Monday 14 October 2013

Out This Week - 14th October 2013

Temple Songs - I Can't Look After You

If you take their near-namesakes Temples, and then add in the whole garage/beat group revival that's rampant in the south-east, you'll end up with this '60s-style psych track from Manchester's Temple Songs. 'I Can't Look After You' builds on previous single 'Passed Caring' and should see them becoming increasingly well known and well respected too.

Temple Songs' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

26th October - Lennon’s Bar, Southampton

Wolf Alice - She

Earlier this year we expressed surprise that Wolf Alice hadn't featured in more of the tips for 2013 lists. We'd been following them since this time last year, and not only had they played some notable gigs, they had some cracking tunes to match. They've built a good fanbase though, and now release their EP 'Blush', and again we'll be surprised if songs like the storming indie-rock of 'She' don't get them noticed more.

Wolf Alice's website

Stream the EP in full

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

THU 17 OCT Sŵn Festival 2013, Cardiff, UK
SAT 19 OCT Gathering 2013, Oxford, UK
SAT 19 OCT O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK
WED 23 OCT Cavern Club, Exeter, UK
THU 24 OCT Boileroom, Guildford, UK
MON 28 OCT O2 Academy, Leicester, UK
TUE 29 OCT The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
WED 30 OCT Dingwalls, London, UK
FRI 01 NOV London Calling Festival 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands
SUN 03 NOV Hit The City 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands
SAT 23 NOV Covo Club, Bologna, Italy
SAT 30 NOV Molotow, Hamburg, Germany

Out Go The Lights - Big Balloon

Florida's on a bit of a musical roll at the moment. Our latest discovery from the southern state is Out Go The Lights, an indiepop band who've been around since 2010 and combine jangly guitars with nice melodies. Yeah, it's that simple, but as you know, it's a trick that works amazingly when done well (and that part is not so easy). We think you'll agree that 'Big Balloon' gets the formula just right.

Out Go The Lights' website

Buy the single

La Luz - Pink Slime

Seattle DIY guitar-pop group La Luz release their new album 'It's Alive' in North America this week with a UK release on the 21st. UK folk need not wait that extra week to sample their delights though, as the band have made single 'Pink Slime' available as a free download in advance. It the kind of song you could have walked into an independent record shop thirty years ago and picked up on 7". So quite good then.

La Luz's website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

Catch them live:

THU 24 OCT The Aquarium, Fargo, ND, US
SAT 26 OCT The MakeSpace, Harrisburg, PA, US
MON 28 OCT Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, US
TUE 29 OCT Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, OH, US
WED 30 OCT Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL, US
THU 31 OCT Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI, US
FRI 01 NOV Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN, US
SAT 02 NOV The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE, US
SUN 03 NOV The Marquis Theater, Denver, CO, US
MON 04 NOV Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT, US
TUE 05 NOV El Korah Shrine, Boise, ID, US
WED 06 NOV Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room, Seattle, WA, US
THU  07 NOV Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, US
FRI 08 NOV Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, US
SAT 09 NOV Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, US
SUN 10 NOV Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA, US
MON 11 NOV Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles, CA, US
TUE 12 NOV Club Congress, Tucson, AZ, US
THU 14 NOV Trees, Dallas, TX, US
FRI 15 NOV Mohawk, Austin, TX, US
SUN 17 NOV Terminal West at King Plow, Atlanta, GA, US
TUE 19 NOV Mud + Water, Baton Rouge, LA, US
WED 20 NOV Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton, TX, US
FRI 22 NOV Soda Bar, San Diego, CA, US


China Rats - Reeperbahn

It was a bit of a shame that when we reviewed China Rats' new EP 'Don't Play With Fire' a couple of weeks ago that they didn't have the record's best track available for public streaming. So the email was welcomed very warmly when they then sent through the link so that everyone can now get an earful of the awesome 'Reeperbahn'. It might sound like a few spare parts and borrowed bits; the drum intro is straight from 'I Am The Resurrection', the vocals and fuzz-rock sound is somewhere between The Raveonettes, Crocodiles and other similar acts, but it sounds just great. And if that wasn't enough, they make the great totally outstanding by throwing in a superb guitar line for the final third (this too sounds borrowed, but it sounds amazing). After a few spins 'Reeperbahn' is rapidly becoming one of my favourite songs of the year so far.

China Rats' website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

Oct 17 The New Adelphi, Hull, UK
Oct 23 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Oct 24 The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
Oct 27 The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Oct 28 King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Oct 29 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
Nov 21 Cafe 1001, London, UK

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