Sat/Sun Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

austinAs I said yesterday, there’s tons of places you can find yourself this weekend for a good old fashioned music concert.  But, maybe you need a suggestion or two as to where you wanna go? Well, I’m here to point you in the right direction, based on my extremely biased opinion.  Feel free to ignore these options, or play everyone’s favorite game of Where’s Norman Wanklord? Here’s the list. Read more

Whirr Offer Up New Song

wereThis track from Whirr is really something.  The quiet opening sets the perfect stage for the outfit to crash into your ears with a heavy-handed bit of drumming surrounded by a wall of atmospheric noise that bends and shapes its way around the soft vocal.  The recording is one of the better versions I’ve heard from the modern shoegaze-ish era, building this remarkable balance between the vocals and the instrumentation; it makes the song seem more cohesive, as if it was all one thought, rather than someone lumping in one or the other for effect.  Their album, Sway, will be released on September 23rd via Graveface Records. Austinites can check them out on Sept. 6th over at Red 7.

Show Preview: The Coathangers @ Red 7 (7.26)

coatsThere seem to be a ton of shows going on this weekend, from local acts to travelers, but there’s none more exciting, to me, than the show with Atlanta’s The Coathangers.  They released their stellar album, Suck My Shirt, earlier this year, but if you didn’t catch them at SXSW this year, then you likely haven’t caught their incredible live set. They’re energetic and adorable, and they’ve got a killer set of songs to hit you with.  They’ll be joined by Feral Future and White Fang, who both deserve your attendance in their own right.  You can buy tickets to their show HERE, or just show up at the door to have the time of your life with these gals.

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Download: The Coathangers – Derek’s Song [MP3]

 

Contest: !!! @ Red 7 (7/24)

!!!Monday is a great day for another contest to provide some excitement as you begin your work week.  Today we have a couple of tickets available to see now veteran dance pop band !!! at Red 7 on Thursday night.  As usual, we will pick one lucky winner to get their name on the guest list with a +1 for a friend/significant other.  To enter, leave a creative comment about why you should win and we’ll pick a winner on Wednesday.  Please be sure to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.

Don’t forget that up and comers Wild Moccasins will be on the stage as well with Austin local Sally Crewe opening things up.

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Download: !!! – Intensify [MP3]

Ticket Giveaway: Parquet Courts @ Red 7 (5.29)

chaosChaos In Tejas might have scaled things back a bit this year, but the folks that brought you that festival are bringing you some great shows next week.  One of the highlights is the show that features Parquet Courts, Radioactivity and Beth Israel over at Red 7Parquet Courts are known for killer live shows, and people are drooling in anticipation for their upcoming record, Sunbathing Animal…out on What’s Your Rupture in June.  But, just because these guys are great, doesn’t mean you should sleep on the opener Radioactivity.  The band made up of former Marked Men released an excellent self-titled LP last year, with another one rumored for this year.  It’s going to be an incredible show, and you can win a pair of tickets free!

Leave a comment about the band you’re most looking forward to at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014. I’ll pick my winner from there. Click HERE for the line-up.  Contest ends Monday at 12 Noon.

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Download: Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time [MP3]

Show Preview: We Are Scientists @ Red 7 (5.15)

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Date Thursday, May 15th
Location Red 7
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $13 from Red 7


We Are Scientists are blowing into town supporting the release of this year’s album, TV en Francais.  The record has done pretty well, but I’d like to advise you to catch the opening act PAWS.  The Glaswegian band brings a nice dosage of rock and pop to the table, but it’s also not every day a band from overseas gets to spend a little bit of time in our town.  You’ll also enjoy jamming to their most recent LP, Youth Culture Forever, or go even further back with Cokefloat.  Your Thursday night needs a dosage of fun? Then meet us at Red 7.

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Download: PAWS – Owls Talons Clenching [MP3]

The Mad Caddies @ Red 7 (04.11.14)

Mad CaddiesThere are many reasons why bands tend to take a hiatus. Reasons such as conflict within the group, lack of creativity, and loss of direction. Sometimes life just gets in the way of a music career, but it’s not a forced or unwelcome break; it’s a much more positive experience. Such is the story of the Santa Barbara based septet, The Mad Caddies, who graced a stage in Austin at Red 7 for the first time since 2006.

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Show Review: Hospitality @ Red 7 (2.17)

MerchIt’s surprising that I hadn’t seen Hospitality before last night, as we first posted (and adored) about the band back in 2011.  But, that being said, I was rather stoked to see the band as they blew into Austin this past Monday night instead of Milking Neutral Hotels, whatever that means.  Little did I know that it would be one of the openers that stole the show. 

Read on for my thoughts and BGray’s photo magic. Read more

Austin Show Spotlight: Young Tongue Single Release @ Red 7 (2/22)

IMG_6338Everyone in Austin should be really excited about the incredible release show lined up for Austin’s Young Tongue.  They were known previously as The Baker Family, but they opted for a name change as they felt the new name better suited the music they’ve been creating in the last few years.  They’re celebrating the release of their incredible new single “Cat Calls,” which comes with three other incredible new songs; pick it up HERE. But, in case you’re not familiar with the act, the show also features The Del-Vipers, Hikes and Residual Kid, so it’s a pretty solid line-up all around.  The show is only going to cost you $6, which is a steal for all the incredible talent that’ll be gracing the stage. Be sure to show up early and catch all the groups, and clap really loud when you hear this awesome new single.

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Download: Young Tongue – Cat Calls [MP3]

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