My New Best Friend, James Murphy…

We are pretty lucky to live here in Austin. Friday night, the wife and I started out at the friendly confines of The Mohawk, caught a kick ass set from Flesh Lights, chilled at a picnic table, had beer, whisky, and Topo Chico with good people that also love our music scene.

Red7 played host to a DJ set from James Murphy thanks to Learning Secrets. The wife got tix and that means that we became besties with the leader of one of my favorite things, LCD Soundsystem.

Click though for evidence…

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Rad Music Thursday — In Austin That Is

austin-skyline-mark-weaverIt’s a weird world in Austin building up to SXSW.  We get some good shows, but a lot of traveling acts just postpone the inevitable of a week of belligerence and loud tunes.  Luckily, Thursday night has all kinds of great shows you can skip around to, or catch in full, all featuring promising acts that us folks at ATH adore.  Here’s a brief spotlight on where you can head if you’re into live music. Read more

Austin Free Week: Friday Night Highlights

Man, this next week and a half is shaping up to be a blast for everyone in Austin, and Friday is really starting to turn things up a notch.  I’ve already caught great sets by Endless Thoughts, Politics and Parquet Courts, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of what’s in-store. If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t forget that Free Week now goes on into next week too! Here’s my suggestions for Friday.  Read more

Who Is E.M.I.L.Y.?

Friend of the program, Orthy, just added a sweet track we have been digging as part of their live sets for a while now to his soundcloud. The track “E.M.I.L.Y.” is a sweet little builder with the sensibilites we have come to love from Ian and the boys.

Stream it there and if you are frisky, you can download a Baio remix of it here.

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FFF 2012: Friday In Pictures

Minor set back for this photographer wasn’t going to slow me down. I had limited access to photo pits on Friday which luckily was remedied before getting going on Saturday. It meant I got to spend a little more time in the crowd, getting shots of the festival, the people.

I did manage to get some musicians doing their thing as well, don’t panic.

The Friday edition includes Sharon Van Etten, Orthy, Bob Mould, Napalm Death, Cursive, Dum Dum Girls and plenty of atmosphere. Hit the break.

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Show Preview: Matthew Dear @ the Mohawk (10.24)

Date 10.24.12
Location The Mohawk
Doors 6:30
Tickets $13 from Mohawk

Wednesday night is full of good solid shows, but one of our highlights for the week is Producer/DJ Matthew Dear.  He’s blowing into town in support of his popular new record, Beams; he’s sure to provide you with your midweek energy!  But, if that wasn’t enough, he’s bringing Outputmessage along with him, but you need to definitely get there at doors because one of Austin’s most exciting acts, Orthy will be opening the night up just before the group heads out on a nice East Coast tour.  Those of you with the dance/electronic leaning, this is the place you’ll want to be.

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Download:Matthew Dear – Soil to Seed [MP3]

Oh, and hang around inside afterwards to check out Dignan Porch.

Show Preview: Politics @ Mohawk (9.14)

Date Friday, September 14th
Location Mohawk
Doors 1100 pm
Tickets $5 at the Door

You want to know how the Twin Shadow set went? Well, you can hear from everyone in attendance if you show up at 11 to catch two of the hottest acts in Austin.  The after party is being hosted by the Mohawk, featuring both Politics and Orthy.  Personally, I dig them both, but Orthy has been really impressing us over at ATH with their live sets.  It’s going to be a cheap night where you can file into the bar, dance a little bit, and leave feeling like you might have caught the best show in town that no one was talking about. Don’t believe me? Show up; you’ll see.

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Show Review: Tanlines @ Red7 (8/30)

Last week featured back to back nights at Red7, outside to inside. Wild Nothing was fantastic. I had relatively light expectations for Tanlines. When I found out it had sold out, even given the smaller capacity of the inside venue, I was quite surprised. I think the band was, too.

Tanlines is Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm. They throw down calypso-electro dance jams. They asked Love Inks to open. Learning Secrets spun between sets.

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Show Review: Glass Candy @ The Mohawk (7/30)

Back in the friendly confines where All Are Welcome, Friday night’s program featured local up and comers, a band strengthening their reputation and a duo throwing a full on dance party. The end of the night I walked away spent because it was ninety-something at show time and a sold out sweaty mob.

Orthy took the early crowd over, Chromatics were amazing and Glass Candy, well you are going to have to click through to get the details. …and plenty of pics.

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