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Show Of The Week

July 20, 2016

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My favorite night for live music this week is actually one I’m going to miss because I’ll be out of town.  Oh well.  At any rate, on Friday I recommend that you head to the Oasis for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ that features locals Summer Salt, The Bad Lovers, Migrant Kids and Emily Wolfe.  All four are big favorites of mine, and I love that I managed to get them all on one bill.  Music will start at 6 (that’s way early), and it’s FREE to attend.  Once that’s all done, I advise that you then head to Sidewinder to watch Whitney.  The band, which is led by former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek and former Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Julien Ehrlich, just put out a really solid album, Light Upon The Lake, and it would be wise to catch them in a small space like Sidewinder while you still can.  Have fun out there!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Kitten, Clean Spill, Sizzy Rocket at The Sidewinder
- Emily Herring, Plantation Band, Ruby Fray at Cheer Up Charlies
- Violent Femmes, Lost Bayou Ramblers at Stubb’s

Thursday:
- Red Bull Sound Select Presents Juvenile, Martin $ky, The Outfit, TX at the Parish
- American Sharks, The Lochness Mobsters, Pleasers at Hotel Vegas
- Tia Carrera, Flyin’ Lion, Cabra at Beerland
- Pollen Rx, The Shivery Shakes, Que Pasa at Cheer Up Charlies
- Think No Think, The Baffles, On Delay, Trying Science at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Broken Gold, Despero, Easy Prey at Beerland
- Ringo Deathstarr, Pale Dian, The Stargazer Lilies, Ultraviolet at Empire Control Room
- Wildfires at The Sidewinder
- Naughty By Nature, En Vogue, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Sisqo, 2 Live Crew at Cedar Park Center

Saturday:
- Whitney (2pm) at End of an Ear
- Rhye, Baio at the Mohawk
- Boogarins, Hundred Visions, Annabelle Chairlegs, The Rotten Mangos at Hotel Vegas
- Suspirians, Deleted Scenes, Evil Triplet, The Weird at Beerland
- Big Bill, Popper Burns, Rattlesnake Milk, Lake of Fire, Tres Oui at Cheer Up Charlies
- Modest Mouse, Brand New at Austin360 Amphitheater
- Lawrence at 3ten ACL Live

Sunday:
- Fitz & The Tantrums, Zella Day at Stubb’s
- Loteria, Mitch Fraizer and His Radiation, Crocodile Tears, Leather Pants at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Wild Now (5pm), Baio (1pm) at Waterloo Records

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The Bad Lovers, Sweet Talk, Pharoahs (Dan)

May 1, 2013

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This Sunday Burger City will celebrate their 5th Birthday with a party at The Grand. The bill features three top notch bands: The Bad Lovers, Pharaohs, and Sweet Talk.

I became a fan of The Bad Lovers after they were featured in a truly fantastic episode of Hardly Sound. The show highlighted not only The Bad Lovers but the community of bands that make up the garage rock scene in Austin. We were lucky enough to get these guys to play our DC vs. Austin party during SXSW and they did not disappoint. I once referred to them as “garage rock gods” and I’m sticking with that assessment.

:The Bad Lovers – Things That I Forgot:
:The Bad Lovers – Actin Strange:

I was hooked the moment I heard the new album from Sweet Talk titled Pickup Lines. It’s not difficult to see why I like them so much since the band features members from some of my favorite Texas bands (Mind Spiders, VIDEO, Wiccans). They play pure rock and roll. The kind that gets in your head and has you hitting the repeat button. I love the guitar work and the catchy choruses are undeniable. They somehow managed to catch the excitement and energy of a live show on the record, which is no easy feat.

:Sweet Talk – Talk:

I can’t give much background on Pharaohs since their web presence is a bit sparse. Although, all that really matters is if their music is any good and I’m here to say it is not only good, it’s outstanding. I downloaded their album, ????, and it’s chock full of jams. It was hard to just pick two songs to post. You really owe it to yourself to get the whole album.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:
:Pharaohs – Gonna Feel Good (Ba Ba Ba):

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Valentine’s Day Is For Music Lovers (Jennifer)

February 13, 2013

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Shakespeare wrote in Twelfh Night, “If music be the food of love, play on.”  This Valentine’s Day, I’m going to attempt to heed the Bard’s advice by feeding my love for music.  Tonight, there is a free show at Holy Mountain called Free Love, which features three local bands to get your heart pumping: Frank Smith, Leopold And His Fiction, and The Sweet Nuthin.

The Sweet Nuthin close the night with their grit meets glam brand of rock n’ roll; they also share a bit of love advice in their new song, All In – “sometimes you got to take a chance/sometimes you got to give romance a try/even though it’s goin’ to die.” If you can’t see them tonight, you have a second chance on Friday night at Swan Dive when they pair up with their friends, The Happen-Ins. Plenty of good, sweaty rock n’ roll to celebrate your new-found romance and/or soothe your broken heart.

On Valentine’s Day, you can also show some heart by downloading PowPow‘s new single, Pin Drop (b/w Rich) here. The release benefits the charity Half The Sky. The generous cherry on top is if you attend their release party tomorrow at Lucky Lounge, 10% of the bar proceeds will benefit the charity Autism Speaks. It’s an early show (8-9:30 pm) and food will be provided too. Here’s another musical sweet treat from this local indie pop duo:

I must confess that I’m really excited for the Valentine’s Day event featuring Bobby Jealousy, where they are celebrating the release of their 2nd album, The Importance Of Being Jealous. 2012 was a busy year for them, they released their debut album, A Little Death, toured, underwent some lineup changes, as well as writing and recording the new album. Bobby Jealousy is a pop band but this is not throwaway pop; this is pop that grabs you and demands to be heard and shared. I’ve heard a few of the new songs and you can hear their signature mix of musical styles ranging from glam punk to country ballads. I like to describe the band as “seriously fun” – the songwriting is top notch and as a live band, they’re incredibly fun, engaging, and know how to put on a show.

Get your weekend started at Red 7 – Bobby Jealousy are joined by some of their favorite local bands, Roky Moon And The Goodnight, The Bad Lovers, and Shapes Have Fangs.  Let Bobby Jealousy be your Valentine this year; I promise that they will sweep you off your feet. If you already have a valentine, then pick up a copy of The Importance Of Being Jealous; it’s much sweeter than a box of chocolates and will last longer than a dozen roses.

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