Jeff The Brotherhood have really been working it since they got “dropped from the clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros.” Last year they put out two LPs – Wasted On The Dream and Global Chakra Rhythms – and now they’re about to release another. It’s called Zone, and it’s apparently the last installment of a trilogy of albums, which includes 2009′s Heavy Days and 2011′s We Are The Champions. Neat. The sloppy, psych-enthused first single awaits you down below. Enjoy.
My favorite night for live music this week is actually one I’m going to miss because I’ll be out of town. Oh well. At any rate, on Friday I recommend that you head to the Oasis for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ that features locals Summer Salt, The Bad Lovers, Migrant Kids and Emily Wolfe. All four are big favorites of mine, and I love that I managed to get them all on one bill. Music will start at 6 (that’s way early), and it’s FREE to attend. Once that’s all done, I advise that you then head to Sidewinder to watch Whitney. The band, which is led by former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek and former Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Julien Ehrlich, just put out a really solid album, Light Upon The Lake, and it would be wise to catch them in a small space like Sidewinder while you still can. Have fun out there!
- Red Bull Sound Select Presents Juvenile, Martin $ky, The Outfit, TX at the Parish
- American Sharks, The Lochness Mobsters, Pleasers at Hotel Vegas
- Tia Carrera, Flyin’ Lion, Cabra at Beerland
- Pollen Rx, The Shivery Shakes, Que Pasa at Cheer Up Charlies
- Think No Think, The Baffles, On Delay, Trying Science at Stubb’s
:Joanna Gruesome – Pretty Fucking Sick Of It All: Two things about this song. 1) It’s Joanna Gruesome’s first bit of new material since singer Alanna McArdle left the band. 2) It was influenced by their most recent U.S. tour, during which “the CIA took a special interest in the group’s movements.” Guess that explains why the track’s title is so no nonsense. The Pretty Fucking Sick Of It All single is available now via Slumberland.
:Sleigh Bells – Hyper Dark: The first time I listened to this track I figured it was slowly building up to what would surely be some sort of chaotic noise explosion. Nope. It actually just slinks about and generally doesn’t sound like Sleigh Bells at all. I like it. No word yet on when a new album will be released.
I stayed up way too late watching Stranger Things on Netflix because I totally got hooked and couldn’t turn the damn thing off. Now I’m all drowsy and only want to listen to stuff that’s similar to the ethereal, headphone-worthy music that makes up the show’s soundtrack. On the bright side, this urge led me to Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and his new single, which is rather fantastic. For fun, I also tagged on the Stranger Things theme song (crafted by Austin’s own SURVIVE, by the way). It’s definitely more synth-y and creepier than Cantu-Ledesma’s track, but I think they work well together. Enjoy.
It’s been almost 20 years (August 2,1997) since the godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, passed away. He leaves behind a wealth of musical and political inspiration. Kuti preached peace and human rights through powerful grooves and transparent lyricism that reflected both the joy and struggle of his homeland.
Alu Jon Jonki Jon (from Afrodisiac 1972)
This contains some of Fela’s most refined and FRIED keyboard playing. It gets “out there” for a few minutes in a REALLY good way. One of The Black President’s best.
Confusion Pt 1 (from Confusion 1974)
The intro to this one has a darkness and beauty that few/none of his other works have. A high point in the Fela catalog.
No Agreement (from No Agreement 1977)
One of Fela’s funkiest tracks. Drummer Tony Allen is unreal here.
No Buredi (No Bread) (from No Bread 1976)
Some of Fela’s finest sax playing and singing can be found here. The man was a master.
Noise for Vendor Mouth (from Noise for Vendor Mouth 1975)
This one is tremendous! It’s twin guitar rhythm and thrift moog sounds are KILLER.
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I premiered a video from the then-new Austin-based band Gloves. They’ve done a lot of growing since then. Hell, even their name has evolved – from Gloves to GLOVES INTL. Good on them. In any case, today I have another video premiere from the self-described future funk act. This time it’s for a track called The End, which is off of their recently released self titled album (available through GTZ Records). The video was shot by Bao Troung and edited by Cory Runyeon, and the band noted that their goal was to “catch the aesthetic of the tune, which is ultra emo neo-soul.” Enjoy.
Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) just released the second single off of their upcoming album. I like the first one, Anxiety, quite a bit, but it’s admittedly a fairly dense affair. This new track is more accessible (in an Interpol-ish sort of way), and it’s hitting the spot this morning. Enjoy.
As it currently stands, White Lung’sParadise is my favorite album of 2016. It’s loud and really well crafted and I just love the hell out of it. This is why I’m rolling out my Show Of The Week column a day earlier than usual – I want to make sure that you go and see them at Sidewinder tomorrow night. Also on the bill is Plague Vendor, who are currently out on the road in support of their recent release, Bloodsweat. Be there, friends, Seriously.
- Blues on the Green with Hayes Carll, Carson McHone at Zilker Park
- Laz3nby (Matt Hines), Shawn Jones (of Lovely Sparrows), Lindsay Verrill (of Little Mazarn) at the Mohawk
- Wildfires, Maryann, Greg Mullen, Spencer Garland, Blair Robbins at Hotel Vegas
- Bike Problems, Summertime Fun Band, Goat of All Texas at Cheer Up Charlies
- A Celebration of Music by Queens of the Stone Age with members of Megafauna, The Midnight Stroll, Black Books, Emily Wolfe, Otis The Destroyer, My Education, Hooka Hey, The Boxing Lesson, Young Tongue, The Clouds Are Ghosts, Lowin, The Invincible Czars, The Warplanes, Bali Yaaah, Sister Fuzz, Future Humans and Dream Eater at the Mohawk
The return of emo continues to be an interesting thing for me. I keep expecting myself to suddenly be done with it, but the new bands are great and college-me just won’t let go of that sound. What is dead may never die! Anyhow, the latest act out of the genre’s revival that has me excited is Blowout, who are from Portland and have a 90s-bend to their emo ways. Enjoy.
