New (ish) Jam from Royal Headache

Royal HeadacheThose of you who’ve got the Matador Singles Subscription already have this wonderful tune from Royal Headache in your collection, like myself, but the band just recently put the jam up for download, and it’s well worth your time.  Unlike their self-titled LP, which you should already own, this tune isn’t quite as frantic, though it still has the slightly noisy attitude that makes the group so remarkable.  I love hearing Shogun smoothly operate at the beginning, then go all out near the end of this track.  If they keep writing great tunes like this, there’s no reason these guys can’t be bigger than anyone else out there. Bet on it. 

Danceable Pop Tune from Black Taxi

blacktaxiI’ve got to continue with my push towards Friday by feeding you all with some upbeat tunes to close out your week.  I’m thinking this new single from Black Taxi is definitely going to do the trick.  While it starts off subtle, the knifing guitar lines encourage dance floor stomping and flailing arms.  I won’t go so far as to say that it’s the most special thing out there, but it’s definitely deserving of a dance-friendly personal mix.  You can pick up the group’s Chiaroscuro EP next week courtesy of No Shame.  Dance dance dance!

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Prepare to Scavenge for FFF Passes

Date 9/22
Location Mohawk
Doors Registration 3:30
Tickets Free, but donate to Caritas


Feeling frisky? Feeling like getting that elusive receipt from your favorite fast food joint or a purple sock puppet?

It is on like Donkey Kong, the FFF8 Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for 9/21 in San Antonio, 9/22 in Austin, Dallas and Houston. Click here for the deets of when, where and what. You know the why.

Sprawling Rocker from Violent Soho

violentsohoI figured since we’re nearing the weekend, we could all probably use a little extra pep to carry us to the end of the week.  At first listen, this new single from Violent Soho might not seem like it fits, but be sure to hold on tightly.  The song does pen up rather carefully, slowing moving with a drawling vocal, yet moments later the guitars are amped up, blasting into your ears.  Vocals no longer seem calming, rather they’re ridden with angst.  It’s really something I think would have fit perfectly into mid-90s radio airplay, and I’m not going to lie, there’s a soft spot for that in my heart. Their new LP, Hungry Ghost was just released, so check it if you enjoy.

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Austin Spotlight: Berkshire Hounds

berkshireHere’s a new piece of catchy rock n’ roll that just made it into our mailbox today: Berkshire Hounds.  I can definitely see how they’ve got a rhythmic groove to the work their crafting, backed with crunchy guitar sounds that erupt in line with the vocals.  Why does this song standout to my ears? It’s the usage of the saxophone, adding an element to this blend of indie rock that we’re not typically used to hearing.  The group’s still in the early phases of their existence, but you this single should hold you over until the band release their next full-length later on this fall.

Hell Yeah! New NoBunny Tune

482800_10200890279601888_881681324_nIf you follow me on Facebook, or are my friend, you’ll notice my profile pic, posted to the left (sorry I got fat) is me with my man Nobunny.  The guy rules, both on record and in the dirtiest of bars.  Sometimes he’s bratty, sometimes he’s brutal, but he’s always got this endearing punk rock quality to him.  This brand new single even has stronger production quality than what I’ve heard from him before, making me more than excited for what his new LP, Secret Songs, will offer listeners.  It’s slated for an October 15th release on Goner Records.  Nobunny!

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Tour Cassette from Neighbors

neighborsSeattle band Neighbors have definitely won me over with their earliest single, but I think that this new tour cassette, Power Country, has completely sold me on the act. There’s not a lot of frills on these tunes, just straight up rock n’ roll with catchy hooks to sell you on the goods. I think the lead-off track is the perfect introduction to this group, for those that haven’t gotten to hear them yet. It encompasses the combination of grit and pop sensibility that I enjoy about the band.  And, for those of us in Austin, they’ll be hitting up our fair city on October 16th at Cheer-Up Charlies.  If you’re not in our fair city, check their schedule, as they’re hitting the road hard.

Fancy Some Black Light Dinner Party?

One of my favorites from 2011, Black Light Dinner Party, are releasing their full-length Sons and Lovers on September 24th. They’ll be playing some shows up around the northeast. From what I understand, they put on a pretty lively set. Dance.

Give it a run, this title track is a fun little jaunt that starts softly and progresses right into some slow pop jam territory and lets you off the hook easy…

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Austin Spotlight: I Miss Voxtrot

voxtrotI think one of the most disappointing moment in recent Austin music history was the disbanding of Voxtrot.  Sure, members have gone on to work on various things, and other bands like Literature and She Sir stepped in to fill the void, yet nothing quite seems the same.  Classic twee pop sounds with bounce to make your feet shuffle and guitar licks to bring a smile to your face epitomized the great act.  I had recovered for quite some time until the following track below came on my shuffle last night; it brought back the sadness all over again.  At an early age, the group was able to release this track on the excellent Raised By Wolves EP, and they never let me down afterwards…that is until they walked away.  I think we should all sit back and just enjoy this sweet tune.

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Download: Voxtrot – The Start Of Something [MP3]

Show Preview: Chelsea Wolfe @ Mohawk (9/6)

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Date 9/6/13
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $13 @ Mohawk

Tons of shows are going down in Austin this weekend, but we highly recommend you keep the Chelsea Wolfe show going down at Mohawk on your list of things to do.  I’ve always been a fan of Chelsea and her music so this should be a great show.  Opening support is provided by Dallas’ own True Widow.

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