January 2014

Live Review: Cate Le Bon with Kevin Morby & Love Inks at Mohawk

Cate Le Bon’s music fills me with an excited restlessness–perhaps because the ears process it as initially off kilter, slightly foreign but the heart and brain process it as brilliant, perfect, and definitively…

Album Review: Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Pop Press Pick)

Damien Jurado’s new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, out earlier this month on Secretly Canadian, is a complex folk fever dream of an album—mysterious, dense, magical. I have fallen desperately…

Album Review: Lanterns on the Lake – Until the Colours Run

Lanterns on the Lake released their sophomore album in The States, Until the Colours Run at the start of this year. Preceding their current release was the debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me…

Exclusive Premiere: New Music From Daniel Francis Doyle

Every day cells within the human body die and are replaced by newer, healthier cells. Each experience we have, joyful or terrible, teaches us something new and valuable about ourselves and the world…

Show Preview: Mutual Benefit Plays The Mohawk Friday with Poppy Red

Mutual Benefit’s Love’s Crushing Diamond came out late last year, and despite the categorical praise, I never even heard it until early in 2014. As such, it got left off of my year-end, best-of…

New EDM Mixes of Elliott Smith Songs Released by Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty

You’ve likely heard by now. But to provide the brief details: under the moniker UUL, Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has released three new mixes of (largely) unheard Elliott Smith material culled from…

New Orleans’ Buku Festival Adds Nas, Sleigh Bells, and More to Lineup

We’re pumped about New Orleans’ relatively young music and arts festival, Buku, and told you as much late last year when the incredible lineup was announced, including The Flaming Lips, Explosions in the…

Jess Williamson Album Release Party Tonight at Hotel Vegas

Yesterday, I published my review of Jess Williamson’s stark and arresting new album Native State. Tonight, Williamson will celebrate the release with a show at Hotel Vegas that also features performances by outstanding acts…

Album Review: Jess Williamson – Native State (Pop Press Pick)

Austin songstress Jess Williamson has been saving up Native State for a while, and the results are rewarding. Be assured: this is not a record of pop gems; this is not an attempt…

Eating Out Shares Video for “That’s My Man”

The new video for Eating Out’s “That’s My Man” perfectly fits the song’s drowsy, apathetic, teen-angst aesthetic. Faraway guitars and lethargic vocals echo while high school students attempt to put up with the…

Horse Thief Shares “Devil” from Upcoming LP Fear In Bliss, Plays Holy Mountain

There must be a thing with horses and the specific sort of aesthetic evoked by thinking of them, because there are certainly tinges of Band of Horses in the DNA of Oklahoma City…

New Track: Burnt Ones – New Heroes of Subscription Services

If you spend your time keeping up with small garage and psych labels such as Castle Face and Burger Records, the San Francisco based band Burnt Ones may be old news to you….

La Luz & Pure Bathing Culture at Red 7: Live Review

With a significant hip-hop bill slated outside and two indie darling bands ready to warm up the indoor stage, Red 7 drew a sizable crowd, especially considering the sub-zero temperatures bearing down on…

White Hinterland Shares “Ring the Bell” from LP Baby

Dead Oceans keeps carving out a special place in my heart. The label’s roster is astounding and every time they announce an album release, I can’t help but be excited at the prospect….

Show Preview: Cate Le Bon with Kevin Morby (of Woods) & Love Inks at Mohawk

We fell in love with Cate Le Bon’s newest album Mug Musuem late last year. The record received widespread acclaim, but in some senses flew under the radar. Tomorrow night Le Bon will play…

The Pixies Share Video for New Track “Magdalena”

While reviews of The Pixies’ new material remains fervently mixed, most fans have reached on consensus on which tracks are the most promising from the beloved bands two new EPs. From EP1, “Indie Cindy”…

Loop to Play Austin Psych Fest Among First US Dates in 24 Years

British band Loop took the psychedelic onset of the 1960s and created their own sound that made them one of the premier UK bands of the 1980s, sharing sensibilities with like-minded psych, shoegaze,…

Show Preview: Pure Bathing Culture & La Luz at Red 7

The last time I saw La Luz, the four girls demanded that the crowd part to create a row down which concertgoers could dance a la Soul Train. Yes. These ladies are awesome….

Video: Cass McCombs – “Unearthed”

The majority of Cass McCombs’ new video for “Unearthed,” directed by Eric Fensler, consists of a fixed timelapse shot of a mountain, slowly being eclipsed by shadow as a plume of condensation flags…

Abram Shook Album Release with Good Field & Royal Forest at Mohawk

Friday night at the Mohawk served as a local music extravaganza with a bill that featured two of Austin’s best bands supporting a rising Austin musician as he celebrated the release of his…

Dent May with Tiger Waves & Gang Sign at Holy Mountain: Live Review

Somehow, I’ve managed to miss Dent May’s live show time and time again. Even after I worked an all day photo shoot before the show, the stars finally aligned and I made it…

The National Returns to Austin to the Delight of ACL Weekend Two Ticketholders

If you’re anything like me, missing The National on the second weekend of ACL was one of the biggest let downs of the cancelled day. Perhaps The National felt like they needed to…

New Track: Miserable – “Bell Jar”

Miserable, the project of Kristina Esfandiari, former member of San Francisco-based band Whirr, has prepped a new EP for release on February 18th on Native Sound. The first single, “Bell Jar,” is noise-rock built…

Video: Matthew Squires – “The Turnings of the Earth (and Other Observations)”

Matthew Squires and his band The Learning Disorders have been quietly churning out an impressive number of videos for their odd yet charming, quirky folk-pop songs. Squires has the ability to write songs…

Live Review: Red Bull Sound Select Showcase with Octopus Project, Night Drive, & The Black and White Years

These Red Bull Sound Select Shows have begun to take things to the next level. We had a great time at the last show, which featured fast-rising stars The Tontons. This past Wednesday…

Great New Track from Coeds – “Sensitive Boys”

Coeds is like Blondie with a slightly darker, deeper undertone. Low, pulsing synths ride under a second catchy keyboard line as frontwoman Meredith Muñoz delivers a powerful and smooth vocal performance. So, they…

Free Week Report: Daniel Francis Doyle, Shivery Shakes, & Tiger Waves at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Dan Doyle (perhaps best known by his performing moniker and full name Daniel Francis Doyle) creates songs that possess an intriguing relationship with melody. In his songs, Doyle holds a melody, translucent and…

Angel Olsen Shares 2nd Track “HI-FIVE” From Forthcoming LP

As we previously reported, Angel Olsen’s new LP and first for Jagjaguwar, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, will drop February 18th. This week, Olsen shared from that LP a second song, “HI-FIVE.” The…

Punctum Records Free Week Show with Mole People, Shivery Shakes, Taft, RF Shannon and Battle Bend

Punctum Records is run by Austin resident Dan Rudmann and is an extension of the nationally focused, Brooklyn-based open access book publisher of the same name. Shivery Shakes is currently the only band…

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