December 7, 2016
Austin quintet The Band of Heathens will release their new album Duende on January 13th. Today the group has shared “All I’m Asking”, the lead track from the forthcoming record, currently streaming via Popmatters. As singer/guitarist Ed Jurdi remarks of the track, “the key ingredients that made this song come together are a monster backbeat with a primal groove, a lush Phil Spector-like sonic template, with multi-tracked voices, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and a real honest and earnest lyrical sentiment.”
Listen: The Band of Heathens – “All I’m Asking”
Duende is currently available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon.
December 2, 2016
Paste Magazine placed “As It Is” from Ages and Ages’s new album Something to Ruin at #42 in their 50 Best Songs of 2016. View the complete list here.
November 30, 2016
Vinyl Me Please named Kacy & Clayton’s sophomore release, Strange Country as one of the 15 most overlooked albums of 2016. View the whole list here.
November 29, 2016
Kacey Musgraves, with help of the über-talented Quebe Sisters, put us in the holiday spirit with Hawaiian carol ‘Mele Kalikimaka. It also kind of has us craving piña coladas. You can watch the full performance here.
November 28, 2016
Highly Suspect’s new release, The Boy Who Died Wolf, is climbing the Billboard charts! Currently, it is
#28 BILLBOARD TOP 200
#15 TOP CURRENT ALBUMS
#1 – CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS
#2 – ROCK
#2 – CORE ROCK
#2 – HARD MUSIC
#8 – DIGITAL ALBUMS
#34 – VINYL
November 25, 2016
Mountain Stage will be rebroadcasting performances from Darrell Scott and Ari Hest & Judy Collins as part of their “Best of 2016” special, which begins feeding to 180 NPR stations this Friday. This special also includes performances from Hayes Carll, The Wood Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, and more.
Airtimes and stations can be found here.
Next week, this special episode will become available for download from our archives. To subscribe, click here.
November 21, 2016
Highly Suspect’s sophomore release, The Boy Who Died Wolf, has already drawn attention from audiences nationwide. The record is #2 on iTunes Rock Charts and #5 Overall as well as #3 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. Furthermore, the hit single, “My Name is Human,” is #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Charts and #4 on iTunes Rock Charts. You can purchase the album as well as see other Highly Suspect merch here.
November 16, 2016
NPR is currently streaming Highly Suspect’s new album The Boy Who Died Wolf. Read their review of the new record and listen to it in its entirety here.
Duende – [duen-de] (noun) 1. a quality of inspiration and passion 2. A heightened sense of emotion, expression and authenticity 3. a spirit.
Austin quintet The Band of Heathens have announced their new album Duende, to be released on January 13th. The group recently premiered their new song “Trouble Came Early” with Relix. The group describes how the inspiration for the song “came about from reading A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage, after a strange night out we had in a bar after a show. Some guy who was blacked-out drunk ended up pulling a knife and coming after us. Fortunately everybody made it out alive, and a seed was planted for the classic character who can’t escape the call of the bars.”
Duende, the title of The Band of Heathens’ fifth studio album (and eighth overall), marks their tenth anniversary as a group. It’s an apt name for a record whose themes explore the collective
November 11, 2016
Fastball’s Tony Scalzo shared his “Fidelity High” about one of his favorite records, Rockpile’s Seasons of Pleasure. Read his thoughts on the underappreciated record here.