It’s well known around these parts that our beloved music scene in Austin is ever changing, and though some may go into panic mode, we here at ATH understand that change is all part of the industry. With that said, I’m sure many of you have heard the sad news about the closing of prized venue Red 7 come this September. While we mourn the loss of one of our favorite venues in town, let us rejoice in the news of a new venue in the Red River District. The newly crowned Sidewinder will open in October, shortly after the closing of Red 7, and will occupy a totally revamped and remodeled space formerly known as Red Eyed Fly. With all the creative minds on the list of those involved, this is definitely something to be excited about. The Chronicle was one of the first to break the news.
With all the craziness currently going on in and around Red River (Cheer Ups rock wall, closing of Holy Mountain/Red 7, new venues, etc.) it seemed like a great time to speak with someone in the know. Step in Transmission Events founder Graham Williams. We sent Graham a few questions about his new venue and the current state of the live scene in Austin. He has a lot to say and any real music fan in town should take his thoughts into consideration. After the jump you can get his thoughts.
This Saturday is the First Annual Austin Record Label Flea Market; it’s at Mohawk, starting at 5 PM. Entry is free, all ages welcome, and there will be 28 local Austin labels selling their wares, including some rare out-of-print pieces from a few of them. There will be a great show following at 9 PM, which is also free. I’m one of the people responsible for this event, along with my friend Marcus at Transmission and Dan at Punctum Records. So, with that in mind…here’s a few ideas on why I wanted to put this together…including a playlist with a sample from all the labels that are on Soundcloud.
I know FFF9 is upon us, but I would like to reflect on Formula One. It is something you here on the news. It is what many of you mistakenly call that thing out there on the east side of the airport. A long time fan, F1 weekend is just like a music festival to me. It is three days of party and day-drinking. But F1 weekend, with help from Transmission, has actually been able to provide a bit of music festival to go with the festival of speed.
You see, having Circuit of the Americas in Austin is a rather special thing. It is the only track to host Formula One in the United States and that means nearly a half-billion worldwide viewers know where we are and what we do. It hosts MotoGP, Tudor United and World Endurance Championship. It also has a big-ass music venue and that cool Loch Ness monster looking tower. Like I said, it is kind of a big deal. COTA is also nice enough to host Fan Fest downtown. This year, I hit night one with the Haloween crowd Friday and was lucky enough to check out Duran Duran Saturday. You will get a few DD cause I already posted the big gallery, but you will get plenty of Broncho, Devotchka, De La Soul, crowd shots and stuff from the track. I skipped Kid Rock, though regretting that a little. O_o
The schedule is pending, but the list of artists signed on to do Free Week this year is long and impressive, much like my morning commute.
Created as a way to treat the locals to some locals while the kids were home for the holidays, Free Week continues to expand adding numbers to the venue list and performer count. This year will be pretty big, a Free Week and a half actually, occupying the Transmission locations of The Mohawk, Holy Mountain, Beerland and Red7. Peep the poster of artists for the festivities on Red River, chock full of Austin Town Hall Faves including Tiger Waves, Shivery Shakes, Fleshlights, TV Torso, Orthy and Grape St.
Stay tuned for schedules and be ready to hit the streets.
One event’s schedule I know for sure is Modern Outsider’s Free Week show on 1/4 at Emo’s East featuring Ume, The Calm Blue Sea, The Black and White Years and My Jerusalem. Get details and say you’re going here.
Have we got a deal for you !? The great people of Transmission are allowing us to help you get out and see one of the most anticipated shows of the season, Woods over at Red 7. Their recent release, Bend Beyond, is absolutely magnificent, and I have a feeling it will make a lot of year end lists. But, if that’s not enough to convince you, you can also see Widowspeak, a Captured Tracks act that made my list of favorites at SXSW this past year. Oh, and local group Hidden Ritual is setting things off right as the opening slot! All you need to do is leave a comment with your most anticipated Fun Fun Fun Fest band, and we’ll pick our favorite and let you have 2 free tickets to Wednesday night’s show. Doors are at 9 PM, and for those just wanting to buy tickets they’re $14 at the door. Contest ends Wednesday at 8 AM.
