Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rock Out For Charity

Let's face it, there are a lot of good events happening in Austin tomorrow night. There's the sold out Phoenix show with Two Door Cinema Club at Stubb's, there's also a mini-punk festival going on at Plush of all places. In fact, my homeboy over at 'Nites Blog has word that ...and You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will be headlining at Plush tomorrow.

The upshot of both of the shows I've just mentioned is they are sold-out and/or will become sold-out within minutes, in the case of the Plush show. So, realistically, you should plan to head over to the fortress of rock on Red River, the Mohawk to see Speak.

Speak - Carrie video via YouTube

All the truly important information you need is on this handy flyer.

Pay close attention to the part where you can pay half price simply by RSVP'ing at Do512. Although if you were a particularly altruistic person you wouldn't WANT to pay half price, since the proceeds for this show benefit Groundwork Music Project. I know how it is though, if you need to get the half-off I won't judge you and neither will the door man at the 'Hawk.

Oh, hey look, if you're one of those lucky people who got tickets to see Phoenix your ticket stub will ALSO get you half-off at the door tomorrow. Gotta respect that.

I don't know much about Crash Gallery but word on the street is the lead singer is very energetic and odds are he will end up in the crowd at one or several points in their set. If we're not there to catch him when he stage-dives he might get hurt, and I don't want to have that on my conscience. Do you?

Crash Gallery - I Already Know video via YouTube

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In Case You Missed It...

I'm not sure how many of my readers check out/subscribe to the Bloggy YouTube but in case you missed it, I have added some new video from last week. One reviewer/commenter has already said that one of the vids is, "Pretty good". If that shining review doesn't make you want to check these videos out then I don't know what will.

For the purposes of this post I am only going to include my videos of Local Natives and Suckers at Antone's from Friday night. HOWEVER, I also saw Beach House at Emo's last Thursday night. Unfortunately, that is one of the worst LOOKING BloggyCam videos I've ever shot so I relegated it to the Bloggy Facebook page. It still sounds quite nice, but it was SOOO dark and I had a fairly crappy vantage point throughout most of the night. I also saw Washed Out but could not jockey for position well enough to shoot anything for you.

Local Natives - World News video via YouTube

I don't want to do a full-on review of the performances other than to say that both bands were quite stellar. I would recommend seeing both acts if and when they come to your town. Also, Local Natives', Gorilla Mansion is a really bad-ass CD that I highly regard.

I do want to make a few notes/critiques about Antone's though. First, I should mention that I have only been to the venue a few times, and I think it's REALLY weird that this particular show was moved from Emo's to Antone's to provide more space?!?! I'm sure Antone's MUST hold more people but it certainly doesn't look like it. Also, the general layout of the venue sucks ass! It's shaped like a rectangle, you enter on the short side and the restrooms are on the opposing wall. Between the door and the restroom is where you'll find the stage, on one of the long walls, with 2 bars opposite the stage. So, in practical terms, this means to get from the door to the bar to the bathroom and back could take you a half hour in which time you'll have to rudely push through a sea of people who don't want to let you pass and hate you for trying. Also, 1 Lone Star and 1 bottled water should cost me $6.50!?! I know beers cost more in the bar but I feel like I could get the EXACT same order for $4.50 at Emo's maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt it.

Local Natives - Wide Eyes video via YouTube

On a positive note, I do like Antone's merch area. Also, I think it's really nice/unique that the speaker stacks hang from the ceiling allowing a less-obstructed view for the majority of the crowd. It's also cool that they have a VIP area, it would be cooler if you could get up in there though. Speaking of getting up in there, the dude who runs the light board has the best seat in the house, directly across from the stage in a crow's nest. My last positive Antone's comment is it's nice to not have to deal w/the Red River portion of 6th st. sometimes.

Suckers - It Gets Your Body Movin' video via YouTube

If you like the above Suckers video be sure to head on over to the Bloggy YouTube to check out 2 more Suckers videos from SXSW this year. Also, another friendly reminder that if you want to see my Beach House video you'll have to "Like" the Bloggy Facebook page.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Quiet Company EP + Fulton Read

How can you not like a band whose entire musical philosophy is based around love? Oh, stop being so cynical and open up your hearts and minds to Austin's own, Quiet Company. You may remember, I featured them in the Locals Only Edition of my SXSW preview. They are still rocking the indie-piano-pop and lucky for us they keep getting better at it. They've already released 2 full length LP's but to keep our attention while we wait for LP3 the boys of Quiet Company offer us a brand-spanking new EP called, Songs For Staying In. I have some exclusive information about a private, VIP event, at which, you'll be able to hear AND purchase the aforementioned EP. So, if you want to get into this super-exclusive, private, VIP, event on May 7th I suggest you click here. It's not a FREE party it's just going to be really difficult to get into like a ______ in a ________ when your ______ is full of ______.

Quiet Company - Nation of Two video via YouTube

Speaking of Austin, indie and/or piano-pop have y'all heard Fulton Read yet? Well, if you're already going to see Ben Folds at Stubb's on May 7th then you can see Fulton Read inside for free. Otherwise a nominal $5 fee will be required at the door. It's an after-show so doors won't until 11:30pm and this is May 7th, so we're planning ahead on this.

Fulton Read - Hey Now video via YouTube

Just in case you missed some context clues these shows are both on Friday May 7th I'm just giving y'all plenty of time to get your scheduling worked out. If you find yourself in a conundrum about which show to see, you can always catch Quiet Company the next night at La Zona Rosa. There, this should get Quiet Company off my back for a day or two. Just kidding fellas love you, let's get milk shakes!

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