Bill Callahan @ The Parish (7/5)

billThe great Bill Callahan is making a return to The Parish on Sunday night and we’re hoping you’ll make it out if you missed him when he played at Waterloo in May.  Opening support for this one will be provided by Follow that Bird who start things off around 9pm.  Tickets are on sale now for $12.

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Download: Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw [MP3]

Calm Blue Sea @ Emo’s (7/5)

promoshotOne of our now favorite Austin bands Calm Blue Sea are playing another show at Emo’s on Sunday night.  If you have yet to catch this band live or haven’t heard their new record, make a point to do so before the nation picks up on them.  Supporting bands for this one are Girls From Enola, Irepress, and Hotel Hotel.  Doors are at 8 and show stars at 10pm.

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Download: The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few [MP3]

Explosions In The Sky @ Stubbs (7/4)

explosionsLooking for a way to celebrate your 4th of July in style?  Why not make it out to Stubbs for a more than fitting night of music with Explosions in the Sky, Octopus Project, and Wooden Birds!  As far as shows for the night go, this really is the best bet.  Sure you may want to fire up that grill and drink a cold one, but Stubbs has all of these things and more!  Unfortunately tickets are sold out for this one so maybe you can sneak your way in… Doors at 7pm.

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Download: Explosions – Welcome, Ghosts [MP3]

Austin A2W: The Authors

authorsAfter receiving their new EP in the mail recently, we immediately found fairly new Austin band The Authors to be a solid choice for our artist to watch feature.  The local outfit cites their influences as New Order, The Cure, and Phoenix which can all be heard in the sounds of the band.  Some are quick to call them indie-pop, but The Authors are quick to refute such a confining label and warn that their sound doesn’t end there.  We tend to agree.  Check out the band’s catchiest tune “Put it On” below which appears on the aforementioned debut self-titled EP available on CD Baby or at your local record store.  You can catch the band live July 23rd at Spider House or August 20th at Mohawk.

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Download: The Authors – Put it On [MP3]

New Tunes from Stellastarr

stellaStellastarr has flown under the radar since their debut album, seemingly swept aside by the move past the nostalgic 80s rehash revival.  But, the band has stayed strong, and they are about to self-release their third album, Civilized, on July 7th. We’ve got a song to toss your way in preparation for the release of said album. You’re sure to find it a pleasing little number.

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Download: Stellastarr – Graffiti Eyes [MP3]

New Music From Yim Yames(Jim James)

mmj-jim-james1Shortly after the death of George Harrison, Jim James (under the moniker Yim Yames) recorded a 6 song EP of Harrison covers that has been on the shelf up till now.  Next week this covers EP, and the first solo release by the MMJ frontman, will be released in digital, CD, and vinyl fashion.  We’ve got a little taste of the EP below.  Not sure why the man needs to use a different name, but the songs are sounding superb.

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Download: Yim Yames – Behind That Locked Door [MP3]

This Will Destroy You @ Mohawk (7/2)

thiswillThis Will Destroy You are a band who are of course often compared unfairly to fellow Texas instrumental band Explosions in the Sky.  We like to think of them as a few parts Explosions mixed with some old school Appleseed Cast sounds.  Regardless, the band is coming to town at the Mohawk on Thursday and it should be a nice option for your nights music endeavors.  Sleep Whale & Power Animal are joining in as opening support.  Cover charge is $10 and doors are at 9pm.

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Download: This Will Destroy You – The World is Our [MP3]

New Tunes from Lightspeed Champion (sort of)

Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) at the Sound Fix CafeDevonte Hynes is the former Test Icicle who has now gone on to fame of his own accord with Lightspeed Champion, and he now has some new tunes for us to listen to whilst he puts the finishing touches on his new LP.  But, he has opted to release this piece of tunes under the Blood Orange moniker, which is probably due to the fact that it doesn’t sound quite like his other works, but definitely wears the influence of his new home in Brooklyn. Enjoy this track from Blood Orange (not Lightspeed Champion).

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Download: Blood Orange – Said No [MP3]

New Tunes from Cold Cave

cold_cavePhilly group Cold Cave are releasing their latest LP, Love Comes Close, on Heartworm.  Since it just rained here in Austin, we figured you need some dark synth-pop to get you moving through the rest of the day, which is why we bring you “Life Magazine.”  There’s nothing like the electronic pulse of a song such as this to get you going.

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Download: Cold Cave – Life Magazine [MP3]

Nylon Summer Music Tour @ Antone’s (7/1)

nylonmagIt’s finally July and what better way to celebrate summer with a mini-festival being put on by Nylon Magazine at Antone’s on Wednesday night.  We call it a mini-festival because the lineup for the late afternoon/nighttime show features 4 incredible acts that should tickle your fancy.  The lineup includes showman Patrick Wolf headlining, Living Things, Plastiscines, and long time ATH fave Jaguar LoveTickets for this big show are only $15 so we suggest you make plans to be there for this extremely cheap show.  Doors are at 6pm and first act starts at 7pm.  If you don’t like the idea of being at Antone’s for so long, get there early, get stamped, and come and go as you please.

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Download: Patrick Wolf – Hard Times [MP3]

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Download: Jaguar Love – Highways of Gold [MP3]

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