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Quickdraw: Tancred, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Snail Mail, Iceage, Hop Along

March 27, 2018



Tancred – Reviews

Tancred impressed me with their 2016 release, Out Of The Garden, so I’m definitely looking forward to the freshly announced follow-up, Nightstand (due June 1).  Jump all over the sincere first single now.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Shiggy

A month or two back Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks put out a twang-ish rocker, and I figured that was the direction for the new album.  Nope!  The latest track is wonderfully noisy.  Look for Sparkle Hard on May 18.  The act will be at the Mohawk on July 25.

Snail Mail – Pristine

Snail Mail put on one of the best sets I saw at SXSW, and I can’t to check out their debut LP, Lush (due June 8).  Hard to believe that front woman Lindsey Jordan just graduated high school.  By the way, the band is set to play the Scoot Inn with Japanese Breakfast on April 10.

Iceage – Take It All

Every song released so far off of Iceage’s upcoming album, Beyondless (due May 4), has been next level stuff.  You should be very excited for its release.  I am.  The band will play Barracuda on May 27.

Hop Along – Prior Things

I caught a fairly rough set from Hop Along at SXSW (not really their fault, there were sound issues), but that’s not stopping me from being excited about their upcoming album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog (due April 6).  The new tune off of it is a head turner.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 26, 2018


Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s got a ton of new stuff!

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(NEW) Okkervil River – Pulled Up The Ribbon
(NEW) Marmalakes – Milwaukee
Jess Williamson – I See The White
RF Shannon – Cold Spell
(NEW) The Suffers – Do Whatever
Black Pumas – Black Moon Rising
Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News
The Sword – Twilight Sunrise
Suspirians – Nocturne
(NEW) Jarebear – Gather A Team
Class Angles – I Feel Like (Alan Wise)
(NEW) Aisha Burns – Must Be A Way
Robert Ellis – Good Intentions
Erika Wennerstrom – Extraordinary Love

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Raised Eyebrows: Classic Rock Hidden Gems (Randy)

March 23, 2018


During SXSW this past few weeks, I did something to help me fight the onslaught of music blaring from every bar/restaurant/art space/garage seemingly in Austin; I listened to classic rock. It not only made me feel like I needed to wear a “I Got This” t-shirt while idling through traffic, but I also discovered/rediscovered a few tunes.

Classic rock is a strange genre that leans remarkably UK/British. Bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, The Kinks and The Who rule the roost. There are some American artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Grateful Dead that also oddly qualify.

Here are some gems…

Black Sabbath – “Supernaut”

I think Billy Corgan once talked about this song in a guitar magazine I read when I was 18. Total ripper.

Badfinger – “Come and Get It”

A Paul McCartney toss off that was given to the new signees of Apple Records. Incredible tune.

Bob Dylan – “Driftin Too Far From Shore”

I don’t listen too much to Knocked Out Loaded. This is obviously my bad. The drum sound here is just great!

Led Zeppelin – “Ten Years Gone”

There are a ton of hidden gems in their catalog. Ahem…”Achilles Last Stand,” “Carouselambra,” and “Down By the Seaside” come to mind immediately. Still, this tune is way up on there on the Zep list.

The Kinks – “Sitting In My Hotel”

My favorite Kinks song. Incredibly written piano ballad finding Davies thinking deeply (after an incredible stellar 10 album run) about rock stardom and what it all means.

The Rolling Stones – “When The Whip Comes Down”

I haven’t always been a fan of The Rolling Stones. I’ve been making an effort and I gotta say that I love this song.

Queen – “Hammer to Fall”

This might be a perfectly written 70’s rock tune. Huge hooks, a flawless bridge and extended guitar solo all hit the mark for me. A great song.

Pink Floyd – “Lost For Words”

I have memories of high school where dudes wore Division Bell T-shirts to school everyday. I get it now!!!!

Bruce Springsteen – “Tougher Than the Rest”

This is Bruce’s greatest song. It’s just so damn tough and sure of itself. I hope to feel like this song does one day.

The Who – “The Song Is Over”

I’m going on the record here that Who’s Next is the best R-O-C-K record ever made.


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Show Of The Week

March 21, 2018


I know, I know, who in their right mind wants to go see live music the week after SXSW?  Hardly any of you, I suppose, but even though the festival just wrapped, there are some quality shows happening this week.  For instance, Broken Social Scene at Stubb’s on Friday.  The Canadian indie rockers put out a solid album, Hug Of Thunder, last year, and they’ve generally just been a great band for a long time.  Why not jump back up on the proverbial show horse via them?

Tix are $31.  Belle Game will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- The Sword, King Buffalo at the Mohawk
- Trouble in the Streets, Shy Beast at Native Hostel

- Chrome, Burnt Skull, Mind Spiders at Barracuda
- Dwight Yoakam at the Travis County Expo Center

- Magnet School, Bloody Knives, Lacing, Since Always, Dethgaze at Cheer Up Charlies
- Western Youth, Otis Wilkins at the Cactus Cafe
- The Weeks, Caroline Rose at Antone’s

- Ringo Deathstarr, Blushing, Soda Lilies, Sinking, Processions at Cheer Up Charlies

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Quickdraw: The Decemberists, Beach House, Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, The Black Lips & The Khan Family

March 20, 2018



The Decemberists – Once In My Life

It’s been a long while since something from The Decemberists has caught (and held) my attention.  I should check out their new album, I’ll Be Your Girl, which is now available.

