Earlier this week we caught wind that local Austin act Hundred Visions would be releasing some brand new tunes; I was salivating…and dare I say this is better than I expected. At first, the band seemingly trudges through familiar territory bending guitars nice with vocals drawn out atop the mix. But, hold on because they refuse to settle for the same old story, blasting off into a riotous mix of punk that jumps right into your ears! They go back and forth throughout, jolting you back and forth the whole way. They’ve got a new tape titled Brutal Pueblo coming out next week via Burger Records.
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I have yet to make my way over to Sidewinder Austin yet, but tonight seems like the absolutely perfect time to make it out there. For one, the venue’s had a few days to work out the kinks, right? But, another plus is the psychedelic act King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are blowing into town; I’ve heard nothing short of raves about their live show, which is enough to convince me to make it out there. Still, Michael Rault and hometown heroes Hundred Visions are taking the stage early to kick the night off, so it’s the perfet way to spend your evening. The doors are at 7 PM, so you won’t have to stay out drastically late, and your night will be filled with great hits left and right. Come on, you know wanna.
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Sometimes the stars align, and there’s no way you can look at the line-up on a certain night and not go to a show. Today is just one of those days, and there are so many great acts playing in town, I implore you hit the town and enjoy yourself. There’s no need to go further…here’s my highlights and suggestions. Read more
I’ve been fortunate with this site, and such fortunes continue with some friends reaching out to have me curate an hour of music featuring SXSW Official Austin acts that I wanted to rest of the world to know about. It also features my horrendous voice, though only for like 30 seconds total. I kind of went all over the map, trying to be as diverse as possible within the realm of my own tastes. The little show will run three times today on SXSWFM (9 AM, 3 PM, 9 PM), which is a great place to get to know some of the artists, not just the Austin ones. Here’s the artists I chose to include: Flesh Lights, Sour Notes, Jess Williamson, Roger Sellers, Mirror Travel, Shivery Shakes, Grape St, Ramesh, A Sinclair, Love Inks, Hundred Visions, Abram Shook, Ssleeperhold, The Zoltars, Warm Soda and The Eastern Sea. Just doing what I can to give a little love to our friends. Special thanks to Brett and Rory for this rad opportunity.
It’s that time of year when we all toss up our arbitrary lists of what we think is best, and seeing as we’re based here in Austin, we opted to go with our Top 15 Austin Albums first. Why 15? Well, there were a lot of great releases all over the place, covering different styles, and appealing to our different writers. Sure, the list isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t reflect singles and EPs, as that could get entirely too crazy. I included links to the labels so you can buy these albums from the hard-working folks in our town. Also…there are two releases on our label, but I have no qualms about that; I didn’t set out to put out a bad LP, so obviously, they’re going to be in here. And without further meaningless words…here’s the best records from Austin that you should already own!
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For those of you who didn’t quite get your fix this weekend, Hotel Vegas has an awesome show going down tomorrow night that kicks off pretty early for you working types. Drag City mainstay Jack Name kicks off at 8pm with the recently reunited (did they really even break up?) The Oh Sees taking the stage at 9pm. Following the headlining acts outside is a stellar lineup of locals inside featuring Warm Soda, Hundred Visions, and A Giant Dog. Kick off the week right!
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Punk rock with a pop twist is on a major rise here in Austin and Hundred Visions is a band leading the charge. Today we’re happy to share with you this new track from the group called “You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose”. My prior description fits here as the band bring a loud and proud punk rock themed tune completed by some pop tendencies and chant along lyrics. Keep it up boys.
Pick up new album, Spite, due out October 28th via Pau Wau Records.
Download: Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose [MP3]
||Thursday, July 31st
So many great shows, so little time. And tonight you get to see three incredible Austin acts tearing up the Mohawk. It goes without saying that A Giant Dog, who are recording their 3rd LP, are one of Austin’s better live bands. But, even with that in mind, you need to get there early to catch the other two openers. Trustees kick off the night; they’re one of the most impressive bands in town at the moment, though we’ve yet to here recorded material, so you’re only chance to hear them is at Mohawk. And, Hundred Visions will also be rocking in the middle of the line-up; they never put on a bad show, at least in my opinion. So you’ve got three bands. Three killer bands. Plus, you’re likely to run into Norman Wanklord.
Download: A Giant Dog – To Put it Bluntly [MP3]
It was a busy Wednesday night. We had some solid locals kicking off bills that featured some far travelling acts we have loved and some we wanted to see if they were the real deal. We straddled our two most frequents haunts, The Mohawk and Red7, despite the bone drying cold. I met Nate downtown, brought one camera, one lens. Instead of a normal show review, I am going to do the share few thoughts and plenty of pics thing.
Bands featured: Hundred Visions, Mozes & The Firstborn, The Sour Notes, Yuck and together PANGEA
Sometimes Austin can disappoint you. I don’t know if it’s the post-ACL hangover or the onset of cold weather, but I was expecting a sold out crowd for Crystal Antlers on Saturday night, especially after the release of their excellent Nothing is Real LP. Sadly, it was half-empty (shame on us), but that didn’t stop the bands on stage from killing it. Read on for some reflection. And thanks to our friend Bryan for the photo! Read more