Show Review: Mikal Cronin @ Mohawk (6.27)

Sure, we knew it was going to be a sweat night, with temperatures still bordering on 100 when the bands took the stage at The Mohawk, but how hot would it get? Real hot. Sweat from bands, sweat from fans and sweat from our drinks. Regardless, the rock must go on, and rock it did. A Giant Dog, Shannon and the Clams and Mikal Cronin get commendations for valor in the face of hair dryer air.

Read on for our thoughts on all the bands and see B.Gray’s pretty photos.

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Show Preview: Mikal Cronin + A Giant Dog @ Mohawk (6.27)

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Date Thursday, June 27th
Location Mohawk
Doors 7 PM – Show at 8
Tickets $10 from Mohawk


Many of you know Mikal Cronin as one of the guys that makes Ty Segall sound so incredible live, but the guy’s been putting out music with various outfits, not to mention his own solo work.  Recently, he released MCII, and I guarantee you that the album will end up on year end lists.  But, there’s two incredible openers that need your support.  Shannon and the Clams have been doing their own soulful garage rock for quite some time, always bringing the energy live.  Finally, be there by 8 to catch local band A Giant Dog, who feature members of OBN IIIs and Bobby Jealousy…that alone should be enough to get you out.  Plus, if you stay around afterwards you can catch local boys Sweet Talk  and Act Rights.

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Download:Mikal Cronin – Apathy [MP3]

Old Jam from The Best

theBest-webwebI’m posting this jam from The Best just because, well, I can–you need to hear it. I feel like Austin, and beyond, haven’t had a great chance to fall in love with this band, although the varying parts of the group have definitely had their share of adoring press.  Take members of OBN IIIs, A Giant Dog, Bad Lovers, Flesh Lights and basically any other band that kicks ass…throw them together and you expect big things.  The Black Triangle 7″ came out last year, but there’s still a few floating about, so take a second to check out Twistworthy Records and get your hands on the goods. 

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Austin Free Week: Friday Night Highlights

Man, this next week and a half is shaping up to be a blast for everyone in Austin, and Friday is really starting to turn things up a notch.  I’ve already caught great sets by Endless Thoughts, Politics and Parquet Courts, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of what’s in-store. If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t forget that Free Week now goes on into next week too! Here’s my suggestions for Friday.  Read more

Fashion Freakout 5 @ The Mohawk w/ OBN IIIs…

I’m honestly not really sure what Fashion Freakout 5 really entails, other than the fact that some of Austin’s vintage stores will be setting up shop in some fashion or another over at the Mohawk.  What I do want to highlight are the excellent bands that will be holding it down for you all night, with some of the best in Austin’s punk/rock scene.  You’ll get our performance favorites in OBN IIIs, but you’ll also get bright newcomers in Fleshlights (they put out an excellent release in 2011), not to mention A Giant Dog.  The doors open at 7 PM, and if you haven’t gotten your hands on a ticket yet, you can pick one up at the door for $12.  It’s an excellent weekend for local Austin music, so please attend!

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Download:OBN IIIs – New Innocence [MP3]

Show Pics: Free Week 1/7@ The Mohawk

Things are settling back in after the calm of the holidays. New releases are starting the trickle in and the show circuit is picking back up. Free Week kept many local music fans busy and there were many great lineups. One of our favorites was at The Mohawk last Saturday. Shivery Shakes, Ghost Knife, A Giant Dog, Grape Street and OBN IIIs played inside. I figured I should grab bigfiddyonefour and have fun.

So with pints of local beer, we listened to local music and I took local pictures. Head past the break, please.
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Free Week Recommendations for Saturday!!!

We’re coming to the end of the good times, and the weekend is chock full of excellent shows to catch. I encourage you all to get out and support/see as many bands as possible, as that’s what keeps our music community energized…which is something we all claim makes Austin great, so we gotta support it.  Here are my suggestions.

Punk Show @ Mohawk — A Giant Dog, OBN IIIs, Grape Street — Some of the best acts in Austin for rock n’ roll of the faster sort.

Quiet Company @ the Swan Dive — The group released an excellent album last year, so catch em’ while they’re hot.

Fresh Millions @ The Parish — We’ve raved about these bros for ages, and it’s a requirment that you catch them at least once in your lifetime. Do it now. Free.

Rock Show @ Beauty Bar — Ringo Deathstarr and Black Books, just to name a few.  Do we need to say more? Those acts alone make it worth your time!

Sample these tracks from Freshmillions and Black Books:

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Show Preview: Mark Sultan @ the Mohawk (11/15)

Date Tuesday, November 15th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $8 from Frontgate

Alright folks, you’ve got to get on this show!  The rock n’ roll season, at least for traveling bands, is winding down quickly.  In a week full of great shows, this is definitely one that requires your attendance.  A lot of you might know Mark Sultan as BBQ, who used to play with King Khan, but he’s just put out his own sweet little record, Whatever/Whenever, which actually came in a lot of great formats. It’s classic garage rock; it’s the sort that kicked off the whole revisiting of the genre, filled with hooks and dirty guitar playing.  Also, you’ll get a chance to see a lot of great local acts like A Giant Dog and Simple Circuit. It’s definitely a better choice than Morrissey.

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Download: Mark Sultan – Song In Grey [MP3]


Show Preview: White Mystery @ Beerland (9/2)

Date 9/2/11
Location Beerland
Doors 9pm
Tickets Guessing under $10 @ door?

Beerland has a great show lined up for Friday night featuring Chicago garage rockers White Mystery.  Joining the bro/sis duo on stage and rounding out a solid lineup are Mouthbreathers, and 3 local bands A Giant Dog, Rayon Beach, and Maine Coons.  This should be a loud show for fans of true rock n roll.  Who’s in?  I also don’t see a door cost so feel free to leave a comment if anyone finds that info.

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Download: White Mystery – Blood and Venom [MP3]

Show Preview: A Giant Dog @ Beerland

Date Friday, May 20th
Location Beerland
Doors 900p
Tickets Cheap

Want to enjoy some of the best bands Austin has on hand right  now?  Then you’ll need to make your way over to Beerland this evening, and be sure to get there early, as you’ll want to catch our favorite, John Wesley Coleman, the “trashcan troubadour.”  But, more importantly, you’ll get to fill the evening with Simple Circuit and A Giant Dog, two of the harder working bands in town, delving out their own blend of rock n’ roll.  I have nothing to say other than these are some of the bands that I could easily watch every weekend, and you should come join me in the fun.

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Download: John Wesley Coleman – Bad Lady Goes to Jail [MP3]

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