August 2012

Video: John Cale – Face to the Sky

Alternating shots depict either a disheveled John Cale or a red scarf draped dancer sprawled across a checkerboard floor. In both scenes, each performs their own strange trance-like dance. After a bizarre rotating…

Video: Moonface – You Know I’m Not the Phoenix Yet

Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade created a collaborative album called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery earlier this year. “You Know I’m Not the Phoenix Yet” is a track from that album. The new video could…

Album Review: Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Jack Tatum’s project Wild Nothing’s new album Nocturne invokes darkness, the night and the moon with frequency. It’s an apt muse, since the album often sounds like luminous orbs reflecting light in the…

The Tallest Man on Earth at the Paramount

Seeing a show at the Paramount usually results in an outstanding and memorable evening—particularly when the artist chosen to perform works well in the ornate, acoustically focused, old theater. The Tallest Man on…

Photo Set: Deep Time Homecoming, Black Gum’s Final Show

It’s difficult to tell if Deep Time sounded tighter than usual back from tour, because they always sound so perfectly on. Lead singer Jennifer Moore later joked with me, “No, we fall apart…

Album Review: Dan Deacon – America

Dan Deacon’s America opens with a barrage of sound that contains a centerpiece of carefully mixed bouncing clicks that returns to a full-on, face-pummeling force before giving way to the album’s most pop…

Shonen Knife, Bobby Jealousy, and GALPALS at Red 7

It’s been a couple weeks now since Shonen Knife, Bobby Jealousy, and GALPALS demolished the indoor stage at Red 7. Our delayed coverage is attributable to editors’ schedule and certainly not to lack…

POP INTL: On The Map – Ghana’s Bola

And we’re back! Ghanaian musician Bola creates songs utilizing the main instrument and vocal stylings of traditional Frafra Kologo music and modernizing them with drum machines and synthesizers. It’s kind of amazing.

Deep Time Releases New Video, Plays Mohawk Tonight

Just like Deep Time themselves, the band’s new video for “Gold Rush” is fun and idiosyncratic. Cassandra Hamilton directs as two ghosts rise from the graveyard for an adventure to the beach, where they…

Video: Lianne La Havas – “Forget”

Over a backdrop of choppy guitar licks, vocal loops, and low, bass synth notes, Lianne La Havas delivers powerful new soul sounds. Her voice is an incredible weapon, exploding into sound, peaking like…

New Track: “Country Queen” – Night Moves

“Country Queen” is the second track released from Night Moves’ upcoiming Colored Emotions out October 9th on Domino. The song features epic production, dynamic vocals, and soaring instrumentation, all built on a country backbone….

Album Review: Cate Le Bon – Cyrk 2

The guitar tone on opener “What is Worse” from care le bon’s new ep Cyrk 2 is awesome. I’ve heard le bon’s voice described as haunting, but when it breaks the mix a…

Hole in the Wall Hosts the Lonestar Roots Review

Boring Enormous has organized a two day music festival highlighting roots music from bluegrass to rock n roll. The Lonestar Roots Review, will take place on September 7th and 8th and will also…

Photo Set: The Sour Notes Homecoming

After braving the torrential rain on Saturday evening, I got to see The Sour Notes perform an outstanding set after honing their live show for the past several weeks while on the road…

New Track: “How It Went Down” – Dark Dark Dark

“How It Went Down” takes its time, allows it slow, careful tempo to unfurl the delicate sparseness of scattered piano notes. Even after it gets to the point, it doesn’t have to resolve…

Stream: Animal Collective – Centipede Hz

Last night, Animal Collective debuted their new record Centipede Hz via their own radio show in a collaborative project with the Creators Project and Domino Recording Co. Read more on that here. Other than…

Album Review: Bill Fay – Life is People

The release of Life is People, Bill Fay’s first studio album in 40 years, represents the culmination of an increasingly exciting journey for the songwriter. The story of the forgotten music legend has…

Video: Animal Collective – “Today’s Supernatural”

