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Show Of The Week

March 30, 2016

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I’m super excited for two shows – both of which are album release parties – this week, and since they’re on different nights, I’m highly recommending both.

1)  Pageantry will be celebrating the release of their new album, Influence, at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday.  Also on the bill is a variety of SOTO favs – Good Field, Borrisokane, Lomelda and Birthday Club.  That’s an all-around great lineup.  Be there.

2)  Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow will be at Stateside Theater on Saturday in celebration of the release of their awesomely titled album From The Forest Came The Fire.  I suspect it’ll be an enchanting evening.  Don’t miss it.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Thor and Friends, The Dan Ryan, Little Mazarn at the Mohawk
- Greg Dulli, Derrick Brown at the Central Presbyterian Church
- Loteria, The Two Lips, Que Pasa?, Dryspell at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Melvins, Napalm Death, Melt Banana at the Mohawk
- They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Royal Forest, Summer Swells, Modrag, Mother Merey & the Black Dirt, Plantation at The Sidewinder
- Young Lovers, Sailor Poon, Leather Girls at Barracuda
- Wiretree, El Campo at Lamberts

Saturday:
- MCG, The Warplanes, Obsolete Machines, Marshall Moon and Friends, Megafauna, Rishloo, Transit Method at The Sidewinder

Sunday:
- Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders, Matt Hines, Dawn & Hawkes, Turtle Dove & John Valley, Carry Illinois, Carl Theil, Blue Bear, Philip Olsen, Mamahawk at The Sidewinder

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Show Of The Week

October 14, 2015

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There’s plenty of shows worth paying to get into this week (see below for that list), but there’s no real reason to get all caught up in that when you can see local wonders Bop English and Good Field for FREE at ABGB on Friday.  Bang.

If you don’t already know, Bop English is James Petralli (of White Denim), and his debut LP, Constant Bop, is one of my favorite releases of the year.  Good Field also recently put out a super solid album titled Future Me.  So, that’s two high quality bands playing all sorts of fresh material.  Be there.  Starts at 9pm.

More recommendations!

Tonight:
- Battles, Buke and Gase at the Mohawk
- Dead Meadow, Lord Buffalo, Holy Wave, Greenbeard at Empire Control Room
- Xetas, Flesh Lights, False Idol, Space Battle, Kevin O’Neal Fitzsimmons at Beerland
- Garbage, Torres at Stubb’s
- Say Hi, Telekinesis at Stubb’s

Thursday:
- Grape St., Growl, Major Major Major, AMA, Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- Small Black, Painted Palms at The Sidewinder
- Jr Jr, Hippo Campus at the Mohawk

Saturday:
- Quiet Company, Stukenberg, Chakra Khan, Letting Up Despite Great Faults at The Sidewinder
- Widowspeak at Lamberts
- Octopus Project, Crooks on Tape, Bob Schriner at the Mohawk
- Technicolor Hearts, Pageantry, Botany at the Mohawk
- Computer Magic at Stubb’s

Sunday:
- Red Fang, Whores, Wild Throne at the Mohawk
- The Polyphonic Spree at Emo’s
- Loretta Lynn at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Show Of The Week

July 15, 2015

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This week your main concern show-wise should be Good Field on Saturday at the Parish.  The band will be celebrating the release of their new album, Future Me, and they’ll be joined by The Eastern Sea and Taft.  That’s a particularly stellar trio of local acts, and you should most definitely be in attendance.  BY THE WAY, I can help with that.  Shoot me an email or leave a comment to enter to win a pair of guest list spots.  I actually have a few to giveaway, so tell all your friends!  I’ll pick winners on Friday.

If you’re wondering what else out there in Austin might be rad this week, here are a few side recommendations …

1) ThursdayMagna Carda, FlowTribe, Flavor Raid at Holy Mountain
2) ThursdayGrape St., Plantation at Lamberts
3) FridayTanlines, Mas Ysa at Red 7
4) FridayMusic Under The Star with Ben Kweller, East Cameron Folkcore at the Bob Bullock
5) FridaySTRFKR, Shy Boys at the Mohawk

:Taft – 2 Left Feet:

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Quickdraw: Kiiara, Annie Girl And The Flight, Say Hi, Sarn, Good Field

June 22, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Kiiara – Gold:  I’ve gone back and forth on this Kiiara song a lot.  Sometimes I feel like there’s too much going on, other times I think it sounds adventurous and interesting.  Either way, since I keep revisiting it I believe that’s reason enough to share it.  The Meet Me In The Cornfield EP is expected out later this year.

