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Opposite Day's Bouncy, Robot-Filled "AI IOU" Music Video

This one’s just plain fun y’all. Opposite Day is a staple of the Austin scene that plays some of the most technical and pure fun music in Austin, a combo you don’t often get. This vid is their new track “AI IOU,” and it’s a series of shots that cut between the band doing their hard-playing, wild-beat thing and then a buncha robot shots that feel very MST3K. That’s a pretty good touchstone in terms of era as well, as this track feels quite outta the 90s though all beefed up with some heavier, mathrockier shit, and the idea of a wilder, more indie Barenaked Ladies that plays faster and punkier isn’t far off. It's fun too to get great tracks that aren't really about love or social issues or something pretty, but instead just about a cool ass concept that the musicians like; in this case a mufucking robot made from parts of other robots! Check the lyrics: "I am rememebering what happened to the parts that make me/I am a conscious agent assembled from other machines." That's the good scifi shit. Tune your robot ears and focus your android eyes on this thing below, and let the AI tell you all about its weird ol' self!

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Video Review: "Wrong", by Nemes

It’s not easy to capture a band’s live energy in a recording or a music video, but that’s exactly what Nemes have managed in their new video for “Wrong”, the latest single off their debut full-length album I Carry Your Heart. This recording delivers the same infectious spirit that’s made Nemes one of the busiest touring bands in Boston.  Tightly-layered instrumentation provides support for attractive dual vocals, while Josh Knowles’ spirited violin adds unique texture and depth. Upbeat and deliciously catchy, don’t be surprised to find yourself singing it under your breath hours after your first listen. Catch them live at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 on Thursday, August 6.

-Glori Blatt
Photo credit: Chrissy Bulakites






Lipstick Junkies @ The Cavern Bar

Besides being an excellent name for a roller derby team, Toronto’s Lipstick Junkies exist solely to blend the yesteryear sound of funk with modern indie rock, all the while soaking it that neon-district downtown vibe. The rhythms are an appealing combination of bouncy, smooth and grooving. As evident in tracks such as Desire and Lighthouse, the melodies are infectious, and the sexual spirit of funk is effectively captured and expressed through the music and lyrics. In an age where traditional genres are becoming more manufactured, The Lipstick Junkies have retained the essence of funk-rock, and have achieved their own genuine sound. In a nutshell, The Lipstick Junkies are a band perfectly suited to the small-club-in-a- big-city environment. If you feel like getting your groove on, you can satisfy those urges by taking in The Lipstick Junkies @ The Cavern Bar on July 30th. - Chris PJ D

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The She's Embark on West Coast Tour + Local Show at The Chapel - 8/14

The popular San Francisco based beach rock band, The She's have announced the dates for their summer west coast tour. The string of shows does, of course include a local San Francisco gig at The Chapel on August 14th. If you're new to town or have just never had the chance to check out a live performance from The She's, we whole-heartedly recommend that you take the chance to see their upcoming show!

If you've got friends from out of town or are enjoying a vacation somewhere on the coast, you'll have the chance to see a great Bay Area band right in your vacation destination!

 
7.28 - Redwood Bar, Downtown LA, CA $
7.29 - Burger Records Hump Night, Grand Air, Fullerton, CA @
7.30 - Pappy and Harriet's, Pioneertown, CA
7.31 - Duffy's, Chico, CA %
8.01 - Corner Haus (House), Portland, OR **
8.02 - The Future (House), Seattle, WA $$
8.03 - The Hindenburg, Vancouver, BC Canada ##
8.05 - The National Hotel, Nevada City, CA ***
8.14 - The Chapel, San Francisco, CA *&


* w/ Pyromids, Emotional
^ w/ The Memories, The Lentils, & Grape Room
# w/ Growwing Pains
$ w/ Dripmen, Ugly Kids, deadpanzies
@ w/ June Holiday, Grand Air
% w/ The She Things + TBA
** w/ Ladywolf, Makeout
$$ w/ Mope Grooves + TBA
## w/ Jody Glenham + TBA
*** w/ Dazeys
*& w/ Swiftumz, Smiles, Air Surgeon

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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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