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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017

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Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Show Of The Week

March 29, 2017

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Sweet Spirit, who are currently one of Austin’s hottest acts, have TWO shows happening this week to honor their sophomore LP, St. Mojo.  One is Friday, the other is Saturday, and they’re both happening at Barracuda.  If you’re in the cool loop, then you probably know all of this and you already bought tickets for night one, which just recently sold out.  If you’ve been preoccupied or something, then I advise that you grab a ticket for night two before they’re all gone.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss the always electric Sweet Spirit celebrate their rad new album.

Night #1.  Har Mar Superstar and Tinnarose are set to open.

Night #2.  Absolutely Not and Fools will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Jenny Hval, Ssleeperhold at Barracuda
- The Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock at Emo’s

Thursday:
- Otis the Destroyer, Bantam Foxes, WIldfires, Empty Shells at Cheer Up Charlies
- Hot Cotton, Carry Illinois, The Human Circuit at the Mohawk
- Shovels & Rope, Matthew Logan Vasquez at Emo’s

Friday:
- Gringo Star, Summer Salt, Tamarron, Andy Grant at Hotel Vegas
- Dossey, Zettajoule, MCG, MoonLasso at The Swan Dive

Saturday:
- Flesh Lights, Crooked Bangs, Dope Dungeons at Hotel Vegas
- Kady Rain, Megafauna, Fort Never, Whit at The Swan Dive
- The Canvas People, GOBI, Hours Quiet, Sugar Skull at Stubb’s
- Sounds Del Mar, David Beck at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Sunday:
- Knife in the Water at End of an Ear
- Ben Ballinger, Jonathan Terrell, Cari Q, Mean Jolene, El Lago at Barracuda

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 2, 2016

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This week is all about Houston’s The Suffers and Austin’s Sweet Spirit playing the final Blues on the Green (Pulsr users click HERE) of 2016.  I’d recommend seeing either band on any night, but the chance to catch them for FREE out at Zilker Park is just too good for anyone to pass up.  You have to be there.  See you Wednesday at 8pm.

By the way, my pals over at 93.3 KGSR (I host Lone Star State of Mind there ever Sunday from 10pm to 11pm) slid me an extra pair of hospo passes.  So, if you’d like to upgrade your status for the event, just send an email HERE with I’M A TOTAL WINNER as the subject.  I’ll randomly pick someone Wednesday at noon!

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:

Click on the first band in each entry to open the show in Pulsr.

Tonight:
- Sweat Lodge, Xetas, Quin Galavis at Hotel Vegas
- Woods, Cian Nugent at The Sidewinder

Wednesday:
- K.D. Lang & Neko Case & Laura Veirs at the Long Center

Thursday:
- Street Dads, David Israel, Dryspell at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Magna Carda, Monkier (Atlanta), Boombaptist at the Mohawk
- Night Court, Hola Beach, Summer Salt, Triathalon, Deep Cuts at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Beatles Revolver 50th Anniversary with Holy Wave, Amplified Heat, Rotten Mangos, The Sour Notes, Crocodile Tears at Barracuda
- Tristen, Mirror Travel at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- The Mystery Lights, Annabelle Chairlegs, Ganesha at Parish
- Good Talk, Major Major Major, Ruok, TigerSex, Alex Alone at Cheer Up Charlies
- A Giant Dog, Sealion at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015

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Now that I’ve completed my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list, it’s time to rundown my Top 25 Albums of the year.  Entries 15-11 are just down below.  Jump back tomorrow for the final 10 selections.  Enjoy.

PS – As always, this list is made up of stuff that I legit listened to a lot throughout the year.

25) Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION

There are a couple of tracks on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION that aren’t great, but overall it’s definitely one of the most fun albums that I came across in 2015.  If you’re into lady-led pop jams from the 80s/90s, you need to become one with CRJ’s latest LP.

:Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:

24) Joanna Newsom – Divers

If Joanna Newsom’s Divers had come out earlier in the year, I think it might have ended up higher on my list.  Like her other efforts, this album is beautiful but dense, and it needs to be digested over lots of listens.  In another month or two I’ll be able to decide whether it’s really good or really great.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

23) Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect isn’t exactly what I would call an easily accessible rock album.  On the bright side, if you fully commit to it you get back a rather rewarding experience.

:Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake:

22) Desaparecidos – Payola

Payola is exactly what I wanted Desaparecidos to deliver on their sophomore effort – it’s loud, inspired, angry and crazy infectious.  Here’s hoping they don’t stick to the 13-years-between-albums thing that they currently have going on.

:Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:

21) Gal Pals – Velvet Rut

While it still bums me out that Gal Pals jumped from Austin to LA, I do like that the move got them to finally put out a debut full length.  Velvet Rut is 29 minutes of garage pop perfection.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:

20) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

This is the fourth year in a row that Thee Oh Sees have managed to crack my Top 25 Albums list.  I don’t mind.  They make me want to be a louder person.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:

19)  Sweet Spirit – Cokomo

I’ve jammed Sweet Spirit’s Cokomo a lot since it was released back in October.  It’s an upbeat listen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome‘s Peanut Butter is a completely schizo (but really fun) album.  They continue to be one of the best noise pop acts around.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:

17) Sweet Talk – Double Perfect

Sweet Talk are one of the best bands in Austin, and Double Perfect is one of the year’s best straight up rock albums.  You need it.

:Sweet Talk – Witness:

16) White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

These fellas out of Kentucky really delivered the goods on their debut LP, White Reaper Does It Again.  It’s nothing but super catchy garage punk tunes.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

15) Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

A 29-track, 93-minute rock opera from the one and only Titus Andronicus?  Yeah, there was never a chance that The Most Lamentable Tragedy wouldn’t be on this list.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:

14) Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s musings throughout I Want To Grow Up are both insightful and relatable.  Also, there isn’t a single track on it that isn’t catchy.

:Colleen Green – TV:

13) Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges pretty much owned 2015.  Coming Home is a warm, inviting effort, and it may just be the year’s most accessible album.

:Leon Bridges – River:

12) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Admittedly, it took me a little while to fully come around on Foil Deer.  I think I was expecting a simple extension of Major Arcana, but their sophomore LP is way more than that – it’s them really evolving, expanding their sound and becoming an overall better band.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:

11) Ratatat – Magnifique

I think Magnifique is Ratatat’s best album.  From start to finish it’s loaded with really interesting sounds, and all of the songs move incredibly well.  I left it on repeat a lot in 2015.

:Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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Show Of The Week

October 21, 2015

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Another week, another great FREE show at ABGB.  Get out there this Saturday!  Pop darlings Sweet Spirit, who just put out their very solid debut LP Cokomo, are set to headline the evening.  I really love watching them play.  Also on the bill, the trash poet John Wesley Coleman III, who this week is releasing a new album titled Greatest Hits, and rockers Lowin, who just recently signed to Nine Mile Records and are currently working on new material.  Should be a rad one.  Have fun!

More recommended shows!

Tonight:
Blitzen Trapper, The Domestics at the Parish
Acid King, The Well at The Sidewinder

Thursday:
Spray Paint, Hidden Ritual, Troller, US Weekly at Hotel Vegas
Megafauna, Orange Porridge, The Boxing Lesson, Kay Odyssey, The Cuckoos at Empire Control Room
My Morning Jacket, Fruit Bats at the Austin Music Hall
Passion Pit, DJ Ruckus at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
Jared Zoltar, Rachel Badger, Daniel Francis Doyle at Beerland
Gang of Four, The New Regime at the Parish
Holy Wave, Moving Panoramas, Froth, Dirty Ghosts at Hotel Vegas
Dana Falconberry, Matt the Electrician, Little Brave at the Mohawk
My Morning Jacket, Fruit Bats at the Austin Music Hall
Snoop Dogg at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Saturday:
Matt Pond PA, Laura Stevenson at The North Door
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires at the Mohawk
Return of Weird City at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
Lionel Richie, The Suffers at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Sunday:
Elton John and His Band at Austin360 Amphitheater

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Quickdraw: Sweet Spirit, Ex Hex, Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Courtney Barnett

October 8, 2015

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Music.  Enjoy!

