The country music & bluegrass world needs more women like Sera Cahoone. Long before my time, women like Emmy Lou Harris & Loretta Lynn carried the torch as THE women of the genre. Not afraid to say what they think about their latest man or toss out the occasional dirty word along with the strum on the finest Gibson acoustic. Sure the world still has their Kathleen Edwards or even Allison Krause to some extent but I feel we need more from the women of the genre. I feel like Sera is one of these women of country music who can carry that torch in the new generation. On Saturday night at Stubbs, she provided an intimate set full of the grit and vulnerability that used to come with those elder stateswomen of country music. Read more
You can stream a couple more songs off Beck’s new album Modern Guilt on his iLike artist page. The new streaming songs are “Orphans” & “Gamma Ray”.
Yes you read that headline right. Our mates from across the pond, The Verve, have debuted some new material after an extremely long hiatus. The band played their first show in the US in over 10 years at Coachella recently and debuted some new material at the festival. Here’s the newest song by The Verve entitled “Love is Noise” off their upcoming album Four due on August 18th :[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/love_is_noise.mp3]
Download: The Verve – Love Is Noise [MP3]
The New Year founding members The Kadane Brothers will be coming to Austin this Thursday at Emos on the indoor stage. The show is only $8 with doors opening up at 8pm. The brothers are touring in support of their bands new album, The New Year which should be dropping Sep. 9th. Below is the title track from The New Year’s last album The Ends Not Near which came out way back when in 2004. Check Emos website for tickets to the show or just hold out and get one at the door. More info can be found about The Kadane Brothers & The New Year from the bands website.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/01-ends-not-near.mp3]
Our Austin boys White Denim recently posted a youtube mix tape on the Drowned in Sound website. The compilation is pretty awesome, featuring the likes of R. Kelly, Pink Floyd & Stevie Wonder among others. The band is about to kick off a UK tour in support of their new album Workout Holiday which hits stores tomorrow. Read more about the band on their myspace page or have a go at the newest single “let’s talk about it”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/letsalkaboutit.mp3]
Download: White Denim – Lets Talk About It [MP3]
Former Ladytron bass player Pop Levi has a new single available for download off the album Never, Never Love which is set to be released September 2nd. Hear the title track “Never, Never Love” off the new album right now:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/neverneverlove.mp3]
Damien Jurado and his band mates have a new song available off his forthcoming album Caught in the Trees due out on the 9th of September. You can hear the song “Gillian was a Horse”, which is slowly turning into my feel good hit of the summer, below:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/damien-jurado-gillian-was-a-horse.mp3]
Our favorite record store, Waterloo Records, was recently featured in Paste Magazine as being one of the best record stores in America. The article talks about the highly underrated experience of visiting a record store in a download only world. Check out the article on Paste’s website.
Islands will be playing a couple of dates around Austin on Monday. Waterloo records will be hosting the first performance with a free in-store show with free keg beer as always. Get there early so you can post up near the front. Later in the evening, Islands will be moving on over to Emos to showcase a full set with all the trimmings. You can buy tickets for the late night show at Emos website. The band is becoming more and more well known for their live shows, so check out a great set from Islands at Emos at 10 p.m. or Waterloo at 5 p.m. Preview the shows with a song off the bands new album Arm’s Way entitled “Creeper”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/creeper.mp3]
Download: Islands – Creeper [MP3]
Grand Archives will be coming to Stubbs this Saturday in support of their recently released album Grand Archives. The band will be joined by label mate Sera Cahoone who will be showcasing songs off her recent Sub Pop release Only as the Day is Long. You can find tickets to the show on Stubbs website for only $10 or you can get one at the show for $12. ATH will be on hand for what should be a stellar show, with a full review and pictures of the show coming early next week. Songs from Grand Archives & Sera Cahoone can be found below:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/couch.mp3]