Show Preview: Crooked Fingers @ The Mohawk (12/1)

Date Thursday, December 1st
Location Mohawk
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

As the year draws closer and closer to wrapping up, we’ve all got to take advantage of the great traveling shows that are trickling into our town.  Thursday night’s show over at the Mohawk isn’t just a show to attend because it’s one of the last of the year; it’s a solid show featuring one of the most hard-working musicians Eric Bachmann and his band Crooked Fingers.   They’re touring in support of their most recent album, Breaks in the Armor, which really grows and grows.  Opener Strand of Oaks will be opening, and they’ve got a solid set lined up for your listening pleasure as well.  If you’re in the mood for some mellow indie rock, get out and keep warm.

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Download: Crooked Fingers – Typhoon [MP3]

Show Preview: Real Estate @ the Parish (11/16)

Date Wednesday, Nov. 16th
Location The Parish
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $13 from Frontgate

I have no idea how this show hasn’t sold out as of Monday night.  Opening the night is Big Troubles, who’ve released their Romantic Comedy just recently, and it’s done fairly well with the fans, not to mention this writer.  That alone warrants attendance, yet the big headliner is Real Estate. These kids have pretty much dominated the news headlines all over the Internet since their inception, and the band’s October release of Days, got all sorts of praise.  This is the type of show people dream about, so go on and get yourself a ticket.  Oh, and to top it off, it all gets played through the amazing sound of the Parish; now if I could only get them to lower their beer prices!

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Download: Real Estate – It’s Real [MP3]

Show Preview: Gold Leaves, AA Bondy @ the Parish (11/13)

Date Sunday, Nov. 13th
Location The Parish
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $15 from Frontgate

One of the shows I’ve been anticipating since it was announced is this show featuring two of my favorite bands, AA Bondy and Gold Leaves.  AA Bondy is touring behind his new record Believers, but more importantly is the appearance of Gold Leaves.  Their record, The Ornament, has been playing around my house since it was released in August on Hardly Art, and it is still going strong.  It’s comprised of beautifully ornate pop tunes, which I’m sure will sound remarkable inside the Parish.  It’s got great sound, and with these great bands, you won’t want to miss this show.

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Download: Gold Leaves – The Ornament [MP3]


Show Preview: Zola Jesus/Crystal Antlers @ the Mohawk (10/29)

Date Saturday, October 29th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

Man, Saturday over at the Mohawk is going to be one hell of an evening.  I know we’re approaching Halloween, but everyone should get out to check out the bands featured on Saturday night.  First show starts early, featuring Zola Jesus who just released the excellent Conatus, which I’ve really enjoyed–as has all the national media.  But, if it’s too early for you, you still have a chance to check out another great band for cheap following the early show.  Our good friends in the Crystal Antlers will be coming to town to headline the inside, and there’s no reason no to pack that little space.  They put on one of the most energetic shows, not to mention the fact that they continually put out great tunes.  You better catch one of these show folks, or you’ll be sorry.

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Download: Crystal Antlers – Summer Solstice [MP3]

Show Preview: Pure X @ the Scoot Inn (10/28)

Date Friday, October 28th
Location Scoot Inn
Doors 800p
Tickets $10 from Thundertix

I know that there’s tons of great shows in town this weekend, but one of the better local shows features some pretty prominent bands.  First off, you’ll get Pure X headlining the gig, and they’ve received a lot of great press nationally, not to mention from this writer in particular.  Also on the bill is popular up-and-comer, SleepOver, who’ve just released their latest record.  Then, you’ll get a bunch of other acts like Silent Diane, Survive and Children of the Grave, all of which comes your way via the most excellent folks over at Scoot Inn.  If you’re free Friday, there’s only one place to be.

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Download: Pure X – Dry Ice [MP3]


Show Preview: The Drums @ The Parish (10/23)

Date Sunday, October 23rd
Location The Parish
Doors 800p
Tickets $13 from Frontgate

For all intents and purposes, this is sort of a must see show.  The Drums have pretty much dominated the surf-pop spectrum for the better part of two years, and their latest record, Portamento shows a great bit of maturity–not to mention some killer tracks.  Yes, I admit that I definitely had some issues with their last set over at the ND awhile back, but that’s neither here or there.  I’m going to be at this show, swinging my arms, taking part in all the joyous harmonies and surfy riffs the band brings.  Plus, it’s gotta sound great over at the Parish. Come on out kids.

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Download: The Drums – Money [MP3]

Show Preview: War on Drugs @ Emos (10/18)

Date Tuesday, October 18th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Ticket Web

As our time runs out on Emos Red River, we’ve got to take advantage of the great shows still left at the venue; Tuesday night’s set definitely fits the bill.  Philadelphia’s War on Drugs returns to Austin to promote the release of another solid album, Slave Ambient.  Last time they played in town, I had a great time, as their live sound provides a slightly different twist than the recorded material.  The opening acts aren’t anything to ignore either, with Purling Hiss set to follow Carter Tanton, who will be releasing his new record on local label Western Vinyl.  Seems like this is the place to be, so we’ll see you there.

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Download: War on Drugs – Come To The City [MP3]

Show Preview: OFF! @ Red 7 (10/13)

Date Thursday, October 13th
Location Red 7
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

Keith Morris isn’t new school rock n’ roll, but he’s definitely doing it a lot better than most of the new school acts.  OFF! blasted off not too long ago, and there’s a reason everyone is giving them so much praise.  Not only do they have a great piece of punk rock history, but they just put on a sweaty beast of a show. I’ve seen them several times now, and each time I just leave amazed at how powerful they sound, considering many of the members are several decades into their careers.  Show up at Red 7 and check this gig out; you’ll also have some other acts like Cerebral Ballzy, Women in Prison, Retox.

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Download: OFF – Upside Down [MP3]

Show Preview: Gang Gang Dance @ the Mohawk (10/3)

Date Monday, October 3rd
Location Mohawk
Doors 630p
Tickets $11 from Frontgate

I know, I know, Taking Back Sunday is playing Monday night, but this show over at the Mohawk is going to be far better, I promise. Some of the most creative indie music being made is coming to our town tonight courtesy of Gang Gang Dance.  They’re fresh off the summer release of their album, Eye Contact.  Their known for extravagant shows, and lets hope this is no exception.  But, you get twice as lucky if you come early, as opening band Prince Rama are a force to be reckoned with in their own right.  From what I know, PR brings one of the best live acts to town, so you couple that with Gang Gang Dance and you’re left with one brilliant show that’s a can’t miss. Pretty killer way to start off October with our friends at the Mohawk.

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Download: Prince Rama – Rest In Peace [MP3]


Show Preview: Hunx and His Punx @ Emos (4/12)

Date Tuesday, April 12th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $8 from TicketWeb

Alright, so I know there is an incredible show going on outside at Emos on the same night featuring the Raveonettes, but the best place for you to be is indoors with Hunx and His Punx.  Hunx just released his latest album, Too Young To Be In Love, which is just chock full of great songs, all reminiscent of early American pop, just with a hint of grime and grit to it.  It’s definitely a show where you can get down, dirty and drunk, not to mention enjoying the whole ordeal.  Also, you’ll get to see some other solid acts, such as Shannon and the Clams and Fungi Girls, both who offer their own blend of refurbished Americana. Whether you have plans or not, $8 is a worthy price for such a great line-up.

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Download: Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]


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