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Show Of The Week

May 18, 2016


Do yourself a favor and head to 3TEN, the slick new spot underneath ACL Live, on Friday for Cross Record.  The duo’s sophomore effort, Wabi Sabi, is one of the year’s best albums, and now that they’ve had a few months to tour with it, I’m excited to see how those songs have developed live.  Also, SOTO favs Tele Novella are opening!  Be there.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Spray Paint, Total Abuse, Dope Dungeon at the Mohawk
- Night Moves, Alex Napping at The Sidewinder
- Leon Bridges, Solo Woods at Stubb’s

- The Ghost Wolves, The Harms, Tusk Her at Empire Control Room
- Leon Bridges, Solo Woods at Stubb’s
- Florence & the Machine, Grimes at Austin360 Amphitheater

- Hard Proof, The Que Pastas at Mueller
- Ought, Priests, US Weekly at The Sidewinder
- Big Coat at The Sidewinder
- We Are Scientists, The Sour Notes at Barracuda
- Soak at The North Door
- A Celebration of Music by Bjork with Botany, Illustrations, Black Books, Hard Proof, Little Brave, Young Tongue, Francine Thirteen, Obsolete Machines, Sparrow, Tambourine Dream at Cheer Up Charlies
- Mother Falcon, Sometimes a Legend at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Black Pistol Fire, Not In The Face, Emily Wolfe at Emo’s

- Modern English at Elysium
- Flesh Lights, Growl, Summer Salt, Femignome at Cheer Up Charlies
- Eagles of Death Metal, Thelma and the Sleaze, Paul Cauthen at Stubb’s
- Orthy, Big Coat, Shareef, Learning Secrets, Flying Turns, Business Man at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Star Parks, Alabama Deathwalk, El Campo at Stay Gold

- Holy Wave, Laser Background, Children of Pop, Michael Parallax at Cheer Up Charlies
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Ghetto Ghouls, Dryspell, Grivo, Smith+Robot, Smile, Bango Skank, Eerily Similar Beings, Schilling, Cumwave, Mamalarky at the Hole in the Wall

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Show Of The Week

September 30, 2015


ACL takes over Austin this weekend, and I totally get it if that’s where all of your attention is set to go.  However, I don’t think it would hurt if you took a moment to look ahead to Fun Fun Fun, and that’s why I’m highly recommending that you attend the fest’s Rock & Bowl Club House at Austin Saengerrunde this Friday.  Three SOTO favs are playing – Shannon And The Clams, Cool Ghouls, Tele Novella – and there will be free bowling, vintage arcade games, chill zones, give aways and a lots more.  Sounds like a blast to me.  $10 to get in.  Grab tix here.

Here are some other shows I’d consider attending …

- Wilco, William Tyler at Stubb’s
- Teen Daze, Heavenly Beat at Stubb’s

- The Mynabirds, Bad Hats, Moving Panoramas at the Mohawk
- Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band at Emo’s
- Leopold And His Fiction, In The Whale at Stubb’s

- A Giant Dog, Slim Twig, Milezo at The Sidewinder
- Helmet at the Mohawk
- TV On The Radio, Boots at Emo’s
- Leon Bridges at the Parish

- Golden Dawn Arkestra, Think No Think, CAPYAC, Wonderbitch, Brendan Bond, GoodFieldHotelApperations, The Blind Owls, DJ Chiquita Bombita at the Mohawk
- The Decemberists, Olivia Chaney at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Royal Blood, Bass Drum of Death at Emo’s
- Ditch The Fest Fest with Hikes, Sip Sip, Chipper Jones, Click Clack, Mobley, Dezorah, Sometimes a Legend, The Human Circuit, Hovvdy, Comforter, Artificial Earth Machine, Hooky, Good Talk, Tamarron, Rikroshi, Food Group, Cactopus, Patch, The Love Sprockets, Mean Girls, Trouble in the Streets, Caterwaulrus, Alaska, Dreamboat at Empire Control Room

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 24, 2014


It’s taken me a couple of weeks, but I’ve finally manged to get my 2014 Austin Essentials list all perfectly hammered out  And by perfectly hammered out, I mean “I’m pretty sure I got 91% of it right.”  Anyways, it’s 60 or so bands long and it’s divided into three volumes (part two is tomorrow, part three is on Wednesday).  In case you’re wondering, my only real “guideline” for the list was that the artist must have put out something new (no re-releases, man) in 2014.  So, get to sampling!  I hope you find some new local stuff to love.  Enjoy.

