Show Pics: Wye Oak @ The Parish

I chased Wye Oak around at SxSW only to be thwarted by flu fatigue and a late cancellation at a day party, but to get to see them play at The Parish more than makes up for it. Add to that, it was my birthday. Add to that, I get to bring my camera to share pics with you.

So off to the Parish we went, the Hall in a good mood, but a little tired from the week’s shows. Erika Wennerstrom opened with a set of stripped down Heartless Bastards tunes.

Head past the jump for plenty of pics and few show notes…

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Show Review: The Rosebuds @ The Parish (6/24)

Considering the last week seemed sort of dull, at least in regards to live music about the town, we were really excited by the killer bill at The Parish, featuring two of our favorite acts of the moment, Other Lives and the Rosebuds–we were unaware local band O.A.X. (pronounced Oaks) was joining the night as well. As usual, the Parish had excellent sound, and air-conditioning, so it’s hard to find anything bad to say about the evening.

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Heartless Bastards @ Antones (4/17)

Date 4/17/10
Location Antones
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15 from Frontgate

Austin’s own Heartless Bastards have a solid show lined up at Antones on Saturday night with some other up and coming talent.  Opening support will be provided by a new ATH favorite Hacienda and Leatherbag.  See ya there!

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Download: Heartless Bastards – The Mountain [MP3]

Jenny Lewis @ Stubbs (6/22)

jennylewisOur #5 hot lady of indie rock Jenny Lewis is making a stop in Austin Monday night with her superb backing band.  We listed Jenny as one of our favorite acts of ACL so we are of course excited about this set.  An added bonus, an ATH fave Heartless Bastards will be providing opening support and start around 8pm.  Tickets for this one run $21.50 and are available now online.

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Download: Jenny Lewis – See Fernando [MP3]

Heartless Bastards – The Mountain

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Rating: ★★★½ ·

Heartless Bastards, who now dwell in Austin, or so rumor has it, have garnered a lot of claim in recent years for their passionate tunes.  They’ve been backed by some big names, though we should probably just stick to the music.  The Mountain, their third full-length hits stores this week, ready to establish the band as one of the lead acts across the states.

Looking through a list of the band’s influences, it’s easy to see where the  guitar sounds come from on album opener “The Mountain,” as the band blatantly wears their Pixies homage on their sleeves.  But, they aren’t one to simply regurgitate sounds of the past, instead adding pedal steel to complete the transfer of the past towards a more modern means. It’s one of the telling signs of growth, as this record shows that they completely own their sound, packed full of tidbits from the great landscape of American underground music.

Once again, singer Erika Winnerstrom’s voice dominates the entirety of this album.  At every turn it’s full of passion and pain, simple and yet never overstated.  It’s not every day that you can find such a deep voice that carries an encouraging femininity along with it, which shows you just how much power the young lady holds. It’s got remnants in the soul-inspired folk rock of past days, yet you can immediately see the relevance it has in today’s music scene.

You will find it difficult to place the band’s exact sound, or at least locate a genre in which the band will dwell. For all intents and purposes, the band never seems to stay in one place at one time.  After the opener, with all its influences, the band jumps into a more direct country sound on “Be So Happy,” this just before the go into a Dinosaur Jr.-esque romper in “Early in the Morning.”  All this before going back to a more roots based folk sound.

Despite the power possessed by Winnerstrom, her voice seems to be more suited to the slower tunes here. Beneath the lyrics and the structure of the songs, you can see her personality clearly coming through, begging to be listened to by everyone.  Okay, so maybe we’re harping too much on her voice here, but it’s the most recognizable medium on the album, and the one all listeners will most likely attach themselves to when listening to the album.  Clearly she can hold her own here, although at times, the songs do seem to drag on a little long, and that may wear the effects of her voice out a bit.

Three albums in, and the band is building on their strengths, pushing forward with solid tunes, and yes, it’s all backed by the power of Erika Winnerstrom’s voice, but who wouldn’t want to listen to a voice like this? And please excuse the poor cover art.

New Music From Heartless Bastards

New residents of our little town and recent Woxy performers, The Heartless Bastards, have a new album coming out in February and are sharing new single “The Mountain” from the album.  The new LP, The Mountain, is set to be released via Fat Possum Records on Feb. 3rd.  We also just heard from Do512 that the band is headlining the Bush retirement party on the 20th at Antone’s next week.  Tickets are available for that event over on the Act Blue website for $20.  The band was also recently confirmed for the SXSW festival in March.

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Download: Heartless Bastards – The Mountain [MP3]

White Denim @ Club Deville

A White Denim show has just been added to the bill at Club Deville this Wednesday (10/22).  The Austin boys will be headlining with Dayton garage rock outfit Heartless Bastards opening things up.  Tickets for the show are only $9 and I suggest you buy them now before this thing sells out.  The show is in support of the band’s debut US LP Exposion which you can buy/download today before the November 3rd vinyl release date.  You can also head elswhere on our swanky site to preview the outstanding track “Sitting” from the new album.