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Show Of The Week

May 17, 2017

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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:

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

Thursday:
- 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

Friday:
- 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

Saturday:
- 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

Sunday:
- 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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Conor Oberst

January 19, 2017

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I’ve long been a big fan of Conor Oberst.  Bright Eyes!  So good.  Desparecidos!  So good.  Monsters of Folk!  Pretty good.  Conor’s work under his actual name!  Eh.  That’s actually where I sort of draw the line with him.  For whatever reason I just have never been totally into his “solo” releases, and I can’t say I cheered when I received an email about his upcoming LP, Salutations (due March 17 via Nonesuch).  However, the first single, A Little Uncanny, is good.  Really good, actually.  He cut it with The Felice Brothers and drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and more) as his backing band, and I love it.  Enjoy.

PS – Conor will be playing ACL Live on May 19.

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 6, 2015

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Alright kids, I believe that with this post I’m all caught up now.  Hopefully you discover(ed) some cool stuff that you may have missed over the holiday break.  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  This is one of those stellar Modest Mouse singles that reminds you why they’re so revered.  It’s anthemic, weird and infectious.  I really hope their new album is a great one.  Strangers To Ourselves will be out on March 3 via Epic Records.

:Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix):  While I’m not sure it’s necessary to alter something as perfect as the original version of this Spoon track, I can’t deny that I dig what Tycho did with it.  The arrangement is now much more expansive.  This remix is a one-off, so download it while it’s here.

:The Julie Ruin – Blueberry Island:  For a moment I thought that Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin had readied a new album, but this slick number is actually just a b-side from 2013′s Run Fast.  Oh well.  I’ll still take it!  The Blueberry Island 7″ is due out soon via Federal Prism.

:Guards – Nothing More:  Richie James Follin (brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin) sent me this new Guards track over the break.  I think it’s a wonderfully produced pop song, and I expect you to eat it right up.  Look for a new album from the band later this year.

:Male Bonding – Falling:  Here’s a fuzzy new one from Male Bonding, who have been largely MIA for the last few years.  No details on a new album (or tour) have been released, but it seems pretty likely that some sort of announcement is coming soon.  Fingers crossed, though.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:  It’s a bummer that Gal Pals are no longer in Austin (they’re now in LA), but at least they finally wrapped their debut album.  This first single is one super catchy piece of retro pop.  Velvet Rut is due out February 24 via Papercup Music.

:Moon Duo – Animal:  This new Moon Duo song isn’t exactly what I would call accessible, but you’ll probably still stick it on repeat since it’s a rather entrancing effort.  Have fun living in a psychedelic haze for a bit.   Shadow Of The Sun is due out March 3 via Sacred Bones.

:Conor Oberst – Sugar Street:  Conor Oberst just about puts me to sleep these days, so I have to admit I was pretty surprised when this track managed to hold my attention.  It sounds a lot like the stuff that originally made him worth paying attention to.  If you search around, you can probably find the Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ that this song resides on.

:The Suffers – Make Some Room:  My good pals The Suffers are ready to set loose an official EP, and you’re going to want it.  Unless, of course, you don’t like good soul music.  The Make Some Room EP is due out January 20.  See the band at Empire Control Room on January 23.

:Magna Carda – Juice:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Magna Carda are one of Austin’s best acts.  You should really download their latest release, Like It Is, for FREE via Bandcamp and then spend the next week or eight blasting it as loud as you can.

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Stream This

May 30, 2014

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

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Centro-Matic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds
The Orwells – Disgraceland
Gold-Bears – Dalliance
Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Camper Van Beethoven – El Camino Real
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
Peter Murphy – Lion
Dinowalrus – Complexion
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Priests – Bodies And Control And Money And Power
Sandy’s – Fourth Dementia
The Donkeys – Ride The Black Wave
Sage Francis – Copper Gone

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Celebration

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Stream This

May 16, 2014

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

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Pujol – Kludge

Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea
The Roots – And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
American Football – Self Titled (Deluxe Edition)
Yann Tierson – Infinity
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Mimicking Birds – Eons
White Sea – In Cold Blood
Haley Bonar – Last War
Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
Copeland – Because I’m Worth It
Kitty – Impatiens

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tycho

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Desaparecidos

August 7, 2012

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I’ve loved all of the various indie rock comebacks that have happened over the last few years, but the greedy side of me loves to note how there’s two acts in particular that I still must see live.  One is Mclusky (unlikely to ever happen), and the other is Desaparecidos.  The Conor Oberst-lead band’s first new bit of music in a decade is the AA single MariKKKopa/Backsell, and it’s currently available for pre-order.  Enjoy.

:Desaparecidos – MariKKKopa:  This track does a special trick.  As soon as it starts you want to see whether or not Conor and the guys are still as loud and politically driven as they were 10 years ago, and then when it ends you feel dumb for ever even wondering such a thing.  Awesome.  Anyhow, who will help me bring this band to Austin right now?

Bonus Video:

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