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Show Of The Week

October 28, 2015

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It’s Halloween weekend, so I’m assuming most of you have a litany of house parties that you’ll be attending while dressed up as your favorite superhero or blogger.  That’s fair.  However, if you decide you want to spend some prime costumed-time downtown, head to Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday for the record release party that the wonderfully experimental Shmu is having.  There are a ton of great bands on the bill – Botany, Calliope Musicals, Alex Napping, Feverbones, Gloves Collective, New Fumes, Total Unicorn, Karla Nightblooms, Party Plants – and it’s only a $5 suggested donation.  Plus, if you RSVP you’ll get a free CD or download of Shmu’s new album, Shhh!!!!.  That’s a steal, my friends.  Do it.

More shows!

Tonight:
- Django Django, Wild Belle at the Mohawk
- Mastodon, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity at the Austin Music Hall
- Residual Kid, The Ancient Gods, Dead Sally at The Sidewinder

Thursday:
- Basketball Shorts, New China, Oozer, Mean Jolene at Trailer Space
- Sweet Spirit, Crushed Out, Major Major Major at Hotel Vegas
- Otis the Destroyer, MCG, Ghostbunny, The Bravo at The Sidewinder
- Oddisee, Good Company, Magna Carda at Empire Control Room
- Rose Selavy, Loafer at the Mohawk
- The Eastern Sea, Bee Caves, SAFIA at the Scoot Inn

Friday:
- Coathangers, Nobunny, Birth Defects, OBN III’s at The Sidewinder
- Shmu, Botany, New Fumes, Total Unicorn, Karla Nightblooms, Alex Napping, Feverbones, Gloves, Party Plants at Cheer Up Charlies
- Vintage Trouble, Latasha Lee at Emo’s
– Think No Think, Nilo Bronco, Pure Urges at the Scoot Inn

Saturday:
- Reptar, Holiday Mountain, Breathers at The Sidewinder
- Har Mar Superstar, Casual Strangers at Indian Roller Boutique Roadhouse
- Skylar Spence, Mark Redito at Stubb’s
- Salt-n-Pepa, , Golden Dawn Arkestra at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- DIIV, No Joy, Sunflower Bean at the Mohawk
- Milezo, Tele Novella, Annabelle Chairlegs, Unknown Relatives, Pollen Rx, Slomo Drags at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- White Ghost Shivers, Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at the White Horse

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45 RPMs Around The Sun: A Birthday Party For Jennifer Leduc

January 14, 2015

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Hello! I’m Jennifer Leduc and I’ve been a resident and lover of Austin and its music scene for 17+ years. I’ve also been a contributor here at Side One Track One since October 2011. My actual birthday (January 6th) falls during Austin Free Week, which is a fantastic gift as a local music fan, but circumstances didn’t allow holding an event during that time. So, I’m celebrating a little later than usual.

Please make a note to drop by Studium (on East 5th St, a block from I-35) this Saturday! The show is free and open to the public. Music will kick off with the adventurous indie rock of Royal Forest. They will then be followed by the dynamic duo of Demitasse performing their harmonic brand of downbeat acoustic pop. I couldn’t resist inviting them as members, Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes (who also play together in Buttercup) played at my 40th birthday bash. The party continues with the melodic sounds of Good Field. In spring 2012, I fell under the spell of their mellow, swirling guitar pop. It’s hard to articulate why I love their songs. They just simply make me happy. The final band and musical icing on the cake is Feverbones. When I first heard them, I was an instant fan of their groovy, colorful indie pop and blown away by their top notch musicianship. Whether you can stay for one band or all four, I would love for you to stop by and say hi. Kudos and thanks to all of the bands and the staff at Studium and Punctum Records.

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Feverbones, The Astronaut Suit (Jennifer)

February 6, 2013

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Feverbones is a new Austin band consisting of members of the Eastern Sea, Dana Falconberry, and the Great Nostalgic. They’re releasing an EP this month; one of its highlights is Astoria, with its yearning, yet gentle vocals artfully accented with sparkling guitars, bubbling psychedelic organ riffs, and creative percussion. There will be a release party on February 21 at The Blackheart with the Plastic Habit and the Gorgeous Hands (2 up and coming local bands that are also worth checking out).

One of my Austin favorites from a few years ago, the Astronaut Suit, recently resurfaced with new songs and a new band lineup. Led by songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist, Jess Farr, the sound of The Astronaut Suit is a musical stew of influences – psychedelic rock, gospel, country, folk – that you don’t expect to blend together, but they do. The band’s own description is also fitting – “psychedelic soul.” Listen to their cover of the gospel song Precious Lord. You can hear the earnest, heartfelt delivery of the gospel lyrics delivered amidst the psychedelic folk background of the violin swells and the otherworldly sound of the oud. There’s also the blissed out vibe with its gospel tinged chorus on Pseudosex Television Blues. Both of these songs are from the Take My Hand EP, which is a free download on Bandcamp. I also highly recommend seeing them perform live; if you’re lucky you might just hear their psychedelic spin on Hank Williams’ classic tune, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry that will blow you away. They’re part of a “local night for local people” this Friday, February 8 at Frank, and then a Red River Noise showcase on Friday, March 1 at Frank.

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