Show Pics: Free Week 1/7@ The Mohawk

Things are settling back in after the calm of the holidays. New releases are starting the trickle in and the show circuit is picking back up. Free Week kept many local music fans busy and there were many great lineups. One of our favorites was at The Mohawk last Saturday. Shivery Shakes, Ghost Knife, A Giant Dog, Grape Street and OBN IIIs played inside. I figured I should grab bigfiddyonefour and have fun.

So with pints of local beer, we listened to local music and I took local pictures. Head past the break, please.
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Free Week Recommendations for Friday!!!

The week of free music here in Austin is winding down, and for those of you who haven’t had a great chance just yet to catch a whole lot of the acts, don’t fret; there’s tons of excellent bands playing all over this weekend, so be sure to get out and enjoy the great tunes our town has to offer! Here’s some prime choices:

OBN IIIs @ Beerland — Like a cockier Rolling Stones soaked in sweat and Lone Star

Not in the Face @ Red 7 — Austin’s favorite little two piece rock act — and stick around for Flesh Lights!

Christian Bland and the Revelators @ 29th Street Ballroom — Bringing you only the best in Psych Rock from Black Angels members.

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Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]

Free Week Recommendations for Thursday!!!

Things are heating up with Free Week, with tons of shows being lined up for your enjoyment.  The schedule might seem busy, but like SXSW, half the fun is skipping from club to club to catch your favorite acts.  Here’s where you should be on Thursday:

The Energy @ 29th Street Ballroom — Energetic punk band that just signed to Dirtnap Records.

Wes Coleman @ Red 7 — They call him the trashcan troubadour, I just call him a great songwriter with a dash of dirt.

The Sour Notes @ the Mohawk — One of our favorite Austin acts who continue to get better with age.

Tow the Line @ Scoot In — Former bros from Recover and the Visitors bring you some rock. 

Here’s some tracks to sample: The Sour Notes, Wes Coleman, Tow the Line:

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Free Week Recommendations for Wednesday

Ah, have you had yourself a little blast thus far? Who doesn’t want to enjoy Free Week?  Wednesday, in my mind, seems a little slower than the rest of the nights, perhaps giving you a breather before a most excellent weekend line-up.  Still, there are definitely some acts that you need to check out, if you know what’s good for you!

Residual Kid (8 PM) @ Antones — This is one of the youngest and most talented acts in town, so you definitely need to be there as these guys make the town proud. And, if you stick around, you can catch the Rocketboys.

Literature @ 29th Street Ballroom — Literature is perhaps one of the best up-and-coming bands, and you’ll be hearing more from us in regards to these guys in the next few weeks, as we’re working on editing an awesome video of the band. Oh, and there’s some other great groups like No Mas Bodas and Milk Thistle.

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Download: Literature – Grifted [MP3]

Free Week Recommendations for Tuesday!

So, by this point in time, Free Week in Austin is upon us, and I hope you’re all out there enjoying the great local music our fair city has to offer.  There’s too many great shows and great bands to hit up, so I’m going to try and help out by suggesting the big hitters every day.  The following list is for tomorrow night, that way you can plan accordingly:

The Midgetmen (10:30) @ Red 7 — Good old rock n’ roll from a band who’ve been banging it out for years–plus they gave me $5 to put them on this list.

Guns of Navarone (Show Starts @ 6:30) @ The Mohawk — RayRay swears by this band’s alt-country sound–says they’re the best in town.

Frank Smith @ The Mohawk — We’ve talked to you about Frank Smith before, so we’re not going to go on and on about this band, but if you haven’t heard em’, go see em.

Leatherbag @ Skinny’s Ballroom — They’re one of Austin’s hardest working acts, and their album in 2011 made our Best of Texas List.

Check out the following tracks by Guns of Navarone, Leatherbag and Frank Smith.

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Free Week In Austin!

freeweekWe’re back, and just in time for free week in Austin!  Where were we during this holiday season?  None of your damn business!  So as we get back into regular posting mode for 2010 let’s go over a few recommendations for you upcoming week of free shows.  We’ll give you one, yes just one, recommendation for each night starting tomorrow.  If we haven’t made it crystal clear already, all of these shows are completely free if you are 21+.  Happy New Year!

Tue(1/5): Red 7 with Cruiserweight, Lemuria, O’Pioneers!!!, and The Anchor @ 9pm

Wed(1/6): Emos outside with Brothers & Sisters, The Laughing, Ovenbirds, Oh No Oh My @ 9pm

Thu(1/7): Mohawk outside/inside with Brazos, TV Torso, Great Nostalgic, Ume, Transmography, Daniel Francis Doyle, and Many Birthdays @ 9pm.  (If you aren’t watching the national championship game of course)

Fri(1/8): Emos inside with Ume, Speak, The Authors, The White White Lights @ 9pm

Sat(1/9): Stubbs inside with Leatherbag, The Pons, and Danny Malone @ 9pm

Sun(1/10): Emos inside/outside with A Giant Dog, Bad Sports, Cause For Applause, Elvis, Red X Red M, Woodgrain, Eagle Claw, ODEZCO, and Expensive Shit @ 9pm

All times are for doors opening and not start times for music.  Shows will generally start around 10pm at each venue.  Please remember that this is not a complete list of free shows for the week and one can check out the Mohawk, Emos, Red 7, Beerland, Stubbs, Beauty Bar and Parish websites for a full list of shows.

Free Week Guide (1/3)-(1/10)

So the now famous free week is finally upon us and you want to know what’s going on.  For you inquiring minds, we decided to give you a night by night guide on what venues you should head out to.  Obviously more than one show is going on each night, but we’re picking the best show on each night.  Follow the jump for our free week guide.

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