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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 31, 2017

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Get all in the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Lola Tried – Worst Coast
(NEW) Quiet Company – On Ex-Husbands & Wives
(NEW) Darkbird – Bad Self
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
Lowin – Sloop
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Sphynx – Just Tonight
(NEW) RG Lowe – State of Play
Star Parks – The Past Is Like A Foreign Country
(NEW) Caroline Says – I Think I’m Alone Now
She Sir – Private Party
(NEW) Monk Parker – Prom
Balmorhea – Sky Could Undress
(NEW) Lomelda – Out There


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Hamilton Leithauser

July 31, 2017

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First of all, you should know that I’m off to Chicago for Lollapalooza, so SOTO is going to be taking a nap until next Tuesday.  You should take this extra bit of free time to do something nice for yourself.

Secondly, Hamilton Leithauser covered Shane MacGowan And The Popes for Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia, a music and arts collaboration project designed to bring awareness to the growing problem of Islamophobia, and it’s fantastic.  That guy just has a killer voice.  Enjoy.


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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 28, 2017

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Hey, I’m pretty glad we’re more than halfway through 2017, and man 2020 can’t come quick enough. In the meantime, here’s some rap I picked out for you to listen to today.  Note the local NiYahPEACE on the playlist – she’s having an album release on Saturday at Kick Butt Coffee at 10pm, and you can hear Froggy Fresh with local openers The Triggermen and Protextor at Sidewinder on Monday.  The summer show lull is ending, so I hope you go out and listen to some local rap! You can hear interviews I did with NiYahPEACE and The Triggermen last Sunday over here.

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Alvvays

July 27, 2017

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In unsurprising news, Alvvays’ new single (here’s the previous one) is a total ear-pleaser.  Check it out below, then remind yourself that their second full length, Antisocialites, is due out September 8 and that they’ll be playing the Mohawk on October 17.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

July 26, 2017

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I’m going to be spending the weekend prepping to head to Chicago for Lollapalooza, so I’m really happy that this week’s focus show is on a Thursday.  It features Adam Torres and Molly Burch, two of Austin’s finest singer/songwriters, and it’s happening at Antone’s.  Join me – we can slow dance and drink whiskey.

Tix are $15.  RG Lowe will open.  Also, this one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Basketball Shorts at Stubb’s
- Scott H. Biram at 3ten ACL Live
- A Giant Dog, screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at the Long Center

Thursday:
- Sweet Spirit, The Rated Exes, Croy and The Boys at Barracuda
- Rotten Mangos, Jumping Moons, Teevee at the Sahara Lounge

Friday:
- John Wesley Coleman III, Druidian Pink, The Dialtones at Beerland
- Super Thief, Pretty Shitty, Xetas, Burnt Skull, Lung Letters at The Sidewinder
- Think No Think, John Wesley Coleman at Barracuda
- Lowin, Wild Bill and the Lost Knobs, The Rotten Mangos, Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlies
- Delicate Boys, Strange Mother, Young Mammals, Star Parks at Spiderhouse
- Scott H. Biram, Homer Henderson & His Amazing One-Man Band at the Continental Club

Saturday:
- DIIV, Curtis Roush (of Bright Light Social Hour), Hidden Ritual at the Mohawk
- Alex Napping, Popper Burns, Meangirls at the Mohawk
- Private Vandals, Zest of Yore, Telecom at The Sidewinder

Sunday:
- She Sir at End of an Ear
- Megafauna, Human Circuit, Red Light Cameras at The Electric Church

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The Cribs

July 25, 2017

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The Cribs will always remind me of my very first SXSW.  They were the last band I saw that year, and I’ll always remember that set because one of them threw up in the middle of it and then ran away.  Anyhow, I like the 90s-inspired single they just released.  Look for their very appropriately titled new album, 24-7 Rock Star Shit, on August 11.  Enjoy.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 24, 2017

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Lots of new music this week.  Enjoy.

