:The Men – Crime: I wasn’t all that into the first single (it’s called Lion) off of The Men’s upcoming LP, but this one is pretty great. Makes me want to jam garage rock tunes all day. Devil Music is due out on November 11 via Bandcamp.
:The Orwells – Buddy: It’s already been two years since The Orwells released Disgraceland. That’s weird to me. Anyhow, this little quickie is catchy. A new album from the band is expected in early 2017.
:STRFKR – Satellite: STRFKR’s upcoming album wasn’t really on my anticipated list, but I believe this song just put it there. It’s such a comfy jam. Being No One, Going No Where is due out November 4 via Polyvinyl.
To be honest, the show that I’m most excited about this week is Taylor Swift on Saturday during the F1 USGP out at Circuit of the Americas. I’m going to go sing my head off, folks. Seriously. Anyhow, I realize that spectacle isn’t quite a “walk-up” kind of gig, so here’s a more accessible pick – Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) at the Mohawk on Friday. The band’s 2016 self titled album has a warped-Interpol-sound going for it, and it’s been a favorite of mine over the last few months. Methyl Ethyl are set to open. Go indulge.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- Click Clack, Chipper Jones, Grosser, Rock Samson, Corduroi at Cheer Up Charlies
- Neon Indian, Orthy at the Mohawk
- Trails and Ways, Growl, MCG at the Mohawk
- US Weekly, B Boys, Lung Letters, Quin Galavis at Hotel Vegas
- Balance & Composure, Foxing, Mercury Girls at the Mohawk
- Night Drive, Missio, The Flying Turns at Austin Roller Rink
- My Education, Obscured by Echoes, Speaking Suns, Coattails, Glassing, HI and the Hometeam, More Eaze, Nicolas Azlon at Fine Southern Gentlemen
- Sour Bridges, The Gents, Star Parks at the Parish
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Basketball Shorts, Soaked, Planet Manhood at The Swan Dive
- Decade Show, Gentlemen Rogues, Zest of Yore, The Reploids at the Carousel Lounge
- Vintage Trouble at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared anything from The Blow here at SOTO, but their new track caught my attention and I think you should hear it. Personally, I think the song sounds like early Rilo Kiley, but judging by the press release, that thought might be selling it short. Here’s the excerpt about it. Read and then listen. Enjoy.
“The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich have spent the past handful of years deep in the studio, working out their own new way of producing electro acoustic pop. “Think About Me” is the fruit of these labors. The song consists of five tracks, using modular and analog synthesizers plus vocals to create layers of frequency. Through the recording process, the duo have developed their own instruments and processing systems for creating sounds, ending up with a mothership of gear patched together in a a web of cables. No longer employing a laptop in live shows, their songs are now performed as live production.”
Boy am I into the Priests track that I have for you today. It’s got a semi-surf rock sound, which is fun and all, but it’s front woman Katie Alice Greer’s vocals that really have me all wound up. That girl has a wonderful snarl. Be sure to crank the volume before you hit play. Enjoy.
Jeremy Murray and the team at 1886 Management keep on coming up with winning concepts.
The flagship of Murray and Co.’s fleet is The Blackheart, a whiskey soaked blueberry in the tomato soup of Rainey Street. Proof and Cooper, the team’s fried chicken shack out near Hamilton Pool draws inspiration from California desert destination Pappy and Harriet’s. The team’s newest concept, Kitty Cohen’s, is the best of the 1970s — a little bit Woodstock, a little bit Palm Springs — where you can sip shareable punches poolside, tickle the ivories on a baby grand piano, or belly up to the bar and request a record off the shelves.
Late last month, Murray invited me out to Kitty Cohen’s to play some tunes and “guest bartend.” The latter pretty much consisted of cracking open iced cold yellow bellys and pouring shots of tequila; one for you, one for me. The former, pulling records off the shelf. Cohen’s is curating a respectable, and growing, record collection behind the bar, AM radio’s greatest hits. A good time was had by all, so far as I remember, so we’re doing it again this month, on Halloween weekend. Sunday, October 30, I’ll crack beers and play some music. A dash of yacht rock, a heavy dose of cocaine bender soundtrack material, some disco, outlaw country and proto punk, and a couple of Halloween-themed tracks for a laugh — songs I’d like to think Kitty would like if she waltzed into the bar, ordered a Dickell rye, neat, and sparked a heater.
Good news! 2017 is going to start with a new album from Cloud Nothings. Below you’ll find the first single off of the LP. It’s got a guitar pop-leaning sound that’s not quite what the band usually sports, but I dig it and I’m looking forward to hearing whatever else they’ve cooked up. Enjoy.
If you were under the impression that things would scale back after the conclusion of ACLx2, you were wrong. There are a ton of shows this week! So many in fact that I’m tossing out two main recommendations. Enjoy.
Local Pick of the Week: Walker Lukens will be celebrating the arrival of his new EP, Never Understood, this Friday at 3TEN. With him will be local gems The Eastern Sea and Slomo Drags. If you’re looking for an indie pop-enthused good time, then this is the show for you.
