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Show Of The Week

October 5, 2016

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Even if you’re set on seeing the great Kendrick Lamar at ACL: Volume 2 this Saturday, you should consider heading to Sidewinder at some point for Bill Ball 2.  The massive show is set to feature Big Bill (of course, it’s their party), Basketball Shorts, Deep Time, Xetas, Mom Jeans, Que Pasa?, US Weekly, Sherman’s March, Zest of Yore, Masculine Pain, MeanGirls, Plutonium Farmers, Body Pressure and Catalina La O.  That’s 14 good bands for $15 solid bucks (or $10, if you buy tix before Saturday).  Get in on that deal, folks.

By the way, on Saturday I’ll be working with Red Bull Sound Select at Empire Control Room & Garage.  That one has Tory Lanez, Mick Jenkins and Smino, and it’s just $3 if you RSVP.  Come join if Kendrick doesn’t all the way scratch your hip hop itch.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Chook Race, The Zoltars, Pataphysics, Oozer, Nicky Reyes at Beerland
- Adam Torres at Waterloo Records
- The Felice Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan at The Sidewinder
- Molly Burch, Hidden Ritual, Jesse Woods & RF Shannon, Cowboy Crisis at Barracuda
- Haim at Stubb’s

Thursday:
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Vampyre, Foreign Mothers, Sherman’s March at Hotel Vegas
- Boss Battle, Darkbird, Coattails at the Mohawk
- Belcurve, The Gents, Slomo Drags, Booher at Cheer Up Charlies
- Sip Sip, Hard Proof, So Official at Empire Control Room
- Band of Horses, The Wild Feathers at Stubb’s
- Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band at Stubb’s
- Saint Motel, JR JR, Weathers at Emo’s

Friday:
- Part Time, Pale Dian, Typical Girls, Roses at Hotel Vegas
- Gringo Star, Liz Burrito at the Mohawk
- Ditch the Fest with Hikes, Trouble in the Streets, Sometimes a Legend, Eyelid Kid, Smile, The Bishops, The Halfways, Strange Mother, Corduroi, Upper Deck Pets, Planet Manhood, Triplets, Boys Club at Cheer Up Charlies
- Gallant, RKCB at the Parish
- Banks & Steelz, Magna Carda at Antone’s
- MC Chris, MC Lars, Megaran at The Sidewinder

Saturday:
- Thor & Friends at End of an Ear
- Russian Circles, Helms Alee at Barracuda
- Marmalakes, The Dan Ryan at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Slayer, Anthrax, Death Angel at ACL Live
- LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Lizzo at Stubb’s

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Show Of The Week

April 13, 2016

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There are a lot of good shows happening this week (see below for extra recs), but I’m most excited for the Slack Capital release party that’s happening at Barracuda on Friday.  The 20-track effort just came out via Austin Town Hall Records, and it’s one of the better all-Austin comps to come along in a good while.  $8 will get you into the show, which features David Liebe Hart, Big Bill, Annabelle Chairlegs, Basketball Shorts, Que Pasa, Sailor Poon, Pollen RX, Pataphysics, Tough Age and Critical Dad, and you’ll receive a copy of Slack Capital on CD.  Oh, and just so you know, all proceeds are set to go to Anthropos Arts, a local non-profit organization which provides music lessons and musical instruments to at-risk youth.  That’s can’t-miss stuff, friends.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Deerhunter, Bitchin Bajas at the Mohawk
- Shivery Shakes, Roses, She Sir at Cheer Up Charlies
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Della Mae, The Accidentals and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Friday:
- Kurt Vile and the Violators, Purling Hiss at Stubb’s
- Hiss Golden Messenger at Stubb’s
- Calliope Musicals at Central Presbyterian Church
- Riders Against The Storm, Sphynx, Hikes, Trouble In The Streets, Patch, Zettajoule, Tinnarose, Terror Pigeon, Michael Parallax at Cheer Up Charlies
- Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, The Outskirts, Desilu, Mantra Love at The Swan Dive
- Ben Folds & yMusic, Dotan at Bass Concert Hall
- Brownout featuring Karl Denson, Amplified Heat at the Scoot Inn
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Dawes, Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll, Deer Tick, The Jeff Austin Band, The Suffers, Della Mae and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Saturday:
- Moving Panoramas, Early Day Miners, Growl, UV at Hotel Vegas
- The Dead Space, Flesh Lights, Xetas at Barracuda
- Slomo Drags, The Eastern Sea, Otis the Destroyer, A Sinclair, Alex Napping, Star Parks at Cheer Up Charlies
- Whitman, Major Grizz, Broken Gold at Stubb’s
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with The Del McCoury Band, David Ramirez, The Jayhawks, Jay Farrar, The Deer and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Sunday:
- Residual Kid, Casual Strangers, Party Van, Hard Dwell at the Hole in the Wall
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Lonesome River Band, Shinyribs, The Band of Heathens, and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

