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Show Of The Week

May 17, 2017


Know what I’ve really been digging this year?  Conor Oberst’s Salutations.  It’s a great album with a slew of comfy country tunes on it, and I’ve left it on repeat a lot so far in 2017.  If I’m lucky, he’ll play most of it at ACL Live this Friday.  Or he won’t and I’ll have a good time anyways because its Conor Oberst, man of many great songs.  By the way, be sure to show up early to see the fantastic Julien Baker.  That girl is a legit talent.

Tix are $35-46.

Side note, also on Friday (and just below the Conor Oberst gig) is The Wild Now’s EP release party at 3TEN at ACL Live.  If you’re going to see Oberst, you should hop down and watch some of this local act’s set.  They have some fantastic pop tunes.

Tix are $10.  Shoot an email HERE for a chance to win a pair of guest list spots for The Wild Now!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Thurston Moore Group at the Mohawk
- Basketball Shorts at the Mohawk

- Crooked Bangs, Hidden Ritual, Lung Letters, Autlier at Hotel Vegas
- Hot Luck Festival with Black Lips, Big Bill, Surfbort at Barracuda
- Ringo Deathstarr, Krista Van Liew, Ultraviolet, Knifight, This Cold Night, ANDY, Graffiti Trials, Jacob Green, Scorpio DJ Sets at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lowin, Star Parks at Stubb’s
- Genuine Leather, Magic Rockers of Texas, Sun June at the Sahara Lounge
- The B-52s at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

- The Damned, The BellRays at the Mohawk
- Bad Sports, UVH, Xetas, Super Thief at the Mohawk
- Flesh Lights, Street Eaters, Nameless Frames at Hotel Vegas
- Ben Millburn, Girling, A. Sinclair at The Sidewinder
- Hot Luck Festival with Shonen Knife, Mean Jolene, Missing Pages at Barracuda
- Hot Luck Festival with Rayland Baxter, Jonathan Terrell, Carson McHone at the White Horse

- JD Clark, Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas
- Star Parks, The Battlemen, Silver Ships at The Sidewinder
- Jr. Jr. at Empire Control Room
- Food Group, Thor & Friends, Botany, Smile, Zettajoule, Roaring Sun at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Gonn at Stubb’s
- Hot Luck Festival with Black Joe Lewis, Bad Lovers, Payton Andrew Green at Barracuda
- Hot Luck Festival with Robert Ellis, Harvest Thieves, Altamesa at the White Horse
- Big Bill, Ladyfang, MAMIS at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

- Carson McHone, Jonathan Terrell, Booher, Motion Hotel at Barracuda
- Go Fever, Blood Pumps at Kebabalicious
- New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men at the Erwin Center

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Throwback Thursday: Saddle Creek

May 15, 2014


My Throwback Thursday for this week is the Saddle Creek 50 compilation.  Put together to celebrate the label’s 50th release, the effort has two songs (an album cut and one exclusively for the compilation) from each band that was on the roster in 2003.

Saddle Creek 50 helped jump start my still-strong love for the label.  At the time I was only aware of Cursive and Bright Eyes, so it was fun to discover both of their side projects - The Good Life and Desaparecidos – along with other stellar acts like Rilo Kiley, The Faint, and Azure Ray.  And they were all signed to the same roster!  Definitely an exciting time for the “just figuring out indie music” version of me.

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Bright Eyes (Zoe)

August 2, 2012


There’s a time in every modern indie rock teenagers life when they discover Bright Eyes and must decide whether they love or detest the gloomiest dream boy. The man behind the music, Conor Oberst, is such a cult icon of the scene, his striking black hair and pale face reminding us that it’s okay to be emotional. He gave, and gives, boys and girls alike the “ok” to cry. I came down on the love side of the conundrum; I’ve long enjoyed “emo” music, and Bright Eyes has always seemed like the perfect combo of indie and emo. Today I’m highlighting two of my favorites that showcase two sides of Bright Eyes.

First, probably *the* song that most people think of when they think of Bright Eyes: First Day Of My Life. The simple solo guitar chords slowly, sweetly compliment Oberst’s lo-fi, soft vocals. His voice wavers every so often, convincing the listener that Oberst is in love with them, and only them. The lyrics are so sweet it borders on cloying, but there’s such an honest quality to the song that I can’t help feeling that Oberst really does just love someone that much. The song also includes one of my all time favorite lines from a love song; “I’d rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery.”

:Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life:

My second favorite song is another one of Bright Eyes more well-known efforts, Four Winds. Even though he hails from Northern climes, I’ve always thought that this song felt very “Texas.” This is after Oberst took a slightly more countrified turn. Those who are used to singer-songwriter Oberst may be surprised to hear a full band sound, and such a rich one at that. The fiddle is the star of this tune, but there are definitely a couple different layers at work here. The song is so versatile; sometimes it makes me wanna dance, and sometimes it makes me wanna cry. There is such a palpable yearning in his voice that is mirrored only in the slight whine of the strings.

:Bright Eyes – Four Winds:

I’ve definitely met my fair share of Bright Eyes haters. And sure, Oberst can be a little trite at times. But if you give it a chance, you might be rewarded with some of the most heart wrenching (you know, in a good way!) music you’ve heard in a long time.

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