We’re a little bit late on this show review and we apologize for that in earnest. Today we’re excited to introduce new contributer Cameron along with his handy photographer Ruth Vasquez for a review with photos. I think you’ll find that you like him just as much as we do. Follow the jump for his thoughts and fancy photos.
Brave fans braved potentially threatening weather; it smooth poured with tons of lightning out at my house in the hours before I left to head downtown, but The Hawk was spared such drama. Load in, soundcheck, my moles on the inside let me know all was well. Rain dotted the evening, never really coming down in quantity, just a smattering to humidify things to “moist” levels.
Roger Sellers brought along Matt Hines of ATH faves The Eastern Sea to go acoustic, Alec Ounsworth took advantage of a little extra time in the schedule to play some songs solo not often heard live and then piloted the whole band known as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah through a set of folk music disguised as indie dance party classics and new stuff that I actually enjoyed A LOT.
Read on for thoughts and plenty of pics…
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