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Eyelid Kid Brings More Wistful Electronic Fun with "Open Up"

Austin’s all about the band, but damn do we have some ferociously strong solo acts here. One of those is the inimitable Eyelid Kid, who’s sometimes known in a more business-facing capacity as Paul Grant, record label manager at Raw Paw. Under the Kid moniker, Grant’s been slowly releasing stellar electronic pop content over the last year, and he’s just put out another lovely little track called “Open Up” for us to bop to.

“Open Up” plays in the same vein of themes as Eyelid Kid’s other so-far released tracks “Shadow Talk” and “On Your Mind,” presenting a portrait of a thoughtful, melancholy young man who carefully observes the world about him while he looks for happiness. Also true to form, Kid’s new track is shimmering and pretty and is a nice bit of electronic pop that’d be equally at home on the dance floor and coming through the car speakers on a good drive.

Grant has made it quite clear with the three Eyelid Kid tracks so far that he’s a musician that knows how to balance all parts of a song, giving aesthetics, structure and content each the attention to detail that they need, and the result is consistent and perfectly crafted pop music, which is just what you get with “Open Up.” Listen below, and keep an ear out for this kid. He knows what he’s doing.

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Boyscott Releases "Goosebumps" Cassette

 Cassette-heads rejoice! The young bloods in Boyscott, the Nashville based surf rock group, released a new full-length cassette aptly titled Goosebumps, on 11.17, via Pizza Tape Records. Deft guitar tones and sweet male-female vocal exchanges set the tone of a beguiling debut reminiscent of The Drums or Beach Fossils.

 Comparisons aside, where such similar debuts maintained a one-dimensional approach, Boyscott’s Goosebumps offers more versatility, with songs like “Blonde Blood” and “Nova Scotia 500” establishing surf-rock sensibilities, only to be purposefully challenged by the worldly “Marco Polo.”

Other songs simply stun in both tone and composition, none more notably than “Killer Whale,” presumably highlighting an awkward dichotomy between two people recently acquainted. All in all, Goosebumps provides a proper introduction to one of Nashville’s soon-to-be preeminent surf rock groups, Boyscott. -Sean McHugh

 

 

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Elvyn Charge You Up w/"Valley Of The Kilowatt Hour"

 So I came across this band called Elvyn. Let me tell ya; if you're feelin' like some easy going pop rock tunes, you're in for a treat. They happen to have just released their second album "Valley of the Kilowatt Hour". Opening track "Ellie" is a solid tune, like a Tom Petty rhythm section layered in some Blue Rodeo guitar work and some sweet melodies all over it. The vocals could be straight from the 60s. Muchos catchy, that's for sure. I will be humming this track in my head for a while. They're mixin’ up some straight power pop with almost a Nova Scotian edge to it and I think you'll like it. Elvyn is doing a double album release party with Run With The Kittens (as well as the Alpacas) on Friday December 11 at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Kris

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New Music: Emily Afton - Someday

We´re excited to share another premiere today!! Emily Afton’s voice is transporting. Deep and smokey, Emily delivers her emotive and honest songs from a place that feels lodged in the past, rooted in a dreamy barefoot era. You can hear the Georgian lineage on her mother’s side, conjuring a Southern swamp, mixed with urbane pop relevance. Oakland indie-rock meets an after hours quest for mischief, with ribbons of soul and electro-pop interwoven.

"Archetype is an episodic album which explores themes of time passing, love, and the cycle of life/death (It’s also produced by Lila Rose and David Earl). The newest single "Someday" is one that particularly focuses on exploring death and relates it to "falling down the rabbit hole". I wrote it last summer when my mom was very ill and for the first time, was forced to explore what death means to me. It sort of has a mix of blissfulness and existentialism, because it begs us to be in love with our lives while we're here, while also always remembering that we are inevitably going to die." - Emily Afton on the forthcoming album, Archetype and the single, “Someday”

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Tara Beier Wraps Recording, Gently Rocks Hugh's Room

Vancouver-born Tara Beier is an impressive tour-de-force - actor, director, and one hell of a singer-songwriter. Last year, Beier independently released her debut EP, Purple Trees, which was met with great reception and put her on the map as one of Canada’s unique folk acts. Beier’s combination of styles and sounds, ranging from simple acoustic ballads to catchy pop-like melodies prove that she can take any vibe and truly make it her own. The song Mayan Sun in particular has a sound that just sticks in your head. Earlier this year she recorded her upcoming album,  Hero & the Sage (release yet to be dated), and released the title track. It’s got a smooth and memorable acoustic melody that helps show off Beier’s impressive vocal range and talent. If I were you, I’d make sure to check out Tara Beier along with The Silverthorns at Hugh’s Room on November 30th.

Mike B

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