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February 21, 2018

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St. Vincent’s Fear The Future Tour is finally here!  I’ve been a big fan of her (aka Annie Clark) since her 2007 debut album, Marry Me, and I’ve been buzzing ever since the two nights of shows at ACL Live got announced.  Not only is SV fun to watch, but I really dig the two-set format she’s doing on this tour – first there’s fan favorites, then there’s all of her latest album, Masseducation.  Rad.  Don’t miss out here.

St. Vincent’s Thursday show is sold out, but there’s still limited tix available for the Friday performance at ACL Live.  Get ‘em while you can.

Tuck & Patti will open both nights.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Quin Galavis, Payton Andrew Green, Stephen Lawrence Pike, The Dan Ryan at Beerland
- Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, The Spook School at The Sidewinder
- Tiny Moving Parts at Barracuda
- Barfield! The Tyrant of Texas Funk, Dana Falconberry, Robert Rankin, BLXPLTN at The North Door

Thursday:
- A Giant Dog, Missing Pages, Boss Eye, DJ Ali Ditto at Beerland
- Blitzen Trapper, Liz Cooper and the Stampede at Antone’s

Friday:
- Palo Duro, Bee Caves, Palm Daze, Young Tongue at Cheer Up Charlies
- Go Fever, Honey and Salt, PR Newman, The Sun Machine at the Hole in the Wall
- Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue featuring Robert Finley and Shannon Shaw, Shannon & the Clams at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Quiet Company, Harvest Thieves, Saul Paul, Dossey, Deer Fellow at the Scoot Inn
- Fruit Bats (solo), Vetiver (solo) at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Suspirians, Abigail und Hansel, The Early Stages at the Carousel Lounge
- The Octopus Project, Ouiness, Treasure Mammal, Lightworks at The North Door

Sunday:
- Foreigner at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Quickdraw: Albert Hammond Jr, Courtney Barnett, Beach House, Frank Ocean, Sophie

February 20, 2018

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Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

At this point in time I’m more about new music from Albert Hammond Jr than The Strokes.  He’s been on a roll for a while.  His new album, Francis Trouble, is due out March 9.  By the way, he’ll be at SXSW!

Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless

Courtney Barnett’s new single doesn’t immediately grab you like Pedestrian At Best (or even Avant Gardner) , but I still think it’s a gem.  I just love the way she writes and sounds.  Her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is due May 18.

Beach House – Lemon Glow

There’s a new Beach House album coming in 2018, but it doesn’t have a title or an actual release date.  There’s a single though, and it’s really good.  I dig that it carries more of a punch than their usual sound.

Frank Ocean – Moon River

I could listen to Frank Ocean sing web addresses off of Google.  My bias aside, this is a good cover.

Sophie – Faceshopping

This new single from Sophie is aggressively good.  Put on headphones and get a little weird while it dominates you.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

February 19, 2018

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Turn on the latest Homegrown whilst you enjoy President’s Day!  There’s new tunes from Shakey Graves, Summer Salt, PR Newman and Okkervil River.  I’ve also got info on where in Austin you can see Palo Duro, Quiet Company, Quin Galavis, Go Fever, Calliope Musicals, A Giant Dog and The Octopus Project this week.  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Shakey Graves – Kids These Days
Palo Duro – Embers
(NEW) Summer Salt – One Last Time
Why Bonnie? – Made Of Paper
Marmalakes – New Sweden
Quiet Company – On Ex Husbands And Wives
Quin Galavis – Glorious Man
Spoon – TV Set (Cramps Cover)
(NEW) Okkervil River – Don’t Move Back To LA
(NEW) PR Newman – Go To Hell
Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos
A Giant Dog – Virgin Girl
Octopus Project – LEG
Mien – Earth Moon

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Raised Eyebrows: Overlooked 00′s (Randy)

February 16, 2018

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With the rush of February comes a personally curious + overwhelming nostalgia for the 00’s. Within the decade that saw Y2K, September 11th, Napster, and the death of the CD, there’s a small but considerable wealth to revisit and enjoy. Here are 10 underrated releases from the 00’s that deserve to be (re)heard.

