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Ought

November 2, 2017

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Ought have signed to Merge, and they’ll be releasing a new album, Room Inside The World, on February 16.  These guys have always had a weird, artsy post punk sound, but the first single off of their impending LP is pretty accessible and decidedly more new wave.  I like it.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

November 1, 2017

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If my Friday wasn’t full up, you’d definitely find me at Barracuda for EMA and The Blow.  Both put out quality albums this year – EMA with Exile In The Outer Ring and The Blow with Brand New Abyss – and I’d really love to be in the house when those tracks are performed.  Plus, I’ve never seen EMA (I can only imagine she’s awesome live) and I haven’t caught The Blow in probably six or seven years (I can only imagine they’ve gotten better). Go for me!

Tix are $15. Violinda Lola is set to open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Third Eye Blind at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Thursday:
- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Friday:
- Continental Drift, Hard Proof, Superfonicos, Poon, Free Kittens and Bread at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lizzo at Emo’s
- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Lupe Fiasco at the Belmont
- Vintage Trouble, Desi Valentine at the Scoot Inn

Saturday:
- Damien Jurado, Thee Conductor (record release), Darkest Wonder at Stateside at the Paramount
- The Halfways, Pearl Earl, Food Group, Go Fever at Cheer Up Charlies
- Saint Motel, Gibbz at the Mohawk

Sunday:
- Everclear at Emo’s

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Peter Matthew Bauer

October 31, 2017

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Peter Matthew Bauer (formerly of The Walkmen) has a new album, Mount Qaf (Divine Love), coming on November 10.  To be honest, I didn’t really find myself attached to the first couple of singles, but the latest one is a driving, anthemic number that’s managed to lodge itself in my head.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

October 30, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

All Eyes – Anesthesia
(NEW) BLXPLTN – Education Destruction
Thee Conductor – Face Crinkle
Salem Walk – Mystery Design
(NEW) Hovvdy – Petal
Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Birds Of Night – Blacklight
(NEW) Poly Action – Ten Hundred Years
(NEW) Shy Beast – Back With Me
Fort Never – Don’t Push Me Away
(NEW) Blushing – Weak
Hard Proof – Stinger

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Rhye

October 30, 2017

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Here’s a nice one to start the week with.  The song is from Rhye, and it’s apparently off of their not-yet-officially-announced sophomore album.  I recommend headphones and just enough space to lightly groove.  Enjoy.

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Emily Haines

October 26, 2017

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You know what’s great?  Emily Haines covering LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream.  I recommend slapping on some headphones before you hit play.  Also, you should use this cover as a reminder to check out Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton’s new album, Choir Of The Mind.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

October 25, 2017

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There are some big shows set for this week – Chris Stapleton at COTA, Ted Leo at the Mohawk, All ATX – but if you’d like to engage in something a littler smaller, then you should head to Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday.  Austin’s own Palo Duro and Shmu will be there celebrating new releases, and other quality locals like Big Bill, Star Parks, Smiile, All Eyes, Dead Recipe and Big Spirits are playing, too.  It’s going to be snazzy.  Plus it’s presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown, which makes it at least 2% more special.

Tix are $5. That’s nothing!

OUTSIDE STAGE:
12:15 – Big Bill
11:15 – Shmu
10:15 – Palo Duro
9:15 – Dead Recipe

INSIDE STAGE:
12:45 – Big Spirits
11:45 – Smiile
10:45- All Eyes
9:45 – Star Parks


BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Jr Jr, Chad Valley at the Mohawk
- Total Unicorn, My Education, Suspirians, Cinders Ensemble at The Electric Church
- Shivery Shakes, Pinact, Tres Oui at Cheer Up Charlies
- Slow Magic at Empire Garage
- Joyce Manor, Wavves, French Vanilla at Emo’s
- Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Barfield at the Continental Club

Thursday:
- Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Money Chicha at the Continental Club
- Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
- Skylar Spence, Jonah Baseball at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Moon Duo, True Widow, Mind Spiders, Dallas Acid, Annabelle Chairlegs, Al Lover, Sailor Poon, Hidden Ritual at Barracuda
- The Octopus Project (improvised ambient set) at The Museum of Human Achievement
- Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Vicky Tafoya & The Big Beat at the Continental Clu
- Chill Russell at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Brief Candles, Glaze, Soda Lillies at Hotel Vegas
- Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Ian Sweet at the Mohawk
- Bleached at Barracuda
- Moving Panoramas, Juanita Stein, A. Sinclair, Bond Twins at Barracuda
- Chicano Batman, Khruangbin at Emo’s
- Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Delta Bombers at the Continental Club

Sunday:
- And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at The Little Darlin’
- Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Rosie Flores at the Continental Club
- All ATX presents Back to the Armadillo with John Fogerty, Shakey Graves, Jack Ingram, Michael Martin Murphy, Gary P. Nunn, Fastball, Kelly Willis, My Jerusalem, Peterson Brothers, Beto and the Fairlanes, Night Drive, Jane Ellen Bryant, Eric Tessmer at Auditorium Shores

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No Age

October 24, 2017

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Today I’ve got some No Age for you.  The band has a new album, Snares Like A Haircut, that will be out on January 26, and I think the first single is noisy and infectious.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

October 23, 2017

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk
Palo Duro – Embers
Big Bill – Every City
Chill Russell – Know What I Need
Residual Kid – Scentless Princess
Mind Spiders – Running
Thee Conductor – Face Crinkle
The Octopus Project – Wrong Gong
Shmu – Warrior
(NEW) All Eyes – Anesthesia
(NEW) Birds Of Night – Blacklight
(NEW) Salem Walk – Mystery Design

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

October 23, 2017

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A new album from the late Sharon Jones was recently announced, but I totally whiffed on it due to double ACLs.  Today I’m fixing that.  Below is the first single off of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ Soul Of A Woman, which is due out November 17.  It makes me miss her.  Enjoy.

