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Show Of The Week

July 27, 2016


On Friday come join me at Hotel Vegas.  I’ll be there operating as 101X Homegrown (that’s one of my radio shows) in support of Kay Odyssey and the tour kickoff show that they have lined up for the evening.  I’ve been looking forward to it for a month, as it has a super diverse local lineup – Hidden Ritual, The Sour Notes, The Dizzease, The Stacks, Microwave Miracles – and it’s just $5.  That’s less than a buck a band, man.  See you there.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Ghetto Ghouls, Perspective A Lovely Hand to Hold, Critical Dad, 86 Vigilance at Cheer Up Charlies
- Cantalouper, Bloody Knives, Rose Selavy, Daymares at Beerland

- Lochness Mobsters, The Be Helds, Ex-Legionnaires, Teevee at Hotel Vegas
- The Donkeys, Booher, Dollie Barnes at The Sidewinder
- Super Thief, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Tunic, Space Battle, Pink Collar at Beerland

- Marissa Nadler, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Muscle and Marrow at The Sidewinder

- Night Drive, Keeper, Missions, Shmu, DJ Lizzbeth at Cheer Up Charlies
- Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, Harvest Thieves, Ruby and The Reckless at Lamberts
- The Eastern Sea, Lovely Sparrows at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- The Halfways, Tamarron, The Similar Prisoners, Palm Daze at the Mohawk
- Chasca, Mrs. Glass, Eagle Claw, Tia Carrera, Duel at The Blackheart

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Show Of The Week

September 2, 2015


Because it’s a holiday weekend there’s a good chance that things will be a bit chaotic downtown.  If that doesn’t sound particularly inviting to you, then here’s a great alternative plan – head to ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) on Saturday to see the trash poet himself John Wesley Coleman III, SOTO-favs The Sour Notes and the buzzy indie pop act Rose Selavy.  It’s FREE, and there’s quality food and beer to be had (this part isn’t free, but you’ll be fine).  Have a blast.

If you’re down for whatever this weekend, here are some other shows worth catching.

- Miracles of Modern Science, Blue Healer, Slomo Drags at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

- A Giant Dog, Drakulas, Borzoi at The Sidewinder
- The Eastern Sea, The Loblolly Boy, DJ Jake Brice at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Quiet Company, A. Sinclair, Demitasse at Holy Mountain
- Dark Rooms, The Clouds Are Ghosts, Neosho at the Mohawk
The Rich Hands, Lochness Mobsters, Loteria, Mad Maude & The Hatters, The Bolos at Hotel Vegas

- Quiet Company, Otis The Destroyer, Suburban Slang at Holy Mountain
- Purity Ring at the Austin Music Hall

- Ex Cult, Dikes of Holland, Ghetto Ghouls, Ladywolf at Hotel Vegas
- The Donkeys, The Happen-Ins, Buxton at Holy Mountain
- The Early Stages, Austi, Mitch Frazier and the Radiation at the Sahara Lounge

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Show Of The Week

June 24, 2015


Hey!  In place of the recently blog-departed Jennifer Leduc, I’m going to start recommending a show every week.  Sometimes they’ll be local, sometimes they won’t.  Either way, it’ll be something I think you should be attending.  Enjoy.

If you’re going to get out this weekend, my recommendation is to head to the Blackheart on Saturday, as there’s four interesting things going down there.  The Midgemen are celebrating the release of their new album, Hobbytown, The Sour Notes are returning from a summer tour, it’s the live debut of Suburban Slang (Ram Vela, formerly of Whitman), and Lowin will be closing out their month-long residency.  Also, and this part is key, it’s a FREE show.  If you ask me, it’s hard to beat four bands on one bill who each have an occasion to go all out for.  Be there.

Inside Stage:
12:00 – Lowin
10:40 – The Sour Notes
9:20 – Super Thief
8:00 – Les Zombies

Outside Stage:
11:20 – The Midgetmen
10:00 – Que Pasa?
8:40 – Suburban Slang

:The Midgetmen – King Kong:
:The Midgetmen – Titus Mollard:
:The Sour Notes – Do What May:
:The Sour Notes – Two Hands Wait:
:Lowin – Heave Ho:
:Lowin – Best Laid Plans:

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The Sour Notes, Major Major Major (Jennifer)

June 3, 2015


Thursday is the new Friday. Or at least sometimes it seems that way when it comes to local shows worth checking out. You don’t have to wait for Friday or Saturday to get your live music fix! Below are a couple of my Austin faves that I haven’t seen awhile who are both playing this Thursday.

The Sour Notes are heading out on their 10th tour across the Northeast and into Canada. Come out to Cheer Up Charlies for their tour kickoff party; they will joined by LöwinOther LoversDeep Cuts & Dollie Barnes. The Sour Notes are always a good bet – catchy psych pop tunes, an engaging live performance, and a solid work ethic. While this Thursday’s show is FREE – this is a tour kickoff so if you can, show some support and buy band merch to happily send them on their way.

