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Half Sour at Austin Town Hall

Another day, another hit from Jigsaw Records 2016 collection. This time out, we’ve got a tune from Boston’s Halfsour, bringing about a more ramshackle bit of power-pop. The track has an inner hook, but it’s coated in the way the vocals are delivered with a devil-may-care attitude; it even sounds like the tune was recorded live, giving it a punch that you don’t always get with perfected studio blends. They’ll be releasing their debut album on January 29th, and if you’re asking me, this song is one helluva way to kick things off. 

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Animal Daydream at Austin Town Hall

Having talked about Animal Daydream last year, it only makes sense that I give some love to their new single, “Citrus.” Well, that and it’s just a really great track looking back to a pure era in American songwriting…though the group hails from Sweden. Imagine finding yourself in Haight-Ashbury, slowly indulging in really warm harmonies and smooth Cali guitar sounds. It’s charming to say the least, but I love how some of the chords slide out in the latter half of the song, carrying you gently into the song’s bouncing closing moments. The Citrus EP will be one of the first new releases from our favorite label, Jigsaw Records, hitting in late January of next year.

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Stutter Steps, American Culture, Fireworks at Austin Town Hall

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Stutter Steps at Austin Town Hall

If I haven’t told you guys how much I cherish the new album from Stutter Steps then perhaps I’ve made a huge mistake. The self-titled record is one of the few records that came across my desk this year that just didn’t fit in with the normal fare…in a good way. On this new track, you get a nice male versus female duel on the vocals, almost so perfect in its execution that the tune could survive without music. But, there’s this jangling indie rock approach by the band, bringing the song forward and pushing the energy fully behind the vocals. You can grab this album next week fromWild Kindness Records…and you’ll be wise to do so.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Austin Town Hall

I’ve spent the last month listening to Antlered Aunt Lord and his new record Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire). While I already love many of the songs, it was the album that really burrowed into my soul. On one hand it has the oddity and the brevity of early Elf Power, but on the other hand I want to compare it to Nothing Wrong with Love (my favorite Built to Spill) record. It’s a listen that can’t be defined, that can’t be pigeonholed, only enjoyed. I have a feeling that as much as I’ve played it already, it’s going to continue to be in constant rotation throughout the duration of my life. Yeah, I said it. You can grab the record this week from HHBTM Records.

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Mark Van Hoen at Austin Town Hall

In my world (I know it’s a skewed one), there are two types of electronic music: one type makes you dance (or aims to) and the other is more of an exploratory sort. The exploratory sort seems to be the world Mark Van Hoen‘s been crafting for us; it’s the sort seeking to tell a story through one’s time spent with the music. On “I Love to Fly” there’s a simple buzz  or warble working immediately, creating this warmth through the trickling synthesized beat; I love hearing the vocal sample that pops up twice in the track, adding a nice extra layer to the story I created in my brain. What’s the story you’re crafting? Expect to find yourself creating many more when Mark releasesNightvision on November 13th via Saint Marie Records.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Austin Town Hall

At a certain point in your life you begin to realize you like to beat your own drum, follow your own path. This is precisely what it feels like when listening to Antlered Aunt Lord, the project of Jesse Stinnard. I don’t mean that it’s completely oddball, but rather that Stinnard just wants to do his own thing. Sure, there’s catchy tunes, even hooks in this song, but in spending time withOstensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), it’s become clear to me that you can forgo the modern cliches (musically speaking) and still make a place for yourself and still make music interesting. Kind of reminds me of the first time I listened to Television Personalities; I was like, “this doesn’t feel right…wait…this feels great, I can’t stop playing it.” If you get the same vibe, look for the new LP via HHBTM on November 20th.

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SPC ECO at Austin Town Hall

First, the name SPC ECO is pronounced as “space echo,” so I’m glad that’s out of the way. Now, let’s spend some time listening to this great piece of industrialized pop music. Sure, I could just call it some minimal version of electro-pop, but it feels like more than that to me. From the album artwork to the sterility lurking just beneath the emotive croon of Rose Berlin, there’s a concept at work here; you’ll hear actual electronic noise construction, not just repetitive bleeps and bloops. Oh, and it cannot hurt that Dean Garcia, formerly of Curve, is the constructionist behind it all. Their new album, Dark Matter, is being distributed by Saint Marie Records, who’ve had themselves quite a run lately. Happy Friday.

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Try the Pie at Austin Town Hall

I was looking for something gentle and innocent today, so it’s a good thing that we got this new track from Try the Pie in over the weekend. It’s the writing project of Bean Tupou, and it’s got this great recording quality despite sounding like these song’s are all coming straight from Bean’s bedroom. Musically, it’s quite intimate, as this song displays, allowing listeners to experience Tupou’s life for themsleves; she wants nothing more than for you to be a part of your world. Her new album is titled Rest, and will be released via HHBTM on November 13th. She’s also currently touring all over the States, so see if you can catch her live while she’s out there.

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Thee Koukouvaya at Austin Town Hall

Thee Koukouvaya is an East Coast based electronic act that will be releasing a record soon onSaint Marie Records. Composed of John O’Hara and Brian Wenckebach, the group is “from” Vilandredo, Rethymno. They are pretty well all over the place when it comes to sounds used. You pick up noise, old-school synth and drum machines and plenty of variation to stay engaged. The break leads to disarray and an eventual closing sequence that refines and punctuates the original tune. I can dig it. You can, too.

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