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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Haki

Haki is fronted by the talented Kelsey Ashby. On their latest release, Positive, her vocals range from rhythmic screaming to hushed crooning. Through out the album she shows incredible range and energy. The band's sound ranges from thrash metal to punk to doom and never really lets up. They are destruction and beauty rolled up into a young explosive package.

You can catch Haki at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on August 6th with Evasive Backflip, Fake Limbs, Crude Humor, and Unabomber.

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Cougar Island

Cougar Island recently released their new album Conjugal Visits. Below is the first single from the album, "Much Too Loud".

You can catch Cougar Island @ Schubas on August 4th.

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BAATHHAUS

The electro-pop band BAATHHAUS has released cross=dressing high school prom themed video for their single "Ascension".

You can catch BAATHHAUS at Empty Bottle on August 6th.

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Acteurs

Acteurs (Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case of DISAPPEARS) have released a new 12", I W I via the UK label Public Information. Together Lemos and Case create dark, minimal electronic near industrial music.

The 12" import is now available at Reckless Records or online here.

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10,000 Light Years

10,000 Light Years are currently recording the follow-up to their 2013 release "Haunted House". Last month the band released a demo version of a rocking new track called "End of The World" with new lead singer Ally Subak.

You can catch 10,000 Light Years at Township on Thursday July 31st with Videotape and IL Tandre Neu for just $5.

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Modern Vices

Modern Vices is lead by the energetic and compelling voice of Alex Rebek. Their self-titled debut album will be released by Autumn Tone (home to like-minded Twin Peaks and The Orwells) on October 7th. They recently released their first single "Cheap Style". Their sound strikes a charming balance between garage pop, late ’50s croon, The Smiths, and The Drum. High praise, sure, but Modern Vices is already proving they can deliver.

You can catch Modern Vices at Subt on August 3rd with Zoo Brother, Twin Cabins, and Sister Savage and at The Burlington on August 15th with Heavy Times and Dead Gaze.

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Twin Peaks

Back in May we shared the details of the upcoming Twin Peaks album, Wild Onion (Grand Jury, Aug 5th). This week Pitchfork will be streaming the entire album, and below is the video for the lead single "Flavor".

Lincoln Hall announced today that the record release show will be on October 30th with NE-HI and Flesh Panthers.

*Update: You can also catch Twin Peaks at Reckless Records on August 5th for an in-store performance.*

 

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