Enjoying This New Matthew Dear Tune

I’ve always had a soft spot for the work of Matthew Dear, but we haven’t really heard much from him since 2012, so with a new album on the horizon, I figure we should give it some attention. It’s a common electronic sound, with understated pulses subsiding so that vocals can ride over the groundwork. Oh, and speaking of the vocals, this track features Tegan and Sara throwing down some lines, which should draw some raves (myself included). All those voices combine in the end, as a dancer beat comes in to bring about a spirited exuberance. His music is always thoughtful and simultaneously playful, and I can always back that. Bunny comes out on October 12th via Ghostly.

More from Diet Cig

ciggyThis could be a really awesome year for Diet Cig; the duo is already building quite a name for themselves, which is a great deal considering they haven’t even released their EP, Overeasy.  The songs are immediately accessible, and while I can see some similarities to bands like Tegan and Sara or Vivian Girls (minus the wall of noise), but I hear a lot of Juliana Hatfield.  I’m having fun with the lyrical playfulness; they’re relatable, yet they still have a harsh punch for their intended audience.  Look for Father Daughter to release the EP on February 24th.

Contest: Black & White Years @ Stubbs (9/13)

The Black And White YearsContest time fools!  That’s right, we’ve got some tickets to giveaway for a great local show going down at Stubbs on Friday featuring Black & White Years.  Now this show is right after Tegan & Sara outside, so no need to enter if you already have tickets to that show, as you get in free.  Deets below:

Up for Grabs: Your name +1 on the promoter guest list

How to enter: Leave a comment with anything you want and we’ll pick a winner at random

Closing time: Please enter by Thursday at high noon

Don’t forget to leave a valid email address!

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Download: The Black and White Years – Up! [MP3]

2/26 Tegan and Sara @ Bass Concert Hall

We here at Austin Town Hall were fortunate enough to get our hands on some tickets for the much anticipated Tegan and Sara at Bass Concert Hall on Friday night.  Touring in support of their latest release, Sainthood, the girls were accompanied by the beautiful Holly Miranda and Steel Train.  A sold out crowd filled the hall, and you could hear the buzz as all the fans anxiously awaited the beginning of the night. Follow the jump for the full show review and pics.

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Tegan @ Sara @ Bass (2/26)

Date 2/26/20
Location Bass Concert Hall
Doors 8pm
Tickets $23 – $35 from UT

Friday is a day in Austin we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time as Tegan & Sara make their much anticipated stop at Bass Concert Hall.  The Canadian duo will be joined on the stage by Steel Train and Holy Miranda.  Surprisingly, tickets for this one can still be purchased from the UT performing arts center.  Don’t miss out!

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Download: Tegan & Sara – The Ocean [MP3]

2009 Top 50 Albums

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Creating a Top 50 Albums list is never easy.  You have to battle with what you think the world believes, and what you truly believe in your heart, to be solid jams.  We have even more trouble because we have to three writers, all who have different ideas, and we have to make those ideas fit into a neat box.  Well, we got it done, and honestly, our criteria was based on two things: how great we thought the album was, artistically speaking, and how long we listened to it without getting bored.  That’s it. It’s fool proof; you might not like it, but it’s our list, so here it is… Read more

FT50: Songs of 2009

bestof2009cover_songsWe have to start this list off with a disclaimer.  We have three writers, all with different tastes, so the list should reflect that a little bit.  Also, these are our opinions, and by no means, are they meant to be seen as an “end all be all” to the question of what were the best songs of 2009.  That being said, we like our list quite a bit.  Sure, it’s got some expected numbers at the top, but the rest of the list is genius.  We’ve got some of the songs streaming for you, and the rest take you straight to youtube.  Follow the jump for full list.

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Tegan & Sara On The Interface

tegansara_coverSuhweet.  Spinner’s the Interface hasn’t had too many bands recently that I care a lot about or at least not enough to tell you guys about.  That changed this week with an in studio performance by our favorite Quinn sisters Tegan & Sara.  The girls perform 4 songs all from their new album Sainthood which has been growing on me more and more with each listen.  Maybe these live videos will help you to decide if that big ticket cost for their show at Bass Concert Hall in February is really worth it.

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Download: Tegan & Sara – Hell [MP3]

New Music From Tiesto

tiesto_jet1So I’m not really sure who this DJ Tiesto guy is, but apparently he was some sort of big deal in the techno/trance scene in the 90s. We bring him up because he’s about to drop a new album with a star studded guest list including indie popsters (and ATH fave) Tegan & Sara. We haven’t heard much from the Quinn sisters recently, so we’ll have to settle for this dance hall jam with DJ Tiesto. You can also expect brand new LP Sainthood from the twin sister duo in late October. This track, “I Feel it in My Bones”, is not confirmed for the girl’s album but will appear on Tiesto’s upcoming album Kaleidoscope due out October 20th.

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Download: Tiesto (ft. Tegan & Sara) – I Feel it in My Bones [MP3]

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