Friday, November 30, 2012

Happenings This Weekend

We're approaching that part of the year when I get particularly lazy. I don't really feel like blogging as much nor do I trek downtown as often but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty for YOU to enjoy. This weekend there are lots of good shows of varying genres for you to attend. Tonight, my top pick for those of you who can attain entry, is the Gary Clark Jr. ACL TV taping. He's a local artist who is blowing up on the national scene and his latest record, Blak and Blu is already topping many year-end lists. I knew he was blowing up when I saw Alicia Keys tweeting about him, sure they are label-mates but that's still pretty cool. Tonight's ACL TV taping is destined to be a landmark event and if you don't have tickets already you can watch the live stream or you can get in the standby line early and hope there is space available.

Gary Clark Jr. - Ain't Messin' Round video via YouTube

If you can't make it to see Gary Clark Jr. tonight I recommend you get over to the Continental Club by 9pm to get some last minute tickets for this evening's Ben Kweller show. This is one of those rare evenings where you'll get the chance to see a big-time Austin performer in a small-scale venue. Tickets are $20 and at this point the only way to get them is at the door. Kweller won't take the stage until 11:30pm but if you aren't in line for tickets before 9pm, you're not getting in. To be honest, I'm pretty shocked that this show isn't sold-out yet.

Tomorrow night's shows are all over the map both physically and musically. I'll start with my top recommendation, which is the Sufjan Stevens Christmas show at Emo's. If I'm being honest, all I really LOVE from Suf is Illinois and I really wish he would stop fucking around with all of these Christmas songs but on the other hand, 'tis the season, which is why this show is my top pick for your Saturday night. Tickets are $20 and I don't really expect this show to sell-out, although I have been surprised in the past.

A VERY CLOSE second in my top picks for Saturday night category is the Talib Kweli show at the Mohawk. I almost made this show my top pick but the Suf show was just more relevant to December. Talib is a solid performer with a solid catalogue and even a casual hip-hop fan is sure to enjoy this event. Tickets for this show sold-out while I was writing. So...hope you got yours.

It takes a very special event for me to recommend you go to the heart of dirty 6th on a Saturday night but I like that David Bazan performing Pedro the Lion's (that's him) Control is one such event. I know lots of emo/hardcore/mopey dudes who credit Control as one of the most important records in their lives and hearing the man himself pull it out of the ashes is sure to be one of the most memorable events of 2012. The bad news is the show is Sold-Out the good news is, now you don't have to go to dirty 6th on a Saturday night! No but in all seriousness, if you're interested in this show you should still head down there I'm SURE people will have spare tickets.

I know, I know, that's two sold-out shows in a row! What am I doing to you!?!? Well, I still have options. Keep things local by heading over to Holy Mountain for the CD Release show from The Couch. Check out the new space, while supporting your local scene. There are no advanced tickets for this event so it's not sold-out, it's only going to cost $5 to get in and they'll have Shiner specials all night long. BOOM!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to Dress Well at the Mohawk

Thursday night the Mohawk plays host to How to Dress Well whose latest release, Total Loss was named by Pitchfork as "Best New Music." In other words, it's obscure, it's difficult but it's good. Both his first and second records blend R&B with electronic textures creating a sound that is equal parts sex and paranoia. I didn't love Total Loss upon the first few listens but it gets under your skin. There is something about the soundscapes against the vocals that make you want to hear it over and over again. I'm excited to see tomorrow night's show because I think it's either going to be amazing or a hot-mess and either way I want to be there to witness it. Tickets are $10 today or $12 tomorrow and I expect this show to sell-out before the doors open at 9pm on Thursday so if you're interested you should grab a ticket while you still can.

How to Dress Well - Ocean Floor for Everything video via YouTube

As I mentioned, this is an inside show so it's going to run late. Don't expect to see How to Dress Well on stage much before midnight. If you want to make a night of it arrive early enough to catch local band Royal Forest followed by Michigan-based Christian rapper Beacon.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Danse Macabre Revisited

Tomorrow night The Faint return to Austin to perform the album that put them on the map, Danse Macabre. Originally released in the fall of 2001, Danse Macabre is the third album from The Faint but it was the first to capture the attention of a large audience. It's not that it is vastly different from the previous releases, it was just the most honed and hit people's ears at the perfect moment. Mixing elements of goth-rock and dance music it didn't really birth a new musical movement but it certainly shined a lot on to one. Tickets for tomorrow night's show at Emo's are still available and the newly remastered Deluxe Edition of Danse Macabre will most certainly be available for purchase.

The Faint - Agenda Suicide video via YouTube

One could argue that without the release of Danse Macabre a band like Trust might not exist. Lucky for us, they do, they're fucking awesome and they'll be at Emo's tomorrow night as well. You may recall that Trust was just in Austin playing FunFunFun Fest as well as a Nites show at Elysium. For those of you who like dark, gothic, sparse electronics performed by cute boys this is the show for you. The video below was just released last week and is an acoustic, piano version of a song from TRST, which is out now. Based on the popularity of this piano version I wouldn't be surprised if an acoustic version of TRST was released early next year but that is mere conjecture.

Trust - Sulk (Piano Version) video via YouTube

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