PS – For the sake of not making the list even longer, I left out super familiar names like Spoon, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Black Angels, Shakey Graves, Balmorhea, Ume, Quiet Company and I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.

:Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us:  Throughout 2014 Major Major Major have been increasingly impressive.  Their shows are a blast, and then there’s also the way the duo can’t seem to write anything that isn’t infectious.  Look out for their debut full length next year.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:  I really love Abram Shook’s Sun Marquee.  The album is one of those pop efforts that’s both wonderfully crafted and super accessible.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise:  Tele Novella spent much of the year further establishing themselves (singles, videos, lots of shows), and I think 2015 is now set to be a big one for them.  Jump on the bandwagon now.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:  The Dead Space’s Faker is probably my favorite Austin album of 2014.  It’s a fantastic collection of post-punk tracks.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Magna Carda – Every Weekend (Featuring Olivia Applegate):  Magna Carda are no longer just one of the best hip hop acts in Austin, they’re one of the city’s best overall acts.  Here soon they’re releasing an album, and I can’t wait to check it out.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Dana Falconberry and Jim Eno (from Spoon) crafted this song together for a Record Store Day release.  I want a lot more of the same.  Please.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Borrisokane – God Doesn’t Want Us (Major Major Major Cover):  Borrisokane’s Versus Project (a box set that features them and a variety of guests doing covers and original tunes) is probably the most ambitious thing that popped out of Austin in 2014.  Check it out if you haven’t.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  Neon is the name of Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ latest (and maybe final?) album.  You should pick it up just so that you can own a physical copy of this absolutely stellar song.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Summer Salt – Sweet To Me:  Phil and Eugene (from the now defunct Yum) are two-thirds of Summer Salt, a retro pop act with a knack for providing rather hooky, breezy tracks.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Otis The Destroyer – You’re The Wealth:  The Couch are no more, but that’s OK because some of its former members started the equally loud and glorious Otis The Destroyer.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Equals – Glistener:  If you’re a fan of instrumental rock, then Equals’ Tracts is an album that you need to seek out.  I’ve been jamming it for most of the year.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:BLXPLTN – Start Fires:  With music that’s all at once danceable, mosh-worthy and inspired,  BLXPLTN are an Austin band that has dominated in 2014.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Future Death – Basements:  Future Death play like maybe there really won’t be a tomorrow, and I like that.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Genuine Leather – The Enemy:  For those of you that love clever pop tunes, there’s the Genuine Leather album Losers.  Snatch it up.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Phil Ajjarapu – Sing Along Until You Feel Better:  SOTO’s own Jennifer made sure I included Phil Ajjarapu on the list, and it’s not hard to see why – the guy has some really good pop songs in his repertoire.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Lowin – Heave Ho:  Sara Houser’s soaring voice is now front and center in her own band (and no longer as part of The Couch), and the results so far have been pretty great.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:SHMU – She’s Leaving:  Sam Chown, who is also one half of Zorch, is the man behind SHMU.  Give the guy a listen if you like experimental electronic pop.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Pompeii – Blueprint:  After a solid five years or so, Pompeii finally rallied up a new album.  Loom, if you ask me, is fantastic and totally ended up being worth the wait.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Growl – Jackie:  I don’t remember many local music convos this year where someone didn’t excitedly bring up Growl.  This song is from a compilation, but you should also spend some time with the band’s EP, No Years, that was put out back in January.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Crooked Bangs – Ce Type:  This year Crooked Bangs put out this attitude-laced gem (it’s from a split with Houston’s Secret Prostitutes) and played Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Solid.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Black Books, Tele Novella (Jennifer)

July 23, 2014


This Saturday Black Books will headline an evening at the Mohawk that includes some of my current favorites like Little Radar, Wiretree, Modern Medicine and Supermoon. This is the first headlining show on the Mohawk’s outside stage for Black Books.  Be sure to show up to hear some of their new tunes!

