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I Am the Albatross' Playlist Worthy Album "Lonsesome Son"

Sometimes menacing, at other instances oddly profound, the always loud outlaw rock and rollers, I Am the Albatross’, new album ‘Lonesome Son’ is nasty guitar-lick laden rock played with focused reckless abandon. This latest offering basically grabs you by the throat then pours a welcome shot of bold Americana rock down it. The Austin quartet’s music is essentially Nick Caves and The Bad Seeds bulked up on PED’s with added injections of punk and psychedelic growth hormone for good measure. If Leonard Cohen was a hipster millennial, this would be the soundtrack he played during an epic cross-country getaway to the hinterland of Canada after a bank robbery. Any album that leaves you wanting more is always a winner in my book which is the case with this playlist worthy album.

You can catch I Am the Albatross performing their brand of feral folk rock at the Javelina Bar in Austin on Aug. 20 — bad ass leather duster coats welcomed but not mandatory.

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Tavon Perkins

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Golden Void Announces New Album - Berkana

The Bay Area based psychedelic band, Golden Void is preparing to release their sophomore album, Berkana. The new record features Isaiah Mitchell (of Earthless) on lead guitar along with Camilla Saufley-Mitchell on keyboards and vocals, Aaron Morgan on bass, and Justin Pinkerton on Drums.

Golden Void has perfected the psych-metal crunch they’ve been crafting since their 2012 debut. Recorded by Tim Green of The Fucking Champs, Berkana is full of muscular riffs, soaring melodic leads, swirling organs, and a gliding groove - a guitarist’s playground which lead shredder Isaiah Mitchell fully takes to task with an electric energy. The band also shows a remarkable level of restraint and maturity here, patiently adding layer upon layer as the songs develop into thick slabs of sonics well worth digging into.

The album is due out in September 18, 2015 on Thrill Jockey Records. Golden Void will be celebrating their album release at The Chapel on September 19th with Mermen and Kehoe International!

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Yeomans @ The Cavern Bar

Yeomans are bringing tidal waves of lo-fi psychedelic surf rock, right to you from Toronto. Their self-titled EP released late last year, includes four diversely influenced tracks. With a crashing start Big Bike show cases their roots, simple guitar licks, laden with psychedelic effects, paired with lo-fi vocals. They’re mixing up some tasty sounds that’ll make you abuse the repeat button. Head out on this warm Wednesday night 07/29 and catch them play @ The Cavern Bar        

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Split Screens Hosts Amnesia's Tuesday Residency in August

Amnesia's Tuesday night monthly residency will be hosted by the San Francisco based psych folk artist, Split Screens (aka Jesse Cafiero) for the month of August. Split Screens is a relatively new music project that we've watched grow over the last couple of years. It's very exciting to see this tenacious musician curate four weeks of music! Make sure you support Amnesia and its great support of artists through its consistant monthly, artist run Tuesday night residency. Check out the schedule and do your best to make it to as many Tuesday events as you can!

Loving Cup Presents
Split Screens' Amnesia Residency
Tuesdays in August

August 4th:
sea knight // Split Screens // Cave Clove

August 11th:
Perhapsy (Derek of Bells Atlas' project!) // Split Screens // Scary Little Friends

August 18th:
Lower Brite (Rob of Tumbleweed Wanderers' new project!) // Split Screens // We Arsons

August 25th:
Hod & The Helpers (Santa Cruz) // Lords of Sealand // Split Screens

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billy Makes Weird Electropop, Has a Cat and That's About All We Know

Sometimes you come across a bit of music that’s so in its own world and by an artist with so little information available online, that it seems almost more like outsider art than a part of the general scene- even the really obscure parts of the scene. That’s a dead-on description of billy, an (apparently) Austin-based solo artist that does some washed-out, way weird psychedelic electropop and who released his best yet piece this month with the structurally surprising and oddly charming track “mindz.” We couldn’t even get a legit picture of this elusive artist who doesn’t seem to have a Facebook page (at least that we can find); we had to take a screenshot of his Instagram and crop it. That ain’t normal these days y’all, but it kinda does add to this kid’s charm in this age of oversharing.

The track itself is equally enigmatic- it starts heavily melancholy in both tone and concept, a piece of slow electronic pop with equally balanced elements all plodding within its simple drum machine beat. Butt then at 1:07, when the chorus pops in, a very Air-esque high-toned, bright and pretty hook comes through hard and just massively changes up the feel of the whole song. It takes it from weird and cute but potentially something that might get overlooked after a few listens to a track that’s just arrestingly unique and which can even get the spine tingling a bit with its lazer-clear tones.

The lyrics continue the trend of ambiguity, seeming to be a reflection on perception and the way it interacts with relationships (“In our minds/We won’t go/In my mind/You want them”), but being deliberately obtuse about it in a way that pairs happily with the way the track’s sound is hard to pin down. All of it makes you wonder who billy is, what they’re all about and what else they can do, and that to us is the sign of a very interesting emerging artist indeed. Try billy’s stuff out yourself below, and if any of y’all have more info on this musician (at the least so we can let them know about the post), feel free to share in the comments. We’d like to know more about this one.

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