Friday, April 1, 2011

Del, Scissor Sisters, Get Yer Weekend On!

Oh man, TGIF like a mo fo y'all! I can't wait to watch a new Urkel tonight, see what Stacy Keach is up to on Step By Step oh wait a second. That was me from 1991 talking for a minute there. What is Stacy Keach up to these days? Meanwhile, back in 2011 you should hit the Mohawk tomorrow night to see a free show with Del The Funky Homosapien. I'm not sure why it's free and I don't really care, all I know is there is no cover charge I love me some Del and I'll get to "go ham sandwich" with the Knuckle Rumbler crew. Del's going to be backed by a live-band with a DJ so even if you're a rock-head not a hip-hop-head you should enjoy the show. Besides, it's Del not some lame-ass emcee, so you should enjoy the show anyway. Doors for this show open at 8pm and I only know of one opening act but chances are there will be more than just two sets. Either that or Del is going to spit his whole catalog, to be honest I would not be surprised by either scenario.

Del The Funky Homosapien - Get It Right Now video via YouTube

So, now we've got your Saturday night all sorted out over at the Mohawk, let's talk about Sunday. Well, as mentioned earlier in the week, you could spend all your rent money to watch Janet Jackson lip-sync her ass off over at ACL-Live or you could get yourself over to Stubb's for the Scissor Sisters show! Y'all know I love me some Janet but I'm not trying to spend all my money on that performance. For $200+ bucks I could hire a VERY convincing tranny to perform Janet covers for me and Miss Paws all night. That's why you'll find me shakin' my ass to Jake Shears & Co., drooling over Baby Daddy and, generally, losing my shit at the Scissor Sisters show. It doesn't LOOK like tickets are available at the moment but you can always head down there and negotiate with people in the street. Also, I've definitely gifted tickets to strangers outside venues on more than one occasion so don't give-up hope y'all!

Scissor Sisters - Invisible Light video via YouTube

Since it's a Sunday night the Scissor Sisters show will be over pretty early in the night but fret not! My homegrrrrrls over at The Glitoris are hosting an after-party at Barbarella that night. You get in free with evidence that you attended Scissor Sisters and/or Janet Jackson. No, covering yourself in glitter is not enough evidence, they're going to need to see a wristband or ticket-stub. Nice try tranny-Ke$ha.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Akron/Family w/Delicate Steve

I feel like it's been ages since I've been to a show at The Parish and I feel like that is partially my fault and partially their fault. In any case, tomorrow night Akron/Family make their return to said venue with Delicate Steve in tow. I have actually already seen Akron/Family at The Parish before and the room really suits their style. Their shows feel very communal and there is something about the intimacy of that space that really lends itself well to that vibe. I'm not going to lie to you though, last time they played there I left before they were done. Not, specifically, because I wasn't enjoying myself but because Brendan Benson was playing at the same time over at the ND and I always choose power-pop over whatever you'd call Akron/Family. Power-folk? In any case, I know it's ancient in blog-years but I still think Running, Returning is one of the greatest songs of the century! #Hyperbole

Akron/Family - Running, Returning video via YouTube

For the record, the above video is completely sanctioned by, both, Disney, and Akron/Family. #Lies

Akron/Family - Silly Bears video via YouTube

I haven't seen Delicate Steve perform live yet but according to a press-release I received it will be one of the most energetic sets to hit Austin in recent memory. Having listened to his 30 minute album, Wonder Visions I wonder how that is possible. Not that the album isn't good, in fact, I thoroughly enjoy it but it's not the most energetic music I've ever heard. It's mostly chill, cheap-sounding keyboards with Pure Moods bass-lines and simple/gentle drum parts. Clearly whomever thinks these elements equal super-high energy have never seen Big Freedia perform Ass Everywhere. However, as I mentioned, I have NEVER seen Delicate Steve live and maybe he shakes his ass and does David Lee-Roth high kicks while snorting blow off his Casio? Maybe I won't send a link of this post to his PR reps? Does this sound less-than glowing?

Delicate Steve - Butterfly video via YouTube

If you want to watch Delicate Steve do blow off a Casio (unconfirmed) or be a part of the communal Akron/Family experience there are still tickets available! So, you should probably get on with the purchasing of those today, as the price will increase tomorrow.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Big K.R.I.T Hits the Mohawk

So, when it comes to what is hip in urban music Bloggy is no authority, which is why it's nice to have friends over at Knuckle Rumbler who can give me the heads-up on what I should be paying attention to. Those cats know what's going on and have never steered me wrong, which is why I'm giving YOU the heads-up about a show they are producing at the Mohawk tomorrow night. It's the last day of March and what better way to celebrate than to shake dat ass to some dirty south hip-hop music from Big K.R.I.T? His mix tape KRIT Wuz here helped to catapult him into XXL Magazine's 2011 Freshman class feature. If you want to see him here in Austin tomorrow night a ticket will only set you back, $15 (if you buy one TODAY, it becomes $18 tomorrow.)

Big K.R.I.T - Hometown Hero video via YouTube

Not only do you get, headlining act Big K.R.I.T for your $15 but Freddie Gibbs is also on the bill, not to mention Smoke DZA. In other words this show is an anti-dote for all the pop-hip-hop that is invading the radio. An answer to those of you who pine for the days of early, classic hip-hop. Just like with indie-rock there are still people making great music, you just won't hear most of it on the radio.

Freddie Gibbs - Serve or Get Served video via YouTube

This is why it's great to have people like Knuckle Rumbler who seek-out great music and bring it to our city to hit our ears.

Smoke DZA - Continental Kush Breakfast video via YouTube

Doors for this EVENT open at 6:30pm and since this show is outside on a weekday it's going to be over pretty early so I'd arrive early enough to catch Mookie Jones and Roosh Williams who are scheduled for the earliest sets.

Roosh Williams - Beautifully Simple video via YouTube

Mookie Jones - Forever video via YouTube

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Miss Jackson (Oh, you know I'm Nasty)

I just heard about this really cool indie artist at SXSW y'all might be familiar with already, her name is Janet Jackson and I guess she already has a couple of albums/songs you may have heard? No, but seriously Austin, I can't believe there are still tickets available to see Janet at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Granted, the tickets are more costly than what we are used to seeing in Austin but, for one, it's Janet muthaphuckin' Jackson and for another thing, I'm sure the production is going to be pretty over-the-top. At least over-the-top for those of us who are used to seeing bands fall out of van and onto Emo's destroyed bomb-shelter-looking stage. Who knows, maybe she'll have a puma in a cage for Black Cat, that would be pretty dope. Lord knows there's gonna be some Velvet Ropes up in thurr too. As a waiter who doesn't make any money from blogging I can relate to your financial woes and shelling out $100 or more for a concert ticket seems kind of crazy but do you really think you'll get another chance to see Janet? Especially at a spectacular, intimate venue with amazingly awesome sound? Personally, I think the odds of that happening twice are low.

Janet Jackson - Up Close and Personal 2011 World Tour Promo Trailer video via YouTube

I didn't mention this above the break but, perhaps, the best thing about this Janet Jackson tour, is that it is in support of a Greatest Hits collection. In other words, the set-list won't be filled with songs you've never heard before, it's going to be wall-to-wall hits! Personally, I'm most excited about the songs from Janet. but I expect people to flip their collective lids for the songs from Rhythm Nation. That album was more hit singles than album tracks.

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation video via YouTube

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