It doesn’t seem like Mark Ryan ever quits writing songs, and his work with Mind Spiders is always high on my list. They just tossed out this brand new song from their fourth album, Prosthesis, and it’s showing the continued progression from the band. Ryan’s voice has this haunting delivery on the track, while the guitars race you towards some evil late night crash scene, swerving in and out of your speakers. I love the fact that listening to this band feels so familiar, yet there’s always something refreshing and new from them in the way the songs come to a head. The new effort hits on March 12th via Dirtnap.
When we got a call from our friends in LA outfit, Criminal Hygiene, we jumped at the champ to help them organize a show. We got a couple of our favorite local acts, Pharaohs and Big Bill to join in on the bill, thus cementing a great rock n’ roll party that everyone would enjoy. Read on for a few short words and photos by B. Gray.
Mohawk had an exceptional week with two sold out shows, but perhaps none was more personally anticipated than that of the Cloud Nothings line-up on Saturday evening. I love every single band that was on that bill, and for those that caught all the acts, I’m sure they feel exactly the same. Read on for some words and photos from Brian Gray. Read more
Let’s make no mistake about it, the Tame Impala show at Stubbs’ was deservedly sold out! Blowing into town behind the release of two excellent albums, Lonerism and Innerspeaker, the venue was filled with a nice bit of buzz. They even brought friends The Growl along with them from Australia.
Read along for my thoughts and Brian’s rad photos.
When The XX announced their Austin show, tickets were virtually gone within minutes, forcing the band to add another show immediately. Such is the demand and the hype associated with the British group after the release of their album, Coexist. They brought friends Austra to town with them, giving listeners a glimpse at the operatic IDM realm.
Read on for some thoughts on the evening and pics.
Our adventures on the night of November 13th ended over at Red 7, catching some of our favorite Scots, Errors and Twilight Sad. It was vastly different from the earlier pop moments over at Mohawk with Jens, but welcomed nonetheless.
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We began our night of covering the Austin music scene over at Mohawk on Tuesday night, greatly anticipating the return of Jens Lekman to Austin. Openers did their job, if only to warm us up for our favorite Swede.
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Hey folks! Have you heard about the awesome art show/sale at Red 7 this Friday night, followed by an even more killer rock show? Well, it’s going to be a special night for the Austin community, so you owe it to yourself to be there. We’re offering you some insight into some of the great artists showing their work, and we’re pleased to introduce you to our hard working and genuine mate, Brian Gray. Meet him… Read more
Spending your Halloween at Stubbs seems like a weird route to go, but I was pleased to see at least of a third donning costumes for the show. I had high hopes for the acts, having missed Divine Fits last time around, and always loving a good Cold Cave jam.
Read on for more words and excellent photos.
I’ve been waiting to make this announcement since we first began planning Photo Pop 2012, which takes place Friday, November 9th. As a native Austinite I realize how important the community aspect of the local music scene is, so I wanted to highlight some of our favorite photographers who work their tails off to bring you the best footage of our local scene. Photographers Rick Kern, Brian Gray, Tim Griffin, Pooneh Ghana, Randy Cremean and Gary Miller will be displaying and SELLING prints of their favorite photography shot here in Austin. A portion of those proceeds will go to HAAM. But, that’s not the end of it. Since the photography wouldn’t go down without the rock, we’re putting on a show afterwards with some of our favorite local bands: Gender Infiniti, Low Times, Tiger Waves, Shivery Shakes and Grape Street. It’s a chance to enjoy some incredible photography (and get your hands on some good prints) plus stay and enjoy the rock n’ roll. Or you can choose one or the other, just be sure to support the local scene; it’s what makes it great. Here’s a tune from one of the bands, Tiger Waves.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/01-Countryside.mp3]
Download:Tiger Waves – Countryside [MP3]
Thanks to Transmission Entertainment for helping us organize this event!