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Adam Torres announces U.S. tour dates in support of new releases

Austin folk songwriter Adam Torres has announced a series of U.S. summer tour dates in support of his EP, Came to Sing the Song, and his LP, Pearls to Swine, both out now on Fat Possum Records. Torres' releases are melancholic, introspective journeys, carried along by intricate acoustic fingerpicking and Torres' signature ethereal falsetto. The tour kicks off July 27th at Antone's in Austin. Watch the official video for "Juniper Arms," off Pearls to Swine, below. - Ethan Ames


The Naked Tungs releases debut EP

Austin's The Naked Tungs recently released their debut EP, Hear It Calls, an intriguing blend of garage, new wave and roots rock which showcases the band's natural pop sensibility and charming lo-fi character. With subtle time signature changes and diverse instrumentation - from touches of pedalsteel guitar to lead tones reminiscent of Hendrix and The Clash - each song in the five track release has its own unique structural and tonal flavor. Hear It Calls is a promising introduction to a band with potential. Check out the title track below! - Ethan Ames

Leather Girls release new single, "Arabian Daze," embark on U.S. tour

Austin's garage-rock four-piece Leather Girls has dropped single "Arabian Daze," ahead of the June 2nd release of its self-titled album on on Yippee Ki Yay Records. "Arabian Daze" is awash in the influence of '60s and '70s rock 'n roll. Hints of The Kinks and The Goo Goo Dolls emanate from its uptempo standard blues structure, reverb-drenched harmonies and a wah-wah-driven guitar solo. Leather Girls will embark on a U.S. tour June 2nd through the 17th. See poster for details/dates, and check out the new single below! - Ethan Ames


Drag Me Over Rainbow Layers Genres on "The Claw"

Shoegazed and sultry, "The Claw" by Drag Me Over The Rainbow is the first single on the forthcoming debut EP from the Austin psych trio. Staccatto guitar riffs wind around soft reverbed vocals, the song then opens up into passionate choral release of frustrated energy. Boston transplant and frontman, Mat DelloRusso, understands how to use his arsenal of musical talents to create a dazed and druggy soundscape that lulls the listener into a trance before tearing through the ennui and injecting amphetamined rhythms and percussive destruction to bring his audience back down to a hard-rocking reality. While cues are taken from Shoegaze pioneers ike My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, Drag Me Over the Rainbow is part of a more accessible Austin psych scene that refuses to flatline through each song, instead opting to implement heavy pounding choruses and thrash through bridges.  While you might hear shades of other Austin bands like the Black Angels and Holy Wave in their music, Drag Me Over the Rainbow has a unique style whose trajectory is aimed into a uniquely uncharted awesomeness. Get the full experience by seeing their live show complete with 60's psych light projections and oils, compliments of DelloRusso.



Soaked Debuts Summer Surf Punk Splash with "Julia"

 Psychedelic videos, college dropouts, slacker vibes all swirl together in the Austin-based surf punk band, Soaked. A true Austin creation, Soaked formed after guitarists Jimmy Minter and Maxx Eaton met hanging around East side music hotbeds like Hotel Vegas. Soaked springs from the same vein as other mischievous surf bands like Jacuzzi Boys, Diarrhea Planet, FIDLAR, and Wavves. However, the high energy live shows and sugary pop melodies carve a unique sound that got the attention of Yippee Ki Yay Records who helped release the band's debut album, I DON'T WANNA WAKE UP TODAY. Warm reverb emanates from the simplistic yet addictive guitar sound, while the good-natured attitude of the band makes their care-free charm somewhat irresistible. A perfect score to the languid and balmy Austin Summer weather, Soaked is soon to be creeping through your poolside speakers.

-Lee Ackerley



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