Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How To Choose Tuesday

Austin, I expect you to have a bunch of great shows for me to choose from on a Friday or Saturday night but not on a Tuesday. Tonight, there are so many good shows to choose from it's going to be tough to pick just one. The first show I want to highlight is happening at Stubb's inside room. North Carolina's The Love Language are on their way to Coachella this weekend and they are stopping here in Austin to give us a show. They have honed their skills on the road with, Bloggy-favs, Local Natives and have developed a reputation for pumping out some beautiful indie-pop music. They even scored a gig opening for a little band called Arcade Fire at their stop in New Mexico. If you've never had a chance to see The Love Language, tonight's gig at Stubb's will be an excellent first gig. Chances are next time they come through town they'll be playing outside at Stubb's not inside. Tickets for tonight's The Love Language show are still available, so chances are you'll be able to pay $8 at the door if you want to check 'em out. Also, if you're trying to catch several bands tonight, I believe The Love Language start at 10p tonight, with Secret Handshake going on at 9pm.

The Love Language - Heart to Tell video via YouTube

The next show I want to mention is happening over at the ND. It features a couple of cool/quirky bands whom you may have heard of but not seen perform before. Weird Weeds have toured through Austin several times and never disappoint. Their shows always have a very wild, spirited energy. Many of the tunes feature all or most of the band members singing all at once and the percussion is off the rails on a lot of songs. In other words they create a musical party and everyone's invited. Tickets are still available and Weird Weeds go on right before Christian-weirdos Danielson. Although their faith is very important to them don't be turned-off by Danielson just because you worship cock and/or Oprah. Their odd time-signatures, off-kilter harmonies and disturbing costumes are entertaining with or without Jesus. This show starts at 10p and I believe Weird Weeds go on first.

Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet? video via YouTube

The other show I wanted to mention is actually two separate shows both happening concurrently at Emo's. On the inside stage you can catch the, increasingly-buzzy, Hunx and His Punks. This San Francisco band plays fairly often in Austin and each time they roll through I have more people tell me how awesome they are. Tickets are $10 or you can risk it and pay at the door.

Hunx and His Punks - Gimmie Gimmie Back Your Love video via YouTube

Meanwhile, The Raveonettes will be taking to Emo's outside stage tonight for a mere $15. In the wake of the cancellation of their SXSW gigs the Swedes have landed and promise to hit you with loads of feedback, reverb, and psychedelic harmonies. I haven't seen them perform in years but their new music is fantastic and I can guarantee it's better in a live setting. So, there you have it, you could see quality music on (at least) four of Austin's stages tonight. Take that Oklahoma City!

The Raveonettes - Recharge and Revolt video via YouTube