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Whitney

October 2, 2017

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Whitney are looking to dominate my week.  Not only am I seeing them at Antone’s this Thursday, but they just announced Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings.  The release (due November 10) will feature Light Upon The Lake songs in their earliest incarnations, an Alan Toussaint cover, and an unreleased track called You and Me.  You can check out that last bit down below.  Enjoy.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 29, 2017

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How nice of you to stop by in between debating how the NFL got linked with the military, donating to Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida, and Mexico, and wondering how our government is going to be embroiled in scandal next week!  Sometimes it feels like the apocalypse is speedily on its way to our door, which is a great time to sit back, bump some tunes, crack open a cold one, contemplate the impending end of human life as we know it, and look forward to the weekend.  I made this mix for you – maybe the only one on the internet that stretches from Open Mike Eagle (who released a stellar album this week) all the way to Cardi B – and it roughly goes from more mellow to more turnt, so I hope you enjoy the build up to the end of your week. Happy Friday!

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Protomartyr

September 28, 2017

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The new Protomartyr album, Relatives In Descent, will be out tomorrow, and to get you further jazzed for its release the band has just put out a new single.  It’s a straight up rocker, which I think is a nice change of pace for them.  Enjoy.

PS – Don’t miss the band at Barracuda on October 20.

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Show Of The Week

September 27, 2017

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There’s a couple of big shows that I’m really excited about later this week.  One is The War On Drugs on Saturday (that’s night 1 of 2 at Stubb’s), and then SZA on Sunday at Emo’s.  Both acts have put out really great albums this year, and I can’t wait to hear those songs live.  Since you can’t go to either though because they’re SOLD OUT, here’s two other shows I’m really pumped for.  This week is packed!

Tonight is Jay Som at Sidewinder.  Her 2017 release, Everybody Works, is a damn good pop album that I listen to all the time.  Tix will be $15 at the door.  Stef Chura and Madeline Kenny will open.

On Friday it’s Otis The Destroyer’s album release show at Hotel Vegas.  The dudes are one of my favorite local bands, and I’m ready to get my hands on their debut LP, Keep Bashing.  This one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown.  Openers are Slomo Drags, Honeyrude and Dr. Joe.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- The Bad Lovers, Magic Factory, Nick Allison & The Players Lounge, Loteria at Hotel Vegas
- Magna Carda, Tomar & The FCs at 3ten ACL Live
- Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade at the Erwin Center

Thursday:
- Vampyre, Exhalants at Beerland
- Naomi Punk, The Zoltars, 2069 at the Mohawk
- Unwed Sailor, Deep State, PR Newman, Buhu at The Electric Church

Friday:
- Pinegrove, Florist, Lomelda at Barracuda
- Monk Parker, Adam Torres, Thor & Friends at the Mohawk
- Big Thief, My Golden Calf at the Mohawk
- The Banisters, A. Sinclair, Lola Tried, New Fame, Alex Riegelman at Cheer Up Charlies
- Father John Misty, Weyes Blood at Bass Concert Hall
- Black Pistol Fire at Emo’s
- Matchbox Twenty, Matt Nathanson at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

Saturday:
- Croy and the Boys, John Wesley Coleman III, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Welply at The Electric Church
- King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sailor Poon at the Mohawk
- The Cribs, Paws at Antone’s
- The Dig, Kolars at Barracuda
- The War on Drugs, Land of Talk at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Belcurve at Stubb’s
- Ms. Lauren Hill, Nas, Chronixx, Nick Grant, Lakim at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Sunday:
- SZA, Smino, Ravyn Lenae at Emo’s
- The Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco, The Garden at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- The War on Drugs, Land of Talk at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Wilco at Bass Concert Hall

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LIV

September 26, 2017

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Every time a new LIV song gets released I think there’s also going be word on when to expect an actual album, but it never happens.  Will we just get singles forever?  Perhaps.  Things could be worse, I suppose.  Below is their latest song, a tribute to Lykke Li’s mother and Andrew Wyatt’s father, who both recently passed away.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

September 25, 2017

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Zoltars – Sincere
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Lomelda – Interstate Vision
Monk Parker – Prom
Balmorhea – Sky Could Undress
A. Sinclair – Just Remind Me
Black Pistol Fire – Lost Cause
Midnight Stroll – Good People
Palo Duro – Embers
(NEW) Doom Side Of The Moon – Money

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Screaming Females

September 25, 2017

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I cheered last week when I saw that Screaming Females had a new single.  However, I then followed that up with a frown when I realized it was limited-run 7″ (like way limited – 24 copies!) that was only going to be available in a record store in New Jersey.  Thankfully the band has now digitally released the track, and I can get back to smiling.  It’s do damn good.  Why aren’t they absolutely huge?  I think they’re one of the best rock acts out there.  Enjoy.

