April 2014

Mirror Travel Shares Video for “Mexico,” Plays Psych Fest Saturday

Okay so we have a mega crush on Mirror Travel. We put them on our list of 11 bands you should see at Austin Psych Fest, happening this weekend, and we’ve written about…

FPSF Announces Lineup Additions Including Twin Shadow & Houston Rap Supergroup

Yesterday, we brought you our heartfelt list of why we love FPSF. No one should need another reason to attend such a great festival, but FPSF is giving you one anyway. Recently, the…

New Track: Grand Cousin – “Oxygen”

Grand Cousin creates flowing pop rooted in frontman Henry Hall’s smooth vocals, which are bolstered by wavering guitars and rolling percussion. The group shares some sensibilities with Grizzly bear or early Midlake (remember…

UK Psych Pop Band Toy Shares New Video, Plays Psych Fest

UK Psych pop outfit Toy has shared a new video to correspond with their US tour, which includes a date at Austin Psych Fest this weekend. The band plays the Levitation Tent at…

Album Review: RF Shannon – Hunting Songs (Pop Press Pick)

RF Shannon must’ve been born at some pre-dawn hour—those long, slow hours where minutes tick away like lingering drips from a leaky faucet. The Texas air is thick and humid. The roar of…

Album Review: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter the Slasher House

With so much hype surrounding Avey Tare’s new band, it would easy to disappoint and fall below expectations. The bar has been set high with Animal Collective’s reputation. However, with Enter the Slasher House…

Punctum Records Announces Lost Weekend in NYC

We’ve been praising the work Punctum Records has been doing since their inception. Although they have worked extensively with Austin artists, the label’s origins tie back to the Punctum Books imprint, rooted in Brooklyn. During…

Wild Moccasins Bring Energetic Pop to Holy Mountain

Other than each band consisting of four men and one woman, Wild Moccasins and Lost in the Trees couldn’t be any more different from each other. On tour for their second album, 88…

Album Review: Elephant – Sky Swimming

Elephant’s debut album Sky Swimming features pop roots and a mellow vibe, generated by duo Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck. The two formed Elephant three years ago and have been creating notable music…

Album Review: Nat Baldwin – In the Hollows

Nat Baldwin’s upcoming release, In the Hollows, is an avant-garde approach to the man meets acoustic tradition. The album remains saturated with emotional depth, but instead of concentrating all his sound into one…

Five Reasons to Kick-off Your Summer with FPSF

– 1. The Lineup Year after year, I’m impressed by FPSF’s lineup. This festival, along with Austin Psych Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest, possess some of the remaining shreds of authenticity in…

11 Bands You Should See At Austin Psych Fest

This baby goes to 11. I think we’ve made that joke before, but with a festival as high-energy as Austin Psych Fest is sure to be, the reference seems apt. Austin Psych Fest…

Beck ACL Taping: Live Review

Since an Austin City Limits Taping becomes a permanent document as a television episode that eventually will be released on a DVD, I assumed that Beck’s set last night would be a greatest…

Album Review: WOODS – With Light and With Love

Last year’s Bend Beyond was great without qualification. Still, that album can now be seen as a clear forerunner, a first run at a stylistic range, for WOODS’ new album With Light and…

Cloud Nothings and The Men Destroy Mohawk: Live Review

Pop Press International talked about this show quite a bit leading up to it, and have been proclaiming the greatness of both Cloud Nothings and The Men for a good while. The Men’s…

Album Review: Withered Hand – New Gods

Looking at the expansive horizon of electronic music that dominates popular music with seemingly endless references to decades and trends that spiral into a feedback loop of self-referential bologna, artists like Withered Hand,…

Fun Fun Fun Fest Launches Guess the Fest!

Fun Fun Fun Fest is our favorite festival, hands down. These guys always do it right, and we’re already pumped for what they have in store for 2014. This year’s fest will take place…

New Song from Little Majorette & Pontus Winnberg – “Wonder”

Since Lykke Li launched her label (say that ten times fast) INGRID, I’ve seen far less press about it than I expected. This week, the label released a new track, “Wonder,” from Swedish…

Vampire Weekend with Wild Cub at Stubb’s: Live Review

Perhaps more so than any band currently making music, Vampire Weekend has found universal acclaim, both winning the hearts of indie bloggers everywhere and beginning to reach newfound mainstream success by bagging a…