Another fab show is at Lambert’s. Major Major Major will be displaying their brand of raucous garage rock meets indie pop. As a two piece outfit, their sound is unexpectedly full, layered, and energetic. Plenty of infectious hooks that are slightly frayed and rough around the edges. They’ve released an EP and two singles so far, and their debut LP is expected out this year.

You can’t go wrong with either show. Both are excellent choices to support local music.

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Stream This

September 28, 2012


The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.


Ultraista – Self Titled
Sun Airway – Soft Fall
Tilly And The Wall – Heavy Mood
We Need Surgery – Self Titled
Why? – Mumps, etc
Lavender Diamond – Incorruptible Heart
Death Songs – Sung Inside A House
Maserati – Maserati VII
Hundred Waters – Self Titled
Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve
Levek – Look A Little Closer
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path
Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth


Don’t forget that Balmorhea is playing at the Mohawk tonight.  Their latest album is titled Stranger.

The Dum Dum Girls just released the End Of Daze EP.

Crystal Castles just announced that they’ll be released a new album titled (III) on November 6 via Casablanca, Fiction, Universal Republic.

Why? is playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, and they will release Mumps, etc on October 9 via Anticon.

Lee Fields And The Expressions are set to play ACL (and at Stubb’s with Alabama Shakes) later this month.  Faithful Man is currently available.

May pals The Sour Notes just put out this tour documentary.  Watch it!

The Sweet Serenades put out their latest album, Help Me, a couple of weeks back.

Skye, who normally sings in Morcheeba, is returning with a new album.  It’s titled Back To Now and is due out October 29 via PIAS.

Joan Of Arc are set to release a new self titled album on November 27 through Joyful Noise.

Ask Me This, which Alcoholic Faith Missions’s latest album, is available now through Old Flame Recordings.

This Miike Snow video is for a song off of the currently available Happy To You.

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Sound Samples: The Sour Notes

September 4, 2012


Sound Samples is a SOTO feature meant to provide some insight on what inspired and/or influenced an artist’s latest release.  Today’s entry comes from The Sour Notes (with words from frontman Jared Paul Boulanger).  The band’s latest full length, Last Looks, has been available for about a year, but just recently it was remastered and released on vinyl.  This Thursday you can see them play for free inside Stubb’s after Yeasayer is done on the outside stage.  More information on The Sour Notes can be found here.

Last Looks is the fourth full length and sixth overall release by my band, The Sour Notes.  I spent a number of years being part of a group in Houston, but after the project dissolved I decided it was time to give it a shot on my own.  So, I quit my ad agency job and moved to Austin, where I found myself slinging popcorn at the Dobie Theater.  From there I met some good folks, then started a band.

Much of Last Looks developed and took form as a dedicated group. This let us knock it out quickly. Recorded between a summer and winter tour, a Kickstarter allowed us to release it immediately (rushed, foolishly without any promotion). It was a very exciting period for us.  When we were putting the album together we had just gotten into SXSW, CMJ and others for the first time, and we felt an urgency to maintain that energy – a strain that eventually turned on us, pulling us apart. By the time we finished it up, the last three songs to be recorded were done by just the drummer (Taylor) and I.

In that bittersweet stretch, I found myself listening to Last Looks frequently. It’s a bit of a hodge podge, but in general I feel drawn to the songs because they’re poppy, yet epic and they have an element of quirkiness that haunts you long after all is said and done.  The album also falls in line with something that I think is really important, which is that each of our releases should be different in some way.  Because, as David Byrne has noted, “Say something once, why say it again?”  On Last Looks the difference comes from us choosing to cut synths in favor of loads of string and horn arrangements (courtesy of Maurice Chammah and Matt Puckett of Mother Falcon). It made the album much louder and more aggressive, but it’s still poppier than anything else we’ve ever done.  I like that.

Here are some songs that will you give you an idea of where our heads were during the crafting of Last Looks.  Thanks!

:The Veils – Calliope!:
:Wire – Mannequin:
:Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity:
:Broadcast – Poem Of Dead Song:
:Radiohead – There, There:
:John Cale – Paris 1919:
:Chisel – Do Go On:
:The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – Single Edit:
:Built To Spill – Stop The Show:
:Jawbreaker – Million:
:Spiritualized – Come Together:
:Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World:
:Joan Of Arc – (I’m 5 Senses) None Of Them Common:
:David Bowie – Soul Love:
:The Idle Race – Days Of The Broken Arrows:

Want to have a copy of Last Looks on colored vinyl for yourself?  Then either shoot an email here or leave a comment.  We’ll pick a winner at the end of the week!

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