Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Planning Ahead: Don't Miss These Shows

In looking ahead at what artists we can expect to see in our fair city the first thing one should consider is SXSW. If you haven't been thinking about SXSW since Thanksgiving, you're clearly an amateur. If you're reading this from outside of Austin and thinking, "Maybe I should check out SXSW this year." It's already too late. If you are an Austin resident then I HIGHLY encourage you to fork out the $189 for a music wristband (On sale Feb 6th to Austin residents only.) That may seem like a lot of money since you can "...see all of the same bands for free at day-parties..." but trust me when I tell you it's a much different experience.

Day parties are great and I love free alcohol as much as the next functioning alcoholic but some of those things are an Absolut shit show. (You see what I did there?) Last year all of my SXSW highlights took place at official showcases. I still went to day-parties but I only went to ones I knew would run on time and have good sound. That narrows it down to roughly three day parties.

I started my list of upcoming event with next week. You're on your own for the rest of the week. If a listing has been struck-through it means the show is already sold-out. Sorry Vampy Weekend fans. Clicking the artist's name will bring you to their Facebook page so you can "Like" and "connect" with them. Clicking the venue name brings you to the ticketing and/or events page. These posts take me FOREVER so please share this with anyone and everyone otherwise it feels like a huge waste of time. This Beyonce video isn't even remotely related to this post. You're welcome.

Beyonce - XO video via YouTube

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Maria Taylor at the Mohawk

Maria Taylor will play the Mohawk's inside stage tomorrow night and you should go. Tickets are only $12 and there's not a lot of space in that room so chances are this event will sell-out before tomorrow evening. Even if this post is your first time ever seeing the name Maria Taylor, chances are you're going to enjoy her set tomorrow night. Her most recent album, is out now via Saddle Creek Records. That in and of itself should tell you that this event is worth $12. It's not often you get to see a Saddle Creek artist in a space as intimate as the Mohawk's inside stage.

Maria Taylor - Up All Night video via YouTube

I know that the inside stage at the Mohawk has its detractors but most of those problems are because people don't know how to properly fill that space. The same thing happens on the bus, people don't move all the way into the space so then the entryway gets jammed up and it makes it seem as though the space is full when it's not. It's a pain the ass but I always push my way through the crowd toward the far wall and there is always space. Don't get caught in the bottlenecked doorway, it's a trick. However, I'd prefer you not take my favorite spot to stand and as always keep the talking to a minimum in the performance space. Thank you for considering your fellow patron.

Arrive early and you'll catch PJ Bond. He's just a guy from New Jersey making some honest music. From what I can tell his set will consist of him and one other fellow, he seems handsome and if his Facebook page is any indication you might be able to convince him to stay with you after the show. Just don't make it sound as creepy as I just did.

PJ Bond - I'm in a Bad Way video via YouTube

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