Friday, October 29, 2010

The Duke Spirit - Everybody's Under Your Spell

As an avid fan of The Duke Spirit, I was very happy to hear this new song from their upcoming "Kusama" EP slated for December 2010 release. Their 3rd full length will hopefully be released early next year. This song has certainly whetted my appetite for their new material. I love how their range of influences from R & B, psychedelia, garage, and even Motown and soul come together to create a distinct sound. On a lighter note, if you haven't developed a crush on lead singer, Liela Moss, after watching this video and/or listening to her smoky, sweet vocals, check your pulse please.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Ugly Beats

Best Excuse To Leave Work Early On Friday Award (in Austin) goes to : seeing The Ugly Beats celebrate their new release "Motor !" at Waterloo Records Fri Oct 22nd at 5 pm.
Take great garage rock along with 60s British Invasion sounds and add a pinch of Texas flavor, you've got The Ugly Beats. If you've never seen them, this is your chance to see one of the best bands around for FREE, enjoy some free beer, and maybe even pick up a copy of "Motor!" to listen to this weekend. If you've seen them countless times like me, you can never get enough of the Beats !

And here's a bonus track that didn't appear on Motor! but you'll often hear during their sweaty, rollicking live sets.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hollerado : Seriously Fun

Hollerado is returning to Austin this month (Sat, Oct 23rd at The Mohawk) as part of their autumn tour opening for Free Energy and Foxy Shazam. I've never seen Free Energy or Foxy Shazam but I wouldn't be surprised if Hollerado steal the show but I'm a bit biased here.
Their new video for "Americanarama" has been getting some well deserved attention. It's quite addicting. You can't help watching it more than once or twice. The second clip I posted is from SXSW 2010. They play their own tune, Fake Drugs, but close out their day party set with their version of Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World. One of my personal highlights of SXSW. I've managed to convert a few friends into Hollerado fans and I wouldn't mind converting a few more. Check their list of tour dates and other fun treats on the band website ( Don't miss your chance to see this band. I'm sure Menno, Jake, Nick, and Dean would love to see you. They're touring through the U.S. and Canada in October and November with Free Energy. Here are the dates :
10/12/10 – Portland, ME @ Space
10/13/10 – Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Music Hall
10/14/10 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
10/16/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe
10/18/10 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit
10/19/10 – Nashville, TN @ The End
10/20/10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
10/21/10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
10/23/10 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
10/25/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
10/26/10 – San Diego, CA @ 710 Beach Club
10/28/10 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
10/29/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
10/30/10 – San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
11/10/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/11/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile CafĂ©
11/12/10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
11/14/10 – Edmonton, AV @ The Pawn Shop
11/15/10 – Calgary, AB @ The Republik
11/16/10 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
11/17/10 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid
11/18/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
11/19/10 – Chicago, IL @ Shazam
11/20/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
11/21/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/22/10 – Albany, NY @ Valentines
11/23/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/24/10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/26/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
11/27/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
12/01/10 – Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Morning Benders

I first heard of them 2-3 years ago but I've missed opportunities to see them for various reasons. But I certainly hope to make up for those lost opportunities by catching their set at Austin City Limits Festival this year. They're playing the Honda Stage at 3 pm this Sun, Oct 10th and appearing at the Waterloo Records autograph tent at 4:30 pm. Their 2010 album, Big Echo, is a beautiful example of well written pop songs. This makes me a total fangirl but something about Chris Chu's vocals makes me melt and sigh. Simple and magnificent. It's gorgeous ear candy but also very satisfying which keeps you going back for more.