Black Joe Lewis @ Continental Club (12/4)

Austin’s favorite son, Black Joe Lewis, is playing at The Continental Club on Thursday evening.  Black Joe is well known around town for bringing intensity and fire to his live performances that other local acts can’t compete with.  Mr. Lewis is set to go on at midnight with tickets only $10 at the door.  Gunpowder!

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Balmorhea @ The Parish (12/4)

Local Austin boys, Balmorhea, are playing at The Parish on this cold Thursday evening.  The band is joined by Silent Land Time Machine and The Indian Queen Medley, also out of Austin.  Tickets can be bought for $8 with showtime set for around 9:00pm.  Here’s a song from Silent Land Time Machine called “Everything Goes to Shit” that has really sparked our interest in the band.

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Download: Silent Land Time Machine – Everything Goes to Shit [MP3]

TMNT @ Alamo Drafthouse (12/3)

The Alamo Drafthouse at The Ritz downtown continues to bring us randomly awesome things with a showing of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on Wednesday.  As always, if you’re just expecting dinner and a movie, you would be wrong.  No, for this event, The Drafthouse is charging you $16 for the movie and all you can eat pizza in a variety of TMNT themed flavors.  Showtime is set for 7pm.  Buy tickets from the Alamo Drafthouse website and watch a sweet trailer on IMDB.

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Download: Cars Can be Blue – TMNT [MP3]

Apollo Sunshine On Daytrotter

Apollo Sunshine did a live set for the Daytrotter website right before we let out for the Thanksgiving break.  The 4 song set features a previously unreleased song from the band called “Better Change Your Mind” which you can hear below.  Listen to or download the whole thing now.

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Download: Apollo Sunshine – Better Change Your Mind [MP3]

Golden Animals In Austin (12/2)

Denton’s finest, The Golden Animals, are making a stop in Austin this afternoon/evening.  First off, the band plans on playing a free instore at Cheapo Discs at 5pm.  Later in the day, stop by Beerland to catch a full on live set by the band.  Beerland tickets will be sold only at the door.

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Download: Golden Animals – Try On Me [MP3]

The Lodger – Life Is Sweet

Rating: ★★★★ ·

Leeds band The Lodger released this album in May of this year, but Life Is Sweet has been taking its time to get completely acquainted with those of us on American soil.  Surely you will find tragedy in that, for this record is precisely the type of album that made British music a mainstay in U.S. college radio throughout the 90s.

This album opens up with “My Finest Hour,” which is a piano-laden song, gently sweeping along.  It floats somewhere in the world of Belle and Sebastian until the chorus brings in pounding piano and a quickened pace with the vocals.

Moments later you’re treated to the best song on the album, not that the rest aren’t here for your enjoyment.  It’s a foot-stomper of a song, with guitar work similar to that of Franz Ferdinand, but with a more pop-driven vocal.  “The Good Old Days” is sure to get you moving, no matter what your into.  It’s the perfect blend of upbeat indie rock and modern pop music.

The more you listen to the album, the more the infectious melodies lodge themselves inside your brain.  It’s similar to the first time you threw on a Smiths LP or even Orange Juice.  It isn’t anything that will go down as the most creative music of all time, but it’s the fact that the band has honed their skills to perfection; they get the most potential out of every single song on the album.

You could drop the name of pretty much every seminal Brit-pop band from the early eighties on when describing this band, but despite their shared commonalities with their influences, The Lodger is able to go beyond those same sounds; they create a sound entirely their own.  Surely this deserves our notice over here in the United States, as we can only hope that we get more guitar-pop from our distant cousins rather than the same re-hashed dance music time and time again.

Whitman @ Mohawk (12/5)

Friends of ATH, Whitman, will be returning to the stage at The Mohawk in Austin after a 4 month break from touring.  Whitman are joined by other fine local acts The Sideshow Tragedy, Bankrupt and the Borrowers, and The Couch.  Doors for the show are set to open at 9pm with first band going on around 9:30.  Tickets will be sold only at the door for $6 21+ and $8 for the kiddies.  You can read more info about the show on the fancy flyer made by The Versatile Syndicate.  While you can expect some new tunes from Whitman during the evening’s show, nod your head to “The Drifter” in the mean time.  ATH will be on hand snappin’ some photos so try to look presentable.

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