:Sweet Spirit – Take Me To A Party:  Here’s the latest catchy pop tune from Sweet Spirit.  I have a feeling I’m going to end up spending a lot of time with their upcoming debut full length.  Cokomo is due out October 16 via Nine Mile Records.

:Ex Hex – All Kindsa Girls (The Real Kids Cover):  Ex Hex randomly tossed out this one-off cover a few days ago.  I dig it.  Probably because it sounds exactly like all of the other stellar songs the band has released.

:Car Seat Headrest – Times To Die:  This nearly seven-minute track from Car Seat Headrest is an all-around weird effort, but I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Been on repeat for days now.  Teens Of Style is due out October 30 via Matador.

:The Coathangers – Watch Your Back:  No one packs a song with attitude quite like The Coathangers.  Crank the volume on this one.  The band’s split 7″ with The Black Lips is due out November 13 via Suicide Squeeze.  See the band at Sidewinder on October 30.

:Courtney Barnett – Shivers (The Boys Next Door Cover):  As I’ve said before, my favorite Courtney Barnett is the wordy, scatterbrained one, but even when she’s the opposite of that – like here with this slow burning cover – I’m still on-board.  The Boxing Day Blues Revisited single is due out October 16 via Third Man Records.

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Sweet Spirit

September 28, 2015

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My sister’s wedding dominated my weekend and now Fantastic Fest is set to consume my Monday, so instead of a Quickdraw today (look for one tomorrow) I’m just tossing out a single track.  On the bright side, the song is from one of my favorite local acts, Sweet Spirit, and it’s super catchy.  So, since it’ll be lodged in your head for the rest of day anyways, it’s all you really need.  Enjoy.

:Sweet Spirit – Rebel Rebel:

Cokomo is due out October 16 via Nine Mile Records.  See the band October 26 at Hotel Vegas.

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Sweet Spirit

September 10, 2015

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If I’ve ever talked Austin music with you, then you’ve probably had to endure some long spiel from me in regards to Sweet Spirit.  Fronted by the dynamic Sabrina Ellis, the nine-piece band have a big indie pop sound, and I just love them to death.  Earlier this year they released a four-song EP (check it out here), and now they’re ready to put out their debut LP.  Jump below for the first single.  Enjoy.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

Cokomo is due out October 16 via Nine Mile Records.  See the band tomorrow at Hotel Vegas.

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Quickdraw: Desaparecidos, Sweet John Bloom, Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel, Annabel, La Luz

May 18, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Desaparecidos – Backsell:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, returning to Desaparecidos is the best (and most inspired) thing that Conor Oberst has done in years.  Unsurprisingly, this latest single rips.  Payola is due out June 23 via Epitaph.

:Sweet John Bloom – Night Thing:  I really dig this 90s-ish bit of power pop from Sweet John Bloom.  As I’ve mentioned previously, their debut LP could end up being a really good one.  Weird Prayer is due out in June via Tiny Engines.

:Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel – Paper Tiger:  This juiced up Spoon cover is the b-side to the one-off track that Sweet Spirit and Britt Daniel did together.  It really makes me want the two acts to join up for much more.  You can find the 7″ at Spoon/Sweet Spirit shows.

:Annabel – Having It All:  Here’s another transfixing single from the emo-leaning Annabel.  I will surprised and disappointed if their upcoming album doesn’t end up on my best-of list at the end of the year.  Having It All is due out in June via Tiny Engines.

:La Luz – You Disappear:  Ty Segall produced this new one from La Luz.  It’s a fuzzy three and a half minute surf pop effort that’s completely inviting and accessible.  Jump into it.  Weirdo Shrine is due out August 7 via Hardly Art.

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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel, Creepoid, Migrant Kids, Annabel

April 27, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand:  Here’s the latest ripper from Thee Oh Sees.  At some point they’re going to stop putting out an album every year and then I’m going to be totally lost.  Mutilator Defeated At Last is due out May 18 via Castle Face.

:Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel – Have Mercy:  Sweet Spirit are currently one of my favorite bands in Austin, and Britt Daniel is, well … Britt Daniel, so their pairing is an easy one for me love.  As for this track, I think it’s a melodic gem.  You’ll be able to grab the 7″ on Spoon’s upcoming tour dates.  See Sweet Spirit at Red 7 on May 10.

