The term Alt-Rock has been beaten to death, and for the most part, much of what makes up Alt-Rock isn’t much of an “alt” to anything. Such isn’t the case with Manchester Orchestra. The Andy Hull-led five-peice is an Atlanta based outfit that doesn’t aim for the banal formula that helps trendier bands end up on “rock radio.” Instead, as evidenced in their excellent new album, Simple Math, they take chances and never provide a predictable expereince that leaves you feeling as though you’ve heard it already.

Together since 2005, they have put out only 3 official albums, but a handful of EPs, also. It’s been reported that Simple Math is a concept album, where Hull (who is the band’s writer) uses a first-person perpspective to “question everything.” A more sonically cohesive effort than their previous two efforts, there isn’t any doubt as to why this band is packing large clubs around the country. Of course, it doesnt exactly hurt to be sharing a bill with another band that has garnered more than their share of media-buzz in the last year or two: Cage the Elephant (their “Aint No Rest for the Wicked” is one of the best rock tunes of teh last 5 years, easy).

These two acts, which have given Alt-Rock fans actual alternatives, will be hitting Texas in the next week or so. May 27th will see the double bill hit Houston, then Stubb’s in Austin on the 28th for a sold-out show. The tour will see its Texas-leg end in Dallas at the Palladium Ballroom on May 29th.

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math” from DANIELS on Vimeo.

The Felice Brothers “Ponzi” by fatpossum

We really dig The Felice Brothers. On record, they’re great and they keep getting better. On stage, they’re an uncontrollable, vaudevillian force. Teaming up with Fat Possum records, the boys from New York State have a new album to promote and are hitting the road. Celebration Florida will be out in May, and if the song above is any indication, we are all in for a new turn in the ragged road The Felice Brothers generally traverse – which is fine by us. We trust these guys.

For those in Dallas, catch them tomorrow night at The Loft, located inside of the Gilley’s complex. If this time through town proceeds similar to the last time, then expect a wild and loose show with plenty of energy and sing-along good-times.