(NEW) Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
(NEW) Lowin – Sloop Tape
Alex Napping – Trembles Part 1
(NEW) Quiet Company – An Unholy Year
(NEW) Darkbird – Daredevil
(NEW) Sphynx – Just Tonight
(NEW) Lomelda – Interstate Vision
Adam Torres – Morning Rain
Molly Burch – Try
(NEW) Star Parks – The Past Is Like A Foreign Country
She Sir – Pheromondo (Babysitter’s Back)
(NEW) Balmorhea – Sky Could Undress
Wiretree – Let Me In


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White Reaper

July 24, 2017

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I’ve got a fiery one today.  It’s White Reaper covering Deep Purple’s Highway Star for Amazon Music’s Open Road, a compilation that’s due out on August 4 and features 30 songs for your next road trip.  Be sure to listen to this one with the volume way up.  Enjoy.


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Wolf Parade

July 21, 2017

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Before the weekend fully hits, check out a new one from Wolf Parade.  It’s off of Cry Cry Cry (due October 6), their first album in seven years, and it’s really catchy.  I may have to spend some time today revisiting their previous three efforts.  Enjoy.

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Movie Breakdown: Dunkirk

July 20, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

It’s Christopher Nolan.  If you’re not at least a little excited about Dunkirk, then you’re probably dead.

Post-Screening Ramble:

I figured Dunkirk was going to be pretty straight forward affair.  There are soldiers trapped on a beach, and civilian boats have been sent to retrieve them.  Oscar-worthy drama ensues!  This is partly true, as there are troops stuck with no where to go and the British government does send normies to scoop them up, but Christoper Nolan cuts out all the pomp and circumstance and opts for a direct, visceral experience.  You don’t see anyone in a board room (with swelling music behind them) arguing about what should be done or anything like that.  Instead Nolan provides three viewpoints.  The first is from the stranded men, who are steadily being dive-bombed, both on land and in the water (if they happened to hop a ride on a rescue boat).  The second is from the sky, as pilots race to Dunkirk to try and protect both the men on the beach and in boats.  The third is from the civilian side, as they too race to Dunkirk to try and save as many soldiers as possible.  It is an intense ride, one that shows you the horrors of the Dunkirk situation and the desperation and fear it filled people with.  It’s not all depressing though, as it also provides a nice look at the courage that it instilled in folks.

I’m not yet sure where Dunkirk ranks for me in regard to Nolan’s other films, but I do think it’s one of the finer war movies since Saving Private Ryan.  It’s stunningly shot, full of great performances, and just in general a very compelling movie.  See it immediately.

One Last Thought:

At some point there needs to be a movie that features nothing but Tom Hardy’s eyes.  They’re so emotive and it’s always very clear as to what he’s trying to say, even if you can’t understand his actual words (like in The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Mad Max: Fury Road).

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The War On Drugs

July 20, 2017

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Here’s the latest single from The War On Drugs.  It’s really damn good.  Someone give me their upcoming album, A Deeper Understanding (due August 25), already.  I need it.  Enjoy.

PS – The band is playing Stubb’s on September 30.

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Movie Breakdown: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

July 19, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like Luc Besson trying to reproduce what he did with The Fifth Element, and that’s totally fine by me.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Right from the start, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets feels like The Fifth Element mixed with Guardians of the Galaxy.  David Bowie’s Space Oddity blares as you watch as the International Space Station slowly grow into an enormous, quirky hub for beings from all over the universe to gather at and share knowledge (hence “The City of a Thousand Planets”).  This is where the Guardians comparison ends though, as the film ditches that vibe, cues up The Fifth Element and shows a planet getting destroyed before introducing its two main humans – Major Valerian (Dan DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne).  Unfortunately, once they’re in place it doesn’t take long before you start to realize that Valerian is missing the memorable characters, the charm, the attitude and the heart that The Fifth Element is loaded with from top to bottom.  This is mainly due to the fact that DeHaan is no Bruce Willis and Delevingne is no Milla Jovovich.  In general they’re both so flat in regard to their line delivery that it’s rather distracting, plus they just have no real chemistry at all.  I can’t say it’s entirely their fault though, as Luc Besson does provide them with some very cringe-worthy, teenager-like pieces of dialogue.  Speaking of Besson, if there’s anything he 100% nails, it’s the world of Valerian.  It’s an immensely interesting, colorful place that he’s built, and you can expect it to dazzle you.

