Show Preview: Whitman @ Mohawk (2/17)

Date Friday, Feb 17th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $6 at the Door

We’ve already talked about some of the great shows this weekend, such as Islands and Los Campesinos, but there’s a solid show going on over at the Mohawk with a bunch of local groups we love. Wiretree is headlining the night, and On After Dark are opening, but you should definitely get there to check out Whitman, as the band will be premiering a lot of their new album on the evening.  The record’s titled Weekends, and it has some gems for you, so be sure to support our local scene and show up for all the acts of the evening.

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Download: Whitman – NW Thurman [MP3]

 

Show Preview: Literature @ the Scoot Inn (2/11)

Date Saturday, Feb 11th
Location Scoot Inn
Doors 900 mp
Tickets $5 @ the Door

Things are picking up on Saturday night, and we’ve got a great local show for you to get in on! Literature, ready to release their Arab Spring record in April, will be taking the lead role on the night, and they’re a remarkable live act.  But, atop from being our favorites, you can also catch Neighbor and Rhett and Dean over at the always hospitable Scoot Inn. If you didn’t get into the Thurston Moore show, this seems like the next best place to find yourself on Saturday is by joining us at the Scoot.  Oh, and as if we have to remind you, you can pre-order the Literature record HERE.

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Download:Literature – Grifted [MP3]

 

Show Preview: Thurston Moore @ St. Davids Episcopal Church (2/11)

Date Saturday, Feb 11th
Location St. David’s Episcopal Church
Doors 730 pm
Tickets $17 from Transmission

Make no mistake about it, Saturday has a lot of great shows, but one of the places to be has to be St. David’s Episcopal Church where you can catch one of the legends of indie rock.  Things seem to be on the down low for Sonic Youth, but Thurston has a great catalog all his own, so don’t show just hoping to catch up on the oldies. The last time I caught him doing his solo act, I couldn’t take my eyes off his guitar skills; be sure to get there early, as you’ll want to get as close as you can to this demigod.

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Download:Sonic Youth – What We Know [MP3]

Show Preview: Jeremy Jay @ Stubbs (2/6)

Date Monday, February 6th
Location Stubb’s BBQ
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $8 from FrontGate

Jeremy Jay was definitely on my radar over the last several years, putting out several solid albums in a quick spurt.  He’s done most of his work on K Records, and I’ve heard he’s in the process of new tunes.  His shows are always a blast, as he dances about the stage with either guitar or microphone, consistently connecting with the audience.  For such a cheap price, you can’t make any excuses for not catching JJ at Stubbs.  Get there early to check out Survive, the opening act on this occasion.

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Download:Jeremy Jay – Slow Dance [MP3]

 

Show Preview: King Khan @ the Mohawk (2/4)

Date Saturday, Feb 4th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $11 from Frontgate

Rock n’ roll season is clearly upon us, and Mohawk is kicking things off the right way.  They’ve got one of the best live acts around coming to town Saturday night with King Khan and the Shrines taking to the stage.  We haven’t really heard a lot of new stuff coming from the camp, but their catalog is worthy of endless sets of straight out jams.  And if that wasn’t good enough, the most excellent Jacuzzi Boys will be starting your night out the right way, fresh off the release of their album, Glazin on Hardly Art.  Come on folks, get out and get rad.

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Download:King Khan & The Shrines – Torture [MP3]

 

Show Preview: A Lull @ Mohawk (1/30)

Date Monday, January 30th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $10 from the Door

As the music season starts to head into full-steam here at the end of January, the Mohawk has a nice little show to offer you this Monday evening: A Lull.  The constructionist pop outfit is bring their excellent effort, Confetti, to the live setting for all of you to enjoy, and I promise you that the band’s got a great deal to give in the live setting.  It’s similar to the work Animal Collective has done, just a lot less spastic, and a touch more sentimental. Opening the show will be Deleted Scenes and Tape Deck Mountain, so get there early to enjoy all the musical tastiness.

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Download:A Lull – Pot Luck [MP3]

 

Show Preview: The Kills @ Stubbs

Date Wednesday, Jan 25th
Location Stubbs
Doors 700 pm
Tickets $23 from Frontgate

One of the more enduring and endearing rock acts of the last several years is the Kills, having put out album after album of sludgy guitar rock with the always fierce Alison Mosshart fronting the group.  They’re loud, they’re bratty, and they, dare I say, always “kill” it live.  But, for me, the more intriguing opening act of Jeff the Brotherhood is what’s going to bring me to throw my dollars away.  Last year’s We Are the Champions filled my ears with hit after hit of sharp-edged jams and hooks galore.  And, they won’t be the only opener, as Hunter is set to kick the whole night off.  If you’re looking for an actual rock show featuring pure on rock n’ roll, then meet me at Stubbs on Wednesday night.

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Download:Jeff the Brotherhood – Shredder [MP3]

 

Show Preview: Ola Podrida @ the Mohawk (1/15)

Date Sunday, January 15th
Location Mohawk
Doors 930 pm
Tickets $6 at the Door

Well, with cold weather comes that wintery music I love so much, and none do it much better than Dave Wingo and his band Ola Podrida.  Word on the street is that the group will have a new album sometime in 2012, so I’m sure the set will feature old favorites as well many new songs to boot.  Last time I saw them, they pulled off the set to perfection, giving me all the mellow tracks I adored, so get out there and find your own to adore; besides, you don’t have to work on Monday!  Opening the evening are ((Sounder)) and Donkey Skin.

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Download: Ola Podrida – Roomful of Sparrows [MP3]

Show Preview: Cass McCombs @ Stubbs (1/14)

Date Saturday, January 14th
Location Stubbs
Doors 900p
Tickets $12 from Frontgate

As the show season begins to pick up, and the weather remains a bit on the cold side, you’re going to find the perfect show for you Saturday night over at Stubbs.  Cass McCombs, six records into his career, is the sort of singer you want to hear inside Stubbs, where the heat of the crowd accompanies the solemn vocal display and quiet musical accompaniment.  As his career has gone on, he’s only gotten more respect from the press, and tracks like the deeply moving “County Line” are a perfect reason for this.  Opening the show will be Frank FairField.

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Download: Cass McCombs – County Line [MP3]

Show Preview: Quintron and Miss Pussycat @ Emos (12/29)

Date TODAY!!!
Location Emos (Red River)
Doors 900p
Tickets $12 @ the Door

I know that Quintron and Miss Pussycat get a lot of love, and deservedly so, but for this writer, it’s all about the opening bill at Emos tonight.  You’ll first get to hear the Flesh Lights, a band who put out one of our Top Texas Albums in 2011, and then you’ll go on to the Manatees. If that weren’t enough to entice you, and it should be, you’ll then get to witness the incredible Mind Spiders. Rumor has it that they’re set to release the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut, which I absolutely played til my vinyl copy warped.  All in all, you’re going to love this show, so we’ll see you there! Could be your last time to catch a show at Emo’s Inside.

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Download: The Mind Spiders – Dont Let Her Go [MP3]


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