February 2013

((sounder)) Presents Screening of “The Lonely Life” with Will Oldham Live

((sounder)) is the musical project of Michael David Aho, who also works as a film director. Tonight will be an important night for Aho, who will perform music from a yet to be…

Tame Impala Live at Stubb’s with Sour Notes and Feathers After Show

Tame Impala is a band at the pinnacle of hype right now; their second album Lonerism has received universal rave reviews. Tuesday night, these Australian psych-rockers paid a visit to Austin to play…

New Track: Still Corners – “Berlin Lovers”

“Berlin Lovers,” the first track to surface from the sophomore album by Sub Pop band Still Corners, employs an equilibrium of foreground 80s sythns and a softer, higher backdrop of a minimal whine. Tessa…

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Shares Video for “The Nothing Part II”

After just dropping a brand new and very solid effort, Aly Spaltro (aka Lady Lamb the Beekeepber) has released a video for album track “The Nothing Part II.” Like the song itself, and…

Pop Press International Announces SXSW Day Show with Dog Bite, Pagents, & more

Pop Press International is proud to announce our SXSW Day Show at The New Movement Theater at 616 Lavaca on Saturday March 16th from 11AM-6:30. We could not be happier with our lineup…

Album Review: Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety (Pop Press Pick)

When I first heard Autre Ne Veut’s single “Play by Play” I was hooked. I listened to it on repeat all week and constantly insisted that friends listen to it. Now that the…

Black and White Years Return with Great New Track, “Just Like Old Times”

Austin’s Black and White Years, fronted by Scott Butler, soared to incredible heights around the end of the last decade, receiving “Song of the Year” accolades for “Power to Change” at the Austin…

Mikal Cronin Announces Tour, Hear “Shout It Out” Now

Mikal Cronin is one of those artists who has managed to do a tremendous amount and still stay fairly under the radar. Adamantly followed by some, others may only know his collaborations with…

Album Review: Popstrangers – Antipodes

Popstranger’s album title Antipodes comes from a geographical term used to indicate the areas of Australia and New Zealand, and which also denotes the opposite of something. The title is fitting, since noise-fuzz…

The Zoltars Play a Birthday Party in New Video “All My Friends”

Lo-fi punk outfit The Zoltars play a children’s birthday party in the fun and colorful new video for their song “All My Friends.” The song is a single that precedes the release of…

Frank Smith Debut New Video for “Before You Were Born”

Although the album came out last year, Frank Smith have debuted a video for the title-track from 2012’s album Before You Were Born. Featuring some black and white almost NSFW footage, the band performs…

Icage Extend Already Massive North American Tour

We recently reviewed the critically acclaimed sophomore effort from Matador band Iceage. The group had already announced an extensive North American tour, but yesterday they added more dates, which includes a stop in…

New Dirty Projectors B-side “There’s A Fire”

Man, that guitar tone. Dave Longstreth and co nail it again. It’s hard to believe that a song of this quality can get left off of an album. “There’s A Fire” is the…

Stream New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Track “Sacrilege”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an art-punk, indie rock band fronted by Karen O…kidding! You know who Yeah Yeah Yeahs are, so I’ll shut up and get to the real reason you’re here–a…

Good Field Album Release Show w/ Dana Falconberry and Belaire

Good Field has been rapidly gaining notoriety in the Austin music scene for some months now. As both an album release party and a tour send off, Good Field asked good friends (and…

Album Review: Mister Lies – Mowgli

Not until halfway through the debut album of twenty-year old bedroom producer Mister Lies did I remember and realize that Mowgli refers to the feral boy-character from The Jungle Book. Given the unique…

New Track: We Are Loud Whispers – “Western Town”

Okay, we admit it! We pretty much adore everything that comes out on Hardly Art. How do these guys keep finding these quirky hidden gems of pop bands? The label has announced the…

The Men Share New Track “I Saw Her Face”

We’ve reported previously that the new album from punk outfit The Men will drop via Sacred Bones records on March 5th. The band has moved increasingly toward more accessible power pop and punk…

