Show Preview: Austin Jukebox #4 – Saturday @ Beerland

jukeboxAs of right now, there’s a very very top secret guest headlining this event at Beerland Saturday night. We’ve been told it’ll either have all of Austin running to the venue…or you’ll just say “I don’t know who that is.” But…guests aside…the line-up of openers is remarkable enough to get you out on Saturday night. Jerry DeCicca(of the Black Swans) will set the mood for you early on, opening the night shortly after doors at 9 PM. Then you’ve got the powerhouse noisemakers from Burnt Skull, who always remind me that I need to go back and revisit Sewer Birth, their album from 12XU. Then of course, you get one of Austin’s most underrated, Knife in the Water…who have great news themselves…with an album on the way, and a reissue on vinyl too. All in all, even if you don’t know the headliner…don’t you wanna end up at Beerland? Stay tuned on twitter and Facebook for news of this very special guest!

Tickets for the show will be a measly $5 at the door!

 

Preview: John Wesley Coleman + Plantation Band @ Hotel Vegas (Tonight)

jwcSeems like a no brainer to me. It’s Wednesday, you’ve been locked in the house hiding from rising water, but the skies look to give us a break tonight, which means, you should grab your friends and go out. So why not enjoy the show over at Hotel Vegas that includes perennial Austin powerhouse, John Wesley Coleman. He’s the songwriter everyone loves, and he’s the one you deserve. Plus, our own Plantation Band will be opening the set, offering up their dark take on country vibes. And, to top it off, you get a nice little bit of non-local music via Vancouver’s Ballantynes. Go out tonight, go to this show.

 

Show Review: Parquet Courts @ Mohawk

Parquet Courts shirts 8 15 2016Covering all the shows in this town is trying sometimes, so we sent our good friend Phil Baier, of Summer Salt, out to cover US Weekly and Parquet Courts at Mohawk last night. Here’s what he had to say.

“It’s muggy as fuck,” said Ryan Fitzgibbon, guitar player of Us Weekly.

“It’s kind of the perfect weather for this,” said fan in the crowd.

Both were right. The steady rain complemented the dystopian drizzle of Us Weekly. They played discordant mid-tempo music with hardcore punk vocals, yelling lyrics like “set me on fire” and “American hate.” The packed crowd loved the dark forces behind the band, and happily nodded as the sun went down.

Right when Parquet Courts started, the rain picked up. Their perky chords quickly initiated wet crowd surfers, leading to the retreat of skittish old people (and Chaco wearing me).

Playing songs mostly off Human Performance, they sounded just as crisp as the record. Their guitar sound was as expected, D. Boon (The Minutemen) style with the treble all the way up, bass all the way down. Andrew Savage and Austin Brown’s signature voices kept the energy going, even in the “muggy as fuck” weather.

Brown and A. Savage’s stage banter was a sarcastic loathe towards Texas, targeting wall building, the death penalty, lack of Uber, sports, etc., but no one took it offensively.

The edgy vibe matched their trademark sound, noisy yet damn catchy. They thanked all their friends for coming, and didn’t play an encore.

Show Preview: Quin Galavis @ Museum of Human Achievement (8.13)

quin-galavisMy Life of Steel and Concrete is set to be released by Super Secret Records, so the only way to guarantee you get your hands on it early is to head out to The Museum of Human Achievement on Saturday night. Let me tell you, not only will you get to participate in being part of the unique atmosphere of MoHA, you’ll also get what we can expect is an incredibly unique performance from Quin Galavis. Lately, he’s played some shows with his band, while other times he’s played whilst having actors play the role of those in his songs. It should also be noted that this is possibly the most unique/diverse listen you’ll hear in Austin this year, or even if you’re outside of Austin. There’s heavier edged stuff, there’s beautiful atmospheric pieces and there’s the shanty-like tune featured below (just to leave a few genre marks). This is going to be something really special, so be sure to make your way out on Saturday night.

Show Preview: OMNI @ Hotel Vegas (8.12)

showYou’re all in luck this Friday…tons of shows going on around about town. One of the one’s I’ve got on my radar has OMNI on the bill, who released one of my favorite LPs this year, Deluxe. They’ve got a little bit of proto-punk, spun in their own fashion; I couldn’t find a bad song on the record. But, don’t just let that be reason alone to attend, as two opener’s will also be celebrating the release of their new LPs via 12XU Records: Manhunt and Meet Your Death. This is one of those shows where you show up early, get settled in, then walk out with a handful of great records and fond memories of good old rock n’ roll. See you there! Sample a few tracks below.

Show Preview: Fear of Men @ Barracuda (7.23)

Fear of MenI’ve been anxiously awaiting this show for some time, knowing that the show we threw at SXSW with Fear of Men on the bill was just a slight tease…a musical appetizer if you will. They’ve recently released the stellar Fall Forever, building upon everything they exposed us to with Loom by adding extra layers and pushing those dreamy vocals. Pop fans have no other place to be but at Barracuda on Saturday night. The group will be joined by Puro Instinct and Typical Girls, so there’s even more reason to clamor for this evening. Grab tickets for $12 bucks right HERE.

Come to the Pollen Rx Tour Kick-Off @ Cheer Ups (7.21)

pollenWe’ve had a great year at ATH Records, and we’re not looking to slow down. We’re working on projects with Mean Jolene at the moment, and Pollen Rx! Hopefully those in Austin are taking note, and getting as excited as we are. Speaking of Pollen Rx, they’re about to head out on the road for two weeks, but they aim to kick it off with a blast of a show at Cheer Up Charlies tomorrow night. Not only are they a band to watch, but we’ve also got ATH Records alumni Shivery Shakes and Slack Capital vets, Que Pasa on the bill. Come hang out with us all.

Oh, and the below song will appear on the debut Pollen Rx LP, but in a different version…so keep an eye out for news.

Show Preview: Mitski @ The Sidewinder (7/2)

Mitski_EbruYildiz_31This Saturday evening, you get the chance to catch some of the most buzzed bands of 2016 in your neck of the woods at The Sidewinder. Headlining the bill is Mitski, who is riding high off the release of Puberty 2, which came out earlier this year and is turning heads with both its beauty and its gore as Mitski explores the light and dark of indie rock. Joining the bill are Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som, who both bring something special and different to the lineup. Japanese Breakfast will floor you with their perfect dream pop, while Jay Somis an artist of the self proclaimed “woozy” genre. I suggest you get there early to get the most out of your money.

Now, tickets are sold out, but doors aren’t till 8pm tomorrow, so that gives you plenty of time to scramble around and find yourself some.

 

 

Basketball Shorts Album Release @ Cheer Up Charlies (Tomorrow)

basketballTomorrow night, I ask that our friends in Austin please do what you can to leave everything behind and just let yourself free by joining us at Cheer Up Charlies for the release of the new Basketball Shorts record, Hot and Ready. Some albums are perfect in what they bring to the table…excitement, memories, exhilaration…all present on this new release. Plus, the line-up for the show is stacked with local Austin talent: Popper Burns, Foreign Mothers and Flesh Lights. For those of you not in Austin, but looking for your favorite new album, it’s available HERE…and shipping out already!

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