Broadcast – Tender Buttons

Trish Keenan’s finest work.

Boards of Canada – Geogaddi

Continual mind melter from this genius duo.

Sonic Youth – Murray St.

SY had a renaissance in the early 00’s when Jim O’Rourke joined the band. Murray St. and Sonic Nurse are high marks in an incredible discography.

Lambchop – Damaged

The outsider Nashville band’s greatest release.

Neil Halstead – Sleeping on Roads

Slowdive/Mojave 3 frontman made a timeless record here.

Deerhoof – The Runners Four

I’ve never gotten past this record. It contains some of their best songs. Some jam, some chill, some weird.

Aphex Twin – Drukqs

Underrated in the AT catalog.

Windy & Carl – Consciousness

Breathtaking record that was not meant for the time it was released. This statement only gets better with time. Brilliant.

Fennesz – Venice

One of the finest works of the decade.

Califone – Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

This is what the band had been working toward for so many years. They went on to perfect it on Heron King Blues.

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Show Of The Week

February 14, 2018

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While I’m pumped to see Sparta at Barracuda tomorrow night, I have to admit that my focus is on Why? at the Mohawk on Friday.  I’ve loved the indie rock-ish/hip hop-ish band since their 2005 release Elephant Eyelash, and it’s always a pleasure watching them live.  Also, my radio program, 101X Homegrown, will be simultaneously presenting a show inside of the Mohawk with rockers Major Grizz, who will be celebrating a birthday.  Obviously, my friends, the Mohawk is where to be on Friday.  So be there.

Why? with Sarah Jaffe -  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show.

Major Grizz with Blood Pumps, Dr. Joe and Rust Never Sleeps – If you have a ticket to Why?, this one is free!  Otherwise, tix will be available at the door.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Grails at Barracuda

Thursday:
- A Giant Dog, Trouble Boys, Pretty Shitty, DJ Tipton at Beerland
- Sparta at Barracuda
- Rattlesnake Milk, Loteria, Lo Country, Jana Horn at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Sailor Poon, Tear Dungeon, Vertical Vice at Hotel Vegas
- Palehound, Weaves at The Sidewinder

Saturday:
- Christian Bland & The Revelators, Tres Oui, PollenRx at Hotel Vegas
- Why Bonnie?, Krista Van Liew, Jana Horn, The Oysters at Cheer Up Charlies

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Quickdraw: Screaming Females, Iceage, Soccer Mommy, Car Seat Headrest, Frankie Cosmos

February 13, 2018

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Screaming Females – No More I Love You’s (The Lover Speaks/Annie Lennox Cover)

If you need help being bummed on V-Day, here’s Screaming Females covering a real heartbreaker.  Have fun!  By the way, this is off of Amazon’s Love Me/Love Me Not playlists.  Also, be sure to see the band at Barracuda on April 21.

Iceage – Catch It

Iceage just put out their first new tune in four years.  It didn’t come as part of an official album announcement, but I assume that’s on the way.  For now just dive into their dramatic (and damn good) single.  Side note, the band will play Barracuda on May 27.

Soccer Mommy – Still Clean

This intimate new one makes Soccer Mommy 3/3 on singles from her upcoming album, Clean.  Be sure to grab it on March 2.

Car Seat Headrest – My Boy

Car Seat Headrest’s remake of his own Twin Fantasy is due out this Friday.  If you weren’t already convinced that you should snatch it up, here’s another stellar single.

