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Movie Breakdown: Logan Lucky

August 17, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Steven Soderbergh isn’t so good at being “retired” or whatever, so he’s gone and directed Logan Lucky.  The movie looks like a hillbilly version of Ocean’s 11, so I don’t really have any choice but to be excited about it.

Post-Screening Ramble:

As expected, Logan Lucky is essentially Steven Soderbergh’s countrified take on his own Ocean’s 11.  It doesn’t take place in a fancy casino in shiny Las Vegas.  It’s set in rural West Virginia and the plan is to knock over the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.  There’s music by John Denver, not Frank Sinatra.  There are no criminal masterminds with wildly tricksy plans.  There’s just some some regular people with an accidental advantage that may make them rich.  The characters aren’t charming or sophisticated like George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, they’re more loveably goofy like Casey Affleck’s and Scott Caan’s Malloy brothers.  Hell, there’s even a moment where the heist gets referred to as Ocean’s 7-11, so if that doesn’t really drive home what Soderbergh has done here, then I don’t know what will.  This leaves just one question, is this backwoods remake of sorts worth your time?  Yes.  So much yes.  It’s a really funny, engaging effort that’s surprisingly clever, and even though I’m not sure at all why Soderbergh rolled out of his semi-retirement to do this movie, I’m really happy that he did.  Maybe he should do alternate takes on all of his films.

See Logan Lucky, if only so that you can watch Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig speak with a thick drawl.

One Last Thought:

Daniel Craig is so damn good as the smarmy Joe Bang that it actually bummed me out to hear that he’s going to do another Bond film.  I really think it would be fun to watch him take on some lighthearted roles for a few years.

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LCD Soundsystem

August 17, 2017

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Here in about two weeks (on September 1, to be exact) the new LCD Soundsystem album, American Dream, will arrive.  Woo!  I really hope it’s great.  Below you’ll find the latest single.  It’s rambly and has some cowbell and I dig it.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

August 16, 2017

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There’s a great one presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown, that’s happening this Saturday at BarracudaQuiet Company will be celebrating the release of their new EP, Your Husband, The Ghost, and Darkbird will have a new 7″ on hand.  When it comes to the former, I think it may be the best thing they’ve ever put out, and in regards to the latter, that two-song effort has just further made them big favorites of mine.  Don’t miss this show!

Tix are $12.  MCG, Buttercup and Criminal Birds are set to open.

PS – I’ve got another entry into the 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series happening this Sunday out at Ernie’s On The Lake.  Come see Jackie Venson, Girling and Hunter Sharpe!  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.


BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Residual Kid, Glassing, Delicate Boys, Deals at the Mohawk
- Fleet Foxes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Thursday:
- Fleet Foxes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Shivery Shakes, Teenage Sexx, Basketball Shorts, Talkies at The Sidewinder

Friday:
- Quiet Company at Waterloo Records
- PLAX, Coitus, Krista Van Liew, Little Fish at Barracuda
- White Walls, Magic Rockers of Texas, T0MA, Methodrone at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

Saturday:
- Moving Panoramas, Missing Pages, The Lochness Mobsters, Pretty Tuff at Hotel Vegas
- Eric Tessmer, Swimming With Bears, The Selfless Lovers at the Mohawk
- Hours Quiet, Knifight, Migrant Kids, Obsolete Machines at The Swan Dive
- Acey Monaro (of Go Fever), Taylor Wilkins (of Otis the Destroyer), Little Mazarn, Mobley at the Yeti Flagship Store

Sunday:
- Basketball Shorts at Waterloo Records
- Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Austin360 Amphitheater

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Behind The Shadow Drops

August 15, 2017

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I’ve got a headphone-worthy piece for you today.  The track is from Behind The Shadow Drops, a new solo project from Taka Goto of Mono, and I really like the meatier-Stranger Things sound that it’s packing.  Consider me excited for the act’s upcoming debut LP, Harmonic (due September 22).  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

August 14, 2017

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Spend some time with the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)
(NEW) Palo Duro – Darken The Glow
(NEW) The Hermits – Ruby Red Summer
Big Bill – Underwater
A Giant Dog – Bendover
(NEW) Quiet Company – We Should Go To Counseling
Darkbird – Bad Self
(NEW) Girling – Shattered
Migrant Kids – Thread
(NEW) Hours Quiet – Consciousness
(NEW) Honeyrude – Something About Milwaukee
The Diamond Center – Messenger Of Wonder
Hovvdy – In My Head


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King Khan

August 14, 2017

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King Khan is all set to release his first solo album, Murder Burgers (due October 13).  The first single, which is just down below, sounds like … well, it sounds like a King Khan track.  Who needs a surprise today anyhow?  It’s Monday.  Just hit play and turn it up.  Enjoy.

