We covered tons of territory last week, particularly as we ran tons of little interviews in our Meet the SXSW Band features; it’s also the Spring season, so that means there are tons of announcements about new records and such. I was stoked to hear new stuff from Constant Follower and Mary Onettes, plus we premiered new tune from The National Honor Society and Hot Coppers. And, seeing as its SXSW, we got interviews back from Daiistar, Taleen Kali, Hamish Hawk and a ton more, all with little introductions plus their music. Or, you can listen to the jams below and see if they’re playing near you, wherever you find yourself!
We are down to the last few days around the ATH offices before we wind down and head out into the madness that is SXSW next week. Prior to that, it seems fitting for one of our last interviews to be from Austin indie legends Wild Child. They’ve been around the scene for what seems like ages now and we were super pumped for them to answer our interview questions. Hit the jump for interview, music and show dates.
When you press play on this track from Sir Woman, fellow Austinites, or any fans of Wild Child, will immediately recognize the vocals of Kelsey Wilson. Instrumentally, there’s a bit of a different vibe than the quaint folk tunes of Wild Child–the mix is mad funky; bouncy piano, horns, groovy bass line, laid back percussion and, of course, Wilson’s ever-smooth vocals. The chorus is catchy and capitalizes on Wilson’s vocal range, serving as the icing on the cake, and making you excited to hear more for this new solo project. Check out “HIGHROAD” below.
It’s that time once again folks, the weekend! Now, SXSW is nigh so we sort of (not really) understand if you want to stay home out of the somehow still cold weather. But if you’re like us and just can’t resist the live tunes, here’s a list of the shows, in no particular order that you shouldn’t be missing tonight and tomorrow night.
Check the jump for listings.
There’s been a lot going on in Austin this week, musically speaking, so I wanted to take a moment to sort of wrap-up the goods from all our friends here in the city. I won’t wax poetical on too much…I’ll just skip on down to the hits. Follow me if you’re so inclined.
Andrew Collins has been a musician in the Austin scene for some time, most recently playing with LAX. Unfortunately, tragedy struck Andrew earlier this year, leaving him with some expensive bills to pay. But, like Austin does, the community has banded together to throw Andrew Fest, a two-day benefit featuring great acts like Sip Sip, Wild Child and BLXPLTN. They’re even bringing some of Andrew’s old friends out of the woodworks to reunite for the cause, namely Visitors and The Rise. You can grab tickets HERE, and all the funds go to support the cause. Plus, there will be lots of prizes and raffles courtesy of tons of great local folks. If you can’t make it, consider helping out by donating HERE.
Download: The Rise – The Fallacy Of Retrospective Determinism [MP3]
As rock n’ roll season heads into full swing, it’s time we all take advantate of the many shows that are coming our way in the next few months before SXSW hits us hard. Surely you know Ty Segall is playing at the Mohawk on Friday night with Ex-Cult and OBN IIIs, but what else is going on in town? Well, in case Ty isn’t your taste, or you can’t make it, here’s some other show suggestions for a pretty solid weekend in Austin. Read more
The always fun annual Art Disaster is going down again at Beauty Bar on Thursday night. Yet again, local promoters have put together a solid all local lineup featuring Thick as Thieves, Sundress, Boyfrndz, White White Lights, Wild Child, Orion, Sleep Good, Schmillion, SORNE, and Crooks. The fine folks at Do512 have a nice and handy schedule for all those bands if it’s confusing… Don’t forget to RSVP for a relatively cheap $3.
Download: Crooks – Downtown [MP3]