You ever hear a song and immediately you swoon, wondering where they’ve been all your life? Okay, so perhaps that’s a touch too hyperbolic, but I felt right at home the moment I pressed play on this new video from Cincinnati’s Sungaze. While there’s this natural softness to it, almost as if it’s lulling you to sleep, a beautiful emotion sort of pervades the entirety of the tune, aided by the way the video was shot; it’s that ringing guitar line lurking beneath the haze that really drives it home for me. The band will release their debut LP, Light in All of It on July 19th…and include some Texas dates, including one here in Austin with our friends She Sir on 6/16 (who also recently released a new EP–shameless plug).
This Friday night, there’s a powerhouse of a bill we’ll gladly throw our support behind; a bill that features Chill Russell, Slomo Drags, Fanclub and allEYES. We’ve enjoyed all these acts for some time, and look forward to hearing more from allEYES…an act that features members of the Sword, Octopus Project and Freshmillions. They’ve even been so gracious to share with us one of their newer tracks, which you’re likely to hear on this particular evening; I still stand by my comment that you’re not likely to hear anything like this bunch in the city limits. Show kicks off at 9 PM at Barracuda, but you can find more info on the FB EVENT.
Former Red Red Meat and current Califone songwriter Tim Rutili has been at it for forever. But, currently, he’s focused on his project with his Austin friend, Craig Ross; the two released Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners back in 2016 and 10 Seconds to Collapse this last month. If you were to listen to the lead single, you’d probably recall Yankee Hotel Foxtrot era Wilco…when they were still dabbling with experimenting over folk structures. The duo will be playing Saturday night at Beerland, joined on stage by friends Lindsey Verrill and Thor Harris; Moist Flesh and Knife in the Water will also be playing. Stream the song below and you’ll know immediately why you need to be there! More info on the show/tickets HERE.
It’s rare that you find a great Monday evening show, but tonight we have just such an event with Katie von Schleicher playing at Barracuda tonight. If you read these pages, you’ve likely heard me rave about Bleaksploitation and Shitty Hits…and even a quick write up on her latest single Glad to Be Here. She waltzes into town tonight with deserved buzz, and several albums worth of powerful songs that put her on par with the Angel Olsens and Cate Le Bons of the my world. Plus, she’s joined by our friend Jana Horn as the opening act, which means you have to show up super early to catch what we can only assume will be another striking performance by Jana. Doors open at Barracuda at 8 PM.
Looking for a rock show on a Tuesday night in Austin? Look no further than the loaded line up down at Sidewinder. Headlined by West Virginia rockers Rozwell Kid, your sure to be treated to a show by the main act. Personally, I’m excited for openers Great Grandpa, though their set may be short. And middle act Vundabar, out of Boston, is certainly no slouch. This is a great lineup for a middle of the week show.
Tomorrow night there’s this great shoegaze event over at Cheer Up Charlies, put on by our friends over at The Nothing Song. The line-up includes local faves like Single Lash, Moving Panoramas, Grivo and more…but it also features Dead Leaf Echo from NYC. And, to celebrate the event, and music in general, the group unleashed a brand new track today…it might just be one of my favorites. It begins with a little upbeat indiepop feel to it, building tension with some hi-hat work and echoed crooning. Eventually it takes on the full realm of pop by unleashing the rest of the percussive kit, and increased vocal presence. At about the 1.30 minute mark the song takes a turn and a wall of guitars squall through your speakers; it leaves quite the impression. So, fall in love with the track, and go see the band tomorrow night here in Austin!
Friday is yet another busy evening in Austin, but if I were you (and I’m not), I’d head over the brand new Sidewinder for a great show by Small Black. Making the show even more enticing for all you live music fans is the opener Painted Palms who will surely bring the jams. Both of those bands on one bill for the low low price of only $12 is way too good to pass up.
My first spin through with the newest single from Lonesome Leash took me up and down, which is perhaps as Walt would want it to go. His project has just released the One Foot in Front of the Other EP, and this song has to be one of the standouts. It begins with a circus-like bit of accordion, moving into a troubadour stomp; it reminds me of a more sonically expansive Will Johnson effort, using a throaty vocal to pull in the listener. Lucky for those of us in Austin, he’ll be popping up on Sunday, September 29th at the Owl. If you’re not here, that’s okay, he’s still an artist that should be on your radar.
Download: Lonesome Leash – Dead [MP3]
I’m a sucker for a man and his guitar, and that’s exactly what Matthew Siskin and his project Gambles has given me. Not only that, but I’m really enjoying his knack for word wizardry. Very few people can come across as affecting and honest as Siskin does in this new single, and my only complaint is there isn’t more to absorb. Even scrolling through his web site, I can’t help but be drawn to the aesthetic he’s putting forward. A bit of craft and poetry, and possibly a bit of hidden mystery. Sounds like it’s right up my alley, so I can’t wait to see him in February here in Austin.
If ever a show was built to be incredible, it was this show Wednesday night at the Parish. We were visited by Real Estate, one of the hottest bands in the indie world, playing at one of the best venues in Austin. And as an added treat, they brought along their friends Big Troubles. Read more