It’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!
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I 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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As the weather unfortunately heats up, that means there’s also a music scene heating up. There’s tons of shows this weekend in particular, both local and traveling. I won’t bore you with details, but remind you to show up early to catch openers, especially the local ones like Sweet Talk playing at Mohawk tonight. Here you go: Read more
…with a brief visit to Cheer Up.
So we talk quite bit about supporting the locals. We also suggested making supporting the locals easier with folding in the artists in smart ways. Our friends at The Mohawk had a great idea; why not fill a night off with an inside/outside show for a cheap cover to help you see a ton of local talent? Make it so.
Perfect excuse to have fun with the nifty fifty and spend a night milling about The Mohawk and saying hi to friends with a soundtrack provided by Little Radar, Wiretree, Young Tongue, Supermoon, Black Books, Modern Medicine and a quick trip next door to catch up with Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up.
Click through for thoughts and plenty of pics!
If you’re in the mood for a uniquely pressed felix-disc then I think your best bet this week is to order the new single from Austin’s El Campo. The song features a prominent bit of banjo playing, but while that may hint at a country-infused number, you’ll hear much more of a warm pop approach in the delivery of the vocals. Personally, I think the group is one of the more dynamic acts in town, able to walk that line between folk/americana and pop music; you can’t help but to love the tracks that are featured on this release. You’ll be able to pick it up this Friday at Cheer Up Charlies, or order it from their label, and our friends, over at Punctum Records.
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||Thursday, March 27th
||Cheer Up Charlies
Traveling acts are rather sparse this week, as the bands wait for us to clean the streets of SXSW, so you’re best bet is to catch one of the great local acts playing about town. My suggestion is to catch RF Shannon this Thursday evening over at Cheer Up Charlies. The show is FREE, for one, but the group is also one of the acts who everyone is expecting a big year from in Austin. They’ve just released their Hunting Songs LP on Punctum Records, which is worth your listening pleasure. They’ll be joined on the evening by King Mary and Real Live Tigers. Join me, won’t you?
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Last week I brought you this rad jam from Netherfriends, the project of Shawn Rosenblatt. He came to Austin recently to start up a residency at the heralded local venue Cheer Up Charlies; he plays every Wednesday night throughout the month of December (including tonight!). Shawn claims to have come our way to take advantage of the weather, but I feel that he’s been rather unlucky in that matter (though today is beautiful). You can catch him playing his beautiful blend of pop music each week, accompanied by various friends. We wish him much success in his visit, and we wish you would get out there and see him! I mean, this song alone warrants your attendance.
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A few weeks ago, I caught wind of this catchy bit of pop from Mainland, a band that hasn’t really been around for too long. I indulged in a few listens, found myself bobbing my head and tapping these old toes, so I figured it’s best if I shared this with you all, especially since the band is coming our way tomorrow night for a special set at Cheer Up Charlies. The title of their new EP is Girls Unknown, and you’ll definitely find yourself nodding along to these summery tunes. Nothing wrong with a good old fashioned pop track.
Download: Mainland – Wasted [MP3]
New Years Eve is upon us, and I doubt any of you people have really solid plans for what you’re doing to celebrate. Well, let us assist you in that department with news of a party we’re helping sponsor going down at Cheer Up Charlies on the East Side. The show features an awesome “locals only” line-up in the form of Gold Spine, TV Torso, Ringo Deathstarr, Young Girls, Marmalakes, Sleep Good, The Zoltars, The Sour Notes and a Mouthfeel DJ set to end the night. Giveaways will also be handed out out in between each set by Fricano’s Deli, Strut Boutique, Birds Barbershop, Tiffs Treats, and The Highball. More information on this badass event with complete set times for each band can be seen over on the event’s facebook page.
Download: Sour Notes – Hot Pink Flares [MP3]
Download: Young Girls – Mexico in December [MP3]