Podcast – “New Albums and FFFF vs ACL”

We cover some new albums coming out this week as well as hints to decide between Fun Fun Fun Fest and Austin City Limits. Music from indie artists to alternative and finally some electronic beats. Make sure to keep up with us, soon we will give you a surprise with you.


Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
New Album: Season of Your Day (September 24th)

Now, Now – Separate Rooms
(Nov 7th Fitz)

Finley Quaye and William Orbit – Dice
(Fun Fun Fun Fest)

MGMT – Alien Days
New Album: MGMT (September 17th)

The Walkmen – Woe Is Me

M.I.A. – Bring the Noize
New Albums: Matangi (November 5th)
(Austin City Limits)

The Cure – The Only One

Atoms For Peace – Unless

Wilco – Jesus Etc.

The Naked and Famous – Bright Lights
(Oct 3rd House of Blues Houston)
New Album: In Rolling Waves (September 17th)

Holy Ghost! – Wait and See
(Oct 25th Fitz)
New Album: Dynamics (September 10th)

Gorillaz – Rhinestone Eyes


Coming Soon (Albums)

Glasvegas – Later When the TV Turns To Static (September 3rd)

This Scottish indie band from Glasgow has been alive since 2003 and has had amazing albums. Erasing the memory of the first album, their second, “A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)” was astounding and put them on the list of bands to watch out for. “Euphoric Outbreak” their third album also added to their indie style and made them on the “Must See,” list.

Factory Floor – Factory Floor (September 9th)

This duo is the excuse you need to listen to synth based indie tracks. Their Soundcloud has many of the tracks from their album and you will be taken back to cocaine ridden, strobe light masked dark nightclub from the late 80’s.

Arctic Monkeys – AM (September 9th)

After blowing up on Myspace for their first album, and being the most purchased album in the UK defeating Oasis, these young lads from Sheffield have been rocking out a lot lately with tracks like “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved your Chair,” and “R U Mine.” Their first single from “AM” rocked intensely and reflected the producing of none other than Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age). This will be the second time he produced an album for them, but I guarantee it will not be at all like “Humbug.”

Babyshambles – Sequel to the Prequel (September 10th)

Peter Doherty has returned, you may remember him from The Libertines, has returned to release their third album. It has been six years since their last album but they want to continue were they left off rather than say they were away from the scene. Let us see if the album is a continuation or all new material.

Holy Ghost! – Dynamics (September 10th)

This duo from Brooklyn has gotten the hang of owning the synth in their albums and will finally release their second album following their self-titled album which was released in 2011. Many of their singles were remixes of other artists, so it is good to see them being back to creating their own music. This album will be for all of the synth lovers out there.

The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves (September 17th)

Their second single, “Hearts Like Ours,” sounds similar to their previous tracks, and that is not something that is worth complaining. Their first album established their own sound and they have grown it throughout these three years. A tour accompanies the release of this album, so look for them coming to a city near you.

Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir (September 17th)

This psychedelic noise-pop band also from Brooklyn has the sound that reflects the dark era of post-punk music from the late 70’s. With their first album mainly being passed around in indie record stores, this albums promises a bit of a different direction but still true to the band.

MGMT – MGMT (September 17th)

Although their second album was not as popular as “Oracular Spectacular” this one was made in a house far from a studio with synth and drum machines in every room. Earlier this year their single, “Alien Days” was released on Record Store Day in the form of a cassette.

Mazzy Star – Season of Your Day (September 24th)

Queen of the Shoe Gazer’s has returned for her fourth album. Her previous one, “Among My Swan” was released in 1996, which adds to the anticipation of this forthcoming album. Since there is a huge span off time between albums, there might be a bit more of an expectation for this album, but in the end, letting her do what she does best, play and acoustic guitar and sing, is all everyone really wants. We are just excited to see if a tour follows.

HAIM – Days Are Gone (September 30th)

This group has been covered by almost every major indie news outlet and for a good reason. Their sound differs from other groups out there and has been hitting the indie airwaves. Let us just hope that the singles that have been released live up to the actual album. This is another Lana Del Rey situation, where the hype over a few songs will either hurt or strengthen the album. Finally, people already either like them or do not, another polarized artist just because of speculation, dammit indie media. The band’s name is the last name of the three sisters who play in the band, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim.

