Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

austin_live_music_retailrSometimes the madness that is the Austin music scene just never stops.  This week’s been pretty ridiculous as it is, but the great shows keep coming…and I’m not just talking about that Vampire Weekend or Cloud Nothings show; there are some incredible local bills to catch, including a pretty awesome release show.  Here’s my suggestions on where you might want to find yourself this weekend. Read more

Show Preview: Swearin @ Mohawk (12.10)


Date Tuesday, December 10th
Location Mohawk
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $8 from Mohawk

One of the hottest bands over the last few months, including our site and beyond, has been Swearin. They’ve got this classic alternative sound with distorted guitars and lackadaisical vocal delivery, which often uses male/female interplay.  They’re just just as likely to blast your ears as they are to offer you soft little melodies.  Their album Surfing Strange is something that’s definitely worth your time, much as the openers are.  You’ll get two great local acts in the Midgetmen and Super Thief to open up your evening. It’s going to be a busy week for rock n’ roll in Austin, so if you haven’t started catching live shows, this is as good a place as any.


Download: Swearin – Watered Down [MP3]

Show Preview: Futurebirds @ The Parish (8/1)

Date 8/1/13
Location The Parish
Doors 8:00pm
Tickets $13 or $15 door

So you aren’t going to the dance party at ACL Live with Empire of the Sun? (Plug for IT Dept. Summer playlist) How about something completely different?

Sure, Futurebirds are headlining, but damn, what an undercard with buzz-band Diarrhea Planet and locals The Midgetmen. I am going to set you up with a pair of songs to listen to to get your money spent in the stairwell and a stamp put on your hand. My favorite is the smiley face.

First up, a lovely piece by Futurebirds from a couple years back.


Download: Futurebirds – Dirty D [MP3]

…and here is a jam from Diarrhea Planet.

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Show Preview: Midgetmen 9th Anniversary @ Mohawk (5/20)

Date 5/20/11
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $8 @ Door

It’s been a great week so far for local shows, and we see no reason not to continue the Austin artist fun at Mohawk on Friday night.  Headlining and putting this whole thing together to celebrate their 9th year together are Austin’s very own rockers The Midgetmen.  Never the type to half ass anything, the boys have a stellar local show lined up featuring La Snacks, San Saba County, The Blistering Speeds, The Pons, Shells, Through the Trees, and The Sour Notes.  Also expect some tasty free beverages provided by Treaty Oak Rum and Graham’s Texas Tea.  Be there Ausinites!  While we’re at it, here’s the opening number “Beer’s Gone” to the Midgetmen’s new album Loud Enough.


Download: The Midgetmen – Beer’s Gone [MP3]

Show Preview: Titus Andronicus @ Emo’s (4/21)

Date 4/21/11
Location Emos
Doors 9pm
Tickets $11 @ Ticketweb

It’s a busy night in Austin on Thursday and you music fans are going to have some tough choices to make about which show you plan to attend.  In the running obviously for us is a show at Emo’s by rock n rollers Titus Andronicus.  Sure the band played there pretty recently, but you can always bet on a high energy packed show from these guys.  Opening support for the evening is provided by our very own Austin friends Midgetmen and Cartright.


Download: Titus Andronicus – My Time Outside the Womb [MP3]

Midgetmen @ The Mohawk (5/8)

Date 5/8/10
Location The Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $6 @ Door

If you be lookin’ for something to do on Saturday night, The Midgetmen are planning their annual anniversary party at Mohawk.  The lineup is stacked with local buzz bands and includes The Midgetmen(of course), Ringo Deathstarr, LA Snacks, The Gary, The Mercers, Sour Notes, and Treaty Oak.  You can also look forward to some free PBR handed out at different times during the night’s festivities.  Sounds good to me.


Download: Midgetmen – Trickle Down [MP3]

Midgetmen Party @ Mohawk 5/1

deville-janOur friends The Midget Men are planning quite the party at Mohawk on Friday.  The event is in celebration of the band’s 7 year anniversary and will sport a nice lineup of local and buzzworthy bands.  The inside stage features Bankrupt & The Borrowers, The Frontier Brothers, Calm Blue Sea, and Mice & Rifles.  Outside stage will showcase Deaf Ears, The Pons, and the obvious set by The Midget Men.  Music kicks off at 9pm on the outside stage.  Freeloaders take note, free PBR will be provided!  Sounds like a tasty deal eh?


Download: The Midget Men – Trickle Down [MP3]

The Midgetmen @ Mohawk (12/12)

Another good local band show is going down Friday night at The Mohawk with The Midgetmen and The Calm Blue Sea teaming up for a sure to be rockin’ show.  Music should start around 10pm for this one.  Preview the show with a track from The Calm Blue Sea entitled “We Happy Few”.


Download: The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few [MP3]