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Show Of The Week

March 22, 2017

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Oh my.  Who wants to go to a show the week after SXSW?  Probably none of you, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are still some good ones happening.  My favorite of the bunch is My Education’s party at Sidewinder on Saturday.  The instrumental post-rock act will actually being doing two sets – one that’s nothing but fan favorites, and another that’s comprised of their new album, Schipol.  Sounds neat.  Be there.

Tix are $12.  The rest of the lineup is great as well.  It includes Megafauna, The Clouds Are Ghosts, Knifight, Total Unicorn, Bright Like The Sun, The Angelus and A Sundae Drive.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- The Rich Hands, Crocodile Tears, Killer Hearts at Hotel Vegas
- Blink-182, The Naked and Famous at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Thursday:
- Caroline Says, Andy Grant of Roses at Hotel Vegas
- Carry Illinois, Lola Tried at The Sidewinder
- Electric Six at Stubb’s
- Blushing, Honeyrude, Fools at the Hole in the Wall

Friday:
- Croy & The Boys, Bad Lovers, Caleb & Corey DJ at Hotel Vegas

Saturday:
- Booher, Harvest Thieves at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co
- Vanessa Carlton at the Parish
- Power Trip, Iron Age, Glue, The Real Cost at the Mohawk

Sunday:
- Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound/Oblivians), The Golden Boys, Mind Spiders, Que Pasa at Barracuda

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Do Make Say Think

March 21, 2017

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While doing some digging to see what I missed during the chaotic lead-up to SXSW, I came across some new music from famed post-rockers Do Make Say Think.  Apparently, the band has a new album – their first in a solid eight years – that’s coming on May 19 via Constellation Records.  The LP is called Stubborn Persistent Illusions, and today you can check out a really rad 12-minute jam from it.  Be sure to toss on headphones before you hit play.  Enjoy.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 20, 2017

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Here’s this week’s 101X Homegrown. Listen!

(NEW) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It
Alex Napping – You’ve Got Me
The Digital Wild – Wait
The Wild Now – Run For Your Life
The Octopus Project – Cuidate
(NEW) Knifight – I Am Electronic
My Education – Open Marriages
(NEW) Dumb – Live Fast Die Dumb
(NEW) Warm Soda – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
The Ghost Wolves – Crybabies Go Home
Crooked Bangs – Rabbit Hole
Sweet Spirit – The Mighty
Booher – Pick Up The Robot Put The Robot Down
Food Group – Nocturne


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Feist

March 20, 2017

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SXSW is over!  Hooray!  There’s also a new Feist single and she’s announced her first album in seemingly forever!  More hooray!  The LP is titled Pleasure, and it’ll be out on April 28 via Interscope.  The title track is down below, and it’s an entrancing effort.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 14, 2017

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Check out this week’s 101X Homegrown! There’s some SXSW picks and lots of new tunes.

(NEW) The Digital Wild – Wait
Knifight – Let The End Begin
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
The Wild Now – Run For Your Life
Greg Vanderpool – To Violet
(NEW) Alex Napping – You’ve Got Me
(NEW) Sweet Spirit – The Mighty
(NEW) The Ghost Wolves – Crybabies Go Home
Walker Lukens – Where Is Thunder Road?
(NEW) Crooked Bangs – Rabbit Hole
(NEW) The Octopus Project – Cuidate
Bayonne – Fallss
Whit – Wait, What?
(NEW) Food Group – Nocturne


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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

March 10, 2017

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March in Austin, Texas means only one thing, SXSW. While the rest of the country is absorbed by Spring Break or something like that, we are inundated by music industry professionals every year to do their own version of it, the gauntlet of 20 hours straight drinking, and attempting to eat one of every taco in the city appeals to all sorts of fun people from around the globe.

2017 feels different than years past, especially for the metal people who want to attend. Our genre was well represented a decade ago with day parties, night parties, overnight parties, and more parties with metal bands of all stripes, but this year it was a struggle to fill this list. Honestly, the bands I have listed here are almost EVERY noteworthy metal band playing the conference, or in town next week. Why you ask? I don’t have an answer for you really, other than this industry comes down to ROI, return on investment. Is it worth it for bands to play SXSW, and my guess the answer right now it’s not really cost effective…but with that said, maybe a little smaller, focused fest is what we all need right now!

So check out the jams and maybe see you on the streets next week, if it’s metal, I’ll be there…

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Chastity Belt

March 9, 2017

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Once upon a time I got an email from Chastity Belt with this weird photo and I just instantly assumed they were terrible.  Nope.  They’re good.  Something something you can’t judge a band by their press pic?  In any case, below you’ll find the first song off of their new album, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone (due June 2 via Hardly Art).  I think it’s oddly infectious.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

March 8, 2017

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SXSW is here!  I don’t usually do any sort of party talk here at SOTO, but I have a bash this Sunday and I want you to be there!  Once again it’s Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, and it’s happening at Hotel Vegas and Volstead.  Last year we had a pretty healthy lineup, but for 2017 we wrangled in a whopping 30 bands (29 from Austin, 1 from France).  It’s FREE and there’s no RSVP required.  Come at 2pm, stay to 2am.  Down below you’ll find the lineup and music for each band!  Enjoy.