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Quickdraw: Toro Y Moi, Big Bill, The Babies, Turbo Fruits, FIDLAR

January 26, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Toro Y Moi – Empty Nesters:  If anything, you have to applaud Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) for keeping things fresh.  His last album was fairly disco/funky, and now his new one seems to be aiming for more of a blissed-out (but still danceable) indie pop sound.  What For? will be released on April 7 via Carpark.

:Big Bill – Sweet Boy:  Big Bill are a quirky garage rock act that’s been a real bright spot in Austin for the last year or so.  This track is probably my favorite selection off of their recently released Second Bill EP, which you should snatch up now via Bandcamp.

:The Babies – Got Old:  “I was 21, I was 33.”  I relate to this lyric a whole lot more than I’d like to.  Big thanks to The Babies for crushing me.  I guess.  This is from a two-song single that’s currently available via iTunes.

:Turbo Fruits – The Way I Want You:  The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced this new one from Turbo Fruits.  It features lyrics that are a bummer and a sound that’s thoroughly 90s rock, so I like it a lot.  No Control is due out April 20 via Melvin/Thirty Tigers Records.

:FIDLAR – If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow Cover):  Yes, FIDLAR covering Sheryl Crow is just as fun and obnoxious as you’re thinking it must be.  Now crank the volume, hit play and let it take you.  This is just a one-off, so grab it while you can.

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Big Bill, Foxing Quarterly (Jennifer)

May 14, 2014

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Looking for something a little weird and off the beaten path to kick off your weekend?  Then I recommend the Big Bill-lead show at Hotel Vegas tomorrow night.

Big Bill describe their sound as “The Drunk History of Punk Bands”and they’ll be performing songs like the soon to be oddball classic Who Put Dave In The Microwave?.  You’ll also get the “freak punk band” Barf Bag (I feel queasy already), and the “anthemic geek punk” of Basketball Shorts

Preview some tunes below and take a look at the nifty video that features a gig poster brought to life.

If this weekend you’d like something acoustic and folky, the Austin-based literary journal Foxing Quarterly will be presenting Hyde Park Hymns this Saturday at the historic Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.  This intimate event showcases the songwriting talents of Rain Collectors (Santiago Dietche from Growl and Blair Robbins from Milezo), Harrison Anderson, and Molly Burch.

Blair Robbins will be departing for Accra, Ghana two days after the show for a month long study abroad program. While there, she and a group of other UT students will work alongside HIV positive women who are developing their own small business cooperative. The UT group is currently raising funds to provide the women with microloans and to put on workshops in self-empowerment, micro-finance, and business management.

Your $10 cover will be going towards a worthy cause and Foxing Quarterly will be donating one-third of each ticket sale from the evening directly to the project. Keep in mind that this is an early show (7:30 pm doors, music starts at 8:00pm) and the church is a no food/drink area. Complimentary water will be provided in the front yard.

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