The sounds on the lineup vary from the dreamy pop/rock of Black Books to the various shades of psych infused indie rock from Little Radar, Modern Medicine, Young Tongue, and Isaiah the Mosaic, there’s power pop from Wiretree and Supermoon (previously Paul Banks and The Carousels), and alt-folk from songwriter Brandy Zdan.

You can’t argue with an $8 cover when it gets you seven bands.

Another worthy show taking place this Saturday is the Tele Novella-thon – a tour fundraiser for Tele Novella – at The ABGB. The main priority is to raise money for a van so that the band can reach all of their upcoming tour dates, but they’re also hoping there’s some left over to put towards recording an album. Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the door.

The ABGB will be featuring a special “Tele Novella” beer, and the lineup includes several great local bands – Slugbug, Daniel Francis Doyle and The Dreams, a Bo Bud Greene reunion, The Black and Borrisokane.

PS – If you can’t attend their show this weekend, you can help out on the Indiegogo fundraiser page. With 10 days to go, they’re currently at their halfway goal.

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Stream This

April 25, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Wye Oak – Shriek
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust
The Pixies – Indie Cindy
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
Olga Bell – Krai
Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger
Nat Baldwin – In The Hollows
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
Survival Knife – Loose Power
Pigeon John – Encino Man
Pony Bones – Pony Bones II
Elephant – Sky Swimming
Modern Rivals – Cemetery Dares
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun


Dum Dum Girls

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Tele Novella, The Sour Notes, Vagina: The Zine (Jennifer)

April 23, 2014


Perhaps you overindulged last weekend during Record Store Day but you’re still looking for some local live musical action? Fear not. Tonight you can head over to Stubb’s (inside stage) to see two of Austin’s finest indie pop bands – Tele Novella and The Sour Notes. They’re playing a FREE show following HAIM, who are playing a sold out gig on the outside stage at Stubb’s.

Come wish Tele Novella a safe journey as they head out on tour to parts of the Midwest and Southeast. If you have come cash to spare, buy some merch to give them a helping hand. Their style of lush psychedelic tinged pop makes my heart flutter and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them as they continue to work on new material.

The Sour Notes are one of the hardest working and most engaging bands in Austin – when they’re not crafting their own material or touring, they’re booking shows and collaborating with other bands and venues to keep the local music scene alive and kicking. Their long awaited album, Do What May, will be released later this spring.

The Sour Notes are on at Stubb’s around 10:30 and will be followed by Tele Novella at 11:30 or so.

If you can’t catch The Sour Notes on Wednesday, you can see them at another FREE show this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s when they play the launch party to celebrate the first issue of Vagina: The Zine.  On their website they proclaim their mission – “With its quarterly publications, Vagina provides a space for female contributors to share their creative work with the public. The zine features a unique variety of opinions, passions, and observations from our contributors. The Vagina editors are striving to showcase the talents and opinions of ladies, not limit them. We only ask that our contributors identify as women, whether they have a vagina or not.”

The Sour Notes are joined by The Harms, Claire Puckett (from Mother Falcon), and DJ Jeska of Royal Commission. Cheer Up Charlie’s is a sponsor and supporter of this growing zine; it is also thriving in its new location on Red River after its displacement from its original East 6th Sreet location  - I encouraged you to come on out to support both the literary and music communities this weekend.

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Tele Novella (Jennifer)

February 12, 2014


Tele Novella have really charmed their way into my local music loving heart with their style of surreal, psychedelic guitar pop. Currently, the band is preparing to release their second 7″ single, Trouble in Paradise/Coat Tail Rider, on American Laundromat Records. Trouble In Paradise has a spooky, whimsical vibe narrating the trials and tribulations of a creature of the night singing “I’ve come from the wilder side/bringing trouble to paradise.” Coat Tail Rider is sinister, cautionary tale of a protagonist “blowing smoke on a slow burning fire/but the winds will change and the flames will flare/and you’ll leave no torch to bear.”

