I can not believe it is time to start thinking about SxSW. It is like the Christmas decorations at Home Depot, earlier every year.
The initial list of artists invited is out and it is a local heavy list. Not too many big acts, but I think there is something for every music fan interested in day parties and collecting wristbands. Warm up your RSVP skills, March 11, 2014 will be here before you know it. I am on four VIP lists already.
Head past the break for the big list via the PR text…
Moshi Moshi Music has been on a role this month, and they’ve got another track that’s perfect for your listening pleasure. They’ve just put out this new single from London producer, Boxed In, and while he may go as a one-man act, there’s more to his sound on this track. I love the vibe given off by the bass here, and the propulsive nature of the drums really moves the tune along nicely. It doesn’t hurt that there’s some guitar work cutting back and forth through the tune. If you dig what you’re hearing, keep an eye on the label, as I’m sure we’ll get more from the man soon.
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Not too long ago I was presenting you with a number from Illls that really won me over, but at the moment, I’m clearly lost in the amazing I’m presenting you with today. I love the way there’s this atmospheric wash that provides you with a dream state while the guitars create this very sterile landscape that seems juxtaposed. And, the vocals near the 2 minute mark just take me over the moon; I’ll be making every one I know listen to this tune for the rest of the day. The group’s record, Hideout from the Feeders is out on November 12th via Aloe Music.
||Friday, October 18th
||$15 from Frontgate
Shows are coming fast and quick around here in Austin, and a this week seems jam packed with great events. Those of you with a heavy-hand should definitely keep your eyes on this Hanni El Khatib show at the Parish on Friday night. The headliner is out in support of Head in the Dirt, which is a raucous affair of hooks and bangers. Even more important is that Bass Drum of Death will be opening the evening for you all. Their riotous live shows are something of legend around here…almost as legendary as their phenomenal recorded output. I bet the night’s loud in the best way possible. Join us won’t you!
Download: Bass Drum of Death – I Dunno [MP3]
Had I known it was going to be the last day of ACL, I would have gone all out, but I didn’t foresee the future, so I only went mildly out. Regardless, I was up bright and early, as one of my favorites, and perhaps one of the best acts, had an early slot.
Shotgunned beer? Check.
Now on to my highlights and Brian’s photos.
If you’re a native speaker of English, don’t let that fact that the lyrics here are hard to understand sway you from appreciating an incredible track. Tel Aviv’s Vaadat Charigim are clearly singing in their own native tongue, but musically they’re crafting something that feels right at home with the musical landscape we all adore. Guitars work against each other, leaving a brooding darkness, while the lyrics seem to burst and drop from the forefront of the track. It’s noisy and pretty, which are all things we enjoy here at ATH. They’ll be releasing The World is Well Lost via Burger Records on November 12th.
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||Tuesday, October 15th
Formerly Follow That Bird, Austin’s Mirror Travel are prepared to make waves all across the United States. Their new album, Mexico, is being released tomorrow by Modern Outsider, which happens to coincide with their tour kick off set over at Hotel Vegas. You’ve got to be there to check out these great new tunes, and to show support by buying things so they can pay for gas as they conquer the States. They’ll be joined by Suspirians and RF Shannon on the night, making it an event you can’t miss. Plus, it’s indoors, so you have a chance to stay dry during a rock show. Be there or be square, says I.
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I know this tune’s been all over the place, but it’s really hard for me to support one of my favorite artists, Screaming Females. Rock n’ roll’s tiniest bad ass just belts note after note throughout the track, while her band set the landscape for a metal stomper that prepares to rupture your ears. Personally, I love the way Marissa Paternoster plays with her lyrical delivery, often drawing out notes and syllables. You can find this metal burner on a new split 7″ the band recently put out with Tenement. So glad Marissa is feeling better and the band is back at rocking.
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Those of you who’ve been following the local Austin scene surely are aware of the blossoming act, Tele Novella, but if not, now’s the time for you take notice. The group is pretty sensational, creating some of the best pop music to come out of city, and dare I say, the world as a whole. There’s a soft spin on the vocals for this track, and the construction of the track allows for inspired listeners to take the most out of every spin. You’ll find the group releasing their debut 7″, Don’t Be a Stranger, on November 5th, with some great Texas gigs lined up. Going to be a nice year (and beyond) for this four-piece.
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Walking into the park this past Friday, I should have seen the warning signs; there was a light drizzling rain as I made my way over to the Samsung Stage to catch Wild Nothing. It would rain off and on throughout the day, though the weather remained clear until the evening sets. We saw some jams, we did things to our livers.
Read on for my highlights of the day and some snap shots of our man, B.Gray.