Frankie Cosmos – Being Alive

Boy am I excited for Frankie Cosmos’ new album, Vessel (due March 30).  The latest track from it is such a charming effort.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

February 12, 2018

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Get in on the latest Homegrown! This week I have new music from Mobley, Marmalakes, Shakey Graves, Why Bonnie?, Borrisokane and Mien.  That’s a lot!  Also, the show has info on the upcoming Homegrown Live with Major Grizz, plus where to see The Wild Now, A Giant Dog and Tres Oui this week.  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Mobley – Torch
The Wild Now – Afterglow
(NEW) Marmalakes – New Sweden
(NEW) Shakey Graves – Counting Sheep
(NEW) Why Bonnie? – Made Of Paper
Tres Oui – Red Wine & Dry Ice
Loma – Joy
A Giant Dog – Bendover
Major Grizz – Ringwormington
Blood Pumps – Heart Of The Matter
(NEW) Borrisokane – Feed Your Evil/Clean Bill Of Health
(NEW) Mien – Earth Moon

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

February 9, 2018

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Last year was kind of a shoddy year for the heavy tunes, and I know that many metalheads will chime in quickly with their favorite underground whatever crap that they found on Bandcamp that no one else knows about, but stop for one second and be honest with yourself … say it out loud with me, “My music sucks.” Just admit it, no one cares about the unsigned Scandinavian whirlwind death metal you read about on the internet. If there is one thing I will take pride in, I am not trying to pose as some astute metal elitist asshole who know the intricacies of every genre, what I know is what people, the aggregate people, enjoy listening to whether they are willing to admit it or not. If you notice many of my lists are all over the place in metal style, and that’s because they are all equally as good, just different in their approach to the 12 notes. So this month is a list of brand new tunes, and you can like em or not … you’re wrong.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

February 8, 2018

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While I would love for Pavement to reunite, I’ll certainly take new music and a tour from Stephan Malkmus & The Jicks as a consolation prize.  Check out a catchy country-rocker from the Pavement frontman down below, and then make a note to see the act at the Mohawk on July 25.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

February 7, 2018

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This week is a real good one for picking up high quality new albums.  Get out there.

Friday, February 9 at Sidewinder.  Good Field is having a show to celebrate their new LP, Surface Tension, which features some of this rock act’s best work. Tix are $10. Royal Forest, Big Bill and Jesse Dalton are also playing.

Friday, February 9 at Barracuda.  You’ll have to get a little creative to see both Hovvdy at Barracuda and Good Field at Sidewinder, but you can do it!  Hovvdy’s new album is titled Cranberry, and it’s full of fantastic bedroom pop tunes.  Tix are $10.  Molly Burch and Ama will open.

Saturday, February 10 at Empire.  Wild Child’s snazzy new album is called Expectations.  The super nice thing with this one (aside from getting to watch a good band play good songs) is that it’s a FREE show.  Opening for the pop act will be Modern Medicine and Robby.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Grace Rowland Park (of The Deer), Ali Holder, Lindsey Verrill (of Little Mazarn) at The Lemon Lounge

Thursday:
- Curtis Roush (of Bright Light Social Hour) at Waterloo Records
- Bill Callahan at Austin Central Library
- A Giant Dog, Lola Tried, Flesh Lights, DJ Steen at Beerland

Friday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Temple of Angels, Blushing at Hotel Vegas
- RJD2, Always Proper at Empire Control Room
- Night Drive, Moving Panoramas, Emme at Empire Control Room
- Croy and the Boys, Rattlesnake Milk, Dirt Legs at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Devil Makes Three, The Huntress, Holder of Hands at Emo’s

Saturday:
- Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy at Antone’s
- Taylor Muse (Quiet Company), Ram Vela at the Buzz Mill
- Hamilton Leithauser, Thor Harris, Jana Horn at Barracuda

Sunday:
- Black Books, Trace of Lime, Futon Blonde, Zottos at Hotel Vegas
- Lana Del Rey, Kali Uchis at the Erwin Center

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Quickdraw: Jay Som, Wye Oak, Common Holly

February 6, 2018

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Jay Som – Hot Bread

Jay Som just put out a new 7″, but this is actually from a Valentine’s Day compilation that’s been assembled by Amazon.  I really love it when the horns kick in midway through the song.

Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Here’s the title track off of Wye Oak’s fifth full length, which is due out April 6.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a total ear-pleaser.  Put on headphones!

