Just last week I was tossing one of the great new songs from Radioactivity your way, and less than a few days later, the band have unleashed another kicking tune for your ears. I love the gritty sound of this tune, even though it still has this underlying pop sensibility to it; you wouldn’t expect anything less from two ex-Marked Men memebers would you? Not only does this capture the sound that I’ve been enthralled with (again) over the last few years, but we can get a big Texas shout out going here. Their self-titled LP comes out next week via Dirtnap Records…and rumor has it that another one is right around the corner.
Download: Radioactivity – Locked in My Head [MP3]
Everyone was out rocking away at CMJ in NYC last week, so the press world has been kind of slow, us included. One of the things I missed posting about last week was the brand new track from Prince Rupert’s Drop, which features on a digital single from Beyond is Beyond is Beyond. This tune offers up a groovy stomp, with hints of noisier elements in there. It sticks with the same groovy attitude that the group has offered us before, which is all the more reason for you and I to pay some attention to the act. Enjoy a nice bit of jam today.
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Sometimes Austin can disappoint you. I don’t know if it’s the post-ACL hangover or the onset of cold weather, but I was expecting a sold out crowd for Crystal Antlers on Saturday night, especially after the release of their excellent Nothing is Real LP. Sadly, it was half-empty (shame on us), but that didn’t stop the bands on stage from killing it. Read on for some reflection. And thanks to our friend Bryan for the photo! Read more
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Sea Pinks? The group first came to my attention a few years ago with their relationship to Girls Names, but since that discovery they’ve released two incredible LPs, Freak Waves and Dead Seas. Today I bring you a brand new single that you’ll definitely have to sink your teeth into. Much like Freak Waves, the vocals are up in the mix, which really does make the group all the more exciting; it allows for the natural vibe and bounce of the group to make way to your eardrums. They’ll be releasing this track on a new 7″ via the band’s label, CF Records. This totally made my week worth it.
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We hit up the Parish this past Friday to have a few beverages and spend some time watching some acts that we love. As I reflect upon the night, all I can say is that it ended up being a tale of two bands. You’ll have to read on for my thoughts on the evening. Read more
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It’s yet another great week /weekend of shows here in Austin and I see a great place to kick off your week right with a set by up and coming indie band Grooms at Mohawk. Joining the band on stage will be local favorites The Sour Notes and Yum. I see a great and cheap option to kick off your music week the right way. Do it.
Download: Grooms – I Think We’re Alone Now [MP3]
It is almost the weekend.
ACL is done (though I have even more pics to share). FFF8 is next. We have some cool shows in between. The weather is cooler. There is we stuff in creeks and rivers that have been dry for months. Pretty exciting. …and OU still sucks.
I am in a pretty good mood. So I bring you a crinkly song that is a follow up to the “Flesh and Bone” that should have posted a while ago, but whatever. Holograms is Scandanavian punk. Dig it.
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Wasn’t it just last week I posted one of the latest singles from Audacity? Well, that was from a split release, but this new tune is from their brand new LP! The album is titled Butter Knife, and it’ll see a release by Suicide Squeeze on October 29th. These guys always seem to energetic in their songwriting, yet, like all good punk, it’s got a nice dosage of hooks to grab your ears. If you listen to this track, you get the feeling that big things are in the making for the band, as you’ll find a hard time ignoring just how good the track is. One of my favorite acts of the moment!
Download: Audacity – Couldn’t Hold A Candle [MP3]
We’ve been fans for some time of The So So Glos, and that was cemented by my time spent listening to their phenomenal debut, Blowout. It seems that some hard-working individuals have allowed them some free studio time to record a track of their liking, and the result seems like its a good fit. Through their short time, they’ve grown increasingly softer on the ears…meaning that their brash style has sort of begun to fade. That being said, it’s clear that some bands are meant to move on in that way, as this song offers a glimpse to just how great things sound when all the pieces come together. Give it a listen.
Download: The So So Glos – Emergency [MP3]
Veronica Falls is one of the great stable acts of Slumberland Records; they’ve only improved (immensely) as they’ve matured. They’ve just recorded a brand new single for their upcoming tour, which unfortunately doesn’t include any dates Stateside…we can always hold out hope. Honestly, this new single is probably the best thing the group has written to date, and that says a lot considering how special I think Waiting for Something to Happen (Feb 2013) truly is. If you need a catchy tune with some bounce then you better spend some quality time with this tune. Thanks to IPSML for the heads up.
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