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Show Of The Week

May 10, 2017

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Here’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now – The Octopus Project’s Memory Mirror gigs!  There are three happening on Friday (7pm, 9pm, 11pm) at the Bob Bullock Museum, and they all promise to utilize “multi-sensory special-effects and experimental digital, electronic and instrumental sounds in 9-channel surround sound with immersive multi-screen visuals, rumble seats, indoor weather effects and much more.”  Oh boy.  It’s going to be rad.  Don’t miss it.

Tix are $18.  By the way, there are only tickets available for the 11pm show, so don’t wait to jump in.  Also, full disclosure, this one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown.

PS – My longtime favorites Mono are playing Barracuda this Sunday.  I know that’s both the end of the weekend and Mother’s Day, but they’re always awesome.  Come hang.  Tix are $15.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- The XX, Sampha at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Sondre Lerche at Antone’s
- Girl in a Coma at 3ten ACL Live
- Borzoi, Leche, Unknown Relatives, Talkies, Popper Burns at Beerland
- Mitski, Helado Negro, Jesika at the Mohawk
- Grivo, Wildfires, Record Lows at the Mohawk

Thursday:
- The XX, Sampha at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- The Besnard Lakes, The Life and Times at Barracuda
- Tres Oui, Roaring Sun at Beerland
- Big Bill, Pollen Rx, Mean Jolene, Leather Girls, Go Fever at Hotel Vegas
- Carry Illinois, Star Parks, Lex Land at the Mohawk
- Borrisokane, Shmu, Ramesh, Young Tongue, Honey Son at Cheer Up Charlies
- Tycho, Khruangbin at Stubb’s
- Chevelle, Aeges, Silver Snakes at Emo’s
- Night Drive, Yes Ma’am Brass Band at Mueller Lake Park

Saturday:
- Tamarron, Lochness Mobsters, The Sun Machine, Soaked at Hotel Vegas
- Molly Burch, Julian Neel, June West at The Sidewinder
- Eagle Claw, Amplified Heat, Ladykiller, Salo at The Swan Dive
- Soda Lilies, Birthday Club, Critical Dad, Stretch Panic at The Electric Church
- Brian Wilson (playing Pet Sounds) with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Index Fest with Local Natives, Frenship, Grizfolk, Calliope Musicals, DJ Mark Markus at the Austin American Statesman
- Weird City Festival with Sweet Summer featuring Cupcake, Magna Carda, LNS Crew, Scuare, Space Camp Death Squad with Bird Peterson, K-Rino, Killa Kyleon, Wallaby and Bobbes, Black DaVinci, Worldwide, Bamsworth Belli, T.Y.E. at the Mohawk

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Beth Ditto

May 9, 2017

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In case you missed it, Beth Ditto, who once fronted the Gossip, has readied her debut solo album, Fake Sugar (due June 16).  I didn’t much care for the first single initially (though, it’s grown on me), but the second tune, Oo La La, immediately lodged itself in my head.  So infectious!  Turn up the volume before you hit play.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

May 8, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown! Enjoy.

Tres Oui – Honululu
Mean Jolene – Scumbag Summer
Quin Galavis – Question
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
(NEW) Abram Shook – Lisbon
Ramesh – Changing Colors
Borrisokane – AFE
(NEW) Football, etc – Save
(NEW) The Sour Notes – Loose Leaf And Bleak + Parallel Action
Birthday Club – Having Too Much Fun
Dream Machine – All For A Chance
Walker Lukens – Where Is Thunder Road?
The Octopus Project – Wrong Gong


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LCD Soundsystem

May 8, 2017

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Whenever I wasn’t in the mix on multiple weddings this weekend (congrats to all those people), I was thinking about the new tunes from LCD Soundsystem.  I really liked both when I first gave them a listen, but then I started to wonder if it was just because I was excited about the band legit being back for more than just some shows.  Well, after letting my initial buzz die down, I returned to them this morning and found that I still think both tracks are great.  Due diligence complete!  Enjoy.

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Movie Breakdown: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

May 4, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Come on!  If you’re not hyped for Baby Groot The Movie Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, then you’re probably dead.

