There are many reasons why bands tend to take a hiatus. Reasons such as conflict within the group, lack of creativity, and loss of direction. Sometimes life just gets in the way of a music career, but it’s not a forced or unwelcome break; it’s a much more positive experience. Such is the story of the Santa Barbara based septet, The Mad Caddies, who graced a stage in Austin at Red 7 for the first time since 2006.
Thursday night had a lot to live up to: big stage, bigger venue, and a band who seem to be bigger by the minute. What else was big? Ticket prices. With Standing GA/Floor tickets going for 70 dollars and seats for 50, I was hesitant to fork over the big dollars, but having seen this band twice before, both in a festival setting and on their own, I knew the incredible live show they were capable of. I talk, of course, of Arcade Fire, indie rock cornerstone band that has bled into the mainstream. While not a big fan of Reflektor, I lowered my expectations in anticipation of the heavy prevalence of these new tracks, but I did not expect the level of gimmicks that was in store for the night.
This weekend, above most normal weekends, is a pretty good reason to go out. There’s a benefit being put on by sxswcares, raising money for victims of the SXSW tragedy. A lot of these venues are saving up for donations, are hosting events, as well as directing folks to various on-line auctions to raise money, so be sure to help support the worty cause; remind people what a great community we are. So, with that in mind, here are my suggestions for great shows to hit up this weekend. Read More
|Date||Monday, April 7th|
|Tickets||$10 from Transmission|
I imagine it’s been fairly difficult for S. Carey to escape his ties to Bon Iver, but with the recent release of Range of Light, he seems to continue to get beyond the shadows of his other work. His songwriting is quite intimate and personal, allowing listeners to find themselves lost in his musical compositions. He’ll be joined at Holy Mountain by White Hinterland, another group that’s crafting these ornate pieces that quietly immerse you in another world. And, opening the night will be local lady-hero, Dana Falconberry, who really needs no introduction. You’ve got three great musicians, and no excuses, so head out tonight! And, S. Carey has a free show at Waterloo at 6 if you’re into that sort of thing.
Download: S. Carey – In The Dirt [MP3]
Things are heating up here in Austin, with several really big shows coming up in the month of April. But, before we get into the full swing of things, let’s take a look at what’s going on this weekend. There’s definitely shows we expect you to attend, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Below you’ll find our suggestions for the musical weekend of April 4th-6th, including some great free gigs See you out on the town, and don’t forget to support the bands buy buying something while you’re out. Read on for details… Read More
Looks like we’re in for a nice weekend, weather-wise, so that makes things perfect for a venture out to some of our great local venues to catch a show, or maybe even two. There’s lots of good shows this weekend, most of which are featuring local bands we adore. Take a look, a listen, and pick a show to hit up this weekend. Hopefully we’ll see see you there.
Friday, March 28th:
Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, For Her & the Snow – Lamberts – 9:30 – $8
Saturday, March 29th:
Spray Paint, Nazi Gold, Empty Markes, Massageinist, Slash & Spread – Hotel Vegas – $5
Roger Sellers, Hikes, Chipper Jones – Holy Mountain – 9 PM
|Date||Thursday, March 27th|
|Location||Cheer Up Charlies|
Traveling acts are rather sparse this week, as the bands wait for us to clean the streets of SXSW, so you’re best bet is to catch one of the great local acts playing about town. My suggestion is to catch RF Shannon this Thursday evening over at Cheer Up Charlies. The show is FREE, for one, but the group is also one of the acts who everyone is expecting a big year from in Austin. They’ve just released their Hunting Songs LP on Punctum Records, which is worth your listening pleasure. They’ll be joined on the evening by King Mary and Real Live Tigers. Join me, won’t you?