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Show Of The Week

June 14, 2017

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There are a lot of things happening this week – Solstice Festival, a slew of local album releases parties (Quin Galavis, Night Drive, Matthew Logan Vasquez) and something called Fasten Fest (with Beach Fossils!).  When I scan all the listings though, one show in particular sticks out, and it’s Eternal Summers with local faves Tres Oui and Lola Tried on the inside stage at the Mohawk this Saturday.  All three bands are fantastic, and they’ll sound stellar in that small room.  You should drop in and soak up a slew of great pop tunes.  Tix are $10.

PS – Rain and other unfortunate circumstances have bumped some of the recent shows I’ve booked for 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series, but I feel good that this week’s gig is going to happen.  So, come on out to Ernie’s on the Lake this Sunday for A. Sinclair, Summer Salt and Lowin.  Music starts at 5pm.  FREE!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Transit Method, On Delay, Maxam at the Mohawk
- Matthew Squires, Mathew Wojcik, Julian Hernandez at the Carousel Lounge
- Blues on the Green with Grupo Fantasma, Hard Proof at Zilker Park
- Merchandise, B Boys, Street Themes at The Sidewinder

Thursday:
- Spiral Stairs, Moving Panoramas at 3ten ACL Live
- Jonathan Terrell at Oskar Blues Brewery
- Solstice Festival -
El Tule, Money Chicha, Tio Chico at Empire Control Room
Henry + the Invisibles, The Lagoons, Huggy & the Feel Goodz, Emme at the Mohawk

Holiday Mountain, GGOOLLDD, The Bishops at the Mohawk

Omenihu, Nicolas Azlon, Alesia Lani, TBA at The Sidewinder
Riders Against the Storm, Black Rodeo, Melat at The Sidewinder

Friday:
- Quin Galavis at Beerland
- Octopus Project, Ringo Deathstarr, Mystic Braves, The Creation Factory at Barracuda
- Half-O-Ween 6 with Mean Jolene, Popper Burns, Stretch Panic, Count Davula and His Vampire Brides at the Sahara Lounge
- Night Drive, Orthy, Keeper, Single Lash, Lambda at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Milligan Vaughan Project at Antone’s
- Matthew Logan Vasquez, Glass Grapes, Jason Blum at the Continental Club
- Solstice Festival -
Bayonne, The Midnight Stroll, The Wild Now at Empire Control Room
Continental Drift, Ten Foot Beast, Hour Band at the Mohawk

The London Souls, Leopold and his Fiction, Otis the Destroyer at the Mohawk

Groove Think, Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures, Shane Cooley, Josh Koons Band at The Sidewinder

Nina Diaz, Charlie Belle, Light Wheel at The Sidewinder

Saturday:
- Fasten Fest with Beach Fossils, Quiet Company, Trouble in the Streets, El Rancho, The Roomsounds, Those Poor Serfs, The Nightowls, Darrin Bradbury, Mama K and the Shades, DJ Justin Martin at Fair Market
- Girlpool, Snail Mail at Barracuda
- Jonathan Terrell, Carson McHone at 3ten ACL Live
- Clyde and Clem, Harvest Thieves, Heavens To Betsy, Leslie Reynaga at the Hole in the Wall
- Solstice Festival -
JJ Grey & Mofro, Built to Spill, The Bright Light Social Hour, Los Coast, Sweet Crude, The Halfways, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Radio Moscow, Capyac, Mobley, Hunter Sharpe, Slomo Drags at Pan Am Park
Mobley, Capyac at Empire Control Room

Sunday:
- Thelma & The Sleaze, Birdcloud, The Rated Exes, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas
- RG Lowe at Waterloo Records

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Quickdraw: Kindling, Wimps, Jeff The Brotherhood, Eternal Summers, Lizzo

October 19, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Kindling – Blinding Wave:  While giving my inbox a deep clean this weekend I “discovered” Kindling and instantly fell in love.  Noisy, reverb-heavy indie rock always gets me.  Galaxies is due out November 6 via No Idea.