Non-Local Pick of the Week: On Saturday my favs Screaming Females will be at Sidewinder. They rip it up like no other and should not be missed. Hope to see you there.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- La Sera, Springtime Carnivore at The Sidewinder
- Carry Illinois, Lowin, Go Fever at the Mohawk
- Rooney, Royal Teeth, Swimming With Bears at Barracuda
- Leslie Sisson & Glad Girls, Plantation, Daisy O’Connor at Cheer Up Charlies
- Rachael Yamagata, Pressing Strings at Antone’s
- Yonatan Gat, American Sharks, The Rotten Mangos, The Harms at Barracuda
- Foreign Mothers, Pleasure Venom, Space Battle, Mamis at Beerland
- Leo Rondeau, Ramsay Midwood, Banditos, The Bad Lovers at Hotel Vegas
- My Education at Stubb’s
- Echo and the Bunnymen at Stubb’s
- The Temper Trap, Coast Modern, Walking Shapes at Emo’s
- Elvis Costello, Larkin Poe at ACL Live
- Moving Panoramas, Dead Leaf Echo, Pale Dian, The Veldt, All in the Golden Afternoon, Twin Studies at Cheer Up Charlies
- Gooch Palms, The Lochness Mobsters, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas - The Gentlemen Rogues, Broken Gold, The First Part, Later Days, Far Out at Beerland
- The Dear Hunter, Eisley, Gavin Castleton at the Mohawk
- Golden Bear, Feverbones, Brothers LTD at the Mohawk
- The Faint, Gang of Four, Pictureplane at Emo’s
- Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc at Empire Control Room
- Magic Sword, NGHT HCKLRS at Empire Control Room
- The Dandy Warhols, Savoy Motel at the Scoot Inn
- Shivery Shakes, Signy, Bravo Zulu, DJ Lambda at The Swan Dive
- The Midnight Stroll at the Cactus Cafe
When I set out to find something pleasant and calming this morning, I didn’t figure I’d end up with a song from Thee Oh Sees. They’re a band that’s usually loud and chaotic, but their new track, which is off of Odd Entrances (it’s a companion piece to their other 2016 release, Weird Exits), is a rather pretty little effort. Enjoy.
My favorite month of the year arrived this week, October marks the beginning of the dark times. Fall in the South doesn’t really begin until this month, it starts to finally cool off, and the time change will make it nice and dark on Hollow’s Eve. Really for me it allows metal to sound right for the holiday, at Christmas it’s just odd, but Halloween? Perfect! I looked back and I haven’t done a good list for your orange and black partying in a few years so I thought I might oblige, plus, we have a plethora of clowns running around scaring the crap out of people and what could be more metal than that! 13 tracks that will not only melt the faces of all your trick-or-treaters, but could give heart attack inducing paralysis to the finest upstanding adults in your neighborhood (with a couple fun ones mixed in for good measure). Enjoy, and happy haunting!
P.O.S is coming to town! He’ll be playing the Mohawk on February 15. I’ve caught a few shows over the years, but I believe that the 2017 stop in Austin will be the first time I’ve seen him in full force (with working kidneys) since he was touring in support of Audition a good 10 years ago. I can’t wait.
On a P.O.S-related note, he just dropped a new song (the fourth to be released in 2016). It’s a good one. Enjoy.
Even if you’re set on seeing the great Kendrick Lamar at ACL: Volume 2 this Saturday, you should consider heading to Sidewinder at some point for Bill Ball 2. The massive show is set to feature Big Bill (of course, it’s their party), Basketball Shorts, Deep Time, Xetas, Mom Jeans, Que Pasa?, US Weekly, Sherman’s March, Zest of Yore, Masculine Pain, MeanGirls, Plutonium Farmers, Body Pressure and Catalina La O. That’s 14 good bands for $15 solid bucks (or $10, if you buy tix before Saturday). Get in on that deal, folks.
By the way, on Saturday I’ll be working with Red Bull Sound Select at Empire Control Room & Garage. That one has Tory Lanez, Mick Jenkins and Smino, and it’s just $3 if you RSVP. Come join if Kendrick doesn’t all the way scratch your hip hop itch.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- Chook Race, The Zoltars, Pataphysics, Oozer, Nicky Reyes at Beerland
- Adam Torres at Waterloo Records
- The Felice Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan at The Sidewinder
- Molly Burch, Hidden Ritual, Jesse Woods & RF Shannon, Cowboy Crisis at Barracuda - Haim at Stubb’s
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Vampyre, Foreign Mothers, Sherman’s March at Hotel Vegas
- Boss Battle, Darkbird, Coattails at the Mohawk
- Belcurve, The Gents, Slomo Drags, Booher at Cheer Up Charlies
- Sip Sip, Hard Proof, So Official at Empire Control Room
- Band of Horses, The Wild Feathers at Stubb’s
- Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band at Stubb’s
- Saint Motel, JR JR, Weathers at Emo’s
- Part Time, Pale Dian, Typical Girls, Roses at Hotel Vegas
- Gringo Star, Liz Burrito at the Mohawk
- Ditch the Fest with Hikes, Trouble in the Streets, Sometimes a Legend, Eyelid Kid, Smile, The Bishops, The Halfways, Strange Mother, Corduroi, Upper Deck Pets, Planet Manhood, Triplets, Boys Club at Cheer Up Charlies
- Gallant, RKCB at the Parish
- Banks & Steelz, Magna Carda at Antone’s - MC Chris, MC Lars, Megaran at The Sidewinder
A new “super group” known as LIV has emerged, and it features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker. You can check out the Swedish collective’s debut single down below. It’s a driving, classic-feeling pop tune with some wonderful vocal work, and I think you’re going to dig it. Enjoy.
My brain is fried from spending the weekend out at ACL, so I’m only rolling out a single track today. On the bright side, it’s the second single off of Terry Malts’ upcoming album and it’s really good, so it’s pretty much all you need anyways. Now crank up the volume! Enjoy.
Happy first weekend of ACL Fest everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the place you’re staying while your AirBnB guests enjoy your house! Here’s some tunes to listen to in your car or with headphones so you don’t annoy the people whose couch you’re crashing on.
The Pretenders have had a busy week. They not only did they announce a stop in Austin, but they let slip a new video. Personally, I think the latter is kind of useless, as it’s just Chrissie Hynde and Dan Auerbach (he produced the act’s new album) standing around in a studio, but I think the song is good. Hynde still has a great voice. Enjoy.