Weekly Roundup Aug 18 – 24, 2013

Got a brand new Weekly Roundup for you to kick the week off right.

Last week, Dave shared some new music from Vikesh Kapoor, Widower (for their CD release party), and Martin Zarzar. I shared the latest track from Basia Bulat, the new video from Little Daylight, and my hybrid Weekly Roundup / show picks had the latest video from Aly Tadros and a song from Ten Ton Man, if you're interested.

I will have more live picks in a post later this week, but tonight you should go see Caitlin Mahoney at Rockwood Music Hall at 8:00. She's on Stage 1, which is usually free. Check out this awesome live recording video of "Goodbye Cruel Friend." It's a powerhouse, vocally and emotionally. A gorgeous and affecting listen. A free download is available by signing up for Caitlin's mailing list here.

It's quite simple musically but there is something so powerful about this track "A Part" from Brooklyn duo XNY. Love how it builds and the delivery of "I'm not like you." Their newest album Orange is out now.

Their name may seem to imply some hesitancy, but there's nothing tentative about the music of Shark? Their new song "This Is Living" is going to hit you hard if you've ever felt unfulfilled by a mundane day job, or just if you are a fan of fuzzy garage rock. New album Savior will be out 10/1.

Another new track from Emergency Tiara, and it's another catchy gem about women and men. This one is called "Downtown Boy," and there are some good details in the story. Do you think the Downtown Boy has ever met Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl?" Anyways, the EP will be released 11/12.

We also have another new track from Whale Belly I'm digging. It's called "Earthy Eyes." I like the strong vocals and the textures of the guitars. I Was Once A Bird will come out this fall on October 8th.

Here's a real shot in the arm from Aussies Hey Geronimo, "Lazer Gun Show." Just try and sit still when you put it on. Apparently this is a festival favorite, and I can totally see that. It's great, you'll dig it. A perfect blast for the last parts of summer (and a way to keep the feeling all year round). New EP due out this fall to include the track, so keep your ears open for that.

To cool back down, we have a real nice groove from Cass McCombs. It's the lead single "There Can Be Only One" from his forthcoming album Big Wheel and Others, a double album due out 10/15. This is also a great end of summer song, but more for the comedown and onset of fall. If I had a porch, I'd sit on it and play this right now.