August 2014

Show Preview: Bishop Allen at Holy Mountain Saturday Night

I’ve been a fan ever since a friend put a Bishop Allen song from Charm School, their first album, on a mix CD for me. I listened to all of the songs from their EP…

Album Review: Bishop Allen – Lights Out

Bishop Allen hasn’t released an album since 2009. Their newest effort, Lights Out, dropped via Dead Oceans earlier this week. “Start Again” and “Why I Had to Go,” the album’s first two songs,…

Allah-Las Crafty New ‘Buffalo Nickel’ Video

With Allah-Las’ video for their latest single “Buffalo Nickel” from their upcoming album Worship the Sun, every listener, near and far, is invited to join them on a time-traveling voyage back to 1967 – under…

Cinema East Screens Final Summer Film, The Heart Machine

Cinema East’s summer series has included a run of phenomenal films, viewed on French Legation’s lush lawn beneath the Texas night sky. If you’ve attended any of them, I probably don’t need to…

Austin Music People’s United We Jam 2014 Dominates Downtown this Weekend

– We were proud to partner with Austin Music People last year for the first annual Austin Music Blogger Awards. Austin is lucky to have an organization of people devoted to handling the…

If You Like Mineral, You’ll Love The Parking Lot

Yesterday, The Austin Chronicle published an article about Mineral reuniting. It’s fair to say that people are pretty stoked about Mineral’s reunion and upcoming performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Tonight, there’s a must-see…

Suspirians Celebrate Album Release at The Lost Well

We’re not the only ones who think Suspirians are great; we were happy to se the band show up on Do 512’s list of five bands you should be listening to right now….

Cool Off At Float Fest This Sunday

I love new ideas. The creators of Float Fest are giving you an opportunity to experience music in tandem with cooling off while floating the river. If you’re going to have a music…

Show Preview: Christian Lee Hutson at Holy Mountain Tonight

Solid sonic textures, a dash of grit, and embellishments such as faraway whistles and multi-tracked vocals make Christian Lee Hutson’s song “Ghost to Coast” convincing and endearing. The song feels like Wilco at…

Show Preview: Jamie XX at Mohawk Tonight

If you xx die-hard fans are looking for a way to tide yourselves over during the long stretches of time between the band’s trips to Texas, you should be at Jamie xx’s Mohawk…

Watch: Patch – “Who Will I Dream?”

Built on accordion, tambourine, and acoustic guitars, Austin band Patch’s song “Who Will I Dream?” is a boozy, late-night, lover’s lament. The song’s narrator pines the departure of a loved one, ensuring us that…

Dear Someone: For the Sake of the Song

Walker Lukens is a musician living and working in Austin, Texas. His latest album is called Devoted. His advice column Dear Someone runs semimonthly on Pop Press International. You can send in your own inquiries by emailing…

Versus Project Showcases Local Band Collaboration at Scoot Inn: Live Review

For months, we’ve been telling you about The Versus Project — an ambitious collaboration between some of Austin’s best bands that resulted in the release of a six disc box set of EPs…

Blood, Sweat, and Cheers with Night Beats at Red Bull Sound Select Showcase

More than once, I’ve written about Red Bull Sound Select‘s ability to book killer shows. The corporate-backed music series refuses to stick to one venue, one city, or even one genre. Red Bull…

Tinnarose Preps LP; Plays Stubb’s Saturday

Austin folk pop band Tinnarose will release their new eponymous LP next Tuesdeay via Nine Mile Records. The band creates layered folk pop that employs both sunny riffs and crunchy guitar tones while…

Watch the Trailer for Scott Walker and Sun O)))’s Collaborative Album

I’m not sure that there will be a time when we can remember the fact that Scott Walker and Sun O))) once worked together on an album, because it’s likely upon the release of…

Seattle Band S Releases Second Single from Forthcoming Cool Choices LP

We were excited when we heard the news that Carissa’s Wierd (yes spelled that way) member Jenn Ghetto had plans to release new material from her new(ish) band S. The first single had us…

