Calling all scuzz rockers! We’ve got some Goon for your Friday afternoon! Only a couple years into their musical career, this L.A. four-piece has been celebrating a lot of “firsts” in 2018, including their first-ever national tour, being signed to their first record label and the first physical release of their first two EPs.
On the note of that tour, Goon guitarist and singer Kenny Becker recently sustained an injury postponing their Texas and remaining national dates. That said we’re still happy to spice up your weekend with something from their double EP release that’s equal parts analog, electric and acoustic – “Green Peppers”.
Fifteen years after getting together and five since their last album, Minneapolis indie rockers Now Now are back and better than ever. 2017 was quite the period of intrigue for Now, Now, who silently withdrew from SXSW, deleted all their previous social media content, and announced that their longtime guitarist Jess Abbott had left the group. This less-than-stellar news came alongside the launch of a new website, their first tour in years, a couple teaser videos and oh yeah – brand new music.
Performing these days as a duo, Now, Now’s third full-length Saved came out at the beginning of summer to critical acclaim. They’ll be playing Saturday night at Stubb’s so here’s a quick preview: the final single from Saved – “MJ”.
When a band forms out of hometown friendship, the music usually makes you smile. There’s no exception with Catalonia-bred, Barcelona-based quartet MOURN, who put out their self-titled debut when the three eldest members were only eighteen. They may be young but MOURN continues to channel post-rock and alternative punk of past generations, fitting snugly in a playlist between PJ Harvey, Pixies, and Patti Smith.
At a rate of an album a year, MOURN showed off their rapidly maturing energy and contagious energy last month with their fourth studio album Sorpresa Familia. MOURN continues their national tour of the U.S. with a show next Tuesday at Barracuda with Chastity and Thin Skin and you can get riled up to one of the shortest and best from MOURN’s dozen new tunes, “Fun at the Geysers”!
We’re halfway through July and at this point, you probably know a little something about Austin group Night Glitter. Between John-Michael of The Happen-Ins, LouLou of Thievery Corporation and their talented backing band, it was a kind of a no brainer when picking Night Glitter as our July 2018 Artist of the Month!
Night Glitter first linked up in 2015 but only debuted their dreamy downtempo synthpop this past year with a handful of singles and their EP Hangin’ On A Dream. Night Glitter was kind enough to share their new sound with us in our own Studio 1A back in June, and if you haven’t heard them live, hop on the opportunity right now with “Tunnels”!
Three years since their last release, the wait for new Ume is coming to a close! Austin-based rocker Lauren Larson has had her hands full with both of her new babies – the child she just gave birth to and her latest album as Ume.
Larson wrote the ten new tunes on Ume’s upcoming full-length Other Nature working through physical ailments and newfound motherhood, two conditions that almost put the future of Ume in jeopardy. Already one of the hardest working women in the music industry, Larson overcame immense physical and mental obstacles into what is now a thoroughly personal record. Other Nature comes out this Friday but don’t you worry! Take those last three words to heart with a free download of one of Ume’s new jams, “Don’t You Worry”!
Photo Credit: Katrina Barber