Our friend Aaron has been writing and playing in bands for as long as he’s been in Austin; we’ve been fortunate to work with him before as the drummer for Grape St, the first LP I put out! But, he’s transitioned from his Frank Smith work to A. Sinclair the last few years, and with that, he’s really found his comfort zone. I love the warmth of his voice on this single, faintly reminding me of that glorious first Pete Yorn album. His guitar work feels super confident too, crisp and bending in all the right spots; this is definitely reaching the apex of his songwriting abilities. Look for his new LP Sunshine Ghost on March 26th.
Seeing as we’re based in Austin, born and raise and what not, we feel a special affinity for our music scene, which has been hit really hard this year. But, let’s celebrate the music that came out, despite the difficulties we all faced. So, here’s our Top Releases from the ATX scene. And still staying away from numbering things, as this feels like telling one friend you like them more than your other friend…and I’m just excited all these great artists live nearby and were able to put their art into the world in this shit year.
Technically, our little break’s not quite over, but it’s time to get back into the music game with some things I hope you will dig, like the latest single from our friend A. Sinclair. I’ve always enjoyed the band’s work, but there’s something really special in this song. It’s like the urgency has been sort of pulled back, gradually letting the guitar notes sharply twist and turn their way through your ears; there’s even a slight twang to let the notes sort of hang out on the wind. It’s a rocker, but in the casual sense, letting Aaron’s voice work this calm drawl work beneath the brightness of the guitars. Let’s hope there’s more from A. Sinclair as this new year kicks on.
Free Week is great. The concept of having people fill venues so bartenders and stage crews have a little cash in their pockets is totally a get-behind theme. Now, my epic level of cynicism that creeps in from time to time means that I will give the evil eye to anyone mad about one-in-one-out at a venue. These bands are playing all over town, all year long and sometimes opening for a touring band you would think is too expensive to go see. #value Let’s go, Austin, spend that twelve bucks.
My Free Week rant is over. Let’s get on to some notables and photos. A. Sinclair is a constant fave for rock and or roll. Abram Shook lends credibility to any music catalog. That performance had two-thirds of Feverbones; they are wicked excited for the new record, naturally so are we. Tres Oui‘s invisible bass player had a killer set (#sarcasm). Space-sparse of Soft Healer was a reset. I got to see The Infinites at Beerland as a full band. I do miss a little of the DIY nature of looping to fill sounds, but the layered gazy post punk sounded really rad with guitars filling the room. Fave thing of the time I spent Red Rivering.
Peep the gallery. I spent time taking photos of friends and the people that make Free Week go. I even used a flash. Crazy right?
I love y’all.
Austin’s The Sour Notes have been fairly quiet, but all that will change when the band drop their new record, Darkest Sour, this Friday over at Hotel Vegas. They’ve shared this great little album promotional video, which seems to show the band delving into the realms of dreamy pop, fitting for the matching imagery in the video. If you want to preview the band’s live set, they’ll be over at KUTX doing a taping at 8 (Tix HERE). Not sold yet? Just check out the amazing line-up they’ve slung together: A Sinclair, Duncan Fellows and El Lago, who I’ve really been enjoying a lot as of late. A great week for The Sour Notes…let’s all be thankful!
It’s that time of the year when the college kids flood into town, the weather cools down to a breezy 90 degrees…and there’s shows that request your attention. So figured I’d run down some suggestions for you, so you can make the best decision possible. Read more
The ATH family is always proud when we see one of our favorite Austin artists earning some praise and recognition outside of town. Local A. Sinclair has begun to grow outside of our little city in such a way and we couldn’t be more proud of the very deserving dude. Just last month he released a new track as part of a new single series by Dangerbird Records called Microdose. Today he has another single for the series entitled “Just Remind Me”. We hope you’ll check it out below and enjoy yet another jam from one of our favorite locals.
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I’m really happy about all the success that’s been coming to A. Sinclair, as there are few bands who deserve the accolades more. The band just dropped this brand new tune for their label Dangerbird, which is part of the label’s monthly Microdose Series. Pressing play, you’ll hear a throbbing bass line, and a lot of great guitar work…sharp little stabs, notes ringing out in the distance. It’s honestly one of my favorite songs I’ve heard the group record, which says a lot, considering how long they’ve been at it (in some form or another). Need a good hit? Here you go friends.
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The jams were copious as were the tender moments. The showcase highlighted the talent in Austin with bands watching bands that shuffled up to be other bands. We had international celebrities in attendance, as well as every familiar face possible. I took photos, some with an Instax. We ate sausage wraps and drank beaverages. It was perfect air for a whisky.
Click through and be impressed.
You know it’s that time of year, when the weather is actually pretty nice, you want to be out and about…so what better way to do it than to hit up some great shows this weekend? There’s definitely some big ones going down, so check out the spots we think will give you the most bang for your buck! You’ll find tunes and videos after the jump! Read more