PS – You better go see Screaming Females when they play Barracuda on October 24.

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Angel Olsen

September 21, 2017

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You know what sucks?  Waking up with a fever.  You know what doesn’t suck?  Waking up to an email with details on an Angel Olsen collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos from the past several years.  It’s called Phases, and it’ll be out on November 10.  Enjoy.

PS – Fly On Your Wall is from the Our First 100 Days comp.  Special is a never before released tune from the My Woman recording sessions.

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Show Of The Week

September 20, 2017

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I’m out of play on the show-front this week, as Fantastic Fest will be eating up all of my time.  If I were available though, I’d definitely hone in on seeing Balmorhea.  The nice thing here is that there’s actually three chances to see them.  The first shot is Thursday night (with Will Johnson) at Stateside at the Paramount, the second is Friday night (with Caroline Says) at Stateside, and the third is at Waterloo Records on Sunday.  I’ve heard their new album, Clear Language, and I can confirm that it’s good.  Get out there and show some support!

The Stateside shows are $20 each.  The Waterloo gig is FREE!

PS – The final show in the 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series is happening this Sunday out at Ernie’s On The Lake.  Go see Nakia & The Blues Grifters, Grupo Massa and Nic Armstrong & The Thieves!  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Frankie Rose, Tres Oui at Barracuda
- Loteria, Lola Tried, Major Grizz, Dinner with Matt Gilchrest, Ooni at Hotel Vegas
- Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Xetas, The Sour Notes, The Midgetmen at Cheer Up Charlies
- Tenacious D at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Depeche Mode, Warpaint at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Thursday:
- The Warlocks, Psychic Ills, The Well, Troller, Tamarron, Lake of Fire, DJ Al Lover at Barracuda
- Suspirians, Jeweled Snakes, Evil Triplet, How I Quit Crack at The Electric Church
- Alex Camreron, Jack Ladder at The Sidewinder
- Sphynx, Hank & Cupcakes, The Nymphs, Plastic Picnic, Deep Cuts at Cheer Up Charlies
- Royal Forest, Common Velvet, Kara Mosher at the Sahara Lounge
- Banks at Emo’s

Friday:
- Walker Lukens at Waterloo Records
- Lee Fields & The Expressions, Mama K & the Shades at the Mohawk
- Grape St. at Stubb’s
- Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief with Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, house band Asleep at the Wheel at the Erwin Center
- Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Cedar Park Center

Saturday:
- Descendents, Riverboat Gamblers, Scott Reynolds at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Megafauna, Pearl Earl, The Sun Machine at Hotel Vegas
- Say Girl Say, -Us., Kay Weathers at the Mohawk
- Moon Taxi, Los Coast at Emo’s
- Buenos Diaz, Mandy Rowden, Wil Cope, Seela at Music Lab
- Pecan Street Festival

  • Tres Oui (9pm), Queue Queue (7:40pm), Satalights (6:20pm), Mean Jolene (5pm), Ladyfang (3:40pm), Pearl Earl (2:25pm), Obscured by Echoes (1:10pm), Tiarra Girls (noon) [Red River stage]
  • Jackie Venson (8:45pm), Migrant Kids (7:25pm), Amy Edwards & the Hi-Fis (6:05pm), Moving Panoramas (4:45pm), Emily Bell & the Talkbacks (3:25pm), Wiretree (2:15pm), Sefo (1:05pm), Bourgois Mystics (noon) [Neches stage]
  • Booher (9pm), The Human Circuit (7:40pm), Levees (6:20pm), Boca Abajo (5pm), Kiko Villamizar (3:40pm), SaulPaul (2:20pm), Pat G (1:10pm), DJ Czech One (noon) [Trinity stage]
  • 11am-10pm, free, all ages on 6th Street

Sunday:
- Pecan Street Festival

  • Kay Odyssey (6:10pm), The Golden Boys (4:55pm), Baby Robots (3:45pm), ST 37 (2:20pm), Abigail und Hansel (1:10pm), Cinders (noon) [Red River stage]
  • Peligrosa (5:40pm), Royal Teeth (4pm), Knifight (2:40pm), Fragile Rock (1:20pm), Monoceja (noon) [Neches stage]
  • Beat Imprint (5:40pm), Ashley Borerro (4:30pm), Sheilava (3:20pm), Color Candy (2:10pm), The Rated Exes (1pm), Peter Stopchinski (noon) [Trinity stage]
  • 11am-10pm, free, all ages on 6th Street

