezy minimalist pop music a la Best Coast.  Well, the welcome return of Brilliant Colors and their new single definitely looks to fulfill those desires.  With a tendency to give you a delicate bouncing rhythm next to jangling guitars, infectious hooks will surely invade your mind.  Luckily for us, the band will be releasing their new record, Again and Again, on Slumberland Records on July 19th, so we’ll be getting more of these hazy summertime ditties to fill up our hard drives pretty soon.


Download: Brilliant Colors – How Much Younger [MP3]

New Track from Gold Leaves

Grant Olsen looks like he’s going to be making a name for himself this year.  He’s just signed on with our dear friends over at Hardly Art, and completed the recording of his album The Ornament with one of my favorites, Jason Q of the Papercuts.  The label plans to release the record under the name Gold Leaves on August 11th, and you’re going to love it.  There’s this warm melodic quality to it, sprawling out with a bit of melancholy and vocal that will remind you of a lot of great voices, namely that of Robin Pecknold, just more subdued.  This truly is a magnificent song, and it’s going to be a fantastic record.


Download: Gold Leaves – The Ornament [MP3]

Friday Top 5: Live Set Design

When attending a concert, the music can often be only a part of the overall equation. Setting is an enhancement or detriment to the overall experience. With the blissfully tranquil setting of  Sasquatch Fest around the corner, my mind began to wonder. Setting in a natural area is often the easiest way to enhance a mood. However, sometimes an artist wants to personally expand on the themes written through song in a live setting, and that’s when the set design becomes more and more elaborate. When the design just comes out as self-aggrandizing and strange, it distracts the audience from the show. Take for instance Kanye’s theoretical Ferrero Rocher Gold wrapper design or Bowie’s giant spider. There is certainly a fine line here. Nevertheless, in some instances bigger, brighter, and complex structures work to frame a show that can be talked about years after the fact. On that note, here’s the FT5 of most badass, over the top Set Designs.

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Show Preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Emos (5.28)

Date Saturday, May 28th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $12 from Ticketweb

One of the hottest tickets in town this weekend has to be this excellent show over at Emos on Saturday night.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a hihgly respected act, winning accolades for music both recorded and live.  Then, you have the killer punch in my personal opinion, as Generationals are opening up.  These guys are probably one of my favorite indie pop bands, period. Their songs are catchy, and they always kill it live. Oh, and if that wasn’t good enough, the always excellent Austin band, Sleep Good, will be opening the whole evening.  You have no reason not to make it out to Emos on Saturday.


Download: Generationals – Greenleaf [MP3]

New Jam from Wax Museums

It’s been a long week, and I really something that would kick me in the teeth, no apologies.  I got exactly that today when I got the new song from Wax Museums in my inbox today.  This Texas punk group are going to be releasing their new LP, Eye Times, on Trouble in Mind Records on June 28th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.  Their brash and noisy, yet totally controlled, giving you an adventure that will allow you to bounce around the living room with your pals.  Sometimes high-octane punk rock can cure all your ills, and that’s precisely what this tune does.  Need a fix? Here you go.


Download: Wax Museums – Tunguska [MP3]

Show Preview: Gruff Rhys @ Club Deville (5/27)

Date 5/27/11
Location Club Deville
Doors 6:30pm
Tickets $12 @ Frontgate

Legendary songwriter and Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is making a stop into town at Club Deville tonight.  Joining this veteran in the indie scene is Y Niwi.  You have a lot of options this Friday night, but this show should most definitely be on your short list.


Download: Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters [MP3]

More New Tunes from Idiot Glee

Awhile back I talked about Idiot Glee and singer James Friley, claiming him as one of the artists you needed to check out for SXSW.  His popularity continues to grow with his careful bedroom craftsmanship.  His voice has a distant feel, yet the music is completely relatable.  He’ll be releasing his latest record Paddywhack on Moshi Moshi on June 7th, and the song below is just another slow-burning gem that will carry you away quietly.  This is the kind of weekend we all need when times require a little bit of rest and relaxation.


Download: Idiot Glee – Trouble At The Dacehall [MP3]

New Music From Fair Ohs

Here’s a jangly little tune that’s sure to get you pumped for summer from London based pop outfit Fair Ohs.  This jam and 9 others will appear on the debut LP from the band Everything Is Dancing which will be available on July 26th via Lefse Records.  I’m going to continue to be on the lookout for songs like this while I get prepped for a long summer in the sun.  Enjoy.


Download: Fair Ohs – Summer Lake [MP3]

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