March 2014

Show Preview: White Denim and Cass McCombs at Stubb’s

Writing about Cass McCombs is always hard for me. I feel like I can’t ever contain in a post or even in words how much I love McCombs’ contribution to music over the…

Pop Press INTL. Founder Bryan Parker Launches Print Journal True Sincerity

It definitely feels odd, perhaps even seedy, to write a post about yourself in the third person. So, past the above headline, I’m coming clean with you. After working on Pop Press International…

Sun Club Shares Track from EP Out Now

Baltimore’s Sun Club has shared “Cheeba Swiftkick” from their new EP Dad Claps at the Mom Prom, out now on Goodnight Records. The song is built on subtle melodic shifts, distortion, and strained vocals….

Live Review: The Tontons, Speak, Good Field, & Slomo Drags 101X Homegrown Show

101x’s Homegrown Live program, under the management of Deidre Gott, does a great job bringing together a bill of strong local acts ranging in notoriety. Due in part to its radio connections, the…

Our Best Live Photos from Buku 2014

We had a blast in New Orleans at Buku Music + Art Project, a young festival that has begun to transcend its roots as an EDM festival and branch out to include a…

The 5 Best Moments at Buku 2014

If our two articles recapping Buku 2014 were simply too much to sort through, we’re bringing you an abbreviated list of our five favorite moments from the young New Orleans festival. 1) The…

Live Review: The Districts with Young Tongue at Stubb’s

Fat Possum, one of independent music’s most stalwart labels, has a roster full of distinct artists. When I heard The Districts, I was a little perplexed. The band sounded good enough–gritty folk rock…

Show Review: Mother Falcon Performs Ok Computer at Spiderhouse Ballroom

A cover is one thing, but orchestral arrangements for the entirety of one of rock music’s most beloved albums is a separate feat altogether. Orchestral, chamber rock band Mother Falcon set out to…

Show Preview: The Tontons Headline 101X Homegrown Live Saturday 3/29 at Scoot Inn

We’ve done everything we can to display our love for the Tontons over the last couple of years as the band has risen steadily in popularity and matured musically. However, that’s not going…

Show Preview: ODESZA at Stubb’s Saturday 3/29

Increasingly, the world of EDM merges with the world of independent rock as festivals readily welcome both genres of musicians and electronic producers remix songs by respected indie artists. A fine line exists…

Buku Music + Art Project Day 2 Recap

After an excellent first day of music that proved Buku has transcended a one-dimensional identity as an EDM festival, I was even more excited about the second day, especially the impending performance by…

You’re Here! Recapitulation OR Why Lady Gaga is Wrong

We liked Punctum Records label owner Dan Rudmann’s comments about our joint event in early March, You’re Here!, so much that we asked if we could feature his article on our own site….

Tele Novella to Release New 7″ “Trouble in Paradise”

Tele Novella has yet to release an album or even an EP, but they’re quickly becoming one of Austin’s most talked about bands. The group is currently out on tour and has just…

Sylvan Esso Releases “Coffee” Video, Tours with tUnE-yArDs

Watching people dance makes me wanna get up and dance, so I’m resisting all impulses to jump up and cut a rug and instead tell you about this new video from Sylvan Esso….

Show Preview: The Districts Play Stubb’s Tonight

The Districts released their debut EP on Fat Possum in January; the self-titled effort featured rootsy rock that moved from somber to frenetic as evidenced on the track “Funeral Beds.” Steady kick drum…

Mother Falcon Performs Ok Computer Tonight & Tomorrow Night at Spiderhouse Ballroom

Orchestral, chamber rock outfit Mother Falcon’s covers of Radiohead’s classic album Ok Computer have become staples in their transcendent live performances. Tonight and tomorrow night, the 20-piece band is giving fans two more chances…

RF Shannon Releases Hunting Songs, Plays Cheer Up Charlies Thursday

Last week, we brought you coverage of RF Shannon’s excellent album release show at Mohawk. Today is the official release date for the band’s album Hunting Songs, available for purchase now at Punctum Records’…

Buku Music + Art Project Day 1 Recap

When Buku announced their initial lineup featuring The Flaming Lips, Nas, Sleigh Bells, Generationals, Chance the Rapper, and Dan Deacon, I was immediately on board. The festival has taken further steps to fuse…

SXSW Coverage: Secretly Canadian Label Group Showcase

Sometimes I wonder about other people’s SXSW planning habits . I usually sort the showcases by venue. It gives me an idea of how far I’ll need to walk if I’m bouncing around…

Dana Falconberry Shares New Single “Palmless” From Sessions with Jim Eno

Skittering, electronic beats run the length of Dana Falconberry’s new single, “Palmless,” which is a product of a series of sessions with Spoon drummer Jim Eno and will be featured on a 12″…

Watch Matthew Squires Perform Show to an Adoring Crowd of Mannequins

I like what Matthew Squires is doing. Squires creates nasally, off-kilter acoustic pop songs that embrace the complexity of life, tackling terror and joy head-on. His songs are catchy and cute, but more…

Hear a Track from La Luz Bassist Lena Simon’s Project Kairos

A little before SXSW hit, I got an email from a publicist about Kairos, the project of La Luz’s new bassist Lena Simon. I actually bookmarked the email and planned to write a…

Live Review: RF Shannon Album Release Show With David Longoria, Canvas People at Mohawk

Whether a result of a recent tour, the many shows played in SXSW’s single week, or just the excitement of celebrating the release of their new album, the fact remains that RF Shannon…

Album Review: New Bums – Voices in a Rented Room

The compilation Ben Chasney and Donovan Quinn create as New Bums on their debut album, Voices in a Rented Room is as well matched as stale cigarettes and a heavy pour of whiskey…

Our Best Photos from SXSW 2014

Here’s a gallery of our favorite photos from 2014. All images © Bryan Parker & Pop Press International. Click any image to open in slideshow viewer.  

SPIN Stubb’s Party at SXSW 2014

For the past half decade or so, I’ve made a conscious effort to get ahold of one of the coveted SPIN laminates to attend their annual SXSW party held at Austin institution Stubb’s….

The Five Best Things I Saw at SXSW

Between planning an epic two day party and launching a quarterly print journal, True Sincerity, my SXSW was less packed with bands than it has been in almost a decade. That said, we…

Feverbones Announces & Releases Debut EP on Punctum Records Today

It’s a spring surprise. In one sudden move, Austin trio Feverbones, comprised of Abram Shook (The Great Nostalgic, The Low Lows, Shearwater), Matthew Shepherd (Dana Falconberry), and Christopher Cox (Dana Falconberry, The Lovely Sparrows)…

Album Review: The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits (Pop Press Pick)

Unlike other varieties of bears, polar bears are nomadic, moving from food source to food source, forsaking territory in favor of satiating their appetite. The Men are like that, and they still aren’t…

Daniel Francis Doyle’s “It’s Work” Video Stars Cast of Austin Musician

Daniel Francis Doyle is the kind of guy who sets out on tour via Greyhound Bus with just a guitar. His quirky songs are simultaneously charming, infectious, and challenging as his delightful melodies…

The Pixies at Austin Music Hall with Best Coast: Live Review

The Pixies played “Cactus” third. “Bone Machine,” “Wave of Mutilation,” and then “Cactus.” If that fact means nothing to you, it’s likely you were never as completely obsessed and dedicated to the music…

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