Beat Heavy for the Uninitiated: Phantogram & TEEN Live at Stubb’s

In the spirit of transparency, let me start by saying that I wrote Phantogram off last March after listening to their music exactly zero times. It was the height of the Fader Fort-fueled,…

Future Islands’ Unforgettable Show at Mohawk: Live Review

When I left Future Islands’ sold out show at Mohawk on Wednesday night, I knew that the possibilities of my life were limitless. In the last couple of years, I’ve been to some…

Knifight and Ed Schreader’s Music Beat Opened for Future Islands at Mohawk

I was so floored by Future Islands performance on Wednesday that I dedicated a post exclusively to the show rather than doing a recap and discussing openers. However, I was also thoroughly impressed…

Wild Cub Opens for Vampire Weekend Tonight & Tomorrow at Stubb’s

Upbeat indie pop outfit Wild Cub will open for Vampire Weekend for two nights at Stubb’s tonight and tomorrow. The group shares some sensibilities with the headliners but their music also possess an…

Owen Pallett Shares Video “Song for Five & Six” Ahead of New Album

Ballet feels like an appropriate visual component to accompany the sounds of experimental pop violinist Owen Pallett. Like ballet dancers and ballet itself, Pallett’s music is graceful, beautiful, dexterous and powerful. The video…

Damien Jurado Performs Intimate Solo Set at Red 7: Live Review

Although Damien Jurado’s newest record features layers of lush, dense instrumentation, his set at Red 7 last night treated long-time fans to an incredibly intimate solo set. Jurado played alone with an acoustic…

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra Gets Metaphysically Philosophical at Mohawk

You should have been there, and there’s a good chance you weren’t. I’ve written before about just how many shows occur each night in Austin, but this week may take the cake. Last…

Löwin & A. Sinclair to Play After Show Following Future Islands Tonight

We’ve been meaning to write about both Löwin and A. Sinclair for a while now, so what better occasion than a bill featuring both of these new acts? The show will take place…

Show Preview: Future Islands at Mohawk Wednesday, April 23rd

Future Islands have exploded in the last few months. The buzz surrounding the band permeated the week of SXSW, and the band made their network television debut with David Letterman last month. The…

Enter to Win Passes to the ACL Taping for Beck

Beck is one of those artists that flies under the radar for a period of time, but he always emerges, and when he does, he usually completely takes over the current conversation in…

The National’s First Night at ACL Live

I’ve been looking forward to this show for a long time; it has been on my radar since the second and third nights were announced. The National’s High Violet is a masterpiece, but I’m in…

Damien Jurado Brings His Beautiful Sounds to Red 7 Tomorrow

I love Damien Jurado’s new album. This week is packed with great shows. Perhaps you already know about The National, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra, Phantogram, and Vampire Weekend, and we’ll definitely be…

101X Homegrown Live with Ume, Megafauna, Black Books, Young Tongue: Live Review

101X continues to celebrate local live music by assembling stellar bills with some of the city’s best bands. Last month was a bill featuring The Tontons, Good Field, Speak, and Slomo Drags. This…

Instrumental Pop Band Chipper Jones at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review & Photos

After we caught the Attendance Records benefit show at Holy Mountain, we were able to swing by Cheer Up Charlies to catch the tail end of a set by instrumental pop act Chipper…

Hello Wheels, El Campo, and RF Shannon Play Attendance Records Benefit: Live Review

Austin nonprofit organization Attendance Records does the important work of teaching high school students about music, its industry and its creation. This includes everything from album artwork to songwriting to recording. With ever…

Album Review: TEEN – The Way and the Color

TEEN’s second full-length LP, The Way and Color, strays far from the work of other all-girl bands. The eccentric and psychedelic tunes make TEEN’s music difficult to classify into a single genre. From…

Flume at Emo’s: The Burgeoning Genre of EDM

Electronic Dance Music continues to increase In popularity as electronic producers garner headlining spots at festivals and hold top slots on radio charts. The world of indie rock still remains a little aloof,…

Show Preview: Ume, Megafauna, Black Books, & Young Tongue 101X Homegrown at Mohawk

Tomorrow night is going to rock. 101X Homegrown Live, under the direction of tastemaker Deidre Gott, has been putting together some amazing bills as of late. We had a blast at their recent…

Alex Cameron Shares Fantastic New Song “Mongrel”

Alex Cameron’s “Mongrel” is one of the most exciting we’ve heard in some months. The song, which channels great songwriters like Scott Walker and Jarvis Cocker, is simple and fresh both musically and…

