June 2017

The Wimps Make Austin Debut at Cheer Up Charlies

“We wimpin’?!” yelled Cameron Bina of Strange Mother during the band’s opening set at Cheer Up Charlies last weekend. He was referring to Seattle-based touring band the Wimps, who headlined the show. The…

The Districts Bring Incredible Live Show to Sidewinder Tuesday 6/27

Back in March of 2014, The Districts performed to a fairly full indoor room at Stubb’s, touring ahead of their quietly powerful breakout album, A Flourish and a Spoil. The band has continued to rise in…

Show Review: Aldous Harding’s Transfixing Set at Mohawk

Aldous Harding is the kind of artist you just can’t brush aside. Her songs are haunting and penetrating. They hang around like a low, gray cloud cover, blanketing everything in a soft, diffuse…

BOOHER Celebrates Vinyl Release at Cheer Up Charlies Saturday

Mixing vulnerable lyricism with big rock musicianship and careful flourishes, BOOHER makes songs that are immediately likable and yield greater nuance with repeat listens. Behind the music is Michael Booher, who’s been making…

Sound on Sound Fest Unveils Phenomenal 2017 Lineup

The best festivals are carefully curated to deliver a diverse, no-fluff lineup, distinct from the regurgitated roster that makes the festival circuit rounds. Sound on Sound Fest launched last year, pulling together a pretty…

Wimps Play Cheer Up Charlies Sunday 6/18

Masters of awkward pop. Purveyors of no-frills punk. Ambassadors of lo-fi rock. However you want to describe Seattle band Wimps, there’s a lot to love about this trio. Carrying the torch of the style…

Photo Gallery: RG Lowe Celebrates Album with a Pool Party

It’s early summer in Austin. And if you’re RG Lowe, you’ve got a brilliant idea for a different approach to an album release party. Forget the hot, sweaty bars, and let’s hit the…

Arcade Fire Share Second Track From Everything Now

With their fifth studio album due out for the first time on a major label, Capitol, Arcade Fire continue their trajectory to becoming the most iconic rock band of a generation. The group…

Photo Gallery: Big Bill Residency at The Electric Church

Those in the know have heard by now that Austin weird-rockers Big Bill are hosting a residency every Friday in June at The Electric Church. The band brings along a trio of openers for each…

Aldous Harding Brings Powerful, Austere Pop to Mohawk Monday 6/19

Last month, rising artist Aldous Harding released her sophomore album, Party, which has already garnered high praise from a variety of outlets. Emphasizing an austere, hushed vocal style and restrained, minimal arrangements, Harding’s gothic pop…

Big Bill Host Second Friday Residency at Electric Church Tomorrow

It’s no secret that we love weird rock saviors Big Bill here at Pop Press International. We’re not alone, as East Austin venue Electric Church has invited the band to host a residency every…

Hear Mellow, Wavering Track “North of Anywhere” from Jack Cooper

Opening with a wavering, watery guitar chord and maintaining a mellow, fluid mood, “North of Anywhere,” the new single from Jack Cooper, meanders through soulful guitar parts and brushed snare with a nonchalance that…

Japanese Breakfast Shares Second Song from Upcoming Album

Japanese Breakfast is poised to completely reinvent the sound musician Michelle Zauner established on her debut album, Psychopomp. Instead of catchy, shimmering pop, “Boyish,” the second song shared from upcoming album Soft Sounds From Another…

Phoebe Bridgers Signs to Dead Oceans; Hear “Smoke Signals” Now

A few weeks ago when we saw Conor Oberst at the Moody Theater, we were impressed by the restrained yet powerful songwriting and excellent vocal abilities of opener Phoebe Bridgers. Which is why we…

RG Lowe Album Release and Pool Party at Austin Motel Tonight

I can’t imagine anything better you’re doing on the first Friday of a hot Texas June weekend than having a pool party with RG Lowe. The longtime member of Balmorhea celebrates his first solo…

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