You’ve waited all weekend for the quick and easy recap of all the sweet tunes we hit up last week. We started off the week really strong with a bunch of stuff, but somehow, it feels like we kind of sputtered to a close, just sprinkling a tune here and there. Still, we managed to get 20 great tunes you should enjoy in your first hour of the morning. We start it off with the absolute banger from Say Sue Me, then have some more experimental works from the likes of Sinaive and Double Vanity. Plus, we’ve got a new track from our friend Lizzy Lehman produced by S. Houser and Jim Eno of Spoon. Turn it up and get your day started.
In need of a contemplative single that can take you back to the days of Cocteau Twins or Siouxsie solo work? Well, then perhaps you’ll want to dip your toes into this stunning new tune from Melourne’s Double Vanity. Zec Zechner’s voice is surely the central focus; you are drawn to the majesty that it presents throughout, with moments that feel like the notes could shatter before your ears. But, for me, the song’s success relies upon the dense textures created behind that voice. The wash of synth atop the beats set the ground for these crystalline guitar notes to knife their way through here and there. Tell me you don’t love it.
Minneapolis based Night Moves really caught and held my attention in 2019 with the release of their stunning LP Can You Really Find Me. For a year or so after the release, like most bands in the Covid era, things were slow and not much was heard from the group. But to no one’s surprise, the dudes were holed up in a friend’s cabin to record a whole slew of new material in the coming year. Having already shared two recordings from the sessions, today I am pleased to share with you this new single called “Feel Another Day”. I feel like this band continues to fill this void in need for country inspired, twangy pop music that I just don’t seem to get much more here in TX. Thanks to my Minnesota brothers.
Phew, the end of the year really snuck up on me this time and it’s crazy to think we are moving on from the 2010s. Before we do so, Nathan and I of course want to share some of our favorite things from the year for those of you who care to hear our opinions. I am typically the songs guy and Nathan usually takes on the albums, so here it is, my favorites from this year. Hit the jump for my list and a Spotify playlist to take with you.
As Night Moves prepare to release their new album Can You Really Find Me later this month, the band is dropping more new music in anticipation. Today the boys sent over this new track “Recollections” which is more of a mellow, slow grooving song when compared to previously released banger “Strands Align”. The track is helping to set up what will surely be on the best, and most well balanced albums of the year.
Can You Really Find Me hits streets on June 28th via Domino.
As I look out on yet another dreary and rainy spring day in Austin, I am finding myself in need of a little musical inspiration. Much to my pleasure, this new song called “Strands Align” from Minneapolis based pop hit makers Night Moves just pinged my inbox. It reminds me of a time before The Killers sucked if their sound had some elements of Tame Impala mixed with driving rock songs. Basically, it’s a hit and you should check it out right now.
Night Moves will release new album Can You Really Find Me on June 28th via Domino.
There’s something about the summer time that makes listening to folk music absolutely perfect. I can’t explain it exactly, but I do know that Night Moves are one of those bands that seem to fit this bill; it’s a good thing they’ll be playing at Mohawk next Friday with locals Lord Buffalo. Their recent album, Colored Emotions, has received tons of praise for its nod to folk history, which makes the setting of an indoor set at Mohawk ideal for an intimate show you and your friends won’t soon forget. We’re giving away two tickets to the show, and all you have to do is leave a CLEVER comment. We’ll pick a winner next Wednesday at 5 PM, and let you know! You can also go the traditional route and buy tickets HERE.
Here’s a recent set from the boys at Bonaroo: Bonaroo!
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It’s funny to me that some bands get over-looked from time to time, even when they’re putting out incredible work. For me, Night Moves, who released Colored Emotions recently, sort of got left off the charts, though they offer a lot of that smooth R&B influence that many popular acts such as Twin Shadow spin out. I’m not saying they sound like that, but there’s some similarities. Personally, the songwriting by the group, leaving listeners with swelling tracks, is really enticing, so I’m encouraging everyone to go back and check the group out. You can start with their brand new single, which shares the same name as the album’s title.
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Ryan and Nathan gave Lord Huron an atta-boy during SxSW 2011. Tough choice for the photo-guy, Menomena or Lord Huron? Well, I hadn’t seen Lord Huron yet, so I jumped at that show to enjoy a relaxing evening at Stubb’s Jr (that’d be the inside stage).
This was the second night of their tour after an opening night in Denton supporting the pending release Lonesome Dreams, due next week. Night Moves will be opening for this stretch on the road, a nice add for a solid bill with just enough contrast in styles to make sure you had a little something for everyone.
Read on for a few more show notes and plenty of pics.
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Plenty of great shows to choose from this week, with many of them coming on back to back nights Wednesday and Thursday. My show pick for Wednesday has to go to indie surf/dream pop band Lord Huron. I’ve never actually seen this band outside of their stellar SXSW performances show it should be nice to check ’em out for a full on show. Supporting the band for the night is more than adequate opener Night Moves. Great lineup, great venue = sure to be bad ass show.[audio:https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Lord_Huron_-_Time_to_Run.mp3]
Download: Lord Huron – Time to Run [MP3]