Utopiafest Releases Schedule, Hosts Pre-Party Tonight

We’ve already told you about what a magical experience Utopiafest can be, as well as that the lineup this year is stellar. If you, like us, already have plans to attend, you’ll be…

The Versus Project feat. Borrisokane, Young Tongue, & Knifight Live at Scoot Inn on Saturday

We couldn’t be more excited about seeing a live incarnation of the bands who participated in The Versus Project. We’ve written about it time and time again, even premiered a track or two,…

Sylvan Esso with Dana Buoy at Emo’s: Live Review

In light of Sylvan Esso’s outstanding debut effort as well as the quality repertoire of Akron/Family and member Dana Buoy’s solid new solo recordings, Sunday night’s double-bill at Emo’s stood out as a…

The Mole People Celebrate Lost Age LP Release at Spiderhouse

Lost Age isn’t just the title of The Mole People’s excellent new album, out last week on Punctum Records, it’s a holistic philosophy. The bands–Big Bill, Those Howlings, and The Mole People–that played…

Donate to Austin Musician Andrew Collins, Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Austin musician Andrew Collins was in a serious motorcycle accident on Tuesday, and is currently in a coma. Collins is best known as the vocalist for Austin bands including At All Cost, LAX, and Vegatron….

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) – EDJ

Eric D. Johnson is no stranger to the world of indie rock, collaborating with bands like the Shins, Califone, Vetiver, and his personal songwriting vehicle, the Fruit Bats. Leaving behind that moniker, Johnson (known solo…

Letting Up Despite Great Faults Release Neon at Holy Mountain: Live Review

Local synthpop dreampscape band Letting Up Despite Great Faults released their third LP Neon this past Saturday at Holy Mountain.  Supporting the band and filling out the rest of the superb lineup were Löwin, Whiite…

Vagabond Collective’s Summer Series Finale: Live Review

Last Saturday night, I got my sweat on as I jumped between the indoor and patio stages at Vagabond Collective’s final Summer Nights series at Empire Control Room.  Drinks were flowing and the…

Dear Someone: I’ve Been Known to Quiche and Tell

Walker Lukens is a musician living and working in Austin, Texas. His latest album is called Devoted. His advice column Dear Someone runs semimonthly on Pop Press International. You can send in your own inquiries by emailing…

The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) at Mohawk: Live Review

The Both, a collaborative project between accomplished songwriter Aimee Mann and alt-rock hero Ted Leo, brought not only their music but also their A-game stage banter to Mohawk’s outdoor stage last Wednesday night….

Vagabond Collective Hosts Summer Series Finale with Marmalakes & More

Vagabond is doing it big, y’all. The local art and music collective has already thrown several epic summer parties, some of which we wrote about. This final installment of their summer series boasts…

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down Make ACL Taping Debut

Following in the Footsteps of longtime collaborator Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down finally made their debut performance at Austin City Limits on Thursday evening. Thao Nguyen confidently…

Ultimate Painting Share New Track “Winter In Your Heart”

With its jangling guitars, mellow vocals channeling Lou Reed, and steady kick and snare drum beat, Ultimate Painting’s new track “Winter In Your Heart” is an immediately addicting track. It floats by effortlessly…

Sylvan Esso Bring Their Beats to Emo’s Sunday, August 17th

In case you missed our review, we are into Sylvan Esso’s debut record, which dropped earlier this year. We were also pretty enamored with the duo’s FPSF performance earlier in the summer. The pair employ buzzing,…

Album Review: The Mole People – Lost Age (Pop Press Pick)

The Mole People’s Lost Age has undeniably classic appeal—think early David Bowie or Blondie fronted by a charismatic and unhinged dude rather than Debbie Harry. Or if you want a (fittingly) less common…

Letting Up Despite Great Faults Celebrates Neon Release Saturday at Holy Mountain

We already wrote a bit about the new, beautiful, pristine, and shimmering synth pop tracks from Austin band Letting Up Despite Great Faults. Over the years, the group has continued to expand an incredibly…