Common Holly – Thinkin’ Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)

Like the Jay Som tune up above, this Common Holly effort can be found on Amazon’s upcoming Valentine’s Day compilation.  Frank Ocean is a tough artist to cover, and CH really pulls it off here.  Good on her.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

February 5, 2018

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Check out the playlist and podcast for the latest Homegrown! There’s details on some great shows this week with Bill Callahan, Wild Child, Curtis Roush, Caroline Says, Night Drive, A Giant Dog, Lola Tried, A. Sinclair, Hovvdy and Blushing!  Enjoy.

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Bill Callahan – Javelin Unlanding
Loma – Joy
Wild Child – Expectations
Curtis Roush – Real Love
Caroline Says – Sweet Home Alabama
Tres Oui – Red Wine & Dry Ice
Night Drive – Trapeze Artist Regrets
Major Grizz – Ringwormington
A Giant Dog – Sleep When Dead
Lola Tried – San Marcos
A. Sinclair – Suit Up
Hovvdy – In The Sun
Blushing – Tether
Erika Wennerstrom – Extraordinary Love

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Caroline Rose

February 1, 2018

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If you’re like me from yesterday and haven’t been paying attention to Caroline Rose, then you should change that right now.  Down below you’ll find the first three singles off of her sophomore album, Loner, which is due out February 23.  All of them are quirky, inspired and catchy.  Enjoy.

PS – She’ll be at Antone’s on March 23.

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Show Of The Week

January 31, 2018

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In some ways, today’s recommendation is for all of February, as it’s the kick-off show for A Giant Dog’s residency that will happen at Beerland every Thursday throughout the month.  You need to hit one or all of the shows!  For tomorrow, the bill also includes Xetas, American Sharks, Nick Allison and the Players Lounge and DJ Apple Pie.  AGD are a blast on their own, but this really is one hell of a fun lineup.  Don’t miss it.

For fun, here are the rest of the shows set for the residency.

2/8 – A Giant Dog, Lola Tried, Flesh Lights, DJ Stee
2/15 – A Giant Dog, Trouble Boys, Pretty Shitty, DJ Tipton
2/22 – A Giant Dog, Missing Pages, Boss Eye, DJ Ali Ditto

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Booher, Skyline, North by North, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas
- They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s
- Chill Russell at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Bad Lovers, The Reputations, Blood Pumps at Hotel Vegas
- RG Lowe, Caroline Says, Taft, Batty Jr. at the Sahara Lounge

Saturday:
- Jose Gonzales, Bedouine at the Long Center
- Sleigh Bells, Sunflower Bean at the Mohawk
- Dan Grissom (Some Say Leland), Adam Hilton (Linen Closet) at The Lemon Lounge
- Tennis, Overcoats at Emo’s
- Shivery Shakes, PR Newman at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Sunday:
- Daphne, Lomelda, New Holland at Barracuda
- Summer Swells, Mountain Time, Otis Wilkins at Cheer Up Charlies

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Quickdraw: Bat Fangs, Car Seat Headrest, Hop Along, Prawn, Soccer Mommy

January 30, 2018

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Bat Fangs – Boy Of Summer

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King make up the riffy and very fun Bat Fangs.  Check out their self titled debut when it gets released this Friday.

Car Seat Headrest – Cute Thing

I’m into any song that begins with “I got so fucking romantic, I apologize.”  Car Seat Headrest’s reworking of his older effort, Twin Fantasy, is due out February 16.

Hop Along – How Simple

I’ve never spent much time with Hop Along, but I’m planning on changing that via their third album, Bark Your Head Off (due April 6).  The first single is a fantastic slice of indie rock.

Prawn – Rooftops

If I had heard this Prawn song in 2005 when I was the height of my love for emo, I would have probably freaked out – it’s so good.  Run is out now.  On another note, why didn’t I go see these guys when they played Sidewinder last week?

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog & Cool

I whiffed on the first Soccer Mommy single, Your Dog, so I’m combining with their new one, Cool.  Both are great.  Clean is due out March 2.  You can see the act at Antone’s on February 10.

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