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Show Of The Week

November 1, 2017

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If my Friday wasn’t full up, you’d definitely find me at Barracuda for EMA and The Blow.  Both put out quality albums this year – EMA with Exile In The Outer Ring and The Blow with Brand New Abyss – and I’d really love to be in the house when those tracks are performed.  Plus, I’ve never seen EMA (I can only imagine she’s awesome live) and I haven’t caught The Blow in probably six or seven years (I can only imagine they’ve gotten better). Go for me!

Tix are $15. Violinda Lola is set to open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Third Eye Blind at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Thursday:
- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Friday:
- Continental Drift, Hard Proof, Superfonicos, Poon, Free Kittens and Bread at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lizzo at Emo’s
- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Lupe Fiasco at the Belmont
- Vintage Trouble, Desi Valentine at the Scoot Inn

Saturday:
- Damien Jurado, Thee Conductor (record release), Darkest Wonder at Stateside at the Paramount
- The Halfways, Pearl Earl, Food Group, Go Fever at Cheer Up Charlies
- Saint Motel, Gibbz at the Mohawk

Sunday:
- Everclear at Emo’s

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The Blow

July 13, 2017

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“I’m inside your head right now, good luck getting me out.”  That’s a line in today’s track from The Blow, and it’s so true.  The song, which is called Get Up, is a weird, rambly affair, but it’s oddly infectious and I can’t get enough of it.  I have no idea what to expect from their upcoming album, Brand New Abyss (due September 22), but I’m looking forward to it.  Enjoy.

PS  – If you’re in Austin, you can see The Blow with EMA at Barracuda on November 3.


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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 1

November 28, 2016

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Hey there!  It’s time to start running down my favorite songs and albums (look for this list next week) of the year.  Below you’ll find Part 1 of my Top 50 Songs of 2016 list.  It (and every part that’s coming after today) consists of tracks that I found myself frequently revisiting throughout the year.  Simple!  Enjoy.

PS – One thing is a little different this year – I will not be including any Austin acts in this singles list.  I’m going to be doing a two-part year-ender via 101X Homegrown (my radio show) that will detail my favorite Austin tracks.  Look for Part 1 to air on 12/11, and then Part 2 on 12/18.

PPS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

50)  :Sia – Waving Goodbye (Produced by Diplo):  When I saw (and loved) The Neon Demon, I found myself really digging this anthemic number as it blasted over the credits.  Oddly enough, I didn’t even realize it was by Sia until I got home and looked it up.

49)  :Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  This is such a silly song by D.R.A.M., but it’s so damn catchy that I’ve been unable to escape it for most of 2016.  Just let it take you.

48)  :Polica – Lately:  If you ask me, this is the best song off of Polica’s latest album, United Crushers.  It’s hazy and sparse and the line “seems like we’re too comfortable in love” is a sharp one.

47)  :Father John Misty – Real Love Baby:  Whether you’ve ever fully boarded the Father John Misty hype train or not, it’s hard to deny just how charming this track is on all fronts.

46)  :Pity Sex – Bonhomie:  The boy/girl vocals in this Pity Sex track are so on point.  As is the 90s-lean it carries.  And well, everything else about it.

45)  :Screaming Females – Skeleton:  I sure do love me some Screaming Females.  This track was rightfully cut from 2015′s Rose Mountain, but I’m glad to have it now – it’s unhinged and great.

44)  :LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  You could criticize this LVL UP effort as being too Neutral Milk Hotel-esque, but that would be silly.  It’s just a great song.  Turn it up.

43)  :Forth Wanderers – Slop:  This one from Forth Wanderers has a meandering arrangement and lyrics loaded with obviously-youthful musings – “I love too much/Too hurt this bad” – but I dig it.

42)  :Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream:  I loved Frightened Rabbit, then I veered away, and now this song has brought me back to them.  That’s how stellar it is.

41)  :The Blow – Think About Me:  There’s an early-era Rilo Kiley vibe on display here that I’ve been caught up since I first heard this song.  Thanks for that, The Blow.

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The Blow

October 18, 2016

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It’s been a long time since I’ve shared anything from The Blow here at SOTO, but their new track caught my attention and I think you should hear it.  Personally, I think the song sounds like early Rilo Kiley, but judging by the press release, that thought might be selling it short.  Here’s the excerpt about it.  Read and then listen.  Enjoy.

“The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich have spent the past handful of years deep in the studio, working out their own new way of producing electro acoustic pop. “Think About Me” is the fruit of these labors. The song consists of five tracks, using modular and analog synthesizers plus vocals to create layers of frequency. Through the recording process, the duo have developed their own instruments and processing systems for creating sounds, ending up with a mothership of gear patched together in a a web of cables. No longer employing a laptop in live shows, their songs are now performed as live production.”

:The Blow – Think About Me:

Bonus Video:

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