ACL Spotlight: Early Bird Specials

When taking the first look at the ACL Schedule for each weekend, I tend to first see the conflicts in headliners. Luckily, we are fairly conflict free this year, we’ll get into that more soon enough. How about we take a look at a few of the artists put in the early spots? The cool morning grass, the wide expanses to roam and the vendors still relaxed before the dude-bro crush all add up to a child-like wonderment with the scale of the empty festival giving you the this all-for-me feeling. This year’s ATH Approved Early Bird Artists will create the soundtrack for your barefoot dance party.

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Austin Spotlight: New Crunchy Track from Not In The Face

Not In The FaceAustin’s Not In The Face has been making quite a name for themselves for the last few years, melting faces with their brash rock n’ roll and outrageous live shows.  They’re wrapping up work on a brand new EP, and they’ve let us share one of these new jams with you all.  Now that the band has moved up from a duo to a tight-knit four piece, their sound is huge, as witnessed in this track.  The vocals have the classic rock swagger, but the music just sounds ready built for arenas–in a good sense.  This is definitely a track that’s going to burst some ear drums, so keep an eye out for a great rock show near you; the band has dates in Ft. Worth, Austin and Houston in early August.


Download: Not In The Face – Brass Tacks [MP3]

Show Review: A Night @ Holy Mountain

We wanted to put more coverage towards the locals this year and our friend Glen Brown was going to be at the Red Bull Sound Select show at Holy Mountain earlier this week. He offered up some thoughts and shots, so we were like “yeah, do that” and he was like “OK, I will” and we were like “that’s gnarly”. So we have a little love for Gentlemen Rogues, The Sour Notes, Not In The Face and Ume.

Click through for Glen’s notes and plenty of pics. I should have gone. You should have gone. We should have gone.

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Free Week Recommendations for Friday!!!

The week of free music here in Austin is winding down, and for those of you who haven’t had a great chance just yet to catch a whole lot of the acts, don’t fret; there’s tons of excellent bands playing all over this weekend, so be sure to get out and enjoy the great tunes our town has to offer! Here’s some prime choices:

OBN IIIs @ Beerland — Like a cockier Rolling Stones soaked in sweat and Lone Star

Not in the Face @ Red 7 — Austin’s favorite little two piece rock act — and stick around for Flesh Lights!

Christian Bland and the Revelators @ 29th Street Ballroom — Bringing you only the best in Psych Rock from Black Angels members.


Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]

Show Preview: White Denim @ Antones (7/9)

Date 7/9/11
Location Antones
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Ticketfly

One helluva show is going down at Antone’s Saturday night headlined by Austin veterans White Denim.  To make the show completely local, and more enticing to you, the bill includes upcoming taletnts TV Torso, Not in the Face, and Watch Out For Rockets.  That’s an incredible local lineup of heavy hitters if you’re asking me.


Download: White Denim – Drug [MP3]

Show Preview: Not in the Face CD Release @ the ND (6/10)

Date Friday, June 10th
Location The ND Venue
Doors 800p
Tickets $7 @ the Door

Many shows have come through our town, but we wanted to spotlight a local show for one of the hottest new acts in town, Not in the Face.  The duo are known for their rollicking live shows, pummeling audience with their straight-up rock n’ roll sound.  Besides, you gotta get your hands on their album, as it’s your job (and ours) to support the local Austin scene!  Plus, you’ll get the benefit of seeing several other Austin area acts prior to the night’s highlight such as Lights Go Out and The Ripe.  Preview a track from NitF below!


Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]

New Track from Not in the Face

It’s weird, Austin’s not really known for having a lot of duos.  But, one duo that has recently come to our attention has been Not in the Face.  This Austin act is scheduled to release their album, Bikini, on June 7th via Electric Factory Records.  This first single does have a little bit of a Bruce hint to it, but Jonathan Terrell’s vocals seem to have the feeling of a more hardened Pete Yorn.  Yea, it’s just good old fashioned rock n’ roll with chugging guitars, banging drums and some solid hooks. You can catch the band on June 10th in Austin at 501 Studios (formerly the ND) for their CD release.


Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]

The Rumble In Austin @ Beerland (2/16)

Date 2/16/11
Location Beerland
Doors 9pm
Tickets Free!

It’s that time once again for another Rumble in Austin on Wednesday night at highly underrated Beerland.  Our lineup this week is the best one yet with Agent Ribbons, Not in the Face, and most recent ATH fave Black Books.  I don’t see much reason why you wouldn’t make it out to this free show featuring some of the best new talent Austin has to offer.  See everyone there!

Download: Black Books – Green Screen [MP3]

First Friday Frolic @ Club de Ville (2/4)

Date 2/4/11
Location Club de Ville
Doors 5pm
Tickets $3 @ Door

That Adi and his crazy mind have another sweet show/party planned for Club de Ville during happy hour times on Friday.  This time the event is curated by our friends Knuckle Rumbler and features music by Not in the Face!, recent ATH favorite Crooks, and DJ uLOVEi.  You can also enjoy free snacks from Tacos & Tequila plus all you can drink soda from Waialua Soda Works.  Stick around after things wrap up for the late show by The Hi-Tones, Megafauna, and Battlemen.  Dig.


Download: Crooks – Downtown [MP3]

Trail Of Dead @ Beauty Bar (7/2)

Date 7/2/10
Location Beauty Bar
Doors 7pm
Tickets $7 with RSVP

Brand new screen printing and design company Pure Grease have put together quite the impressive lineup for their launch party at Beauty Bar on Friday. For starters, crazy good live band Trail of Dead are headlining this stacked show.  The rest of the lineup includes Girl in a Coma, Eagle Claw, Lights Go Out, White Rhino, Not in the Face, Melogrand, and Markov.  You can also expect some free food from Salton Sweet and a photo booth by Courtney Chavanell.


Download: … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead – Another Morning Stoner [MP3]