Show Preview: Carl Sagans Skate Shoes + Vampyre

carlsaganIf you’re living in Austin, you might be tired of that old “Austin music is dying” retort; I know I am. So how do we stop it? You go out on Thursday and support local bands! Tonight you can catch Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes headlining over at Vegas, fresh off the release of their excellent self-titled LP. Plus, help put a little money in the pocket of Vampyre, who are about to head out on the road, which is the hardest part for Austin acts sometimes. Oh, and did you know Foreign Mothers have been back at the live rock lately? Well, they are…and they play on this bill tonight. All kick started by the fire burning of Sherman’s March. So come out to Hotel Vegas tonight…show starts at 10 PM.

**There’s also word that a tour-only cassette will be available at tonight’s show!

Contest: Beach Fossils @ Red 7 (4/17)

beachfossil452It’s a crazy couple of weeks coming up with too many shows to chose from going own in Austin.  Wednesday night a great show to add to your list would definitely be the Beach Fossils show at Red 7.  Lucky for you, we’ve got a couple tickets to giveaway and the deets are below:

Date: 4/17/13

Lineup: Beach Fossils, Foreign Mothers, Low Times

Up For Grabs: Your name on the guest list with +1

How to enter: Leave a comment about anything you want!

Closing time: Wednesday @ noon

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Download: Beach Fossils – Careless [MP3]

Austin Free Week: Thursday Highlights

I hope you’re all taking full advantage of Austin’s Free Week, despite the chilling temperatures.  There’s tons of great bands left and right, not to mention DJs and dance parties.  It’s a special time of the year when the music community gives back, so we’ve got to be there to show our love, right? Here’s my list of things to hit up on Thursday, though it’s just one man’s ideas.  Read more

Show Review: The Pharmacy @ 29th St Ballroom (11/23)

Turkey has come and gone. After the joys of fambly and the crushing defeat at the hands of the Frogs from Ft. Worth, Friday night was bound to be better with a four band show at 29th St. Ballroom. The Pharmacy was in town and we had locals The Bad Lovers, Pharaohs, and Foreign Mothers to surround them in Keeping Austin Weird.

The locals were pegged in the corner of the bar stage while headliners took it to the big room for beer throwing, bass hanging, big jams and really drunk dude being happy (and then taking a nap).

Read on for a few more thoughts and plenty of pics.

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Show Preview: The People’s Temple @ the Mohawk (9.17)


Date Monday, September 17th
Location Mohawk
Doors 9 PM
Tickets $9 at the Door

There’s pretty much a great show to attend every night of this week, so if you’re a die-hard rock n’ roller, you should probably start your week off right over at the Mohawk.  The People’s Temple are one of the bands I stumbled upon a few years back, and I’ve been following them pretty closely since then.  They recently put out a great new 7″ on Hozac Records, and that’s only made me more excited to hear their psychedelic garage rock this Monday evening.  Opening the show will be Dead Space and Foreign Mothers, helping to round out a pretty noteworthy evening at one of our favorite spots.

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Download:People’s Temple – Sons of Stone [MP3]


Show Preview: Parish Underground Presents…Literature/The Hawks and More (3/28)

Date Wednesday, March 28th
Location Beale Street Tavern
Doors 700p
Tickets $5 at the Door

In the post SXSW lull, we get the chance to see tons of great local acts, and the fine folks over at the Parish are working on a new project specializing in local talent.  They’ll be showcasing several local acts over at Beale Street Tavern (next to BD Rileys), which might help spread music back into 6th Street. The night features personal favorites Literature, but also other local acts we’re interested in checking out, such as The Hawks, Foreign Mothers and Field Dress.  It’s super cheap, so that should be all the reason alone to get out and support the scene.

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Download: Literature – Grifted [MP3]

Show Preview: Benefit For Esme @ Scoot Inn (1/12)

Date 1/12/12
Location Scoot Inn
Doors 7pm
Tickets Sliding scale $5-$10

I’m sure that most of you reading this have heard the tragic story of Esme Barrera’s death that came all too soon.  As Esme was such an active individual in our music community, tons of great people are coming together to support her family and celebrate her life.  One such event is taking place on Thursday night on the east side at Scoot Inn.  The show features stellar local acts Follow That Bird, Love Collector, The Dead Space, Foreign Mothers, Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Neighbor, Ichi Ni San Shi, and Eric Static.  Door cover will be on a pay you what you want sliding scale between $5-$10 with all proceeds going to Esme’s family.  Good music for a great cause.  You can also donate directly to Esme’s family via a recently created blog or buy a shirt for Esme.

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Download: Follow That Bird – The Ghosts That Wake You [MP3]