Show Preview: Bonobo @ Emo’s (5.9)

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Date 5/9/13
Location Emo’s
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets Frontgate

Austinites rejoice! Tonight is another rare opportunity to catch Simon Green (better known as Bonobo) with a full band in tow. Fast on the heels of his latest LP, The North Borders, Green and Co. look to spread the groove further South. These performances are known for their legendary statuses; and when seen in person, it’s easy to understand why. Come on out tonight and see for yourself!

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Download:Cirrus [MP3]

New Sludge Rock From Theo Verney

2941472308-1We just got sent this short and sweet new sludge rock tune called “Dead N Bones” from Brighton, UK based outfit Theo Verney.  Now Theo tells us that all of his recordings were done completely on his own with full responsibility of instruments falling on his shoulders.  I don’t know about you, but I always find that pretty damn impressive.  So the song we have for you definitely falls into what I like to call the sludge rock category with the darkness of Black Angels and guitars similar to The White Stripes.  It creates this really great moment of rock n roll, though it only lasts a minute and a half.  If you’re into it like me, check out a few more tunes by Theo over on his bandcamp page.

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Download: Theo Verney – Dead N Bones [MP3]

Show Preview: Shivery Shakes @ 29th St. Ballroom (7/6)

Date 7/6/12
Location 29th street ballroom
Doors 9pm
Tickets FREE!

As you recover from your Fourth of July hangover, it’s a perfect time to check out some great local music at the 29th Street Ballroom on Friday around campus.  The show is stacked with many of our favorite local talents in the form of Shivery Shakes, Bobby Jealousy, Easy Tiger, Jason Ludwig, Bat’s Blood, Space Camps, Melissa Bryan, and Teenage News.  Seriously, if you want to see some of the best this town has to offer music wise, this is where you should be.  Do it.

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Download: Shivery Shakes – Wait [MP3]

Mates of State – Rearrange Us

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Who doesn’t want to wrap this band up in a Taco Cabana tortilla, dip them in some queso and eat them for a late night snack? Maybe that’s not exactly the image you had in mind but can you blame me? Mates of State is the band you want to bring home and introduce to the family. The band you wish no one caught you smiling about every time you heard their songs. Mates of State have been doing their thing for a while now and doing it very well I might add. Doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well. The first time I heard “La’hov” from My Solo Project (2001) I knew this band had something good going on. They brought you the sound that always made you want to dance and sing at the top of your lungs. After My Solo Project Mates dropped three more very solid and likeable albums each with superbly written pop jams that all ages can’t resist. On top of these three albums, MOS got hitched and also dropped two kids along the way. So now the act manages the music industry along with two little ones.

The bands most recent effort, Re-Arrange Us, sees the band growing up a lot or showing their age if you will. Kori Gardner(every indie fan boy’s dream girl) begins to use less and less of her famous electric organ that everyone fell in love with in the first place. I wouldn’t say this is a bad thing but I can see some die hard fans turned off by this, me being one of them. I do like the way Mates is attempting to grow up a bit & seeing what’s going to work for them as a band in the future. They are evolving as a band, refining their sound & trying new things, I’m just not sure if it is paying off. The album starts off with “Get Better” with it’s slick drums and tight hook that you can’t say no to. “The Re-Arranger” is the feature track of the album. It shows Mates going back to what they do best: sing-a-long lyrics and the best pop rhythms money can buy. If every song on the album sounded like this one, mark it down as the best of the year. Unfortunately, that’s not the case….Not every song on the album will cause you to sing-a-long, but at least will make you tap your feet. The songs are strong but something seems to be missing.

The beats are good, the lyrics are like always, the sound is refined, so what else is there? The songs tend to be good but what about after several listens? They start getting hard to tell apart…. And this can’t be Mates best work… can it? What happened to the days of “Nice Things that Look Good” or even “Fluke”? I miss the organ. Fine I said it. Who doesn’t? As much as I like these songs, I also find some faults in them. After a few listens, the album starts to sound like maybe it was rushed or the band is just going through the motions. They still put a smile on my face but I miss the old rockin’ days of Mates of State. Mates is still putting out music that rivals most any pop outfit but I think they could be the best pop band around if they really put their minds to it. Here’s one fan boy missing the days of the mighty Kori Gardner and her trusty electric organ.

Don’t miss Mates of State blowing through Austin at Emo’s June 13th. Click here to purchase tickets before they sell out. Never miss the chance to see Mates live!

Hear “Get Better” off the new album now:

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Download: Mates of State-Get Better.mp3

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