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August 24, 2016

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My good buddy Nathan (from Austin Town Hall) and me via my radio show, 101X Homegrown, have a rad gig happening this Saturday at Barracuda.  It’s a total Back To School Bash with a loaded bill that features Shivery Shakes, Basketball Shorts (creators of one of my fav albums this year – Hot And Ready), Summer Salt, Young Girls, Mean Jolene, Rose Selavy and Plantation Band.  What a lineup!  And the best part is that it’ll only cost you $5.  That’s right, for $5 you’ll get to see seven of my favorite bands out of Austin (and Houston).  You’d be super silly to miss it.

By the way, if $5 is just way too pricey for you, then shoot me a note HERE with the subject TUITION IS EXPENSIVE AND I’M BROKE.  On the day of the show I’ll randomly draw someone for a pair of guest list spots.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

PS – If you’re inclined to see me twice this week, I’ll be at the Oasis on Friday for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ.  It’s FREE and you’ll get to see A. Sinclair, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves and PT Banks.

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- Plantation Band, Gossamer Frontier, Lord Buffalo, Bennet and Jodi at Hotel Vegas
- Al Lover, Botany, Teevee, Dark Palaces, DJ Boozwa at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Common Velvet, Jinx and the Hammer, Summertime Fun Band at Hotel Vegas
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Pleasers, Jean, Teenage Cavegirl, The Two Lips at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- John Wesley Coleman III at Oskar Blues Brewery
- San Saba County, Henry Benjamin, The John Pauls at Lamberts
- Major Grizz, Birthday Club, Big Coat, Slomo Drags at the Mohawk
- A/B (formerly Chipper Jones), Grivo, Dry Spell, Sidechick at The Sidewinder
- Ex-Legionnaires, Xetas, Casual Burn, Oozer at The Sidewinder
- A Giant Dog, The Zoltars, Honey Bucket at Hotel Vegas
- The Boxing Lesson, Paceshifters, Residual Kid, Wildcat Apollo at Empire Control Room
- Megafauna, Muchos Backflips, Noooooooo!, Guy Town at the Hole in the Wall
- The Used at Emo’s

Saturday:
- Early Brunch with Spray Paint at Hotel Vegas
- Kay Odyssey, Pataphysics, She Sir, The Dizzease at The Swan Dive
- The Used at Emo’s
- Z-Trip, Chorizo Funk at the Belmont
- Scott Biram, Alien Knife Fight, Ghostwriter at Grizzly Hall
- Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men at Austin360 Amphitheater

Sunday:
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 17, 2016

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On Saturday you should head to Spider House for their 20th Anniversary Party.  Not only is the event FREE, but there will be a giant water slide and a Tito’s Vodka dunk tank!  Also – and this is the best part – there’s a pretty rad bill that consists of The Octopus Project, Mobley, Ringo Deathstarr, Foot Patrol, The Peach Kings, Dead Music Capital Marching Band, Shivery Shakes, MCG, Wonderbitch, The Rotten Mangos, Orthy, Pleasers, Rose Selavy, Magic Rockers of Texas, Loteria, NGHT HCKLRS and Teevee.  Whew.  That’s a hell of a lineup.  Also, I mentioned it’s a FREE event, yeah?  Doors are at 2:3pm.  Be there.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- John Wesley Coleman, Ballantynes, Plantation Band at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Night Beats, Deep Time, Tamarraon at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Super Thief, Boss Eye, New China at Beerland
- Promised Land Sound, My Golden Calf, Reservations at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Mindz of a Different Kind, DJ Notion at Flamingo Cantina
- Big Bill, Mannequin, Pataphysics at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Hard Proof, Roxy Roca, Mama K and the Shades at the Parish
- Western Youth, Daniel Markham, Randy Reynolds at Lamberts

Saturday:
- Deep Time, Pema, Foreign Mothers, Hola Beach, Soaked, Lantic at Cheer Up Charlies
- Moving Panoramas, Roses, Outsider at Hotel Vegas
- Pennyfest with Riverboat Gamblers, Quiet Company, Ume, Sharks in the Deep End, Darkbird, Otis the Destroyer, Good Field, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, The Dirty Heat, Ghostbunny, Jack Ferrara, Scott Collins, Edison Chair at Empire Control Room
- Lemuria, Looming at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem at Flamingo Cantina
- Sometimes a Legend, The Sour Notes, Lola Tried, Bantam Foxes at The Swan Dive

Sunday:
- Alice Cooper at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Show Of The Week

