Ume opened for Mission of Burma a few days ago, and no doubt, the crowd would have gotten a taste of their latest sounds. With the new track “Captive”, they show a bit of a more polished sound. Not a shock, this band is getting better at being a band. It is a cohesive, pretty and strong track, with addictive guitar hooks to keep you glued. With similar acts like Metric and Joy Formidable gaining momentum, let’s hope Ume can capitalize.
The new album Phantoms will land August 30 on Modern Outsider, a new Austin label started by husband and wife team Chip and Erin Adams (nice people). You can preorder it now.
Download: Ume – Captive [MP3]
The Rumble was back in town featuring three local acts. Hosted ever so graciously by Beerland, ATH joined a Wednesday night crowd for the mystery beer special and The Asteroid Shop, Bali Yaaah, and The Ghost Wolves.
The Ghost Wolves raised brows, putting on a great power duo performance, even covered a Mountain tune. A complete contrast, Bali Yaaah shared their blend of dance, worldbeat and psych. The Asteroid Shop brought big anthems of Indie-Alt.
Don’t be afraid. Pics from the show after the break…
It was hot. The air was human temperature as Foster the People performed to hands in the air and a crowd-sourced backing vocal. It was a show that was booked well in advance of the blogospheric rise; I get the feeling that Stubb’s would have been sold out. Hearing $80 deals go down to get into Emo’s?
Gardens & Villa opened, so head past the break for words and pics…
Ola Podrida opens for Explosions in the Sky in a homecoming show for the local instrumental rock band vaulted to relative stardom because of a TV Show about High School Football. ACL Live plays host as a loyal audience takes in a meandering mix of songs over EITS’s successful by instrumental rock standards career.
Jump for impressions and pics…
Zach Condon brought Beirut to town after playing Free Press Fest in Houston on the way to Bonaroo. New material is starting to trickle out to the intarwebs, but the older songs show no age as they are timeless. The mix of a little new material with the best of the band’s catalog made for an amazing and sweeping playlist for an artist just twenty-five years of age. Twin Sister came along for this gig at the Moody Theater at ACL Live (what I now call the Bat Cave).
More about the show and plenty of pics after the jump…
I’ve had job offers to move to Dallas, Houston and New Orleans. I just couldn’t do it. Those are OK places (except Houston), but life wouldn’t be as good. What is it that I love? Why do we all stick around?
After the relatively low-fi, low-tech environs of Antone’s, a show at the Parish was in order. Since the remodel, the Parish has been a favorite for audiophiles that enjoy a light show beyond CFL’s with colored Saran Wrap over them to illuminate the performers. Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s open for Mr. Dullli in his current incarnation with The Twilight Singers. Many friends in tow, Afghan Whigs fans and loyalists to Margot filled the venue on a Tuesday. Continued…
Antone’s is a beat off the beaten path for an indie music fan. With White Lies and Asobi Seksu coming to town, it seemed a strange venue to play host the popular Brit-pop/Indie bands. But host they did and the fans were happy to fill the space. It was a young crowd, all ages for sure. New fans for AsobiSeksu were earned. White Lies cemented fans’ loyalty. Jump it.
Airborne Toxic Event returned to Austin, this time to headline at La Zona Rosa. Austin festival regulars, this was a first for the band, not hauling gear offstage after their set to scurry across town. Voxhal Broadcast came along. More after the jump.
The Month of May.
Arcade Fire came to the Backyard, my backyard as we live about ten minutes away. The weather could not have been better and l had photo credits for one of biggest shows of the year. Check past the jump for more on the show that features Austin’s Schmillion and Explosions in the Sky opening.