It’s well known around these parts that our beloved music scene in Austin is ever changing, and though some may go into panic mode, we here at ATH understand that change is all part of the industry. With that said, I’m sure many of you have heard the sad news about the closing of prized venue Red 7 come this September. While we mourn the loss of one of our favorite venues in town, let us rejoice in the news of a new venue in the Red River District. The newly crowned Sidewinder will open in October, shortly after the closing of Red 7, and will occupy a totally revamped and remodeled space formerly known as Red Eyed Fly. With all the creative minds on the list of those involved, this is definitely something to be excited about. The Chronicle was one of the first to break the news.
With all the craziness currently going on in and around Red River (Cheer Ups rock wall, closing of Holy Mountain/Red 7, new venues, etc.) it seemed like a great time to speak with someone in the know. Step in Transmission Events founder Graham Williams. We sent Graham a few questions about his new venue and the current state of the live scene in Austin. He has a lot to say and any real music fan in town should take his thoughts into consideration. After the jump you can get his thoughts.
Yeah I know, we’re late in the game on this one. Blah blah blah. Regardless, I’ve taken a liking to Lawrence band Rooftop Vigilantes and their pop-punk sound as of late. The band recently finished recording on a new album entitled Real Pony Glue and are using new track “Seth No Jump” in support. I’ll also be looking forward to the band stopping in town June 18th at Red Eyed Fly.
Download: Rooftop Vigilantes – Seth No Jump [MP3]
Attention to all you out of town kids coming in for SXSW! If you want to hear some solid local music before the week really kicks off, head over to Red Eyed Fly on Saturday night for a free show put on by bloggers Aquarium Drunkard. Some of our best and brightest Strange Boys & Harlem will be playing along with Brooklyn band Blair. I’d plan on getting there real early if you plan on getting in.
Download: The Strange Boys – Dare I Say [MP3]
Yes you read that right. Kings mutha truckin X is playing at Red Eyed Fly on Monday. Monday! I can’t believe I am actually typing these words. How can such a band be playing at such a small venue!?! Okay maybe you aren’t as excited as me, but you damn well should be. I can’t find anything about a price or when it starts, but I bet it’s cheap and pretty late. Rock on!