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Show Of The Week

May 10, 2017

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Here’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now – The Octopus Project’s Memory Mirror gigs!  There are three happening on Friday (7pm, 9pm, 11pm) at the Bob Bullock Museum, and they all promise to utilize “multi-sensory special-effects and experimental digital, electronic and instrumental sounds in 9-channel surround sound with immersive multi-screen visuals, rumble seats, indoor weather effects and much more.”  Oh boy.  It’s going to be rad.  Don’t miss it.

Tix are $18.  By the way, there are only tickets available for the 11pm show, so don’t wait to jump in.  Also, full disclosure, this one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown.

PS – My longtime favorites Mono are playing Barracuda this Sunday.  I know that’s both the end of the weekend and Mother’s Day, but they’re always awesome.  Come hang.  Tix are $15.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- The XX, Sampha at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Sondre Lerche at Antone’s
- Girl in a Coma at 3ten ACL Live
- Borzoi, Leche, Unknown Relatives, Talkies, Popper Burns at Beerland
- Mitski, Helado Negro, Jesika at the Mohawk
- Grivo, Wildfires, Record Lows at the Mohawk

Thursday:
- The XX, Sampha at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- The Besnard Lakes, The Life and Times at Barracuda
- Tres Oui, Roaring Sun at Beerland
- Big Bill, Pollen Rx, Mean Jolene, Leather Girls, Go Fever at Hotel Vegas
- Carry Illinois, Star Parks, Lex Land at the Mohawk
- Borrisokane, Shmu, Ramesh, Young Tongue, Honey Son at Cheer Up Charlies
- Tycho, Khruangbin at Stubb’s
- Chevelle, Aeges, Silver Snakes at Emo’s
- Night Drive, Yes Ma’am Brass Band at Mueller Lake Park

Saturday:
- Tamarron, Lochness Mobsters, The Sun Machine, Soaked at Hotel Vegas
- Molly Burch, Julian Neel, June West at The Sidewinder
- Eagle Claw, Amplified Heat, Ladykiller, Salo at The Swan Dive
- Soda Lilies, Birthday Club, Critical Dad, Stretch Panic at The Electric Church
- Brian Wilson (playing Pet Sounds) with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Index Fest with Local Natives, Frenship, Grizfolk, Calliope Musicals, DJ Mark Markus at the Austin American Statesman
- Weird City Festival with Sweet Summer featuring Cupcake, Magna Carda, LNS Crew, Scuare, Space Camp Death Squad with Bird Peterson, K-Rino, Killa Kyleon, Wallaby and Bobbes, Black DaVinci, Worldwide, Bamsworth Belli, T.Y.E. at the Mohawk

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 17, 2016

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On Saturday you should head to Spider House for their 20th Anniversary Party.  Not only is the event FREE, but there will be a giant water slide and a Tito’s Vodka dunk tank!  Also – and this is the best part – there’s a pretty rad bill that consists of The Octopus Project, Mobley, Ringo Deathstarr, Foot Patrol, The Peach Kings, Dead Music Capital Marching Band, Shivery Shakes, MCG, Wonderbitch, The Rotten Mangos, Orthy, Pleasers, Rose Selavy, Magic Rockers of Texas, Loteria, NGHT HCKLRS and Teevee.  Whew.  That’s a hell of a lineup.  Also, I mentioned it’s a FREE event, yeah?  Doors are at 2:3pm.  Be there.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

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:
- John Wesley Coleman, Ballantynes, Plantation Band at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Night Beats, Deep Time, Tamarraon at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Super Thief, Boss Eye, New China at Beerland
- Promised Land Sound, My Golden Calf, Reservations at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Mindz of a Different Kind, DJ Notion at Flamingo Cantina
- Big Bill, Mannequin, Pataphysics at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Hard Proof, Roxy Roca, Mama K and the Shades at the Parish
- Western Youth, Daniel Markham, Randy Reynolds at Lamberts

Saturday:
- Deep Time, Pema, Foreign Mothers, Hola Beach, Soaked, Lantic at Cheer Up Charlies
- Moving Panoramas, Roses, Outsider at Hotel Vegas
- Pennyfest with Riverboat Gamblers, Quiet Company, Ume, Sharks in the Deep End, Darkbird, Otis the Destroyer, Good Field, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, The Dirty Heat, Ghostbunny, Jack Ferrara, Scott Collins, Edison Chair at Empire Control Room
- Lemuria, Looming at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem at Flamingo Cantina
- Sometimes a Legend, The Sour Notes, Lola Tried, Bantam Foxes at The Swan Dive

Sunday:
- Alice Cooper at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Show Of The Week

July 22, 2015

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FREE.  Oh yes, experimental rockers The Octopus Project and the afrobeat-leaning Golden Dawn Arkestra are playing Music Under The Star for FREE this Friday at the Bob Bullock Museum.  If you don’t know, the event is in celebration of Texas Music and 10 years of Fun Fun Fun Fest.  I also mentioned it’s free, yeah?  No reason to not go.

For fun, here are some other local gigs worth attending this week.

Tonight: A Giant Dog, Blind Pets, Street Dads at Hotel Vegas
Tonight: Tele Novella, Big Bill, Tucker Perry, DJ Cloak and Dagger at Beerland
Thursday: Feverbones, Dead Recipe, III Bones at the Mohawk
Thursday: Magna Carda, Lowin, AMA, Satalights at Holy Mountain
Friday: The Rich Hands, Grape St., GLOVES, The Bolos, The Oblios at Hotel Vegas
Saturday: Alien Summer with Holiday Mountain, Roger Sellers, Corduroi, CAPYAC, Tapes, Silk Rodeo, Cyma at the Mohawk

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The Octopus Project

November 8, 2012

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While I’ve seen The Octopus Project quite a few times, I do wish I had been able to catch some of their set at Fun Fun Fun Fest.  They always put on a fun show.  Oh well.  In any case, the band has a new EP titled Whitby, which was just released this week via Peek-A-Boo Records.  You can check out the title track (and check out the video for it) below.  Enjoy.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:  This act has always been good at delivering something catchy, but I think this is the first time they’ve done it in a way that doesn’t have to be described as odd.  More of this could could be neat.

Bonus Video:

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