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Show Of The Week

July 5, 2017

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I almost didn’t do a SOTW post today because the listings are so light, but then I remembered that there’s a rad all-local bill with Lola Tried, Mean Jolene and Talkies set for Lambert’s this Friday.  That’s a great space for those three acts, and I imagine it won’t take long for the show to turn into a sweaty good time.  Don’t miss it!

Tix are $7.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Diana Ross: In The Name of Love Tour at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- Night Drive at Waterloo Records

Saturday:
- Big Bill, Hikes, SMILE and more at The Swan Dive
- Phantogram at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Moving Panoramas, Krista Van Liew, Landing, All in the Golden Afternoon, Queue Queue at Cheer Up Charlies

Sunday:
- KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series with The Damn Torpedoes, Think Lizzy at Ernie’s on the Lake

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Show Of The Week

March 8, 2017

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SXSW is here!  I don’t usually do any sort of party talk here at SOTO, but I have a bash this Sunday and I want you to be there!  Once again it’s Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, and it’s happening at Hotel Vegas and Volstead.  Last year we had a pretty healthy lineup, but for 2017 we wrangled in a whopping 30 bands (29 from Austin, 1 from France).  It’s FREE and there’s no RSVP required.  Come at 2pm, stay to 2am.  Down below you’ll find the lineup and music for each band!  Enjoy.

PS – No bonus recommendations today.  Also, just so you know, the site will largely be in hibernation mode all next week. Film reviews will still be a go, but don’t expect much else otherwise until the festival is a wrap.

The Midnight Stroll

Weird Omen

The Digital Wild

Black Books

Hard Proof

John Wesley Coleman III

The Dizzease

Basketball Shorts

Upper Deck Pets

Growl

Tamarron

The Halfways

TRÉS OUI

A. Sinclair

Roaring Sun

The Lovely Sparrows

Pollen Rx

Mean Jolene

Grivo

Darkbird

Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs

Lola Tried

She Sir

Skin Drips

Jana Horn

Caroline Says

Julia Lucille

AMA

Mélat


Quin and Annecy – These two don’t have any music online yet, but you can check out some of Quin’s solo work here.

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Show Of The Week

November 2, 2016

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Let’s be real, if you’re a frequent visitor here at SOTO, then your weekend will surely be filled with Sound on Sound Fest.  Created by the folks who once did Fun Fun Fun, the fest is taking place on the Sherwood Forest Faire grounds and has a lineup that features Explosions In The Sky, Run The Jewels, Purity Ring, White Lung, Beach House, Cursive, Diet Cig and tons of other bands that have been frequently shared on this blog.  Neat.  Eat it up.

If, however, you’re thinking you won’t be diving into the fest, then at least hit up these smaller gigs.

1) Mean Jolene’s Record Release Party on Thursday at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Summer Salt, Haybaby, The Bond Twins and TalkiesGo get yourself a copy of Mean Jolene’s debut album, Salty!  It’s a good one.

2) Jess Williams’ Record Release Show on Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Cross Record and Julian Neel.  Go pickup a copy of Jess’ new album, Heart Song.  I haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but I bet it’s good.

3) Birthday Club’s Album Release Party on Saturday Friday at Swan Dive with Lowin, Good Talk and Big Coat.  Go snatch up a copy of Birthday Club’s new EP, Lighten Up!  It’s good.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

*Listings in italics are Sound on Sound Fest “Late Knight” shows.  Those are FREE with a festival wristband!

Tonight:
- Audacity, Pleasers, Nike, Cheap Fur, Secret Bad Boys at Hotel Vegas
- Jacuzzi Boys at The Sidewinder
- Star Parks, Hospital Ships, Wildfires, Emily Beanblossom at Cheer Up Charlies
- Death From Above 1979, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deap Valley at Stubb’s

Thursday:
- Guided By Voices, Diet Cig at the Mohawk
- Residual Kid, Slow at the Mohawk
- Shannon and the Clams, Que Pasa? at Barracuda
- White Fang, No Parents, Birth Defects at Barracuda
- American Sharks, War on Women, Body Pressure, Los Viejos at Beerland
- Cursive, Creepoid, Jess Williamson, Chippr Jones, Pop Unknown at The Sidewinder
- Empress Of, Hunny, Black Books at Empire Control Room
- Otis The Destroyer, Sounds Del Mar, The Head at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Special guest, LVL Up, Brandon Can’t Dance at the Mohawk
- Purling Hiss, Dan Doyle, Beth Israel, Jared Leibowich at Hotel Vegas
- Peelander-Z, Woozyhelmet, Sho H at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Birthday Club, Lowin, Big Coat, Good Talk at The Swan Dive
- Jamestown Revival, Jonny Fritz at Emo’s
- Adele at the Erwin Center