Seattle Band iji Wows Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

I met Zach Burba on my recent trip to Seattle at a Lake / Bouquet show at Hollow Earth Radio. When I told Zach I was from Austin, he said he’d be playing…

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Collaboration The Both Comes to Mohawk on Wednesday

Although we live in an era of the revitalized music legend, where an extensive list of performers we never thought we’d see take the stage have relaunched careers, Ted Leo is one legend…

Album Review: Daniel Bachman – Orange Co. Serenade

Today we find ourselves in the sweat of Daniel Bachman’s newest work, Orange Co. Serenade, out on Asheville label, Bathetic Records. Known for its predilection to experimental music with a folk bent, Bachman…

NYC Band Little Cinema Shares “Diving Board” feat. Dana Falconberry

Although it may seem out of the blue for a little indie pop band based in Brooklyn to have so many Austin-centered components: the group’s first single was recorded here, at Deadly Sparrow Studios…

Show Preview: Alex Napping with iji at Cheer Up Charlies Tonight

The Stereogum premiere of Alex Napping‘s debut single “Weak Knees” made such a splash, we hardly need to tell you about it, but in case you somehow missed it, we’re sharing it with…

Song Premiere: Young Tongue’s “Matriarch” from The Versus Project

The Versus Project is going to be amazing. And that’s not a hard claim to make, since several songs have been shared from the forthcoming six-disc, six-band collaborative box set both on this…

Matthew Squires Performs Endearing Guitar Pop at Cheer Up Charlies

Although I’ve written about Matthew Squires and listened to his music, I had managed to be occupied during almost every show he’s played until this week at Cheer Up Charlies. As one would…

Roger Sellers Hosts Fundraiser for Debut Album

What I love most about Roger Sellers is his complex approach to making music. When I first saw his “Roger Sellers is not a DJ” tag line, I thought it was a wry…

Yonatan Gat’s Transfixing Show at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern

Yonatan Gat’s set at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern last week was a surprise musical miracle. Gat was a member of underground garage rock band Monotonix from Tel Aviv, Israel. I was clueless about Yonatan…

Maggie Bjorklund’s Spooky New Single “Missing At Sea”

Maggie Bjorklund will be releasing her second full-length album “Shaken” on Bloodshot Records October 14 here in the US.  The first track to be released from the album is spooky stomper “Missing At…

Wonders in the Hidden Cave of Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio

A tiny, narrow, urban grotto in Seattle’s Central District, serves as the home for Hollow Earth Radio, a young internet radio station committed to giving voices to underrepresented musical formats and artists, including…

Utopiafest Returns with Great Lineup, Provides Rare Festival Opporunity

I first attended Utopiafest three years ago for their third annual event. I had such a great experience that Pop Press International ponied up to be a sponsor the next year for a…

White Denim Make ACL Taping Debut

Monday night, your PPI correspondent had the privilege of seeing White Denim play the Moody Theater for an ACL taping.  More fortuitous was the fact that it was being broadcasted live to the…

Anacortes Unknown 2014 as Magical as Ever

Making the trek from Austin, TX to Anacortes, WA, each July has become an essential pilgrimage for me. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, hidden in the furthest northern reaches of Washington state,…

A Transcendent Weekend at Timber Outdoor Music Festival

After driving an hour east of Seattle, through beautiful country on highways lined by towering evergreen trees, parking the car, and loading down with the necessary gear for the weekend, we finally arrived…

Ruby the RabbitFoot at the Historic Scoot Inn: Live Review

Opening the night was Dollie Barnes, a four-piece from Waco led by the mighty Haley Barnes whose vocals run to an upper register with control and clarity like few I’ve seen in Austin….

Jad Fair Gets Weird in the Spiderhouse Ballroom

Jad Fair got weird on us Wednesday night, delivering a quick thirty minute set full of non sequiturs in musical form.  Fair sang about crushes on Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs,…

Boris at Mohawk: Live Review

Like any guy with a new baby, I found myself walking down Red River just as Boris strummed the first chords of their set. Late for the show. Which meant I’d missed Ceremony,…

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