We’ve gotten the word out, but we want to cordially invite you, both in and out of Austin, to join us tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlies. We’re hosting a show with our good friends over at GTZ Records, bringing you a pretty diverse line-up of great music. The line-up includes UVH (), Midriff, Gloves INTL, Charlie Bell, Stiletto Feels and Troller. I love that we managed to get bands that all tie into one another, musically, yet none of them sound quite like the other. OH! Perhaps the best part? You can attend for the cost of FREE! A free show on a Friday at our favorite place! Read more about set times HERE, and let us known you’re coming out. Stream some jams below to get you in the mood.
It was a busy weekend. There was a race going on out at COTA, there was house prep for the long run into downtown known as SxSW, a friend’s birthday and this little show that friends put together where several of my favorite local bands were covering Cure songs to benefit The Teenage Cancer Trust. Among participants, we get Bali Yaaah, Modern Medicine, Knifight with half of Night Drive, Moving Panoramas and many more…
Click through for a few thoughts on best-of performances and plenty of pics to see what you missed or relive a great night.
Full disclosure, Roaring Sun is a young new band in Austin, and I actually taught one of these kids long ago…but I didn’t expect his musical tastes to progress (nor his songwriting). Listening to the first single he sent my way, it takes some modern touches a la Cut Copy, but there’s also a feeling that it owes some of the electronic flourishes to Grandaddy. It’s exciting that these guys are so young, and can come out with such polished production. They have a show tonight at Cheer Up Charlies too…with other young acts, The Cuckoos, The Spoils and the Avocados. Enjoy this upbeat number.
While most weekends/weeks offer you a plethora of local and non local shows to choose from here in the Live Music Capital of The World, this weekend in particular has got a high volume of great local shows to fill your nights for a few bucks. Looking to make things a bit less complicated for you, we’ve included our picks and highlights of the busy weekend ahead, but don’t forget to see all of your options over at the ever helpful Showlist Austin.
Friday February 5th (tonight)
The Zoltars, Faux Ferocious, Soda, Major Major Major – Hotel Vegas – 9pm
Julia Lucille, Megabog, AMA, Ponyboy & the Horsegirls –Cheer Up Charlie’s
Major Grizz, Yuma, Marcus Brown – Stubb’s (inside) – 9pm
Tele Novella, Lowin, Devin Jake – The ABGB – 6:30pm
Saturday February 6th
Rikroshi(album release), Zettajoule, Ellis Redon, Artificial Earth Machine – Cheer Up’s – 8pm
Cross Record (album release), Adam Torres, Nadia – The Mohawk(inside)- 9pm
P.T. Banks (album release), Tinnarose, Lomelda – Stubb’s(inside) – 9pm
The Sour Notes, Borrisokane – Indian Roller Boutique Roadhouse – 8pm
We here at ATH are always trying to give you the latest and greatest of not only the world scene, but of our very own city. Today’s ATX spotlight falls on a new(ish) band, Rikroshi, which consists of dynamic duo Tessa Bennetch and Darryl Schomberg II. Together, these two make dark wave, synth heavy, pop music that’s a bit outside the realm of what you’re used to hearing from bands around town. When you take a listen to the track below, “Watercolor,” you’ll see what I mean–there’s a sugary impossibility to the distorted vocals and a bit of drama in the mix created by the start/stop percussion and jagged guitars. They just released their debut album yesterday, and lucky for you, they’re playing an album release this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Get to listening and then go out Saturday and support your locals.
Once again, there’s tons to do on a weeknight in Austin, but this will be one of those shows you decide to go to last minute that makes your week. I was geeking out pretty hard over this folksy and beautiful new track from Cross Record that was released last week, so I’m stoked to get to hear it in the live setting, as well as the rest of their folksy catalogue. Not to mention, the bill tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s is stacked with other great local acts like Future Music and Silent Land Time Machine that will delight you with their and electro-acoustic psych soundscapes. Doors aren’t until 9:30, and the best part is that it’s completely free. Come out and support the locals, won’t you?
It all started when Nathan ran his mouth about getting a bunch of bands together to celebrate just how damn good Austin’s Pop scene is right now. It is a renaissance. With long time ATH faves like Shivery Shakes, She Sir, Young Girls (HTX) and Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Popfest had a number of shiny new things to shimmy to including Templo X, Summer Salt, Polio Club, (new to me) MCG and new old friends in Tres Oui to round things out. Well, OK, Tres Oui is kinda Literature, but not really, so still “new”…
Pics and recap? Sure.
Tomorrow is the ATX Popfest over at Cheer Up Charlies, doors are at 6 PM, bands start at 7. It’s $5 for 10 Bands. All the money goes straight to the bands…so let’s not complain about $5. But, I also want you to have notes on all the bands, and why you should check them all out. It’s a long post, so please read it all. It should convince you why attendance is required.
Come enjoy yourself some pop music. There’s no place else to be Saturday.
We’re really excited to be part of the first ATX Popfest, trying to encourage love and adoration for our favorite local pop bands. The event features 10 of the best pop bands in Austin, and it’ll be going from 7 – Close over at Cheer Up Charlies. I figured the whole world might not be aware of our scene, so why not create a little playlist to get you hip to what we’ll be throwing down on Saturday. Two notes, Polio Club have been battling Soundcloud, and have chosen instead to only stream their music via Tidal, so you can buy their excellent tape HERE. Also, Literature is not officially playing, but members past and present will be playing in Tres Oui, and we’re hoping Nate will DJ late into the evening…playing indiepop hits.
It’s Monday night, so why not start off your week with some of the best pop music the city has to offer…not to mention, it will be FREE! Cheer Up Charlies is hosting San Antonio’s Hypersleep, but the bill will be book-ended by some of our favorite locals, Rose Selavy and Ultraviolet. Did I mention that Rose Selavy also has a 7″ coming out this week on our ATH Records? I mean, this will be the best chance to preview the band’s work before you head out and grab your own copy. If you’re not in town, that 7″ can be found HERE. So, come out and hang tonight and enjoy some indiepop delights.