Shows

Show Preview: Pree @ Empire Control Room (5/22)

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Date5/22/15
LocationEmpire
Doors8pm
Tickets$5 online/$8 @ Door

It seems like Friday night is yet another one of those nights in Austin with tons of live music options to fit just about anyone’s musical tastes.  Lankford and I may be checking out Hamilton down at the Parish or hopping over to see Sungod at Red 7.  For those looking to see a promising out of town act on the cheap, head over to Empire for a show by DC based Pree.  You should definitely check out my SXSW interview with the band while you’re at it.  Locals fill out the lineup with Silver Ships kicking things off and Auroravore playing right before the headliners.

ATH @ Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation 2015

Time to reflect on Levitation 2015. I liked the name change away from Austin Psych Fest when it was announced as there are several bands that that may meander towards that genre, fans of the genre may love, but just aren’t “Psych” bands. I hope they continue to expand the diversity of the lineup. With that, let’s talk about this year and then you can gander a whole mess of photos taken at the fest.

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Show Preview: Abram Shook Album Release (TONIGHT)

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Date05/14 (TONIGHT)
LocationThe Mohawk
Doors9:00pm
TicketsTickets @ the door: 6$ (8$ Minors)

Earlier this week, Abram Shook released his second record, Landscape Dream, on Western Vinyl, and he’s bringing these delightful new tunes to The Mohawk tonight to grace you with their blend of different kind of eclectic folk rock. Not only do you get to hear some of those wonderful tracks from the new record, but Abram Shook will be joined by locals Cross Record and The Deer to make for a night of music that you really can’t afford to miss out on. Trust me, this will be one of those nights that make you proud to live in the company of such talent…if that’s not most nights.

 

Show Pics: Crocodiles @ Holy Mountain (5/6)

We are still catching up on unfinished business from last week. Psych Fest Levitation took over all things on Friday and I was stuck in prep mode before being able to post these pics from a lovely little show at Holy Mountain last week. We ran the Stephin Merritt shots from that night, Crocodiles is next up as we finish out our double-header night with jams. Along for the ride, we had Unknown Relatives and Que Pasa.

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Show Preview: Torres @ The Mohawk (05/09)

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DateMay 9th
LocationThe Mohawk
Doors9:00pm
Tickets10$ Here


Look, I know there’s a lot going down on Saturday night. Between Levitation, and this other great local show that ATH is helping put on, you’ve probably already got your Saturday evening plans on lock, but if you’re in need of another choice, you should head on over to The Mohawk and get your fill of broodingly powerful indie rock with a front woman whose vocals will blow your mind. I’ve already been telling you about Mackenzie Scott of Torres for some time now, but if you still need persuading, check out the track below, which has some St. Vincent vibes going for it.

 

ATX Spotlight: New Yuma Tune + Show Preview

11054385_1069905849688762_5689455370238310354_oLooks like this year’s going to be a great one for Yuma. The band has already released one new track, with this fresh number sure to stop you in your tracks.  “Loglo” is the name of the tune, and it’s likely to be one of the best pop tracks to come out of Austin this year.  You’ll hear a nice groove crafting a playful atmosphere, and the vocals add to that effect, making it the perfect jam for your pre-summer parties.  To celebrate the release of this new single, which you can grab HERE,  the band will be playing an incredible show at Blackheart on Saturday night.  Care Package (members of Borrisokane) opens the night, followed by Rose Selavy, Yuma and then Ramesh.  If you’re not planning on being at Levitation, this is the best possible show you can attend on Saturday night; we’re happy to be a part of it.

Show Preview: Crocodiles @ Holy Mountain (5.6)

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Date05.06
LocationHoly Mountain
Doors8pm
Tickets10 $ Here

Wednesday night ’round these parts has got you set out to make a tough decision as to how to spend your evening. Nathan already gave you a preview of the Stephen Merritt show that’s bound to be great, but I figured I’d throw a wrench in things and tell you about another show that’s sure to be a jangly guitar-rock filled good time. Crocodiles, who are on the verge of releasing their new LP, Boys are hitting Holy Mountain to give us some of the treats off that upcoming record. Having already spent some time with those new tracks, I can tell you it’ll be a smash. They’ll be joined by lovely locals ¿Qué Pasa? and Unknown Relatives which should make for a night brimming with psychedelic and hazy rock and roll. For ten dollars, you really can’t miss this.

Show Pics: Twin Bitches @ The Mohawk (4/30)

We had a fun night of having fun at The Mohawk. While reports of Kaiser Chiefs’ performance at Stubb’s trickled in with some vocal issues attached, Nathan, Nicole and I were enjoying local faves Slow and Jonly Bonly with a first time look at Twin Bitches. No issues here, other than wanting a few more people to join us. It was a full tilt batch of jams featuring broken guitar strings, pedal stomps, bass face and neck strains.

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Show Preview: Stephin Merritt @ Central Presbyterian (5.6)

smLet’s face it, once we wake up on Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a shit show.  Tons of things going on, including local bands, touring acts and festivals. So, let’s start off by pointing you to one of the shows I’m most looking forward to, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields playing at Central Presbyterian Wednesday night.  He’s playing with Sam Davol, and I’m honestly not sure what the set will include, though it’s sure to be great.  Put his MF work aside and Stephin’s scored plays, written accompanying songs to young adult literature and been involved in various other projects, so he’s got a huge category to draw from…and seeing him at the church will surely be remarkable. And despite his history as a curmudgeon, I’ve always found him quite endearing, sot he intimate setting seems the perfect way to see him. Doors are at 7, and you can grab tickets HERE.  Listen to one of my favorite songs below.

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Download: The Magnetic Field – It’s Only Time [MP3]

Show Pics: Dan Deacon @ The Mohawk (4/23)

Dan DeaconI think Austin may have skipped Spring.

I had never been a Dan Deacon fan, but recent tracks wooed me out last Thursday to The Mohawk to finally check out what many friends claimed to be an “event”, even chastising me for not having been. Indeed, I had a good time and, indeed, I enjoyed the live set musically along with the spectacle. Dan was joined on the lineup by Ben O’Brien and Prince Rama.

I have plenty of pics and a few thoughts after the break. Join me, won’t you?

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