:Annie Girl And The Flight – Bodies:  Last year San Francisco’s Annie Girl And The Flight played one of the SOTO shows at the Blackheart, and I ended up being really impressed with them.  They usually have a sort of Warpaint/Denali-esque sound, but here there’s a livelier kick at play.  It works well.  The Bodies EP is currently available.

:Say Hi – Creatures Of The Night:  The new Say Hi (aka Eric Elbogen) album is about vampires and a direct sequel to his also-about-vampires-album Impeccable Blahs.  So there’s that.  At any rate, this is a goofy track, but I like it.  Bleeders Digest is due out September 18 via Barsuk.  See him at Stubb’s on October 14.

:Sarn – Go Tell It To A Wall:  “Just keep yourself from speaking/There’s a reason I keep walking on”  Sarn’s voice sounds so sincere and sweet, but he is not fucking around – he really has no interest in anything you have to say.  I dig it.  The John Vanderslice-produced Go Tell It To A Wall EP is out now via Bandcamp.

:Good Field – Business:  Paul Price, the main brain behind Good Field (and formerly of Brazos, The Early Tapes and Voxtrot) has readied a new album.  This first single is particularly well crafted and oddly catchy.  Future Me is due out July 28.  See them at the Parish on July 18.

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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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Foxing Quarterly, Sun Marquee, Growl (Jennifer)

March 27, 2013

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Tomorrow night you have the opportunity to support local literature and local music. Austin based literary journal Foxing Quarterly is holding a party at the Parish for the release of its 2nd edition. The show is free and open to those 18+.

Foxing Quarterly is a print only journal for writers and artists publishing short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and comics. Since beginning last year, the journal has also been an avid supporter of Austin music featuring a variety of local bands at its own events. The release party will feature music from Good Field, The Loblolly Boy, and The Hereticks, and readings from the latest issue. Although the show is free, copies of the journal will be available for sale along with prints of the event poster by artist Kristian Anderson.

Now that spring has officially arrived, celebrate with some new music from Sun Marquee for your springtime soundtrack. Crush is a light as air, dreamy slice of tropicalia infused pop (“…like a wild patch of spring/keep it hidden underneath like you don’t know…”). Summer Fools is a soulful tale with its groovy organ swirls, bubbling bass lines, and seductive, falsetto vocals.

This Saturday night is an example of wishing I could be at six shows at once. The one I’m going with, though, features a new local favorite of mine, Growl. They’re playing Hotel Vegas with Bobby Jealousy, Sip Sip, and Sphynx. I attended their Gallery EP release show back in February and was won over by their infectious and upbeat grin-inducing indie rock. It should be a giddy, sweaty good time – bring your dancing shoes!

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Good Field, JoDee Purkeypile (Jennifer)

February 20, 2013

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Although Good Field released their self titled debut in early 2012, this month’s re-release is notable as all the songs on the album have been remastered and put on glorious vinyl.  To celebrate this occasion, the band is holding their vinyl release party in Austin this Friday at Holy Mountain (don’t forget to enter our ticket giveaway; a winner will be drawn the day of the show). They are also embarking on a brief US tour leading up to their official SXSW showcase.

If you like what you hear, remember to tell your friends and spread the word about Good Field. Their CD has received countless spins on my stereo in the past year, and I’m excited to bring home a vinyl copy of their album.  I’m also looking forward to hearing some new tunes. This is a band worth seeing in a live setting, so get out and let their lush, melodic tunes come to life and mesmerize you.

By the way, I highly recommend arriving early to see Dana Falconberry and Belaire – two more excellent local bands who also released some of my favorite albums from 2012; this is a triple local bill not to be missed.

Singer/songwriter JoDee Purkeypile is also celebrating a release this week with his second full length, Messenger. He proudly wears his Anglophile influences on his sleeve – everything from 60s British invaders like The Beatles and The Kinks, 70s power pop like Badfinger and Nick Lowe, and 80s Britpop such as Squeeze and The Smiths. He deftly threads his favorite sounds together and crafts songs in the worthy tradition of the pop songsmiths of his influences. JoDee will be celebrating with a free album release show this Saturday at The Blackheart with Silver Ships and Other Lovers.