The band is also one of the artists included on an upcoming Wes Anderson tribute album called I Saved Latin!. They will be covering The Velvet Underground’s Stephanie Says, which was used in The Royal Tenenbaums.

Tele Novella will be hitting the road during SXSW for a Midwest to West Coast tour, so don’t look for them to play any of their enchanting pop in Austin until April.

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 7, 2014


As promised, here’s another 10 tracks that we missed while hibernating throughout December.  Starting tomorrow we resume normal posting, which should be fun.  Let’s have a blast in 2014, friends.  Enjoy.

:The Dead Weather – Open Up (That’s Enough):  Solo is a word I was hoping Jack White would be holding onto for the rest of time, but here he is back with The Dead Weather.  You know what though?  This track is awesomely heavy and I love it.  The Third Man subscription series is where you can find this song. No word yet on when a full length can be expected.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:  I’m very much looking forward to Phantogram’s upcoming full length.  It’s been a long time coming, and I’m really hoping it manages to at least come close to what I’m unfairly expecting.  Voices is set to be released on February 18 via Barsuk.

:Tokyo Police Club – Argentina (Parts I, II, III):  One of the more pleasant surprises to come out of December was the return of Tokyo Police Club via this nearly nine-minute long prog pop gem.  It’s good to have them back.  The band is expected to put out a full length at some point during the first part of this year.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:  Once upon a time Abram Shook was the vocalist of a band called The Great Nostalgic.  Now he’s doing his own thing, and as this track indicates, it’s stuff you need in your ears.  You’ll be able to pick up Sun Marquee on January 21.

:Warpaint – Biggy:  While I think that Warpaint have a neat sound, this track is the first of theirs that I’ve legitimately wanted to spend some quality headphone time with.  It’s superbly crafted.  Rough Trade will release the band’s self titled effort on January 21.

:Tiger Waves – Weekends:  Really nice work here by Austin’s Tiger Waves.  This catchy pop tune is easily one of their best songs.  The band has a single out now on Canvasback.

:Tele Novella – Umbrella At The Station:  Tele Novella got their start in Austin last year (out of the ashes of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot), and they quickly impressed me.  I love their quirky pop sound.  At some point this year the band is expected to put out a debut full length.

:Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy:  A new Damien Jurado album is one of those things that should be celebrated by all.  The guy is a brilliant songwriter.  Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son is due out January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

:The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:  I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t think this was the best thing The War On Drugs have ever done.  Their upcoming album is now one I’m anxious to check out.  Lost In The Dream is due out March 18 through Secretly Canadian.

:Robert Ellis – Only Lies:  When it comes to artists currently making country music, Robert Ellis is as good as it gets.  I dare you to not love his voice and its thoroughly classic sound.  The Lights From The Chemical Plant will be available on February 11 via New West.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 26, 2013

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Hey!  Look at that, we’ve arrived at volume two of my Austin Essentials.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no particular rhyme or reason for the order of the entries, I was just looking to share some of my favorite stuff that came out of Austin in 2013.  Enjoy.

