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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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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 2

December 12, 2013

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Here’s another 10 of my favorite albums of 2013.  Jump back tomorrow for the top five on my list!  Enjoy.

15) Polica – Shulamith

If you’re pessimistic and happen to remember how high my expectations were for Polica’s Shulamith, then you might look at this “middle of the pack” placement and call the album a disappointment.  Believe me though, that would be silly.  Lots of great tracks to be had on this one.

:Polica – Chain My Name:

14) The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave

If I had things my way, everyone would start including the Mantles in the first wave of bands that roll out of their mouth whenever the Bay Area comes up in conversation.  Long Enough To Leave is loaded with very catchy retro pop tunes.

:The Mantles – Hello:

13) The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

The Octopus Project have long been a solid act, but I think Fever Forms is proof that they’re actually a great one.  I’m excited to see where they go from here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:

12) Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Only one album in 2013 actually made me want to throw up rock horns in a non-ironic way, and it was Diarrhea Planet’s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.  Listen loud.

:Diarrhea Planet – Separations:

11) Haim – Days Are Gone

The girls in Haim have been making music for most of their lives, so of course Days Are Gone is packed with some of 2013′s better crafted pop songs.  On another note, this album is a sing-a-long lovers dream.

:Haim – The Wire:

10) A Giant Dog – Bone

Pop punk is fun stuff, but I usually wear the albums out and then promptly shuffle on to something else.  This didn’t happen with A Giant Dog’s Bone though, the songs are too good to just let go of.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:

09) Kanye West – Yeezus

Kanye West’s Yeezus is such an intense album that I can’t listen to it on a regular basis.  With that being said, I think it’s a stellar piece of work from one of the biggest, most interesting pop stars on the planet.

:Kanye West – New Slaves:

08) Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Thee Oh Sees release so much music that I always move on to whatever new thing they’re doing instead of allowing the “old” effort to settle.  Floating Coffin managed to hook me though, and I plan on jamming the gloriously kinetic album for years to come.

:Thee Oh Sees – Maze Francier:

07) FIDLAR – Self Titled

FIDLAR seem like an act that could fizzle out at any moment, so I’ve been loving them while I can.  Their self titled debut is as catchy and loud as I hoped it would be when the band first popped up on my radar last year.

:FIDLAR – Cheap Beer:

06) Sigur Ros – Kveikur

I didn’t think Sigur Ros had a bombastic post rock album in them at this point, but Kveikur is just that.  If their last few efforts were too far out in left field for you, then this one should win you back.

:Sigur Ros – Kveikur:

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 3

November 27, 2013

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And now, before Thanksgiving consumes us all, I present to you the last part of my Austin Essentials (here are Volume 1 and 2).  Hopefully you’ve had fun.  If you didn’t, what the hell happened?  At any rate, I love you all.  Enjoy.

PS – Honorable mentions go to the Austin bands who just missed the cut (way too many to list) and to acts like The Couch, Dana Falconberry, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults who put out music last year but still had a great 2013.

:The Black Angels – Evil Things:  While I’m a big fan of The Black Angels’ early albums, I don’t have an issue with them continuing to move away from being heavy and droney.  Probably because I can only stare at my ceiling fan for so long each day.  Find The Black Angels on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Gal Pals – Earthquake:  If you ask me, Gal Pals are just as good as La Sera, Splinters, La Luz, and any of the other lady-lead garage pop acts that are scattered around the globe.  By the way, who can help me convince them to put together an album already?  Find Gal Pals on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sweet Talk – Microphone:  Sweet Talk remind of the pop rock that I loved when I was a teenager.  This track requires a loud volume and you enthusiastically singing-a-long.  Find Sweet Talk on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bobby Jealousy – Bang Bang:  Because Sabrina Ellis is just that good, here she is with her other band, the always catchy Bobby Jealousy.  They played ACL this year, which is just straight up awesome.  Find Bobby Jealousy on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:  Personally, I think that Fever Forms is The Octopus Project’s best album.  They’ve really honed their experimental ways and the material coming by way of their leap forward is just undeniably good.  Find The Octopus Project on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money:  I recently mentioned to SOTO’s resident rap guru Leah Manners that I didn’t get around to much local hip hop in 2013, and she promptly scolded me and then sent this track so that I would know exactly what I had been missing out on.  Lesson fucking learned.  Find Magna Carda on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Black And White Years – Little One:  I don’t really know what to expect from The Black And White Years’ next album, Strange Figurines, but I know that I’m looking forward to it solely because of this inspired electro pop number.  Find The Black And White Years on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mother Falcon – Dirty Summer:  You can argue you about it if you want, but the fact of the matter is that all 419 members of Mother Falcon really know how to make a pretty sounding song.  They released the unsurprisingly well crafted You Knew this summer.  Find Mother Falcon on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Feverbones – Breaking Even:  I need to start talking about Feverbones more, as I really do think they’re crafting some of Austin’s most interesting indie rock.  For proof, see the self titled EP they put out earlier this year.  Find Feverbones on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Roger Sellers – Sincere:  Now matter what style of music he’s playing, Roger Sellers always seems to effortlessly pull it off.  It’s okay if you want to scream “talented bastard” and then shake your fist at the sky.  Find Roger Sellers on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Holy Wave – Star Stamp:  I fully expect Holy Wave to garner a slew of new fans in 2014.  This single is as accessible as they’ve ever been, and I have a feeling that their new album, Relax, will be the first great psych rock release of the year.  Find Holy Wave on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Mole People – Searching The Streets:  The Mole People are a whirlwind of psychedelia, and that’s fine by me.  This song in particular reminds me of the kind of music that Slumberland often puts out.  Find The Mole People on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Preservation – Still Be Your Friend:  The Preservation pretty much nail it by referring to their approach as “cosmic American music from heart.”  By the way, kudos to them for earning spots at KGSR’s Blues on the Green and ACL.  Find The Preservation on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bill Callahan – Small Plane:  I’ve yet to give Bill Callahan’s Dream River a thorough listen, and that’s just silly of me.  At least I’ve spent a good chunk of time with this beautiful track, though.  Find Bill Callahan’s fan page on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Reservations – That Road We Traveled Down:  Jana Horn’s stellar voice not only leads Reservations, but I also seem to just wander along behind it.  I hope their debut full length arrives in the first part of 2014.  Find Reservations on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

June 28, 2013

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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.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Bell XI – Chop Chop
Owen – L’Ami du Peuple
Daughn Gibson – Me Moan
You, Me & Us – Stay Inside
Statistics – Peninsula
Mood Rings – VPI Harmony

VIDEOS

The Octopus Project will release Fever Forms on July 9 via Peek-A-Boo Records.  They play the Mohawk on October 6.

The Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito is out now on Interscope.

Deer Tick will put out Negativity on September 24 via Partisan.

Smith Westerns just put out Soft Will on Mom + Pop.

Alela Diane will release About Farewell on July 29 via Believe Recordings.

Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is out now on Constellation Records.

DucktailsThe Flower Lane is out now on Domino.

Lemuria’s The Distance Is So Big is out now on Bridge Nine.

Oberhofer’s Notalgia EP is out now on Glassnote.

The Riverboat Gamblers’ The Wolf You Feed is available now.

Bleached released Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.

SISU’s Light Eyes EP is out now Mono Prism.

Golden Animals will release Hear Eye Go on September 24 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Team Spirit have a self titled EP out now on Vice/WBR.

Disclosure’s Settle is out now.

Jenny Hval put out Innocence Is Kinky last month on Rune Grammofon.

Free Time has a self titled album that’s out now on Underwater Peoples.

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