If you’re looking for some solid indie rock on Saturday night in Austin, head over to Mohawk for a show by Spencer Krug’s band Sunset Rubdown. Music starts at 9pm with opening act Witchies followed by Elfin Saddle. Tickets are relatively cheap and on sale now for $13. Better seize the opportunity to see such a talented act in an intimate setting as you’ll probably never see Mr. Krug’s full time band Wolf Parade in such a setting. Sunset Rubdown is touring in support of their new album Dragonslayer which is due out next week via JagJaguwar.
Download: Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart [MP3]
We’ve always been big fans of Austin band Hollywood Gossip so we were excited to see that they are playing a free show at Nomad Bar on Saturday night. If you aren’t familiar with the bar, here’s a little map to help you find your way to the show. Fellow locals Household Names and Harlovve will be kicking things off around 10pm. Should be a good one!
Download: Hollywood Gossip – Bicycle [MP3]
Let’s not forget that some of us had to start our musical fandom somewhere, and for myself and many of my friends it was in the land of punk rock. This heralded land has been taken down by a lot of things lately, namely any genre wherein you add the word -core as a suffix. But, back for the attack are some of the forefathers, as Screeching Weasel comes to town this Friday at Emos. Not only that, but Ben will also be playing a Riverdales set Saturday night. The song below is one of my favorites that comes off Screeching Weasel’s Anthem for a New Tomorrow. Yay, punk rock didn’t completely die!
Everyone’s favorite indie songstress Annie Clark (known as St. Vincent) will be making another much anticipated stop in Austin on Friday. First up is one of those famous free Waterloo Records in-stores going down at 3pm with free keg beer of course. Second is a chance for a full on proper set at Mohawk beginning at 9pm with openers Pattern is Movement. Tickets for this show will run ya $17 and can be bought online now. If you’re planning on making it out, stick around after the St. Vincent set for an inside show by our new favorite Austin band Sad Accordions.
Download: St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work [MP3]
Before you fell in love with him as one of those pesky Raconteurs, Brendan Benson was writing great pop tunes all over the place; his album Lapalco is one of the must haves in my opinion. Finally he is making new tunes, and is set to release his new album My Old, Familiar Friend via ATO Records on August 18th. This new track is interesting; it is more keyboard driven than things he’s come up with in the past, but we’ll wait on pins and needles to see where the whole album goes. Take a listen.
Download: Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home [MP3]
After the moderate success of his debut 2007 solo album American Hearts, folkster A.A. Bondy is back and ready to release his sophomore effort. The new album will be called When the Devil’s Loose which hits stores September 1st via Fat Possum Records. First single from the album “When the Devil’s Loose” can be found below.
Download: A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose [MP3]
The free record label samplers continue this week with one from the Canadian super label Arts & Crafts. This 15 song sampler is available for download from Amazon and features all the big names from the label like The Stills, Amy Millan, The Constantines and more. Here’s one of our faves from new artist Zeus called “Fever of the Time”.
Download: Zeus – Fever of the Time [MP3]
Phoenix rockers Dear and the Headlights are making another stop at Emo’s in Austin after a few months away from our little town. Opening acts are also pretty solid for this one with Quiet Company and The Bright Light Social Hour both joining in for support. Get your tickets ahead of time now for $10. Starting time for music is at 8pm so make sure you get there early.
Download: Dear and the Headlights – Talk About [MP3]
We’ve really been enjoying this new tune from folksters Fruit Bats and wanted to share it with you guys. The song is called “My Unusual Friend” and will appear on the band’s upcoming album The Ruminant Band due out August 4th via Sub Pop. We hope this sweet little diddy gets you excited for the forthcoming album.
Download: Fruit Bats – My Unusual Friend [MP3]
If you’re a frequent reader of our website, you know we’re peeing our pants in anticipation for the Grizzly Bear show at the Parish on Tuesday. We love the band’s new record so much, we’re already calling it the record of the year so far. The show should be made even more enticing for you concert goers as new ATH favorite Here We Go Magic will be providing opening support. Tickets for this one have been sold out for quite some time so try to scalp your way in! Doors are at 8pm. Hottest song of the year is streaming for your enjoyment below.
Download: Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks [MP3]