Chaos in Tejas Pick: DIIV @ Mohawk

DIIV Whiner

Date 5/30/13
Location Mohawk
Doors 7pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

Chaos in Tejas is here and the little festival that could has some nice lineups to choose with starting out this evening.  An ATH approved pick for the evening would have to be the headlining DIIV show at Mohawk (despite their whiney behavior during SXSW).  The remainder of the lineup is also solid with Deep Time and SURVIVE on the outside stage and Troller, ((Pressures)), and Phantom Lakes inside.  Start the weekend off right with some great indie pop music.

Contest! The Babies @ Mohawk (12.14)

Date Friday, December 14th
Location Mohawk
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $8 from Mohawk

We’re drawing to the very end of what has been a great season of rock n’ roll, and what better way to wrap things up with a visit from The Babies.  The part Vivian Girls, part Woods, super group blasts into town fresh off the release of their very excellent Our House on the Hill.  Their music alone would be reason to go to this show, but we’ve also got the benefit of some incredible openers, namely Deep Time and Gal Pals.

Interested parties can enter our contest for a ticket with accompanying +1.  Simply leave a comment about anything you want, and we’ll pick a winner the morning of the show.  Good luck!


Download:The Babies – Run Me Over [MP3]

Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012

It’s that time of year folks, when we here at Austin Town Hall try to convince you that we know what’s what in the world of music.  We’re starting things off with our list of Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012.  We purposefully left out EPs, just focusing on the Album as a whole, since that’s our favorite form of media.  Before you read this, please know that this is just the expressed OPINION of ours, and you’re definitely cool to disagree. Let us know your thoughts, and make sure your favorite Austin bands send us their hits in 2013!
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Video: Deep Time – “Gold Rush”

Deep Time is an ATH Favorite.

Given the strong opening set at the recent Mynabirds show and their show tonight at The Mohawk, it should come as now surprise that we would want to share a video they released for the song “Gold Rush”.

The video was directed by Cassandra Hamilton and features frivolous ghosties playing on the left coast. Moreover, this is one of my favorite songs by the band so please check it out.

Embed after the break…

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Friday Show Round Up @ Austin, Texas

Man, there’s tons of good local acts doing their things all over the great city of Austin, so I just wanted to highlight a few of the must see acts…you can pick your favorite, or hop all about.

Deep Time w/ Hidden Ritual and Blackgum @ Mohawk  — $6 — Doors @ 9 PM

Calm Blue Sea opening for Ours @ Emos East — $15 — Doors @ 8 PM

Mother Falcon w/ Les Rav and Shakey Graves @ The Parish — $10 — Doors @ 8 PM

The Preservation w/ Bobby Jealousy and Major Major Major @ Frank — $6 — Doors @ 9:30 PM

Here’s a hit by Deep Time and Calm Blue Sea to get you in the mood:

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Show Pics: Mynabirds @ The Mohawk (7/28)

Back to the friendly confines, Mohawk’s inside stage played host to the Mynabirds touring with locals Deep Time. Another local band My Jerusalem used the opening slot.

It was a cool mix. The outside show with Murder By Death as headliner had a comfortable crowd, some of which stayed behind for the inside show which added to the crowd but it was never “crowded”. The night felt like a showcase or label party. Calm, plenty of friendly faces, the kind of show you can go to solo and just have fun in the crowd.

Click through for plenty of pics and show notes…

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Show Preview: Mynabirds @ Mohawk (7/28)

Date Saturday, July 28th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

Tons of great acts are playing in town on Saturday night, but here’s where we have our eyes set.  Mynabirds sweep into town fresh off the release of their sophomore record, Generals; it’s been called enchanting, but most of all, it’s been called good. Personally, I’m stoked to see Deep Time, a band that really deserves some Austin love, seeing as they’re from our hometown.  They just put out their latest, Deep Time, on Hardly Art, and it grows on my the more I listen to it.  But, be sure to get there early because another great Austin act, My Jerusalem will be opening the night up.  And I’ll be honest, if you live in Austin and aren’t at a show on Saturday night, give yourself an F. Unless you have kids. Then a D since I gave you at least a day’s notice to get a sitter.


Download:Deep Time – Homebody [MP3]


Deep Time – Deep Time

Rating: ★★★½ ·

Working to cover the music scene in a town like Austin can sometimes be a bit much, and the sad truth is, you sometimes don’t give much attention to deserving bands.  Personally, I feel like all of Austin has largely ignored the continuous rise of Deep Time (the artists formerly known as Yellow Fever). Based on the music alone, their self-titled debut for Hardly Art Records, that should definitely change.

Immediately the duo of Jennifer Moore and Adam “not Pacman” Jones make their presence felt.  “Bermuda Triangle” features an opening angular guitar knife, before the rolling rhythm moves into the track.  Moore’s vocals loom large here, especially with her coy delivery of “oooohs.”  It’s a minimal sound for sure, with the band keeping things to the basics, but they add slight finishing touches here and there that bring the songs to life, such as on “Sgt. Sierra” where light keyboard/bell sounds come in and out of the track.

For the most part, this is the group’s formula, and while it’s not necessarily the most inventive out there, it’s a formula that functions well throughout the duration of Deep Time. Listening to a track like “Homebody” you can’t help but to fall for the way Jones rolls in with his drums, perfectly accenting Moore’s vocal delivery.  While her sharp vocal jabs are often more prominent, I really enjoy the warmth of her voice when it’s steady, as fans of her old band The Carrots can attest to I’m sure. One listen to the chorus here of “who cares if you never go home” and you’ll have as much appreciation for Deep Time as I do. There’s always this underlaying steadiness to the group’s songs that might go unnoticed, but maintaing a constant level of cool is difficult to do throughout an entire record, but they definitely accomplish that feat marvelously.

You can listen to “Gilligan,” which has sort of an abstract reference to the television show, and really appreciate the songwriting capabilities, particularly if you’re listening to the guitar work and the chorus.  These might be my favorite moments on the whole record itself, but that’s one man’s opinion.  And through it all, the band is still pushing themselves sonically; you’ll notice this when you listen to the album’s bookend track, “Horse.”  This is perhaps the most diverse track on the whole record, with changing paces, switching directions, and even a hint of a galloping horse…let’s hope the the band keeps pushing themselves like this.

At times, the duo walks the line of tedium, but they’re able to get beyond that on this self-titled effort by sheer talent alone.  Moore and Jones have always played well together, and changing their name to Deep Time isn’t going to change that.  All in all, it’s a pretty artful record, filled with ambition and creativity that any listener should be able to enjoy.


Download:Deep Time – Homebody [MP3]

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