Xetas Rule

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Xetas Rule

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018

Another glorious night of badassery at Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River, thank you very much. XETAS are at the controls, with Madison, WI tour buddies Proud Parents, who just released a new self-titled LP on Dirtnap that you seriously need to check out.

Tonight’s their Beerland tour kickoff show with an excellent line-up featuring Kay Odyssey and Hi, Gene. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. So much fun. Loud fun. Recommended.

-Photography by Julie Bishop.

You Can Do That

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You Can Do That

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

Philadelphia pop band Weller features singer/guitarist Harrison Nantz, who started Weller as a solo project about three years ago, and drummer Jeremy Berkin, who came on board after checking out some of Nantz’s early demos. They made their official debut with the EP Career Fair in 2016. This year’s self-titled LP holds up a powerful light to the unsteady pace of uncertainty with an examination of the far-reaching influences of one’s past experiences – the positive and the negative. Even something that occurred many years ago may still tread upon the soul and somehow tint today’s reality – and decision-making.

Weller’s current summer tour includes a show tomorrow night at Spider House Ballroom. This awesome bill includes local bands Lola Tried, A. Sinclair and Breathing Lessons. An abundance of rock and pop to swell the heart. Doors at 8 p.m. Don’t miss any of these bands, freak. Very recommended.

-Photography by Emily Dubin.

Coax Me Out

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Coax Me Out

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018

Imagine feeling fractured from the turmoil of two worlds; one has cast you out, the other, wrought with loathing for you. Where exactly do you go from there? Where – or what – is your place? Who are you?

Houston-based musician and producer Mandy Kim Clinton goes by the moniker Pearl Crush. Through her music, Clinton explores the struggles of a dual identity on her EP Coax Me Out, a lush blend of dreamy synth pop and R&B, with stories of the experiences of a Korean American told from a unique perspective.

Pearl Crush is in Austin for a performance tonight at Hotel Vegas on E. 6th, sharing a bill with Austin-based artist Daphne Tunes, and San Diego artist Erik Trejo’s project, LIGHTWORKS. The music starts after 9 p.m. Recommended.

-Photography by Daniela Galindo.

Take You To Burn

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Take You To Burn

Posted by on Jul 7, 2018

You know it when you hear it. You must. It’s right before the song starts – a cold intro with a burning message.

“I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE! AND I BRING YOU…”

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown‘s explosive single “Fire” reached no. 1 in the UK and Canada in 1968, no. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, a most impressive feat for the first track released from their self-titled debut album. And it was just the beginning of a colorful, illustrious career for the fantastic and outrageous Arthur Brown, the artist known to be the pioneer of shock rock, as well as a tremendous influence on prog and metal. That operatic voice could move mountains and shake foundations. If you didn’t have the fear of fire before hearing Brown, it’d be instilled soon after.

We’re damn lucky to have Brown in Austin for a very special event, indeed. A Fundraising Evening With the God of Hellfire, Arthur Brown features Brown with resident badass Bruce Hughes and friends playing tonight at Mosaic Sound Collective, 6400 FM 969 (78724). The show is a benefit for Partners Against Child Trafficking (PACT), and features a performance by husband and wife acoustic duo The Division Men, with DJ Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal doing the spinning between sets.

Brown will show no mercy. Time to ignite. This one comes very recommended.

-Photography by the phenomenal Barbara FG.

From Texas

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From Texas

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

Something about the vocals of Buck Meek just might…maybe…make you a tad weak in the knees. Every ounce of that warmth, that sweet twang coming in low key with heart worn on a slightly tattered sleeve, gently unfolds the beauty of his self-titled solo debut. You’re drawn in because it’s genuine, an inviting voice that doesn’t have to reveal all the details. No need for it. You still want to come along for each trip.

Now, circle back to the twang for a bit. Yes, Meek is originally from Texas – 16th generation, if you believe the curmudgeonly affectionate ramblings of Mt. Davidson (Twain) on Meek’s website bio, and it was shortly after Meek moved to New York City that he met Adrianne Lenker. This marked the beginning of an excellent collaboration that would soon become Big Thief. And now, Meek takes a brief break as Big Thief’s guitarist and fellow artiste to share the treasure trove of Buck Meek. You’ll find the tracks aren’t very long, the lengthiest coming in just over three and a half minutes, but the impression of each is a strong one. It only makes you want them more.

Tonight‘s album release will be a treat. See Buck Meek at the Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe in the Texas Union, with special guess Jesse Dalton (The Deer) and Amy Sue Berlin. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30. Very recommended.

-Photography by Adrianne Lenker.