Bill Baird Announces Album Release Show, Shares “Spring Break of the Soul”

Bill Baird is back with a new LP, Spring Break of the Soul, that will see release on March 5th through Pau Wau Records. From that record, we have been given the epic, sprawling…

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Social Studies, and Tiger Waves Live at Mohawk

Wednesday night at the Mohawk was a testament to both the outstanding music that has already been released in 2013 as well as the super-lineups that Transmission Entertainment has proven themselves capable of…

Album Review: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Ripley Pine

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is the moniker for songwriter Aly Spaltro, whose debut full-length Ripley Pine inspires me. Essentially, it’s the fulfillment of the American dream: if you work hard and believe in yourself anything…

Album Review: Beach Fossils – Clash the Truth

Ah, the sophomore album—so many expectations riding on the success of your first album. So many voices clamoring about what your sound should be and where it should go. So many inimical hands…

Brazos Announces New Album, Shares Video

Brazos, the brain child of creative force Martin Crane, has announced the release of sophomore effort Saltwater on the Dead Oceans imprint, a sister label to Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian. “How the Ranks Was…

Album Review: Psychic Ills – One Track Mind

One Track Mind is the fourth album by decade-old New York group Psychic Ills, and it continues in the same art-house vein as their previous albums of downtempo psychedelia, grooving across strung-out soundscapes…

Album Review: Iceage – You’re Nothing

Danish punk prodigies Iceage have returned for a sophomore effort, You’re Nothing, on one of indie rock’s most stalwart labels, Matador. With both their debut and second albums, the band seems to find wide…

Video: Hikes – “Shepherd’s Clock” (Recommended)

This song is killer. I’ve been hearing hype about this band for a while, and everything in me is hoping they will be as phenomenal live as I want them to be. If…

Album Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

I must confess that while Nick Cave is someone whose music I’ve been familiar with over the years, I can’t speak with confidence about the quality or merits of any of his latter…

Album Review: Eat Skull – III

There’s something to be expected of a band named ‘Eat Skull,’ and this Portland-based group certainly delivers. While perhaps there’s no thrashing metal or hellish yelling, there’s enough macabre imagery, psychedelic stupors and…

Shearwater Live at the Parish with Marmalakes and Brass Bed

I am so sorry that some of you missed Saturday night at the Parish, because the bill featured a solid trio of artists who are particularly enjoyable in a live setting. Shearwater was…

Album Review: Sonny and the Sunset – 100 Records Vol. 3

It’s somewhat difficult to review a record by 13 different bands, as is the case with Sonny Smith’s newest installment of the 100 Records project. To say something overarching about the project as…

Video: Bobby Jealousy – “The Agreement”

Sabrina Ellis is currently one of the most prolific musicians in Austin, with two albums out or coming out soon–one by Bobby Jelousy and the other by A Giant Dog. (You can bet…

Album Review: Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

After a couple of prolific decades and involvement in collaborative projects like Monsters of Folk and the New Multitudes Woody Guthrie album last year, it seemed almost impossible that My Morning Jacket frontman…

Album Review: Crow44 – Crow44

A self-entitled EP, Crow 44 is actually a sampling of songs taken from over twenty-five albums of super-obscure lo-fi bedroom music. Multi-instrumental recording artist James Pants was hunting through cobwebbed corners of the…

Video: Wild Nothing – “Only Heather”

In Wild Nothing’s video for Nocture album cut “Only Heather,” directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, an impaled man walks dimly lit streets as passersby seem not to notice. The video was impressively shot in one take. Watch…

Show Preview: Shearwater, Marmalakes, & Brass Bed at the Parish

You’ll definitely find us at the Parish tomorrow night for three outstanding live acts. Pop Press International has been singing the praises of Shearwater since before it was born. Structured around the operatic…

New Track: Marnie Stern – “Nothing Is Easy”

Marnie Stern is a lady who has built a reputation for herself as an excellent guitarist who does some serious thrashing over the course of her three albums released on the luminary Kill…