Download: Woods – I’m Not Gone [MP3]
Man have we got a deal for you! Again we’re working with the excellent folks over at Transmission to present this killer show at the Mohawk featuring Those Darlins. Their last album, Screws Get Loose, was a winning effort, so you can expect the trio to bring their girl-pop rock n’ roll to the Mohawk on October 7th. They’ll be playing with local boys/girls, Bobby Jealousy, but what’s more important is the information that follow:
We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a 7″ to two lucky winners. The contest will close next Thursday, and it’s easy to win. Just drop a line with your favorite album of the year, and we’ll pick two folks (one gets tickets, the other gets the 7″) who most closely align to us! Good luck! Here’s one of the tracks from the featured 7″; it’s a Rockpile cover!
Hey folks, I know Thursday is super packed with great bands in town, but if you’re going to some of the early shows, like Fiona Apple or Beach House, then afterwards you need to join us over at Red 7. We’re stoked to be working with Transmission to present White Arrows in their glorious return to Red 7. I am still enjoying their latest release, Dry Land Is Not a Myth, which is filled with hooks galore. Last time we caught the band, they absolutely blew us away, giving us a stronger live show than I think any of us expected. They’ll be joined by friends Young Buffalo to open up the evening, and with Doors @ 9 PM, you’ll have time to finish your beer and round out your night pop bliss.
Tickets – $8 from Transmission
Download:White Arrows – Fireworks Of The Sea [MP3]
We’ve all been waiting for today, and we’ve all been super hyped on the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest. Honestly, the leaks and the info today on turntable.fm all seemed a little heavy on the hip-hop/electro side of things for me. But, now that the line-up is on its way, there are some great gems. I mean, my man crush Ted Leo will be there. I’m stoked on seeing Cloud Nothings and Radio Dept, so much so, that I’d go alone for all that. But, as Transmission always does a great job putting this together, everyone’s going to find their own genre/niche of bands to get excited for. So, do yourself a favor, head over to the SITE, and see who your favorites will be. Then leave us a comment and let us know…maybe you can give us a heads up on what’s hip. Also, don’t forget tickets go on sale for the 3rd round today. Label me officially stoked!
In our continued support of local music and local festivals, we’d like to drop a bit of knowledge your way about a contest currently going down for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 passes and goods. All you have to do is go to Guessthefest.com, use your twitter or facebook account to login, and make 10 guesses at who you think will be playing the festival. Person with the most correct answers will receive one of the following prizes:
1st Place – Air fare for you and a friend plus weekend passes for the both of you. Transmission will also set you up in a sweet hotel for the weekend. Austin residents can choose to fly in some friends or invite 10 friends to Casino el Camino for burgers and beer
2nd Place – You and a friend received P-I-P (Fun Fest’s way to say VIP) to the festival
3rd Place – You and 3 peeps win passes for the weekend
This thing ends on Monday July 4th so you don’t have much time to take advantage! Get on it. For those not in the know, Fun Fest also just added a 3rd full day for this year’s festival so you’re really getting your money’s worth.
||Tuesday, May 10th
||$12 from Transmission
Most people might not recognize the name Junip, as it hasn’t quite become a household name, but surely you’ll all recognize one of the principle songwriters in the band, Jose Gonzalez. The Swedish group is coming to the Mohawk to support the release of their recent Fields LP, a collection of beautiful songs that quietly sank deep into the souls of every listener. The likelihood of a cool Spring breeze blowing into town as the band takes to the stage only makes this opportunity for music all the more special, matching the music with its seasonal counterpart. Not only will you fall in love with Junip, but you’ll also have a chance to see Acrylics, the NYC band steadily building themselves their own reputation. Just another great night of music in Austin.
Download: Junip – Rope and Summit [MP3]