June 2013

Mikal Cronin with Shannon and the Clams and A Giant Dog Live Review

After falling in love with Mikal Cronin’s newest album MCII a couple months ago, I had been looking forward to his show at the Mohawk since its announcement. When openers Shannon and the…

The Pixies Release First Song in Almost a Decade

The Pixies were among three or four bands that got me through high school. I’ve probably listened to Doolittle as much or more than any other record in the history of music. Today’s release…

Soft Healer Releases New EP, Plays Hotel Vegas Sat. June 29

A reasonably assumed to be defunct Soft Healer is far from calling it quits it would seem. Although two band members still live and attend school in Ithaca, NY, the group has released…

Sisu (Sandra Vu of Dum Dum Girls) Releases “Two Thousand Hands” Video

Former Dum Dum Girl Sandra Vu’s new project Sisu has released a video for hazy, synth-tinged pop track “Two Thousand Hands.” The track is culled from the now available Light Eyes EP, released on…

Album Review: The Mantles – Long Enough to Leave

The Mantles have released their latest album, Long Enough to Leave on Slumberland Records. Their self-titled debut album was a high-energy collection of quirky garage rock songs that carried influences of classic punk….

Justin Vernon’s Chigliak Records Releases Sarah Siskind’s Covered

I didn’t know Justin Vernon curated a label until today. And if you didn’t either, now you do. Chigliak Records will issue their second release, Sarah Siskind’s 2003 debut record Covered. Of the album, Vernon…

Video: Hausu – “Kool Off”

Hardly Art Records artist Hausu has garnered high praise for their recently released album Total, which incorporates elements of post-hardcore and post punk into blistering eruptions of sound. The video for “Kool Off” exhibits…

Seattle’s Tea Cozies Share Trippy Video for Psych Pop Track “Cosmic Osmo”

Seattle rock band Tea Cozies have dropped an incredibly ambitious and visually stunning video for their song “Cosmic Osmo.” The band is at work on a new album, although details for the time…

Okkervil River Preps The Silver Gymnasium, Shares “It’s My Season”

When I moved to Austin in 2001, folk rock was exploding in the independent undercurrent. Okkervil River was one of the first bands I fell deeply in love with. I still remember the…

Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaks More Performers for 2013 Festival

Fun Fun Fun Fest has leaked an additional six artists that will be performing at this year’s installment of the event, which takes place November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin. The list…

Richard Buckner Shares New Experimental Folk

Merge Records artist Richard Buckner has released a new experimental folk track in advance of his forthcoming album Surrounded, which is due out on September 3rd. “When You Tell Me How It Is” utilizes…

Album Review: Smith Westerns – Soft Will

Don’t let their Chicago-claimed roots mislead you; Smith Westerns might be the most British sounding band you’ll hear this decade. Possessing only a vague familiarity with this group, it was a good thing…

Win Tickets to Mikal Cronin at Mohawk in Austin Tomorrow

Mikal Cronin has released one of the year’s best records with MCII. We’re seriously in love with it and we told you all about it right here. We also shared with you his…

Album Review: Selebrities – Lovely Things

There are Eighties flashbacks aplenty in the second album from Brooklyn-quartet Selebrities, whose finely-honed expression of new-wave, nu-disco synth-pop keep bringing flickering scenes of late-night mopey teenage-laments to my mind — the kinds…

Eleanor Friedberger with TEEN at the Parish Live Review

Eleanor Friedberger’s most recent album Personal Record, out this month on Merge Records, further eschewed the spastic and jarring tendencies of her former band Fiery Furnaces and sought to embrace breezy pop songs…

Album Review: Heliotropes – A Constant Sea

Heliotropes make their music in a Brooklyn studio, but the all-female band’s musicians originally hail from all over the nation. It’s no wonder then, that their music is a collaboration of many influences…

NXNE Part One: Street Cred

Our coverage of Toronto, Ontario’s NXNE music, comedy, film, interactive, and art festival will take place in three parts with each focusing on a different aspect of what gives the festival its identity…

Interview: Hardly Sound’s Chris Kim Talks Season Two and Storytelling

If you haven’t seen Hardly Sound yet, you’re mistreating yourself. The show is a documentary television series that airs on KLRU, Austin’s PBS channel. Hardly Sound claims to focus on Texas underground music, and it does….