Voxtrot’s Ramesh to Release Solo Album via Austin Town Hall

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing that Voxtrot had never dissolved, now you can practically satiate any lament with the musical output of its members. Core members Jason Chronis and Matt Simon have…

Album Review: Temples – Sun Structures

Did LSD bring out more music or did the music bring about more LSD? With Foxygen, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Melody’s Echo Chamber and a slew of other similarly grounded groups on…

Dana Falconberry Shares 2nd Jim Eno Collaboration “Seven Hills”

We recently posted and wrote about Dana Falconberry’s collaboration with Spoon drummer Jim Eno for a 12″ single, Public Hi-Fi Sessions No. 2, which is due out this Saturday for Record Store Day. Today,…

Kairos Covers Kanye West’s “Street Lights”

We were pretty stunned by the debut track from La Luz bassist Lena Simon’s project Kairos. Recently, Kairos shared a new recording of a cover of Kanye West’s “Street Lights,” from his ablum 808s…

Parquet Courts Feature Sunbathing Animal in Video for “Sunbathing Animal”

Rambling punk rockers Parquet Courts have released a new video for “Sunbathing Animal,” a track that will appear on their forthcoming effort of the same name, set for a June 3rd release date…

Tomboy Debut’s New Video “Roll Out”

The duo comprised of Sarah Aument and William Shore will release their debut EP this summer and have shared an initial track and video from that forthcoming release. “Roll Out” is a sparse, synth…

Growl, Mole People, Party Girl, & Those Howlings at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

We adored the old Cheer Up Charlies. And while the east side locale will always hold a special place in our hearts, there’s no denying how completely awesome the new space is. In…

The National Comes to Austin for Three Nights at ACL Live

While I highly doubt anyone reading this blog is being informed for the first time that The National will be in Austin for three nights next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at ACL Live,…

Post Rock Band Chipper Jones Video Premiere: “amarillo/headrush”

Although Austin is not a city known for its experimental pop and instrumental post-rock, such as that created by duo Chipper Jones, the genre does have a presence and a precedent in this…

Mother Falcon Signs to Punctum Records

We’ve been touting the quality of Punctum Records over the last couple of months–telling you that the label continues to sign some of Austin’s best artists, that the label has accomplished an impressive…

Electronic Musician Flume Plays Emo’s Tonight

EDM continues to grow in popularity both within mainstream culture as well as in the world of independent music. Australian electronic music producer Flume is a name at the top of the pack…

Mac DeMarco at Mohawk with Juan Wauters & Que Pasa: Live Review

As Mac DeMarco’s show grew nearer, my amazement increased at just how many people wanted to attend the sold out event. DeMarco’s records, including his most recent, Salad Days, have been well received and…

Album Review: Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Contrary to belief, you DO make friends with salad. If Bart Simpson grew up to form a band, no one could better compare than Mac DeMarco. Both children of the 90’s with a knack for…

Speak’s Joey Delahoussaye & Battle Bend Share Stage at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

My Saturday was full of all kinds of quiet, introspective music. Before seeing Reservations and Sarah Neufeld, I stopped by Cheer Up Charlies to see a set by Speak’s Joey Delahoussaye & Battle Bend,…

Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) with Reservations at Lambert’s: Live Review

Arcade Fire practically took over Austin last week. After the band performed two shows, one official show and one as cover band Phi Slamma Jamma, last Thursday night, another member of the band,…

Arcade Fire Members Played Continental Club as Phi Slamma Jamma Last Night

Last night, following Arcade Fire’s outstanding show at Austin 360 Amphitheater, core members of the band headed over to Continental Club for an intimate show. Frontman Win Butler got the night started by…

Arcade Fire at Austin 360 Amphitheater: Live Review

Arcade Fire have become one of rock music’s most celebrated and well-known bands. A feat they’ve accomplished while remaining relatively obscure (as far as world-renowned bands go) and, more importantly, remaining true to…

Show Preview: Mac DeMarco Brings Laid-Back Psych Pop to Mohawk

I’m pumped about this Mac DeMarco show. The last two times I’ve seen the lackadaisical psych pop guitarist have been at a SXSW event and at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Don’t get me…

Local Natives at Stubb’s: Live Review

I’ve seen Local Natives live several times now, and I’ve enjoyed each show so much that they’ve attained a status as one of my favorite acts to see live. Their performances reflect their…

Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld Plays Lambert’s Friday April 11th

