Exciting New Single from Sherpa

Sherpa have actually been on my radar for some time, so I’m excited to see that the New Zealand act has just put out a new single for their excellent album, Lesser Flamingo.  The entire record is full of this inherent catchiness that’s provided with a power-pop act, yet they mix things up with just a hint of psychedelia to throw you off course.  You’ll listen to this record, and it’ll have you bobbing your head and tapping your feet; you’ll also be excited because you’ve discovered a new favorite band.  Get on it.

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Download:Sherpa – Turner [MP3]

Photo Pop 2012 Preview: Brian Gray @ Red 7 (11.9)

Hey folks! Have you heard about the awesome art show/sale at Red 7 this Friday night, followed by an even more killer rock show?  Well, it’s going to be a special night for the Austin community, so you owe it to yourself to be there. We’re offering you some insight into some of the great artists showing their work, and we’re pleased to introduce you to our hard working and genuine mate, Brian Gray. Meet him… Read more

New Music from The Little Ones

Feel like I’m being a bummer today, so I wanted to throw out this gem in the afternoon.  It’s an upbeat track from The Little Ones; it’s the first single from their sophomore release, The Dawn Sang Along; the album comes out on February 13th via Branches Recording Collective. I feel like this is the sort of track everyone can appreciate, filled with hooks and pop goodness galore.  I even hear a bit of Kevin Barnes in the vocals, so that’s an added bonus in my eyes. Sorry for bumming you out today.

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Download:The Little Ones – Argonauts [MP3]

Quieted Pop from Lone Wolf

The last 24 hours I’ve been inundated with political commentary, but my mind has begged and pleaded with me to escape. I wasn’t able to get this done until I heard this track from Lone Wolf, a missing track from his upcoming album, The Lovers.  It’s a sprawling bit of wondrous pop, rising and falling with Paul Marshall’s voice.  It’s allowed me to go off into my mind for a bit, enjoying the space where only music can take me.  If you like what you hear, look for The Lovers on November 27th.

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Download:Lone Wolf – All Clear [MP3]

More New Tunes from Pretty and Nice

Not too long ago I brought you one of the gems off the brand new Us You All We EP from Pretty & Nice. The EP just came out this week, and it’s definitely something you need to get your hands on as soon as possible.  This new tune they’re offering your way is precisely why I fell for the band, opening with this rambunctious pop swing.  It’s got a pounding rhythm, and a little bit of a guitar stutter followed by a blast of noise; it’s a nice new twist on the group’s sound, emphasizing their prowess. You need a lift? Get into this jam right away!

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Wayward Jam from Dumbo Gets Mad

I’m not sure how I feel about the name for Dumbo Gets Mad, but man, I’m really digging this track today.  It’s the sort of slow jam that uses male and female vocals pieces to transport you into the ultimate chill mode.  I like the way the song’s recorded, giving it sort of a casual vibe, yet one that eventually makes its way into your inner soul.  For some reason I’m just gravitating towards tunes built for escapism today; I’m pretty sure I’m cool with that. This tune will be on their upcoming LP, Quantum Leap, which is slated for release next year on Bad Panda Records.

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Download:Dumbo Gets Mad – Radical Leap [MP3]

FFF 2012: Saturday In Pictures

Ahhh. Home, sweet home. Back on the pit to bring you nine kinds of performance shots.

Saturday’s shots include Residual Kid, The Young, Gold Fields, Brendan Benson, Daughn Gibson, The Helio Sequence, Braid, The Spits, Surfer Blood, Tanlines, Paul Banks, Real Estate, Wavves and PiL. More from around the fest, of course. Fun was had by all, just bummed that I missed shooting Refused from the pit. It was “too busy”.

Click through to feed your eyes…

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Sweet Pop from Crane Angels

It’s good to know that the perfect pop song can always be affecting, bridging that gap between the Atlantic.  This is the case when you look at the work of France’s Crane Angels, who just released their Duhort Bachen EP.  It’s five tunes, and this opener sounded a lot more innocent and sweet when it opened, but if you allow the song to sink in, it definitely blasts off quite a bit towards the end, running off noisily into the horizon.  For me, it leaves me wanting more from the band, which is fortunate, since it follows with four more great hits.  Give yourself a little pop overdose with this tune right here.

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Download:Crane Angels – Remember The Beach [MP3]

Fun Fest Recap: RayRay Edition

We’ve always had one hell of a time at Fun Fest every year, and we always have some fun after the festival discussing our take on each day’s events.  This year, we’re letting each one of our writers provide their own take on the weekend with a personal recap of the goings ons so as to not compromise or impose on any one writer’s opinions.  I’ll be starting things off today with some random thoughts and favorite bands from the best festival in town.  Follow the jump for more from me.

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