Post-Screening Ramble:

The nerd in me really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  The film has a bright, colorful, creative design, and it’s very energetic and loaded with great music.  All of the principal characters are back and in fine form – Chris Pratt is super charismatic as Peter Quill, Bradley Cooper’s sarcastic voice drives Rocket, Zoe Saldana is stoic as ever as Gamora and Dave Bautista is wonderful as the thick-headed Drax.  And then there’s Vin Diesel as Baby Groot.  Oh my.  Expect your heart to melt.  The lot of them, without a doubt, are a great team, and watching them together on the screen again made for a rather enjoyable time at the theater.

With that being said, the critic in me though isn’t quite as accepting of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it’s because it’s the same movie as the first Guardians of the Galaxy.  It starts the same, it then hits the same beats, and then it wraps the same.  So much has been made of how Guardians of the Galaxy is the best part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because it isn’t tied to the same plot points as the other films, and yet the second entry in the series does nothing to expand its own story or move its characters forward.  At the beginning of Vol. 2 we find everyone where we left them, and then they’re right back there when it comes to a close.  In fact, there’s only one character that gets any sort of actual development, and it’s not even someone who is a main member of the team – Yondu (the great Michael Rooker).  Otherwise, it’s just more of the same.  Now, as I said up above, I enjoyed the film and didn’t mind the same ol’ same ol’, but I’m not letting writer/director James Gunn slip away without being tagged for essentially making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.5.  It feels like he wasn’t really sure what to do, so he stayed in his safe zone and did what worked the first time around.  To some degree, that’s fine, but Guardians of the Galaxy is a series that should stay way out in front of everyone else and take some risks, and there’s just none of that happening here.  This makes it difficult for me to not at least somewhat view Vol. 2 as a missed opportunity.

Should you see it?  Yeah of course, don’t be daft.  I just advise you keep your expectations in check a bit and make sure you’re down with a big serving of re-heated Guardians Vol. 1.

One Last Thought:

I just want to confirm that there are indeed five extra scenes that play during the credits.  I was thinking they’d all be silly, but there’s actually a pretty good mix of jokey bits and important things.  Definitely stay in your seat.

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Speedy Ortiz

May 4, 2017

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Is this the year of compilations?  There have been so many already, and it seems like lots of new ones get announced every week.  Thanks Trump?  At any rate, there’s a new comp coming on May 26!  It’s called Cover Your Ass: Volume 1, and it will benefit Planned Parenthood.  I’m going to pick it up solely because it has a rad Speedy Ortiz cover of TV On The Radio’s Young Liars.  Turn it up while you check out the rest of the comp’s track list.  Enjoy.

Deerhoof – Fight the Power (Public Enemy Cover)
Hinds – When It Comes to You (Dead Ghosts Cover)
Cut Worms – Truly Julie’s Blues (Bob Lind Cover)
The Lemon Twigs – White Flag (Dido Cover)
Daddy Issues – Boys of Summer (Don Henley Cover)
Speedy Ortiz – Young Liars (TV on the Radio Cover)
Palehound – Miss Independent (Kelly Clarkson Cover)
The Quilz – Girl U Want (Devo Cover)
Cass McCombs Band – Yes We Can Can (Pointer Sisters Cover)
Porches – Morpha Too (Big Star Cover)
(Sandy) Alex G – Druglord Landlord (Cold Foamers Cover)
TEEN – Boys Keep Swinging (David Bowie Cover)
Luke Temple – Duchess (Scott Walker Cover)

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Show Of The Week

May 3, 2017

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There’s so much going on this weekend, and I’m out of all of it due to two weddings.  I’ve really got to tighten up my friend circle.  Just kidding.  On the show front, here’s what I think you should do – support Levitation.  The festival took a pretty big hit last year when bad weather forced its cancellation, and now it’s only in club-form for 2017.  If you ask me, this is the perfect time to show all the love for the fest!  Get out there.  There are three shows to choose from.  All are presented by Levitation!

Tix are HERE. Set times are HERE.

