Today’s the day you’ve all been waiting for, the announcement of our annual AustinTownHall vs Side One Track One SXSW party. We’re throwing down at Hotel Vegas/Volstead again, and we’ve booked a pretty solid lineup of acts. We’ve got some bands with huge buzz like Caroline Says or Why Bonnie, a handful of ATH Records artists…and we even got in a few out of town acts like Nite and El Lago. Best news of all? It’s absolutely free, so all you have to do is come on over and just enjoy yourselves…there’s something for everybody. Show kicks off at 2 PM and lasts all day and night. Plus, we love you, so you don’t even have to RSVP! Check out the event page, and plan ahead, you’ll be here all day!
Austin’s SMiiLE have been on our radar for some time; we ran their album, Like a Diamond in the Rough, You Shine almost a year ago to this day. And here they are unleashing a new single unto the world, with a video to boot. All will be celebrated over at 2822 Salado St, with things kicking off around 8 PM. This new single still has the group’s ability to charm with infectious melodies, but there’s a little bit more grit, or punch here…illustrating the band’s growth in the short time they’ve been around. Come celebrate the band and their new single tonight, as they head out on tour to spread their positive vibes across the US. Oh, and our dear friends the Millbrook Estates will open, as will Marmalakes, so be there early. We have more news on Marmalakes, but we’ll save that for another day…we’re here to celebrate SMiiLE.
Usually you reserve Saturday for Twitter and nonsense, but for all our Austin readers, and those just browsing the Internet, I had to introduce you to Upper Deck Pets. The band has is comprised of bits of local favorite Milezo and Marmalakes, and if this is their first single, we’re in for a whole lot of great tunes! It opens quickly with this guitar line that moves back and forth, filled with a layer of fuzz. The vocals get delivered quickly, then they take on a croon as the guitars get heavier and build back into the rhythmic pulse of tune; it all fades into a bit of experimental noise as the track closes. I’m not going to lie…this tune is addicting, and deserves to be the start to your Saturday.
You get an added bonus as the band releases a tape single with their friends smith+robot tomorrow night over at Sahara Lounge! Doors are at 7…buy local.
Man. The festivals and large events in this town never cease, and while I appreciate that, I’m a bit sick and tired of it all. Are you in the same boat? Perhaps you want to carefully venture downtown and catch some live music? You’re lucky, as the local bands are bringing you some great line-ups all over the map this weekend. Here’s a quick look at where you can go. Read more
Austin’s music scene isn’t the easiest to break into, let alone stick around in, but Marmalakes have been holding their own for some time. What bodes well for the group is this ridiculously great new single that they just released over the weekend. It starts with this bouncing bass line that gives great tempo to the group’s blend of folk and pop. Personally, I like the changing in tempo that comes in and out of the song, especially the quick to soft to quicker that closes this jam out. One of Austin’s best acts just keeps getting better. Get in on it now.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/wells.mp3]
Download: Marmalakes – Wells [MP3]
Man it seems like it’s been a hot minute since we posted a new tune from local ATH favorite band The Sour Notes. We were big fans of their recent record Last Looks, as it appeared on our year end Texas albums list, so we try to make a point to post their music when it’s sent our way. This new song “Two Hands Wait” appears on a new split 7″ the band just put out with fellow local band Marmalakes. Enjoy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/01_The_Sour_Notes_Two_Hands_Wait_9.13.11.mp3]
Download: The Sour Notes – Two Hands Wait [MP3]
|Location||Cheer up Charlies|
|Tickets||$5 @ Door|
New Years Eve is upon us, and I doubt any of you people have really solid plans for what you’re doing to celebrate. Well, let us assist you in that department with news of a party we’re helping sponsor going down at Cheer Up Charlies on the East Side. The show features an awesome “locals only” line-up in the form of Gold Spine, TV Torso, Ringo Deathstarr, Young Girls, Marmalakes, Sleep Good, The Zoltars, The Sour Notes and a Mouthfeel DJ set to end the night. Giveaways will also be handed out out in between each set by Fricano’s Deli, Strut Boutique, Birds Barbershop, Tiffs Treats, and The Highball. More information on this badass event with complete set times for each band can be seen over on the event’s facebook page.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02_Hot_Pink_Flares.mp3]
Download: Sour Notes – Hot Pink Flares [MP3][audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MEXICO_IN_DECEMBER.mp3]
Download: Young Girls – Mexico in December [MP3]