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La Dispute killing it at SXSW (Emo's Annex)

Instead of going on twitter and finding bands’ twitter accounts and letting y’all know that this is what I’ve been listening to, and that you should check it out, I’m going to do it here. :) If you guys need any direction on how to get any of this stuff, let me know. Yeah! Oh, and I’m not claiming that I “found” these bands or that they’re somehow new.  Some of these have been around for a while.

Since January, I’ve been listening to Snowing… a lot.  They’ve been described to me as derivative of indie bands of the late-90s and early 2000s.  I’m okay with that.  In fact, I’m very okay with that.

The next band is Grown Ups.  (I discovered both of these bands on http://www.ifyoumakeit.com. That place is pretty great.  Bands upload their EPs for free download.)  Now, Grown Ups does a wonderful job of mixing the energy of punk rock with some wonderfully catchy guitar lines and melodies.  It can seem a bit emotional to some, but the gang vocals and attack of the band give it an oomph that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being whined to .

Very recently, I’ve been listening to an English group named Itch.  They’re kinda wonky at times.  They change tempo and time signatures often, but again, like Grown Ups and Snowing, consistently provide anthemic lines to bring you back from a bit of musical exploration.  The changes are not as dramatic as say my favorite band Between the Buried and Me.  Actually, they’re not even on the same planet musically, but the frequency of Between the Buried and Me’s musical romps turns many away… ok enough about them.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band that I regretted missing during SXSW.  It was a shame.  I reallyyyy wanted to see them, but who can pass up pizza and hardcore? C’mon.  Anyway, these guys are wonderful. They sort of float through the air with their beautifully woven guitar-play and skillfully written songs.  It’s a wonderful CD to write to.  I was tired of writing with Jim Hall doodling away.

Alright, new stuff from some established dudes.  I really liked the new Circa Survive album.  I was really disappointed by On Letting Go when that mofo hit da streets.  But this one seems like they’re back to their old tricks.  Anthony Green sounds too legit on this album.  And the band are on point.  I had the privilege of seeing them with Coheed a couple of weeks back.  They killed it. Coheed‘s new album is fantastic as well.  It’s much better than I believed it would be.  Lots of proggy exploration, saga-themed choruses and schmetal to make yo’ momma scream.  Sidenote: Was anyone else disappointed by the new Ted Leo? I expected more.

Two midwestern bands Native and La Dispute, that seem attached at the hip, are both fucking amazing.  Native’s new album is 2L2Q.  But, the detriment of being a small band is that BN.com won’t even carry your album.  The only place to really get their stuff in Texas is to order through an indie store or get it online.  Wrestling Moves has got to be one of my favorite albums of the past 6 months.  When I try to describe Native I just say they’re Minus the Bear with balls.  Ballsy the Bear.

I am pretty sure La Dispute are dropping something this summer?  At least I hope they are.  Their 7″ wasn’t enough. (That’s what she said).  I need something more substantial (again).  Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair has become one of my favorite albums of all time.  They mix the emotion and power of mewithoutYou with the heavy attack of an early-Poison the Well.  They’re amazing.  I missed them when they were here with Alexisonfire last week.  Mea culpa.  Anyway, these guys do everything right.  They have great material, and it doesn’t seem like they’re performing to accomplish some sort of rock ‘n’ roll mission of grandeur, posturing and excess.  They’re there for the people that are there to see them perform their great music.  They create a wonderful atmosphere.  Muchos props, La Dispute.

Anyway, grad school has killed my ability to get into new music, but I need to get my hands on the new Murder By Death for sure.  Also, I can’t wait for the new Against Me! EP to get here.  I’ve also been cranking some good old Promise Ring lately.  TOO GOOD! :D  I’m really anticipating the new Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza album as well.

Finally, Tom Fun Orchestra is really interesting.  In my head, they sound like what Tom Waits should sound like–good.  They really are a sort of orchestra.  I can’t even count the number of random instruments you can catch in one track.  They’re great.

Anyway, this is my failed attempt at being a music critic.  I really suck at it, but this is all stuff I recommend you all check out.  You actually might like it.

For those of you with last.fm accounts, let’s be friends: http://www.last.fm/user/tehdago

-dago

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