Thursday: Golden Dawn Arkestra, Superfonicos, Annabelle Chairlegs, Dream Machine, Dallas Acid, The Sun Machine, Sitarji, DJ Al Lover at Barracuda

Friday: Night Beats, Holy Wave, A Giant Dog, American Sharks, Chris Catalena, Rotten Mangos, Al Lover, Teevee at Barracuda

Saturday: Mr. Elevator, L.A. Witch, Cool Ghouls, The Sister Rays at Hotel Vegas

PS – I’ve got another edition of the 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series this Sunday out at Ernie’s On The Lake.  Come see Eric Tessmer, Skyline and Wild Bill And The Lost Knobs.  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Vampyre, Oozer, Riot Punch, Screamin J at Beerland
- NE-HI, Tamarron, Junkie at The Sidewinder

Thursday:
- New Found Glory (performing Catalyst and Nothing Gold Can Stay), Trash Boat at the Mohawk
- Julia Lucille, Moses Nesh at the Cactus Cafe

Friday:
- The Sword, Croy & the Boys, Chamberlain Greene at the Mohawk
- Alex Napping, Lomelda, Ama, Caroline Says, DJ Mary Magdalena at Cheer Up Charlies
- Summer Salt, The Walters, Roses, Daphne at The Sidewinder
- Bidi Bidi Banda, Su Madre at 3ten ACL Live
- Heavenly States, Ladyfang at the Hole in the Wall

Saturday:
- The New Pornographers, Waxahatchee at Stubb’s
- San Saba County at Stubb’s
- New Found Glory (performing Sticks & Stones and self-titled), Trash Boat at the Mohawk
- Hikes, Buhu, Whit, Dream Attics at The Swan Dive
- Good Field, Tamarron at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Derby in the City Music Festival with Citizen Cope, Black Pistol Fire, Kentucky Derby on Jumbotron, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters at the Austin American Statesman
- JMBLYA 2017 with Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane, Steve Aoki, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, 6lack, Young Dolph, Snow Tha Product, YFN Lucci, Pell, DJ Mr. Rogers, DJ uLOVEi at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
- Pecan Street Festival with My Jerusalem, BLXPLTN, Palm Daze, The Dizzease and more on 6th Street

Sunday:
- Pecan Street Festival with Annabelle Chairlegs, Christina Cavazos, Evil Triplet and more on 6th Street

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Hunx & His Punx

May 2, 2017

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Hardly Art is turning 10, and to celebrate the occasion they’re putting out a compilation called Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material.  It’s 17 songs and it’ll be out on June 2.  Also, part of the proceeds from it will benefit the ACLU.  Sounds like a win-win to me!  The full track list is down below, along with an infectious tune from the great Hunx & His Punx.  Enjoy.

Hunx & His Punx – Baby of the Band
Colleen Green – Oh Baby
Protomartyr – 580 Memories
La Luz – Believe My Eyes
Chastity Belt – Dull
Gazebos – Tapper
Grave Babies – Kill Me
IAN SWEET – Bug Museum
Hausu – The Haze
The Dutchess & the Duke – I Steal You (Demo)
Jenn Champion – Someone New
Seapony – Punk Song (Demo)
Shannon and the Clams – Mines of Io
The Moondoggies – Roll Away
Jacuzzi Boys – Fake Flowers
Arthur & Yu – Pilot’s Out
Fergus & Geronimo – Powerful Lovin’ (Live)


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101X Homegrown Podcast

May 1, 2017

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown! Enjoy.

Alex Napping – You’ve Got Me
(NEW) Dream Machine – All For A Chance
(NEW) Quin Galavis – Question
Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Summer Salt – Candy Wrappers
Annabelle Chairlegs – Axe Me If I Care
A Giant Dog – Creep
The Sword – Mist & Shadow
The Ghost Wolves – Whettin’ My Knife
(NEW) Crooked Bangs – Baudelaire
(NEW) Xetas – The Gaze
My Jerusalem – No One Gonna Give You Love
The Octopus Project – Small Hundred
Sweet Spirit – The Power


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Kane Strang

May 1, 2017

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The last time I shared something from Kane Strang there wasn’t an official release date set for his sophomore album.  Well, now there is, and that info has arrived with a catchy new single that – like the previous tune – favorably reminds me of Car Seat Headrest.  Look for Two Hearts And No Brain on June 30 via Dead Oceans.  Enjoy.

