January 2015

Dark Pop Band Bouquet Shares “Stacks on Stacks” From Upcoming EP

We’ve followed the career of California band Bouquet since before the existed. After her project The Finches came to a halt, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs took some time gathering her thoughts and forging a…

Jousting with Death at Young Tongue’s Album Release Show

Saturday night at Cheer Up Charlie’s served as the launchpad for Austin rockers Young Tongue to share their debut full-length with the world. The band recently released Death Rattle through Punctum Records, who…

Young Tongue Celebrates Death Rattle Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s

With the help of label Punctum Records and arts collective Raw Paw, Austin band Young Tongue will celebrate the release of their new album Death Rattle Saturday night at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Once known…

Mesmerized by Dana Falconberry & Adam Torres at Cactus Cafe: Live Review

I’ve said it so many times before, I’m running of ways to explain Dana Falconberry’s transcendent shows. Saturday night at the Cactus Cafe yielded yet another phenomenal performance from this experimental folk act….

Song Premiere: The Lonesome Heroes – “Long Time Coming”

Cosmic folk band The Lonesome Heroes are an Austin institution. Though they’ve made plenty of appearances alongside popular indie-rock bands on some of Austin’s most distinguished stages, their real claims to fame have…

Elisa Ambrogio Plays Beerland on Sunday in Support of New Album

You might recognize the name Elisa Ambrogio as a member of the Magik Markers, a prolific Connecticut-based band that toured with Sonic Youth and later released material on Thurston Moore’s label, Ecstatic Peace….

What A Strange Trip: PPI Does Free Week, Again

Saturday night, Pop Press International hosted our second Free Week show at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Their cozy interior was the ideal venue on a cold and rainy weekend evening. Familiar faces spotted the crowd…

Light In the Attic Shares Debut Album from Arthur

Like all of the label’s releases, Light in the Attic’s newest release has an incredible story. Dreams and Images, the debut album from an unassuming artist called Arthur, was released by Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label…

Feelin’ Shivery, Chipper, and Young at Spiderhouse

The third night of this year found me seeking solace between the warm velvet curtains of Spiderhouse Ballroom with Shivery Shakes, Chipper Jones, and Young Tongue. Two other bands, Yuma and Löwin shared the night’s bill, curated by Laurie Gallardo of…

The Day Sufjan Stevens and Mount Eerie Both Shared New Music and We Thought We’d Died

I’ve had an ongoing conversation with a few friends during which I attempt to convince them that some value lies in identifying contemporary music’s (still active) most creative voices. Often, this results in some…

Track Premiere: Francine Thirteen – “Queen Mary”

Skittering percussive clicks, periodic echoing handclap effects, and the occasional pulsing beat comprise the minimalistic soundscape on Francine Thirteen’s newest track, “Queen Mary.” Over these sounds, Francine sings in a high yet brooding…

No Digging Required to Find Local Gold at Empire Control Room

Seriously, no need for digging or camping out in makeshift shanties or hopping a train to a West Coast mining town–we’ve got local gold right here in our own backyard. Raw Paw has…

The Cost of Efficiency: Reflecting on Seeing The Blow

Without a doubt, computers have made our lives easier, more efficient, and more productive. The hours and effort saved by technological advances when quantified and totaled would surely yield staggering numbers. But does…

Ryley Walker’s Primrose Green Promises Vibrant, Blooming Songs

I’ve trusted Dead Oceans’ label owner Phil Waldorf’s music recommendations since he first sold me records in the early aughts from behind the counter at 33 Degrees, a since departed record store in…

12XU’s Punk Rock Values Demand Recognition

As a local music fan, I probably haven’t spent enough time at Beerland. As a music writer, I definitely haven’t spent enough time at Beerland. Luckily, 12XU exists as a shining beacon to…

Thanks for Free Week Partying with Us, Dudes!

Pop Press International alongside the Loyalty Firm presented a Free Week showcase at Austin’s own Holy Mountain this past Friday night. “Five of Austin’s raddest bands” performed, showing the packed venue some of the…

Free Week is Upon Us: Our Recommendations

Free Week in Austin serves to underscore the major problem with loving independent music and living here. If you’re a casual fan of music or a normal person capable of recognizing that one simply…

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