Category: New releases

Matthew Squires: Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes)

Matthew Squires Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes) For the past few years, Austin-based musician Matthew Squires has been turning out one great album of quirky indie pop after another and “Tambaleo” shows no signs that he is letting up anytime soon….

Thorcraft Cobra: The Distance (Plaza Bowl)

Thorcraft Cobra The Distance (Plaza Bowl) Classic rock and power pop had a kid, named it Thorcraft, and man, did that brat know how to write a song! On their second record, “The Distance,” Thorcraft Cobra (honestly, a wasted name…

Toma: Aroma (Self-Released)

Toma Aroma (Self-Released) Spiderman. Batman. “Lethal Weapon.” “24.” “Rush Hour.” What do all of these have in common? They were caught up (some successfully, some not) in the reboot craze that’s been plaguing Hollywood as of late. In an effort…

Bash & Pop: Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum)

Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum) With a resume including The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, and countless others, Tommy Stinson has had an amazing run as a bassist, guitarist, and singer As his first post-Replacements group,…

Ronnie Baker Brooks: Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Ronnie Baker Brooks Times Have Changed (Provogue) Chicago’s Ronnie Baker Brooks returns with his first studio album in over a decade, ‘Times Have Changed,’ The certified soul blues icon teamed up with rhythm master and walking musical encyclopedia of what…

Duke Garwood: Garden of Ashes (Heavenly)

Duke Garwood Garden of Ashes (Heavenly) South London-based bluesman Duke Garwood returns with his sixth studio album ‘Garden Of Ashes.’ Although the passionate performer is disheartened by the recent world events, he takes his disillusionment and channels it into love…

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (Sub Pop)

Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now (Sub Pop) In the fall of last year, singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop released a 7-inch single with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and toured Europe with him. Now the Manchester England-native finds herself signed to…

The Legal Matters: Conrad (Omnivore)

16The Legal Matters Conrad (Omnivore) Midwest-based group The Legal Matters is the power pop supergroup made up of members from bands you’ve likely never heard of (Hippodrome, anyone? The Phenomenal Cats? An American Underdog?). Regardless their collaboration in The Legal…

Travis Linville: Up Ahead (Self-Released)

Travis Linville Up Ahead (Self-Released) Even if he didn’t put out his own records, Travis Linville has already made an impressive impact on the next generation of Americana artists. He taught a young Parker Millsap how to play guitar and…

Matt North: Above Ground Fools (Self-Released)

Matt North Above Ground Fools (Self-Released) Matt North is a musician’s musician. The veteran drummer describes his career as “35 years of music with a sabbatical into comedy and film.” His first solo album (Above Ground Fools) is engaging, smart,…

Pissed Jeans: Why Love Now (Sub Pop)

Pissed Jeans Why Love Now (Sub Pop) It’s been three years since Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Pissed Jeans released their last album ‘Honey’s’ and they come back swinging with a lot to say on their latest offering ‘Why Love Now.’ Backed by…

Pollen Rx: Sunbelt Emptiness (Austin Town Hall)

Pollen Rx Sunbelt Emptiness (Austin Town Hall) Originally a three piece, Austin’s Pollen Rx is now a four-piece band featuring Maud Morgan, Ben Hirsch, Caroline Sallee, and Maggie Exner. The quartet has an interesting sound of jangly pop melodies led…