If you weren’t aware and trying to hate, the ATX music scene is still very much alive and well with new music coming out all the time. My evidence of the vibrant scene comes today from locals brother sports and their new track “I Still Remember (siempre)”. I like the relaxed, cool vibe of the song which plays nicely with the infectious beat and hazy themes. It seems as though we better start paying attention to this up and coming band as they continue to put out solid new music.
Today I am feeling a bit of local love with news of a single drop and upcoming album from ATX based dudes Gamma Dog. The guys just sent over this new track “Designer Love” and I’m finding lots to like about the direction of the sound. It definitely has a Strokes influenced sound with the garage style and quieter, effected vocals. For me, I dig the way it hits pretty heavy when the guitars fade for a second but then come back in with full force. You are sure to listen to this one a few times today and find lots to enjoy.
Gamma Dog will be releasing a new album sometime in early 2020.
Hey now I think we’ve made it abundantly clear we are big fans of our local ATX friend Matthew Squires and the music he creates. He’s always had a knack for being a just a tad left of center in the Austin indie scene while also churning out some absolutely beautiful songs over the years. As he prepares for the release of his new album Visions of America, Squires recently dropped the lead track for streaming enjoyment. This guy seriously continues to evolve into one of the most important songwriters in our city.
Visions of America will drop on August 30th.
It’s a busy weekend, as it is in Austin when the weather is just perfect. So why not try to point you in the right direction in case you happened to wonder into town looking for a place to go! Just a real quick run down…and maybe a word or two to guide you.
As much as we love sharing news of national/international bands, there’s nothing quite like the discovery of even more local talent. Today I’m pumped to share with you the premiere single “City Buses” from Austin, TX based outfit First Names. This one is going to be for those of you who like garage rock sounds with heavily distorted guitars, banging drums, and softer vocals. Bottom line, it shows a lot of promise for these young upstarts in our little city. Carry on.
I wish I could say I’m surprised when I discover new Austin artists since we think we know everything, but let’s get real, this town is full of up and coming artists waiting to be discovered. Take local songwriter Calvin Locklear for example. Prior to only a few days ago, I honestly had never heard his name mentioned despite my keen ear to the local scene. Well he’s recently released an EPs worth of material entitled No One is Listening and suggested we check out this track “Wet Cement” from the 6 song extended player. Immediately the voice of Locklear reminds me quite a bit of Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz) which, paired with his folk rock/R&B blend, creates something really in a genre all its own. It’s refreshing to hear something new is happening in Austin.
A quick search tells me that we have somehow never shared any music from Austin based group Hidden Ritual. Today I fix this error by giving you their new track “Rat”. I’m immediately reminded here of some earlier Wolf Parade sounds if they went straight lo-fi pop. Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense to you music fans out there…. Either way, enjoy the track and share some love for Hidden Rituals.
This track appears on Always due out on October 21st via Monofonus Press.
For some crazy reason ATH has never posted about local Austin wierdo pop band Attic Ted. Well today that changes for the better as we share with you this awesome new video from the band and a link to their new album. The video, appearing on new album Parade Dust Mischief, is called “Next Time” and brings to mind this strange image of The Flaming Lips doing punk rock at the circus. That sounds like a good time to me. Have a listen, watch the video, and check out their new album in full via the link below.
Parade Dust Mischief is available in full over on the Attic Ted bandcamp page.
Though he now calls Austin his home, I didn’t know much about local musician Adam Torres until today. Well I’m glad that I gave his music a chance this morning because he is creating some truly memorable singer/songwriter style tunes. A taste of his sound and style can be heard below in the form of his latest single “High Lonesome”. Be prepared, this one just might break your heart with its beauty.
Pearls to Swineis due out on September 9th via Fat Possum Records.
Today I’m excited to be one of the first to share this new single by Austin native Silas Acosta and his new solo project entitled New Youth. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Acostaused to play drums for previous ATH favorite Swim Team. Now that he’s stepping out on his own, I’m digging this shoe gaze vibe here somewhat similar to fellow locals and favorites LUDGF. One could certainly get lost in this dreamy new single “Soft Eyes”.
No word yet on a full length or EP, but stay tuned.