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Show Of The Week

July 12, 2017

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Hey!  This week is all about Hot Summer Nights.  The four-day (Thursday-Sunday) stretch of FREE shows is presented by the Red River Culture District, and it’s meant to provide a boost for venues here during this slower time of the year.  This means you get to watch a ton of FREE live music and help clubs keep their doors open.  That’s a win-win!  Below you’ll find the Hot Summer Nights gigs I’ll be doing my best to stop in on.  The rest of the shows can be found here.  See you out there.

Thursday:
- Abram Shook, Slomo Drags, Summer Salt, Canvas People at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Radioactivity, Bad Sports, Flesh Lights, Unknown Relatives, Xetas, Borzoi, Pretty Shitty at Barracuda
- White Denim, Deep Time, The Stacks, Go Fever, The Diamond Center, Iji, Ama, Why Bonnie, Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Midnight Stroll, Migrant Kids, Think No Think, Darkbird at the Mohawk
- Octopus Project, CJ Edwards & the Funk Fellowship, Trouble in the Streets, Groove Think at Empire Control Room

Saturday:
- Big Bill, The Zoltars, Residual Kid, Young Mammals, Private Vandals at Barracuda
- Andrew Savage (of Parquet Courts), Alex Dupree, US Weekly at Barracuda
- Magna Carda, Sometimes A Legend, Say Girl Say, My Empty Phantom, Lord Buffalo, Obscured By Echoes at Cheer Up Charlies
- Matthew Logan Vasquez, Mike & the Moonpies, Moving Panoramas, Letting Up Despite Great Faults at the Mohawk
- She Sir, A. Sinclair, Magic Rockers of Texas, Chill Russell at the Mohawk
- Golden Dawn Arkestra, CAPYAC, Blunt Force, Flavor Raid at Stubb’s

Sunday:
- Major Grizz, Swimming with Bears, Hours Quiet at Stubb’s
- Golden Boys, James Arthur’s Manhunt, The Early Stages at Barracuda

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Protomartyr

July 11, 2017

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Good news!  The mighty Protomartyr have signed to Domino and announced a new album, Relatives In Descent (due September 29).  Today I have the first single off of the LP.  It’s an interesting ride, which isn’t surprising since the band couldn’t make a boring song if they tried.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 10, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown.  Enjoy.

A Giant Dog – Bendover
Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business
Basketball Shorts – Home
Bad Sports – Living With Secrets
Darkbird – Poison Arrows
The Octopus Project – Wrong Gong
(NEW) She Sir – Pheromondo (Babysitter’s Back)
(NEW) Balmorhea – Clear Language
Adam Torres – Morning Rain
(NEW) Molly Burch – Try
White Denim – No Real Reason
Caroline Says – Winter Is Cold
Jonathan Terrell – Color Me Lucky (Gold VHS Remix)
Matthew Logan Vasquez- Same


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People Like You

July 10, 2017

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I wasn’t aware of People Like You until today, but boy am I already in love.  Below you’ll find the latest single off of their upcoming album, Verse (due July 28).  It’s got horns and boy/girl vocals and a light somehow-sunny emo vibe that works on all fronts.  Enjoy.


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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

July 7, 2017

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I still have all my fingers and toes, which is more than I can say for some people after celebrating the 4th of July. It marks our independence as a nation, coming together in one voice and deciding our fate as a nation, not just a bunch of hicks who needed to get away from Europe. It also means that the year is flying by with impressive speed, and we need to take stock of where we stand after six months of music has been laid out before us.

So far I would say 2017 has been an average year for heavy metal, I know there will be those who think otherwise, but even the underground has produced some lackluster gems, and the mainstream majors have supplied some of the same tripe over and over again. I put together a list of my favorite songs of the year so far for you to peruse, I had a tough time narrowing it down to about ten bands, but after about 15ish, the quality went down dramatically. Maybe I’m getting old and tired of the same story, but honestly this is about all that really caught my ear (so far).

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Mogwai

July 6, 2017

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Mogwai have rolled out a new single, and it’s not quite like what came before it.  This one is a shoegazey slice of art-pop that’s complete with vocals.  I wonder if there will be more like it on the band’s upcoming album, Every Country’s Sun (due 9/1)?  I hope so.  It’s cool stuff.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

July 5, 2017

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I almost didn’t do a SOTW post today because the listings are so light, but then I remembered that there’s a rad all-local bill with Lola Tried, Mean Jolene and Talkies set for Lambert’s this Friday.  That’s a great space for those three acts, and I imagine it won’t take long for the show to turn into a sweaty good time.  Don’t miss it!

Tix are $7.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Diana Ross: In The Name of Love Tour at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- Night Drive at Waterloo Records

Saturday:
- Big Bill, Hikes, SMILE and more at The Swan Dive
- Phantogram at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Moving Panoramas, Krista Van Liew, Landing, All in the Golden Afternoon, Queue Queue at Cheer Up Charlies

Sunday:
- KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series with The Damn Torpedoes, Think Lizzy at Ernie’s on the Lake

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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 4, 2017

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Now’s your chance to check out the latest 101X Homegrown.  Enjoy.

(NEW) Caroline Says – Winter Is Cold
Adam Torres – High Lonesome
Molly Burch – Please Be Mine
(PREMIERE) Jonathan Terrell – Color Me Lucky (Gold VHS Remix)
The Dan Ryan – Guidance
Abram Shook – The Hours
(PREMIERE) Basketball Shorts – Home
(NEW) A Giant Dog – Bendover
Lola Tried – West Coast
Big Bill – Stand Still
Hikes – Habit
Moving Panoramas – One
Night Drive – Trapeze Artist Regrets


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St. Vincent

June 30, 2017

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There’s a new St. Vincent song out.  That’s all.  Have fun over the holiday weekend.  We’ll be back on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

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The National

June 29, 2017

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Damn.

