This year’s festival boasts a lot of great acts, especially on the headlining front (though can they top JaMC?). But, with the fest starting off this Friday, there are some undercard acts that really deserve our attention. I went ahead an picked out a couple of my favorites for you to focus on for Friday’s line-up. You can still grab tickets HERE. Read more
While there might be an indiepop pedigree within the confines of Supermoon, it doesn’t seem like the band’s settling to live on their past histories. Their latest single from their forthcoming Mint Records release has a certain bounce that recalls acts like La Luz, though with only a slight hint of the psychedelic elements in there. It’s more like a catchy little shuffle you heard in early R&B groups that never left your head. Their double 7″ Playland comes out on May 20th.
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It’s one of those weekends that reminds you that Austin music scene isn’t dead, and there’s plenty going on for all you music lovers. There’s some great traveling acts, as well as some really stellar all local act line-ups.
Here’s a quick run down for Saturday night.
You ready for the new La Luz to hit? If not, this song should pretty much seal the deal on the fact that the band have solidified their sound, leaving them as one of the bands you’ll fall in love with this year. The latest single opens with this semi-Spaghetti Western psych maneuver, but quickly settles into this dreamy bit of soulful pop. Touches on guitar and keys are really light, creating this effect of that’s almost like floating; it’s very light, accentuated by the vocals being carefully placed atop it all. On August 7th you’ll be able to get your hands on Weirdo Shrine courtesy of Hardly Art.
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I think it’s sort of a shame that Ty Segall is getting the love for the new La Luz jam, especially considering he’s just handling production duties. If you go back in time, you’ll see that this sound is the natural progression of the group’s sound as they prepare to release their new album. They’ve always had a surfy vibe, but I do dig the stronger vocal focus on this latest tune. They definitely take some leisure with jamming things out in parts, which I suppose could be Segall’s touch, but I’m betting these ladies had these tunes ready to rock when they walked in the studio. Look for their new album, Weirdo Shrine, on August 7th via Hardly Art.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/02_You-Disappear.mp3]
Download: La Luz – You Disappear [MP3]
We were all fearing the worst, with the impending doom of a second ice-capade invading the city of Austin on the certain horizon. But, like most great cities with great people, we donned our heavy coats, scarves and beanies, making our way to Red 7 for a great evening of music.
Read on for more thoughts featuring pics from the cool old guy with the funny hat.
Yo, listen up! The weather man says it’s about to snow again, so you better get in your good tunes while you can! Tonight, there’s a great bit of tuneage going on over at Red 7. Headlining the night will be the smooth operators of Pure Bathing Culture, offering their casual dream pop to what I expect will be a horde of eager listeners hoping to hear their favorite hit off the group’s most recent, Moon Tides. You’ll also get a chance to see La Luz, the Seattle pop group who deserve our love, after a tour accident put a damper on the end to their 2013. And me, I’m showing up super early for our good friends She Sir, who are destined to kill things this year with their new upcoming effort. Here’s some jams from the openers to encourage you to show up early! Tickets are $14 at the door–doors open at 9.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LaLuz_PinkSlime.mp3]
Our friends at Hardly Art are helping us hook you up with a great deal that seems pretty awesome. They’re willing to give away a pair of tickets to one of the most anticipated shows in town next week: La Luz with Pure Bathing Culture. La Luz released It’s Alive last year via Hardly Art, and the group really built a strong name for themselves before encountering a little tragedy curbed their touring. But, now they’ve got this incredible bill, which just got better when news was announced today that Austin’s She Sir would join the bill. All you have to do is leave us a comment with your favorite new jam of 2014. We’ll close the contest Friday at midnight, then contact the winners. Show is at Red 7, and it starts at 9 PM.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LaLuz_CallMeInTheDay.mp3]
Download: La Luz – Call Me In The Day [MP3]
Seattle’s La Luz began making waves around the Internet with the release of their Damp Face EP, but they’ve kept the best hits from that release and added new tunes to round out their first full-length, It’s Alive. The surf guitar tendencies make the group relevant in today’s musical landscape, though you can see that their classic sound would probably fit well in the days of old, which is why it’s such a joy to spend some time with this release.
“Sure as Spring” opens up with a rolling beach drum beat, which is cast quickly aside for a beat that gives a bit more of a punch to the track. It’s the first witness of La Luz‘s surf sound, but the vocals really are what allow the group to create a special sound. My ears hear bits of doo-wop and Motown lurking in the way the girl’s combine harmonies atop one another, though I’m aware this was definitely a fad in the era of paisley. From the start, it becomes clear that the music being crafted is differentiated from the masses by these vocals.
While those harmonies hold a special place in my heart, the more time I spend with It’s Alive, the more I begin to appreciate the drawn out vocals that are present in songs like “What Good Am I.” Not only is this one of the tracks that stands away from the surf sound, but the vocal performance is really endearing. It’s got a smooth delivery, though there are hints of smokiness laying within the confines that references sultry lounge-singers. Similarly, “Call Me in the Day,” which is one of the remainders from the Damp Face EP offers further insight into the group’s usage of vocal interplay. The lead grasps onto the softer delivery previously mentioned, while the supporting vocals offer a swagger that can only be assisted by a set of superb back-up singers. It provides more of a soulful feel to the sound being created by these ladies, and one that continues to push the envelope of what some might say is simply surf-rock.
Still, with the prevalent vocals, don’t think I’ve overlooked the blending of psych/surf sounds throughout the record. The album’s title track,”It’s Alive” is the perfect place to look, utilizing a darkened vocal atop the band’s surfing tendencies. It’s the song that perhaps epitomizes the group’s sound the most, though my personal highlights might lay elsewhere. Another nod to surf comes via the classic sounding “Sunstroke.” It encapsulates the sound perfectly, offering up a short instrumental that quickly laps at your feet much like you’d expect the waves to do as you stand upon the shore.
For a debut record, It’s Alive has a lot to offer listeners. I’ve really been gravitating towards the vocals on my last six or seven spins of the LP, which is perhaps where the group could make some adjustments going forward. La Luz have nailed the surf-rock sound, and combined it with classic girl-group harmonies, though one can hope for a touch more diversity. There are hints of such moves throughout, which is more than enough to show that this is a group that’s destined to prove they’re more than a one-trick pony.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LaLuz_CallMeInTheDay.mp3]
Download: La Luz – Call Me In The Day [MP3]
It’s Alive is available now from Hardly Art.
The four ladies of La Luz have been making waves for well over a year now, at least on our radar. They continue their meteoric rise with their latest single, which is the second hit from It’s Alive; the album will be released by Hardly Art on October 15th. On this latest track, I like the fact that girl’s don’t just fill up all the space with forced lyrics, rather letting their musicianship speak for itself throughout the latter half of the track. It’s a display that should have the ears of everyone out there listening, as the group continues to make a headstrong push towards the top of the indie world.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LaLuz_PinkSlime.mp3]
Download: La Luz – Pink Slime [MP3]