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Movie Breakdown: Brigsby Bear

August 11, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

I haven’t seen any of director Dave McCary’s other efforts, so I don’t know whether or not I should be excited about his Brigsby Bear.  I will say this though, I like the quirky look of it.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Brigsby Bear is a tough one to talk about because it’s honestly better if you go into it knowing nothing at all.  Don’t watch the trailers, don’t read any summaries.  Hell, it might even be a good idea to not glance at the poster up above.  Just run out and see it!

Or, if you’d like some more info, here’s a rundown.  James (Kyle Mooney) loves Brisgby Bear Adventures, a TV show that features a big bear who goes on … adventures.  Things aren’t quite what you’d expect though, as James doesn’t just love the show, he’s 100% obsessed with it because he doesn’t really have anything else in his life.  Unsurprisingly, this makes things for James pretty difficult when the show gets unceremoniously canceled and he then finds himself having to figure out the real world while dealing with the subtraction of his most cherished thing.  This “adjustment” that has to happen essentially makes Brigsby Bear a coming of age tale, but – thankfully – the film stiff arms the usual formula and instead of having James change, it’s actually the supporting characters around him that end up having to redefine themselves.  How refreshing.

Brigsby Bear is a charming, oddball little dramedy that’s immensely heartfelt and loaded with wonderful little surprises.  I laughed, I got a bit choked up, and I cheered.  You should see it ASAP.

One Last Thought:

It was really nice to see Mark Hamill do something other than voice-work or Star Wars flicks.  The guy is a good actor and he should be in more stuff!  How do we make that happen?

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The National

August 10, 2017

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The National’s Sleep Well Beast will be out in roughly a month (on September 8, to be exact), and I’m fully expecting to want to spend a lot of time with it.  Below is the latest single.  It’s not quite as accessible as the previous two tracks, but it’s still a gem.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

August 9, 2017

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I’m cheating a little this week and going with a show that’s next week, but you can totally just think of it as a way to extend your weekend.  Go see Lucy Dacus on the indoor stage at Stubb’s on Monday!  She’s out in support of her debut, No Burden, which was released last year via Matador.  She’s one heck of a singer/songwriter.  Don’t miss her!

Tix are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show.  The Diamond Center and Cowboy Crisis will open.

UPDATE: I now have a pair of guest list spots up for grabs. Send an email HERE to enter to win. I’ll pick a name on Monday morning!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Ruby Fray, The Sour Notes, Kay Odyssey, Bitter Birds at Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday:
- South San Gabriel at the Mohawk

Friday:
- Daedelus, Eliot Lipp, Soundfounder at Empire Control Room
- Mayeux and Broussard, LIttle Mikey & the Soda Jerks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Blondie, Garbage, Deap Vally at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Deap Vally, Ringo Deathstarr at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Transit Method, Coattails, The Danner Party, Gold Leather at The Sidewinder
- Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell, Paul Nipper, Western Youth at Hotel Vegas
- Jidenna at Antone’s

Sunday:
- Milligan Vaughan Project, Jake Andews, Ty Grubb at Ernie’s On The Lake
- Homeshake, Hola Beach at Barracuda
- Deep Time, Pollen Rx, Red Pony Clock, Unpopular at Cheer Up Charlies

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101X Homegrown Podcast

August 8, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Honeyrude – Flowers
Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
(NEW) Transit Method – Parasight
Growl – Date With Satan
(NEW) Quiet Company – Oh The Humanity!
Darkbird – Daredevil
Lomelda – Out There
Jonathan Terrell – Color Me Lucky (Gold VHS Remix)
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Lowin – Sloop
Pollen RX – AR AK
(NEW) Big Bill – Underwater
Monk Parker – Prom


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Quickdraw: Bully, The Mynabirds, Weaves, Grooms, Widowspeak

August 8, 2017

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Here’s a few songs that were released while SOTO was napping.  Enjoy.

Bully – Feel The Same

Bully are now on Sub Pop and their new album, Losing, will be out on October 20.  This quickie of a first single is a real gem, and I can’t wait to hear more off of the LP.  Catch the band at Emo’s on December 8.

The Mynabirds – Shouting At The Dark

I think The Mynabirds have themselves a legit hit here.  Turn it up.  Their new album, Be Here Now, is due August 25 via Saddle Creek.

Weaves – #53

I saw Weaves at SXSW earlier this year, and since then I’ve been anxious for new music.  Well, it’s here, and it’s good.  The band will release their sophomore effort, Wide Open, on October 6 via Kanine.


Grooms – Turn Your Body

Grooms have readied a new album, Exit Index, and it’ll be released on October 20 via Western Vinyl.  The lead single is a lot less noisy than their usual stuff, but I dig it.

Widowspeak – When I Tried

Here’s one for your headphones, it’s the latest single off of Widowspeak’s upcoming album, Expect The Best, which is due out August 25 via Captured Tracks. The band will play Sidewinder on October 3.


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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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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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