On October 14th, the Magnetic Fields will be blessing us with their ukulele driven baroque pop. The show takes place at the Paramount Theater, and you can be sure that this show will be one of those moments that will live on in your memory for years to come, if not for a lifetime, at least those are my expectations–thus why I bought a front row ticket. Stephin Merritt is clever and genius, and he’s been doing this for well over a decade, almost two. Label me stoked. Click here to buy tickets for the Magnetic Fields Show
Nomo is an instrumental band from Michigan, who seem to have everything going their way at the moment. Accompanying the band will be local pop darlings Loxsly, who have always seemed like a mellower version of Voxtrot on record. But their live show has really improved, and they pack a little more bite live. Sample the musical styling of Nomo right here:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/brainwave.mp3]
Download: Nomo – Brain Wave [MP3]
Now that we’ve got you set up for the weekend, let’s start planning our week. Alkaline Trio is as powerful a three-piece as you will come across, and they come to La Zona Rosa to win us over this coming Monday night. You can check out our thoughts on their newest record and sample some tunes by going back in time.
You can still buy tickets to the Alkaline Trio show here. See you there!
Well, apparently we have a lot going on this Saturday. To add to our list of events, this is a party that has been going on in Austin for the last few years. Everyone Knows Everyone features a slew of Austin favorites, including our personal faves Rory and the Artificial Hearts, Young Love, The Visitors and Recover. There are several other bands playing this little shindig (click here for more information from Transmission Entertainment); it doesn’t hurt that it’s at one of our favorite local spots, The Mohawk.
You can buy tickets for the show from FrontGate – it’s only 8 bucks.
I love Jay Reatard, and I spent my day Tuesday, desperately trying to get my hands on the new 7″ from Matador. That 7″ hits Waterloo Records on Tuesday, but quantities are going to be limited, as the rest are already sold out. The 7″ is a split, with Jay covering a Deerhunter song, and Deerhunter covering his “Oh Its Such a Shame.” Give it a listen.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/oh_its_such_a_shame.mp3]
In other news, buy your tickets for Jay Reatard at Red Seven on August 3rd .
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![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/dyingisfine.mp3]
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.
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.