What do you get when you take former and current members of Octopus Project, The Sword, Ume, Skate or Die, Midnight Masses and Stiletto Feels all into one? You get a supergroup, of sorts; you get All Eyes crafting a brand of music you’re not likely to hear anywhere else in the Austin landscape. This tune opens with a bit of doom and gloom (perhaps the Sword influence), but the string samples hint at pop sensationalism. You don’t have to wait long to hear Jordan from MM spin her vocals atop the chorus. It circles back for the crashing rock moment, surrounded by swirling bits of noise, and then back again. You’ll never be able to pigeonhole these guys, and thank goodness for that. The band will have their live debut over at The Electric Church this Saturday night, with Teevee, Fire Walk with Me and This Cold Night. Go meet this great new Austin act!
How is it possible we’re already through SXSW hangover week? It seems like only yesterday the ATH crew was hanging at Hotel Vegas, with Lone Star in hand, kicking off the week a couple of Sundays ago with the awesome lineup put together by Nathan and our boy Mr. Laird. As always, we move on, reflect on the fun behind us, and plan for the next great lineup or festival. Such is the beauty of living in the live music capital of the world. To look back on the festival, Nathan, Brian, and myself came up with an arbitrary list of awards with each of us picking our choice for the category.
Hit the jump for our awards, final thoughts and a few related pics from a fun, exciting, and draining week.
|Location||Spider House Ballroom|
|Tickets||RSVP $3/$10 @ door|
Our friends at Red Bull are presenting a nice little locals action to show off the talent brewing around here; this is a dance party version.
You get The Octopus Project, Night Drive and The Black & White Years. You can RSVP here. Why RSVP, you ask? Because with RSVP, you get in for $3 instead of $10 and you get to download a song from each of the artists. I mean, that is like actually buying three songs and getting to go to a show for free.
I have a feeling things will get crowded quick so be early and be cool. The Octupus Project doesn’t have any more shows listed after this, Night Drive sounded great at Red7 the other night and The Black & White Years have new hits. In fact, here is a track you should hear from B&WY…[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/LittleOne.mp3]
|Date||Friday, December 6th|
|Tickets||$12 from Mohawk|
Those of you in need of a great show to take a friend to have got to hit up the Friday night extravaganza at Mohawk. You’ll be treated to one of Austin’s most consistent groups, The Octopus Project, who continue to exhilarate audiences in the live setting. Plus, you’ll get a chance to see one of the bands that I’m expecting huge things from in 2014, Tele Novella. They’ve got the songs to back up that hype, at least if you’ve heard the band’s recent work over on their bandcamp page. Then, you’ll also get treated to Borrisokane, which guarantees you a night filled with blissful pop and smiles to go around. If this incredible weather holds up, you better find yourself here…or else!
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|Tickets||$10 @ Door|
Red 7 has a great lineup put together by the Disastronauts Foundation on Saturday night. Those unfamiliar with the recently formed foundation, should know that their mission is to help out the musicians affected by the tragic wildfires that consumed Central Texas recently. All proceeds from the minimal door fee AND a percentage of bar sales will be donated directly to those musicians in need. As if bringing some good karma your way isn’t enough, a stacked lineup featuring local legends Octopus Project, Reagonometry, Bangaar, Party Wizard, and Her Space Holiday should entice you even more.
This one also hits home for the ATH family, and Marc from Her Space Holiday, as the park in Bastrop where Marc filmed our first Lost in Austin video was destroyed by the fires. Makes the song “Anything For Progress” that much more special doesn’t it? Get out and support people.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/The_Octopus_Project_-_Fuguefat.mp3]
Download: The Octopus Project – Fuguefat [MP3]
|Location||East Side Drive In|
|Tickets||$15 @ Frontgate|
Octopus Project have long been one of the most creative and innovative bands in Austin who have finally gained some much deserved popularity outside of town. Continuing that ground breaking mindset, the band has a very special performance of their Hexadecagon project planned at the East Side Drive In on Friday night. Those unfamiliar with the project just need to know that crazy live video is involved, audience members surround the band on a circular stage, and Octopus Project play along to the music. A live performance such as this is not something you’ll see very often(they’ve only done it twice to be exact). You can of course read more about the Hexadecagon project and see video from previous shows on the band’s website. Or if you’re feeling spendy, the album version of Hexadecagon is currently available in physical form from Peek-A-Boo Records or on itunes for you MP3 fans.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/The_Octopus_Project_-_Fuguefat.mp3]
Download: The Octopus Project – Fuguefat [MP3]
Saturday night I made my way over to The Mohawk in Austin for a show by Austin’s very own veterans Octopus Project. Joining those kids were fellow locals Mother Falcon and Tia Carerra. Fortunately for us, our photo lady Mary Rehak just so happened to be at the same show so we borrowed a few photos of Octopus Project. Follow the jump for some thoughts on the show and fancy photos.
|Tickets||$12 from Front Gate|
The 101x Homegrown Live series continues their trend of solid local shows with another one set for Saturday night at the Mohawk featuring headliners Octopus Project. The now veteran locals will be joined on the stage by fellow locals Tia Carrera and Mother Falcon. After the early show wraps up, the inside stage will feature sets by Record Hop and Sundress. Anyone living in Austin that hasn’t seen Octopus Project live, needs to get off their ass and make it to this show. In the meantime, check out an interview we did the guys (and gal) a couple years ago during ACL. I’m also gonna post an old favorite tune of mine in hopes that they play it on Saturday.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/music.mp3]
Download: Octopus Project – Music is Happiness [MP3]
On of our favorite record stores in south Austin End of an Ear are celebrating 5 years in the music business this week with in-store events starting on Wednesday and going through Sunday. Each day is of course free and features some great talent from the Austin area. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening every day:
Thursday 6/24 – The Viet Minh @ 6pm
Saturday 6/26 – TBA
Sunday 6/27 – Ola Podrida @ 5pm
You can of course find more info and updates on the End of the Ear website. Thanks for keeping it real guys.
|Tickets||$10 from Frontgate|
Mohawk has a great show going down on Monday night with some of the best musical talent Austin has to offer. The stacked lineup includes Octopus Project, All My Friends, Sunset, Neiliyo, and Paradise Titty. Sounds like a sweet night for local music![audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/theoctopusproject-wetgold.mp3]
Download: The Octopus Project – Wet Gold [MP3]