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Movie Breakdown: Only The Brave

October 19, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) knows how to make a movie that looks great, but he’s yet to make one that actually is great.  Will Only The Brave get him over the hump?  Maybe.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Only The Brave is not what I expected it to be.  I just sort of assumed there would be some male camaraderie and a whole lot of bad-ass firefighting moments loaded with slow-mo and sweeping music, but in reality, the film – and you’ll have to excuse the bad pun here – is a total slow burn.  The first chunk of it features Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) and his crew as they attempt to become certified as Hotshots, which are elite firefighters.  There’s a bit of them actually out in the woods fighting fires, but in general you see them together and/or with their friends and families.  The second half of the film is almost more of the same, but there are a couple of big scenes where you see the team at work in dangerous and difficult situations.  Surprisingly, all of this low key, dialogue-heavy stuff is what makes the movie a winner.  I know it seems like the light action would maybe work against Only The Brave, but its characters are so interesting and their jobs so wild that it’s easy to get lost in how these guys (and their loved ones) operate on a day-to-day basis.

If you know anything about 2013′s Yarnell Hill Fire, then you already know how this film ends.  It was a truly tragic moment.  I recommend that you go see this super solid movie, and then afterwards take a moment to appreciate the Granite Mountain Hotshots (and others like them).

One Last Thought:

WELP, guess who Jeff Bridges is in Only The Brave?  That’s right.  He’s goddamn Cowboy Jeff.  That means he’s played the same character in two different movies this year!  The overall Cowboy Jeff list, as far as I can tell, is now: Only The Brave, Kingsman – The Golden Circle, True Grit, R.I.P.D and Hell Or High Water.  He’s growing stronger.

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Sleater-Kinney

October 19, 2017

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7-inches for Planned Parenthood, which is a curated series of 7-inch records that benefits Planned Parenthood, has set some release dates.  A digital version is coming on October 20, and a physical box set will be out on November 17.  That’s neat.  What I also really like about this news is that it came with a an unreleased track from Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love sessions.  Turn it up!  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

October 18, 2017

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There are so many good shows happening this week!  Normally, this makes things difficult for me when it comes to picking just one to feature, but it’s actually easy this time around because Protomartyr are playing Barracuda on Friday.  I’ve been downright obsessed with their new album, Relatives In Descent, and I just have to hear those songs live.  Be there if you would also to engage in some post-punk fun.

Tix are $15.  Flasher and Street Themes will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Surf Curse, Young Mammals, Blood Pumps at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Omni, Borzoi, Wildfires at Hotel Vegas
- Basketball Shorts, Peaer, Ama, Sinai Vessel, Planet Manhood at Cheer Up Charlies
- Blastfamous USA, Fort Never, The Hermits, Night Court at Ghost Cat Lounge

Friday:
- No Age, Temple of Angels, Total Abuse at Hotel Vegas
- Tricky, In the Valley Below at the Mohawk
- Rattlesnake Milk, Magna Carda, Slomo Drags, Chulita Vinyl Club at Cheer Up Charlies
- Think No Think, Machete Western, Fools, Deals, Karaoke Underground at Ghost Cat Lounge
- Star Parks, Mimicking Birds, Belcurve, Booher, XIX, Mean Jolene, Bond Twins at The Sidewinder
- The Sour Notes, Bitter Birds, Sure at the Hard Luck Lounge
- Wild Child, Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Scoot Inn
- The Deer, Valley Queen at the Cactus Cafe

Saturday:
- LSD and the Search for God, Ringo Deathstarr, Krista Van Liew, Single Lash, She Sir at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lord Buffalo, Brainwave, Patch, George West, Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space, Black DaVinci, Talkies, #Action at Ghost Cat Lounge
- A. Sinclair, Evan Charles & Altamesa at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Thievery Corporation at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Brother Ali, Sa-Roc, Last Word (DJ set), Sol Messiah (DJ set) at Antone’s
- Wild Bill and the Knockouts, Will Courtney at Threadgill’s
- Justin Timberlake at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Sunday:
- BLXPLTN, MeanGirls, Belcurve, Critical Dad, Glassing, The Stacks, Lazy Suzanne, Lexi and the Bleached Roses at Ghost Cat Lounge
- Elvis Costello at the Paramount Theater
- Landlady, Ian Chang at the Mohawk
- Primus at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Stevie Wonder at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Monday:
- Mom Jeans, Walter Etc. at the Mohawk

Tuesday:
- Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Popper Burns at Barracuda
- Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar at the Mohawk
- Total Unicorn, My Education, Suspirians, Cinders Ensemble at The Electric Church

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101X Homegrown Podcast

October 17, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) The Sour Notes – Clock Strikes Twelve
A. Sinclair – Just Remind Me
Basketball Shorts – Kevin McCAllister
(NEW) Chill Russell – Know What I Need
(NEW) Blood Pumps – Heart Of The Matter
Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business
Magna Carda – Angela Bassett
The Deer – Farther
Star Parks – The Past Is Like A Foreign Country
Belcurve – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Wild Child – Fools
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Same
Palo Duro – Darken The Glow
(NEW) Thee Conductor – Face Crinkle

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Screaming Females

October 17, 2017

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Good news!  The almighty Screaming Females have announced a new album, All At Once (due February 23), and put out a new single/video.  Try to not leave it on repeat forever.  Enjoy.

PS – If you don’t come see Screaming Females at Barracuda on Tuesday, October 24, then we can no longer be friends.

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