Show Preview: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Lambert’s 04/17


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Riding high off the release of her stunning album, After, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is gracing our great city with her incredible live act that is at once intimate and high energy. Aly Spaltro is notorious for her powerful vocals and while these vocals serve as the backbone to her music, it’s impossible to overlook the rest of the musical elements that we encountered on her most recent release that made for a large collection of excellent and infectious pop tunes. Lady Lamb will have you dancing your ass off one minute with sunny pop driven by the bouncing percussion, and then pulling at your heartstrings in the next with a stripped down tune. At only ten dollars, there is really no reason that you shouldn’t be at Lambert’s this Friday night. Don’t miss out on this one.

ATX Spotlight: Legendary Skies Release Novarupta (4/10)

11081179_1091877397495744_644842800649873449_nAustin’s been known to host an instrumental post-rock act or two…from Balmorhea to Explosions in the Sky, and everything in between.  Enter Legendary Skies, one of the newer acts on the scene, who are ready to unleash their album Novarupta to the Austin masses (and hopefully beyond). Interestingly, the band draw from all the forebears in our local post-rock scene, building crash atop crash, yet always falling in step with more intricate guitar pieces made for long drives along sparse Texas highways.  Head over to Hole in the Wall this Friday night to catch the band live, and help celebrate the release of their album.

Show Review: The War On Drugs ACL Taping 04/06

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Last year’s Lost In The Dream took The War On Drugs’ claim to fame to a whole new level, landing them atop most year end lists as well as a longtime spot in my personal listening catalogue. So naturally the folks over at ACL TV wanted to catch Adam Granduciel and company at the height of their musical career so far and get them on for a taping, which resulted in a short night of tunes mostly from that newest album. Read on for more thoughts on the night.

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ATX Weekend Show Preview (4/3 and 4/4)

The Twilight SadThings are finally back to normal after SXSW, or at least getting there, so we know you’re itching to get back out to the live music scene. Lucky for you, this weekend is filled with local and big name acts gracing our city, so get out there and get back into the swing of things. See you there.

Friday 4/3

Native Lights, Jonly Bonly, The Rotten Mangos, The Midgetmen, John Wesley Coleman, Ram Vela // The Blackheart // 8pm// 21+

She Sir, Wildfires, Rose Selavy, Tamarrom // Red 7 // 9 PM // all ages

Of Montreal, Yip Deceiver // the Mohawk // 8pm // all ages

Dr. Dog, Mewithoutyou // Stubb’s // 7pm // all ages

Ramesh, Hidden Ritual, Moving Panoramas, Polio Club // Hotel Vegas // 9pm // 21+

Saturday 4/4

Stars, Wild Moccasins //  the Belmont // 8pm // all ages

Warm Soda, Blind Pets, Gym Shorts // Hotel Vegas // 9pm// 21+

Dengue Fever, Hard Proof, Vaaska, Glue, Impalers // Red 7 // 9pm // all ages


SxSW 2015: A Day With The Twilight Sad

The Twilight SadIt isn’t a new idea, plenty of people have followed a band for a day, but it is something I have wanted to do for a while now. The last time The Twilight Sad was in town in support of We Were Promised Jetpacks, I had some time to chat with James, lead vocals, and Chris Patin, the tour manager, about following the band for a day during SxSW. You see, Chris is a friend of the program; he is in The Calm Blue Sea. James and I oddly ended up standing next to each other at several day parties in previous SxSW’s and we have had friendly conversations about tea, food, travel, normal human stuff. Seemed like a good fit. What follows is an account of the day, followed by a ton of pics. As a bonus, I got to see several other bands, some pretty damn good ones, including Torres and Ringo Deathstarr (more on them later).

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ATX Show Spotlight: Carry Illinois @ Cheer Up Charlies – Tonight (FREE)

carrWednesday March 24th will see the unofficial launch of indie/folk outfit Carry Illinois’ first full length album “Alabaster”. Fronted by local folk stalwart Lizzy Lehman, who has a slew of solo records as well as an album with the now defunct the Blackwells, Carry Illinois brings the best of pop rock to the soulful foundation of folk song craft. Carry Illinois will be supported by other great acts such as the Loblolly Boy and the Deer. Lovers of Americana, folk, and pop rock will not want to miss this show. Currently Carry Illinois has released two tracks for streaming on their Soundcloud Page to whet your whistle. Physical copies will be available at the show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on March 25th and the official release is slated for April 7th. Music starts at 9pm with Loblolly Boy, followed by the Deer at 10pm, and Carry Illinois will cap the night off at 11pm.This show is a free one so no excuses y’all!

Show Preview: Nite School @ Cheer Up Charlies (3/12)


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As we are now just days away from SXSW, why not go ahead and kick things off in style tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlies with the weekly Thursday showcase put on by Nite School?  Highlighting the bill for me is Houston product Factory Party.  Who is Factory Party you say?  They are a band who started many many moons ago, called it quits for a long time, and are now ready to “re-unite” and make some noise again.  The band features two founding members of ATH approved Young Girls so you have to know we will be behind most anything they do.  Also on the bill for the evening is headliner And the Rumors along with DJs Roger Wilson and Scorpio.

Check out the most recent Factory Party albumfrom 2009  entitled After the Death There is Nothing.

ATX Show Spotlight: Wildfires EP Release @ Cheer Ups (Tonight)

fireThere’s always a brief lull right before the storm, except this year, there isn’t.  There’s tons of shows with Austin band’s all over town, and tonight I encourage you to head to Cheer Up Charlies to catch the Wildfires EP release.  The band offers you pop music via a kaleidoscope of dreaminess and shoegaze elements.  I’m really excited to hear the band’s EP in full, but for now we’ll let you stream this brand new song they’ve got for you. Plus, there’s other local greats on the bill like The Sour Notes, The Zoltars (who just released their 3rd album recently) and Telepods. The weather’s been great, so why not enjoy your evening with great tunes.

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