Friday, June 10, 2011

Matt & Kim + Archers of Loaf

As you may or may not know, this weekend is the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, which of course means anything you do downtown is going to take more time than usual. Just like with Relays weekend, Halloween or New Years Eve there will be an influx of folks crowding the streets. However, that shouldn't keep you from enjoying some bad-ass music at Emo's and Stubb's, respectively. That's right, just like this Wednesday past, there are TWO awesome shows that are quite different from each other happening the same night at different venues. Luckily, you should be able to catch the headlining sets at BOTH venues. Saturday night's don't have to end as early at Stubb's but you can still plan for Matt & Kim to be done by 12:30am. The unfortunate thing is that tickets are sold-out. If you really want to go, make sure you don't give the scalpers in the streets more than $25. My strategy is to wait until you can hear Matt & Kim from the outside then offer a scalper $20, if they balk just tell 'em, "You can keep that ticket but that noise you hear is Matt & Kim." 9 times out of 10 they'll fork over the goods. As you know, I HATE supporting the scalper economy BUT I also hate missing Matt & Kim.

Matt & Kim - Bloggy Interview video via YouTube

Meanwhile, just down the street, at the legendary Emo's you can catch, the legendary, Archers of Loaf. I expect their set to begin at around 12:30a, so if you want to catch both headliners you SHOULD be all good. If I were you though, I'd buy MOST of my drinks at Emo's. Both venues carry the same beer/liquor but ONE of them charges a butt-load of money...just sayin'. Archers of Loaf are legends of 90's college-rock, they were only around about 8 years but they released 4 albums in that time and earned quite a reputation for their clever songwriting and non-stop touring. Remember back when "college-rock" was a term with substance. I feel like commercial-alternative radio and blogs kind of ate up the whole concept of "college-rock". Even if you have never heard of Archers of Loaf this show would be a great blind-ticket purchase, as this is a reunion tour and chances are they won't be back through Austin ever again. Also, unlike the Matt & Kim show, tickets ARE currently available, hence the link.

Archers of Loaf - Harnessed in Slums video via YouTube