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Filthy Friends

April 27, 2017

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While I would prefer that she churn out another album with Sleater Kinney, I am pumped to see that Corin Tucker has a new project.  It’s called Filthy Friends, and it also features R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck and Bill Rieflin, Minus 5′ Scott McCaughey, and Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch.  Neat!  Today I’m sharing the indie rockers’ first handful of tracks – two are from a Record Store Day 7″, and one is from a political comp called 30 Days, 30 Songs.  Turn ‘em up.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

April 26, 2017

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This is one of those fun sort of weeks where I couldn’t pick just one show to tell you to attend, so I’m going with two.  Thankfully they’re on different nights, so you can totally do both!  Anyhow, throw on your serious face and catch the legendary PJ Harvey on Friday at Stubb’s, then go with your party face for magnificent rockers Peelander Z on Saturday at Barracuda.

PJ Harvey tix are $60.
Peelander Z tix are $12.  Residual Kid will open.

PS – Round 2 of the booked-by-me 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series is this Sunday at Ernie’s On The Lake. Come see Emily Wolfe, Otis The Destroyer and Cory Reinisch (of Harvest Thieves).  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Dengue Fever, Red Baraat, Hard Proof at the Mohawk
- BUHU, Critical Dad, ANDY at Cheer Up Charlies
- Little Dragon, GoldLink, Kronika at Stubb’s
- Otis the Destroyer at COLLiDE atx

Thursday:
- Crooked Bangs, NIKE at Beerland
- Bee Caves, Abram Shook, Roaring Sun at the Mohawk
- Desert Culture, Buenos Diaz, Lola Tried, Skyline, Jack Ferrera at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- The Sour Notes, Go Fever at Stubb’s
- RF Shannon, The Dan Ryan at Stay Gold
- The Dizzease, Golden Daze, Andy Grant at Cheer Up Charlies

Saturday:
- Moving Panoramas, Mean Jolene at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- The Midnight Stroll at Hotel Vegas
- Xetas, The Hex Dispensers, Missing Pages, Gabi at Beerland
- Batty Jr., King Warbler, Tres Oui, Poly Action at Spiderhouse

Sunday:
- Growl at Waterloo Records
- Sinkane, Eric Slick at Empire Control Room
- Elijah Ford, Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell, John Evans, Kevin Galloway at Barracuda

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Perfume Genius

April 25, 2017

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Time to get caught up on Perfume Genius!  The act will be releasing a new album, No Shape, next Friday (May 5) via Matador, and I’m excited for it.  Both of the LP’s singles are down below.  The “oldest” is a rather infectious effort titled Slip Away, and the newest is an interesting little blip called Go Ahead.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 24, 2017

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Check out my latest 101X Homegrown! Enjoy.

Wiretree – JF Sebastian
Tres Oui – Prince Of Pop
Abram Shook – The Hours
(NEW) Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Mean Jolene – Bump The Rump
Growl – New Sincerity
RF Shannon – Had A Revelation
The Black Angels – Half Believing
Emily Wolfe – Atta Blues
Otis The Destroyer – Cheetah
(NEW) The Ghost Wolves – Whettin’ My Knife
Crooked Bangs – No Future
Bad Sports – Living With Secrets
The Dizzease – Sticky Hand


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The War On Drugs

April 24, 2017

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You guys grab anything rad on Record Store Day?  I got a couple of cool things (like Dolly Parton’s first recordings), but since I didn’t get up at 3am, I didn’t even see the “bigger” releases. This includes the new single that The War On Drugs put out.  Thankfully though, there’s a stream!  The 11-minute track is immaculate, and I highly advise that you slap on some headphones before you hit play.  Enjoy.

PS – If you need this 12″, re-sellers will allow you to overpay for it on eBay.  Boo!

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