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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cat Power at The Electric Factory, Musiq Soulchild at The Blockley, Tiger Waves at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Austin Conroy

Indie pop favorite Cat Power headlines The Electric Factory tonight.  Singer, songwriter and Georgia native Chan Marshall released her first album of original material since 2006 last year with Sun, following up 2008′s covers record Jukebox and 2006′s The Greatest.  Unlike many new releases, Marshall announced the title of Sun back in 2006 when work initially started.  Departing from her previously introverted, quiet and often sad sound, Marshall incorporated bright electronic layers and a tougher vocal style on Sun to trumpet her return.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Cherokee.”

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Lohse, Wooden Wand

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have teamed up for an upcoming album called Old Yellow Moon, out through Nonesuch Records on February 26th.  “Hanging Up My Heart” was chosen by WXPN as its contribution to NPR’s new 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing feature.  XPN welcomes Harris and Crowell to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio; tickets and information can be found here.

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My Morning Download: “Fields” by Tiger Waves (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 1/30)

The sun drenched, countrified, psychedelic and Beach Boys influenced Austin band Tiger Waves just released two new songs that are available for a “name your price” and your e-mail address here. The songs “Fields,” and “A Smirk & A Smile” continue to find the band nicely honing their influences and their songwriting craft. Below, download/listen to the new single. Tiger Waves headline Kung Fu Necktie on Wednesday, January 30th with The Goodnight Lights and You You Dark Forest opening.

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My Morning Download: “Summer” by Tiger Waves (playing The Grape Room tonight)


The Austin, Texas band Tiger Waves perform tonight at the The Grape Room. The band recently released their new single, “Weekends,” and their Don’t Be Yourself EP came out last March. You can download their EP and their new single for free here. The band doesn’t deny their love of The Beach Boys and Tiger Waves has been getting a lot of love from music bloggers for good reason; they write sun soaked, deliciously melodic indie pop gems. Below, download “Summer.”

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My Morning Download: “I Love You George Harrison” by Tiger Waves


Austin’s Tiger Waves have been getting some well deserved music blog love lately for their recent Don’t Be Yourself EP and their new song “Weekends.” The band’s breezy 60′s influenced pop excellently captures some classic AM pop radio sounds (Beach Boys, the Association, Mamas & the Papas) but in no way is the band derivative. It’s songs sparkle with classic pop phrasing with touches of psychedelia, jangly guitars, sharp melodies, and lilting, dreamy vocals. Below, download two songs from the band.

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