January 27, 2016

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Even though this is kind of a low key week for shows in Austin (SXSW is clearly looming), there’s still a lot that you could get out and see.  As always, if you’re going to pick just one show to attend, go with my top choice, which is Roses, Shivery Shakes, Rose Selavy and Typical Girls at Barracuda tomorrow night.  That’s four quality indie pop bands for … well, I don’t know how much because I can’t find it listed anywhere.  Regardless, I’m sure it won’t be expensive, and like I said, all four bands are good.  Be there.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Tuxedo (DJ set), Blue The Misfit, The Digital Wild at the Parish

Friday:
- Cross Record at End of an Ear
- Rain Collectors, Reservations, Tremble Out, Tapes at Cheer Up Charlie’s
- The Villas (record release), Wildcat Apollo, Loafers at the Mohawk
- Sailor Poon, Dan Doyle Solo Loop Set, Loteria, Basketball Shorts at Hotel Vegas
- DJ Hey Chris Page, Kay Oddysey, Que Pasa, Tres Oui at The Blackheart

Saturday:
- A Giant Dog, The Ripe, Street Dads at ABGB
- The Black and White Years, Shark Rider at Lamberts
- Vanessa Carlton, Skye Steele at the Parish
- Grace Potter And Her Band at ACL Live

Sunday:
- Harvest Thieves at Waterloo Records

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2014 SOTO Staff Picks

December 11, 2014

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I’ve rambled on long enough about the music I liked in 2014.  Here are the staff’s picks.  Enjoy.

Turns out that aside from the crippling bodily ailments and the inability to control my bladder, getting older has made me absolutely awful at listening to music. Don’t hate haters, I’ve just gotten over the hump of 30 and all of sudden I just can’t focus enough to listen to a whole album. Blame it on the SNES I brought home for my girlfriend’s birthday, blame it on the imposition of real life, blame it on the encroaching approach of a potent mix of early onset dementia and Adult ADHD – I’ve just been really bad at music listening this year. Thus, my teensy tiny list of music is culled from a pond not nearly as large as I’d hoped it to be. That said, the music I liked, I loved and that’s the music that ended up below.

Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Caribou – Our Love
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Since 2010, rock music hasn’t changed all that much. There’s presently a general look back to past niche musics from the 1960′s onward. But through the nostalgia haze, there are a great deal of both old and new artists finding new latitudes. Here’s my major jams this year.

1. Thurston Moore – The Best Day (Matador)
2. David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone (Merge)
3. Steve Gunn – Way out Weather (PoB)
4. Datashock – Keine Oase in Sicht (Dekorder)
5. William Tyler – Lost Colony (Merge)

I’ve been staring at my 2014 list like a student procrastinating on their end of the semester term paper.  I go back and forth on who to include, who to leave out, and recalling releases (d’oh!) I never got around to checking out. There are also the nagging doubts such as wondering if I gave an album enough listens to put it on my list. Like last year my list focuses on my local Austin favorites. Narrowing it down to the Top 5 wasn’t easy but I stand by my choices of my faves that earned multiple listens. So many good bands to choose from but oh what a problem to have, right?

In no particular order, I present to you :

The Sour Notes – Do What May
Abram Shook – Sun Marquee
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
She Sir – Go Guitars
Shivery Shakes – Three Waves and A Shake

Honorable Mentions: The Ugly Beats – Brand New Day, Roger Sellers – Primitives, Genuine Leather – Losers

Compared to last year, 2014 left much to be desired when it comes to the sheer number of amazing releases. 2013 offered probably 15 to 20 “crap your pants while listening best record of the century” type stuff but then after that it sort of fell short in the real meat of the pack by not having a lot to deepen the core of metal. The reverse of which is true this year, I have attached to a few records as rising to the tippy top of the heap, but the real glory came in the form of the fat of the genre, so many decent albums from so many artists, many debuts, but several just continuations on great careers, but few to get all wigged out about.

My Top 5 you can see here are pretty clear choices though when you look at what they accomplished on these albums, Devn Townsend Project made two albums into one, and continued the story or Ziltoid the Omniscient, Anaal Nathrakh did what they do, but better, Job for a Cowboy somehow made bass a relevant instrument in death metal, At the Gates reunited after 900 years and proved they still have it, and Black Crown Initiate stole the show with their debut mixing death metal and melodic anthems into something technically proficient and sufficiently mind blowing. I was not let down this year, but I know I will be surprised in a few years with what I actually retained from 2014, not sure if you would agree, but that’s how I see things …

5. Devin Townsend Project – Ziltoid 2 (Century Media)
4. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)
3. Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater (Metal Blade)
2. At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)
1. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage Of Stars (eOne Entertainment)

I guess I’ll start by saying that 2014 hasn’t been an amazing year for hip hop, but it hasn’t been a completely terrible one either.  Here are my choices for the best releases this year, in no particular order:

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majaesty

T’was a solid year for melancholy songs. Albums that truly destroyed the center of the cardiovascular system were aplenty. We’re living in a golden age of audio misery! There were SO MANY great releases that dehydrated our tear ducts but since you, the readers, are demanding a definitive ranking of the saddest albums of the year, so be it. I’ve done the requisite soul searching and came up with this predominantly lady-heavy list of my fav weepers of the year. They are full of gut wrenchers, soul crushers … and they are all fantastic. Way to bring the pain this year, ladies!