Last week, Animal Collective released this video for their debut single from the forthcoming Centipede Hz, which the band streamed via their own radio show, as we previously reported. We strongly suggest checking…

Video: U.S. Girls – “Jack”

“Jack,” the new track and video by U.S. Girls wastes no time, kicking things off with full force from the first note. From there, the track procedes to be a driving, glam-infused indie…

New Track: “Fête d’Adieu” – Deerhoof

Deerhoof is all set to drop their new album, Breakup Song, on September 4th on Polyvinyl. The group has already released one track from the album, and today we get another–“Fête d’Adieu,” the…

New Track: “This World” – Bill Fay

We’ve written previously about legendary songwriter Bill Fay, his signing to Dead Oceans, and his forthcoming and long awaited full-length album,  Life is People. Yesterday, Fay dropped another song from that record, “This World,”…

Agent Ribbons Cassette Release Party

The bill at Frontier Bar Tuesday night offered several acts I’d been curious about for a while. Although Jason Chronis has been performing as JC & Co for a while now, I’ve somehow…

Video: Dana Falconberry – “Lake Charlevoix”

We wrote previously about Dana Falconberry’s outstanding single, “Lake Charlevoix,” from her impending full-length Leelanau, out October 9th on Antenna Farm Records. Falconberry has been one of Austin’s most important musical contributors for…

Album Review: Why? – Sod in the Seed EP

Why? fascinates in their ability to truly fuse genres. They aren’t just making hip-hop for an indie rock audience or collaborating with rap stars. Rather, they give careful attention not only to beats…

Track Review: “Say So” – Little Brave

Austin’s Little Brave is less than a month from dropping Wild, an EP that follows their last full-length, Wound & Will, and the group just finished up a Daytrotter session yesterday. With Stephanie…

Agent Ribbons Play Cassette Release Show, Share Track

Austin’s Agent Ribbons will play a FREE SHOW tonight at East Austin’s Frontier Bar, located at 2421 Webberville Road. The show will operate as a release party for the duo’s new cassette, Let Them…

New Track: “The Hill” – Ty Segall

As we previously reported, psychedelic and prolific mastermind Ty Segall has yet another new album coming out on the heels of his recent release, which dropped just last month. Twins is due out…

Animal Collective to Premiere New Album via Radio Show

Last night, via Avey Tare’s show on Animal Collective Radio, news broke that Animal Collective will premiere their forthcoming album, Centipede Hz, out on Domino on September 4th, live on said radio station…

New Track: “Hall of Mirrors” – The Helio Sequence

We previously reported about The Helio Sequence’s 5th studio album, Negotiations, due out on September 11th on Sub Pop Records. We also brought you the stream of the album’s first single, “October.” Now,…

New Track: “Misshaping Introduction” – Buke and Gase

In May, duo Buke and Gase released a forceful single in the form of “Hiccup,” with its steady, plodding rhythm and singer Arone Dyer’s strong vocals. Before the band gears up for a…

Video: Jens Lekman – “I Know What Love Isn’t”

Sweden’s Jens Lekman has always had a penchant for sweet, upbeat pop and surprising, humorous lyrical turns. The title track from his forthcoming album, which will see release on September 4th via Secretly…

New Track: “Chained” – The xx

The UK’s xx have become one of the most watched bands in the world, when it comes to releasing new material. Likely because their debut LP was a virtually universally loved, surprise hit…

New Track: “Earthforms” – Matthew Dear

Electronic pop artist Matthew Dear has released a gritty, distorted new tune called “Earthforms.” It sounds straight out of a dark and industrialized future world, and it will be featured on his new…

Exclusive New Music from Bouquet – “Drifted”

Bouquet is a new project fronted by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, who released several collections of beautiful, sparse indie folk songs under the name the Finches. The band also includes songwriter Tom Filardo of…

Album Review: Koko Beware – Something About the Summer

If you thought surf rock was dead, look no further than Koko Beware’s new album, Something About the Summer, for some convincing evidence to the contrary.  On Something About the Summer, Koko Beware…