:Wimps – Old Guy:  This new Wimps single makes me laugh.  It also kind of makes me cringe because soon I’ll totally be “the old guy at the party tonight.”  Just great, you know?  Suitcase is due out November 13 via Kill Rock Stars.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Radiating Fiber PlaneJeff The Brotherhood’s major label experiment didn’t go particularly well, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to have affected them much.  This proggy effort is the first single off of their double album, Global Chakra Rhythms, which is due out November 13 via Infinity Cat.

:Eternal Summers – Our Distant Bodies:  A bonus edition of Eternal Summers’ latest LP is about to come out, and this slow burner will be on it.  I think it’s a really pretty track.  The extended version of Gold And Stone is due out October 23.

:Lizzo – Humanize:  I first found out about Lizzo when I saw her do a nice job of opening for Sleater-Kinney back in February.  As you’ll hear when you hit play, she’s got a nice voice and a confident sound.  Big GRRRL Small World is due out December 11 via BGSW Records.

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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Eternal Summers, M.I.A., Part Time, Sharon Van Etten

May 11, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Eventually:  Tame Impala seem to be rolling like Modest Mouse recently did and just continuously leaking songs from their new album.  I dig it.  This fourth “single” may be my favorite yet.  Currents is due out July 17.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Eternal Summers – Come Alive:  Here’s a new bit of well crafted pop from Eternal Summers.  I just know their upcoming LP is going to be great, so you should really make sure to scribble down a note to seek it out.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:M.I.A. – Platforms:  Over the weekend M.I.A. let this demo out of her grasp.  It’s a fairly reserved effort sound-wise, but she makes the song shine with some solid songwriting.  I assume a new album will be announced at some point this year.

:Part Time – Pussy Of My Dreams:  First of all, it’s fine if you spend a few minutes giggling at the fact that this song is called Pussy Of My Dreams.  I certainly did.  Secondly, Part Time sound more playful than ever here, and I like it.  Virgo’s Maze is due out June 16 via Burger Records.

:Sharon Van Etten -  Just Like Blood:  Just in case you need a shot of sophistication today, here’s a beautiful new song from the one and only Sharon Van Etten.  She makes me want to be a better adult.  The I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP is due out June 9 via Jagjaguwar.

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Eternal Summers

April 23, 2015

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On Monday I had a long day at work followed by a press screening of the rather dense Clouds of Sils Maria, and afterwards I just didn’t feel as though I had the attention span to go see Eternal Summers play at Holy Mountain.  I should have gone anyways.  The songs they’ve recently put out – Gold and Stone is the new single, Together or Alone is the new video  – are fantastic slices of pop, and it would have been fun to hear them live.  Oh well.  I’ll just have to catch them next time.  Until then, I’m totally focused on their upcoming LP.  Enjoy.

:Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone:

Gold and Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Bop English, Eternal Summers, The Helio Sequence, Modest Mouse

March 5, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Speedy Oritz – The Graduates:  This is the second single from Speedy Ortiz‘s sophomore effort.  The LP is starting to look like it won’t be anything but off-kilter anthems, and that’s totally fine by me.  Look for Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.  The band will play Red 7 on May 15.

:Bop English – Sentimental Wilderness:  Just in case you missed this bit of info when I posted it a while back, Bop English is the solo moniker of White Denim’s James Petralli.  I think you’re going to love the playful but intricate arrangement that drives this song (I certainly do).  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Eternal Summers – Together Or Alone:  The Drop Beneath came out just last year, but Eternal Summers have already put together a follow-up.  Judging by this track, they’ve found a nice balance between the sheen of their recent work and the lo-fi ways of their earlier efforts.  Cool.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:The Helio Sequence – Stoic Resemblance:  Indie stalwarts The Helio Sequence have readied their sixth full length.  As you’ve probably already guessed (since the duo are so amazingly consistent), everything about this track is as crisp as can be.  The band’s self titled album will be released on May 18 via Sub Pop.

