ATX Spotlight: Stream the New Knifight Album (+Album Release Gig)

KnifightSometimes I get mad at Austin’s Knifight.  I feel like they don’t give us enough shows to display their prowess; I’m not mad really, I just want to see them more often.  Perhaps that will change now that they’re releasing their newest effort, V.  You’ll still hear the band’s signature affinity for electronic touches, but I think there’s a huge leap in the overall construction of the tracks on this release.  They sound more mature, and the finer details have been given great care, making the group’s sound more well-rounded; it’s a lot more dense,in that great musical way (not like you Aunt’s pound cake). A powerful album to go with their dominating live shows should make these guys stick out in Austin in 2015.  Check em at Cheer Up Charlies tonight for their album release.

ATX Show Spotlight: Deep Cuts + Shivery Shakes @ Cheer Ups (1/29)

showIt’s that time of year, when things start to pick up across town as we warm up to SXSW.  There’s a great deal of shows this week, but I’d like to encourage you all to hit up Cheer Up Charlies to catch some local Texas acts that I guarantee will bring joy to your life.  You’ve got the impressive Deep Cuts folks from Houston, who are growing increasingly popular.  Shivery Shakes, who released their Three Waves and a Shake LP on ATH Records, will help keep your spirits up.  Plus Modrag and Casual Strangers intend to get you there early, as they’re both extremely worthy of your attendance.  There’s no cover and the show starts at 9 PM.  Come enjoy the weather and the good vibes.

New Years Eve Party @ Cheer Up Charlies

TicketBudBannerWell, you’ve only got a few days left before 2015 kicks into gear, so why not join us and our friends to really make your night a bang? We’re helping host a rad night of music and good times at Cheer Up Charlies with our friends at SOTO, OVRLD and No Play Music. There’s going to be tons of great bands: Mom Jeans, Sphynx, Sour Notes, Silk Rodeo, Grape St., Lowin and A Sinclair…so basically, you’ve got all the reasons right there! But…there will also be various other activities like a midnight balloon drop and free puppies. Party time starts at 7 PM, and it’s only $5!  You can guarantee entry by grabbing tickets HERE. Hope to see you out, and if not, have a safe night folks…we’ll all hang more in 2015.

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Show Preview: The Honor Farm Kickstarter Kickoff @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

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Date TONIGHT (12.18)
Location Cheer Up Charlie’s
Doors 7:00pm
Tickets Here

Austin-based filmmaker Karen Skloss has a new project, The Honor Farm, which is a thriller set on prom night. To celebrate this new film and kick off it’s fundraising in style, head over to Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight in your best getup to go to the mock prom you wish your prom was, with spiked punch as well as some sweet bands. Playing tonight for you to get down to are: Wil CopePanoramasJohn Wesley Coleman, and DJs RT and Ray. Get on your dancing shoes and prom best and go have some fun while supporting your local film scene.

Weekend Show Preview: 12.12-14

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It’s that time of week again that we all know and love… its end! Here’s a list of all the shows you could and should be attending this Friday through Sunday. Enjoy the fact that you live in a city that not only has killer live tunes always, and that it never really gets too cold for you to go out and enjoy them. A lot of these shows, as per usual,  include some of the great local bands currently crushing it, so find someone you haven’t seen yet and cross ’em off your list.

Friday (12.12)

Ringo Deathstarr, S U R V I V E, Indian Jewelry, Missions, Hola Beach, Ruby Fray @ The Mohawk // 8pm //Tickets 

Knifight, My Education, Young Mammals, Smoking White @ Holy Mountain // 8:30pm // More info

Jess Williamson, Dark West, Ryan Sambol, Migration of Wolves @ Cheer Up Charlies // 9:00pm // More info

Saturday (12.13)

Riverboat Gamblers, Ume, Red Animal War, Ghost Knife, J. Charles and the Trainrobbers, Broken Gold, Gentlemen Rogues @ Red 7 // 9:00pm // Tickets

Hot Chip (DJ set), Museum of Love (DJ set), Learning Secrets @ Ironwood Hall // 9:00pm// Tickets 

Sunday (12.14)

Sweet Sick Teen X-mas Show @ Hotel Vegas // 7:00pm // More info

Show Pics: A Night Out In Austin (11/29)

Night DriveI love the shows that happen during the Thanksgiving weekend. Students are home, it is usually local bands hanging out with friends, perhaps getting back from the road or just popping up to keep sharp before heading into the studio. Last Saturday was just that kind of night with two of my favorites in Night Drive and Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up Charlie’s and Holy Mountain, respectively. As a bonus, I got to see The David Ruffins and Ishi and so many friends that things degraded into full on shenanigans. Yes, shenanigans, full on. #lightpaintingcockandballs

Back to the music, The David Ruffins sounded like Austin “in the day”, Ishi brought the kimono-beard dance party, Night Drive made a point to engage every single person in the crowd before heading off to the studio (yay!) and Shivery Shakes sounded super tight after a stint on the road.

Click through and let me take on a visual journey…

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Show Preview: Alex Napping Album Release @ Cheer Ups – TONIGHT!

AlexNapping_VineetGordhandas-1It’s Friday, and you need something to do.  You’re in Austin, looking for a great show.  Problem solved, you should be at Cheer Up Charlies for the anticipated release of Alex Napping‘s debut LP, courtesy of Punctum Records.  It’d be easy to just say, go see Alex Cohen play; she and the band are great.  And that’s very true.  But, in order to draw a solid crowd, you’ve got to have some great opening acts, like Big Bill, Soft Swells and Lowin.  Big Bill‘s oddball garage rock never fails to impress.  Soft Swells are on the trustworthy label, Modern Outsider (local label!).  Lowin, well, let’s just say this is one of the next big things to get out of Austin. Solid bill from start to finish.  Get there at 8 in time for things to kick off!

 

Stream The Sour Notes New Album – Do What May

DoWhatMay_LP_FrontCoverI could sit here and wax poetic about the hard-working folks in Austin’s The Sour Notes, but that probably wouldn’t do me any favors, or them for that matter.  What is important is that today we bring you a stream of the band’s brand new album, Do What May.  The record features guest spots from tons of locals like Sabrina Ellis and Brendan Bond, and it’s likely to help the band gain more traction as they brace for a much-anticipated gig at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.  In the mean time, you can help them celebrate this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlies (more info HERE).  Enough of all that; here’s their great new LP.

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