The Ugly Beats @ Mohawk (8/7)

uglybeats_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85Mohawk has a nice lineup of local acts on the bill for Friday night which should be a good option for your weekend starting plans.  The lineup includes locals The Ugly Beats, Shapes Have Fangs and English Teeth.  Doors are set to open at 10pm with entrance fee at $6.  Here’s a little taste of what’s in store with this little jam from The Ugly Beats.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ubeatline.mp3]

Download: The Ugly Beats – Get in Line [mp3]

Diagonals LP Release Party (2/28)

vinyl_posterThe nice folks at do512 and Vinyl Entertainment are offering you another show this weekend with free drinkage to be had.  This time around the celebration is for the release of new LP Valley of the Cyclops by local act Diagonals.  Other local artists The Ugly Beats and DJ Brian Tweedy will also be getting in on the fun.  The show is going down at the 501 studios (map here) downtown and starts around midnight.  RSVP to the show now to guarantee entry and get yourself some free Lonestar!

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/neil_diamond_blues.mp3]

Downloads: Diagonals – Neil Diamond Blues [MP3]

New Years Eve

So tomorrow is the big day.  You don’t think that $100 NYE party sounds worth it.  Downtown scares you.  Maybe you don’t even really care about a midnight makeout session and just want to party.  Here are 3 parties that combine good music, cheap covers, and swanky locals.  Have a happy new year and we’ll catch up with you on Friday with our free week guide.

Beauty Bar – Your favorite old hipster kid hangout features DJ Mel inside along with The Strange Boys, Dans La Lune, The Ugly Beats, The Boxing Lesson, and Petals outside.  Not sure on a cover charge, but drink prices should be the same as always.  Beauty Bar tends to get overly crowded on nights like these so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Mohawk – The Transmission run venue features indie karaoke and DJ sets by Car Stereo(Wars) all night long.  Cover is only $5 with drink specials and a midnight champagne toast.

Spider House – Not usually known as a live music venue, Spider House brings you music from The Strange Attractors, Wine & Revolution, and a few other local acts.  Cover is only $10 with champagne all night for the same price.

These are only a few options and I’m sure you’ve got some crazy party going on and your mom’s house.  Drop us a line if you’ve got a hot tip.

Power Pop Festival @ Mohawk/Beerland

All weekend long–that means tonight!–the cool cats from Transmission Entertainment will be bringing the glory of Power Pop to Austin, Texas.  Day shows will be going on over at Beerland, in case you have nothing to do; night shows will kick off at the Mohawk.  Personally, I am stoked to get to see the present-day lineup of Pointed Sticks play Friday night.  Other scheduled acts such as Ugly Beats, Boss Martians, Gentlemen Jesse and his Men and The Boys are included.  If you like your pop with a touch of power, hit up the Wild West Power Pop Festival!

Check out The Mohawk for complete list of bands.