Free Week Video: Jonly Bonly

Jonly BonlyOne of our favorite things from Free Week this year was the set at Red7 by Jonly Bonly. The trio is fronted by Jason Smith playing a guitar and singing with friends and fellow Austin-jams creators Stephen Svacina playing a bass and Marley Jones on drums. I busted out the super phone and got some video to share. This song is called “Long Distance.”

There are some sweet pyrotechnics during the guitar solo and a lightshow at the end. #blackcat #powerstripfailure


Show Pics: Knifight @ a Benefit, Daughn Gibson @ Red7

I love nights when I can see a bunch of bands, SxSW style, bouncing back and forth between venues to be able to see acts we have talked about here, but not yet seen live and still manage to check out the headliners we dig. Last Thursday was one such night. We had the Attendance Records Benefit at The Mohawk that featured ATH local favorites Knifight and a show at Red7 headlined by Daughn Gibson that included fresh locals Silk Rodeo in an opening slot.

In total, pics of four bands, a few whiskeys, plenty of friends and I get to say I did it “for the kids”. Well, half of it, anyway. Click through for random thoughts and plenty of pics…

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Show Review: Snowden @ Red7 (6/7)

Six years ago, that was the last time I saw this band. Snowden is back after checking out for little bit with Jordan bringing along new people for the live setting, tightening the belt to a three piece. The show had a reunion feeling to it; fans listening to the jams flowing for the Learning Secrets‘ wheels of steel were trying to one up each other on stories how Anti-Anti helped them through a tough time or how it was a soundtrack to an epic road trip. Some had seen the band before, some hadn’t. It was a family and friends crowd at Red7 because of the long gap between albums and Jordan’s recent move to Austin.

Read on for thoughts on the show and plenty of pics…

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Show Preview: Snowden @ Red7 (6/7)

Date 6/7/13
Location Red7
Doors 9pm
Tickets $12

Insanely busy weekend.

It has been six years since I saw Snowden at SXSW play tracks off of the excellent Anti-Anti album with the people at Emo’s Annex tent during a day party. I guess that South-By was one of the first to really flip things upside down, making the day parties how you discover music. Jordan Jeffares finally brings some sound back to Austin to play Red7 tonight with Learning Secrets along for the preshow lounging. Come dance and then gaze.

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Show Preview: Gold Panda @ Red7 (5/15)

Date 5/15
Location Red7
Doors 9:00pm
Tickets $12

Charli XCX ripped off Gold Panda. There, I said it. Her song in heavy rotation on SiriusXM is a straight replay with some meh lyrical overlay. But you aren’t like that, are you? Go get the real deal with Gold Panda putting down the hypnotic beats and layers at Red7 tomorrow night. Do it. Ghostly is on a roll right now, the latest out of Gold Panda is proof. Let’s ignore the over-exposed sampled track and go straight to the great new stuff from Half of Where You Live due June 10 to stream below.

Bonus, Corduroi and Roger Sellers join…

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My New Best Friend, James Murphy…

We are pretty lucky to live here in Austin. Friday night, the wife and I started out at the friendly confines of The Mohawk, caught a kick ass set from Flesh Lights, chilled at a picnic table, had beer, whisky, and Topo Chico with good people that also love our music scene.

Red7 played host to a DJ set from James Murphy thanks to Learning Secrets. The wife got tix and that means that we became besties with the leader of one of my favorite things, LCD Soundsystem.

Click though for evidence…

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SxSW 2013: Day Party Pics

No, I am not done yet. This one and a gallery of the showcases is all that is left. If I can muster it, I’ll do a best of post. Best-ofs are easier well removed from a festival because lasting memories help define what really got you going.

Anyway, this giant gallery of daytime show goodness includes some candids and portraits from around the conference during the unofficial events. Highlights include Wax Idols, Nobunny, The Soft Moon, Criminal Hygiene, Bleeding Rainbows, that band Thurston Moore is in, Delorean and so much more.

Click through. Play a game of “oh yeah, I was there.”

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