Midlake Releases An Awesome New Video and Home by Hovercraft Builds A Local Soundtrack.

What a 2014 it's already been for Midlake, who continued this week the promotional whirlwind that began with the release of November's Antiphon. Yesterday, for instance, Esquire premiered the video for the album's second single, “The Old and the Young,” on its culture blog. Points out that site: The long-haired actor from the UK-shot clip is John Campling, who you may recognize as the leader of the Death Eaters in the last two installments of the Harry Potter film franchise. Check it out:

Also? The band was featured in the latest episode of Brooklyn website Wild Honey Pie's Buzzsession series, which features a video and some downloadable audio of the band recording “alternate, studio-quality versions of their songs.” Watch and/or download those clips here.

If all that weren't enough, Snowbird (read: the project of Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde and Stephanie Dosen, which features contributions from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, and Midlake's Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith, among others) began streaming the second single from its upcoming February 4 debut LP as well.

Those are far from the only locally-tied streams released this week, however. For instance, a reworked version of a 1986 Reverend Horton Heat demo that Johnny Rotten once called his favorite of the band's tunes made its way online this week. That track, known as “Longest Gone Man,” will also be available on the band's Rev LP, which will be released on January 21.

Then there's the playlist of local songs that Home by Hovercraft has selected to play before and after upcoming stagings of its On the Eve musical, which kicks off its second run this Thursday at Theatre 3. While the full list of songs is available here, you should pay special attention to the songs “Descendant Of” from Blackstone Rangers' February 25th-slated debut for Saint Marie Records and “Veneers,” which is a new Home by Hovercraft cut that also appears in the musical.

Also streaming this week are a set of remixes from for Central Track intern Taylor Effin Cleveland, which the DJ is calling the “Dallas Divas Remix.” The set includes new takes on songs from Sarah Jaffe, Zhora, Sam Lao and Jenny Robinson, the first three of which will appear together at Granada Theater later this month.

Then there's The Fox & The Bird, whose latest LP, Darkest Hours also earned its release today. Stream that sucker here and download it for the suggested donation price of $7. Standout tracks from that one include lead single “Wreck of the Fallible,” a harmony-rich cover of The Flatlanders' “Dallas,” and “No Man's Land,” which, early as it is, already sounds destined to wind up on our list of the 2014's best local songs come the year's end.

Speaking of new albums: Fort Worth punks The Longshots have a debut LP on the horizon that'll be released on February 25 via Mock Records; Andrew Tinker's Hand Drawn Records debut is slated for an April release; Son of Stan entered the studio this week to record his sophomore effort; and The Rye Boys released a video single from their upcoming debut album, MotherFolk'nRock'nRoll here.

Moving on: Denton's annual Thin Line Film Fest has decided to drop the “film” portion of its name prior to the kickoff of this year's fest, which is set to take place all around Denton between February 12 and 16. The biggest reason for the change, it appears, is the decision to incorporate a music portion to this year's proceedings — a move prompted, no doubt, by the temporary absence of 35 Denton this year. So far, only a handful of acts scheduled to perform during the five-day fest have been announced, and only one non-local (Sebadoh) currently appears on the festival's website. With tickets ranging from $25 for a one-day music pass to $75 for a week-long pass, though, one would expect that a substantially longer list of names should be announced in the very near future.

Elsewhere: The Stephen Malkmus-adoring Denton expats in Parquet Courts, made their screeching network television debut this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; DJs Dubble A and Trailer Swift moved their cheap drink-fueled weekly Trillwave dance party to Beauty Bar; BuzzFeed called Lil Twist the “most important rapper” from Dallas, which is just downright absurd, if we may say so ourselves; Fort Worth's Martin House Brewing Company announced that it will be releasing a brew inspired by the Toadies later this spring; the bands I Love Math and Sun City changed their names to Cantina and Analog Drift, respectively; and Vice released this awesome series of professional photos shot at Dimebag Darrell's 2003 Christmas party, which, truly, is a must-see.

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