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Show Of The Week

September 9, 2015


Saturday is mega-packed when it comes to quality shows (see below), and I have no idea which one you should attend.  Maybe just run between all of them throughout the night?  I don’t know.  Also, I won’t be in town and will be missing all of it, so I’m admittedly pretending that none of it is actually happening.

Now about Friday, I expect to see you all at Holy Mountain for The Tontons, Fat Tony and Wrestlers.  The lineup is diverse – rock, rap and dance – and each of the acts easily rank as some of Houston’s best.  Not to mention it’s September, which means that we nearing the end of Holy Mountain’s existence.  Yikes!  So come out, indulge in an all-Houston jam session, hug the Holy Mountain staff and let’s have some fun.

Tix are $10 if buy them early, $13 at the door.  OR, if you want, you can WIN guest list spots through SOTO.  Just shoot an email HERE with HOUSTON in the subject line.  I’ll pick a winner on Friday!

Full Disclosure – I’m also excited for Friday’s show because I’ve worked with all of the acts through my gig at Red Bull Sound Select.  It’ll definitely be rad to have them in one place so that I can high five the hell out of them.

More good shows!

- The Hood Internet, Neiliyo, Car Stereo (Wars) at Holy Mountain
- Numerators, Ghetto Ghouls, Que Pasa?, Y’all, New Berlin at Hotel Vegas

- Sweet Spirit, Plastic Pinks, Street Dads at Hotel Vegas
- The Heavenly States at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Modern Medicine, Tapajenga, Ruby Fray, Black Balsam at the Mohawk

- El Ten Eleven, Sego at the Mohawk
- Migrant Kids, Animal Spirit, Hikes, Blind Owls at Hotel Vegas
- The Zoltars, Mom Jeans, The Really Rottens, Basketball Shorts, Lake of Fire, Leather Girls at Hotel Vegas
- Applied Pressure with Keeper, Chorizo Funk at Holy Mountain
- SHMU, The Big Fists, Corduroi vs. Symbol, Chipper Jones, Dana Falconberry, Black Books, Isaiah the Mosaic, Future Death, SleepOver (DJ set), BLXPLTN at Empire Control Room
- MCG, Rose Selavy, Young Girls, Templo X, Tres Oui, Summer Salt, Shivery Shakes, Polio Club, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, She Sir at Cheer Up Charlies

- The Tallest Man on Earth, Lady Lamb at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- The Early Stages, Rabbit Fist, Idle Declasse at the Sahara Lounge

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Guest Mix: Tom Nguyen Of The Tontons

February 9, 2015


This month’s Guest Mix is from Tom Nguyen of The Tontons!  Last year the band released a quality effort by the name of Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love.  You can catch them this live Thursday at Holy Mountain with Wild Moccasins and Tele Novella. Enjoy.

Howdy, this is Tom Nguyen. These are a few songs that I have been listening to lately. Making short lists like this is always hard, so I assembled this quickly in an attempt to not over think it. All of these are some solid tunes.

Jessica Pratt – Back, Baby

A friend showed me this song just the other day. Since then I have been listening to it constantly. It’s so lush and beautiful.

Lower Dens – To Die in LA

I’ve been looking forward to some new Lower Dens music since the release of Nootropics.  This is the first single off the new record and it’s dope.  Hits hard and has a huge chorus.

Yumi Zouma – A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers

A sweet dream-pop song. All of the band’s self titled EP is tight, so any song would be a good choice.

Native America – Like A Dream

My homies from NOLA, Native America.  They put a record a couple of months ago called Growing Up Wrong.  It is so good and all the recording is fantastic.   This song reminds of really early Who (band), before all that Baba O’Riley crap.

Pure X – Livin’ the Dream

Best Austin Band.

The Bombay Royale – Wild Stallion Mountain

Australian Bollywood band. This song jams and has the best use of Horse Sound FX.

Bob Seger – Still the Same

For a while we couldn’t decide if we liked Bob Seger. It started as a joke but then it quickly became apparent that the dude is good. We always play some Bob Seger to get us through those long tours.  This is guy inspired the song Purple Rain.  If that can’t win you over, nothing will.

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Stream This

February 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.


Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen
Feeding People – Island Universe
Alexander Spit – A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside
Companion – Self Titled
Buke And Gase – General Dome
Dog Bite – Velvet Changes
Black Books – Aquarena EP
Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
Matt Pond – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand
Jim James – Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Guards – In Guards We Trust
Night Beds – Country Sleep
Amateur Best – No Thrills
Dark Star – News From Nowhere


The Tontons play Stubb’s tonight with the Couch and Emily Wells.  Their Bones 7″ is available now.

Chelsea Wolfe will play the Central Presbyterian Church tomorrow night.

Fade is the name of Yo La Tengo’s latest release.

Deep Elm Records recently released Lights & Motion’s Reanimation.

Woodpigeon will release Thumbtacks+Glue on February 26.

Satellite Stories just released a Singles Remixed EP.

Madison will released We’ve Been Nothing on February 5.

Maston will release Shadows on February 12 via Trouble In Mind.

Takka Takka’s AM Landscapes is available now.

Black Moth Super Rainbow play the Mohawk on May 28.  Cobra Juicy is out now.

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is out now.  They play Stubb’s on February 26.

Grizzly Bear’s Shields is currently available.

Deerhoof’s Breakup Song is out now.

The Ruby Suns just released Christopher.

The Trent Reznor-lead How To Destroy Angels will release Welcome Oblivion on march 5.

You can pick up Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love on Barsuk now.  They play the Belmont on February 20.

This Dana Falconberry video is part of the Transistor Six series.

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Stream This

September 14, 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.


Solos - Beasts Of Both Worlds
Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
Agent Ribbons – Let Them Talk
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock
How To Dress Well – Total Loss
Buke & Gase – Function Falls
The Sea And Cake – Runner
Zulu Pearls – No Heroes No Honeymoons
The Lighthouse And The Whaler – This Is An Adventure


Broncho is heading out on tour this Fall.  They’ll be playing Red 7 on November 3.  Can’t Get Past The Lips is out now.

Mission Of Burma has a show at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Unsound is available now.

P.O.S. just announced a tour.  He’ll be at the Mohawk on November 17.  We Don’t Even Live Here is due October 23.

There aren’t any Austin dates, but the Raveonettes are out on tour.  Observator is now available.

Fang Island and Anamanaguchi are doing a short tour together that will end with a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance.  Major is out now.

Chateau Marmont will release their debut, The Maze, some time in the winter.

The Tontons are a band out of Houston that’s been getting some buzz.  They’re set to play the W Hotel on October 29.  Their Golden EP is currently available.

This trio are about to release their debut full length.  It will be out on October 2 via Temporary Residence LTD.

Tilly And The Wall are back after a lengthy absence.  Their new album is titled Heavy Mood, and they’ll be touring in support of it this Fall.  Catch them at the Mohawk on November 16.

Ty Segall plays La Zona Rosa with Thee Oh Sees tomorrow.  Twins is due on October 9 via Drag City.

Buke & Gase just put out a new EP, and they’re about to head out on tour.  The Austin show is set for October 5 at Red 7.

Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives is the latest release from Henry Clay People.  It’s out now.  The band’s tour starts this weekend.  No Austin dates yet.

Family Band put out Grace & Lies earlier this year.  This is the second single off of it.

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