Saturday:
- Special guest, Special guest, The Gotobeds at the Mohawk
- The Rotten Mangos, The Stacks, Roar Shack, Picnic Lightning at The Swan Dive
- Garret Klahn (of Texas Is The Reason), Mountain Time (Chris Simpson of Mineral) at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Adele at the Erwin Center

Sunday:
- Special guest, Lochness Mobsters at the Mohawk
- Gossamer Frontier, Ruby Fray at Hotel Vegas
- Sia, AlunaGeorge at the Erwin Center

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 24, 2016

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My good buddy Nathan (from Austin Town Hall) and me via my radio show, 101X Homegrown, have a rad gig happening this Saturday at Barracuda.  It’s a total Back To School Bash with a loaded bill that features Shivery Shakes, Basketball Shorts (creators of one of my fav albums this year – Hot And Ready), Summer Salt, Young Girls, Mean Jolene, Rose Selavy and Plantation Band.  What a lineup!  And the best part is that it’ll only cost you $5.  That’s right, for $5 you’ll get to see seven of my favorite bands out of Austin (and Houston).  You’d be super silly to miss it.

By the way, if $5 is just way too pricey for you, then shoot me a note HERE with the subject TUITION IS EXPENSIVE AND I’M BROKE.  On the day of the show I’ll randomly draw someone for a pair of guest list spots.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

PS – If you’re inclined to see me twice this week, I’ll be at the Oasis on Friday for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ.  It’s FREE and you’ll get to see A. Sinclair, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves and PT Banks.

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- Plantation Band, Gossamer Frontier, Lord Buffalo, Bennet and Jodi at Hotel Vegas
- Al Lover, Botany, Teevee, Dark Palaces, DJ Boozwa at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Common Velvet, Jinx and the Hammer, Summertime Fun Band at Hotel Vegas
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Pleasers, Jean, Teenage Cavegirl, The Two Lips at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- John Wesley Coleman III at Oskar Blues Brewery
- San Saba County, Henry Benjamin, The John Pauls at Lamberts
- Major Grizz, Birthday Club, Big Coat, Slomo Drags at the Mohawk
- A/B (formerly Chipper Jones), Grivo, Dry Spell, Sidechick at The Sidewinder
- Ex-Legionnaires, Xetas, Casual Burn, Oozer at The Sidewinder
- A Giant Dog, The Zoltars, Honey Bucket at Hotel Vegas
- The Boxing Lesson, Paceshifters, Residual Kid, Wildcat Apollo at Empire Control Room
- Megafauna, Muchos Backflips, Noooooooo!, Guy Town at the Hole in the Wall
- The Used at Emo’s

Saturday:
- Early Brunch with Spray Paint at Hotel Vegas
- Kay Odyssey, Pataphysics, She Sir, The Dizzease at The Swan Dive
- The Used at Emo’s
- Z-Trip, Chorizo Funk at the Belmont
- Scott Biram, Alien Knife Fight, Ghostwriter at Grizzly Hall
- Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men at Austin360 Amphitheater

Sunday:
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Show Of The Week

January 13, 2016

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Barracuda is the place to be this week, as all of its show are FREE!  If you only have the energy to get out for one night though, then my recommendation is that you head to the recently opened club on Saturday for The Zoltars, Party Girl, Basketball Shorts and Mean Jolene.  All four bands have super catchy tunes and each act is just noisy enough to keep you moving so that you don’t get cold.  Now get out there and have some fun.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Think No Think, Sweat Lodge, Hard Dads, Magic Rockers of Texas at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Tanlines at the Mohawk
- Emily Wolfe, Zac Kellog at Stubb’s
- Total Abuse, Xetas, Skeleton at Barracuda
- Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival at ACL Live

Friday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Annabelle Chairlegs, Hollow Trees at Barracuda

Saturday:
- Booher, The Villas, Gloves Intl., Young Girls at Hotel Vegas
- Ruby Fray, The Sour Notes, Que Pasa? at the Mohawk
- Armstrong Leigh, Blue Healer at Lamberts
- The Return of Weird City with Hermit Kingdom, Crew54, Ben Buck BeatBox vs. McNasty Tie Dye, LNS Crew, Chief and The Doomsday Device, Magna Carda, KB the Boo Bonic, Scuare, Protextor/P-Tek, Anya, Brain (of SubKulture Patriots), No1mportant, Underdogz (Phraynkh P – Frank P. x Mainstreem), Feral the Earthworm, Big Mic Pereida, C.I.G, Sertified, Dat Boy Supa, Ruler Why, Clemits, Jae Jax Da Menace, Retr0gRaDe (Retr05pect + RuDi Devino), OT23, LaJIT, Tone Royal, Keith Corona, Nate, Space Camp Death Squad, DJ Recspect, Marcelandrie, DJ Burnzy at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

Sunday:
- The Able Sea, Cross Record, Future Museums at the Salvage Vanguard Theater

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