Show Pics: Erasure @ ACL Live (10/18)

ErasureIf you don’t like Erasure, I don’t care. I do. The lady friends of my younger days liked Erasure, so I liked Erasure. …at least that was my excuse to the metal-head, skater bros friends I had. One of the best shows I saw last year was Erasure at the very same venue, so I had high expectations. And to help meet those expectations, instead of a DJ, the lads form London brought along LA’s Superhumanoids as the opener.

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New Electro Pop from Superhumanoids

superhumanYou know that B. Gray is going to be upset that I got to this new Superhumanoids track before he did.  There’s a huge vocal effect here, but it’s not such a huge issue that you can’t feel the humanity of the vocals themselves.  The track pulses and moves forward, and the music sings perfectly constructed around the lyrics, bubbling and popping forth into a groundswell of electro-pop bliss.  This is the A-Side to the group’s Flipping Out 7″, which is available from Innovative Leisure.

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Electro Jam from Superhumanoids

superhumanI feel like this is an obligatory post for our boy B. Gray while he’s out on the road doing that real job thing.  He loves Superhumanoids, and this single is definitely another reason to be excited by the group’s work.  I love the little electro glitch sample that seems to serve as the driving force in this track, while guitars splash upon that backdrop.  The impressive vocal performance doesn’t damage the song’s emotional pull either.  You can find this track on the band’s new Come Say Hello/Hey Big Bang, which was just released…and also check out their full-length, Exhibitionists.

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A Saturday Night In Austin

Saturday was busy. A couple of smaller shows were happening with ATH favorites playing at Holy Mountain and The Mohawk‘s inside stage. Matt Pond PAbrought along Matrimony in the former and Superhumanoids played the latter. It was nice of them to ask locals Tiger Waves and Orthy to join in, respectively.

I wore comfortable shoes (fashion faux pas flip-flops actually), grabbed the little camera, brought along the wife, alerted the friends and proceeded to mosey between venues on the Red River corridor. Join me for a little photo journey, won’t you?

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Show Preview: Superhumanoids @ Mohawk (6/29)

Date 6/29/13
Location Mohawk Inside
Doors 9:00pm
Tickets $12


How could I not mention this great show going on tonight at The Mohawk?

Superhumanoids delivered one of my favorite tracks last year. “Geri” was a mainstay on the Lots of Favorites playlist in Casa Brian.Gray. I last saw the band when they opened for Active Child. They get the inside stage tonight, local friends Orthy are opening.

Guess I’ll be splitting time between Holy Mountain and The Hawk.

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Download: Superhumanoids – Geri [MP3]

Show Review: Active Child @ The Mohawk (5/4)

It was way too hot for early May as The Mohawk played host to Active Child with Superhumanoids and Balam Acab opening. RayRay insisted I would be surprised by the live set. After a few beers at Easy Tiger, we wandered up Red River half-jokingly singing clips from You Are All I See. What would an Active Shild cover of “Cumbersome” sound like?

Anyway, click through. I have plenty of pics and a few more show notes…

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Show Preview: Active Child @ Mohawk (5/4)

Date 5/4/12
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $10 @ Frontgate

I’ve been pumped for this show since the Active Child show at Fun Fest, and finally the band is coming into town this Friday at Mohawk.  Joining the group in support is Balam Acab and Superhumanoids.  I know that many in the ATH crew will be on hand for this one and I’m sure we’ll see ya there to share some brews.

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Download: Active Child – Playing House (ft. How To Dress Well) [MP3]

The IT Department – v2.3

This edition will bring you a nice little variety. I have an older track from Glass Candy that I’ll use to highlight one the best movies I have seen in a while. I have a track from Superhumanoids that is short and sweet. An old-school feeling trance track from Acid Washed that is new, I promise. Loose Fit busts out some funky bassline action for a genre I like to call “theme music”. I’ll finish up with a stellar track from Dana Buoy you can download. Dana Buoy is in Akron/Family, this isn’t an Akron/Family track.

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