Dim the lights. Shadows form on stage. Crowd screams. The sharp slam of a snare drum beats down signaling the beginning of “You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son”. Wolf Parade has just entered the building. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle. So marked the beginning of a masterful show by Wolf Parade on Friday night at La Zona Rosa in Austin. Read more
Pop-Punk greats The Fem Bots have a new song for you to check out. The song is called “Good Days” and is set to appear on the band’s newest album Calling Out due out September 16th. Read more about the band on their slick new website.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/01-good-days.mp3]
Download: The Fem Bots – Good Days [MP3]
Kings of Leon have a new song to download entitled “Crawl” on their website. You have to give them your email address, but isn’t it worth it? The new song will appear on the band’s forthcoming release Only by the Night due out September 23rd. What do you think?
So obviously the man himself isn’t playing at Alamo since he passed away in 2003, but they will be screening the documentary Wesley Willis’ Joyride as part of Music Mondays. The show will only run you $2 with a show time of 10:20pm. If you’re looking for a good time on a Monday night, why not buy a ticket at the Draft House website and enjoy the cult phenom Wesley Willis. My personal favorite song “Rock n’ Roll McDonalds” is below for your enjoyment/pleasure.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/wesleywillis-rocknrollmcdonalds.mp3]
Download: Wesley Willis – Rock N Roll McDonalds [MP3]
This time around Matt Pryor opted to go it alone. He left his band behind, and wrote and recorded this entire fifteen-song album in his home studio. It’s more subdued than his other works, but it accomplishes more, letting him roam wherever he chooses.
Here we find Matt at his most personal, though not entirely in the lyrics. The usage of an acoustic guitar, though not entirely different from all Pyror projects, lets you sit in the living room of Matt, while he tries out all these new tunes for you, at least that is the aesthetic I took from listening.
Not surprisingly, his voice sounds really strong throughout the album. Sure, it’s distinctly Matt Pryor, but a few years removed from mass touring seems to have cleared the throat a bit, allowing for some of the more pristine vocals I have heard from this guy. For some, the tone might come off a bit grating initially, especially if this is your first meeting with Matt, but hold on, for you will remember it forever in the back of your mind.
Lyrically, he doesn’t stray far from the usual stylings he has come to grace us with in the last decade. His themes range from the typical love to loss to friendship to observation. The interesting thing throughout this record is how personal the songs feel, without always having to discuss personal topics. You come away feeling that Matt wrote these songs just for your ears, and as a listener you couldn’t ask for more from a singer-songwriter.
My complaint on the album, if I were to create one, is that there aren’t really standout tracks–meaning there is not clear single, or set of singles. However, this doesn’t mean that the songs are weak, it just means that he has come up with his most complete album to date. A listener can go from the first song to the end without getting lost or bored. I suppose this is a good thing–depends on how you look at it.
Whether he is stripped down to the bare bones of an acoustic guitar, or whether he is backed by a full band, Matt Pryor continues to write amazing songs, accompanied by lyrics you can identify with throughout Confidence Man. This is just another warning to the music masses that Pryor is indeed a songwriter who still has what it takes to write great songs.
And, he is coming to Austin on August 23rd with his other group The Terrible Twos. Pick up your tickets.
Tonight Emos will host the danceable band HEALTH on the inside stage, fresh off their set at Pitchfork Music Festival. All signs point to a phenomenal show filled with dance tracks and crazed stage antics. If you’ve got nothing else to do tonight, this is where you should be. Even if you have something to do, this is still where you should go. Doors, as usual, are at 8 PM. See you tonight folks! Below is a song by the band called “Crime Wave”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/health-crimewave.mp3]
Download: HEALTH – Crimewave [MP3]
Oklahoma’s Colourmusic is set to release their album, F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13, on September 9th on Great Society Records. We have just gotten our hands on a new song for you to enjoy titled “Winter Song.” This is one of their slower tunes, but it shows the range of the band. Be sure to keep track of these guys as they are sure to build a huge following with their rocking live show.
For more info you can check them out on their Myspace Page.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/11-winter-song1.mp3]
Grupo Fantasma will be bringing their brand of Latin dance music to Antones this Saturday night. Tickets for the event are $16 and can be found on the Antones ticket page. Show time is set for 9pm. Preview the show below with the song “Gimme Some” off their 2008 album Sonidos Gold.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/08-gimme-some.mp3]
The show on Saturday kicked off bemba entertainment with a fantastic performance by Monterrey’s own, 60 Tigres. They lit up the night with funky bass lines, searing guitar riffs, and a percussion that commanded bodies to move in ways they never thought.