Show Preview: Part Time @ Hotel Vegas (8.28)

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Date Thursday, August 28th
Location Hotel Vegas
Doors 10:00 PM
Tickets $5


Seems to be a lull in good shows, so why not spend your hard earned cash and check out this great little show.  Part Time were supposed to be coming with their friends Gap Dream in tow, but unfortunately, GD had to pull out, but that doesn’t mean the former will skip town.  Part Time released the excellent PDA recently, and you’ll definitely want to catch their entire set to let your self fall dreamily into the night.  Also, they’re bringing Sea Lions with them, who have been fairly silent as of late, though I always find my way back to their Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions LP. To top it off, Grape St. will be filling the bill too, in preparation for their own tour out to the West Coast.

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Download: Part Time – I Want to Go [MP3]

ATH Records Cancer Benefit Sale

athrecordsWhen I started ATH Records with my friend Mike, we had two rules: 1) Put out records we love 2) Work with people we love.  We’ve stuck to that, in our opinion, but now the family of one of our bands, Young Girls, are going through a hard time.  Guitarist Pete Tijerina’s brother has been diagnosed with cancer, and the costs are definitely not easy to deal with. So, since we love those guys, and they’re part of our family too, we’re going to donate 50% of all sales on ATH Records to support the Tijerina family at this time; we’ll be running this benefit for the next 3 weeks.  You can buy the Young Girls EP, Literature LP or Grape St. LP, and help support their family.  Listen to all the releases HERE and pick up one or more copies HERE.  Thanks for helping us help our family.

You can also donate directly to the family HERE.

Show Preview: The Rich Hands Album Release @ Hotel Vegas (

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Date Saturday. May 24th
Location Hotel Vegas
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $5


One of our favorite acts of the last few months, and really for the last several has been San Antonio’s The Rich Hands.  We caught up with them before they came to kick it in Austin for SXSW, and we’ve covering their singles leading up to the release of Out of My Head.  Good news! Not only is the album out, but they’ll also be celebrating its release this Saturday night at Hotel Vegas.  They’ll be joined by ATH faves, Grape St, as well as other acts we support like Lochness Mobsters, Rolland Hazzard, Mitch Frazier and His Radiation.  The show’s cheap, and the music’s great. Be sure to buy the album from the band…gas to San Antonio is expensive!

Show Preview: Skaters @ Stubbs (5.20)

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Date Tuesday, May 20th
Location Stubbs
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $10 from Frontgate


The temperature in town is heating up, and that means summer time rock shows are on their way.  We’ve got a great show for you to hit up tonight, featuring the much-talked about NYC band, Skaters.  They blow into town with a fresh bit of pop rock, supporting the release of their brand new album, Manhattan.  But, as if an adored band wasn’t enough, the bill will feature local heavy-hitters, Shivery Shakes and Grape St.  Both acts are growing forces in the local scene, and both are in the final stages of finishing new albums…we’ll share more on that later.

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Download: Grape Street – A Date With You [MP3]

Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

austin_live_music_retailrSometimes the madness that is the Austin music scene just never stops.  This week’s been pretty ridiculous as it is, but the great shows keep coming…and I’m not just talking about that Vampire Weekend or Cloud Nothings show; there are some incredible local bills to catch, including a pretty awesome release show.  Here’s my suggestions on where you might want to find yourself this weekend. Read more

Austin Weekend Show Suggestions

AustinMusiFlowsaThis weekend, above most normal weekends, is a pretty good reason to go out.  There’s a benefit being put on by sxswcares, raising money for victims of the SXSW tragedy.  A lot of these venues are saving up for donations, are hosting events, as well as directing folks to various on-line auctions to raise money, so be sure to help support the worty cause; remind people what a great community we are. So, with that in mind, here are my suggestions for great shows to hit up this weekend. Read more

Austin Show Spotlight: Grape St. @ Mohawk (2.24) FREE!!!

the_showoff_2-24_256_256_80_s_c1_c_t_0_0_1Under the masterful skill of their local booking agents, Mohawk has been working on the Showoff series in 2014, offering up Austin music fans free shows on Monday night featuring some great local acts.  This week’s line-up is no different, especially considering our adoration for Grape St.  Curtis and the boys are always entertaining, and if you need proof, you should pick up A Date with You.  But, it’s not all about these guys, with two other incredible acts starting off the night.  Low Times, who’ve been making a name for themselves for several years will start the night off, playing their darkened surf-pysch for your ears. The middle of the night will be filled by Sweet Spirit, which is the band that has sprung out of the ashes of now defunct, but still missed, Bobby Jealousy. You’ve got no excuse to miss free music with great bands…at least I hope you don’t.

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Download: Grape Street – A Date With You [MP3]

Super Rad Thursday in Austin: Tons of Shows


Happy-Thursday-DudeMany of us might have bundled up for the last few days, which means we’re aching to get out on the town and enjoy libations and music.  Lucky for us, the weather is clearing up, and there’s tons of shows on Thursday, including a few important releases we whole-heartedly back.  Check below for your interests and best bets on a great night.

 

 

Wildfires, Simple Circuit, Colleens, David and the Israelites @ Beerland – 9 PM

Jess Williamson LP Release, RF Shannon, David Longoria @ Hotel Vegas – 9 PM

Grape St., Captive, Party Girl @ Mohawk – 9 PM

Orthy EP Release, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Technicolor Hearts @ Holy Mountain – 9 PM

Dam Funk, White Walls, Electric Attitude @ Red 7 – 9 PM

That’s five incredible shows, all reasonably priced, all over town.  You’ll hate yourself if you don’t attend at least one of these. Here’s some jams from Simple Circuit, Jess Williamson and Grape St., respectively.

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Austin Free Week Reflections

ATH Free Week 14 BannerDespite the debates of recent months concerning Free Week and proper pay, it’s probably best if we look at the unique situation set up by promoters here in town (and Transmission wasn’t the only force putting on great shows!).  For a little over a week, every big venue in town was filling out line-ups with their favorite acts, the newest bands and the old stand-bys. Personally, I had an incredible time, and relished in the environment Austin offers.  

Here’s some thoughts for you, as well as my highlights. 

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