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Show Of The Week

January 11, 2017


There are quite a few local shows happening this week that are either free or very cheap, and that’s awesome.  You should go to as many as you can!  If, however, you’d like to see a different set of faces, then I say jump to Sidewinder on Saturday for American Wrestlers, who are out of St. Louis.  The band just recently released their sophomore effort, Goodbye Terrible Youth, and it’s a totally solid set of indie pop/rock tunes.  Should be a good show!  Be there.

Tix are $12NE-HI and Commander Keen will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Growl, Chancellor, Plastique, The Midgetmen, Dream Home at Barracuda
- Sailor Poon, Giant Kitty, Party Girl at Hotel Vegas
- Lord Buffalo, The Lonesome Heroes, Go Fever, Children of Pop, Ooni, Jerk at Cheer Up Charlies

- Hardproof at Waterloo Records
- Flesh Lights, Otis the Destroyer, Stilleto Feels, Midriff at Barracuda
- Dillo Milk, Basketball Shorts, Prom Threat, Oozer, Super Thief at Hotel Vegas
- Black Books, Megafauna, Residual Kid, Zettajoule, Hours Quiet, Count Nebula at Empire Control Room
- Mama K and the Shades, Kev Bev & The Woodlawn Creatures, Lowin, Girling at Stubb’s

- Riverboat Gamblers, Peelander Z, Eastside Suicides, City Life at Barracuda
- Annabelle Chairlegs, Deep Time, Mean Jolene, Ttotals, Diamond Center at Hotel Vegas
- The Devil Makes Three, Lost Dog Street Band, Ditrani Brothers at Emo’s
- Hard Proof at Antone’s

- Scorpion Child, Eagle Claw, OMGWTFBBQ, Megafauna, Suckling at Barracuda
- Summer Salt, Big Bill, Upper Deck Pets, The Villas at Hotel Vegas
- The Midnight Stroll, Tinnarose, Slomo Drags, The Halfways at Stubb’s
- Shivery Shakes, Go Fever at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Eric Tessmer, Quaker City Nighthawks at the Continental Club

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American Wrestlers (Noah)

April 22, 2015

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American Wrestlers are the kind of band (or one-man set-up) that had me asking John Laird “Is this too emo?” The outfit, a one-man bedroom project from Scotsman Gary McLure, blends McLure’s aching vocals with a wash of a fuzz, pianos, strings, and a general crescendoing sound in a way that played by the wrong person could be self-important, whiny dreck. McLure, luckily for all of us, is not that person. Instead, American Wrestlers’ music treads the line between overly-sweet emo crap, and a sonic profile that while opening up space for the listener to pine and wonder and over-emote, pulls back before going too far. This is music that you might play post-breakup, when you can’t see because you’re crying and the thought of stepping out of the darkness of your room is just too much, but it’s also bigger, more inclusive, a melange of instruments (new and old) that open the door to whatever mood might be leaning on your chest.

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Stream This

April 3, 2015


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Toro Y Moi – What For?

Fred Thomas – All Are Saved
The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Jessie Baylin – Dark Place
Waters – What’s Real
Weed – Running Back
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Too
American Wrestlers – Self Titled
Drenge – Undertow
Nudity – Astronomicon
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare
Long Knives – This Is Your Life EP
Elsa – Never Come Down EP
Tei Shi – Verde
Temple Invisible – Enter EP
Shana Falana – Set Your Lightning Fire Free
This Is The Kit – Bashed Out



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Quickdraw: Bop English, Colleen Green, American Wrestlers, Diet Cig, Hurry

January 29, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  Here’s the first single from Bop English, a new project from White Denim’s James Petralli.  It’s expansive, quirky and instantly likeable stuff.  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Colleen Green – TV:  Those of you who’ve long desired something to help explain your love of TV, this one is for you.  Be sure to thank Colleen Green by seeking out her new album, I Want To Grow Up, when it gets released on February 24 via Hardly Art.

:American Wrestlers – Kelly:  The press release for this song says it has “shimmering charm” and I totally agree.  I’m definitely interested in hearing whatever else American Wrestlers have to offer.  Look for the act’s self titled debut on April 7 via Fat Possum.

:Diet Cig – Harvard:  The lyrics in this new one from Diet Cig become increasingly direct, so by the time it ends my face is always completely cringed.  I like that.  In fact, I want more.  The Over Easy EP will be released on February 24 via Father/Daughter Records.

:Hurry – Shake It Off:  I came across Hurry in Pitchfork’s “tracks” section the other day, and I’m really pumped that I did.  This song of theirs is power pop perfection.  You can find it on Strength In Weakness, a six band split benefiting United Cerebral Palsy.

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