When we got a call from our friends in LA outfit, Criminal Hygiene, we jumped at the champ to help them organize a show. We got a couple of our favorite local acts, Pharaohs and Big Bill to join in on the bill, thus cementing a great rock n’ roll party that everyone would enjoy. Read on for a few short words and photos by B. Gray.
Sadly, it was a fairly unattended night at Holy Mountain this past Wednesday, but like most bands working the States nowadays, the show must go on…and go on it did. Shy Boys and Painted Palms embraced the thin crowd, delivering great tunes for the duration of the evening.
Read on for our thoughts and photos by Mr. Brian Gray. Read more
While tons of shows went on Saturday night, those in the know made their way over to Holy Mountain to catch Protomartyr. The evening started out slow, attendance-wise, but filled up by the time middle act, Xetas, took to the stage. I can’t say a bad thing about any of the acts on the night, but read on for some brief thoughts, and photos by B. Gray. Read more
Friday night at the Paramount we were treated to two unique artists in Chelsea Wolf and Eels, though they were both different in their approach and delivery. That being said, I’m pretty sure every audience member left with a smile on their face. Thanks to David Hall for grabbing some photos for us.
Mohawk had an exceptional week with two sold out shows, but perhaps none was more personally anticipated than that of the Cloud Nothings line-up on Saturday evening. I love every single band that was on that bill, and for those that caught all the acts, I’m sure they feel exactly the same. Read on for some words and photos from Brian Gray. Read more
In a week filled with shows, it was perhaps one of the more anticipated sets of the week, especially with Future Islands seemingly springing to larger popularity via their performance on some late night talk show. I was a little bummed that people didn’t quite make it out early enough to catch the openers, Knifight, but perhaps that will help keep them our little secret for just a bit longer.
Thanks to Bryan at PPI for sharing some photos with us.
Versailles, the ambitious and aptly titled EP of Austin new comer Bells and Parks, strives to create the detailed soundscapes and layers reflective of their self appointed Baroque/Dream Pop genre. A follow up to to the March 13th single “Streams”, Versailles is executed with the focus that was missing from the group’s freshmen effort. While “Streams” sounds like the excited songwriting effort of a new Micro-Korg owner, Versailles is more contained and thought out, with mature use of synth layers to inform the songwriter’s vision rather than overwhelm it.
I know, I know. Everyone was at the National on night one! But, I’ve seen them, and I was going on Tuesday, so I penciled in a show that I was really excited about. I’ve been raving about Odonis Odonis since their last EP, and their new record, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, has been on constant rotation. While the crowd might not have been what I hoped, the show definitely lived up to my expectations. Read more
It’s surprising that I hadn’t seen Hospitality before last night, as we first posted (and adored) about the band back in 2011. But, that being said, I was rather stoked to see the band as they blew into Austin this past Monday night instead of Milking Neutral Hotels, whatever that means. Little did I know that it would be one of the openers that stole the show.
Read on for my thoughts and BGray’s photo magic. Read more
We were all fearing the worst, with the impending doom of a second ice-capade invading the city of Austin on the certain horizon. But, like most great cities with great people, we donned our heavy coats, scarves and beanies, making our way to Red 7 for a great evening of music.
Read on for more thoughts featuring pics from the cool old guy with the funny hat.