As the Chaos in Tejas festival comes into Austin this Wednesday, its high time we take a closer look at our heavier, faster brethren. Our first suggestion for your ears is the garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall. He’s having a busy year already, producing the 7″ for Brilliant Colors, then he’s got his own album Melted which hits stores next week. Such a busy schedule might lead one to think of the recently vacated spot left by Jay Reatard (RIP) wherein he dominated (like it or not) the garage rock scene across the web. Ty’s next in line, and in fact, has already sort of taken over. You can check Ty out this Thursday, May 27th at Red 7. Here’s a tune from his new album as well, in case you need more convincing.
Download: Ty Segall – Caesar
In case you haven’t already heard, the full ACL Festival lineup was just released last night. You’ll see that many of the rumored bands have held to be true along with some other nice surprises. They got the flippin’ Strokes so I’m happy… See the full lineup here.
Hopefully you all know the great site Daytrotter by now, and we’re sure you’re well aware of their great little studio sessions with our favorite artists. They recently ran a session with underappreciated Merge Records artist, Lambchop. The group is fronted by Kurt Wagner, and those of you loving the Americana genre will surely find that his songs are precisely what you need in your collection. Luckily, the session features two unreleased songs that you can download to your collection. Get there NOW.
Download: Lambchop – Buttons [MP3]
We’ve come to expect great things from our friends, and we’re pleased to bring you news that our sometimes-writer, and close friend, Corey has started up another killer blog titled Hulkthrash. The premise is that Corey will be compiling amazing mixtapes every week for you to download. He’s got great tastes ranging all over the place, from R&B, Soul and Reggae to Punk, Garage Rock and Lo-fi. So, if you’re looking for an hour of great tunes to get into during your work day, or while you’re cleaning around the house, hit up our friend Corey over at Hulkthrash. You can also download his podcasts over at that iTunes place.
Sad news today in the Internet land as word has broken that much-loved Austin band Voxtrot have decided to call it quits. You can read about it HERE from the man behind it all, Ramesh. There doesn’t seem to be a huge response yet from the Austin scene, but rest assured that this is a band that will be sorely missed. Personally, the last time I saw them was a few years back at a show over at Emos. I remember being really impressed by opening band Beirut, but it was all forgotten as Voxtrot took to the stage. Their live shows were always a blast, while the whole band sang along and smiled. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite memory of the band. Farewell friends, you leave a hole in our scene.
Download: Voxtrot – Kid Gloves [MP3]
This just in: Tickets and 3-day passes for October’s Austin City Limits Festival are going on sale tomorrow at 10am. These things sold out real quick like last year, so head to the ACL website and make a purchase. Passes for all 3 days are going for $185 with all fees included in that price.
This should be a show post about the killer evening of tunes over at Antones Friday featuring Local Natives and Suckers (2 of our favorites this year). But, instead, we’ve got something for you. We’re running a little contest to win a free Local Natives “Sun Hands” 7″. All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what your favorite album of the year is, besides Local Natives (as that should be near the top), and don’t forget to leave a valid email address in the email portion of your comment. We’ll pick the winner by tomorrow morning and take care of the rest.
Oh, and our top secret spies tell us that the first person to buy Gorilla Manor starting today at Waterloo Records wins two free tickets. Get over their now. And be sure to show up early as you’ll love the Suckers too!
Download: Local Natives – Airplanes [MP3]
There’s nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion every once in a while, right? Paravel, the guys behind the scenes at Austin Town Hall, has a fun new project we’d like to share. It’s called The Many Faces Of…, and was born from a love of movies. They plan on posting a new feature each month, with Alan Rickman up first. Check it out.
Oh Schnaps! As promised last week, we’ve got even more rad show contests coming your way this week! So huge buzz band Beach House are coming to Emo’s next week. The show is SOLD OUT, and we’ve got a couple passes to give away to 2 lucky winners. Deets are as follows:
– Since the new album from Beach House is called Teen Dream, leave us a comment or Tweet us with the best song you can think of with the words “teen” and/or “dream” in the lyrics and/or title. Ex: “Teenage Wasteland” – The Who. Bonus points awarded if both words are used.
– Make sure to leave a valid email when filling out the comments form so we can get in touch with you.
– Winner will be contacted by Wednesday afternoon!
That’s about it. Simple right? Don’t forget, we always appreciate some creativity! We’ll leave a comment about who won on Thursday morning. Ready, steady, go!
Download: Beach House – Norway [MP3]
It was a rare night of glorious talent at Emos Monday night, as King Khan, The Fresh & Onlys and The Strange Boys all graced the Austin stages, in a sort of possessed ambiance of the evening. Meanwhile, the legendary Wedding Present pleased fans for hours indoors. Follow the jump to read more.