February 2014

La Snacks Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Album Release Show

Austin band La Snacks are something of a mainstay in the independent music scene. Tomorrow night, they’ll celebrate 10 years of being a band as well as the release of a new record, Le…

Winners of Austin Music Blogger Awards Announced + Event Photos

The Austin Music Blogger Awards in conjunction with Austin Music People’s music industry awards took place last night at Spiderhouse Ballroom, and we were incredibly proud to be part of the event. We’ll…

Jess Williamson Shares Video for “Spin the Wheel”

Jess Williamson is having a great week. She’s just returned from a West Coast tour, and yeseterday, the songwriter not only released a new video for her song “Spin the Wheel” from her…

Perfect Pussy Share Convulsive New Track “Interference Fits”

“Interference Fits,” the new track from punk band Perfect Pussy is aptly titled. Almost melodic, crunchy guitar opens the song before it drifts into sputtering drums and swirling loops of feedback and distortion….

Damien Jurado Expands Tour, Shares Video for “Magic Number”

We’re completely in love with Damien Jurado’s newest effort Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. So, it understandable how excited we are to share the news today that not only has Jurado shared…

Austin Music Blogger Awards Tonight

The 2014 Austin Music Blogger Awards are tonight, I am excited to celebrate some of our favorite music of 2013 with the public as well as this strong community of artists! If you…

Album Review: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Pop Press Pick)

I had no idea that the points of reference for Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the new album from Angel Olsen, would be Patsy Cline and Leonard Cohen. Simply put: I had no…

Aisha Burns Plays at Holy Mountain Tonight

We’ve written a few times about Aisha Burns, who is a member of the celebrated Austin band Balmorhea and whose debut solo record Life in the Midwater piqued enough interest to be nominated for an…

Horse Thief Shares Video for “Devil”

We told you recently about the news of OKC’s Horse Thief signing to Bella Union for their upcoming LP Fear in Bliss. The group already shared the audio for upbeat, folky track “Devil,” which…

Show Preview: Cian Nugent with Ralph White, Jonathan Horne, & Randy Reynolds

Tonight, Irish musician Cian Nugent will open for Angel Olsen at Holy Mountain tonight, and you should definitely go to that show, but we want to tell you about another opportunity to see…

Ski Lodge Shares Beautiful New Song “Our Love Is Over Now”

Ski Lodge dropped their debut album full of indie pop tunes last year and have followed up with the release of a single, “Our Love Is Over Now.” Scant information is available on…

U.S. Premiere: We Cut Corners – “Best Friend”

Perhaps due to our globally-minded ethos and our blog’s moniker, we tend to get quite a few submissions from the UK. To be direct, I often find many of those submissions to be…

Help Borrisokane Release “Versus Project” EP Box Set

We’ve written previously about the amazing EP box set project undertaken by Borrisokane and premiered a track from the project a few weeks ago. This is an incredible project that reflects the community…

Cheer Up Charlies’ Triumphant Reopening

As I walk up to Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday night, I’m at once astounded by the line, which snakes back from the venue’s gate and down Red River. For the past couple…

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Paramount Theater: Live Review

If you’ve never had the privilege of visiting Preservation Hall in New Orleans, here’s what happens. As early as an hour and a half before doors, patrons begin lining up down St. Peter,…

Peg (Avi Buffalo’s Sheridan Riley) Shares Lo-fi Pop Song “Take Too Much”

Avi Buffalo drummer Sheridan Riley has announced her project Peg will  release a split 10″ record with Hand Habits. Peg’s Living with Abbreviation EP and Hand Habits’ Small Shifts EP will be out Feb. 25 on Eschatone Records. Peg’s…

Photos and Live Review: The Naked and Famous

There’s no way around the fact that this review is essentially an internal dialogue I’m having regarding my feelings on The Naked and Famous as a band. I’m always fascinated by which artists…

Watch the New Video for “Alcohol” from Sisyphus (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, & Serengeti)