New Track: The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”

Yesterday, Fun Fun Fun Fest announced The Julie Ruin as one of the performing artists for the 2013 installment of the festival. While all five of the announced acts offer something interesting and…

New Track: Royal Forest – “John Denver”

We’re big fans of experimental pop project Royal Forest. “John Denver” marks another track released from the upcoming album Spillway, which is due out July 9th via King Electric Record Company, as Royal…

Show Preview: Eleanor Friedberger and TEEN at The Parish Tonight

Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces furthered her solo career by releasing Personal Record last week on Merge Records. Tonight, she will perform at The Parish and will be supported by TEEN, who recently…

Show Preview: Baths with Houses and D33J at Mohawk Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, the Mohawk will be filled with the hard hitting beats of electronic DJ Baths, who will be supported by electronic pop group Houses and the DJ act appropriately christened D33J. What’s…

Video: Majical Cloudz – “Bugs Don’t Buzz”

We gave Magical Cloudz new album Impersonator a great review, but we’ve fallen deeper and deeper in love with the band since then. Our upcoming review of their show at NXNE will certainly reflect…

Watch: The Sour Notes Perform Live at Bottletree in Birmingham, AL

While Pop Press International was embedded on tour with The Sour Notes for 11 days, we shot a video each night of the tour and are working actively on getting all of those…

Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaks Five Artists, Sells Out of 2nd Presale Tier

Last night, Fun Fun Fun Fest leaked via Twitter a Vimeo video revealing that Bonobo, Judge, The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hannah), The Walkmen, and Ice-T would all be among the performing artists…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Coffee Shop in Kitchener

Although the band would need to be in Toronto suburb Kitchener later in the evening to play a show, the morning of June 13th had few restrictions. After hotel checkout, the van drove…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: R & R on the First Day Off

Though sunlight had been streaming through the open blinds for hours, I didn’t wake up until 11:00 AM. Without ever leaving the bed, an all-day laptop work party commenced with Amarah and I…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Border Patrol Blues

Brooklyn’s late night didn’t stop us from being on the sidewalk with our bags at our feet awaiting the arrival of the van, which would soon carry us toward the tour’s pinnacle destination….

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Summits and Slumps in Brooklyn

Following two solid shows in Birmingham and DC, The Sour Notes Summer Tour 2013 had fallen into a comfortable groove, and with only a short drive from DC to Brooklyn, morale was high…

Watch: Dana Falconberry’s Breakthru Radio Session

Dana Falconberry just turns us into mush. We’re completely enamored with the songwriter and her incredibly talented band. Breakthru Radio always puts together a solid studio session video, but few have sounded as…

EP Review: Trails and Ways – Trilingual

Trails and Ways’ Trilingual EP is an amalgamation of both Californian musical tradition, and gathered inspiration of international influences. When lead singers Keith Brower Brown and Emma Oppen returned from Brazil and Spain…

EP Review: Alex Burkat – Tarot

Out this week on the Los-Angeles based label 100% Silk, Tarot arrives from the mind of Brooklynite musician Alex Burkat. The four-track EP, purportedly inspired by “mysticism and global warming,” loops its way…

Califone Releases Title Track from Forthcoming Album Stitches

Veteran experimental pop band Califone has released the dreamy new title track from their forthcoming album Stitches, which will see release through Dead Oceans on September 3rd. The album will further an extensive career…

Interview: Quiet Company Talks About Their Experiences at NXNE

Standing behind Toronto’s famous Horseshoe Tavern, minutes before Quiet Company would take a stage that has hosted performances by The Rolling Stones and Wilco, we were able to talk with them about their…

Video: The Sour Notes Discuss NXNE Appearance and Summer Tour

Yesterday, NXNE issued a press release discussing a concerted initiative to brand the city’s music scene and create a fostering, supportive environment for musicians, and Toronto has openly taken cues from Austin, Texas….

10 Must-see Bands at NXNE

Here’s our list of 10 of the bands we’re most excited about seeing at NXNE. Of course, we’re beside ourselves with excitement over seeing The National in Yonge-Dundas Square, and who can resist…

New Track from Smith Westerns – “Idol”

“Idol” is the third song to emerge from Smith Westerns’ new album Soft Will and follows the previously released songs “Varsity” and “3 AM Spiritual.” We previously reported the release date of the album as…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Epic Ping-Pong Battles in Washington DC

Following a magical night in Birmingham and only an hour of sleep, I was the last one to climb into my cocoon of gear, pillows, and bags in the last row of the…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Band Heaven at Birmingham’s Bottletree

After a bit of Friday night slump on the first tour date, we awoke in superior sleeping conditions supplied by my cousin Amy, whose house is a dream. Heads up, public—I know how…

Royal Forest Shares New Video Filmed Inside Submarine

Holy shit, this is simply one of the best videos we’ve seen in a long time, along with Radiation City’s new video, making last week pretty profound in music video news. In true…

Radiation City Shares Awesome Video Filmed at Austin’s Cathedral of Junk

If you missed Radiation City’s recent show in Austin, that’s incredibly unfortunate for you. Luckily, you’ll be able to see them performing in Austin forever, as they recently released an amazing video recorded…

Album Review: Coma Cinema – Posthumous Release

Coma Cinema’s Posthumous Release isn’t a grand departure from previous albums, nor is it a game-changing, genre-creating, undefinable album, the likes have never been heard before. Rather, it is an improvement and polish…

Album Review: Polysick – Under Construction

Arriving this week via 100% Silk, the four-track EP Under Construction from Rome-based producer Polysick grooves with all the strange fervor gleaned from its Chicago and Detriot acid-house roots. The snare-kick duo in…

The Sour Notes Tour Blog: Alligators and Asscheeks in New Orleans

By ten AM, only an hour behind schedule, the Sour Notes Mobile Touring Unit rolled out of Austin and headed for the bayous of Louisiana to play in New Orleans later that night….

