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Video: The Rocketboys – “The Best”

Austin, TX’s anthemic indie-rock band The Rocketboys have released their first ever official video for the track “The Best”, which is the last song on their recently released album Build Anyway.

A true epilogue to the new record, singer Brandon Kinder comes to terms with his disappointment and anger towards former bandmates and even makes something of an apology for his pain: “You spent your time trying to make a better life, while I was spending mine making up bitter rhymes”; “All those words I wrote, they’ve already died…If I ever had brothers, I hope you know that you were them.”  It’s a fitting and powerful end to a soaring rock record that covers endless ground in the search for explanations for the fragmentation and almost-breakup of the band.

The Rocketboys also announce a Fall tour schedule for August-October which covers the Central and Eastern US. A co-headline tour with Bearcat, the tour is in support of Invisible Children and will make available limited edition I.C. posters.

Download a free two song tour sampler, which includes an acoustic version of The Rocketboys’ new single “The Best” and Bearcat’s song “Let’s Be Honest,” here.

The Rocketboys Tour Dates:
Aug 27 – Austin, TX – W Hotel*
Aug 28 – Ft. Worth, TX – Live Oak Music Hall
Aug 30 – Lubbock, TX – Bash Riprocks
Aug 31 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
Sept 1 – Tulsa, OK – Vanguard Music Hall
Sept 2 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Sept 3 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Sept 4 – Chicago, IL – The Ace Bar
Sept 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
Sept 6 – Pontiac, MI – Vernors Room at Crofoot Ballroom
Sept 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
Sept 8 – New York City, NY – The Living Room
Sept 10 – New York City, NY – Studio at Webster Hall
Sept 11 – New Haven, CT – The Space
Sept 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
Sept 13 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
Sept 14 – Cleveland, OH – Wilbert’s
Sept 15 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Slayton’s
Sept 16 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
Sept 17 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom
Sept 19 – Nashville, TN – High Watt at Mercy Lounge
Sept 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Vinyl
Sept 22 – Oxford, MS – Two Stick Sushi Bar
Sept 25 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
Sept 28 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
Sept 29 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Oct 1 – Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
Oct 3 – Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall & Taproom
Oct 4 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Oct 5 – West Columbia, SC – Conundrum
Nov 2 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds*
*No Bearcat

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Cheer’s Music Fest Sweepstakes!!!

Enter to win an awesome trip for 4 days/3 nights in Austin, TX for their biggest music festival. Includes round-trip plane tix, hotel accommodations and Music Badges! Oh…and you get to pick someone super lucky to be your sidekick through it all!

Entering the sweeps is super simple: all you need to do is head over to Cheer’s Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/CheerAustin), upload a picture of yourself wearing colorful stuff, and voila! You’re entered. Enter soon, as the sweepstakes ends October 17.


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New Band (and free downloads!): Electra

Electra is proud to release the new video for their frenetic ska-rock ’n’ roll stomp “Coming to Get You!” The dark, left-field video catches one of the band’s performances as a series of freaks, geeks, and psychos sabotage the video.

Electra is currently signed to Anova Music – Tel Aviv’s leading record company – and their first two singles “Coming to Get You” and “Dawn of Summer” were instant radio hits. Their songs combine gritty, catchy melodies and garage rock swagger. They channel influences from Rockabilly grooves and ’60s soul to ’80s The Cars type music in the vane of The Clash and Buzzcocks. They’re quickly becoming one of the most provocative acts in the country and around the world.

The band’s also done a cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” that I’m in love with.

Free Download “Coming to Get You”

Free Download “I Feel Love” (Donna Summer cover)

Electra Tour Dates:
03/19: Austin, TX @ Spiderhouse (1:00 pm)
03/19: Austin, TX @ The East Village (8:00pm)
03/21: Brooklyn, NY @ Braur Falls (9:00pm)
03/23: New York, NY @ Pianos (9:00pm)
03/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless (11:00pm)
03/26 Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (6:00pm)

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New Download: Luke Rathborne

On the heels of an extremely successful trip to the UK which landed Luke Rathborne love from NME and the BBC, Luke returns to the US just in time for the release of his debut album, the split EP I Can Be One E.P. / Dog  Years E.P., which is out now via Dilettante Recordings.

People have been asking –  why the split EP?  Rather than  muddling his music’s disparate take on the world around  him, attempting to intertwine songs written under  different circumstances and in different frames of mind,  Rathborne decided to offer audiences his ideal window  into his headscape – two EPs, each unique in their own right, as one  album.

Dog Years EP (stream in its entirety on Soundcloud) embraces Rathborne’s more pop aesthetic – not shiny, happy pop, but effervescent, melancholic pop.  The title track offers a cynical poke to not letting the “dog years” pass you by.  The material from the I Can Be One EP was penned following Rathborne’s move to New York City after high school and completed with members of Antony and the Johnsons contributing to the arrangements.   The material on this EP takes on a somber, darker hue.

But while the tones change, the inspiration is largely the same. “All of the songs – on both EPs – are about being afraid of connecting, because connections open up the possibility of being harmed…It’s interesting that they intersect here, because I’d been playing with the idea of putting them together and seeing how they mix, but this seems a lot more pure – this is my music, this is what I want to say, and this is how I want to say it,” Luke explains.

If you’re headed to SXSW, don’t miss Luke Rathborne when he opens for The Stokes.  

Download “I Can Be One” for free here

Download “Dog Years” for free here 


03.11.11 – Vinyl Release Show @  Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA

03.15.11 – The Troubadour – Los  Angeles, CA **  (Sold Out)

03.17.11 – Auditorium Shores Stage  @ Lady Bird Lake – Austin, TX (SXSW) @@

03.17 – Paste Magazine Stage –  Austin, TX (SXSW)

03.18.11 – Filter Showcase @ Cedar  St. Courtyard – Austin, TX (SXSW)

03.21.11 – Bowery  Ballroom – New York, NY ** (Sold  Out)

** w/  Noah and The Whale

@@ w/ The  Strokes

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Clock Opera – “Belongings”


British band on the rise, Clock Opera will release their beautiful new single “Belongings” on May 9th via UK label Moshi Moshi (known for the early championship of acts like Florence and the Machine), as well as making their way across the pond to Austin’s SXSW to showcase their dynamic live show which is garnering them praise and fans in leaps and bounds.
Produced by front man Guy Connelly, “Belongings” is already a highlight of their live set; an incredibly beautiful and emotive song, while the b-side is the understated brooding and delicate “Let Go The Lifeboats.”

Click here to listen to “Belongings”
They have supported the likes of Yeasayer and Au Revoir Simone on their UK tours and have also delivered inspired remixes for the aforementioned artists as well as reinterpretations of The Drums and The Golden Filter. Clock Opera will be performing at this year’s SXSW festival for the first time, and wrapping up recording their debut album slated to see release later this year.

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