You didn’t really expect a rap project involving Sufjan Stevens to be without some heavy shit, right? Sisyphus, the collaboration between Stevens and hip-hop artists Son Lux and Serengeti has shared a video…

TEEN Shares “Not For Long” From The Way and Color

Remember a few days ago when TEEN shared a teaser trailer for their upcoming album The Way and Color out April 22nd on Carpark Records, and we told you that as a barometer, the…

Pop Press INTL. Announces You’re Here: Music + Interactive Showcase March 12th & 13th

Pop Press International is incredibly proud to announce that this year we will partner with Punctum Records, Attendance Records, Mama Bird Recording Co., Accrue Cassettes, Western Dynamo, and Estuary Recording Studio to present a music and interactive showcase…

6 Great Shows in Austin This Saturday Night

People always talk about how Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World.” While I love and embrace our city’s moniker, I still feel like we could do more to support our…

These Songs Belong to Everyone: Reflecting on Seeing Neutral Milk Hotel Live

Although during Netural Milk Hotel’s hiatus Jeff Mangum began appearing in public, at shows, more frequently, contributing parts to friends’ records, and even releasing material, it was hard to see a reunion tour…

Lord Huron at Emo’s with Superhumanoids: Live Review & Photos

A clear upward trend can be observed in Lord Huron’s trajectory. In 2012 they headlined Stubb’s indoor stage. Last year the returned and performed on the much larger outdoor stage, opening for Alt-J….

Band of Skulls Set Album Release Date, Tour, Share New Video

The first two songs to surface from Band of Skulls showcase divergent facets of the band’s style–one more forceful and crunchy and one that leans on melody and nuance. Both “Asleep at the…

Sacco Prep Debut Album, Share Two Videos

Sacco will release their debut, eponymous album on Sensibility Music on Aprill 22nd. The band has already seen some sizable exposure from touring in support of Cults last year. Sacco’s songs range from…

Stream New EP From Whiite Walls Now; Release Show Friday

Whiite Walls is 1979. The band’s new EP embodies that musical era when the lines between dance and punk began to blur. There’s a little bit of disco, lots of hi-hat, twinkling guitar…

We Like Accidents: Talking with The Pixies’ David Lovering & Joey Santiago

The summer before my freshman year of high school, I got into a car with my girlfriend, and she turned up The Pixies’ album Doolittle. It blew my world wide open and changed…

14 Great Austin Albums from 2013

Don’t worry–you’re in the right place. Likely, you saw this headline and thought, surely this is an old post; we’re two months into 2014. We’ve had this post drafted since the end of…

Show Preview: Young Girls, Reservations, Shivery Shakes at Lambert’s

So you came out of hibernation for Neutral Milk Hotel and realized how great live music is. You love that you live in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but secretly harbor…

Blouse Takes Us Down a Dark Highway in “Happy Days” Video

Although the song is called “Happy Days,” the new video fro Blouse carries the viewer down an ominous, dark highway and angles toward film noir. We can’t help but be reminded of the…

Soft Metals Share New Video for “No Turning Back”

As a perfect way to commemorate the celebration of true love that is the consumerist paradise of Valentine’s Day, dreamy electro pop band Soft Metals have shared a new video for track “No…

Majical Cloudz Share Interactive Video for New Song “Love Soul”

Every time Majical Cloudz does something I fall deeper in love. The duo of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto created an austere but affectionate, minimalist masterpiece with last year’s Impersonator. Their live shows are…

Cass McCombs Shares Traumatizing Video for “Name Written in Water”

One sentence stands out in the press release I received for Cass McCombs’ horrifying new video for “Name Written in Water”: “In the context of modern capitalist hegemony, we’re all just pigs to…

The Tontons Play Stubb’s Tonight, Opening for Bright Light Social Hour

We’ve written about The Tontons quite a bit here at Pop Press International and are huge fans of the band, which has seen increasingly widespread acclaim in recent months. Tonight, the group will…

