Top 15 Austin Albums of 2013

Local Albums 2tMan. Austin had a pretty incredible year; it was a far better year than I’ve encountered recently, making my ears, mind and heart quite proud of our hometown.  While it’s obviously difficult to get in on every single band in Austin, I made a list of the albums that were most impactful throughout the year, 2013.  I purposefully left off EPs and singles, not because I didn’t enjoy those, but because this is a list of top ALBUMS!  I’m sorry to those we left off, and encourage you all to send us your music as we continue our push to be a great voice for Austin music.  Without further ado…this is how we do it.  Read more

Mirror Travel – Mexico

mirrortravelRating: ★★★★☆

Living in Austin, I sometimes forget just how many great bands come out of this city, so I love it when I stumble across one such as Mirror Travel who is bound to make waves. Formerly known as Follow That Bird, this trio is made up of Lauren Green as front woman on guitar and vocals, Paul Brinkley on bass and backing vocals and Tiffanie Lanmon going to town on the drums. Together, they come together to give you Mexico, their first proper release as a group, and not to mention a stunning display of good old rock and roll with a hint of dreamy elements to bring you into the present.

First, they present you with an ambient introductory track comprised of delicate guitar sound, a shaker for percussion, and some other gentle sounds to warm you up to the sound. Immediately, it strikes me as the lead into of an Explosions in the Sky track, but “Sands” is just about as mellow as it gets before they kick into their punch-you-in the face, dare-I-say psychedelic rock, like the calm before the desert storm. “I Want You To Know,” begins purely with a killer bass line and a finally you get a taste of the real cutting guitars and the raspy vocals of Green. Her voice is pure power, staking its claim amidst the buzz of the guitar and evoking a cross between Stevie Nicks and Dolores O’Riordan at points. The vocals don’t seem to be especially mixed above the instrumental parts of the songs, but sound as if she is in another room and you’re just lucky enough to have stumbled upon the sound  and stayed because you liked it so much.

This group isn’t only about melting your face with their angular guitar sound and kick ass vocals coming from the front woman, but they’re also here to make you dance, as any good rock and roll band should. Infectious tune, “Parties” comes fourth up on the album and will have you humming along with the choral hook while you’re jamming. Not to forget the ending of the song in which the guitar cuts out for a fast second and some rolling drum work in the background gives the song that build to put it over the top from good to grand. If you’re going to listen to only one song off this record, make sure it is “Parties,” as it’s bound to be one of the best tracks of the year.

Though it seems to only listen to one song from this effort would be a crime. I dare you to find a track you don’t like on Mexico; it’s easy to put this album on repeat and listen to it for days. In fact, that’s what I have been doing and will continue to do so. Look out Austin, as well as the indie world—here comes Mirror Travel.

Show Preview: Mirror Travel Tour Kickoff @ Hotel Vegas (10.15)


Date Tuesday, October 15th
Location Hotel Vegas
Doors 10:00 PM
Tickets Cheap

Formerly Follow That Bird, Austin’s Mirror Travel are prepared to make waves all across the United States.  Their new album, Mexico, is being released tomorrow by Modern Outsider, which happens to coincide with their tour kick off set over at Hotel Vegas.  You’ve got to be there to check out these great new tunes, and to show support by buying things so they can pay for gas as they conquer the States. They’ll be joined by Suspirians and RF Shannon on the night, making it an event you can’t miss.  Plus, it’s indoors, so you have a chance to stay dry during a rock show. Be there or be square, says I.

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More New Music From Mirror Travel

mirrortravelBack in July we dropped some knowledge on you guys that beloved Austin band Follow That Bird had recently changed their name to Mirror Travel and began work on some new material.  Back then we shared with you new track “Mexico”, and today we have another brand spanking new joint called “I Want You to Know” streamable below.  We are yet again treated to some tasty rock n roll on this track with great female driving vocals throughout.  Hope you enjoy this one.

New album Mexico will be available on October 15th via Modern Outsider.

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Austin Spotlight: Mirror Travel

mirrortravelThose of you living in Austin, or who picked up the Casual Victim Pile compilation, might be wondering what happened to Follow That Bird.  Well, they opted for a name change, going with Mirror Travel.  This doesn’t mean the band’s sound has changed that much, still churning out rock and roll with a tinge of garage sound pushing things along.  You’ll be able to find this tune on the band’s new record, Mexico, which is being released by Modern Outsider on October 15th of this year.  History points towards a record filled with allusions to the Southwest, and fueled by hard work: can’t get here fast enough.

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Show Preview: The People’s Temple


Date Friday, April 19th
Location Mohawk
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $9 @ the Door

Seems like there is a worthy show every night here in Austin, and while I know tons of bands are playing, I’m hanging my hat on The People’s Temple show over at Mohawk Friday night. This last year saw the release of their More for the Masses, which added to their already established pyschedelic blend of rock n’ roll.  I caught them at the SXSW, and thoroughly enjoyed their act, so much so that I’ll gladly see them again Friday evening.  Plus, you’ll get to throw your support behind two great local Austin acts in Mirror Travel and La Migra.  Seems like a rad way to spend a weekend night if you ask me.


Download: People’s Temple – Sons of Stone [MP3]

Show Preview: My Jerusalem @ Holy Mountain

Date 10/19/12
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9pm
Tickets $12 @ Frontgate

I was always a huge fan of Jeff Klein during his solo career after his move down to Austin from New York many years ago.  I admittedly lost touch with the singer/songwriter and haven’t really kept up with his recent work as a musician.  All that being said, I’m excited to see that Klein is back in an up and Austin band called My Jerusalem. The band just released their new album Preachers and have a local show planned at Holy Mountain on Friday night before kicking off a huge national tour.  Supporting the band for the show are fellow locals The Sour Notes and Mirror Travel (formerly Follow That Bird).  Those not familiar with Holy Mountain should take note that it is in the old Beauty Bar space and was recently taken over by ATH amigo James Taylor.


Download: My Jerusalem – Mono [MP3]

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