Show Preview: The Drums @ The Parish (10/23)

Date Sunday, October 23rd
Location The Parish
Doors 800p
Tickets $13 from Frontgate

For all intents and purposes, this is sort of a must see show.  The Drums have pretty much dominated the surf-pop spectrum for the better part of two years, and their latest record, Portamento shows a great bit of maturity–not to mention some killer tracks.  Yes, I admit that I definitely had some issues with their last set over at the ND awhile back, but that’s neither here or there.  I’m going to be at this show, swinging my arms, taking part in all the joyous harmonies and surfy riffs the band brings.  Plus, it’s gotta sound great over at the Parish. Come on out kids.


Download: The Drums – Money [MP3]

Show Preview: War on Drugs @ Emos (10/18)

Date Tuesday, October 18th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Ticket Web

As our time runs out on Emos Red River, we’ve got to take advantage of the great shows still left at the venue; Tuesday night’s set definitely fits the bill.  Philadelphia’s War on Drugs returns to Austin to promote the release of another solid album, Slave Ambient.  Last time they played in town, I had a great time, as their live sound provides a slightly different twist than the recorded material.  The opening acts aren’t anything to ignore either, with Purling Hiss set to follow Carter Tanton, who will be releasing his new record on local label Western Vinyl.  Seems like this is the place to be, so we’ll see you there.


Download: War on Drugs – Come To The City [MP3]

Show Preview: OFF! @ Red 7 (10/13)

Date Thursday, October 13th
Location Red 7
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

Keith Morris isn’t new school rock n’ roll, but he’s definitely doing it a lot better than most of the new school acts.  OFF! blasted off not too long ago, and there’s a reason everyone is giving them so much praise.  Not only do they have a great piece of punk rock history, but they just put on a sweaty beast of a show. I’ve seen them several times now, and each time I just leave amazed at how powerful they sound, considering many of the members are several decades into their careers.  Show up at Red 7 and check this gig out; you’ll also have some other acts like Cerebral Ballzy, Women in Prison, Retox.


Download: OFF – Upside Down [MP3]

Show Preview: Gang Gang Dance @ the Mohawk (10/3)

Date Monday, October 3rd
Location Mohawk
Doors 630p
Tickets $11 from Frontgate

I know, I know, Taking Back Sunday is playing Monday night, but this show over at the Mohawk is going to be far better, I promise. Some of the most creative indie music being made is coming to our town tonight courtesy of Gang Gang Dance.  They’re fresh off the summer release of their album, Eye Contact.  Their known for extravagant shows, and lets hope this is no exception.  But, you get twice as lucky if you come early, as opening band Prince Rama are a force to be reckoned with in their own right.  From what I know, PR brings one of the best live acts to town, so you couple that with Gang Gang Dance and you’re left with one brilliant show that’s a can’t miss. Pretty killer way to start off October with our friends at the Mohawk.


Download: Prince Rama – Rest In Peace [MP3]

Show Preview: Hunx and His Punx @ Emos (4/12)

Date Tuesday, April 12th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $8 from TicketWeb

Alright, so I know there is an incredible show going on outside at Emos on the same night featuring the Raveonettes, but the best place for you to be is indoors with Hunx and His Punx.  Hunx just released his latest album, Too Young To Be In Love, which is just chock full of great songs, all reminiscent of early American pop, just with a hint of grime and grit to it.  It’s definitely a show where you can get down, dirty and drunk, not to mention enjoying the whole ordeal.  Also, you’ll get to see some other solid acts, such as Shannon and the Clams and Fungi Girls, both who offer their own blend of refurbished Americana. Whether you have plans or not, $8 is a worthy price for such a great line-up.


Download: Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]

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