:American Sharks – XVI:  No matter how much fun you’re having, American Sharks always seem to be having more. I love that about them.  Find American Sharks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  It’s been a bumpy road for Mirror Travel, but now they can totally high five themselves because their long awaited full length turned out great.  If you haven’t already, pick up the psych-enthused Mexico.   Find Mirror Travel on FB here, and buy their music here.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  It’s no secret that White Denim are my favorite band in Austin.  They’re just stellar and you should listen to them all the time.  As for their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, it’s them doing a nice job of continuing to expand their sound.  Find White Denim on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Growl – Abbreviations:  In the corner of Growl’s Bandcamp page there’s some text that describes how they’re a “band making solid indie rock.”  That’s true.  Well, except for the solid part.  I think they’re actually making really good indie rock.  Find Growl on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Tele Novella – No Excalibur:  Tele Novella features former members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, and they have a rather charming pop sound.  I can’t wait for them to put out an album.  By the way, the band has another single called Don’t Be A Stranger that’s pretty good.  Find Tele Novella on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  This song has never failed to put a skip in my step.  It’s such an endearing little tune, and I can’t imagine anyone not liking it at least a little.  Find Wild Child on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  There’s a lot to like on Black Books’ largely dreamy self titled debut, but this song is by far my favorite on the album.  It’s just the right amount of heavy.  Find Black Books on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:   Sorne aren’t exactly what I would describe as overly accessible, but they do have some really interesting material.  You just have to give them a few listens so that your brain can accept how intense of an act they can be.  Find Sorne on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Zoltars – Evelyn:  The Zoltars are lo-fi, minimalistic, and very good.  This year they put out the Live Like Dragons EP and a full length titled Walking Through The Dark.  I recommend seeking out both efforts.  Find The Zoltars on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:  Recently, Pharaohs’ Moan was reworked a bit and then put out by Burger City Rock N Roll.  That means you’ve been given a second chance to snatch it up.  Do so if you like really catchy jams.  Find Pharaohs on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Pollen haven’t been around long, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready for any attention you’re willing to throw their way.  Watch out for them and their garage rock ways in 2014.  Find Pollen on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Other Lovers – New:  I came across this folk pop anthem about a month ago and have been liking it every since.  Other Lovers’ EP, Born To Party/Born To Be Old, is a little all over the place, but it’s certainly worth your time.  Find Other Lovers on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Frank Smith – Chewing Glass:  First of all (and hopefully for the last time), Frank Smith is a band and not a single guy.  Secondly, this is a very clean sounding, focused rock track, and I dig it.  Find Frank Smith on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  As a follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy, Shearwater assembled a collection of covers titled Fellow Travelers.  The nifty effort consists of Jonathan Meiburg and Co. doing song by bands they’ve toured with over the years.  Find Shearwater on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  On every Okkervil River album there’s always one song that I can never get enough of, and this was it on The Silver Gymnasium.  The damn thing is just immaculate.  Find Okkervil River on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

November 1, 2013


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.


Tennis – Small Sound EP
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
Midlake – Antiphon
Yvette – Process
Sebastian Teller – Confection
Pompeya – Tropical
Blessed Feathers – Order Of The Arrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Blue Record EP


Tele Novella will soon release the Don’t Be A Stranger 7″.

Dum Dum Girls will release Too True on January 29 via Sub Pop.

Bill Callahan’s Dream River is out now on Drag City.

Best Coast recently released Fade Away.  They play Austin Music Hall on March 1.

Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium is out now on ATO Records.

Bleached put out Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Son Lux’s Lanterns is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Audacity just put out Butter Knife via Suicide Squeeze.  They play Hotel Vegas on November 9.

MGMT have a self titled album that was recently released.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Savages’ Silence Yourself is out now on Matador.

Moonface’s Julia With Blue Jeans On is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Los Campesinos just released No Blues via Wichita Recordings.

Islands’ Ski Mask is out now.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released a self titled LP earlier this year.

Sumie will put out a self titled album on December 3 via Bella Union.

Gliss will put out a deluxe edition of Langsome Dans on November 19 via Modern Outsider.

Document will put out an EP in January.

Diane Coffee just put out My Friend Fish via Western Vinyl.

Happy Jawbone Family Band recently released a self titled album on Mexican Summer.

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Tele Novella (Jennifer)

October 30, 2013


Austin quartet Tele Novella have prepped their first 7″ single, Don’t Be A Stranger. Only 250 copies will be pressed; you can pre-order one through November 8 (email here). Each single comes with a zine and homemade artwork from band members. After the deadline, they will not be available unless you come to one of their live shows or until they sell out. All proceeds will go towards funding their second 7″ single, Trouble in Paradise.

Just in time for Halloween, the band has posted a video for Don’t Be A Stranger, featuring each of them in their finest costumes. It’s a compliment to the slightly spooky yet sweet vibe of the song and its friendly advice of “but if the world is going to end, please don’t be a stranger.”

They have a few upcoming Austin shows worth catching – tomorrow night at The Owl , November 12 at Hotel Vegas, and then opening for The Octopus Project on December 6 with fellow psych/art pop band Borrisokane.

