Show Preview: Rips @ Cheer Up Charlies (7/12)

Date Wednesday, July 12th
Location Cheer up Charlies
Doors 8:00 PM
Tickets FREE!

If you’re looking to beat the heat with a great INSIDE show on a Wednesday night, head over to Cheer up Charlies for a set by our NYC friends in Rips. Joining our amigos on stage are some solid local bands Vertical Vice and Nike. Should be a great way for you to discover a couple of respected Austin bands along with an up and coming out of towner. And…. it’s free!

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Hear Nike’s Slack Capital 2 Contribution

Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of Austin’s most wonderful bands. All proceeds from the comp go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’re unveiling one song per day, leading up to the comp’s release on April 14.

Today’s song: Nike — “UR Lying Now”

Oh god, I love Nike. You can tell by their name that pretentiousness is not their bag. And when you hear their music, that’s what you get — short, propulsive, gross, funny songs. Striking a similar tongue-in-cheek vibe as Ian McKinney’s “CRIMEWAVE” and the Pataphysics song “Carrasco,” two other Slack Capital 2 songs we’ve told you about, “UR Lying Now” is a faux-upset rant at a person who is literally lying at this very moment. Plenty of songs tell a generic “you” that they have lied, but how many have the gall to call it out while it’s happening? This three-piece is relatively new to the Austin scene, but if this song is any indication, they’ll be making a bunch of die hard fans in no time. People still want to have fun when they go to a show, and Nike, with their caffeinated, quirky takes on modern life, never forget that.

Pre-order the release over at ATH Records.

Catch Nike at the Slack Capital 2 release party, April 14 at Barracuda!

Weekend Show Preview

We’re nigh approaching SXSW season, so naturally you should be taking advantage of the fact that your city has great music to see year round and head out to a show this weekend before it’s so crowded that you can’t stand it. Below are merely the highlights and my picks as to where you should post up Friday and Saturday nights. Wherever you go, you really can’t go wrong; the weather should be lovely, so go outside during the day and round out your night somewhere downtown…

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World Cup Mixtapes from Nike and Fader

We’re usually not ones to post info on mixtapes, as that doesn’t seem to quite be our realm of expertise.  But, we have to admit that we’re really excited by the work of Nike and The Fader.  They’re rolling out a collection of mixtapes throughout the week in order to get you all hyped up for the World Cup. We here at ATH are coming down with a major case of World Cup fever, so it’s great to see the world of music collide with our favorite sport.  These tapes are perfect ways to spend your afternoon, so go get yourself a hold of these perfect collections HERE.