Ticket Giveaway: Protomartyr @ Holy Mountain (5.30)

chaosChaos in Tejas and Transmission are bringing some incredible bands into town this week, and we’ve got yet another chance for you to win a pair of tickets. Under Color of Official Right is one of the most rewarding listens this year, and the group dominated the SXSW post-hype machine with several great performances.  You’ll get a chance to see the band perform in a fairly intimate setting over at Holy Mountain, supported by two incredible local acts: Xetas and Simple Circuit.  Just because you love Protomartyr doesn’t mean you can’t get there early to catch these two remarkable bands too.

It’s the midway point in the year for all intents and purposes, so leave your Favorite Album of 2014 (so far) and I’ll pick a winner that most closely aligns with our tastes.  Contest ends Thursday at Noon.


Download: Protomartyr – Scum, Rise! [MP3]

Show Review: Bells & Parks @ Holy Mountain

bellsandparkVersailles, the ambitious and aptly titled EP of Austin new comer Bells and Parks, strives to create the detailed soundscapes and layers reflective of their self appointed Baroque/Dream Pop genre. A follow up to to the March 13th single “Streams”, Versailles is executed with the focus that was missing from the group’s freshmen effort. While “Streams” sounds like the excited songwriting effort of a new Micro-Korg owner, Versailles is more contained and thought out, with mature use of synth layers to inform the songwriter’s vision rather than overwhelm it.

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Contest: Deleted Scenes @ Holy Mountain 4/19


ATH favorite Deleted Scenes are making a stop into Austin at Holy Mountain this Saturday night and we’ve got a couple of tickets to give away for the show.  Here are some deets and how to enter:

Show Time: Doors @ 9pm, Show @ 10pm

Lineup: Deleted Scenes (duh), Brass Bed, Royal Forest

How to enter: Leave a comment with why you should win and we’ll pick a winner on Friday.

Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can hit you up if you win.


Download: Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed [MP3]

Show Preview: S. Carey @ Holy Mountain (4.7)


Date Monday, April 7th
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9 PM
Tickets $10 from Transmission

I imagine it’s been fairly difficult for S. Carey to escape his ties to Bon Iver, but with the recent release of Range of Light, he seems to continue to get beyond the shadows of his other work.  His songwriting is quite intimate and personal, allowing listeners to find themselves lost in his musical compositions.  He’ll be joined at Holy Mountain by White Hinterland, another group that’s crafting these ornate pieces that quietly immerse you in another world.  And, opening the night will be local lady-hero, Dana Falconberry, who really needs no introduction.  You’ve got three great musicians, and no excuses, so head out tonight! And, S. Carey has a free show at Waterloo at 6 if you’re into that sort of thing.


Download: S. Carey – In The Dirt [MP3]

Austin Spotlight: Weekend Show Suggestions

austinLooks like we’re in for a nice weekend, weather-wise, so that makes things perfect for a venture out to some of our great local venues to catch a show, or maybe even two. There’s lots of good shows this weekend, most of which are featuring local bands we adore. Take a look, a listen, and pick a show to hit up this weekend.  Hopefully we’ll see see you there.

Friday, March 28th:

A Giant Dog, Roky Moon and Bolt, Daniel Francis Doyle – Hotel Vegas – 9 PM – $5

Moistboyz (Dean of Ween), Meat Puppets – Mohawk – 8 PM – $15

Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, For Her & the Snow – Lamberts – 9:30 – $8

Saturday, March 29th:

Spray Paint, Nazi Gold, Empty Markes, Massageinist, Slash & Spread – Hotel Vegas – $5

Roger Sellers, Hikes, Chipper Jones – Holy Mountain – 9 PM

TonTons, Speak, Good Field, Casual Strangers, Slomo Drag – Scoot Inn – $10

Show Preview: Brazos @ Holy Mountain (12.11)


Date Wednesday, December 11th
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $10 from Transmission

I’m actually a little amazed at how much is going on in the music community this week, and this is an absolute must see show! Brazos, the one-time Austin band is touring in support of Saltwater, which we enjoyed; it also got a lot of great national press too..deservedly so.  We also did this great takeaway show with them HERE. Plus, you’ll get to see Ski Lodge again, who made one of our Top 50 LPs of the year, Big Heart.  The last time they played, B.Gray and I were having a grand old time.  And, you’ll get to see Austin’s own rising star, Jess Williamson.  You win all around by attending this show on Wednesday night.


Download: Brazos – Interlocking [MP3]

Austin, The Return of Art Disaster!

ARTDISASTERNo16_october3rd_red7+holymountain (5)Every year as the city, and our visitors, gear up for ACL Fest, there’s something special that always spotlights the city’s talents, reminding us that we’ve got quite a bit of talent here in town.  Art Disaster has been going on for a few years, and we’re happy to be one of the sponsors for this event.  You’ll have two venues , Red 7 and Holy Mountain, offering great bands like Driver Friendly, Good Field and The Black and White Years, not to mention drinks and the cool people of A-town milling all about, including us! If you RSVP, you can get in to see the all the acts for a measly $3.  Pretty much no excuse for you guys since it’s cheap, and you already took off Friday for the festival.


Download: Good Field – Tell Me Ida [MP3]

Show Preview: Grape St. @ Holy Mountain (7/17)

Grape St.

Date 7/17/13
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door/$7 18+

Clearly Grape St. is a band that we have close ties to here at ATH so you also know that we’ll be supporting them in the future as they grow to new found fame in Austin.  Wednesday the guys have a show going down at Holy Mountain put together by the fine folks at college radio station KVRX.  Making this a a great local lineup are Austin bands Pharoahs and Ghetto Ghouls.  You know we’re going to be there and we better see you in attendance as well supporting our great local artists.


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


Show Preview: Royal Forest Vinyl Release @ Holy Mountain (7/12)


Date 7/12/13
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5

It’s a bit of a slow weekend in Austin for national touring acts so what better time to get out there and support your local musicians?  Easily your best opportunity for some great local music comes on Friday night at Holy Mountain with a vinyl release show celebrating the touchdown of Royal Forest’s new album Spillway. Making the show that much better is the undercard with local favorites Frank Smith, Tiger Waves, and Your Friendly Ghost all joining in on the fun.  Not sure I could put together a better local bill if you asked me to.  Get out there, tip your bartenders, and buy some merch jerks.


Download: Royal Forest – John Denver [MP3]

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