Show Preview: NYE 2 @ Cheer Up Charlies (12/31)

Date 12/31/11
Location Cheer up Charlies
Doors 8pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

New Years Eve is upon us, and I doubt any of you people have really solid plans for what you’re doing to celebrate.  Well, let us assist you in that department with news of a party we’re helping sponsor going down at Cheer Up Charlies on the East Side.  The show features an awesome “locals only” line-up in the form of Gold Spine, TV Torso, Ringo Deathstarr, Young Girls, Marmalakes, Sleep Good, The Zoltars, The Sour Notes and a Mouthfeel DJ set to end the night.  Giveaways will also be handed out out in between each set by Fricano’s Deli, Strut Boutique, Birds Barbershop, Tiffs Treats, and The Highball.  More information on this badass event with complete set times for each band can be seen over on the event’s facebook page.

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Download: Sour Notes – Hot Pink Flares [MP3]

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Download: Young Girls – Mexico in December [MP3]

Show Preview: Art Disaster @ Beauty Bar (9/15)

Date 9/15/11
Location Beauty Bar
Doors 900p
Tickets $3 with RSVP

The always fun annual Art Disaster is going down again at Beauty Bar on Thursday night.  Yet again, local promoters have put together a solid all local lineup featuring Thick as Thieves, Sundress, Boyfrndz, White White Lights, Wild Child, Orion, Sleep Good, Schmillion, SORNE, and Crooks.  The fine folks at Do512 have a nice and handy schedule for all those bands if it’s confusing…  Don’t forget to RSVP for a relatively cheap $3.

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Download: Crooks – Downtown [MP3]

Show Preview: Weird Weeds @ the Mohawk (7/30)

Date Saturday, July 30th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $6 at the Door

Austin’s Weird Weeds have been knocking around our town for quite some time, and they’ve built up a pretty decent following.  This means you’ll be in for some good times, along with some great music at the Mohawk on Saturday evening.  Also, you have to get their early to catch one of our favorite acts Sleep Good, still riding high after the release of their latest album, Skyclimber. Lean Hounds will be the first act of the evening; another good act.  With a slew of shows going down over the weekend like Iron and Wine and Joanna Newsom, you’ll get more bang for your buck by ending up over at Mohawk.

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Download: Sleep Good – Shoneys [MP3]


Show Preview: Bill Baird & Blank Fritz @ Baby Blue Studio (7/22)

Date 7/22/11
Location Baby Blue Studio
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

Local musical legend Bill Baird has begun recording with yet another moniker going by the name of Bill Baird & Blank Fritz.  Bill hopes to debut some new material from the project tonight at a show going down at this studio Baby Blue Studio in east Austin.  Helping provide some additional music entertainment on the night are two California bands Range of Light Wilderness and Yesway.  You can also expect opening support from one of our favorite local up and comers Sleep Good.  Below you can also find the first new song from Bill’s new project “Wino Strut”.  It’s just streaming here, but can be bought in MP3 form over on bandcamp.

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Show Preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Emos (5.28)

Date Saturday, May 28th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $12 from Ticketweb

One of the hottest tickets in town this weekend has to be this excellent show over at Emos on Saturday night.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a hihgly respected act, winning accolades for music both recorded and live.  Then, you have the killer punch in my personal opinion, as Generationals are opening up.  These guys are probably one of my favorite indie pop bands, period. Their songs are catchy, and they always kill it live. Oh, and if that wasn’t good enough, the always excellent Austin band, Sleep Good, will be opening the whole evening.  You have no reason not to make it out to Emos on Saturday.

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Download: Generationals – Greenleaf [MP3]

Friday Top 10: Austin Albums of 2010

It’s that time of year folks, the time when we THINK we know what’s the best of the best.  In a year where some old faces reemerged, and some new faces joined the scene, we had a hard time narrowing things down, but these are our favorite Ten Albums by Austin bands in the year 2010.  If you think we’re wrong, we’re cool with you voicing your opinion, but be nice, these are just one group’s opinions.

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Birds & Batteries @ Mohawk (12/1)

Date 12/1/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $6 @ Door

California indie rock band Birds & Batteries are making a stop on the inside stage at Mohawk this Wednesday evening.  Now the Mohawk website says locals Sleep Good are your middle band while several sites claim locals Sunset will be on hand?  Who knows!  We love em both really.  ATH favorites the Authors will also be on hand providing your opening support.  Our amigos over at Sonic Itch also have a tasty little contest going for passes and Birds & Batteries merch.

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Download: Birds & Batteries – The Villain [MP3]

Local Music Is Sexy @ Mohawk (11/4)

Date 11/4/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets FREE

Thursday night is a busy one in the Austin area with many options for some sweet pre-Fun Fest kickoff parties.  The annual Local Music is Sexy series going down at the Mohawk will yet again be one of the best events going on.  Local talent is the key word tonight with music from TV Torso, Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves, Watch Out For Rockets, Markov, Rayon Beach, Hundred Visions, Bill Baird, Weird Weeds, Sleep Good, Botany, Dana Falconberry, and Amasa Gana all on this stacked bill!  The brand spankin’ new Mohawk website has more info on set times and inside/outside stage schedules.  This event is always baller and I’m sure it will be the same yet again.

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Download: TV Torso – Slanderers’ Stew [MP3]

Austin A2W: Sleep Good

Austin band Sleep Good is the brain child of local resident Will Paterson who has spent time in big name bands like Sunset and Sound Team.  Will could probably be most closely compared to Alan Palomo since both are young lads in their very early 20s and both have already put out massive amounts of creative material in a very short amount of time.  For the longest time, Will worked on his Sleep Good project completely solo and only used the name as a creative moniker.  A year or so ago though the solo moniker became a full blown band with four other members who have been doing some light touring as of late around Austin.  You’ll be hard pressed to find recorded material from Sleep Good that you can actually download or purchase other than their Autobus Records LP Skyclimber.  I’ve gotten my hands on that album and have really enjoyed the material as one of the most creative pieces of work to come out locally this year.  You’ll also be hard pressed to put a label on this project from Patterson.  At times you’ll hear British twee mixed in with some of the noisier pop elements of Pet Sounds. Then after you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll hear a song like “Shoney’s” which sounds like a new take on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as performed by Queen.  Needless to say, I’m liking what I hear.  You can download the new record digitally via Band Camp or on the Autobus Records website.

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Download: Sleep Good – Shoneys [MP3]

Autobus Records Showcase @ Stubbs (5/22)

Date 5/22/10
Location Stubbs
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 with RSVP @ Do512

Anyone looking for something fun to do with some great music on Saturday night should head out to Stubbs for a local show sponsored by Autobus Records, Birds Barbershop, Do512, and Covert Curiosity.  The lineup features local favorites Brazos, Mark David Ashworth, The Weird Weeds, and one of my favorite new locals Sleep Good.  The price is super cheap and apparently some free Lone Star will be coming out so you won’t want to miss this one.  Below you’ll find a new MP3 from Austin artist Sleep Good which is basically a solo project from Will Patterson of Sunset.  You can find more tunes and more info on this hot up and coming artist on the Autobus Records website.

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Download: Sleep Good – Schlitterbahn [MP3]

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