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Jennifer’s Top 11 Austin Albums Of 2012

December 14, 2012

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When I sat down to list my favorite songs and albums from 2012, Austin bands were all over it. I’m going to take that as a sign and share the local favorites that I listened to repeatedly. There’s no special ranking or order here. It was harder than I expected to narrow it down to the Top 11. These are the bands that made an impression on me this year and give me reasons to be a music fan. I hope you’ll discover new favorites and check them out in 2013.

JC & Co – Music By

This band’s debut album kicked off my 2012 with blissful, dreamy 60s influenced pop. Led by songwriter and guitarist, Jason Chronis, this album is filled  with plenty of jangly guitar hooks and stick in your head melodies.

Belaire – Resonating Symphony

The members of JC & Co had a busy year because most of the band is also part of Belaire. Resonating Symphony was released this spring after having been worked on for three years. It was definitely worth the wait, as it’s a breezy, infectious pop delight with a range of influences that hint of bossa nova, folk, and electropop.

Dana Falconberry – Leelanau

I had heard of Dana from the Echotone music documentary, but I didn’t check out her songs until her album release show a couple of months ago. You could say I had a “what took me so long to pay attention?” moment, but needless to say, I was enchanted by the eloquent, emotive songs filled with the nature inspired sounds of her home state, Michigan. Just close your eyes, listen carefully, and you can imagine yourself transported to the woods and lakes of her childhood.

The Eastern Sea – Plague

The Eastern sea is a name that I first heard a couple of years ago, but I didn’t follow through on checking out their tunes. Thank goodness for second chances! Despite the foreboding album title, the songs on Plague also convey a sense of joy, hope, and overcoming the odds despite what might be against you. A triumphant, gorgeous record worth repeated listens.

Good Field – Good Field

I first heard their self titled debut album about seven months ago, and I’m still completely head over heels for it. The LP is full of undeniable guitar pop hooks that get into your head and never leave. I highly recommend seeing them play live so you can also witness just how great they are as musicians. A new album is in the works and more touring, so keep your eyes and ears open in 2013 for this band. I promise you that they measure up to all my fangirl gushing.

She Sir – You Could Be Tiger/Condensedindents

Their next album, Go Guitars, is slated for a 2013 release. To appease the appetite of fans, the band made two new songs available for download and/or streaming. I can’t get enough of their lush, shimmery sound that floats and swirls in a melodic haze.

The Calm Blue Sea – Arrivals And Departures

This is the year I finally enjoyed a (mostly) instrumental rock album. This is a surprising revelation for a (mostly) power pop, hook loving music fan. Maybe that’s why I love this album, it blew my own expectations away. At one moment you can close your eyes and drift away and at another moment, you can’t resist pulling out some air guitar and/or drumming. This music isn’t just for bedroom listening. Their album release show this fall was one of the shows you brag to your friends about how you were there. I also highly recommend checking out their video performance series, Aberrations And Departures, which was shot at various Austin locations ranging from a neighborhood bar, a vintage store, and a playground. Each setting seamlessly fits into the personality of the songs.

The Couch – The Couch

Early this year, I saw The Couch perform as part of The Good Music Club, and I finally became a Couch convert. They have the advantage of having two talented songwriters and lead singers (I’m such a sucker for great dual male/female vocals), and a solid, top notch rhythm section. It’s a fun, sweaty rock and roll with a melodic, pop heart beating underneath.

Bobby Jealousy- A Little Death

Their debut album is a delicious mix of rock, pop, glam, soul, and punk. The band is a great combination of solid songwriting and infectious, engaging live performances. There have been lineup changes since the album’s release, but that is not slowing the band down from starting work on the next release. I’m excited to hear more from tthem.

The Zoltars – Should I Try Once More?

This album was instantly in the running to be a year end favorite. I became a fan of their less is more, stripped back sound and songwriting. The winning factor is that they’re able to make it catchy, infectious, and worthy of repeated listens. They make the sad songs feels so good.  A 7″ EP is slated for release in January or February, and a new album is set for a summer 2013 release.

Leatherbag – Ditto Time

In 2012, they re-branded themselves briefly as No Future before calling it a day. This past spring, this trio released Ditto Time, which hinted at the band’s change in direction described as “flag wave.” I’m still not quite sure what that is but at the end of the day, the results were killer, no BS songwriting from Randy Reynolds and a badass rhythm section of Daniel Blanchard and Drew Emmons. They were a live favorite that I never tired of seeing. I’m really going to miss this band – good tunes from good people.

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