1: Beck – Morning Phase
2. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
3. Divorcee – Self Titled
4. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
5. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Best Reissue: American Football – Self Titled

Narrowing down my top albums is a tortuous process. I’m an old-school guy. I still listen to entire albums from start to finish and only occasionally opt for a playlist of singles. Immersing yourself in an album is the most satisfying way way to connect with the music. So I get really dialed into my favorite albums each year, which makes narrowing down the lot a difficult task.

Before we get to my top five, let’s take a minute to recognized the amazing amount of quality music released this year by 12XU. It was far and away the top Austin label in 2014. They featured not only one of my top artists (The Dead Space) and but also three others in my top 10 (Flesh Lights, Jonly Bonly, The Gotobeds).

1) Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
2) The Dead Space – Faker
3) Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
4) Ex Hex – Rips
5) OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 25, 2014

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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.

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Stream This

November 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nots – We Are Nots
Dream Police – Hypnotized
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost
Hookworms – The Hum
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time
Gold Lake – Years
Ex Cops – Dagger
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Cult Of Youth – Final Days
Sunbears – Future Sounds
The Voyeurs – Rhubarb Rhubarb
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Empty Moon – The Shark
2:54 – The Other I
Hundred Waters – Down From The Rafters Remix EP
Guerrilla Toss – Smack The Brick EP

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⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Stream This

October 24, 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Quickdraw: Trail Of Dead, Diarrhea Planet, Shivery Shakes, Viet Cong, Nothing

October 16, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – A Million Random Digits:  Just last week I noted that the upcoming Trail Of Dead album could be a really good one, but now there’s this second single and I’m just ready to say that it for sure will be.  I haven’t heard the band sound this great since 2009′s The Century of Self.  Seek out IX when it gets released on November 11 via Superball.

:Diarrhea Planet – Bamboo Curtain:  While I tend to prefer my Diarrhea Planet dialed all the way to 11, their “slower” tunes are far from bad.  Case in point, this 90s-esque pop rock tune that’s voiced by drummer Casey Weissbuch.  The Aliens In The Outfield EP is due out November 18 via Infinity Cat.

:Shivery Shakes – Recurring Dreams:  Austin’s own Shivery Shakes will soon release their debut full length, and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderfully breezy, easily accessible pop effort.  If you haven’t already, make a note about them.  Three Waves & A Shake is due out on October 21 via Austin Town Hall/Punctum.

:Viet Cong – Continental Shelf:  If you’re like me and have been a little slow to fully come around on Viet Cong, then this song is going to completely change that.  It’s a fantastically crafted piece that I can’t seem to take off of repeat.  The band will release their self titled album on January 20 via Jagjaguwar.

:Nothing – July The Fourth:  About midway through my first listen of this shoegazey effort I couldn’t help but notice that Nothing sound like a more raw version of Whirr.  Then I realized that this track is the flip side of a split 7″ with Whirr.  I should probably go outside or something.  The Whirr/Nothing 7′” is due out November 17 via Run For Cover.

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Shivery Shakes

September 23, 2014

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One of the more anticipated releases set to come out of Austin this year is the upcoming debut from Shivery Shakes. The band has been a local highlight for the last couple of years, and there are plenty of folks ready to see how they’ll sound spread out over a full length.  Below you’ll find a track off the new album.  It’s a warm, retro pop tune that will undoubtedly lodge itself in your head for the foreseeable future.  Enjoy.

:Shivery Shakes – Hold On:

Three Waves & A Shake is due out October 21 via Punctum and Austin Town Hall Records.

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Stream This

February 14, 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 ➡ Phantogram – Voices

The Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Pillar Point – Self Titled
Lost In The Trees – Past Life
Solids – Blame Confusion
New Bums – Voices In A Rented Room
Shocking Pinks – Guilt Mirrors
Evan Only – Not Matter What EP
Dawn Landes – Bluebird
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Sour Notes

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 1

January 6, 2014

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Why do people bother releasing new music in December?  Not only is it the holidays, but during that time I’m so deep in year-end lists that the thought of listening to anything new makes my head hurt.  It’s silly I tell you!  In any case, I hate missing out on good tunes, so we’re starting 2014 with a 20-track December recap.  The first part awaits you below.  Enjoy.

