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Sonny Vincent Benefit (Dan)

February 5, 2016

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Saturday night there is a benefit show at the Sidewinder (doors at 8pm) featuring a slew of incredible Texas punk and garage rock bands. The show is being held to benefit Sonny Vincent (of the Testors) whose family was recently involved in a tragic accident. All proceed collected at the door will go towards the recovery of Sonny’s family.

Sonny’s son, daughter-in-law, and grandson were involved in a gas explosion. They are each currently in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Winston Salem Medical Center, and are on life support struggling for their lives. A Go Fund Me has been established to help cover the family’s massive medical bill. Whether you can make it to the show or not, I hope you will consider donating to this worthy cause.

For those unfamiliar with Sonny Vincent, he’s a punk rock musician that has been making great music since the mid-1970s. He started out as part of the New York City punk rock scene and over the years has performed and recorded with an incredible array of musicians. These include Maureen Tucker, Bob Stinson, Brian James, Thurston Moore, Lou Reed, John Cale, and Jad Fair, just to name a few.

Here is the lineup for this Saturday. I hope to see you there!

Outside:
Riverboat Gamblers
11:10-12 AM
Easy Prey
10-10:30 PM
Gentlemen Rogues
9-9:30 PM

Inside:
Sweet Talk
12:50-1:30 AM
Bad Sports
12-12:40 AM
Drakulas
10:30-11 PM
Broken Gold
9:30-10 PM

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Gentlemen Rogues (Jennifer)

April 8, 2015

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Locals Gentlemen Rogues are back with a new EP, A History So Repeating. The band has plenty of crunchy guitar riffs, sharp yet melodic hooks and self deprecating lyrics for all, and they should resonate with those of you who enjoy power pop and punk with a heavy Anglophile-lean (influences include The Jam and The Clash, but also unexpected ones like Erasure – there’s a guitar-driven cover of A Little Respect on the EP).  Definitely check out Gentleman Rogue’s latest release for a good dose of infectious, singalong-worthy, fist-pumping anthems that contain elements of both regret and romance.

The band will be celebrating the new EP with a release party this Friday at Holy Mountain with Closet Drama, Broken Gold, and Vinyl. If you can’t pick up a copy of the release at the show, you can order one from End Sounds, Amazon, or iTunes. I can’t think of a better local gig to kick off your weekend.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:

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Startographers, Gentlemen Rogues (Jennifer)

May 28, 2014

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Get your earplugs out for a show tomorrow night at Spider House Ballroom. Local indie rock quartet Startographers headline the four-band lineup.

I’ve been wanting to see them play again since I first saw them at an unofficial SXSW showcase. Their sound is lush, melodic and filled with layers of shoegaze guitars that pack a punch with plenty of reverb and delay. Hopefully the show will be the first of many new things to come from Startographers.

Another band on the lineup tomorrow that I can’t way to see is Gentlemen Rogues.  They just released a new single titled Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All via Shifting Sounds, and it highlights their signature sound of crunchy yet melodic guitar hooks and self deprecating lyrics.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:

Startographers and Gentlemen Rogues will be joined on the bill by My Education and Scan Hopper.

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Gentlemen Rogues (Jennifer)

February 19, 2014

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I’ve long been a fan of local power pop quartet Gentlemen Rogues. They’ve released one self titled EP, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new release from them for what seems like ages. Last weekend they provided a sneak preview of their new single, Mocking Love Out of Nothing At All, along with two digital bonus tracks, Mountains of Your Head (a Buffalo Tom cover) and A Little Respect (an Erasure cover).

The single will be available as a as a split 7″ (and digital download) with Andy Gallagher & Overhaul via Shifting Sounds. The band also has additional plans to return to the studio next month to record a new EP.

They put the power in “power pop” – jangly yet crunchy and loud music that makes you want your own 12 string Rickenbacker guitar so you can recreate those glorious, punchy riffs and throw in some scissor kicks for extra fun.

Check out all three songs here.

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Local Live Picks (Jennifer)

January 16, 2013

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Free Week in Austin may be over, but there’s no rest for the wicked as there are several great local shows coming up this month. This Friday at Frank there is the killer triple bill of Gentlemen RoguesMoonlight Towers, and Excited States. This will be an evening of loud, ringing guitars with plenty of hooks and melody.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Gentlemen Rogues and Moonlight Towers, but in the past year I became a fan of local trio, Excited States. There’s no finished album just yet but they recently posted a couple of tunes on their Soundcloud page, and they’re chock full of tasty power pop goodness. Their gigs are infrequent so I encourage you to check them out this weekend at Frank. They open the show at 10pm followed by Moonlight Towers and then Gentlemen Rogues.

A few of my local favorites have month-long residencies worth checking out. Sabrina Ellis from Bobby Jealousy is a very busy woman this month with the Home Church Monday night residency with Bobby Jealousy and special guests at Hotel Vegas, and then Sabrina’s Foxy Nights, which is a solo residency (with special guests) on Wednesday nights at The Fox Tavern. Bobby Jealousy’s Free Week show last Friday at The Mohawk was such a blast, I’d love to see them again one of these January Mondays. If you prefer a mellower, more intimate atmosphere, I suggest going to one of solo shows at The Fox Tavern. If you missed out on his monthilong residency last August at The Parish, you have another chance to see Shakey Graves (the moniker of songwriter, Alejandro Rose-Garcia) every Wednesday night this month at The Parish. Word of mouth is spreading across the globe about him, so don’t miss your opportunity to see him in Austin for free at one of the best sounding venues in town. Doors open at 8pm; there are different special guests each week that open the show before Shakey takes the stage. He has some serious guitar picking skills and a charismatic yet easygoing stage presence.

Wednesday night seems to be popular night to host a residency. The Sweet Nuthin’ have put together A Very January Residency at Hole in the Wall. This fun, hard rockin’ quartet (plus special guests every week) will be celebrating January humpdays from 10pm-midnight. Tonight should be a rollicking good time as they are joined by their friend, Nic Armstrong. The Sweet Nuthin will be doing double duty – playing their own tunes and as members of Nic’s band, The Thieves. In addition to these monthly residencies, I also wanted to mention a couple of other special shows. Local symphonic pop ensemble, Linen Closet, is re-releasing their Bright Wing EP. The songs have been remixed and the EP is finding new life on cassette through the Accrue Cassettes label. This special show will be held on Sat Jan 19th at Central Presbyterian Church and feature an expanded lineup. Their performance at CPC last August was extraordinary – a perfect marriage of the band’s sound and setting. I’m looking forward to hearing their orchestral, melodic swirls fill the entire church once again.

Last but not least, a couple of local favorites will be launching their winter tour adventures. On Tuesday, January 22, local indie pop quartet, Tiger Waves, will be kicking off a Jan/Feb US tour at the Mohawk. Their surf and psychedelia influenced sound has been growing on me since I first saw them a year ago. Their Don’t Be Yourself EP and more are available to stream and download on Bandcamp. I especially love the Beach Boys meets Real Estate vibe on their Weekends single. I encourage you to give them a warm sendoff – they’re playing late after the sold out Purity Ring show with local dream pop quintet, Black Books. Touring is expensive so if you would like to help them out, you can do that on their Kickstarter page and/or purchase merchandise at their upcoming gigs. Prog pop band, The Eastern Sea, started their winter tour with The Kopecky Family Band on Monday and they’ll be returning to Austin on Saturday, January 19 to play at The Parish before going back on the road. They were one of my favorite highlights from Austin City Limits Festival 2012 (and released one of my favorite albums, Plague, of last year), and I highly recommend hearing them at the Parish.

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