Academicos Da Opera

Each week, we here at Austin Town Hall will be featuring one of the many great artists playing the late September Xemumba Latin Music Festival. This week, we cast the spotlight on Academicos da Opera. Academicos, a return act from last years Xemumba festival, are a group of about two or three dozen performers who will bring the pulse of Brazil, Samba, to Xemumba. The group will be playing that Brazilian Samba both nights at the Festival. Be sure to read our original post about Xemumba and buy your tickets. You can also check out an excerpt of that famous Samba music below which should get you jacked up for the show.

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Download: Academicos Da Opera – Samba Clip [MP3]

Xemumba

Our friends at Bemba Entertainment have finalized the lineup and are now selling passes to the second annual Xemumba festival going down at The Mohawk in Austin. If you weren’t in attendance last year, the event highlights the best artists currently tearing things up in Latin and South America (artist list can be seen on the fancy flier). This year, Xemumba has been expanded to a two day event on Sep. 12th and 13th with two day passes a mere $30 & single day passes $20. Don’t fret if you’re one of those people holding down a nine to fiver, doors for the festival don’t open on Friday until 5pm! You can also help promote this sure to be stellar event by adding Xemumba as a friend on facebook or myspace & liking the event on do512. Purchase your tickets now! Be on the lookout for exclusive mp3s, photos, and bios of artists performing at this year’s festival. Contact Brandon with Bemba Entertainment if your interested in street teaming it.

08/06 The Hold Steady @ The Parish

In front of a sell out crowd at The Parish on Wednesday night, Brooklyn’s finest The Hold Steady set off some M80’s with their raucous set-opener “Constructive Summer.” “We’re gonna build something this summer,” declared frontman Craig Finn as the “party pit” stumbled their way to the front of the stage. Touring in support of Stay Positive, the gang was sharper than keyboardist Franz Nicolay’s on-stage attire and brought a steady flow of beer-drinking, pot-smoking, Max Weinberg-lovin’, ass-shaking rock ‘n’ roll. This was my third time seeing The Hold Steady and by far, their best show in Austin yet. A lot had to do with the Parish’s flawless acoustics and the band’s diverse choice of songs for the evening (review and set list after the jump). Read more

Titus Andronicus @ Mohawk (8/8)

Recently pitchfork hyped band Titus Andronicus will be playing Mohawk tomorrow evening with local Austin act The Midgetmen. The show is set to start at 8pm with tickets costing you only $6. Head over to the Transmission Entertainment website to buy yourself some tickets for the show. You can also preview the tracks “My Time Outside the Womb” from Titus Andronicus & “Trickle Down” From The Midgetmen below.

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Download: Titus Andronicus – My Time Outside the Womb [MP3]

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Download: Midgetmen – Trickle Down [MP3]

I Got Jay Reatarded Last Night

It’s less than twelve hours since I walked away from the scuzzy walls of Red Seven, and still my ears are ringing from the sheer level of noise that I gladly witnessed, as rock n’ roll returned once again to my life. It’s funny, I listen to a lot of music, but its seems rock has become less of a staple in my music dietary supplements. I would like to extend my gratitude to Jay Reatard for reaffirming my belief in it’s greatness – even with possible hearing loss.

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ATH Presents Whitman & Friends

Austin Town Hall is proud to present Whitman w/ The Drawing Board and The Bridge Farmers at Emo’s Lounge Friday August 1st. Doors for the event are set to open at 9pm with The Bridge Farmers kicking things off at 10pm. Tickets for the show are only $5 for the above 21 crowd and $8 for you guys that haven’t hit that magic drinking age yet. Have yourself a listen to “The Girl in the Window” by The Bridge Farmers, “The Writer” by The Drawing Board & “Evangelist” by Whitman bellow:

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Download: The Bridge Farmers – Girl in the Window [MP3]

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Download: The Drawing Board – The Writer [MP3]

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Download: Whitman – The Evangelist [MP3]

Also, feel free to grab the show poster – send it to your friends, blog about it, etc.

7/25 Wolf Parade Show @ La Zona Rosa

Dim the lights. Shadows form on stage. Crowd screams. The sharp slam of a snare drum beats down signaling the beginning of “You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son”. Wolf Parade has just entered the building. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle. So marked the beginning of a masterful show by Wolf Parade on Friday night at La Zona Rosa in Austin. Read more

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