Long ago, circa 1996, I had myself a spiky little hairdo, wore a lot of polyester, and had an undying affair with ska music. That’s right, snob that I am, listened to ska, and loved it. One of my favorites was San Antonio’s Spies Like Us. They were more leaning on the surf-rock side, though they still loved those rock steady beats that made you up and dance. Well, that very band, still together today, still rocking like they did in the hey day of ska is playing at Flamingo Cantina this Saturday night. It should be a fun night, taking us all back to the simple little steps of ska.
For more info on the band, visit them at their Myspace page.
Want to mix things up a little bit this weekend? Why not head over to the east side of town and check out 60 Tigres throw down their latin-influenced funk/psychedelic/dance jams. The show is put on by our friends and newcomers to the Austin scene, Bemba Entertainment. Click on the flyer to your left for all of the information. And of course, we’ve got some funky jams to get you ready:
Scrolling across the world wide web, I was reminded that Ra Ra Riot are releasing their debut album on Barsuk Records. It’s your typical blend of pop and indie music, leaning more on the dancing side of things, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Their debut album The Rhumb Line comes your way on August 19th, and they have a date in Austin at Stubbs on October 3rd. You can pick yourself up a set of tickets for the Ra Ra Riot show right now; we’ll be sure to remind you.
Take a listen to their single “Dying is Fine.” Enjoy!
The time has come to throw on your tap shoes and join the ladies of Tilly and the Wall (there are two men too) at Emos this Thursday night. Their folk-pop tap dancing troupe is sure to brighten your evening, or at least give you an excuse to get out of the house for a little bit. And, you’ll be able to catch up with Austinites Belaire and Ringo Deathstarr for this exciting evening of music.
You can check out our recent review of their latest album O to see what we think and sample some tunes.
Through that friendly Internet, we have learned that the dates have been set for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008. This year the festival will fall on the weekend of November 8 & 9. So far, the only names that have been left out are those beginning with the letter D: Deerhoof, Dan Deacon and Dead Milkmen. I don’t know about you, but a re-united Dead Milkmen sounds pretty good to me. For those of you that missed out last year, be sure to make it out to this festival, for its probably the best one in town–just one man’s opinion.
You can check out news and updates on the fun fun fun fest here, or you can just keep coming back to us; we’ll keep you up to date.
Tomorrow afternoon at Waterloo Records we are fortunate to welcome local folk favorites, Brothers and Sisters, to the stage. Of course, it’s free! They just had a CD release party for their newest album, The Fortunately LP, and odds are that you might be able to get your hands on it prior to the actual release date of August 19th; if not, then at least you can get your hands on one of those free beers that always comes with a Waterloo Instore performance. So stop by and support local business and local music.
Download: Brothers and Sisters – One Night [MP3]
For those of you who grew up in Texas, or those of you who just like good rock music, you should know the lead singer of Sleepercar; it’s Jim Ward, formerly of At the Drive-In and Sparta. He’s been a staple in the Texas rock scene for many years, and while his new band is a little more mellow than those previous efforts, it’s still worth seeing. On top of that, you can see the countryfied post-punk of Lucero. That sounds like a great bill.
You can still buy tickets from ticketweb, and here is a Sleepercar song to boot!
Brothers and Sisters of Austin will be hosting a CD release party for their new album Fortunately at Club de Ville on Saturday night 7/12. The event will be starting at 9pm with music kicking off soon after that. Below is a new song from the band called “You’re Gone”
Blues on the Green goes down this evening starting at 7:30pm with Los Lonely Boys headlining the event. If you’ve never done the Blues thing, I’d suggest showing up early with a folding chair, a cooler of your favorite beverage & maybe some treats to snack on during the show. You don’t have to pay anything to get in but you will pay to park at Zilker…. so park somewhere else and walk. You can read more about Blues on the Green on the KGSR website.
Will Johnson of Centro-Matic will be doing the in-store thing at Waterloo Records on Tuesday (7/8). As always, the set will start at 5pm on the record store stage. Don’t forget the free keg beer! Preview a song by Will called “Closing Down my House”: