Modest Mouse @ Stubbs (3/4)

modest-mouse-band-photoIt’s hard to believe that Modest Mouse are still going strong after all these years and yes we are still excited about them coming to our little town.  You can catch this now veteran act on Wednesday at Stubbs along with opening bands Mimicking Birds & Japanese Motors.  Doors for this show are at 7pm.  Tickets have been sold out for quite some time now and are selling for way more than what they are worth on Ebay.  Try a scalper?

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Download: Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom [MP3]

SXSW Watchlist: Telekinesis

telekinesisMichael Benjamin Lerner records under the moniker of Telekinesis, and he’s the most recent signing to indie stalwart Merge Records. His self-titled album is set to come out on April 7th, and its precisely the sort of album one would want with a Spring release; its full of warmth, yet filled with memorable pop moments.

His whole sound is difficult to put down on paper, as there seem to be many underlying elements. At some moments, he sounds like the more mature brother of young Ben Kweller, when Ben was geared towards the poppier side of life. Still, you might find some resemblance to Brendan Benson‘s solo works here, as fuzzed out guitar is mixed with precision drumming.  Even more interesting is a song like “Foreign Room,” which recalls Elliott Smith moments before picking up pace, all done to perfection. Mark my words, Telekinesis should be on your radar, and not just for SXSW.

He will be playing at The Parish on Saturday, March 21st at 8 PM.

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Download: Telekinesis – Foreign Room [MP3]

New Tunes From The Great Nostalgic

greatnostGreat Nostalgic are a band that we’ve been excited about after we first caught them live during free week at Emo’s. Much to our excitement, the Austin band is finally ready to drop a proper LP your way and we promise it’s going to be one of the year’s best. We’ve got a sneak preview of the new LP with exclusive track “The Kingdom” which should get some buzz going about the effort. The band’s self-titled debut album is available now at local record stores like Waterloo and End of an Ear.

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Download: The Great Nostalgic – The Kingdom [MP3]

Delta Spirit @ Emo’s (2/28)

deltaspirit_pressphotos12Emo’s second sweet lineup of the weekend comes on Saturdy which features Delta Spirit, Other Lives, and Dawes.  Tickets for this show are on sale now for only $11 from Ticketweb.  Doors open at 9pm with music starting up at 10.  You can also preview the show with that Delta Spirit Daytrotter session we told you about earlier this week.

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Download: Other Lives – Paper Cities [MP3]

New Tunes from Tara Jane Oneil

tjThere’s something to be said about a young soul with the spirit of a wise one, and Tara Jane Oneil is precisely such a person.  She’s got the spirit of wonderment, and despite the beauty of this song, “Drowning” there’s something haunting in her delivery, but in a completely endearing way.  Yea, it’s a mellow number for sure, but one to ease you into the weekend with the magic of her voice alone.  Her record A Ways Away comes out via K Records on May 5th. Also, be on the lookout for this young lass during SXSW.

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Download: Tara Jane Oneil – Drowning [MP3]

Diagonals LP Release Party (2/28)

vinyl_posterThe nice folks at do512 and Vinyl Entertainment are offering you another show this weekend with free drinkage to be had.  This time around the celebration is for the release of new LP Valley of the Cyclops by local act Diagonals.  Other local artists The Ugly Beats and DJ Brian Tweedy will also be getting in on the fun.  The show is going down at the 501 studios (map here) downtown and starts around midnight.  RSVP to the show now to guarantee entry and get yourself some free Lonestar!

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Downloads: Diagonals – Neil Diamond Blues [MP3]

From the Closet: Leonard Cohen

lenny1 We’ll go a little old school crooner this week, well, not that entirely old school, as the feature of this week is still up and at it.  Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Leonard Cohen. The man has been honored by everyone, and this Friday we have a chance to honor the man  as well.  You can do so by purchasing tickets to his show on April 2nd at the Long Center. This will be the show you will tell your kids about.  Get a hold of your tickets here, and buy me one as well please!

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Download: Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel No. 2 [MP3]

New Tunes From Crystal Antlers

crystalantlers03The latest and greatest crystal in their name band, Crystal Antlers, have a new rockin’ jam for your listening pleasure.  The new track is called “Andrew” and will appear on the band’s upcoming LP Tentacles out April 6th.  If the whole album sounds like this, we may be in store for one of the years best.

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Download: Crystal Antlers – Andrew [MP3]

New Music From Whitman

whitmanLocal boys Whitman recently spent a long weekend in the studio and are ready to drop a new track your way from the sessions.  No word yet on a title or release date for an upcoming album, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.  The new track, “Light It Up”, has been getting heavy rotation in the ATH offices and we think you’ll like it as much as we do.  Feel free to drop us a line about the new tune or hit them up on myspace.

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Download: Whitman – Light It Up [MP3]

Mastodon Bring More Rock

mastodon-photoMaybe some of our readers are not ready for the face melting music of Mastodon, but count ATH as one of their many fans. The Grammy winning band are bringing you a new album on March 24th entitled Crack the Skye and have two new songs to preview the effort. First new song “Oblivion” can be heard on the album’s website along with some sweet flash animations.  We’ve got the other new tune “Diviniations” for you below.

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Download: Mastodon – Divinations [MP3]

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