Buckle up because I’ve got a lot to share this week! At this time of year I typically list of my favorite albums of the year … thus far. However, due to the abundance of incredible records released, I decided to just highlight a couple. My musical preferences lean heavily towards, garage rock, punk, and indie pop/rock, and these two bands fall into the last genre. I’ll save all my punk and garage favs for the year end list.
My first selection is We Were Wild by Esmé Patterson. I learned of Esmé last year after she paired with Shakey Graves on Dearly Departed, a breakout hit that you’ve no doubt heard on the radio. A few months ago, I heard NPR preview Feel Right, the first single from Esmé’s new album. I was blown away. It was a fast, furious, and undeniably catchy tune – the kind you put on repeat and listen to incessantly. When her album was properly released last month I discovered it to be mesmerizing from start to finish with tracks that are a superb mix of Americana, pop, folk, and pure rock. There’s something for everyone to love, which is why I’ve recommend We Were Wild to so many of my friends, regardless of their favorite musical genres.
Esmé is currently on tour and will be playing The Sidewinder on Thursday, July 14. She’ll be joined by Winstons, the garage-soul duo out of Brooklyn. Tickets for the show are still available so grab them while you can!
The other album recommendation is Delusions of Grand Fur by Rogue Wave. The band has released a slew of intelligent and thoughtful indie rock over the past decade, and their new album is no exception. It has all the hooks and melodies that I love about Rogue Wave, as well as some new twists. Give it a try.
I am not sure why people like to think about Christmas in July, maybe it’s a simple longing for those happy times around the holidays for their family and friends, but more likely around our neck of the woods in Texas it’s because the heat is getting stifling about this time of year. We like to look at pretty pictures of ice and snow and think about what it would be like to not have to blast the AC twenty four hours a day and wear two shirts just to hold all the sweat from walking from your front door to your car that has turned into a blast furnace after ten minutes in the sun.
So this month, instead of listening to music from a holiday that will infest your earholes soon enough, let’s attempt to cool down in another way. Metal has a long standing tradition of celebrating the darkest part of the year, winter with its icy snow, snowy ice and wintery mix of evil in the air, it symbolizes death for many, and what’s more metal than that! So here is a cool down playlist this month of great blustery songs for you to enjoy while sweating away dreaming of cooler times.
The release date for Russian Circles’ six full length moves ever closer. Down below you’ll find their latest single, Mota, which is the complete opposite of Vorel, the song that came before it. That track was a crunchy rocker, whereas the new one is a slow-building, moody piece. I like both. Enjoy.
While the short holiday week has things on the show-front a lot more quiet than usual, there’s still a gig that I’m really excited for, and it’s Night Beats and The Mystery Lights at the Mohawk on Friday. The latter just put out a solid retro rocker of a debut on Wick (it’s a Daptone Records spin-off), and the former released their psych-enthused third full length back in January. I’m guessing that the show is going to be loud, sweaty and awesome. Get in on it.
- Boogarins, Spray Paint, Marriage, Ghetto Ghouls at Hotel Vegas
- Annihilation Time, Fuck You Pay Me, Dirty Ghosts, Obedience at Barracuda
- MCG, Young Girls, Lou Rebecca, DJ Emily Rabbit at Cheer Up Charlies
- Flight of the Conchords, David O’Doherty at Bass Concert Hall
:Happy Diving – Head Spell: “Tender yet loud” is how this Happy Diving track is referred to in its press release, and once you hit play you’ll see for yourself just how fitting of a description that is. I think it’s a good sound for them. Electric Soul Unity will be out August 19 via Topshelf.
:Tycho – Division: Tycho just released this headphone-worthy effort. It didn’t come with any news on a new album, but I’m really hoping it means that one isn’t too far off. His last effort, 2014′s Awake, is still a big favorite of mine.
Welcome to 2003! The aptly-named Jimmy Eat Wednesday is pretty much the only the night where you can find crowd surfing and mosh pits at Barbarella, and if that doesn’t excite you, well … just stop reading now. This ridiculously awesome DJ-night features four hours of the best emo and pop-punk music to grace our ears over the past two decades. This is not an event for the radio-station lovin’ bro.
While the set leans more towards pop-punk for most of the night (it is a young crowd after all), you will hear emo* jams from the likes of Knapsack and Braid, to the chart topping hits of Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy, to some newer spins from bands like You Blew It! and The Front Bottoms. There is undoubtedly something for everyone. If you can’t handle the literal heat in Barbarella, you can always head next door to Swan Dive and catch a myriad of local bands playing original hits and pop-punk covers all night- FOR FREE.
I’m always shocked when I find out that someone doesn’t know about Jimmy Eat Wednesday, but I have to remind myself that because MY life revolves around a weird 10-year niche of music, doesn’t mean everyone else’s does too. At Jimmy Eat Wednesday though, you will learn that you are not the only weirdo who still knows every word to both vocal lines in Taking Back Sunday’s Cute Without the E.
The monthly DJ night is celebrating its one year anniversary on Wednesday July 6 (that’s this upcoming Wednesday), and I could not be more stoked. To help YOU get just as stoked, I’ve cooked up a little playlist sampling some of my** favorite emo and pop-punk hits.
*The term “emo” has been long-debated, but luckily this site should help you clear up any confusion.