Monday, October 19, 2009

Rodrigo y Gabriela Slay Stubb's Soon

How can you argue with two Mexicans who live in Ireland and tour the planet playing bad-ass, flamenco-influenced, guitar instrumentals? You can't. That's why you should just get your ass over to Stubb's tomorrow night and watch these future-legends blow your damn minds y'all! Tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela will set you back $33 but that price gets you both Rodrigo AND Gabriela, so that's cool. Being a Stubb's show be prepared for $4.50 Lone Stars and lots of D-Bags who are there specifically to talk to each other and people on the phone. That's right, they shelled out money to talk through the WHOLE show. So, if you walk into the venue with that expectation you won't get SUPER pissed off when everyone around won't STFU!!

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo video via YouTube

Do you see what I mean? That was just them playing on the Late Show, which is usually pretty meh *shrug*. They killed that though, have you ever heard an audience clap along and cheer mid-song on the Late Show? You have? Whatever, it was awesome. Anyway, the latest releast from RyG is called 11:11 the title refers to 11 musicians who helped Rodrigo y Gabriela on their respective musical journeys to the present day. There are also 11 tracks, so that's fitting.

I do have to mention that I'm somewhat miffed that RyG have a deal with a Universal Music Group subsidiary in Australia. What does this have to do with me? Here? In Austin? Well, it means that I can't embed any official videos for promotional purposes so that's why you get these, somewhat, janky unofficials. Don't worry thought I don't feel venomous enough to post really bad YouTube cover versions. Although I am tempted to search now.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Hanuman video via YouTube

Oh snap, I found the band's own YouTube channel so I don't really need the "official" embed-able videos anyway. Here's another performance from TV but this one features a song from 11:11 the song above is also from their latest LP.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Buster Voodoo video via YouTube

Oh, and don't forget shows at Stubb's start/end pretty early so if you show up at 9ish it might be too late-ish. Plan accordingly...ish.