Collection of Best of Austin for 2019

Clearly, based on the name of our site, we’re always down to represent Austin, and while I feel like releases were down in the city this year, there was tons of great stuff to be devoured. Rather than rank and file our friends; we’re just here to uplift the scene, and maybe remind you of some Texas music that might have (it shouldn’t!) slipped under your radar. Black Pumas got the deserved love, but there’s tons bubbling beneath the surface. I mostly broke it into labels, as they’re the heart and soul of this city. Comes with a fancy playlist.

ATH Records – Yo! Did you know Nathan runs a label associated with the site? It’s mostly Austin stuff, though we’re branching out here. He released tons of great stuff for ya.

Flesh LightsNever See Snow – The last LP from Austin punk rockers.
The HermitsS/T – A fuzzy exploration where pop meets psychedelia.
She SirWays a Season – Did someone say shoegaze?
Being DeadFame Money Death by DriveBy – The hottest coolest band in Texas.
Mean JoleneTry Harder – Abundant pop hooks with hints of garage rock.
Shivery ShakesWeird Weather – Our faves return with their best album to date.
The ZoltarsTelling Stories – Jared is pretty much one of the best things in Austin.

First Humans Records – Run by the folks in Big Bill. They scored a huge hit with their releases this year, plus hints at some new stuff for 2020 from the likes of Masculine Pain.

PataphysicsThe Future of Synth Rock – Collection of pop collages like nothing else.
InfinitesS/T – Hands down, the best record coming from Austin, no matter the Grammys.

Keeled Scales Records – The most prominent label in Austin right now; they craft the best of the mellow vibes in town and out. Let’s just look at ATX releases…

Jordan MoserLong Night – Fell in love with this LP late on, but better late than never.
RF ShannonRain on Dust – This band should be much bigger. This is the band at its best.
Will JohnsonWire Mountain – Indie rock vet gets better with age.
The DeerDo No Harm – Was not prepared for how great this journey would be.

12XU – Some rad stuff that we all should have expected, but also staking claim late early to the 2020 album of the year with the announcement of new Xetas LP.

Spray PaintInto the Country – Their first release in a bit, but a reminder of being bad ass.
USA/MexicoMatamoros – The best way to lose your hearing.

Western Vinyl – Old faithful in the Austin scene. And beyond. Had one of my favorite LPs of the year with Outer Spaces.

Caroline SaysThe Ohio River EP – Bummed we only got 4 new songs.
Abram ShookNeon Machine – Abram takes his sound and makes it far far out

Modern Outsider – Love the people here, and their dedication to including all these labels in their work.

Moving PanoramasIn Two – The dreamiest of dreamy pop records.

Other Austin Releases

Daphne TunesVolume 1 & 2 – Santi might be the best kept secret in Austin, sadly

Christelle BofaleSwim Team – A powerful new voice in the Austin scene

HovvdyHeavy Lifter – This band is already on your radar, right

TC SuperstarR&D – Hyped dance music

FanclubAll the Same EP

BlushingS/T – One time, we released an EP by this band

HarlemOh Boy – You wanted Harlem 2.0. You got same hooks, more maturity.

Lou RebeccaRestless – Electro pop from local label, Holodeck.

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