New Track: Pure X – “Things In My Head”

What happened after Pure X released their widely acclaimed debut album Pleasure? Did the Austin electronic pop group go into hiding for fear of unhinged bloggers attacking them in a crazed state of fandom?…

Top 5 Official SXSW Shows Announced So Far

With a month until SXSW begins and tens of thousands of visitors make their pilgrimage to Austin for the city’s most vital week and a half, buzz is starting to heat up around announcements of…

New Track: The Blank Tapes – “Coast to Coast”

Pop Press International loves The Blank Tapes, the jangly psychedelic pop project consisting of frontman Matt Adams, who’s backed by Pearl Charles, DA Humphrey, and Will Halsey. We’ve been impressed by the band’s recent…

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Streams New Album Ripley Pine

A few months ago, we brought you a track from Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and we liked what we heard. Now, WNYC is giving us a chance to stream the band’s whole new…

The xx with Austra at ACL Live

The xx have defied all probability since 2009, because they’ve been a buzz band since 2009. Rather than burning out in a blaze of productivity or fading away with a hurried, lackluster sophomore…

Album Review: The Little Ones – The Dawn Sang Along

Los Angeles based pop-sextet The Little Ones claims to love the craft of sixties pop and to draw on music of that era, but their second album The Dawn Sang Along clearly has…

What Made Milwaukee Famous Live at Hotel Cafe in LA

Often you will hear that a band is better in live performance than on their studio-produced album, but it can be a hard thing to believe until you experience it for yourself. The…

Pageants Live at Origami Vinyl in L.A.

Featuring Rebecca Coleman, a former member of Avi Buffalo, the Long Beach trio Pageants impressed me even before they took the stage to perform their engaging variety of beachy, garage-house indie rock Friday…

Album Review: Lost Animal – Ex Tropical

Lost Animal is the work of Jarrod Qarrell, an audacious creator of genre blending music whose debut Ex Tropical might be described as synth-punk centered folk-rap. Most of the songs’ rhythmic lyrics are…

Blues Control Live at Holy Mountain in Austin

Drag City is a label that has become prominent for working with indie darlings like Bill Callahan (Smog) and Joanna Newsom. However, fans forget that the label has a far more experimental leaning….

New Track: Helado Negro – “Junes”

We loved “Dance Ghost,” the first track released from Helado Negro’s forthcoming LP, Invisible Life, and we’re excited to report that a new song from the album has emerged. Roberto Lange’s vocals begin crisply…

The Villettes Live at Swan Dive

Go see the Villettes for two reasons: 1) the most beautiful harmonies you’ve ever heard live, and 2) a copious amounts of smile inducing, incredibly endearing giggling emanating from the stage. Having just…

Canada’s Stars Offer Free Download of New EP

Indie pop veterans Stars have announced a new EP that you can procure for free! Since the album is in part a thanks to fans, it has bee aptly dubbed the You Guys…

Video: SUUNS – “2020”

Having already released from their forthcoming album Images Du Futur the single “Edie’s Dream,” experimental pop outfit SUUNS follow up with a video for another album track, “2020.” The video is directed by…

Video: Dana Falconberry – “Possum Song”

It’s an understatement to say that Dana Falconberry is a Pop Press International favorite. We absolutely adore this phenomenal Austin, TX songstress. This week brings great news regarding Falconberry. First, Transistor Six has created a…

New Tracks: Dungeonesse – “Shucks” and “Drive You Crazy”

Boy, do I love Jenn Wasner! I’ve been hooked on her music since first seeing Wye Oak years ago at SXSW. She has a commanding presence onstage and her songs are powerful in…

Album Review: Dog Bite – Velvet Changes

A former member of Washed Out, Phil Jones has struck out on his own, forming the Atlanta-based band Dog Bite. Jones et al. have a lot going on throughout the 11 songs that…

Album Review: Companion – Companion

After years of a fruitful career releasing albums under her own name on the small but noteworthy Park the Van label, Pepi Ginsberg has formed a band with some friends. The project and…

