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Ume: Sunshower–Pronounced “Oo-may” is an Austin trio and was a Spin Magazine pick as an undiscovered band worth giving a listen. Sounding like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth rolled into one giant ball they bring guitar that snarls back at you with catchy melodies while maintaining this big city coolness. Fronted by Lauren Larson the band has boundless energy and is an happy, and their second EP is a noisy assault on your ears. It’s five polished tracks that are short, but deliver exquisitely with a genuine dynamic rock aesthetic that’s unpretentious and a mosaic of sonic reverb. 5.4 McRiprock’s

 Uncle Lucius: Pick Your Head Up–An album that brings impassioned lyrics and Southern grooves that are equal parts slop rock and outlaw country. An Austin-based group that focuses on American roots music and Southern rock their April 7th release includes sound that’s all analog which is a throw back in and of itself. 4.0 McRiprock’s

 The Vincents: Self-Titled–There’s a 1990’s grunge-esque affect about this Austin-based group. Front man Tanner has opened for acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, and other big name bands. Their grunge laden sound includes distorted guitar sounds with infectious vocals that recall a U.K> sound with a an ambient, somber and sonic pictures. Their are self-described as experimental rock, but they come heavy handed with a range from hard hitting guitar to a a track that is less guitar heavy and quite tender with a focus on the lyrics, yet flip back to the harder rock sound at any moment. 5.0 McRiprock’s

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