A Bub­ble en­joys hear­ing the Sun­sets

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Wel­come to our mu­sic picks, where once a week we talk to an Austin mu­si­cian and find out what’s been burn­ing up his or her CD player, turntable or iPod lately. Look­ing for a good mu­si­cal rec­om­men­da­tion? Take some ad­vice from peo­ple in the lo­cal mu­sic trenches who knows their stuff. Rec­om­men­da­tions can be lo­cal, na­tional or in­ter­na­tional, new or old. They only need to fit two cri­te­ria: 1) the mu­si­cian in ques­tion needs to have just dis­cov­ered them, and 2) it has to be fan­tas­tic.

This week: Af­ter a Fourth of July week off, we re­turn with a rec­om­men­da­tion from Wil­liam Glo­sup, singer and gui­tarist for bouncy garage pop quar­tet the Bub­bles. The Bub­bles play Pixel Pop, an orig­i­nal event at the Mo­hawk com­bin­ing fashion, art and ad­di­tional per­for­mances from Candi and the Strangers and the

Hap­pen-Ins, tonight. Doors open at 9:30 p.m,; ad­mis­sion is $5, $7 for mi­nors. Pro­ceeds from the event will ben­e­fit the Health Al­liance for Austin Mu­si­cians.

Wil­liam Glo­sup rec­om­mends: “To­mor­row Is Al­right,” the de­but al­bum from San Fran­cisco’s Sonny and the Sun­sets, pur­vey­ors of West Coast pop that com­bines 1950s doo wop har­monies with mod­ern hu­mor. Front man Sonny Smith’s “100 Records” art ex­hi­bi­tion — a sprawl­ing project that in­cluded 100 al­bum cov­ers cre­ated by 90 artists with songs writ­ten by Smith for all 100 records — re­cently swung through the Okay Moun­tain gallery.

Wil­liam Glo­sup says: “A cou­ple of weeks ago I was hang­ing out with this pretty classy friend of mine who is al­ways on the up-and-up, and he showed me this band called Sonny and the Sun- sets. They’re pretty new in terms of only just re­cently get­ting out of their own scene in San Fran­cisco. They just came out with this record ‘To­mor­row Is Al­right,’ and I can’t stop lis­ten­ing to it. It’s su­per-ad­dic­tive ’60s-kind-of pop. It sounds re­ally old and it’s re­ally hooky. It’s re­ally qual­ity. It’s kind of like a throw­back band, but it re­ally holds its own. Lis­ten­ing to it, I get the same feel­ing that I got when I heard the Strokes for the first time — I tried to as­so­ci­ate it with some older mu­sic and pin it down to what it was rip­ping off, but I couldn’t be­cause it was fresher than that.”

Check out the video for Sonny and the Sun­sets’ “Death Cream” in our mu­sic blog @austin360.com/mu­sic (as well as the Bub­bles per­form­ing “Pre­tend” at Trailer Space Records).

The Bub­bles are Chris Bal­com, We­ston Young, Seth Gibbs and Wil­liam Glo­sup.

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