Ume, the killer female-fronted trio I have recommended to you many times before, finally have some brand new studio tracks for your adoration. The Sunshower EP, which was just celebrated with a release party over the weekend, is a big step forward for this band. Produced by Frenchie Smith (Trail of Dead, Dandy Warhols), the EP captures the raw energy of their live show, with local rock guitar goddess Lauren Larsen laying down sweet hooks and melodies over serious guitar riffs. Read what people have been saying about Ume at the link.
The first time I can remember seeing Black Joe Lewis was opening a surprise show that Spoon played at Mohawk a few years ago. I was pretty blown away by this dude, who was doing some nasty blend of rhythym & blues soul-funk with a full eight-piece band. Jim Eno of Spoon must have been impressed too, because he produced the new EP Black Joe released on Lost Highway Records this week. Check out a selection from the release below, and
Tapes 'n Tapes are back in town tomorrow night at the Parish. Opening the show will be Harlem, who were one of the best bands I saw at Free Week, and Wild Light, recently tabbed a "band to watch in 2009."
Drowned In Sound, Tiny Mix Tapes, and many more. Titus Andronicus will open that show, and you might recall us reporting how much fun we had the last time they were in Austin. The band’s debut album, The Airing of Grievances, was newly mastered and re-released last week on XL Recordings. Get more info on the show at Do512 and Austinist.