:Creepoid – Dried Out:  This new Creepoid single consumed a good chunk of my time this weekend.  It’s just hooky enough to be an earworm, and I (of course) love that it sounds lifted right out of the 90s.  Cemetery Highrise Slum is due out June 23 via Collect Records.  The band will play Levitation on May 9.

:Migrant Kids – Thread:  As I said on Lone Star State of Mind (my new radio show!) last night, Austin’s own Migrant Kids have never sounded more accessible than they do here.  The glossiness is a good fit for them.  Look out for more new music from the band as the year goes on.

:Annabel – Another Day, Another Vitamin:  I’m officially all about Annabel’s upcoming album.  They’re emo but not in an obnoxious way, and I think they have good vocals and a really well crafted sound.  Having It All is expected out in June via Tiny Engines.

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Sweet Spirit, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves (Jennifer)

January 28, 2015

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photo by Steven Michael Ruud

In my personal life, I’ve been a bit distracted this month with getting ready to move to another apartment. If I’m not completely exhausted this weekend, I still hope to catch some live music.  Even if you feel like you’re dragging your feet, you can’t help but feel energized and maybe inspired at a Sweet Spirit show. Their sound ranges from rock to punk to country to doowop to Motown and they seamlessly bring those styles together for a loud and fun show. Fronted by the “wonder twins” of the Austin music scene, Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen (who are also bandmates in A Giant Dog), I’m blown away by their strong performances and songwriting talent. This sextet is one of the tightest bands around. They’re just so damn good. Their debut EP is tentatively scheduled for a springtime release so you’ll need to catch a live set of theirs to get your Sweet Spirit fix in the meantime. They have a show at The ABGB this Saturday with The Ghost Wolves. It’s a free show but don’t forget to put a little something in the tip jar. Get there early; parking can be challenging to find at this popular spot.

Nic Armstrong And The Thieves are another favorite of mine who are also playing a show the same night. They’ll be at a new venue, Indian Roller, with Jesse Vain and The Happy Hour Holiness Movement. I’ve been a admirer of Nic’s songs for almost a decade and I remain an enthusiastic fan to this day. The Pocketless Shirt EP is the most recent release. British Invasion and Britpop inspiration (Nic is the real deal from Nottingham, England) infused with 21st century vim and vigor. It’s a musical shot of whiskey in your cup of tea. Free show – Nic Armstrong at 10pm, Jesse Vain at 11pm.

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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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Quickdraw: Sweet Spirit, Major Major Major, Megafauna, Equals, Slomo Drags

April 8, 2014

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Austin-based music!  Enjoy.

:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top:  Just after I finally managed to see the newly formed Sweet Spirit (lead by A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen) play live, a demo made its way to the public.  Coincidence?  Probably.  At any rate, I dig the song.  It’s a pretty nifty piece of pop.  No word yet on when an official release is coming.  This Saturday the band will perform at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

:Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us:  While I like the way Major Major Major have been steadily releasing catchy garage rock singles (like this one), I’m pumped that they’re in the midst of working on an actual full length.  I eagerly await its arrival.  The God Doesn’t Want Us single is available at MMM’s Bandcamp.  They will play Red 7 on April 26.

:Megafauna – Time To Go:  Admittedly, I don’t pay enough attention to Megafauna.  They’re a quality rock act with some rad, hooky tracks, and I should definitely be celebrating them more.  Their new album, Maximalist, is due out April 15 via Danimal Kingdom.  The band will play the Mohawk on April 19 for 101X Homegrown.

:Equals – Glistener:  I’ve just about worn out the new Tycho album, so I’m looking to Equals to quench my thirst for instrumental music.  Songs like this superbly crafted gem make me think I made the right choice.  Tracts is due out May 6.  See the band play at Empire Control Room this Friday.

:Slomo Drags – Every Actor:  I’m just getting up to speed on Slomo Drags, but I like what I’ve heard so far.  This track in particular is inspired and catchy.  The band’s self titled EP is available now via Bandcamp.  Catch the band play at Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow.

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