Fader and Vitamin Water Uncapped in Austin Features Little Dragon and Big Boi

The Fader has built a reputation in Austin like no other culture magazine as the creative force behind the Fader Fort, which takes place every year during SXSW. The event is everything you…

New Track: “Birds” – Poor Moon

Former Fleet Foxes members reformed as Poor Moon are set to release their self-titled, debut LP via Sub Pop later this month on August 28th. Today, the band shared the second single from…

Album Review: Dots Will Echo – Sober is the New Drunk / Stupid is the New Dumb

Listening to a two-person band for the first time can be challenging; an inevitable doubt rises regarding the group’s ability to deliver like larger bands.  But that expectation only makes discovering Dots Will…

Wild Nothing Shares New Download – “Paradise”

Wild Nothing, the recording project of musical artist Jack Tatum, has shared a download of the track “Paradise” from his upcoming Nocturne, which will be released on August 28th on Captured Tracks. “Paradise”…

Video: Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”

If you’re a Tom Waits fan, you’ve probably been getting teaser photos in your email all week announcing that something was coming on August 7th. Today, you finally found out what that was….

Video: My Morning Jacket – “Outta My System”

My Morning Jacket are set to release their new EP entitled Outta My System, which hits shelves tomorrow. Today, they released a video for that titled track, which features Zach Galifanakis as a Wizard….

Video: Antony – “Cut the World”

“Cut the World” is a new song from Antony that will be featured on the album, Cut the World, out tomorrow on Secretly Canadian, which is comprised of live symphonic recordings of songs…

Dirty Projectors with Wye Oak at Emo’s

Breathtaking, while a dramatic descriptor, still falls short in attempting to describe the set performed by Dirty Projectors Thursday at Emo’s. Though I’ve listened to and greatly enjoyed the music of Dirty Projectors…

Deep Time and Mynabirds at the Mohawk

We have written extensively about Deep Time at Pop Press International, particularly leading up to the release of the duo’s excellent eponymous album, which just came out last month on Hardly Art. The…

Video: Jason Collett – “I Wanna Rob a Bank”

Former Broken Social Scene guitarist Jason Collett has released a video in advance of his new album Reckon, out via Arts & Crafts on September 25th. There was a time when it seemed…

Videoing Live at the Mohawk

Videoing is one of those projects best experienced live, which isn’t surprising considering Adreon Henry’s emphasis on art and visual stimulus. We highly recommend reading this post to deepen your knowledge of Henry’s…

Six Organs of Admittance Preps Album, Shares New Single

Six Organs of Admittance will return on August 21st with Ascent, due out on Drag City. Today, the band issued a new single from that album. This second album cut,  “One Thousand Birds,” is an…

Video: Laetitia Sadier – “The Rule of the Game”

All things must come to an end. However, it’s always nice when that ending turns into a beautiful new beginning. Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier has a solo album that just dropped on July 24th…

Preview New Television Series Hardly Sound from Austin Musician Randy Reynolds

Randy Reynolds has been an underground mainstay of the Austin music scene for a decade now. As Leatherbag and now as No Future, Reynolds has given us consistently outstanding blends of punk, pop,…

Stream Blonds’ Full Album The Bad Ones

We wrote previously about duo Blonds’ first single, “Run,” from their forthcoming LP, The Bad Ones. Now, you can stream the record in full, courtesy of Stereogum. The album is dark, rootsy indie…

Track Review: “The Trouble with Candyhands” – Deerhoof

Fifteen seconds into Deerhoof’s new released song from their forthcoming album Breakup Song, you think you might be listening to a Miami based brass band, but then the band starts to work their experimental…

Track Review: “Prove to Me” – Seapony

Seattle’s Seapony has released a second song from their forthcoming LP, Falling, due out on September 11th on Hardly Art. “Prove to Me” employs steady, simple snare behind shining guitars and washed out…

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