As the weather unfortunately heats up, that means there’s also a music scene heating up. There’s tons of shows this weekend in particular, both local and traveling. I won’t bore you with details, but remind you to show up early to catch openers, especially the local ones like Sweet Talk playing at Mohawk tonight. Here you go: Read more
There’s just too many shows to really talk about any singular show above any other, so we’ll point you in the right direction (in our opinion) of where you’re likely to have the best time this weekend. There’s worthy shows Friday thru Sunday, so we’ll get right to it. Read more
It’s difficult to tour nowadays, unless you’ve got a pocket of change in your pocket to help carry you on your way. So, with that, I suggest you go and throw all your money at one of Austin’s great acts, Big Bill. They just put on a great set with us over at Mohawk on Sunday, and tonight will be your last chance to catch them for several months. It might, and I stress might, also be one of the last times you get to see Mirror Travel, if the rumor mill is correct….which will be an extremely sad day. Plus, Daniel Francis Doyle & the Dreams, along with the Eternal Dyad Dance Crew will be starting things off the right way. The show starts at 9 PM over at Holy Mountain, so get there early to enjoy some cheap libations and get yourself in the mood for some great tunes.
Download: Big Bill – Juice U [MP3]
In a bone-headed move that I accept full responsibility for, I completely slept on the Dub Thompson album, 9 Songs. I’ve since had it on a steady rotation after it’s release; there’s elements of noise, psychedelic hints and just weirdo pop, so of course I’m obsessing. The band brings their show into town this Thursday night, and you’ve all got July 4th off, so you’ve got no excuse to stay out late and enjoy the music over at Holy Mountain. Also, you’ll get to see Montreal’s Ought, who received the arbitrary “Best New Music” tag from P4k, if that matters to you. Their angular post-rock seems like it’s built for a pulsating live show of rhythm and grooves. You can buy yourself $10 tickets HERE. Hope to see you guys out so we can celebrate freedom together at midnight.
Rarely do you get to start off your week with such a bad ass show, but I’m really excited for tonight’s gig over at Holy Mountain. You’ve got a couple of solid openers in Costumes and Gang Sign, but there’s also one of the most overlooked bands of the year jamming strong, Solids. Their album Blame Confusion is this boisterous bombast, and I highly encourage you to get out now and get yourself a copy of it. Then the night gets closed out by Michigan’s Pity Sex, who offer up a shoe gaze-y version of rock n’ roll; they’ve got the ability to go loud, or pull back with a little bit more melody. This is the perfect way to kick-start your week, and lose a little hearing.
AMENDMENT: Pity Sex have had to cancel their slot due to traveling issues. So now Solids will headline!
Download: Solids – Off White [MP3]
What a fantastic night of local (and nearly local) talent.
She Sir opened and are getting tighter and tighter. The material from their latest effort was the perfect start to the night, engaging or the background music for patio time, you get to choose.
Young Girls played new stuff, the entire EP and a few of the hits that made us fall for them. Now a lean three piece and bolstered by Nicholas powering away on drums, Pete and Charlie split front man duties. I am biased, but I loved their set the mostest.
Ramesh is the latest in the ATH Records stable, test-pressing in Nathan’s mitts. Two members of the brand new backing band are friends from Shivery Shakes; they had about a day to learn the material. If the material can be this good live as a new ensemble, I cannot wait for them to get more time together. This record could be one of the best of the year.
Abram Shook had the backing vocalists on stage this time around and as he put it, the songs just get sexier. We love this record, go see him ASAP.
PICS A PLENTY AFTER THE BREAK!!!
We’ve been talking about this for weeks, and we’re just a day away from what we consider to be one of the best bills in town Friday night, if not THE best bill in town. All four acts have released great albums or EPs this year, which alone warrants your attendance. Doors are at 9, and at 9:30, you’ll get to hear She Sir. Their album Go Guitars needs to be in your collection, especially if you consider yourself a fan of dreamy indiepop. Next up are Young Girls, who we helped release their Young Girls EP; it’s infectious surf pop with a dose of bad ass. Following them will be Ramesh; we’ll be releasing his debut album on vinyl shortly, so come sample everything great he’s got in store. And the night closes with Abram Shook, long considered one of the best songwriters in town. If you don’t have his album Sun Marquee, you’ll want to grab it at the show! So come one, come all, and get there early to have the night of your life, with us, your friends at ATH and Side One Track One.
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Sadly, it was a fairly unattended night at Holy Mountain this past Wednesday, but like most bands working the States nowadays, the show must go on…and go on it did. Shy Boys and Painted Palms embraced the thin crowd, delivering great tunes for the duration of the evening.
Read on for our thoughts and photos by Mr. Brian Gray. Read more
A great show is going down on Wednesday night at Holy Mountain with two up and coming bands that have previously received the ATH seal of approval. Headliner Painted Palms is a band I caught during SXSW and was pleasantly surprised that the band could recreate their electronic sound in a live setting. Of course the show lineup gets even better with Shy Boys, who have been talked about on numerous occasions here on our site. See ya there?
Download: Painted Palms – Upper Floors [MP3]
While tons of shows went on Saturday night, those in the know made their way over to Holy Mountain to catch Protomartyr. The evening started out slow, attendance-wise, but filled up by the time middle act, Xetas, took to the stage. I can’t say a bad thing about any of the acts on the night, but read on for some brief thoughts, and photos by B. Gray. Read more