Usually I like to pick one or two shows for the night and give you a rec, but Thursday is absolutely crazy; I guess it’s Cinco de Mayo.
You want some country? Check out Jason Boland and Plantation at 3 Ten ACL. Or Sturgill Simpson.
Little Austin punk rock? Go for Ghetto Ghouls and Nameless Frames at Beerland.
An ATH approved show? How about Rose Selavy, Mean Jolene, and Shivery Shakes at Sahara Lounge.
And don’t forget the teen friendly, Stereogum approved 1975 show at Stubbs.
You could even double dip, hitting up Luna early, then catch one of these late shows.
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If you’re an Austin fan, or really just a fan of good rock n’ roll, then surely you’ve heard the great work Austin’s Ghetto Ghouls have been putting out the last few years. They’ve got several releases with some of the best labels in town (12XU and Monofonus Press), and they’re set to release Collisions, their new effort, on Monofonus next week. The first single we’ve heard perfectly encapsulates the band’s live sound, with tenacious swirling guitar chords wrapping themselves around the emphatic vocals of frontman Corey Anderson. Not only does the band have an incredible new song, but they’ve got a great release show planned for August 1st at Hotel Vegas with Flesh Lights, US Weekly and Decider.
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Nathan and I were on double show duty. We started the evening at Red7 for Zola Jesus. We made notes, we shared them with Nicole, she didn’t entirely agree with what we had to say which we are OK with.
…and now for something completely different.
We made our way to Hotel Vegas for some jams to catch Beth Israel, Ghetto Ghouls and The Dead Space. Click past the break for a couple notes and plenty of pics…
It’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun. But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man. We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014. Read more
This weekend, above most normal weekends, is a pretty good reason to go out. There’s a benefit being put on by sxswcares, raising money for victims of the SXSW tragedy. A lot of these venues are saving up for donations, are hosting events, as well as directing folks to various on-line auctions to raise money, so be sure to help support the worty cause; remind people what a great community we are. So, with that in mind, here are my suggestions for great shows to hit up this weekend. Read more
Already with two song posts on our site, I think most are aware that local boys Ghetto Ghouls have our stamp of approval. I’ve got even more great tuneage from these guys today in the form of this track called “Simple C”. We are yet again treated here to some gritty, rough rock n roll sounds reminiscent of some of our greatest indie rock forefathers. Get on the bandwagon now people.
Once again you should be buying the new Ghetto Ghouls self-titled album on April 8th via Monofonus Press.
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The last month or so has seen a slew of excellent Ghetto Ghouls tracks come our way, and I’ll happily keep harping on about the Austin four-piece. This track will be featured on the group’s self-titled album, being released by Monofonuss Press on April 8th. It’s a quick jaunt, but a reminder of the pleasant abrasiveness offered up by the band. There’s a sharpness to the musicianship, yet a rough quality that embodies the live aspect of the group. Get yourself another taste of one of our cities great exports, and catch them at one of their 5 SXSW shows.
Download: Ghetto Ghouls – Living Alone [MP3]
While there’s a certain amount of classic indie pop coursing through our veins in Austin, our city is also known for it’s grittier side; you don’t have to look far to find a band slanging straight up rock n’ roll with no pretense. One of those acts who’ve been on the rise is Ghetto Ghouls; they’ve been around for awhile impressing the locals with their aggressive sets. They’ve just signed on with Monofonuss Press to release their self-titled album in April, with a another 7″ coming out via 12XU at some point during the Spring. Seems like these guys are only going to continue making waves in Austin, and hopefully beyond our city walls. Turn it up and take a listen.
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Clearly Grape St. is a band that we have close ties to here at ATH so you also know that we’ll be supporting them in the future as they grow to new found fame in Austin. Wednesday the guys have a show going down at Holy Mountain put together by the fine folks at college radio station KVRX. Making this a a great local lineup are Austin bands Pharoahs and Ghetto Ghouls. You know we’re going to be there and we better see you in attendance as well supporting our great local artists.
Download: Grape Street – A Date With You [MP3]
||Friday, April 5th
If you’ve kept your eye on the site this week, you’ll know that one of the LPs that came out this week that I can’t stop spinning is Hard Coming Down from Gun Outfit. It’s got the perfect blend of modern day indie rock with that nostalgic 90s bent, and I’ve heard nothing but great thigns about their live set. But, as if that weren’t enough, you’ll get to see underground icons, Versus, and one of our local favorites Flesh Lights. To top it off, the Young and Ghetto Ghouls will be joining in, so you’ll get to see five rad bands for pretty cheap. And everyone at Beerland is friendly, so there’s that. Don’t be scared, come rock with me!
Download:Gun Outfit – My Whole Life [MP3]