Beach House – Dive

This new Beach House tune starts out a little bland, but stick with it until the 2:30 mark – it shifts into something damn good there.  7 is due out May 11.  Catch the band at ACL Live on July 31.

Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time

I love how comfortable and sincere Courtney Barnett sounds here.  I can’t wait to hear all of Tell Me How You Really Feel, which is due out May 18.

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

Admittedly, this is a silly song, but it’s too catchy and fun to not like.  Parquet Courts’ new album, Wide Awake!, will be released on May 18.  See the band at Levitation on April 26.

The Black Lips & The Khan Family – Too Much In Love

The Black Lips and The Khan Family (King Khan and his daughters) have an EP, Play Safe, coming out on Record Store Day (April 21).  The first single has me thinking it’s going to be a winner.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 19, 2018


I survived SXSW!  Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s got new tunes from Leon Bridges, Black Pumas, The Sword, RF Shannon and Class Angles.  I tossed in some show recommendations for this week as well.  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News
(NEW) Black Pumas – Black Moon Rising
Ty Richards – Killjoy
Feverbones – Sight Inside
Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt
Mind Spiders – Outside
(NEW) The Sword – Twilight Sunrise
Jess Williamson – I See The White
(NEW) RF Shannon – Cold Spell
Erika Wennerstrom – Twisted Highway
(NEW) Class Angles – I Feel Like (Alan Wise)
Single Lash – Insect Hell
Explosions in The Sky – The Only Moment We Were Alone

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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 12, 2018


Just a heads up, this is probably going to be the site’s only post this week.  Noah may chime in with a film review or two, but otherwise I’ll see you on the streets for SXSW.

Now, onto the latest 101X Homegrown!  I included tunes from each of the bands playing the 101X Homegrown Day Party this Friday, March 16 at Buffalo Billiards – that’s Ume, Caroline Says, Marmalakes, Mobley, Palo Duro and Fort Never!  I also dropped in new stuff from Lola Tried, Ty Richards, Feverbones, Jess Williamson, Devan Mulvaney and Single Lash.  Enjoy.

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Ume – Too Big World
(NEW) Lola Tried – Bummertown
(NEW) Ty Richards – Killjoy
(NEW) Feverbones – Sight Inside
(NEW) Jess Williamson – I See The White
Marmalakes – Not Gonna Control You
Caroline Says – Sweet Home Alabama
(NEW) Devan Mulvaney – Into The Woods
(NEW) Mobley – Selfsame
Fort Never – Fly High
Palo Duro – True Fade
(NEW) Single Lash – Insect Hell

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

March 9, 2018


March is the month of SXSW and the past few years there’s been a groundswell of metal at the festival, but this year it appears we have struck a new low for the genre. Essentially metal has been reduced to a blip, one comedy in the film portion, two showcases, one with local acts and a couple with touring bands, but really nothing compared to years past. Labels, festivals and gatherings have all but dried up. Now many are sweating this and saying that we have a problem, but I will affirm that the genre is good, we have a lot of stuff going on right now, so the low tide is fine, the sky isn’t falling. SXSW 2018 is bleak, but I the tours surrounding it have been stellar … so with that I will give you the short list of Metal for SX this year. Enjoy?

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Damien Jurado

March 7, 2018


I was going to roll out a new SHOW OF THE WEEK, but that’s such a weird undertaking with SXSW starting up.  Also, I had planned to simply just recommend my own gig, 101X Homegrown Presents: Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, anyhow, so I figured it was best that I skip that column this week and instead deliver a new Damien Jurado tune.  It’s a beautiful track off of his upcoming album, The Horizon Just Laughed, which will be out on May 4.  Enjoy.

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Quickdraw: Gang Of Youths, Dinosaur Jr., Iceage, Hinds, Bodega

March 6, 2018



Gang Of Youths – Straight To You (Nick Cave Cover)

Gang Of Youths are right at the top of my “must see at SXSW” list.  Looks like I should have a few shots.

3.14.18 – Secret Sounds @ Sidewinder / 5:30PM
3.15.18 – Vinyl Me, Please Showcase @ Empire Garage / 12:00PM
3.15.18 – Aussie BBQ @ Australia House – Lucille’s / 5:40PM
3.16.18 – Noise Trade @ The Blackheart / 1:00PM
3.16.18 – SX San Jose @ Hotel San Jose / 7:00PM
3.17.18 – Brooklyn Vegan @ Cheer Up Charlies / TBD

By the way, they did this Nick Caver cover for an Amazon playlist.  It’s a song that fits them well.

Dinosaur Jr. – Hold Unknown

How are Dinosaur Jr. still so damn good?  It boggles my mind.  In any case, this rad new tune is part of the Adult Swim Singles Program.

