Show Preview: Pinkerton Hoot Night @ Thunderbird Coffee (9/9)

Date 9/9/10
Location Thunderbird Coffee
Doors 6pm
Tickets FREE!!

Giant Steps Productions has a cool event they’re calling “Pinkerton Hoot night” going on Thursday night at Thunderbird Coffee.  The idea is that 6 local bands will cover all songs from Weezer’s sophomore album Pinkerton.  A few bands will also throw in the occasional B-side and/or favorite non Pinkerton Weezer track.  The local lineup of sweet talent includes Ideal Soul Mart, The Bubbles, Guns of Navarone, Maryann and the Revival Band, With an Orange, and International Waters.  This should be a fun night and a reminder to us all that Weezer have pretty well sucked since their 1996 gem.

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Whitman @ Mohawk (7/2)

Date 7/2/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $6 @ Door

Our amigos Whitman are returning home after a short tour of the west coast and are celebrating with a show at Mohawk on Friday night.  Joining the boys on the inside stage are fellow up and coming locals Built By Snow, Guns of Navarone, and On After Dark.  For only $6 you can see some of the most promising acts Austin has to offer.

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Download: Whitman – Light It Up [MP3]

A2W: Guns Of Navarone

It’s that time yet again!  Time for your friends at Austin Town Hall to start hyping some local bands that deserve a little praise.  We’ll keep the hype machine going this week with a short feature on Austin band Guns of Navarone.  We were first exposed to this quartet last Saturday night when they opened up at Stubbs for our friends Whitman.  Upon first listen, the band came across as a dirtier version of Old 97s with a super tight rhythm section provided by bassist Dustin Meyer and drummer Richard Knox.  Mix that in with some country picked guitar from Seth Gruenberg and a perfect southern voice from Corey Reinisch, and you’ve got the Guns of Navarone sound.  The songs are quite obviously labeled as “alt-country” which makes it easy to compare their sound to early tunes from Uncle Tupelo or the aforementioned Old 97s.  Either way, their simple approach to songwriting and fast paced punk-country is a welcome refresher to the often times watered down indie scene full of “weird” and “complex” bands.  Guns of Navarone currently have their debut EP up for download on their Band Camp site while they prep their debut LP for release later this summer.  Give ’em a shot.  You can also check out more of their upcoming tour dates over on myspace.

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Download: Guns of Navarone – You Used To Be [MP3]

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