:Modest Mouse – Of Course We Know:  I believe this heavy slow burner is the fifth song that has been set free in anticipation of Modest Mouse’s new album.  Not sure I can recall another time where a high profile release has had so many official “leaks.”  Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 2

December 2, 2014

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Boom.  Here’s part two of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  If you missed the first installment, check it out here.  The other parts will arrive each day this week!  Enjoy.

40)  :Braid – No Coast:  It was the arrival of this anthemic track that pushed me from curious to excited about Braid reuniting for a new full length (their first in 16 years).  From No Coast.

39)  :Eternal Summers – Gouge:  I’ve had this shoegazey number on repeat for just about the entirety of 2014.  I definitely think it’s Eternal Summers’ best song (so far).  From The Drop Beneath.

38)  :Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  This fantastic slice of dream pop is from one of my favorite bands in Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  It’ll make you dance (and maybe cry a little).  From Neon.

37)  :Mas Ysa – Shame:  Thomas Arseneault (aka Mas Ysa) churns out some really interesting stuff.  For instance, this synthy gem is somehow both very calculated and super raw.  From The Worth EP.

36)  :Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me:  Sure, Alvvays is a pretty silly name, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t one of the best lo-fi pop efforts of the year.  From the band’s self titled album.

35)  :Pillar Point – Eyeballs:  I’m not sure that Scott Reitherman (formerly of Throw Me The Statue and now the main brain behind Pillar Point) has ever made a song that I didn’t like.  The guy sure knows how to craft quality pop music.  From the band’s self titled album.

34)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  If you’ve ever wanted to hear Cymbals Eat Guitars as a full-on accessible rock act, then this is the song you’ve been looking for.  It’s a good sound for them.  From Lose.

33)  :Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone:  When it comes to Ariel Pink, I’m always impressed with the way he’s able to craft that one single every release that’s a total ear-pleaser.  I think he does it on purpose so it’s easier to dive into the bizarro creations that usually fill out his albums.  From Pom Pom.

32)  :Sylvan Esso – Coffee:  For a while I thought MS MR’s fancy remix of this track was unbeatable, but in the end I found myself partial to the minimalistic sound of Sylvan Esso’s original take.  From the band’s self titled album.

31)  :Weaves – Shithole:  Every time I listen to this song I immediately want to travel back to the 90s so that I can be angsty about having to exist in the 90s.  Thanks for that, Weaves.  From the Shithole single.

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Stream This

February 7, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP

Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
Cheatahs – Self Titled
Total Slacker – Slip Away
Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
The Burlies – Self Titled EP
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Majestico – When Kingdom Come
El Ten Eleven – For Emily EP
Com Truise – Wave 1 EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions: Part 1
Temples – Sun Structures

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Julie Ruin

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Quickdraw: Pillar Point, Eternal Summers, Evil Arrows, Elephant, Real Estate

January 21, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Pillar Point – Eyeballs:  It’s so very nice to hear Scott Reitherman’s voice again.  The former Throw Me The Statue frontman was born to do indie pop and should not be gone for extended amounts of time.  Polyvinyl will release Pillar Point’s self titled effort on March 3.

:Eternal Summers – Gouge:  I wouldn’t have guessed that Eternal Summers had some shoegaze in them, but here they are doing it and doing it well.  I could listen to more of this.  The Drop Beneath is expected out on March 4 via Kanine.

:Evil Arrows – Jennifer Kills The Giant (Once A Week):  Evil Arrows is a new project from SOTO fav Bryan Scary.  It’s not as elaborate and wild as what he usually churns out, but I like it.  The pop act will be putting out a slew of EPs this year, and you’ll be able to get the first one tomorrow.

:Elephant – Elusive Youth:  There’s an almost seductive quality to this track that I just adore.  On a related note, I’d love to know how it took me until now to notice how great Amelia Rivas’ voice is.  Elephant will release the Elusive Youth single on January 28 via Memphis Industries.  A full length is expected in the Spring.

:Real Estate – Talking Backwards:  As always, here’s Real Estate sounding impeccable.  The band just isn’t capable of making a pop song that isn’t a total ear-pleaser.  Look out for Atlas everywhere on March 4 via Domino.

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