Iceage – Pain Killer (Featuring Sky Ferreira)

Iceage have finally announced a new album – it’s called Beyondless, and it’ll be out on May 4.  My guess is that it ends up being one of my favorites this year.  See the band at Barracuda on May 27.

Hinds – The Club

Like Gang Of Youths, Hinds are on my “must see at SXSW” list.  Here’s another very catchy tune off of their anticipated sophomore album, I Don’t Run, which is due out April 6.

Bodega – How Did This Happen?

Over the last few days I’ve revisited this new single from Bodega a lot.  It’s heavy handed lyrically, but the song itself is so hooky that I don’t really care.  I may have to catch them at SXSW.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

March 5, 2018


Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s got music from some of the bands playing 101X Homegrown Live Presents: Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, which is this Sunday (March 11) at Hotel Vegas and Volstead!  Also, I’ll let you know where to see Sweet Spirit, Otis The Destroyer, Wild Child, Tamarron, A Giant Dog and Magna Carda this week.

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Sweet Spirit – The Power
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
Wild Child – Expectations
(NEW) Marmalakes – Not Gonna Control You
Caroline Says – I Tried
Tamarron – House
Erika Wennerstrom – Twisted Highway
Quiet Company – We Should Go To Counseling
A Giant Dog – Roller Coaster
Magna Carda – Angela Bassett
BLXPLTN – Gun Range
Fort Never – Don’t Push My Away

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Show Of The Week

February 28, 2018


If you’re available on Saturday, you should head to Empire Control Room for a nice lineup of local pop acts – The Digital Wild, Shy Beast, Carry Illinois and Middlespoon.  Tix will only be $7 at the door, which means you’ll get each band for just $1.75.  Can’t beat that deal.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Lowin, Rotten Mangos, Shivery Shakes at Hotel Vegas
- Mac Demarco at the Mohawk
- CupcaKKe at Come and Take It Live
- The Austin Music Awards with Lucinda Williams, The Black Angels, John Hiatt, Alejandro Escovedo, John Fullbright, Third Root with Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes, Trizzol, Reggie Coby, Da’Shade, Vocab, Adrian Quesada, Mike Longoria, David Garza, David Ramirez, Michael Fracasso, Phoebe Hunt, Adam Torres, Jenavieve Varga, DJ Chicken George at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

- Rob Mazurek, Thor and Friends, Rick Reed and Tara Bhattacharya Reed, DJs Cross and Time Machine at Beerland

- Dead Milkmen, The Golden Boys, Chant, Mr. Kitty at the Mohawk
- Shmu at the Mohawk
- Dryspell, Growl, The Nymphs, Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Duncan Fellows at Cheer Up Charlies
- Croy & the Boys, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

- Sherry, Shmu, Kay Odyssey, Animals For Hands at The Electric Church
- Young Mammals, Get a Life, Lola Tried, Ponyboy at the Mohawk
- Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Candace Bellamy, Patricia Vonne at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

- Zoltars, Missing Pages, Caroline Says, Vertical Vice, David Israel at Barracuda
- Feverbones, Wesley Jensen, Taft at Hotel Vegas

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Remember Sports, Smash Mouth, Yuno

February 27, 2018



Speedy Ortiz – Lucky 88

Twerp Verse is the name of Speedy Ortiz’s new album that’s due out on April 27.  The first single features some hints of front woman Sadie Dupuis’ electronic solo project, Sad13, and I’m into it.  By the way, Speedy Ortiz are playing SXSW and will be at Barracuda on June 2.

Parquet Courts - Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience

The one and only Danger Mouse produced Parquet Courts upcoming effort, Wide Awake!, which is due May 18.  Hopefully all of it is as big and rad as this first single.  The band will play Stubb’s on April 26.

Remember Sports – Up From Below

I can’t get this two-minute shot of catchiness out of my head.  Remember Sports will release their third album, Slow Buzz, on May 18.  Look for the band at SXSW.

Smash Mouth – Something Soon (Car Seat Headrest Cover)

If you had told me that I’d deem Smash Mouth the winner of the Smash Mouth-Car Seat Headrest cover project, I would have laughed at you.  Here we are though.  They nailed it.

Yuno – No Going Back

Yuno just signed with Sub Pop and put out this catchy, ear-pleasing pop tune.  Hopefully a full length isn’t too far away.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

February 26, 2018


On the latest 101X Homegrown, I’ve got new songs from Caroline Says and Erika Wennerstrom.  Plus you can find out where Dryspell, Lola Tried, Feverbones, Taft, Shy Beast, The Digital Wild, Why Bonnie?, Shivery Shakes and Lowin will be playing later this week.  Enjoy.

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Dryspell – You With Me
Lola Tried – Worst Coast
(NEW) Caroline Says – I Tried
Feverbones – It’s Hard To Look Away
Taft – 2 Left Feet
Shy Beast – Back With Me
The Digital Wild – They Say
Shakey Graves – Kids These Days
(NEW) Erika Wennerstrom – Twisted Highway
Why Bonnie? – Made Of Paper
Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk
Lowin – The Wheel
Okkervil River – Don’t Move Back To LA

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Show Of The Week

February 21, 2018


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:

- 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

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

- 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

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

- Foreigner at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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