Wild Beasts Share “Sweet Spot” Video from Upcoming LP

With artists like Dirty Projectors and Cass McCombs, Domino Recording Co. is a label you can rely on putting on quality sound. Wild Beasts are one of those bands and will be releasing…

Dead Rider Shares Video for Experimental Pop Track “Blank Screen”

Dead Rider’s song “Blank Screen” builds slowly, stuttering, clicking, and buzzing through the introductory phases until it swells to throbbing, hard-hitting highs. Synths whine, the drums are relentless, and frontman Todd Rittman belts…

Coathangers Release Track From Forthcoming Suicide Squeeze LP

On March 18th, The Coathangers will release Suck My Shirt on Suicide Squeeze. “Springfield Cannonball,” the first track to be release from the album, is a crunchy pop tune built around jilted female vocals. The…

Stream Austin Band Party Plants’ Lo-fi Pop EP

From the second Party Plants’s new EP begins to play, I love it. It’s a dish comprised of all my favorite ingredients: a little bit of lo-fi pop, a little bit of grit,…

Teen Shares Trailer Video for New LP

Teen has announced that their new LP, The Way and Color, will be released via Carpark on April 22nd and has accompanied that announcement with an album trailer video featuring a compilation of sounds…

Stone Jack Jones Shares Transcendent Track “Joy” feat. Patty Griffin

Despite the fact that he’s been kicking around music since the 80s, playing everything from rock music in Atlanta to folk music in Nashville, Stone Jack Jones is likely a foreign name to…

Show Preview: Lord Huron with Superhumanoids at Emo’s

Next Monday and Tuesday night, Lord Huron and Superhumanoids will take over Emo’s for a two night stint. Monday night is already SOLD OUT, but if you’re going to Neutral Milk Hotel that…

New Track: Trust – “Capitol”

Electronic act Trust will release Joyland via Arts & Crafts on March 4th and has shared a single, “Capitol.” From the moment it unleashes a festering squall of ominous and glitchy tron-esque synths, “Capitol”…

Photo Set: Little Lo at Holy Mountain

Last Saturday night, Austin’s Little Lo performed a set of their layered indie-rock to a crowded Holy Mountain. The band is in the process of finishing up the recording process for their new…

Show Preview: The Oblivians with Spray Paint & Hex Dispensers at Mohawk

In the 90s, the gritty, powerful garage rock created by The Oblivians pouring out of Memphis made them one of the foremost groups in the scene. The band’s sound drew on 60’s groups…

Sasquatch! Tickets for Two Weekend Festival On Sale Now

I’ve been wanting to go to Sasquatch! for years. One of my best friends lives in Seattle and even covered the event for my first blog, Urban Pollution one year. But I’ve watched…

Austin Psych Fest Makes Incredible Lineup Even More Incredible

Remember when we posted Austin Psych Fest’s initial 2014 lineup and were so flabbergasted at its greatness we almost couldn’t communicate it? Remember when Austin Psych Fest announced a second wave of performing…

Attendance Records Aims to Expand and You Can Help

Attendance Records is a great project that encourages musical appreciation and expression in Austin schools. You can help them expand just by voting! Their program is up in the Do the KIND thing contest for $10,000….

Woman’s Hour Signs to Secretly Canadian, Shares Track “Her Ghost”

Secretly Canadian is one of those labels you just trust. If they announce a release or a signing or a new track, you can comfortably assume it’s going to be worth a listen….

