Lafayette, LA finest Givers are making their way to Emo’s Austin on Friday night. The up and coming pop hit makers will be joined on the stage by Caddywhompus and local rockers Whitman. This is definitely worth the cheap ticket price.
Download: Givers – Up, Up, Up [MP3]
Saturday night at Mohawk is the place to be with a very special set by post-emo Lawrence, KA band Appleseed Cast. The show is a unique one because the guys will be performing their 2001 masterpiece of a double album Low Level Owl Volume 1 & 2. Opening support for this one is provided by Dremend. Also stick around after things wrap up inside for sets by buzzing locals The Clouds Are Ghosts and This Old House.
Download: Appleseed Cast – Steps And Numbers [MP3]
Canadians The Pack A.D. are prepping a new album for release on April 27th called We Kill Computers. Prior to that release, the ladies have made this new single “Crazy” available for download over the interwebs. You’ll notice they sound a bit like The Black Keys with female vocals of course.
Download: The Pack A.D. – Crazy [MP3]
Matt Pond PA is a band that we’ve been following for years now so they were an easy choice for us to spotlight on our SXSW watchlist. Matt Pond PA have been around for a loooooong time and they seem to be that band always coming in just a bit under the radar. You won’t hear these guys on the radio nor will you read much about them on P4K or The Gum. Regardless, we’ve always found the songs of Matt Pond PA a soothing mixture of slow pop jams that best fit in with a good cup of coffee during your Sunday morning hangover time. Their 2004 release Emblems has also got to be one of my favorite “indie” albums of all time. Continue after the jump to read our short interview with leading man Matt Pond.
We’ve recently taken a liking to this new UK band Lonely Galaxy who have gotten some decent exposure on sites like Fader and Pinglewood. The project was created and recorded completely by 21 year old London resident Harry Granger-Howell. The young chap says he plans to release his debut EP of songs recorded in his bedroom via the Transparent blog sometime in March. Below you’ll find the song “Time” which has some incredible emotion behind it despite its simplistic approach to song writing. If you like what you hear, check out the Lonely Galaxy myspace for more songs or follow their twitter page for updates.
Download: Lonely Galaxy – Time [MP3]
As we eagerly await the release of their new EP August in Mind next month, San Fran band The Fresh & Onlys dropped this new track our way yesterday. The new song “Diamond in the Dark” will appear on the bands upcoming EP out next week on Captured Tracks. You like?
Download: The Fresh And Onlys – Diamond In The Dark [MP3]
Earlier today The Gum premiered this new track “A Far Cry” from Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks. If you read our site often, you know we have a thing for those UK (particularly Scottish) bands. This new jam will appear on upcoming EP The Last Place You’ll Look due out march 9th on Fat Cat. The band will also be stopping in next month during the SXSW music festival.
Download: We Were Promised Jetpacks – A Far Cry [MP3]
Occasionally you get an email with an MP3 from a band you really know nothing about. Usually, you listen once, realize you don’t dig it, and discard. Just the opposite happened when I first put on The Bewitched Hands on Top of Our Heads. Their single “Hard to Cry” went by easily at first, but something about the building harmonies caught me, and I had to play it again. Made up of six folks from France, The Bewitched Hands will grab hold of you, tugging you into their world of intelligent pop music. The band will be around all during the week of SXSW, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on those events soon.
Download: The Bewitched Hands on Top of Our Heads – Hard to Cry [MP3]
New music comes our way today from recently re-located Baltimore band Future Islands. The song below, “Tin Man” will appear on the groups upcoming LP In Evening Air. That one is available May 4th on Thrill Jockey.
Download: Future Islands – Tin Man [MP3]
In a year that already seems full of releases from our favorite bands, there is yet another one to keep us on pins and needles. The New Pornographers are set to release their fifth album, Together, on Matador Records on May 4th. Thanks to the Matablog, we’ve got a new tune to bring your way this morning. Enjoy!
Download: New Pornographers – Your Hands Together [MP3]