Austin’s The Preservation are celebrating spring with the release of their new single, Hugs/Drugs. It brings to mind sunny, lazy, and carefree days with its breezy harmonies, organ swirls, and twang meets jangle guitars. This double single is an excellent follow up to their 2011 album, Two Sisters. I also highly recommend checking out their live show, which you have the chance to do this Friday at Scoot Inn. They’re part of a stellar lineup with The Couch, Burgess Meredith, and Holiday. Check out the clip of Happiness from their Good Music Club taping last year; those sweet harmonies and killer guitar hooks definitely make me happy.
Another excellent local band performing on Friday night is The Calm Blue Sea. Although they’re an Austin-based band, their gigs are infrequent. The chance to see and hear them play a headlining show at a top notch venue like The Parish is hard to pass up. The band recently posted the remaining two videos from their Aberrations And Departures series; these performances were recorded and filmed live on location in Austin with different filmmakers and no overdubs or edits. Tesoro and To Approach The Vivian Girls are two of my favorite songs from their 2012 album, Arrivals And Departures; they have a blissful yet powerful shiver up the spine quality that you can’t deny.