New Music from Scraper

scraperSeeing as there’s tons of punk rock all over town due to Chaos in Tejas, I think it’s only fitting that I put up some new rock n’ roll by Scraper.  The group has just signed on to release their debut 7″ on God?, which is the baby brother of Drag City.  It’s a fast paced jam, filled with discordant guitars, shouted lyrics and an old school bravado that I’ll always appreciate.   You want to unleash some pent up aggression? You’re not going to find a better track than this tune.



Chaos In Tejas Pick: The Men @ Red 7 (5/31)

The Men

Date 5/31/13
Location Red 7
Doors 6pm
Tickets $12 @ Frontgate

The Chaos continues this evening with what might be my most anticipated show of the festival.  I am of course speaking of The Men playing over at Red 7 this evening.  Having seen the band several times in the live setting, I can attest to the fact that they will bring the pain and make your ear drums bleed (in a good way).  Let’s not forget that the undercard is also loaded with Destruction Unit, Lust For Youth, Pharmakon, Marshstepper, and Bodies of Light all in tow to offer up support.


Download: The Men – Open Your Heart [MP3]



Hushed Pop From Part Time

84f39a9e97e1ed15cfe30f53aecfc93aMexican Summer is a label, though they might pigeonhole themselves a bit, pump out some great subdued/bedroom pop music on a regular basis.  This new track “I Won’t Be Your Little Secret” from Part Time is no different, as it features washed out guitars, hushed vocals, and slow and steady beat throughout.  Part Time are back later this year with new album PDA coming your way on July 9th via the aforementioned Mexican Summer label.

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Enjoy New Music by The Sweets

thesweetsIf there’s a harder working band out there, then I’d like to meet them.  The Sweets have just put out their 8th EP/Single of the last year (Some Pulp being my favorite), and these three new songs are definitely worth your time today.  At first, it seems like the band might jump off into sunny-pop, but they hold themselves back, letting the song unfold with a soothing vocal effect that floats in the distance.  There’s a few verses, and those are treated equally as gently.  If you like what you hear, then you can head HERE to grab the new EP from Bleeding Gold Records, who continue to amaze us with their consistency.


Download: The Sweets – He Is My Neighbor [MP3]

Power Pop Fun with Wyatt Blair

wyattblairOne of the great things about hitting up a show is discovering an act you knew little about, which happened to me recently when I stumbled into the power-pop delight that is Wyatt Blair while hanging at Hotel Vegas. The band’s set was lively and quick, giving the audience enough time to sink our teeth’s into the tunes, yet wanting more.  So I got more when I picked up the new album, Banana Cream Dream, and I’ve been rocking it ever since.  The record’s filled with tunes that combine ballsy garage rock with sugary pop, which just happens to be my favorite kind. Give it a listen!

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Chaos in Tejas Pick: DIIV @ Mohawk

DIIV Whiner

Date 5/30/13
Location Mohawk
Doors 7pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

Chaos in Tejas is here and the little festival that could has some nice lineups to choose with starting out this evening.  An ATH approved pick for the evening would have to be the headlining DIIV show at Mohawk (despite their whiney behavior during SXSW).  The remainder of the lineup is also solid with Deep Time and SURVIVE on the outside stage and Troller, ((Pressures)), and Phantom Lakes inside.  Start the weekend off right with some great indie pop music.

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Show Pics: Black Moth Super Rainbow @ The Mohawk (5/29)

Busy end of school season is upon us. So many bands coming to town and I had this one penciled on the calendar a while ago. I have only seen Black Moth Super Rainbow at festivals up to now and decided the friendly confines of The Mohawk would be the place I could get the ever elusive portrait of Tobacco behind the briefcase of Vocodery goodness.

Packed list of artists; Oscillator Bug manufacturing loops and tones, The Hood Internet mashing the hits and a little bonus coverage of locals Bike Problems.

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Fresh New Jam from Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi_Boys_Edited_2Man, I’m getting excited by a lot of the releases coming out this summer and fall.  One of my highlights has to be Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys; they’re one of my favorite live acts too.  They’ve been quiet, relatively speaking, since releasing Glazin, but they’re prepping a new 7″ single for July 9th (via Hardly Art), which means their anticipated 3rd LP is just around the corner.  This track has a steady flow to it, calmly delivering warm guitar parts to match the vocal delivery.  I’d say there’s a fair bit of restraint in this tune, showing some growth from their last LP.  Definitely perked my ears up!

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New Signing for Father/Daughter Records: Bent Shapes

bentOur friends over at Father Daughter Records have picked up a great signing with Boston’s Bent Shapes! The band’s been on my radar for a little while, having made waves with an early 7″; they specialize in creating hook-laden indie pop tunes fueled by ringing/jangling guitars.  Personally, I like the clarity of the vocals on the first single from their upcoming album Feels Weird, which will be released on August 20th.  I have a feeling you’ll be listening to this album for quite some time.


Download: Bent Shapes – Behead Yrself, Pt. 2[MP3]


More New Music From Lemuria

lemuriaLemuria is a group that’s been getting tons of spins around the ATH offices with their new album The Distance is so Big (due out June 18th).  Within the new LP, you’ll find some alternative throwback style indie pop jams with beautifully delivered male/female dueling vocals.  Think old school Rainer Maria or possibly Rocking Horse Winner and then up the rock level a little bit.  That seems fair right?  In other words, you’ll want to get this album when it hits stores.

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