Hey! Here we are with the second volume of my 2014 Austin Essentials. Dive in. But don’t tire yourself out, as there’s still a third volume coming your way tomorrow. Enjoy.
:Alex Napping – Weak Knees: Alex Napping popped out of nowhere this year and instantly impressed. Their debut, This Is Not A Bedroom, is the kind of introspective indie pop that college me listened to too much of. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose: The fuzzy garage rock ways of Hundred Visions have been on point in 2014. You’d be crazy not to check out their sophomore album, Spite. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Flesh Lights – Just About Due: My passive appreciation of the punk trio Flesh Lights ended with Free Yourself. The album features some great songwriting. And it rocks. If you’re into that sort of thing, of course. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top: It was a bummer when Bobby Jealousy called it quits, but at least Sabrina Ellis, who is one of Austin’s most dynamic performers, quickly landed on her feet in Sweet Spirit. Eventually the band will officially release an album and make the world a better place. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Shivery Shakes – Hold On: Shivery Shakes put out their debut full length, Three Waves & A Shake, this year. You pretty much have to listen to it if you consider yourself a fan of indie pop. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All: Jennifer, SOTO’s purveyor of local music, was adamant that this slice of power pop from Gentleman Rogues make the cut. Look out for a new album from the band soon. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Grape St. – Wallpaper: Last year Grape St. released the excellent A Date With You, and just recently they followed it up with the equally fantastic Free Stuff EP. The band just can’t miss! They’re a must-listen for fans of jangly garage rock. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:The Sour Notes – Cutthroat: Earlier this year The Sour Notes put out a really solid album (their fifth overall) by the name of Do What May. It’s worth your time if you dig hooky indie rock. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Ramesh – The King: For those of you that don’t know, Ramesh was once a part of Voxtrot. His debut solo album, The King, is a well crafted alt pop effort that features a lot of great vocal work. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Coeds – Sensitive Boys: I haven’t seen Coeds play and this is the only song of theirs I’ve heard, but that’s not stopping me from being into the duo. Make a note to keep an eye on them and their synthy ways once 2015 rolls around. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Young Tongue – Heavy Metal Thunder: Once known as The Baker Family, Young Tongue have a sound that’s a pleasant mixture of indie rock and pop. Recently they released an album titled Death Rattle. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Jess Williamson – Snake Song: Jess Williamson spent 2014 fully establishing herself as one of the best singer/songwriters in Austin. If you haven’t already checked out her album, Native State, then you should do yourself a favor and seek it out ASAP. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:A. Sinclair – Shiny Things: Indie rockers A. Sinclair (formerly known as Frank Smith) had a nice year. They signed with Dangerbird Records and churned out a good album, Pretty Girls, for all to indulge in. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Boyfrndz – Design: When it comes to experimental rock in Austin, not many can compete with Boyfrndz. Their sophomore LP, Breeder, is a daunting, but rad listen. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs are a loud, good ole fashioned rock n’ roll band, and their latest release, Third Time To Harm, is further proof that you should be giving them all of your attention. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust: Many would argue that Spray Paint are Austin’s premiere punk act, and I think I’d have to agree. Their album, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, is one you need to hear. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Polio Club – Poison The Well (Demo): I just recently came across Polio Club, and I’ve already pretty much worn out the demos on their Bandcamp page. I’m looking forward to whatever is the post-punk act decides to do in 2015. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:The Wolf – In Waves: SOTO’s own Dan said that I should include psych-rockers The Wolf. He’s apparently a big fan of the noisy, distortion-filled sound that’s all over their latest release, Ride. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Christian Bland And The Revelators – Brian Wilson: Back in September Christian Bland (of The Black Angels) released his third album, The Unseen Green Obscene. Naturally, it’s a gloriously hazy psych rock experience. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Scuare – Mind States: SOTO’s own hip hop expert Leah recently recommended Scuare to me, and he’s been firmly on my radar ever since. This song in particular is pretty fantastic. Provide Facebook love HERE.