With tons going on in the city of Austin, musically, we hopped around the town Friday night, finally making our way over to support our friend Abram Shook and the release of his wonderful album, Sun Marquee. We were joined by friends and family; jokes were told, songs were sung. Reflecting back, the one word that sticks to my mind is consistency.
Read on for more detailed thoughts and some great photos by Brian Gray.
There were a multitude of reasons to attend the show on Wednesday night over at Holy Mountain. You could go for the return of Brazos. Or the rising star of Jess Williamson. Or, the Top 50 worthy Ski Lodge.
Us? We couldn’t decide, so we went for all three.
Skip on down to hear our thoughts and to see Brian’s shots of the evening…
The last place I expected to find myself on a Wednesday night was in church, but I had good reason to be there: Laura Marling. The unique songwriter was holing up at the Central Presbyterian Church for the night, and the acoustics alone guaranteed great sound, so we had to be there (I didn’t burn!).
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Based on the throngs of people begging for tickets oustide of Moody Theater, Monday night’s taping at ACL Live was a pretty hot commodity. Myself, well, again I was fighting to reclaim my youth by revisiting the catalogue of Nine Inch Nails.
The folks at ACL should definitely be proud of bringing in Nine Inch Nails for a taping. Sure, they’re huge in the grand scheme of things, though not necessarily the largest act to grace the studio. But, what it did represent was the power behind the PBS program, as the importance of the show continues to grow with each act that comes to the venue. It also allowed for many of us to get a version of Nine Inch Nails that me mightn’t have seen otherwise.
Read on for my thoughts on the evening…
Monday night gave you lots of choices as for live music in this city, but it didn’t seem like Emo’s was the popular choice for many, as even with the full venue partitioned in half the crowd wasn’t close to capacity. However this lack of audience wasn’t a problem once the bands for the night took the stage, each offering a different kind of tone and energy.
Read more and see pictures from Brian Gray…
I’ll be honest right here. I went to catch Desaparecidos out of nostalgia, which I think was probably the case for a lot of people. When I left, however, I felt something different. Aside from my ears ringing, I sort of felt bad.
You can read on for my comments and see Brian’s photos from the pit.
Having followed Crystal Stilts since their inception, including their involvement with Cinema Red and Blue, it’s surprising that I hadn’t caught the band live yet. But, Thursday night was going to change that, and my anticipation was riding high, after absorbing more and more of the group’s recent album, Nature Noir.
Read on for my highlights on the night, including photos from Brian Gray.
Sometimes Austin can disappoint you. I don’t know if it’s the post-ACL hangover or the onset of cold weather, but I was expecting a sold out crowd for Crystal Antlers on Saturday night, especially after the release of their excellent Nothing is Real LP. Sadly, it was half-empty (shame on us), but that didn’t stop the bands on stage from killing it. Read on for some reflection. And thanks to our friend Bryan for the photo! Read more
We hit up the Parish this past Friday to have a few beverages and spend some time watching some acts that we love. As I reflect upon the night, all I can say is that it ended up being a tale of two bands. You’ll have to read on for my thoughts on the evening. Read more
This past Friday night was nuts here in Austin. ACL Festival started, shows on every corner, at every venue, and hordes of happy people just milling about. For me, my eyes were set on catching Fuzz over at Red 7. Read on for my words on the band and more. Photo courtesy of the hard-working badass, Pooneh Ghana. Read more