Howlies

A lot of well deserved buzz has been going around about this new Atlanta band Howlies.  We thought to bring you aboard the hype train, we’d post a new song by the band entitled “Dirty Woman”.  The song currently appears on a CD single Sea Level/Dirty Woman and will also show up on a forthcoming debut LP.  If you purchase the new single for $15, the label will throw in a free digital download and a t-shirt.  What a deal!

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Download: Howlies – Dirty Woman [MP3]

David Lindley @ Cactus Cafe (8/15)

David Lindley plays the extremely intimate Cactus Cafe on the UT campus Friday night. Who’s David Lindley? Only one of the most sought after sessions guitarists in the world –  he’s played with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon to name a few – in addition to fronting bands of his own. Ben Harper cites his unique slide guitar style as a major influence. If you go, be sure to pay attention to the equipment Mr. Lindley breaks out for he’s a bit of an eccentric with a reputation for using cheap, amateur guitars which generate a distinct sound. Still need convincing? Check out the clip below of him performing “Where’s Jimmy?” live somewhere circa 97. Tickets are at the door for $20 with things starting at 9pm.

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Download: David Lindley – Wheres Jimmy [MP3]

Stream Human Highway

Nick Thornburn’s (Islands) latest side project with folk singer Jim Guthrie, Human Highway, has their entire new album Moody Motorcycle streaming over on myspace. A lot of critics are raving about Mr. Thornburn’s newest venture. What do you think? You can take the song “The Sound” along with you if myspace crashes your computer as much as mine.

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Download: Human Highway – The Sound [MP3]

ATH Return To Summer Mix Tape

Depressed that summer is almost over? We here at Austin Town Hall feel your pain so we are giving you our new mix tape Return to Summer. The tape includes some of our favorite songs from summer/spring of 2008 and is sure to help you hold on to that last bit of sunshine. (Mix Tape launches after the jump)
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New Okkervil River

ATH finally found an excuse to post about one of our favorite Austin acts Okkervil River. We have an mp3 of the band posted for you below called “Lost Coastlines” which is set to appear on the band’s latest The Stand Ins due out September 9th. “Lost Coastlines” features your last chance at Jonathan Meiburg in Okkervil, as he now fronts another Austin heavy hitter Shearwater. You can pre-order a copy of The Stand Ins from this fancy website.

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Download: Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines [MP3]

Sunny Day Real Estate Live

Why would we be posting about SDR, a band that’s been dead since the late 90’s you say? Well, we recently saw that the MTV Subterranean blog posted a video from 1994 of a live in studio performance from the band. The in studio is a 3 song set with great sound and even better video quality. Not familiar with Sunny Day Real Estate, one of the first emo bands? Have a listen to one of the band’s biggest hits “In Circles” below:

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Download: Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles [MP3]

Smoking Popes & Koufax @ Mohawk 8/12

If you are looking for a night of classic indie pop from some well-established bands then you should head out to The Mohawk tomorrow night! Smoking Popes are headlining, along with Koufax, who used to be heralded as one of indie-pop’s greats. Not to mention, you will get to see the local Austin band, Masonic. It’s sure to be a good night of classic pop tunes in the vein of the indie realm. Koufax should be debuting some new material, which has the possibility of being surprisingly good. See for yourself.

Doors to the show open at 8 PM, and you can purchase $10 tickets to the show.

Check out the song “If You Don’t Care” below:

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Download: Smoking Popes – If You Dont Care [MP3] 

Sea Field Of Elephants @ Ruta Maya

Up and coming Austin band Sea Field of Elephants are showcasing their talents on Saturday evening (8/9) at Ruta Maya in Austin Texas. The show cover is only $5 and includes a free copy of the band’s new EP. Things get kick started at 6pm and go until 9pm with several other bands playing with the Elephants. Read more about Sea Fields of Elephants and hear more tunes on their myspace page. A preview of the song is below with a song called “See Field of Elephants”.

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Download: Sea Field of Elephant – See Fields of Elephants [MP3]

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