:St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse:  Naturally, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) owns the top spot on my Most Anticipated Abums Of 2014 list.  She is as talented as it gets.  Expect to be able to get her self titled effort on February 25 via Republic/Loma Vista.

:Yellow Ostrich – Shades:  This song only has a few moments where it actually feels like a Yellow Ostrich effort, but I think that’s a good thing.  Their sound seems to have taken a darker, louder turn, and it’s a change that’s re-energized my love for them.  Cosmos will be released on February 25 through Barsuk.

:The Tontons – Magic Hour:  I raved about the Tontons for a good chunk of 2013, and you can expect more of the same this year – especially if they keep on putting out singles as snazzy as this one.  The band will release The Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love at some point this year.

:Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Cinnamon And Lesbians:  Stephen Malkmus is one of my heroes, so of course I love that he’s put together a sixth solo album.  Here’s hoping that he and the Jicks do a good number of SXSW shows.  Wig Out At Jagbags is due out tomorrow on Matador.

:Wild Moccasins – Emergency Broadcast:  Houston’s Wild Moccasins have finally readied a sophomore effort, and I think it might end up being their best work yet.  This song is particularly kinetic, which I dig.  New West Records will put out 88 92 on February 4.

:Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk:  If you’ve yet to start paying attention to Austin’s Shivery Shakes, then it’s time that you do.  I get the feeling that their upcoming full length is going to garner them a lot of love.  The band’s Sidewalk Talk/So Long 7″ is out now on Punctum Records.

:Speedy Ortiz – Everything’s Bigger:  Is anyone out there right now making better 90s-esque rock music than Speedy Ortiz?  I say no.  If I’m lucky they won’t just put out an EP this year.  Carpark will release the Real Hair EP on February 11.

:Young Girls – Caroline:  Our friends over at Austin Town Hall Records recently started working with … ahem … Young Girls.  This super catchy track is the first thing to come out of the partnership.  The band’s self titled EP will be available starting on January 28.

:EMA – Satellites:  If you asked me to describe EMA, I’d say she makes the kind of music that just dominates every part of you.  Yes, that means it’s intense, but it’s also rewarding.  Don’t be afraid to dive in.  The Future’s Void is expected out at some point this spring via Matador.

:SHMU – She’s Leaving:  For those of you that don’t know, half of Austin’s Zorch is SHMU.  You’ll like this if you have a fondness for experimental pop music.  The Chroma Key EP is due out January 14 via Grand Theft Zamboni Records.

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Shivery Shakes (Jennifer)

July 17, 2013

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Shivery Shakes play bright, hooky guitar pop anthems perfect for summer listening. They released an EP at the beginning of last year, and are now set to put out a 7″ on Punctum Press this summer. Also, for the past several months, they’ve been writing songs for their debut full length. Of course, making albums isn’t exactly a cheap endeavor, so the band has setup a Kickstarter to help raise funds for studio time and promotional costs.

Below you’ll find a tracked called Summer Lover that is slated for the eventual debut album. With its slide guitar and falsetto vocals, it gives a hint of the band’s nostalgic influences while it tells a tale of a lost summer love.

I’ve been an avid fan of Shivery Shakes since they started playing shows in Austin back in 2011, so I hope you enjoy the tunes and can show your support.  Their Kickstarter is in its last week!

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Shivery Shakes, Tiger Waves, She Sir, Walker Lukens, Warm Soda (Jennifer)

April 3, 2013

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One of the shows I’m looking forward to this week features three of my local guitar pop favorites. She Sir has been busy writing and recording the past couple of months, and I’m excited to hear more of their sparkling new tunes at tomorrow’s show at the Mohawk. They will be joined by the garage rock meets power pop sounds of Shivery Shakes and the shimmery, chillout vibes of Tiger Waves. This triple local threat is an excellent way to start off your live music weekend.

Walker Lukens is a singer/songwriter who is a recent Austin transplant. I first saw him perform during Austin Free Week playing a solo set. It just wasn’t a guy and his guitar. He was a one man band performing sonic experiments with vocal and instrumental loops resulting in an engaging, memorable, and entertaining performance. He (and his band The Side Arms) is celebrating the release of his debut album, Devoted, with a show at The North Door this Saturday with my favorites, Good Field and Growl as his special guests. $10 entry at the door includes a copy of the CD. Another top notch local triple threat that I highly recommend.

It’s no secret I’m a fan of the 2-3 minute pop song. During SXSW this year, I discovered a garage rock meets power pop gem from Warm Soda. They recently released their debut album, Someone For You, on Castle Face Records (home to artists like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees). You experience the sweet, giddy bubblegum rush from the irresistible pop hooks but there’s also the gritty garage/glam rock charm that keeps you coming back for more and hitting the repeat button.

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