Don’t feel like making the trip down to Selma this Friday, or braving the triple-digit heat? Why not just relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the Drafthouse Downtown and watch your favorite Texan on the big screen while sipping a cold beverage. Alamo offers up the 1979 documentary of the 4th of July Picnic featuring all the usual suspects – Willie and Waylon and the boys. Skip the heat and and check out the Drafthouse website for more information. Showing today (06/30) and tomorrow (07/01) at 10:10 pm.
No Age will be showing up at the Emos Austin indoor stage this Tuesday (7/1) with supporting act Abe Vigoda in tow. You can purchase tickets for the low low price of $8 on the ticketweb website. Opening act The Strange Boys are set to start at 10pm so No Age will probably be getting a fairly late start for those of you with jobs. Read more about No Age or hear a song off their critically acclaimed new album Nouns entitled “Eraser”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/no-age-eraser.mp3]
Saul Williams just released the first single “World on Wheels” off his upcoming album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust due out July 8th on the Fader label. This song strengthens the idea that Saul Williams is better experienced live.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/saul-williams-world-on-wheels.mp3]
Download: Saul Williams – World on Wheels [MP3]
In all fairness 101x does have a rather good show on Sundays called The Next Big Thing. I’m afraid thats the only nice thing I have to say about 101x. Unless, of course, 101x wants to purchase a large amount of ad space on Austin Town Hall, in which case we are the biggest 101x fans around!
For those expecting Alkaline Trio to come up with an entirely new formula for this album–their sixth full length–it may come as a disappointment, although it shouldn’t, that the band sticks close to their guns. They’ve been honing their skills at the pop-punk game for so long, that it might do more damage to fans if they strayed in a new direction.
Of course this album has the classic Alkaline lyrical stylings, filled with allusions to the darker side of things, which has always been Matt Skiba’s forte. An example of this lies in the song “Into the Night,” where Skiba sings “The carrion has been forgotten/Left for dead in the sun rotting.” It’s also visible with track titles such as “Calling All Skeletons” or “In Vein.” There is a real personal vibe in the lyrics as well, but I’ll let you listen to those on your own time.
There are some slip ups on the album such as the redundant lyrics in “Do You Wanna Know,” which is forgivable because of the quality of the music. Also, “Love Love Kiss Kiss” just doesn’t pack the same punch that the rest of the album offers listeners–not to mention how ridiculous the chorus is on this song.
However, there are some phenomenal songs here, such as “Over and Out,” which is probably one of the best songs I think that they’ve written in recent years– driven during the verses by some solid bass work. “Ruin It” is just another song that exemplifies everything that Alkaline Trio has been creating since their jump to the majors–and they throw in a nice vocal effect near the end to boot.
At first, I was weary of the really clean production on here–as I love the grit of that dirty guitar sound–but it really works to the benefit of the band here. Skiba’s melodies are well-suited by the newer sound the band has taken on. It makes the band sound sound really close to being at their absolute best. All good things.
Like I said, there isn’t anything new here–excluding the fact that there are new songs, of course–yet this is a solid effort from a well-seasoned band that has been doing it longer and better than most. Not quite the perfect album, but pretty close.
Below is a song called “Help Me” off the new album:
Modey Lemon was one of the more intriguing artists I caught a few years back at SXSW. Their particular blend of post-punk was the perfect dosage of rock n’ roll that I needed. Now they are headed our way again this Saturday night at Emos. They’ll be accompanied by The Strange Attractors, Manikin and Black Panda.
For those in need of a good evening, check out this guaranteed show. As usual, doors at 8, show at 10. You can get a good sample of their tunes by checking them out personally.
The sixth annual Keep Austin Weird Festival & 5K will be taking place this Saturday(6/28) at Auditorium Shores. With us being a music website, we don’t really care too much about all that running so let’s talk about the killer lineup of bands for the festival. Bands will be getting started at 3 pm with Super Pal Universe and going until 8:30 pm with headliner Alejandro Escovedo. Other highlights include Austin band What Made Milwaukee Famous and my favorite new artist coming out of Austin Black Joe Lewis. Wristbands for the event are only $10 which is less than what you would pay to see any of these bands. Check out the website for the event for more information & band lineups. If that’s not enough to make you want to go, listen to “Gunpowder” by Black Joe Lewis and you’ll change your mind. Promise.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/gunpowder_black_joe.mp3]
Islands are forever. Islands showed me at Waterloo on Monday what they were trying to do with the new album. If you read our review of their most recent album Arms Way, you know that we were kind of indifferent to the new direction the band was taking. We don’t hate the songs, but we don’t love em either. After Monday, Islands changed my mind about the album as so many bands can do when playing new material live. Read more
The F-Yeah tour will be bringing the traveling road show to Mohawk on Friday evening. The list of acts include Matt & Kim, Deathset, Brother Reade, Keith Morris, Team Robespierre & many more. Tickets for the show are only $8 and you can buy them ahora on the front gate tickets website. For more information about the show, check out the brand spankin’ new Transmission Entertainment website. You can also preview the show with a song by Matt & Kim entitled “Yea Yeah”. Get yo dancin’ shoes ready! Also, according to their myspace page, the Crystal Antlers will be doing an after party at the Lamar Bridge around 2 am after the show at Mohawk. I don’t know much about it, but I’m sure it will be a good time.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/matt-and-kim-yeayeah.mp3]