Austin Town Hall Summer Sampler

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen, time again for another summer sampler from your favorite music website Austin Town Hall.  Included in your sampler, you’ll find 24 new summertime songs from local and national artists who’ve received the ATH stamp of approval.  You’ll recognize longtime favorites like Appleseed Cast, Crystal Antlers, and Handsome Furs along with recent finds like Little Lo, Saint Motel, and Seapony.  As always, you can choose to download the sampler in a handy zip file or just simply stream the whole thing right from the sampler website.  You’ll also recognize some fancy artwork created by our very own creative mind raygun.  We hope you enjoy the sweet tunes while you chill by the pool with one our favorite summer beers.  Thanks to all involved artists.

Stream and download the summer sampler right here.

Guess The Fest

In our continued support of local music and local festivals, we’d like to drop a bit of knowledge your  way about a contest currently going down for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 passes and goods.  All you have to do is go to, use your twitter or facebook account to login, and make 10 guesses at who you think will be playing the festival.  Person with the most correct answers will receive one of the following prizes:

1st Place – Air fare for you and a friend plus weekend passes for the both of you.  Transmission will also set you up in a sweet hotel for the weekend.  Austin residents can choose to fly in some friends or invite 10 friends to Casino el Camino for burgers and beer

2nd Place – You and a friend received P-I-P (Fun Fest’s way to say VIP) to the festival

3rd Place – You and 3 peeps win passes for the weekend

This thing ends on Monday July 4th so you don’t have much time to take advantage!  Get on it.  For those not in the know, Fun Fest also just added a 3rd full day for this year’s festival so you’re really getting your money’s worth.

New Music From Oax

While perusing the internets, I came across a song by Oax (pronounced Oaks) who we recently discovered opening for The Rosebuds last weekend.  Digging a little deeper into the bio, it turns out that leading man Giorgio Angelini recently returned to Houston by way of NYC to pursue his master’s degree after a long stint in the music game playing bass for The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen.  After a short hiatus focusing on his degree, Angelini could stay away no longer and recorded a mostly solo album (mixed at Public Hi-Fi in Austin) with guest vocals from Chris Simpson on one song and drums from Jim Eno on another.  The song I picked up “Liar, Cheat, Jerk” appears on new EP The Distance which is available now on Bladen County Records.  It’s sort of a Lucero meets early Wilco style that we here at ATH dig.


Download: Oax – Liar, Cheat, Jerk [MP3]

New Music From EDM

The guys in EDM are completing the circle of life and returning to our local label Western Vinyl for their new release after being away for over 10 years.  In that span after their debut, the band formerly known as Early Day Miners released 5 records for large indie label Secretly Canadian.  Their return album to WV, Night People, will hit streets next week on July 5th and features 9 new songs from Dan Burton and company. Until then, we’ve been given the go ahead to post this new single “Hold Me Down” that’s subtle in approach while still generating a memorable pop tune.


Download: EDM – Hold Me Down [MP3]

The Shivers Offer New Album For Free

The new album More from NYC based band The Shivers has been one of my hidden gems of the year that seems to be getting more and more plays this summer.  For those that are still on the fence about the band, they have just put up their new album as a free download via The Awl.  If you remember our original post on gritty pop song “Used to Be”, you should appreciate the group’s versatility with this song “Love is in the Air”.  Its Motown baby making style mixes in nicely with the incredible new pop record from The Shivers.


Download: The Shivers – Love Is In The Air [MP3]

New Summer Jam from Hoop Dreams

That’s it. I’m going to throw my hands up as my new obsession definitely has to be Hoop Dreams.  They’ve just released a superb 7″ track on Captured Tracks, and I can’t help but just press repeat over and over again.  There’s this weird hint of Orange Juice, but with a more modern feel that will definitely appeal to any current listener in the indie music spectrum.  Perhaps it’s too short, but that makes it all the more powerful, as you can’t help but get this song stuck in your head the minute it comes on; it’s likely to remain in your head for some time to come, making the band your new obsession as well.


Download: Hoop Dreams – XCPR [MP3]

Show Preview: Literature, Grape St. and more @ Beerland (6/29)

Date Wednesday, June 29th
Location Beerland
Doors 900p
Tickets CHEAP

Beerland is perhaps my favorite place in Austin during the summer, mostly because I can actually go their shows since I have a summer break. Wednesday night’s show though, it’s bringing together all my favorites in one small space, and you know it’s going to be cheap.  They’ve got my favorite local act, Literature, who of course are going to kill it.  Grape Street, featuring members of Harlem, and they always win.  Some man named Wes Coleman, who you should definitely know by now. Oh, and The Wolf and Warren Jackson Hearne too.  All this, air conditioning, good beer prices, and I’m sold. So you know where to be if you want to have a good time in Austin on Wednesday night.


Download: Literature – Its Cruel [MP3]

New Music from Luke Temple

By now, it would seem that Luke Temple is a household name, or at least with the recent success of his main role in Here We Go Magic.  But, unlike the offering with his group, Luke Temple’s new solo record, Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care, has a bit of a vibe that’s all over the map.  While it’s not as focused as his other works, it clearly demonstrates the incredible range Temple maintains as a songwriter.  This opening track will definitely venture down a bit of a country path, but that’s not the feel of the entire ride you’ll be getting when Western Vinyl releases the album  on August 30th.  Trust me, there are some spectacular gems on here, so you’ll want to get familiar with the man now.


Download: Luke Temple – Ophelia [MP3]

New Music From Gem Club

Here’s a new slow burning jam entitled “Breakers” from recent Hardly Art record label signee Gem Club.  Honestly the song might have been better as a winter or fall release, but I’m still digging the simplistic take on the lo-fi genre.  Debut LP Breakers will be available on September 17th via the aforementioned Hardly Art label.


Download: Gem Club – Breakers [MP3]

Free EP From Dolfish

Ohio based musician Max Sollisch, recording under the name Dolfish, has just made his new EP Your Love is Bumming Me Out available for free download on the Afternoon Records website.  Below you can find a taste of Mr. Sollisch’s music with the lead track from the new EP.  The guy has a great way of recording heartfelt singer/songwriter tunes that cut through the bullshit and get right to the point.


Download: Dolfish – Your Love is Bummin’ Me Out [MP3]

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