File this one
under "music to make you warm and fuzzy." I saw Golden
Bear a few weeks ago, and since then I've been addicted to
their third full length, Alive. It's 36 minutes
full of sing-a-long, feel good guitar pop nuggets, and I
promise you'll be hooked even before the first track on the
disc finishes. Lately I've been pretty attached to other
guitar pop efforts from the Blurries and the Pons, but
Alive has convinced me to put those on the back burner
for now. Consider it highly recommended.
new album, Before You Were Born, won't be released
until January, but until then you can download "Monsters"
and check out a video. I'm a fan of their lush, yet raw
sound - thanks to the crashing mix of guitars, keyboards,
horns, and the raspy vocals of Aaron Sinclair.
My show pick for this weekend is the "Language For All" benefit at The Mohawk on Friday. It features a wealth of local talent including some of my Austin favorites such as The Sour Notes, The Pons, and One Hundred Flowers. It's just $10 for eight bands and all of the proceeds benefit the Texas School for the Deaf. This event will be fully accessible to the deaf by LotuSIGN (live music interpreters). Attendees will receive a free download card with an mp3 from each band, posters, and other Language For All goodies. A packed local lineup for a great cause on a Friday night is definitely worth checking out.