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Show Of The Week

January 17, 2018

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I know that getting out for a show in icy Austin seems ludicrous right now, but the weather is actually supposed to be much more tolerable by tomorrow.  So, I believe that means you have no excuse to not go to Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow night for a rad local affair that features My Golden Calf, Royal Forest, Linen Closet and Jana Horn.  Have fun!

BONUS Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Aimee Mann, Jonathan Coulton at the Paramount Theater

Friday:
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Night Beats at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Hiss Golden Messenger at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- The Dream Syndicate, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) at 3ten ACL Live
- Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sun Seeker at Barracuda
- The Crystal Method at Empire Control Room
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Otis Wilkins, Sun June at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Scott H. Biram at the Continental Club
- Brockhampton at Emo’s

Sunday:
- Pinback, Major Entertainer at the Mohawk
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Monday:
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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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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Linen Closet, Andrew Keoghan (Jennifer)

September 5, 2012

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One of  the most satisfying shows I saw this summer was from the Austin musical collaborative known as Linen Closet.  Before attending this show, my first introduction to the band was through a session they recorded for the blog STUCK.  Last month I attended a free show that they played at Central Presbyterian Church. For this performance, they had an expanded group of players (extra percussion, string section), which filled the space with its lush, emotive Wall of Sound-infused chamber folk/pop. It was a truly beautiful performance, and I think audience members left filled with a sense of calm and joy.

No new shows are listed at this time, but you can currently find their Bright Wing EP on Bandcamp.

One of the most anticipated releases for me this year has been The Sparrow by Lawrence Arabia. I’ve been an avid fan since 2010, so I was really looking forward to his latest record. Following updates connected to the release of The Sparrow, I noticed that one of the newest members of the Lawrence Arabia band, Andrew Keoghan, has his own budding solo career. This New Zealand-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his debut album, Arctic Tales Divide, in early 2011. I’m not sure if the album has U.S. distribution, but it is available to download from his website and Bandcamp. I was instantly won over by the inventive mix of clear, emotive vocals and layers of melodies that are created by looping both his vocals, electric guitar, and violin. It won’t take you long to discover the charms of his mix of classical, folk, pop, and electronic influences.

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