The opening lines of this Video track had me completely fooled; I thought I had died and gone to a prog-rock heaven (or hell in my case). But, just be patient, as the group kicks in with their angst-laden rock n’ roll in a matter of moments, pushing quickly to the track’s finish. There’s definitely some lineage to members’ other acts like Wiccans, Radioactivity or Bad Sports, but you should instead focus on how infectious yet hard-edged this new tune feels. Look for their album, The Entertainers, to hit the streets on October 30th via Third Man Records.
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Last year’s Salt EP really solidified Institute as a group to be aware of in the broad spectrum of the Internet rock n’ roll buzz-bands, but those in Austin likely had already been paying attention to the group (if not their other projects like Glue or Wiccans, etc). Now, they’ve got the release of their new full-length lined-up, and this first single really has me amped for its release. You’ll hear a certain nonchalance in the delivery of the vocals, while there’s a sharpness in the gritty recording of the rest of the act. Sounds like the band’s going all over the place on Catharsis, and I hope you all have fun on the ride…going to be a good one. (Sacred Bones 6/9)
Download: Institute – Perpetual Ebb [MP3]
Seems like Austin has had a pretty good year, musically speaking. Bands from all corners are getting a lot of much deserved recognition for their work, and I’m really impressed with this new tune that’s been hopping around by Institute. The act features members of a lot of local acts you should be familiar with like Wiccans or Glue, though this new entity seems pretty impressive. They’ve signed on with the great Sacred Bones Records to release their Salt EP, and since I didn’t get around to it earlier, I’m getting you amped now. The rhythm section owns this song for sure. Pick up the EP on October 14th.
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Well now this ladies and gentlemen is one hell of a show we’ve got going down in Austin on Thursday night at the Mohawk. Our headliner for the evening is legendary band Superchunk on the outside stage. That alone should be enough for most of you, but let’s also mention that supporting outside bands are Imperial Teen and Joyce Manor so that should sweeten the deal. Oh and you’ve also got some awesome up and coming bands playing the inside stage known as Terrible Feelings, Mind Spiders, Wiccans, and The Impalers. I wish could say that’s all folks, but also remember that the entire show is FREE with your Fun Fest wristband. Thanks you Mohawk and thank you Transmission. You rule.
Download: Superchunk – Digging for Something [MP3]
The original Emo’s is closing. Yes, we have mentioned it before, but it is real now. Seemed so far away when we shared our best Emo’s moments.
OBN IIIs headlined a punk show a couple nights ago. Nathan and I went to send off the Alternative Lounge in style as so many familiar faces filled the crowd. Wiccans and Video opened, but my punk-show dollars are going to OBN IIIs right now. Fun.
Head past for plenty of pics as we get nostalgic again.
||Emos (Red River)
||$5 at Ticketfly
The next couple of weeks in Austin are heating up folks, and I think it’s about time to get yourself back in the spirit of the city; go out and check out an incredible show! First off on my list of great upcoming shows is TONIGHT’S show over at Emos Red River, which features several great acts with Austin/Texas ties. You’ll get OBN IIIs, and believe me when I say that their show is nothing short of pure rock n’ roll. You’ll also get to check out a Texas super-group of sorts, Video, who just recently released their own LP. And opening it all up is Wiccans. My mind has this as one of the best bills of the week, and it’s only five bucks; it’s like old school Emos all over again, so get out and rock.
Download: Video – Red Pills [MP3]