This is what I said the first time I listened to Guilty Party, the new single from The National.  Combine it with their previous gem, The System Only Dreams In Darkness, and you’ve got two really good reasons to be more than just excited for their upcoming album, Sleep Well Beast (due September 8).  Side note, you should slap on headphones before you hit play.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

June 28, 2017

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In a weird turn of events, my SOTW is actually next week, but since it falls on a Monday and that Monday precedes a holiday, I’m rolling it out right now.  You get it?  I sort of do.  Anyways, go see STRFKR at Emo’s!  Since you (more than likely) don’t have to work on Tuesday, which is the 4th of July, you might as well blow it out on Monday and dance the night away.  Have fun.  Be safe.

Tix are $20.50.  Reptaliens will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Super Thief, Popper Burns, Lung Letters, Augra Nowhere at Beerland
- Shivery Shakes, Ladyfang, The Irish Exit at the Hole in the Wall
- Chon, Tera Melos, Covet, Little Tybee at Emo’s
- Deftones, Rise Against, Thrice, Frank Iero and the Patience at Austin360 Amphitheater

Thursday:
- Typical Girls, Hypoluxo, Planet Manhood, The Nymphs at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Hot Flash Heat Wave, Inner Wave, Summer Salt at the Mohawk
- Belcurve, The Lochness Mobsters, The Reputations, Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlies
- Starparks, A. Sinclair, Glass Grapes at the Hole in the Wall
- The Sour Notes, Junebug Spade at Oskar Blues Brewery

Saturday:
- White Ghost Shivers at Beerland
- Ringo Deathstarr at Hotel Vegas
- The Dan Ryan, Julia Lucille, Thor & Friends, Cowboy Crisis, Hospital Ships, Marijuana Sweet Tooth at Cheer Up Charlies

Sunday:
- The Rotten Mangos, Blackfoot Gypsies, Go Fever, Brother Wives at Cheer Up Charlies
- Bush, My Jerusalem at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

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Cloakroom

June 27, 2017

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Want to get lost in something today?  If yes, then get ready to love Cloakroom’s first single off of their upcoming album, Time Well (due August 18).  It’s big and shoegazey and it will just swallow you up.  I’m very excited to hear more from these guys.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

June 26, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown.  Enjoy.

A. Sinclair – Just Remind Me
Sweet Spirit – The Power
Alex Napping – Living Room
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Big Bill – Stand Still
Summer Salt – Candy Wrappers
Magna Carda – Angela Bassett
Ramesh – The King
The Dan Ryan – Guidance
Julia Lucille – Eternally
Adam Torres – Dusty Wing Spirit
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
She Sir – Private Party
Wiretree – Let Me In


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Generationals

June 26, 2017

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I’ve been steadily checking out the singles that Generationals have released this year, but until Mythical (today’s track and the fourth in the band’s series) none of them had really caught my attention.  I’m guessing I just like that it sounds like old Generationals.

The band hasn’t yet announced a new album, but I’m assuming that at some point all of these songs will end up on an official release.  Enjoy.

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Raised Eyebrows: 2017 So Far (Randy)

June 23, 2017

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2017 is looking pretty, pretty, pretty good thus far for records. Ambient music is having a true renaissance, some artists are making pure statements and others are successfully treading new ground. So let’s take a look at the some of the best releases thus far in 2017, shall we?

1. Hayden Pedigo – Greetings From Amarillo

My pick for album of the year without question. I don’t think this one can be beat. A highly authentic 30 minute contemplative journey that demands repeated listens.

2. Chuck Johnson – Balsams

A remarkable veer in direction for Johnson. Balsams is positive music. At his highest moments, Johnson’s steel is divinely reassuring.

3. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On the Echoing Green

I can’t think of anything that blends ambient and shoegaze better than this LP. On The Echoing Green is completely addictive; as blurry as the highway lines in the Texas heat.

4. Happyness – Write In

These guys get my vote for best Pop album in 2017 until further notice. Write In hits that spot between Baroque Rock, Power Pop and Indie slack perfectly.

5. Brokeback – Illinois River Valley Blues

Illinois River Valley Blues is already one of those records for me that represent a specific time and place in life. That’s a very special thing for a record to do. This band deserves so much more attention. Since Brokeback and the Black Rock, they haven’t missed a fucking note.

6. Billow Observatory – II: Plains/Patterns

Totally gorgeous ambient workouts. Relaxation cannot be escaped.

7. Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World

This one sneaks up on you and bites you on the ass. What in the Natural World is a reminder of the meditative spirit that eternally lives deep within southern traditional musics. Fussell has made a record that hangs as heavy as anything by Ry Cooder or Mississippi John Hurt.

8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner

I don’t give a shit. I love this record. Prisoner has more honesty than anything by Adams since 2005. In 10 years time, it will be considered the classic that it is.

9. Chihei Hatakeyama – Mirage

Another stunning ambient work to come out this year. Mirage sounds exactly like its title; an illusion.

10. Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore can do what he wants. So why/how does he continue to slay? I can only assume it can’t be helped. Rock N Roll Consciousness is Moore’s best solo record by a country mile.

See my 2016 picks – Here and Here

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