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Jack Wilson, Tele Novella, The Black And White Years, Golden Bear, The Plastic Habit (Jennifer)

June 19, 2013


Tomorrow singer/songwriter Jack Wilson is holding a record release party at The Mohawk.  His new album, Spare Key, was released last month on Fluff And Gravy Records. He writes raw, emotive songs that reflect on many of his personal experiences and journeys. His musical influences touch on folk and Americana, but you can also recognize more melodic pop influences ranging from The Beach Boys to Elliott Smith. His live performances are honed and fleshed out with a full band definitely worth seeing.  He’ll have CDs and LPs, and copies of the 7” 45 single Cigarette/Glow, featuring the Good Music Club performance of Rainbow/Tiger.  The bill is rounded out by The Preservation and Roger Sellers.

Tele Novella (ex-Agent Ribbons, JC & Co, Belaire) are back home in Austin from their West Coast tour. Give them a warm welcome at the 101X Homegrown Love show this Friday at Holy Mountain.  You’ll also find The Wolf, Daniel Francis Doyle, and Borrisokane on the lineup.

The Black And White Years have completed a new album to be released later this fall. They’re playing their first headlining show of 2013 at Stubb’s this Friday. There are plenty of new tunes to hear, but I’m sure that they’ll be playing plenty of old favorites. One of their new songs, Just Like Old Times, features Adrienne Butler, wife of lead singer/guitarist Scott Butler, on lead vocals. The bill is rounded out by local bands Tiger Waves and Shrines.

As if there wasn’t already enough happening on Friday, Frank has Golden Bear with Sun Marquee and Pink Nasty. This show (aka Summer Sweat Jam 2013) should be as sexy and fun as the gig poster, which features a photo of Tom Selleck from his Magnum PI days. For a $6 cover (and all ages), you’re getting a bargain full of top notch local, pop underground talent.

The Plastic Habit is holding a release party in celebration of their debut EP, Out Of The Airlock, this Saturday at Frank. Led by singer and guitarist Jonas Wilson, the band also features members of other notable Austin acts, including The White White Lights, Lomita, Okkervil River, Slowtrain, The Dialtones, and The Lovely Sparrows. Their sound alternates between power pop, glam rock, punk, and indie pop; it’s fun, loud, catchy, and maybe even a little bit sexy. Jonas Wilson is also an entertaining front man who is not afraid to let loose and have a good, sweaty fun onstage.  They’re joined by special guests The Gorgeous Hands and Chief White Lightning.

:The Plastic Habit – Out Of The Airlock:

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Tele Novella, Buttercup, Demitasse, Grand Marais (Jennifer)

May 8, 2013


What do you when your band calls it a day? Well, Natalie Gordon from Agent Ribbons decided to start up Tele Novella (featuring members of Belaire and JC & Co). They made their live performance debut during SXSW and are embarking on a May/June West Coast US tour. A vinyl release (Don’t Be A Stranger 7″) is expected this summer, but in the meantime there are two songs available for free download, No Excalibur and Don’t Be A Stranger. Tele Novella combines the best of my favorite pop flavors – garage, psychedelia, indie, mod, twee – which results in a cool, refreshing musical treat perfect for adding to your summer soundtrack.

One of my favorite Texas bands of the past decade is the San Antonio based Buttercup. Their songs are an irresistible meeting of art and pop; they can be offbeat and quirky but they’re also accessible and relatable. This is a band that loves Neil Young, The Kinks, Talking Heads, The Smiths, and Elliott Smith in equal measures. Their last album, The Weather Here, was released in 2009 and with the loss of their original drummer, it was time to adapt as songwriters and performers. The core trio of remaining members, Erik Sanden, Joe Reyes, and Odie, created band alter egos in the form of Demitasse (Erik and Joe as a downbeat, acoustic duo) and Grand Marais (Erik, Joe, and Odie who are out “to write the definitive anthem for the clinically depressed”). It’s a rare, special treat for a Buttercup show these days, so I highly recommend seizing this opportunity to see them perform this Friday at Frank.

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