Blitzen Trapper – VII (October 1st)

With this being their seventh album (See name of album) this is one of those albums that should be purchased if you are in a good mood and love the sounds of indie. Since this album will not be done with Sub Pop, there might be a change of their sound to a more West Coast sound since their new label is based in California.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of Things (October 8th)

This bands indie roots were seen in their first album which was released in 2011, “It’s a Corporate World.” A synth, and danceable beats make up the key elements to the tracks of their latest album. This duo from Detroit will not let you down and give the sound that every party with Pabst Blue Ribbon needs.

Cults – Static (October 15th)

Friend of It Sounds Better Live, Cults comes to us with a more established sound than their first album, finally adding to their already faithful fan base. This group from New York has had great success with their single “Abducted” from their first alum which was self-titled. Let us hope there is another successful track on this album and enjoy the summer sounds during the fall of this year.

The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still (October 15th)

Since the release of their first album in 2010, this band from Seattle and friend of It Sounds Better Live, has finally come to release their second album. The band has toured with many artists such as The Walkmen, Vampire Weekend, and Death Cab For Cutie, which all could have influenced their latest album. Their first single “Shake,” sounds a bit like their first album, but with a bit more rock in it, resembling a bit of the evolution of The Avett Brothers.

Polica – Shulamith (October 22nd)

With some help from Bon Iver, this album is an Indie Lovers dream. This single “Tiff” was released in April of this year which features Justin Vernon. Hopefully the album has more collaborations with artist like we have seen in the meantime. With this being their second album and it being release just a year after their first, it is difficult to know what to expect.

The Arcade Fire – (Title Not Yet Announced) ( October 29th)

It must be nearly impossible to top “The Suburbs” but there is much hope for this new album. Working with James Murphy must have added some motivation to the group since they moved to many different studios, including DFA Records (Murphy’s) in New York. There has yet to be a release of a single from this album but maybe the score they did on the film, “Her” by Spike Jonze could be a bit of an insight on what is to come.

M.I.A. – Matangi (November 5th)

Her fourth full length album is one which will have many collaborators from across the world. Although we have all by now heard “Bad Girls” which was release in February of last year, Interscope decided to push the album back many times and finally has hopefully given us a set date for this release. “Bring the Noize” was released in June of this year and is said to reflect the album more in its entirety. Although there have been many stunts done by M.I.A. she threatened to release the album if it is not released, which leads us to this date.

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous

Though there is a lack of enthusiasm with the venue being House of Blues, there was still a bit of nostalgia as the sign near the entrance lit up showing The Naked and Famous.  It was Saturday meaning that the crowd consisted of fans as well as people experimenting and listening to the band for the first time. This caused the crowd to be a mix and not all have the same energy for the show. This was unfortunate since this New Zealand who’s critically acclaimed album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You,” has received praise. Tracks like, “Punching in a Dream,” have moved this band forward in the indie rock world and made the band flourish across the world. This album is a blend of concepts from heavy synth and dance floor tracks, to a melodic piano and riffing guitar.

With that the opening band “Now, Now” is a flourishing band still looking for their defined sound, but none the less still a riveting and aspiring band to watch. Their sound consists of the mid 2000’s surging indie with the use of the xylophone and lyrics which match the pulsating beat of the track. The lead female vocals add more significance to the lyrics and make it sound that much better.

Vacationers is a stereotypical band whose sound was made using the same procedures and processes used to make top 40 “rock” tracks. There was no sense of anything different that this band offers that is not already in existence elsewhere.  Not only was the music equally mellow and repetitive, but the lead singer found himself immersed too deeply into his own music making it look absurd when he would jump around on stage.

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous

After that scene, the main act went on stage. As the lights dimmed the main band went on stage and three large LCD panels lit up behind them. The drums beats began and the first verse started with half of the crowd screaming the lyrics to, “All of This.” The song then ended and the light show began which was a very impressive display which used the synth and drums as a template to function.

The Naked and Famous

Following the first track the band played, “Punching in a Dream,” which was one of the singles of the album. The remainder of the night was an amazing show, though the mixed crowd did affect the show to an extent. The environment dwindled as the band began to play songs which were not widely known which caused a lack of audience participation at times, but overall there was no denying the intensity the synth has in tracks created by this band. The Naked and Famous closed their encore set with, “Young Blood,” which made both fans and spectators move and sing along to the anthem of this band.

The album only has thirteen tracks, so the show was short in comparison to others, but that was made up to the fans as the band set up a meet and greet after the show. The lighting and songs were amazing, and fit perfectly with this band. Last time they were in Houston it was opening for English band Foals at Fitzgerald’s, so to see their progress in one year is truly a marvel. There is much to look forward to as the band does one final tour of this album and then heads back to the studio to work on their next full length album.

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous