So if your Saturday plans are looking bleak, take a little trip down I-35 to San Marcos for the KTSW sponsored Mr. Fest this weekend. The event is going to be a big one and we won’t even attempt to list all the goings on in this tiny little space so we’ll hit the key points. For starters, this event will start at 11am, run all day long and end around 1am. All sorts of local bands will be playing at the festival including a headlining night show by one of our favorites Black Joe Lewis. Even better news, our friends Whitman & Built by Snow will be playing hour long sets right before Black Joe on the Bar 141 stage. All of downtown is included with 5 venues setting up stages for live music. Not just a music event, food, drink and games will also be part of the fun. Best of all, this thing is totally free! For more information, head to the KTSW website, see show info on Do512 or check out that fancy flier. This should be one festival you won’t want to miss.
Download: Black Joe Lewis – Sugarfoot [MP3]
Austin’s International Waters have been surfing around my list of bands to check out for quite some time, and it’s time we open your eyes to the band as well. Suffice it say, their list of influences such as Comet Gain, Felt and Beat Happening are enough to win me over, but the band has the songs to back it up as well. Sure, they’re steeped in that sound of ancient 80s dance suave, but you can’t help but get drawn into their songs. They currently are giving away three songs for free on their Myspace page, and they’re rumored to have a 7″ on its way. Also, you can catch them this Thursday at Elysium for Brit Pop Dance Night.
Download: International Waters – Salt and Sea [MP3]
Some people just want to listen to dance music. Today, I am playing a song for those in the world of dance music. Soviet is a band from NYC who won me over years back at SXSW, and they are just now releasing the follow-up to to their debut; the new album is titled Spies in the House of Love. Apparently it was recorded long ago, but is just now seeing the light of day. Take a listen and move those feet.
Download: Soviet – Photographs [MP3]
Sweden’s The Sounds are definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and I am not going to shy away from their catchy new-wave influenced pop-rock. Not to mention the fact that singer Maja is one hell of a front-woman. Now, the band have a new album coming out in June, and here is the first single off said album.
Download: The Sounds – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake [MP3]
If you’re looking for a quiet evening of music on Wednesday night, Damien Jurado should provide an intimate and memorable set at Cactus Cafe. The show starts at 8:30pm with tickets on sale now for $12.50. Here’s that live track from Daytrotter we posted a few months ago.
Download: Damien Jurado – Ohio(live) [MP3]
Do you need a little morning pick me up? Check out the new tune from Future of the Left, the UK band that formed out of the ashes of Mclusky. This new single, off their forthcoming album for 4AD Records, is sure to kick start your day, and have you looking forward to the release of their new album.
Download: Future of the Left – Arming Eritrea [MP3]
Electro-pop band Passion Pit are about to release a new album called Manners on May 18th in the UK and May 26th in the US. About a month ago we heard “The Reeling” from the new album, and now the band is dropping more new tracks our way. This latest preview of the upcoming LP is called “Moth’s Wings” and is slowly becoming one of my songs of the year. Enjoy.
Download: Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings [MP3]
Canadian indie band Most Serene Republic are ready to throw some new music your way after the success of their 2007 album Population. This new album will be called …And The Ever Expanding Universe which features first single “Heavens to Purgatory” available for download/stream below. You can pick this one up July 14th on Arts & Crafts.
Download: Most Serene Republic – Heavens to Purgatory [MP3]
This new White Denim song has been tearing up the internet over the last few days. It’s called “Mirrored and Reversed” and will appear on the band’s upcoming LP Fits. You can get that one on June 22nd in the UK via Full Time Hobby. No word yet on when that one will be available state side.
Download: White Denim – Mirrored and Reverse [MP3]
Damn you Daytrotter! We promised these people no more posts about Glasvegas and then you go and do this! What we’re talking about is a new series of live performances on the Daytrotter website featuring bands recorded during SXSW. The sessions are extra special because each band takes a few of their songs and turns them into acoustic mini-ballads. Right now the site has sessions posted by our very own Strange Boys and of course ATH favorite Glasvegas. Check out this cry yourself to sleep at night version of Geraldine (also one of our songs of ’08). Keep checking back to daytrotter often as more sessions are said to be on the way.
Download: Glasvegas – Geraldine (live/acoustic) [MP3]