Show Preview: Wand @ Barracuda (TONIGHT) 10/13

So if you’re not going to that ACL thing that’s going on in our city or attending an after show related to the fest, it’s time to make your Friday night a slam dunk. LA’s Wand are coming down to Barracuda with their psych rock in tow, and you should be there. Their latest effort,Plum, which came out last month, showed the band headed down a slightly different direction than the past, with more focus on the vocals of front man Cory Hanson and in creating more in depth song structures. The result is an excellent release, and I’m stoked to see how the band fleshes them out at Barracuda. Doors are at 9, and make sure you get there early to catch openers Darto, Hidden Ritual and The Maples. Tickets are only 15 bucks– scoop ’em here. Also fall in love with the band’s new stuff with “Blue Cloud” below.

A Night Out: Small Black and Terry Malts

Hey, all. Catching up on sharing some show photos. Last Friday was an insanely busy night with bands like Real Estate, Small Black and Terry Malts headlining around The Red River Cultural District. It meant meeting different groups of friends and seeing more bands in one night that some people see all year. Don’t you feel sorry for them?

Bands in order of appearance – Nite, Talkies, Small Black, Business of Dreams, Hidden Ritual, Terry Malts.

So click through for some notes about dinner, drinks, bands and coughing fits with a nice big gallery.

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ATX Spotlight: Hidden Ritual Share New Jam

unnamed-9A quick search tells me that we have somehow never shared any music from Austin based group Hidden Ritual. Today I fix this error by giving you their new track “Rat”. I’m immediately reminded here of some earlier Wolf Parade sounds if they went straight lo-fi pop. Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense to you music fans out there…. Either way, enjoy the track and share some love for Hidden Rituals.

This track appears on Always due out on October 21st via Monofonus Press.

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Show Review: Ty Segall @ The Mohawk (8/27)

Ty Segall may as well just move to Austin and live at the condos across the street from The Mohawk. It would shorten his commute. Why do all that touring? I have a feeling, plenty of fans would be fine with it.

Ty is supporting his latest effort, a solo record called Sleeper that is a bit of a surprise to many fans. As you can read in Nathan’s review, the album has Ty picking up the acoustic guitar for a good majority of the songs, a first for some time. I have gotten used to going to Ty Segall Band shows and bracing my ribs for the inevitable crowd crush that would happen behind me while snapping a few pics. But how would the faithful react to this more personal side of Ty playing Sleeper in its entirety?

Read on for more thoughts on Ty and the openers Hidden Ritual and Holy Wave with plenty of pics…

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Show Preview: Ty Segall @ Mohawk (8/27)

Ty Segall

Date Tuesday, August 27th
Location Mohawk
Doors 6:30
Tickets $12 from Transmission

Well, it seems like he was just here, but now that Ty Segall has released the most excellent Sleeper, he wants to play all those tracks for you.  It might make for a completely different show, as there’s a softer side to the record, which I raved about last week. You should probably buy tickets as soon as you see this; his shows usually sell out.  He’ll be accompanied by Holy Wave and Hidden Ritual…two local acts that always deserve your attention and support.  For those use to Ty’s walls of noise, let’s all go see how he offers the more subdued to the crowd; I’m sure he’ll win us all over regardless.


Download: Ty Segall – Sleeper [MP3]

Show Preview + Ticket Giveaway : Woods @ Red 7 (10.24)

Have we got a deal for you !? The great people of Transmission are allowing us to help you get out and see one of the most anticipated shows of the season, Woods over at Red 7.  Their recent release, Bend Beyond, is absolutely magnificent, and I have a feeling it will make a lot of year end lists.  But, if that’s not enough to convince you, you can also see Widowspeak, a Captured Tracks act that made my list of favorites at SXSW this past year.  Oh, and local group Hidden Ritual is setting things off right as the opening slot!  All you need to do is leave a comment with your most anticipated Fun Fun Fun Fest band, and we’ll pick our favorite and let you have 2 free tickets to Wednesday night’s show. Doors are at 9 PM, and for those just wanting to buy tickets they’re $14 at the door.  Contest ends Wednesday at 8 AM.


Download: Woods – I’m Not Gone [MP3]

Show Preview: Yellow Fever @ Emos (1/20)

Date Thursday, Feb. 20th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $9 @ The Door

Here lives one of those shows that hasn’t gotten much discussion, yet it’s probably one of the best shows you’ll get a chance to see this week.  Yellow Fever puts on a quiet little show, but the intricacy of their songs, as well as the duo’s interplay never ceases to provide enjoyment.  Then you’ve got Air Waves bringing up the rear, and they’ve been one of the more popular bands on the Net in recent months, so you definitely owe it to yourself to at least check them out, right?  And you can kick start the evening with Hidden Ritual right around 10 PM.  Gives you time to get your nap on, grab a few early beers, then rejoice in the fact that you only have to pay $8! It’s going to be a good night folks.


Download: Airwaves – Knock Out [MP3]

Show Preview: Bill Callahan @ Mohawk (1/13)

Date 1/13/11
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

Austin’s very own Bill Callahan has another show planned on the inside stage at Mohawk on Thursday night.  This show is a special one as proceeds will benefit Safeplace and Front Steps in Austin.  Joining Mr. Callahan on stage are fellow locals Hidden Ritual.


Download: Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw [MP3]