Radiation City with Feverbones and Hello Caller at Mohawk Live Review

When I reviewed Radiation City’s newest effort Animals in the Median, I really liked it. So, it’s a true testament to the excellence of their live show that these songs sound even better…

The Sour Notes Tour Kickoff, Cassette Release, and John Laird’s B-day at Holy Mountain

Thursday night, The Sour Notes kicked off their 2013 Summer Tour with an excellent show also celebrating the release of a cassette single and the birthday of blogger and Austin music promoter John…

Video: Father John Misty – “Funtimes in Babylon”

We will say it for probably the 10th time: Father John Misty’s Fear Fun was our most listened to album of last year. So, even thought it has been a while since its release, we’re…

Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders Shares “The Heretical Physics,” Launches Kickstarter

Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders new video for “The Heretical Physics,” which is directed By John Valley and produced By Tyler Speicher, Cordelaine Kline, and Max Kruemcke, features delightfully whimsical stop-motion animation….

Album Review: GRMLN – Empire

GRMLN’s Empire is a refreshing reminder that rock and roll can be fun. Yoodoo Park draws influences from Kyoto, his birthplace, and southern California, where the 20 year-old currently lives. Throw in 90’s…

Black Moth Super Rainbow at The Mohawk

We know, we know, this show was so last week, but we wanted to share some photos and reminisce about Black Moth Super Rainbow’s recent show at the Mohawk in Austin. BMSR creates…

Photo Gallery: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) Dance Party at Mohawk

As expected, !!!’s show at Mohawk Austin a week or so back was an epic dance party with plenty of bumpin’ and grindin’. Check out the photo gallery below for photographic evidence of…

Album Review: Jon Hopkins – Immunity

In the intro of  his fourth solo album, UK electronic musician Jon Hopkins (prominently known for his collaboration with Coldplay) takes us through a locked door and into a lone hallway where the…

Show Preview: John Laird’s Birthday and Sour Notes Cassingle Release at Holy Mountain

These are monumental occasions. With complete seriousness and reverence we say that a man only turns 30 once. And when that man is John Laird, creator of Austin music and film blog Side…

Show Preview: Win Tickets to Night Beds with Tristen and Reservations at Mohawk

At a time in music when the folk rock genre seems bloated with overly similar bands bottlenecked at the mouth of the mainstream, Night Beds manage to still craft excellent and interesting indie-folk…

L.A. Band Boardwalks Releases New Single “I’m To Blame”

Recently signed to Stone Throw Records, Los Angeles Duo BoardWalk is poised to release their self-titled debut album later this year, and if their single “I’m To Blame” is any indicator, it ought to…

FPSF Day Two with The Men, Cat Power, and TV on the Radio

Scattered overnight showers weren’t about to stop the second day of FPSF. Unfortunately, the ominous radar images had me moving sluggishly, foolishly procrastinating what I thought would be an early afternoon in the…

Album Review: W-H-I-T-E – III

W-H-I-T-E’s third and most recent album, III, is a collection of sounds ranging from dreamy acoustic guitar to psychedelic electric pop. The project was created by Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist, Cory…

The Sour Notes Release New Cassette Single

I’ve covered, photographed, written about and seen The Sour Notes more than any other band in Austin. And that’s not a coincidence; the band offers a tremendous amount to like, including high-energy live…

Album Review: Octo Octa – Between Two Selves

Listening to Between Two Selves, the new album from Brooklyn producer Michael Morrison (aka Octo Octa) out on the 100% Silk label, is like stepping into a cool electronic current and letting all…

Show Preview: Win Tickets to Radiation City at Mohawk Tuesday June 4th

Last week, we reviewed (and greatly liked) Radiation City’s newest album Animals in the Median, which draws from a vast variety of musical influences and packs a ton of sound into songs both airy…

Interview: Radiation City Talks Musical Influences, Rattlesnakes, and Flat Tires

As soon as Radiation City’s Cameron Spies answers my call, the relaxed Pacific Northwest ethos is immediately apparent. The band is currently travelling across my home state, a good stretch from their own…

FPSF Day One with Iggy and the Stooges, Passion Pit, and Postal Service

Free Press Summer Festival, known verbally as “Free Press” and digitally as FPSF, held its fifth annual music festival this past weekend in Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park. The young festival appears to share…

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