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Julien Baker

September 19, 2017

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Julien Baker’s new video for Appointments just made me realize that I never actually shared the single.  Grab your headphones and tissues before you hit play.  Her new album, Turn Out The Lights, is due out October 27.  Also, you’ll be able to catch her at Emo’s on December 18.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

September 18, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)
(NEW) The Midnight Stroll – Good People
(NEW) Palo Duro – Embers
Sphynx – Just Tonight
Tamarron – Let’s Get Out
Tres Oui – Prince Of Pop
Balmorhea – Clear Language
Otis The Destroyer – Fat Attraction
Kay Odyssey – Coming On
Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper
Wiretree – JF Sebastian
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Transit Method – Parasight

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Alex Lahey

September 18, 2017

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I had a weekend full of drinking and whatnot, so the title of Alex Lahey’s new single feels rather appropriate today.  By the way, are you guys pumped for her upcoming album, I Love You Like A Brother (due October 6)?  Every single off of it so far has been really damn great.  Enjoy.

PS – See Alex at Barracuda on November 30.

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Raised Eyebrows: Greatest Ladies (Randy)

September 15, 2017

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Women are amazing. They offer a unique sensitivity and viewpoint to music that just can’t be matched by men. This month, I’d like to focus on some seminal female geniuses who have graced this planet with art that continues to look forward, inform, and inspire.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is a brilliant artist/musician. Anderson’s music is still so far ahead of now and her viewpoint is beyond original/intelligent.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is a genius. Her music is a living/breathing/everlasting thing.

Christine McVie

Christine McVie is one of the most consistent songwriters of Fleetwood Mac. Her songs have a heightened awareness. No one sings about love like Christine McVie.

Yoko Ono

The dynamism of Yoko Ono should not ever be doubted. Her music is extraordinarily important.

Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane is a moving figure that emits peace and consciousness through her music. Coltrane’s music only allows you to feel hope and encouragement, even at its darkest.

Kate Bush

The music and voice of Kate Bush has its own environment. The art she creates will always inspire more art.

Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

Kim Gordon single-handedly pushed Sonic Youth into everlasting cult status. Her cutting poetics and hard/soft delivery are irresistible.

Nico

Lou Reed and John Cale get a lot of credit for The Velvet Underground. What about Nico? This woman is her own planet. Her voice is like no other. Her ability to blur minimalism with traditional and contemporary song is challenging and ultimately brilliant.

The Roches

Maggie, Terry, and Suzzy Roche rule. Their songs are unlike anything you could imagine anyone singing about. Lyrically obtuse and harmoniously divine is what I’d say.

Mary Margaret O’Hara

In 1986, Mary Margaret O’Hara released Miss America. It is her only LP. O’Hara’s songs are very particular and personal yet speak to the larger human condition.

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Destroyer

September 14, 2017

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Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) has readied a 12th full length, Ken (due October 20).  I don’t think I realized he had done that many, but I guess it makes sense with him having been at it since the mid-90s.  In any case, I love the new single.  Something about it is just really calming.  Enjoy.

PS – The act will play the Mohawk on January 15.

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Show Of The Week

September 13, 2017

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There are a lot of great touring acts in town this week – Tei Shi, Broncho, GoldLink, Ben Folds – but the one that I think has to be tagged as must-see is Japanese Breakfast.  I really dig their 2017 release, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and I can only imagine that its variety of rad sounds (shoegaze, indie rock, electronic) will make for a great evening.  Be at Barracuda this Friday.

Tix are $12 in advance of the show, $14 the day of.  Mannequin Pussy and The Spirit Of The Beehive will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Hidden Ritual, So Pitted, Pataphysics, Slugbug at The Electric Church
- The Slants, BLXPLTN at the Mohawk
- Otis Wilkins (of Otis the Destroyer), Acey Monaro (of Go Fever), Little Mazarn at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Tei Shi at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Quicksand, No Joy at the Mohawk
- Ben Ottewell (of Gomez), Jonathan Terrell at The Sidewinder
- John Wesley Coleman III at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- She Sir, The Harms, Semihelix, Tusk Her-Super Psych Pillow Fight at The Swan Dive
- Lance Herbstrong, BUHU, Canvas People, The Human Circuit at Empire Control Room
- Shakey Graves, Parker Milsap at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Saturday:
- Kevin Morby, Shannon Lay at the Mohawk
- Broncho, Billy Changer, Growl at Barracuda
- Big Bill, Shivery Shakes, Sleeping Lessons, Scenery, Brother Sports at Cheer Up Charlies
- Young Tongue, Bantam Foxes, Batty Jr., Oh My Love at The Swan Dive
- GoldLink at Come and Take It Live

Sunday:
- Open Mike Eagle, Sammus at Barracuda
- Ben Folds – Paper Airplane Request Tour at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

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