Second Gritty Synth Track from Grave Babies’ Crusher

Grave Babies are set to release their second full-length album on Seattle’s Sub Pop subsidiary (say that 10 times fast) Hardly Art Records. The new jam, “No Fear,” leaves the guitars of the first single…

K Records’ Joey Casio Releases Single “Ignite”

Many of you dear readers know that Pop Press International possesses an eternal affinity for stalwart indie champions K Records. With this tightly knit community of artists that celebrates self-actualization and musical diversity…

Show Preview: Win Tickets to Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Foxygen w/ Social Studies at Mohawk

How does one even begin to describe how awesome Wednesday Feb 20th at the Mohawk will be? My two favorite albums of the year are by Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen, and I…

Album Review: Tom Morgan – Orange Syringe

Singer-songwriter Tom Morgan, whose long-reaching musical history includes writing songs for The Lemonheads, has composed a sympathetic and compelling album here that captures the nature of an aging spirit. Herded by unaffected acoustics…

Outstanding New Pop from the Tontons: “Bones”

Houston’s Tontons have gained notoriety increasingly over the past two years, garnering various awards from the city’s “best of” poll and winning the approval and praise of notable rapper Bun B. This month,…

Frank Smith Releases Single Ahead of New Album

Austin’s Frank Smith has been one of the most significant local bands of the past few years. Comprised of excellent musicians, the band is one of Austin’s most convincing live acts and their…

Album Review: Airstrip – Willing

Birthed from the ashes of Veelee, a lo-fi band that made waves around the local North Carolina Triangle scene, rock quartet Airstrip drops their debut album Willing this week. The project’s creative force,…

Show Preview: Blues Control Scratches Your Experimental Itch Saturday at Holy Mountain

Blues Control can be beautiful and delicate or thunderously distorted as they deliver their experimental brand and instrumental post-rock. What further interests me is the band’s affiliation with the renowned Drag City, who continue…

MS MR Debuts Subtly Surreal New Video for “Fantasy”

MS MR is one of those interesting cases: a band that suddenly pops up out of nowhere (it seems) with impressive sounds and widespread recognition. Often, these bands are fueled by an enormous…

Good Field Releases Two Singles Ahead of Full-length

After beginning a career performing with the bands Voxtrot and Brazos, Paul Price started the project Good Field and released a debut EP last year. Locally hailed as a triumph from one Austin’s…

Album Review: Feeding People – Island Universe

There’s something about being a teenager that music just captures so perfectly. Even as we grow older and begin to resent that whiny, obnoxious thing we probably once were (“What are you talking…

Centro-matic Live at the Mohawk with Frank Smith, Onuinu, and Love Inks

Being one of only a handful of live dates after a period of inactivity, Centro-matic’s crowded show at the Mohawk on Friday night was geared to be a special performance. I hadn’t seen…

Toro y Moi, Wild Belle, & Dog Bite Deliver Great Sets Alike at Emo’s

No doubt attributable to their status as pioneers who have been in part responsible for launching the chillwave genre and forever ingraining the style into the paradigm of independent music, Toro y Moi…

Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released one of the best albums of the year so far in II, released tomorrow on the stalwart Jagjaguwar label. As someone who enjoys listening to divergent and sometimes…

New Track: “In the City” – Caveman

On April 2nd, NYC’s Caveman will release their eponymous sophomore album on the prestigious Fat Possum label. Ahead of that release and their extensive North American tour, which includes dates at Austin’s SXSW,…

Album Review: Radar Brothers – Eight

Fans of the Los Angeles indie band Radar Brother will find their eighth studio album (correspondingly entitled Eight) to have a fuller and more diverse sound than previous albums, while yet retaining the…

Cave Singers Debut New Track “Easy Way”

In advance of their upcoming Jagjaguwar release Naomi, out March 5th, the Cave Singers have debuted a new track over at Boing Boing, which you can stream below. The song features Pete Quirk’s…

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