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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 2, 2016

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This week is all about Houston’s The Suffers and Austin’s Sweet Spirit playing the final Blues on the Green (Pulsr users click HERE) of 2016.  I’d recommend seeing either band on any night, but the chance to catch them for FREE out at Zilker Park is just too good for anyone to pass up.  You have to be there.  See you Wednesday at 8pm.

By the way, my pals over at 93.3 KGSR (I host Lone Star State of Mind there ever Sunday from 10pm to 11pm) slid me an extra pair of hospo passes.  So, if you’d like to upgrade your status for the event, just send an email HERE with I’M A TOTAL WINNER as the subject.  I’ll randomly pick someone Wednesday at noon!

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:

Click on the first band in each entry to open the show in Pulsr.

Tonight:
- Sweat Lodge, Xetas, Quin Galavis at Hotel Vegas
- Woods, Cian Nugent at The Sidewinder

Wednesday:
- K.D. Lang & Neko Case & Laura Veirs at the Long Center

Thursday:
- Street Dads, David Israel, Dryspell at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Magna Carda, Monkier (Atlanta), Boombaptist at the Mohawk
- Night Court, Hola Beach, Summer Salt, Triathalon, Deep Cuts at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Beatles Revolver 50th Anniversary with Holy Wave, Amplified Heat, Rotten Mangos, The Sour Notes, Crocodile Tears at Barracuda
- Tristen, Mirror Travel at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- The Mystery Lights, Annabelle Chairlegs, Ganesha at Parish
- Good Talk, Major Major Major, Ruok, TigerSex, Alex Alone at Cheer Up Charlies
- A Giant Dog, Sealion at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

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Stream This

April 25, 2014

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

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

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

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Dum Dum Girls

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5 Bands You Should See At SXSW

March 4, 2014

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For years I’ve tried to figure out the best way to preview the music part of SXSW, and I think I’ve finally got it – the less coverage the better.  I know that seems counter intuitive given the size of the festival, but let’s face it, if you’re coming then you probably already have an epic list of artists to see.  Why should I try to add 50 acts on top of that?  And what if you’re not even going to be at the damn thing?  Well then every post isn’t SXSW related and you’re not burned out on something you’re not attending.  It’s just better for all parties that I keep it short.  So, without further adieu, here are the five bands I think you should try to see at SXSW.  Enjoy.

PS – I recommend searching around Do512, Sched.org, and the SXSW page for when these bands will be playing.

THE SUFFERS

The majority of 2014 has seen me in love with Houston’s The Suffers, and SXSW will be the perfect time for you to go see exactly why I’ve been championing them so much.  They’re definitely a must-see for those of you who have ever even remotely liked any sort of soul music.

:The Suffers – Giver (Live):

EX HEX

Betsy Wright (Fire Tapes) and Laura Harris (The Aquarium) are with the great Mary Timony in Ex Hex.  I hate that Wild Flag are no more, but Ex Hex seem like a more than suitable replacement.  Also, it’s Mary Timony!  No matter the project, she deserves all of our attention.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

MAS YSA

And my wild card pick for the festival is Mas Ysa.  Admittedly, there’s an overly intimate edge to him that may not work well within the chaos and noise of SXSW, but I still want to give him a shot.  Who knows, maybe it will end up being one of those unforgettable SXSW sets.

:Mas Ysa – Shame:

ABRAM SHOOK

There are just around 100 Austin acts that I could recommend, but since it’s SXSW 2014 I figured it made the most sense to give you Abram Shook (formerly of The Great Nostalgic), the guy responsible for the local scene’s first great album of the year.  He makes the sort of pop music that’s endlessly pleasing to the ears.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

CURTIS HARDING

I’m excited about soul music in 2014, so in addition to The Suffers, I’m also going to tell you to see Curtis Harding.  He seems like he would put out a sweaty, wild show, and that’s always a good thing to experience in the midst of SXSW.  On a side note, I love that the guy is on Burger Records, home to a zillion punk rock acts.

:Curtis Harding – Keep On Shining:

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The Suffers (Video Premiere)

January 30, 2014

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I could ramble all day about the various new bands that Austin’s Free Week delivered this year, but instead of doing that I’ll just tell you the one that stood out the most – The Suffers. Hailing from Houston, the band is made up of current and former members of Los Skarnales, Heptic Skeptic, The Handsomes and others, and their sound is thoroughly soul-enthused.  I love it, and I can’t wait to see them at SXSW.

Below you’ll find the premiere of The Suffers doing a song called Giver live.  If you can watch it and not find singer Kam Franklin’s voice stunning on all fronts, then there’s something wrong with your insides.

By the way, you can hit up The Suffers’ Bandcamp for some extra tunes.

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