The always steady and entertaining Ben Kweller is making another stop in Austin at Emo’s on Saturday night. Joining Mr. Kweller on the stage will be Jones Street Station and a special acoustic set by The Murdocks. Tickets are on sale now for $18 and music starts around 9pm. Most recent single “Ballad of Wendy Baker” can be found below for your listening pleasure.
Download: Ben Kweller – Ballad of Wendy Baker [MP3]
I’ve been feeling really nostalgic lately about my Emo days in high school and college so I thought the hottest Austin emo band Mineral would be a solid choice for our From the Closet. Mineral were only around for about 4 years and only put out two full LPs, both of which superb additions to the then trendy Emo genre. After their break up in 1998, Chris Simpson went on to form The Gloria Record and now fronts the Austin folk-pop band Zookeeper. The song I’ve got for you is “& Serenading” which appears on the bands second LP EndSerenading. It’s long been one of my favorites from the late 90s emo genre.
Download: Mineral – & Serenading [MP3]
Tauton, MA band Wheat just posted some new material for their fans to check out. New single “Hott” has been blowing up our itunes over the last day or so and we hope it makes you smile this summer. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album White Ink, Black Ink due out July 21st via Rebel Group. What’s your take?
Download: Wheat – Hott [MP3]
A recent local find by us, Quiet Company, are playing a show at Antone’s on Friday night and have some surprises in store. To start off, the band will be joined on the stage by fellow locals The Mercers, Zookeeper, and Wiretree as openers. Tickets will cost you $10 online or $15 for a ticket and a CD. To make things more enticing, the band has a deal with do512 that allows you to get a free 9 song EP, a chance to win tickets, and a 50% off deal just be liking the event. Like they could do anything else to make you want to go. Do it!!!
Download: Quiet Company – Seal My Fate [MP3]
Spiral Stairs is Scott, one of the founding fathers of Pavement, so you can already label us stoked on the news of his solo release this October on Matador Records. The album is titled The Real Feel, and it features various artists making guest appearances, including Austin’s own Ian Moore. Some guy named Kevin Drew is on there as well. Sit back and enjoy the brightness of this new tune by Spiral Stairs.
Download: Spiral Stairs – Maltese Terrier [MP3]
The indie-folk music has been getting a lot of attention on our site recently and a new Avett Brothers song just means that the genre will be getting more attention from us. This new song “I and love and You” will appear on an album of the same name due out September 29th via Columbia. Anyone want to offer some first opinions?
Download: The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You [MP3]
No not that terrible movie with Kate Hudson… Fool’s Gold is a brand new collective/band hailing from the big city of Los Angeles. We call the band a collective because it started out as more of a side project of sorts and has since moved into a huge band full of artists with mixed musical influences. You’ll find members of Foreign Born, a former We Are Scientists drummer, a member of The Fall, and tons of other talented musicians. You can expect debut self-titled full length from the band September 29th via IAMSOUND Records.
Download: Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel [MP3]
Suffice to say that I really enjoy really clean indie-pop, especially when it’s done like the band Hiawata! does. They’re another Scandinavian bunch just pumping out good tunes, and the track we’re throwing out below will come out on their new album These Boys and This Band is All I Know. This track put me down sounds a little bit like taking the vocals from Beulah and making them run through a maze of 90s radio pop like Tripping Daisy.
Download: Hiawata – Put Me Down [MP3]
If you’re ready for a night of face melting rock for cheap, head over to Beauty Bar for a set by local boys Scorpion Child. The shows kicks off around 10pm and will run you $5 at the door. Fellow local rockers Ringo Deathstarr and Spain Colored Orange will be providing your opening entertainment.
Download: Scorpion Child – A Million Lines [MP3]
It’s rare that the ATH gives much mention to hip-hop, but when an artist like Talib Kweli comes to town, we’ve got to get the word out. Having seen the man in action before, I can tell you that a ticket will be well worth the cost of admission and not at all what you’d expect from the usual boring rap show. Several openers are involved including Strong Arm Steady, Zeale, Traygod, and local Bavu Blakes hosting the thing. Tickets are on sale now for $15 and music starts at 10pm.
Download: Talib Kweli – Get By [MP3]