Top 13 Bands of FFF Fest

1112top5coverFun Fun Fun Fest snuck up on me quite a bit this year and it’s hard to believe that we are just one short week away from Austin’s best festival.  Good times will be had by all I’m sure and of course ATH is here to ensure that you will be aptly prepared for the weekend of fun.  Today we’re continuing our coverage of the fest with a look at 13 bands you definitely shouldn’t miss out on.  Why 13?  Because it’s Halloween and we’re cool.  Follow the jump for the list in no particular order.

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Take a Break With Some New Music Videos

Ok, so you’re still under the delusion that you’re going to get anything done at work today, but how much longer is that going to last? It’s Halloween! Take a break from whatever it is you’re still working at and take a look at two new music videos from local(ish) acts that will brighten your day and give you something to jam to while you start to get spooky.

First up are locals Shivery Shakes with their hilarious and cross-dressing abundant video for “Hold On” off their killer album Three Waves & A Shake. Just when you thought that song couldn’t get any better, the band gives it a visual component you don’t want to miss. [youtube][/youtube]

Next up is where the (ish) comes from in local(ish): Little Cinema. While the band divides their time between Brooklyn and Austin, we can still claim them a little as our own. In this music video for “Birdwatchers of the World, Unite!” a track off their debut album, Adventure, things get a little birdy.


Get Your Gritty Lo-Fi Jam On with Disgusting People

disgustingDisgusting People are a group from Sydney, Australia who specialize in college style minimalist extra lo-fi rock and roll. They’ve got a rad purple cassette tape for sale over on their Bandcamp page along with the chance to download the whole album digitally too if you don’t want to kick it old school. Have a listen to the track “2×4” below and get a good taste of what you should be listening to.

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Communions Make the Perfect Sort of Pop Music

commieThere’s really not too much information traveling about involving Communions, but one things seems to be that everyone who has taken a listen to the Danish group has found themselves falling in love.  Honestly, I hear a lot of great similarities to our boys Literature; the song below has that same jangle and there’s just a hint of obscuring vocal effects.  I think it’s the perfect way to wrap up our week here, as it’s a near perfect song.  They’ve got a Tough Love Records 7″ coming out on November 10th, so let’s hope we get to hear more from them.

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Western Vinyl to Release New Elephant Micah Album

whereJust the other day I was lamenting the mellow sort of tunes that I fawn over and their absence.  Since that ridiculous statement, it seems I’ve been inundated with some folk-laden tunes that are really something, like this new song from Elephant Micah. The moniker serves as the musical vehicle for Joseph O’Connell, and he’s received countless accolades from all over the musical map, artists and outlets alike.  While his music has long seemed a great secret, his new album, Where In Our Woods, will see a release on Western Vinyl early next year.  Take a journey with this number.

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Angel Olsen Graces Your Day

angelllEarlier this year, Angel Olsen put out her great album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, and you thought you’d have to survive off this for awhile as far as tunes from this lady go. But you’re in luck! She’s announced the deluxe version of said album and it includes this extra track, “May As Well,” which has this sleepy, almost lullaby vibe going for it. It’s a short little number, but in its two and a half minutes, Olsen manages to encapsulate an old-timey sound with her emotive voice, that’s nostalgic to say the least. I’m really enjoying this number, and so you should be to. Have a listen and pick up Burn Your Fire For No Witness Deluxe Edition on November 18th.

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Color of Light to Release New LP in 2015

dreamSadly, the great run of tunes that came out in 2014 is drawing to a close, so we’re already getting into the jams that will get us through an Ebola-filled 2015.  One of those that caught my attention was the dreamy electro-scape pop music coming from Color of Light.  It’s the project of Sean Neuse, who formerly operated as Backseat Dreamer (that name was a bit too much of a giveaway), so you can turn this song on, put some headphones over those ears, then find yourself drifting into some quality REM sleep.  Look for Memory to come out on January 6th of the newest year.

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Stream the New Album from Trans Upper Egypt

transThese boring little pages of ours have seen several songs pop up from Trans Upper Egypt, so I figured why not give you the opportunity to listen to their whole new self-titled LP?  It’s music of the psychedelic sort, with the vocals often obscured in the mix while bass lines rhythmically bounce along.  Me? I dig the album; it’s different in a sense than a lot of the other “psych rock,” so it alone wins points for that in my book.  Monofonus Press will be releasing the album next Tuesday, but be a smart consumer, and listen in before you buy.

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Album Announcement for Ghost of Jack Nance

ghost-of-jack-nance-promo-picSoliti Music is on a roll this week, with a video from Black Lizard earlier, and now the announcement of My Heart Strings, the new effort from Ghost of Jack Nance. This tune is filled with noisy plodding guitar and a vocal that seems to echo through the caverns of your mind. It sort of sounds like if you took Beat Happening and wrapped it up in this dense collection of atmospheric noise…and I mean that in a really good way, I promise.  You’ll be able to grab the new EP on November 28th, but while you’re waiting indulge a bit by rocking THIS VIDEO at work.

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The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

The_Twilight_Sad_-_Nobody_Wants_to_Be_Here_and_Nobody_Wants_to_LeaveRating: ★★★★☆

The last we heard from Scottish indie rockers, The Twilight Sad, was No One Can Ever Know, back in 2012. While this was a little bit of a set back for the group that has brought you excellent albums like Forget the Night Ahead, they’ve got their chance once again to add to their growing discography as well as to your listening catalogues. Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, besides being a ridiculously long title for a record, is oddly fitting, describing the feeling of uncomfortable ease that a lot of the tracks touch on in their swirling darkness.

If you’ve never listened to any of this group’s previous works, you ought to know that this band has this powerful darkness that presents itself in various forms. Be it in the accented vocal strength of James Graham, the thick layers of gritty guitars, or the oft-crashing percussion—this band does dark indie-rock very well. The opening three tracks serve as an excellent beginning for The Twilight Sad, each one embarking on a different twist on the pleasant discomfort aforementioned earlier. First track “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” has the band starting slowly, as if to introduce themselves again to you, but there’s still Graham’s vocals spinning you a tale of some figure in the background while electric guitar spirals like smoke around the whole thing, which eventually leads to Graham belting earnestly.

Then you hit superstar track “Last January,” and you become completely enraptured: the slow swirl of the first track has been replaced with a quick paced number, fronted by the simmering drums which beg you to tap along to them. They reach the chorus, and there are these waves of softer synthesizer that just fall gently over the track, melting everything together, producing an audible emission of that feeling of uneasy comfort that’s so addictive to listen to.

Later on you get the deeper set tracks from this band, each number becomes grounded in itself and takes you further down the rabbit hole. While the first tracks really pulled you in, the last tracks hold you under. “Pills I Swallow” is a four-minute exercise in reserved power, with its multi-level vocals and the tinkling of delicate electronic elements. Then “Leave the House,” is the quietest this band gets; this stripped track has Graham’s rich Scottish voice in total control of the ballad before it switches from quiet to loud.

Like earlier records from The Twilight Sad, this one has every inclination of a grower—while there are those immediate tracks that get you first go-round the record player, the band gives you numbers where the energy is embedded and surfaces with further inspection. For their fourth full-length album, this group proves they’ve got more to give you and it happens to be pretty damn good.

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