If you’re even slightly a fan of music, you’re probably aware that Arcade Fire will pass through Austin for a show this Thursday April 10th. However, you may not know that one of…

S. Carey, White Hinterland, & Dana Falconberry at Holy Mountain: Review & Photos

Monday night at Holy Mountain featured a Secretly Canadian double header with SC artist and Bon Iver member S. Carey headlining, and SC sister label Dead Oceans artist White Hinterland offering support. In…

Equals Celebrates Album Release April 11th at Empire Control Room, Hear “Glistener” Now

Instrumental rock band Equals will celebrate the release of their new album Tracts with a show on April 11th at Empire Control Room. The album is full of multi-layered, finely textured instrumental pop tunes…

Arcade Fire Plays Austin 360 Circuit of the Americas This Thursday

With the bands we cover on Pop Press International, it’s rare that we have any incentive to make a trip to Austin’s enormous new amphitheater venue at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack….

Local Natives Cover Johnny Cash, Play Stubb’s in Austin Tomorrow Night

The last time I saw Local Natives was at the Moody Theater for their Austin City Limits taping. It was the fourth time I had seen the band, and easily the best. The…

Tele Novella at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

Saturday night, Tele Novella celebrated the release of their new single, “Trouble in Paradise.” Over the last two weeks, we already brought you coverage of the A-side and the B-side, so you already…

White Denim & Cass McCombs at Stubb’s: Live Review

When I first saw that Cass McCombs would be opening for White Denim in Austin, I thought the bill was a bit strange. Last night, although both artists played solid sets, my initial…

Archie Bronson Outfit Shares Video for “We Are Floating” Ahead of New LP

Ahead of their fourth record for Domino Records, British rock band Archie Bronson Outfit has released a video for album track “We Are Floating.” The band follows in the footsteps of 90s indie…

Show Preview: S. Carey, White Hinterland, & Dana Falconberry at Holy Mountain April 7th

Listen, you’re going to need a nap Monday after work, because on Monday night, you’re going to have to be at Holy Mountain. The bill is simply too damned good. Headlining the evening…

Album Review: White Hinterland – Baby

White Hinterland’s new album Baby, out this week on Dead Oceans, is a genre-transcendent feat of genius, fusing R&B, electronic pop, and piano balladry. At times, the record’s aural components are remarkably straightforward,…

Alex Napping at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

We’ve seen Alex Cohen perform a solo set before, but her set on Monday night at Cheer Up Charlies with her full band showcased a wholly different project. Onstage, all four member of…

Tele Novella Shares New Track “Coat-Tail Rider”

It is happening for this band, and I couldn’t be happier. The raw talent in the lineup of Tele Novella is staggering—the group’s songwriting and instrumentation embody the highest quality indie pop. Jason…

Bagheera Shares Twin Shadow Produced Track “Say Anything”

Electronic musician and Red Bull Sound Select artist Bagheera has released a new track, “Say Anything,” which is a collaboration with Twin Shadow and features D’Angelo Lacy on vocals. On the track, upbeat…

Contest: Win Tickets to Cloud Nothings and The Men at Mohawk April 26th

Cloud Nothings and The Men on the same stage. Who says wishes don’t come true. And I’ll be many of you are feeling the same way. Both bands create powerful and gritty punk-leaning…

Contest: Win Tickets to Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra at Mohawk April 22nd

When I discovered A Silver Mt. Zion circa 2002, I was immediately hooked. Off kilter orchestral music that simultaneously embraced beauty and sorrow while challenging the paradigm of rock music—the band was definitely…

Craft Spells Shares Track from Forthcoming LP Nausea

Craft Spells has announced a new LP Nausea, set for a June 10th release on the Captured Tracks label. From that album, the group has shared a new track, “Breaking the Angle Against…

MARYANN Shares Video for “Shifting Ground,” Celebrates CD Release April 16th at CUC

Austin band MARYANN has played a slew of shows over the past year, gaining notoriety in the local music community. This month, they will unveil Wylie, the full-length album they’ve been hard at work…

Slomo Drags Releases Self-titled EP

We really enjoyed seeing Slomo Drags last weekend at the most recent installment of 101X Homegrown Live. The band has followed up that great show with the release of a self-titled EP, streaming…

Donovan Blanc Signs to Captured Tracks, Shares “Minha Menina”

New Jersey duo Donovan Blanc has signed to Captured Tracks, announced the forthcoming release of a full-length album, and shared from that album a new track, “Minha Menina.” The song features layers of…

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