MGMT are coasting right now. They’ve got the adoration of every one, and their new album hasn’t even hit the streets yet. But, we finally have a track from the new record, Congratulations. You’ll want to keep close track of these guys this year, as this track indicates they’ll be huge by the year’s end. Grab yourself a listen and lets us know how you feel. (via Fader)
Download: MGMT – Flash Delerium [MP3]
This incredibly poppy little number from Swedish band The Sweet Serenades has been creating quite the positive buzz around the interwebs. The song appears on the bands debut LP Balcony Cigarettes, which is currently only available via digital download on itunes in the US (physical release stateside coming soon). You can also check out a quirky video of the new song via youtube. I digs.
Update: After the song popped up on our radio, my mother informs me that the song was on a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy. We’re going mainstream!
Download: The Sweet Serenades – Die Young [MP3]
While you may not be familiar with our San Antonio friends Hacienda, you are probably familiar with Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach. What does Auerbach have to do with Hacienda? Well a few years ago, Auerbach got his hands on a Hacienda demo, liked what he heard, and subsequently helped the band record their 2008 debut Loud is the Night. Now in 2010, the guys plan on releasing their sophomore effort Big Red and Barbocoa on April 6th via Alive Records. Check out new single “I Keep Waiting” below as you await their upcoming LP. You’ll probably notice right off the bat why Auerbach picked up on these guys.
Download: Hacienda – I Keep Waiting [MP3]
The bearded men of Megafaun appeared on our favorite live music website Daytrotter over the weekend. The guys play 4 songs including this alternate version of Gather, Form and Fly standout “Kaufman’s Ballad”. It’s real purty.
Download: Megafaun – Kaufman’s Ballad [MP3]
Recent JagJaguwar signee Peter Wolf Crier are prepping their debut album, Inter-Be for a May 25th release. Prior to that release, the duo have made this new single “Crutch and Crane” available for download. It’s a got a bit of an old timey feel to it reminiscent of a dirty blues romp in someone’s backyard.
Download: Peter Wolf Crier – Crutch and Cane [MP3]
Air Waves is the project of Nicole Schneit, and she’s gotten a lot of attention since Dan Deacon dropped her name. But, don’t let that guide your interest, as Air Waves sounds nothing like Dan Deacon; Nicole has more of a punk-folk troubadour aspect to her. This tune definitely gives you the feeling that Schneit is not one to sit idly by why the boys do their thing. You can check out the rest of her music by picking up the Air Waves EP, which is in stores right about now.
Download: Air Waves -Sweetness [MP3]
The only band I think I know from Alaska, Portugal. The Man, is returning to Austin at The Parish for two shows on Friday and Saturday night. Openers on both nights are The Dig and Port O’Brien. Having seen this band live before, I can tell you that you’ll want to make it out for one of these show. Or maybe both?
Download: Portugal. The Man – The Dead Dog [MP3]
It’s been sort of a rock revival around our offices lately, but let’s not forget, we like to throw down on the dance floor too! We’ve got a new jam for you today, which really sounds a lot like Hercules and the Love Affair, only the vocals atop the disco beats sound more akin to Jens Lekman. It’s that particular warm vocal that is destined to win KISSES loads of fans when they release their debut Bermuda on April 27th. Hope you enjoy this little number, and remember boys and girls, it’s okay to shake it at the office sometimes.
Download: Kisses – Bermuda [MP3]
Yesterday The Gum premiered this new track “Belly of June” from a favorite band of mine Horse Feathers. The new track will appear on the band’s upcoming 3rd album Thistled Spring due out April 20th on Kill Rock Stars. You’ll notice the familiar indie-folk sound complimented by the haunting voice of leading man Justin Ringle. He’s got some of the best and most unique pipes in the genre.
Download: Horse Feathers – Belly Of June [MP3]
Seeing as we’re throwing a party featuring all things Australia/New Zealand, I thought I would stick to the area and bring some jangle pop your way via Melbourne’s Summer Cats. This number has got me bopping around my room right now, and you can tell why the energy in this tune makes it a live favorite. I bet they’ll play it during their various shows at SXSW! In the meantime, the tune comes your way on a new 7″ from Slumberland to be released on March 16th. It’ll be the B-Side to the single for “Your Timetable” off last year’s Songs for Tuesdays. Go ahead, tap your feet; you know you wanna.
Download: Summer Cats – TV Guide [MP3]