PS – No bonus recommendations today.  Also, just so you know, the site will largely be in hibernation mode all next week. Film reviews will still be a go, but don’t expect much else otherwise until the festival is a wrap.

The Midnight Stroll

Weird Omen

The Digital Wild

Black Books

Hard Proof

John Wesley Coleman III

The Dizzease

Basketball Shorts

Upper Deck Pets

Growl

Tamarron

The Halfways

TRÉS OUI

A. Sinclair

Roaring Sun

The Lovely Sparrows

Pollen Rx

Mean Jolene

Grivo

Darkbird

Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs

Lola Tried

She Sir

Skin Drips

Jana Horn

Caroline Says

Julia Lucille

AMA

Mélat


Quin and Annecy – These two don’t have any music online yet, but you can check out some of Quin’s solo work here.

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The Coathangers

March 7, 2017

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The Coathangers have announced a new EP, Parasite (due June 30 via Suicide Squeeze), and even if I didn’t dig the first single, I’d still be excited for it because the artwork is amazingly ridiculous.  I mean, just look at it!  I want to blow it up, hang it over a fireplace and then watch people react to it.  Anyhow, the super catchy track Captain’s Dead awaits you down below.  Enjoy.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 6, 2017

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Check out this week’s 101X Homegrown!

The Midnight Stroll – Just Hang On
Stiletto Feels – Monster
Walker Lukens – Where Is Thunder Road?
Sweet Spirit – The Power
A Giant Dog – Creep
Basketball Shorts – Kevin McAllister
The Dizzease – Sticky Hand
Spoon – Can I Sit Next To You?
The Wild Now – Run For Your Life
Food Group – Could I Be
Whit – Wait, What?
The Digital Wild – Around
Hard Proof – Stinger


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Beach Fossils

March 6, 2017

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If you’re hoping to start the week with something that’s easy on the ears, then you’re really going to be thrilled with today’s Beach Fossils track.  The pleasant pop tune is called This Year, and it’s off of the band’s upcoming album, Somesault (due June 2 via Bayonet).  I advise that you leave it on repeat for a bit.  Enjoy.

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Land Of Talk

March 3, 2017

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Good news!  After a bunch of long years away, Elizabeth Powell has put together a new Land Of Talk LP.  It’s called Life After Youth, which may be the most perfect name for a comeback album ever, and it’s due out May 19 via Saddle Creek.  The first single is a slow burning gem.  Enjoy.

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Diet Cig

March 2, 2017

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At this point I’ve declared my love for Diet Cig about a million different times, so I think I’ll just skip that part this time around.  Below is their new single!  Also, here’s a fun fact – I’ve heard their upcoming album, Swear I’m Good At This (due April 7 via Frenchkiss), and I can tell you now that’s real snazzy.  Enjoy.


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Show Of The Week

March 1, 2017

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I can’t claim to have ever found myself particularly attached to any of Deafheaven’s album, but I do really like them live and I think you should see them at the Mohawk tomorrow.  The band puts out an enormous wall of sound, and it’s rad to watch and just sort of get lost in it.  Also, the San Marcos-product This Will Destroy You are set as direct support, and they’re one of my favorite instrumental acts.  That makes for two great reasons to be there!  Do it.

Tix are $18.  Emily Ruth Rundle will open the evening.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Holy Wave, Ringo Deathstarr, Pale Dian at the Mohawk

Thursday:
- Knife in the Water, Dallas Acid, Krista Van Liew at the Mohawk
- Wildfires, Silver Bars at Beerland
- Think No Think, Darkbird at Hotel Vegas
- Ancient River, Lord Buffalo, The Ghost Wolves, The Fibs, Al Lover at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- Annabelle Chairlegs, Goldbloom, Soaked, The Sour Notes at Hotel Vegas
- Against Me!, Lemuria, Mobina Galore at the Mohawk
- Love Inks, Daniel Francis Doyle, Deep Time, Krista Van Liew at Barracuda
- Magic Rockers of Texas, Booher, MCG, T0MA, Major Major Major, Marmalakes at Cheer Up Charlies

Saturday:
- Cherubs, US Weekly, USA/Mexico, Total Abuse at Barracuda
- Hidden Ritual, Soft Healer, New Berlin, Dope Dungeon at Beerland
- Drakulas, Despero, Easy Prey at The Sidewinder
- Pearl Earl, Zettajoule, Rose Selavy, Pollen Rx, Smile at Cheer Up Charlies
- Son Volt, Johnny Iron at the Scoot Inn
- Star Parks, Talkies at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Sunday:
- Poly Action, Saint Lo Gun, Samantha Lee & the Family Tree at Cheer Up Charlies

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White Reaper

February 28, 2017

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Here’s hoping you’re ready to spend the day air guitaring and strutting around, because that’s exactly what the new track from White Reaper is going to inspire you to do.  I’m now feeling rather sure that their upcoming album, The World’s Greatest American Band (due April 7 via Polyvinyl), is going to be a great one.  Enjoy.

PS – You should listen to their previous single. It’s also rad.

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