During SXSW we took it upon ourselves to investigate the hype generated by San Francisco’s Girls. Lucky for us, they completely lived up to the hype, if not rising above and beyond. Now we finally have a release date for their debut, Album, which will be released on True Panther Records via Matador Records. The album comes out on September 22nd, and the following song “Lust for Life” is slated as the opening track. Look out album of the year, here come Girls.
Download: Girls – Lust for Life [MP3]
I’m really psyched on this band The Drums right now. Of course, they come to us via New York City. I’m not really surprised by that, but their sound doesn’t sound precisely like the rest of the bands using the wall of sound technique. Just check out the bobbing bass line that runs throughout the song “Let’s Go Surfing” that’s down below. You can pick up this song and seven other right now off the groups self-titled EP. They have a new Summertime EP coming our way on August 4th. Pogo…you know you wanna.
Download: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing [MP3]
Over the weekend recent ATH fave What Laura Says recorded a live session on one of our favorite websites Daytrotter over the weekend. The live set features 4 songs and includes this awesome unreleased version of “I Suppose”. Check out the whole thing now and tell us what you think.
Download: What Laura Says – I Suppose [MP3]
After about 10 years on hiatus, old school indie-rockers Polvo are back and ready to melt some faces. The band is planning to release a new album September 8th called In Prism and first single “” is available to check out below. Merge Records will take on label responsibility.
Download: Polvo – Beggars Bowl [MP3]
Our #5 hot lady of indie rock Jenny Lewis is making a stop in Austin Monday night with her superb backing band. We listed Jenny as one of our favorite acts of ACL so we are of course excited about this set. An added bonus, an ATH fave Heartless Bastards will be providing opening support and start around 8pm. Tickets for this one run $21.50 and are available now online.
Download: Jenny Lewis – See Fernando [MP3]
If you’re looking for some solid indie rock on Saturday night in Austin, head over to Mohawk for a show by Spencer Krug’s band Sunset Rubdown. Music starts at 9pm with opening act Witchies followed by Elfin Saddle. Tickets are relatively cheap and on sale now for $13. Better seize the opportunity to see such a talented act in an intimate setting as you’ll probably never see Mr. Krug’s full time band Wolf Parade in such a setting. Sunset Rubdown is touring in support of their new album Dragonslayer which is due out next week via JagJaguwar.
Download: Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart [MP3]
We’ve always been big fans of Austin band Hollywood Gossip so we were excited to see that they are playing a free show at Nomad Bar on Saturday night. If you aren’t familiar with the bar, here’s a little map to help you find your way to the show. Fellow locals Household Names and Harlovve will be kicking things off around 10pm. Should be a good one!
Download: Hollywood Gossip – Bicycle [MP3]
Let’s not forget that some of us had to start our musical fandom somewhere, and for myself and many of my friends it was in the land of punk rock. This heralded land has been taken down by a lot of things lately, namely any genre wherein you add the word -core as a suffix. But, back for the attack are some of the forefathers, as Screeching Weasel comes to town this Friday at Emos. Not only that, but Ben will also be playing a Riverdales set Saturday night. The song below is one of my favorites that comes off Screeching Weasel’s Anthem for a New Tomorrow. Yay, punk rock didn’t completely die!
Everyone’s favorite indie songstress Annie Clark (known as St. Vincent) will be making another much anticipated stop in Austin on Friday. First up is one of those famous free Waterloo Records in-stores going down at 3pm with free keg beer of course. Second is a chance for a full on proper set at Mohawk beginning at 9pm with openers Pattern is Movement. Tickets for this show will run ya $17 and can be bought online now. If you’re planning on making it out, stick around after the St. Vincent set for an inside show by our new favorite Austin band Sad Accordions.
Download: St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work [MP3]
Before you fell in love with him as one of those pesky Raconteurs, Brendan Benson was writing great pop tunes all over the place; his album Lapalco is one of the must haves in my opinion. Finally he is making new tunes, and is set to release his new album My Old, Familiar Friend via ATO Records on August 18th. This new track is interesting; it is more keyboard driven than things he’s come up with in the past, but we’ll wait on pins and needles to see where the whole album goes. Take a listen.
Download: Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home [MP3]