Premeire: Yum Covers “Indoor/Outdoor Paleontologist Blues” for Borrisokane’s Versus Project

The ambitiousness of Borrisokane‘s Versus Project is evidenced by its inability to be communicated in a sentence or even an entire post. I’m bewildered by its breadth. Understanding its depth and greatness requires…

Graham Weber Preps Faded Photos; Hear Two Tracks Now

Graham Weber is an Austin transplant by way of Ohio. His music captures the aching sparseness of his native Midwest, but Texas has seems to have provided a definitive lonesome twinge. Weber has…

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks Announce Album, Share Track “Little Fang”

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks has announced their debut album Enter the Slasher House, which will be released on Domino on April 8th. The band could almost be considered a supergroup, featuring not only…

Superchunk with Waxahatchee at Mohawk: Live Review

It’s below freezing in Austin, Texas on a mid-week night. Tomorrow morning, public schools, colleges, even the city’s official offices will be closed. But you don’t care, because you’re indie-rock giants Superchunk. A…

Album Review: I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro

I still remember the first time I listened to the song “Winter Beats” by Swedish dream-pop band I Break Horses; I was only just discovering indie music then and its icy, synth-driven cascade…

She Sir Shares Shimmering “Kissing Can Wait” Ahead of New LP

Austin band She Sir’s new song “Kissing Can Wait” is a reverbed wash of guitars with a glittering shimmer of twinkling notes laid on top. The band blends 90s shoegaze sensibilities with an…

New Austin Band Genuine Leather Shares “The Enemy”

It has never been production that makes a song great. Sure, there are bands that are built almost entirely on sound quality, and production emphasis can be almost necessary for the aesthetic of some…

Jorge Elbrose (Ariel Pink + Jorge Elbrecht) Release Video for “Called to Ring”

Last fall, stalwart indie label Mexican Summer released a book commemorating their 5th anniversary. The 10″ record that accompanied the extensive history of the label and the artist contributions of its roster included…

Owen Pallett to Release New LP In Conflict, Shares Album Trailer

Multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett is known for his intensely layered music that blends lush organic sounds with beautiful electronics. On May 13th, Domino will release his newest LP titled In Conflict. The record is purported…

Video: Nostalghia – “Cool for Chaos”

Falling somewhere in the wheelhouse of Dresden Dolls or CocoRosie, Nostalghia is a gritty art rock project that embraces oddity and theatrics. The projects central figure Ciscandra Nostalghia considers herself an artist in many…

The 2014 Austin Music Blogger Awards

The Austin Music Blogger Awards is a partnership between Austin’s music blogger community and the nonprofit organization Austin Music People. The event will take place on Thursday, February 27th at Spider House Ballroom and…

Show Preview: Superchunk with Waxahatchee at Mohawk Thursday, February 6th

Superchunk and Waxahatchee make something of an unexpected touring combination, but that only means you’ll get to see two great yet divergent bands on Thursday night at the Mohawk. 90’s power pop legends…

St. Vincent Shares Video for “Digital Witness”

St. Vincent is firing on all fronts. The production for her new song “Digital Witness” is astonishing–captivating pans and layers of instrumentation. The influence of David Byrne is obvious in the song’s disjointed,…

The Men Share Two New Songs From Tomorrow’s Hits LP

The Men are exploring America’s musical landscape. When the Brooklyn-based band burst onto the scene in 2011 with the release of their second album, they were pumping out abrasive, caustic punk rock. After…

Mutual Benefit at The Mohawk with Poppy Red: Live Review

I’m still in a stage of shock regarding Mutual Benefit. At the band show on Friday night at the Mohawk I could do little more than smile as watched transfixed. The show took…

Video: Architecture In Helsinki – “Dream A Little Crazy”

Seeing a new Architecture In Helsinki video was something of a nostalgic experience for me, since I haven’t been attuned to the band’s work in something like six or seven years. In this…

All Girl Band Habibi Shares “I Got the Moves” From New LP

Our buds Austin Town Hall already had this track for you last week, but we thought it was so catchy we had to share it with you, too. Habibi, an all girl band from NYC…

Jess Williamson Album Release Show at Hotel Vegas: Live Review

Last week, Austin songwriter Jess Williamson released her new LP Native State and celebrated the occasion with a show at Hotel Vegas on Thursday night. The album, which you can read about here, is released on…

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