So we’re gearing up to head out for some festival going on this week and we thought we’d take the time to remind you that posts will be scarce for the next few days.  For a more current update of our goings on and new music finds, I suggest checking Twitter or our new Facebook page.  We’ll try to give you some posts, but we promise nothing.  Also don’t forget the following:

– Our handy dandy SXSW guide that looks uber cool on iphones.

– Some music to check out via our SXSW sampler.

– Attend our night show on Thursday the 17th from 8pm-2am.  More deets on Do512, facebook, or our own post.

We swear we’ll tell you all about the new bands we’ve seen next week.  I swear.

ATH SXSW Guide & Sampler

It’s that time of year again for us to share with you two of our favorite things in the world: free music and show recommendations.  First up is a sampler consisting of 27 songs from some of the best up and coming bands performing at SXSW this year.  We tried to drop in some of the bigger names you already know with some of the small time guys you may not know much about.  Check out the sampler as a zip file or stream the whole thing on the sampler site.  The guys at Paravel really outdid themselves this year on the design.

Next up is our fancy SXSW guide that started last year and continues on in full power again this year.  The guide features a day by day list of 3-4 of the absolute best shows to attend.  Our goal is to try and slim down that massive list of unofficial shows you have and give you something that’s easy to read, print, or bring up on your slick iphone.  Each day should give you a few free day show options and at least one show to check out at night.  We also kept around our handy dandy food guide created last year by our friend Bonnie.  This guide is of course intended as an “ATH Recommends SXSW” guide and by no means a complete list of unofficial SXSW shows.  For that, we recommend Do512, showlistaustin, ultra8201, donewaiting, or the many many facebook groups.

Sampler Page

ATH Unofficial SXSW Guide

SXSW only comes once a year, don’t blow it.

The ATH Summer Mixtape

So as summer begins to dwindle down and the kids head back to school, we here at ATH thought a Summer mixtape would be in order to boost everyone’s spirits.  Let’s be honest, this summer hasn’t really delivered a truly great album as of yet so why not just make your own?  Right?  For our Summertime mixtape, we handpicked the best new music from up and coming Austin bands that we think you should know about.  You’ll see brand new and never before heard music from Great Nostalgic, The Authors, and Sunset along with some you’ve maybe seen on the site from Golden Bear, She Sir, Paperthreat and tons more.  All told, we’ve got 20 songs for you to take with you and enjoy.  Our Austin Town Hall Summer Mixtape website features a handy zip file download as well as streams of each song and a link to each band’s website if you dig what you hear.  So head to the mixtape site, download some tunes, tell all your friends, and enjoy what little summer we have left.  No really, tell your friends…. now.

New ATH Sponsor: Real Ale

So maybe those free tacos, free coffee, free top of the line ear plugs, or some great free music isn’t doin’ it for ya?  Well how about some free beer provided graciously by local brewing company Real Ale?  That’s right, the local brewmeisters will be on hand at our ATH party on Thursday offering up free beverages while their supplies last.  This should come in mighty handy once your tacos have settled in…  Don’t forget, you’ve still got time to RSVP for the party, check out our March music sampler, or make some plans with our handy dandy condensed ATH SXSW guide.  That is all.

Your ATH SXSW Guide

Ladies and Gentlemenz, we are again pleased to announce to you the 2010 Austin Town Hall SXSW guide.  It’s super fancy and comes with all the bells and whistles you can imagine.  Just like last year, you’ll see a day by day breakdown with the best 3-4 parties going on that day.  You’ll also find an awesome SXSW food guide and a breakdown of the artists playing our showcase on Thursday.  Not enough for ya?  Try plugging that page ( into your fancy lil’ iphone.  Now I know you like that.  We’re hoping this site will help you weed through all those parties you’ve been RSVPing to and stick to the ones really worth a damn.  Check out the new page now!  Please keep in mind that we’re going off the information we have as of right now.  More parties are sure to be announced (looking at you Fader Fort) as the week draws closer.  Also, don’t forget to RSVP to our showcase and check out the sweet ATH March music sampler.

ATH March Music Sampler

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce for your listening pleasure the  new Austin Town Hall March music sampler.  This bad boy features 6 tracks from bands playing our showcase on Thursday the 18th, as well as 10 other bands we’re looking forward to seeing during the SXSW week.  That’s 16 in all for you kids that don’t do the math too good… You’ll see familiar ATH favorites like Surfer Blood, Besnard Lakes, and Crayon Fields alongside some of the lesser known acts like The Loom, The Crookes, and Holiday Shores.  I’ll stop blabbing and just direct you all to the new sampler page.  We’re pretty proud of this one so tell all your friends!  Also, don’t forget to get those RSVPs in for our sweet party at The Ghost Room.

Announcing The ATH Day Party!

We are finally pleased to announce our very own day party during the SXSW music festival week.  We’re also happy to announce that our friends Knuckle Rumbler will be jumping on to help promote along with sponsors Bird’s Barbershop Dominican Joes Coffee, Taco Cabana, and college radio station KTSW.  Free coffee!  Free Tacos!  Beer specials coming soon.  Deets:

Date/Time: (3/18) – Doors @ 11am/music @ noon

Price: Free with RSVP @

Lineup: The Loom(Brooklyn, NY), Crayon Fields(Melbourne, AU), Let’s Wrestle(London, ENG), Lovely Feathers(Montreal, CA), Dappled Cities(Sydney, AU), Surf City(New Zealand).

It’s no doubt an international affair.  Feel free download our fancy poster below and share it with everyone you know.  Start gettin’ those RSVPs in now! Early arrival is strongly recommended as RSVPs do not guarantee entry.  More info. about our showcasing bands to come soon.  For now, try a search on the site to find yourself some MP3s and album reviews.

Click here to download the full-size show poster.

Contest: ATH Holiday Gift Bag

group_christmas_vmmcIt’s the giving time of year and we here at ATH would like to spread some sweet love to our readers with an end of the year/holiday contest.  Two, count em two, lucky winners will receive a hand packaged and sealed gift bag from us filled with all kinds of musical goodness.  Expect to receive promo CDs(yes good ones), 7″ & 12″ records from national and local artists(at least one album from our year end list), stickers, koozies, buttons, chapstick, hugs, and anything else we can scrounge up from around the office.  I’d probably value each one at around $5,000.  To enter, leave us a comment or hit us up on twitter with your favorite holiday song.  Winners will be anounced come Monday.  Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.


Download: Gentleman Auction House – Home for the Holidays [MP3]

FT5: Show Pas

0605top5coverFirst, let me assure you that the plural of faux pas is indeed faux pas; it’s just like the word deer. Now, there has been a lot of recent discussion around the ATH camp about proper rock show etiquette, so after careful deliberation, I opted to lay out my Top Five Faux Pas; these are the things you shouldn’t be doing when you attend a rock show, or really any social event where a stage is involved.  If you find that you commit these atrocities while in attendance at a rock show, you should definitely consider reevaluating your behavior; this is for the benefit of everyone I assure you.
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