Friday, January 30, 2009

Los Campesinos and Shearwater

Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing! video via YouTube

It's Friday in Austin, which means it's show time kids. That's right there are many shows going on tonight but there are two that I want you to know about. First were gonna keep it Canadian and let you know that Los Campesinos are in town. In case you're not familiar they are on Arts & Crafts records so automatically they make pretty pop music. You can catch them at the Parish with Titus Andronicus.

Meanwhile just a few blocks away at the Mohawk you can catch local heroes Shearwater. I'm not sure if they will be playing inside or outside. Chances are it's gonna be the outside stage, so if you find yourself downtown around midnight tonight mosey on over to 10th street and listen to the beautiful renaissance-fair sounds of Shearwater.

Shearwater - The Snow Leopard (remastered)

Shearwater - Seventy Four, Seventy Five video via YouTube

I didn't mean that renaissance fair remark to be rude, it's just something about Shearwater reminds of minstrels. Don't ask.

So, if you're up for it you can still get tickets for both shows. Shearwater tix are only $8. Tickets for Los Campesinos are $14.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tapes 'n Tapes, Parish, Tonight

Tapes 'n Tapes - Hang Them All video via YouTube

Minneapolians Tapes 'n Tapes are in town tonight playing the Parish room. As far as I know, they aren't touring in support of anything new. Perhaps, they will have an EP at the show but in any case their last album hasn't even been out a year yet so I suppose that's new enough eh? It's called Walk it Off and if you were a fan of the Loon then I don't see why you shouldn't like their new album too.

This is music for fans of quintessential college-rock it's jangly, there are nice organ flourishes, the beats are tricky but still basic enough to be gratifying. I'd also say that a lot of their stuff sounds English, which may seem vague if you're not into Brit-Rock, but for all of us old Blur heads(?) you know what I'm sayin'. Like the Pixies via the Kaiser Chiefs.

Tapes 'n Tapes - Insistor video via YouTube

Rounding out the bill with Tapes 'n Tapes tonight will be Wild Light and Harlem. I know it seems like all I do is blog about Harlem shows but I can't help it if I'm not the only one who thinks they rock.

Wild Light is from New Hampshire of all places. They sharpened their skills in Nashua, actually I made that up, but seriously where are you gonna play in New Hampshire? From what little I know of this band, they are now based out of Boston and they sound like they have a very good chance of breaking out into the Top 40 radio market (yeah?). Catch 'em now while they still plead for a fan base, it's always better than catching them after their jaded...more jaded.

In case you've never been, the Parish is known for having the best sound system in Austin.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beauty Bar RSVP

There are a lot of shows coming up next weekend (Jan 30th and such) but I thought I'd let you know about this one a little early? Why is that, you may ask? Well because Beauty Bar is hosting Learning Secret's 5 Year Anniversary with Andy Butler from Hercules & Love Affair (DJ set), LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Ian Orth, and Jeramy Neugent.

If you want to check this party out fo' free! Then all you have to do is R.S.V.P here. Or you can shill out the $3 bucks at the door, but that's your call cowboy.

Hercules & Love Affair - Blind video via YouTube

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends video via YouTube

LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great video via YouTube

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