At the end of the day, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an alright film with a imaginative world that’s – sadly – filled with a lot of forgettable characters.  Is it worth seeing?  I think so, especially on the big screen, but I would definitely keep your expectations in check.

One Last Thought:

Rihanna is in this movie and I liked her part – even though it’s essentially Diva Plavalaguna (from The Fifth Element) as a dancer, but ultimately she is wasted.  Someone needs to get that talented woman a good role.

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Show Of The Week

July 19, 2017

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Here’s a nice summer treat for you, Cymbals Eat Guitars are playing the inside stage at Stubb’s this Friday!  The band is out in support of their most recent release, Pretty Years, which landed a spot on my Top Albums of 2016 list.  Personally, I think they’re one of the best indie rock acts out there, so i highly advise that you don’t miss this show.

Tix are $12 in advance of the show, $15 the day of.  Palo Duro will open.

UPDATE: I now have a pair of guest list spots to give away for this show. To enter shoot an email HERE. I’ll pick a winner Friday morning!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Magic Rockers of Texas, Amplified Heat, Hilary York at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Otis the Destroyer, Maxx Cherry, Dr. Joe, Matt Gilmour at Cheer Up Charlies
- Shivery Shakes, Lola Tried, The Sour Notes, Scenery at Hotel Vegas
- The Rocket Summer at Antone’s

Friday:
- DJ Shadow, Mophono, Soundfounder at Emo’s
- The Joe Jacksons, The Lonesome Heroes, Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space, Honey Baby at the Hole in the Wall
- Tameca Jones, Los Coast at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Fort Never, Blastfamous USA, Major Grizz, Tres Oui at Cheer Up Charlies
- Behold The Brave, In The Whale, Billy King and The Bad Bad Bad at Barracuda

Saturday:
- Mom Jeans, Zigtebra at Beerland
- The Cave Singers at The Sidewinder
- Sphynx, Whiite Walls, Ooni, Little Strike, DJ Ramesh at Cheer Up Charlies
- Whiskey Shivers, The Deer, Sour Bridges at the Mohawk
- Sherry, The Halfways, Megafauna, SMILE at the Mohawk
- Ghost Wolves, Reputations at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Iron & Wine, Joan Shelley at the Paramount Theater

Sunday:
- Elaine Greer, Adam Bricks, Molybden, Nick Allison at Hotel Vegas
- Mom Jeans, Graduating Life, Dude Elsberry, Kidlat Punch, Boyd, The Smile Bunch at Barracuda

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Tobacco

July 18, 2017

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“Tobacco has an album of old stuff.”  That’s what the press release for today’s meaty track notes, so that’s what I’m passing to you.  Look for the effort, which is titled Ripe & Majestic (Instrumental Rarities & Unreleased Beats), on August 25.  Enjoy.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 17, 2017

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Listen to the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s my mid-year best of Austin list.  Enjoy.

Sweet Spirit – The Power
Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It?
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Same
The Ghost Wolves – Strychnine In My Lemonade
The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her
The Octopus Project – Cuidate
A. Sinclair – Just Remind Me
Wiretree – Let Me In
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
Football, etc. – Save
Growl – New Sincerity
Summer Salt – Revvin’ My CJ7
Basketball Shorts – This Summer
Crooked Bangs – No Future
The Digital Wild – They Say


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