Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Neon Indian in Austin

Some of you may know that lead Neon Indian, Alan Palomo, once called Texas home. As far as I know the band is now based in Brooklyn but I'm calling Friday's show at the Mohawk a homecoming show. In addition to being a "homecoming" show, it's an album-release party! Neon Indian second LP, Era Extraña was released Tues. the 13th and is already a contender for album of the year lists. It expounds upon the textured, vintage keyboard-driven sounds of Psychic Chasms without simply retreading the same territory. This Friday's show was originally planned for the Mohawk's intimate, inside stage but was moved to the outside stage when the show sold-out in milliseconds. Unfortunately for those of you who didn't get tickets, the outside show is also, now, sold-out. On the bright side, you can still have an intimate performance experience late Friday night as those lil rascals over at Transmission Entertainment have rented out the Blazer Tag in South Austin for a neon-infused afterparty!

Neon Indian - Polish Girl video via YouTube

It only costs $10 for a ticket to the Blazer Tag aftershow, which will feature DJ sets by Alan Palomo as well as, local bad-asses, Learning Secrets. If you ARE interested in the afterparty you better snag a ticket NOW because Blazer Tag isn't a very big space and this is a very cool event. So cool in fact, if you're laser tag skills are on point you MIGHT win yourself passes to this year's FunFunFun Fest. That's right, not only is this a bad-ass show, it's a contest opportunity!

Neon Indian - Mind, Drips video via YouTube

The doors for the afterparty open at 11:45am and they're kicking you out by 4am. There is lots of parking so you should be good on that front but if you're not driving I recommend you order a cab when you buy your tickets. If you're going to both events, you can bus from the Mohawk to Blazer Tag with very little walking. Just hop on the last number 10 bus heading southbound, get out near the 7-11 at Ben White and walk west toward Blazer Tag. It should also be noted that there's a 24 hour Taco Cabana right down the street from Blazer Tag, if you're hungry at 4am.

Neon Indian - Fallout video via YouTube