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October 5, 2010

I’m sorta kinda an official blogger now!  Thanks to the fabulous work of Seanningham Productions, Austin Girl Music Guide has migrated to a permanent home at www.austingirlmusicguide.com.  Please update your bookmarks and let me know what you think.

This will be the last post on this page, but this site will stay up for a while until we make sure everything is in working order.  Thanks for reading!

Austin Events: September 27 – 30

September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27th

Atari Teenage Riot

Check out the ’90s digital techno band at Red 7, doors at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 and you can buy them here.

Ratatat

Synth-rock band Ratatat hits up Stubb’s tonight.  Doors at 6:30 pm, but tickets are sold out.  Check Craigslist if you need some.

Rock’n Ron-athon Benefit with Eric Johnson, David Grissom, Malford Milligan, Ian McLagan

It’s happening at Antone’s, doors at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $25, $50 for VIP.  Pick them up here.

From the promoter:

Fans and friends are invited to an Austin ALL Star Musician Line-Up at Antones, on Monday September 27, 2010. The event is to help support Ron Condon of Austin Speaker Works, local musician, husband and father, with the multitude of medical expenses resulting from his 20 + year battle with severe Crohns Disease.

Kat Edmonson

Kat plays the Cactus Cafe for 2 nights.  The cost is $15, $10 with UT student ID.  Doors at 8:30 pm.

Los Lonely Boys

The “Texican” band plays a FREE show at Waterloo tonight, doors at 5 pm.

Tuesday, September 28th

Downtown Live Featuring The Trishas

The FREE series at the Belmont features The Trishas this week.  Doors at 7:00 pm.

Pavement

The legendary underground slacker band plays at Stubb’s tonight.  Tickets are sold out (duh), so Craigslist will be your friend.  Doors at 7:30 pm.

The Midgetmen– Pavement Aftershow

The self-billed “slop punk mavens” of Austin take the honor of playing Pavement’s aftershow indoors at Stubb’s.  Doors at 10 pm, tickets are $8.  Buy them here.

Raul Malo

Another FREE show at Waterloo tomorrow evening.  Doors at 5 pm.

Wednesday and Thursday, after the jump! Read more…

Preview: ACL Fest 2010, Bands to See Sunday

September 23, 2010

This is it!  The last preview for ACL fest, now only 2 weeks away.  If you missed out on my recommendations for Friday and Saturday, you can click here and here to check that out.  On with Sunday’s bands to see!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – 12:30 – 1:15 pm

Start Sunday off on a high note by checking out  some British flavored indie punk rock.  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are one of the biggest indie acts of the moment and the rumor is that their live show is pretty great, so I’d make it a point to be there for this one.

Portugal. The Man – 2 – 3 pm

Sunny alternative-folk from a band with punctuation in their name hailing from Wasilla, Alaska.  How could you go wrong?  After several independent label releases, Portugal. The Man has been signed to Atlantic Records and they’re making their ACL Fest debut this year.

The Morning Benders – 3 – 4 pm

While they didn’t wow me during SXSW at the Levi’s/FADER fort, The Morning Benders are known for producing some gorgeous indie tunes infused with orchestral instrumentation (with some help from Grizzly Bear band member Chris Taylor).  Plus, lead singer Chris Chu has serious vocal chops.  All in all, this should be a great afternoon show.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – 4 – 5 pm

Ah, controversy!  Yes, seeing this show will make you miss Yeasayer, but there are numerous bands very similar to Yeasayer at this year’s fest.  And while I like Yeasayer too, I am excited to check out this 24 year-old trombone prodigy who caused a stir on the ACL stage a couple of weeks ago.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – 5 – 6 pm

This might be count 2 in the nouveau hippie list, but if you can overlook that, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will probably be playing the absolute happiest show of the festival.  There’s no denying the catchy, uplifting quality of their tunes – see them if you want to witness another potential festival “moment.”

The Flaming Lips – 6 – 7 pm

I’m not sure why the Lips keep getting sidelined with early evening spots at ACL…why no headlining spot?  After all, a band whose shows have been referred to as “one to see before you die” surely deserve it.  Well, I’m just glad they’re going to be there, even if I have seen them twice this year.  I might have a small obsession.

The National – 7 – 8 pm

On the heels of their massively successful fifth album High Violet, The National hits up ACL Fest in the coveted sunset hour.  Brooding poetic lyrics surrounded by swirling indie rock will definitely leave a lasting impression on those who decide to skip The Eagles’ closing show – like myself.

Yay!  Two more weeks until ACL!  Leave your comments and let me know what you’re seeing, and after the fest, what you thought of my recommendations. And don’t forget to stay tuned during the festival for tweet updates, pictures, and reviews of the sets.

Preview: ACL Fest 2010, Bands to See Saturday

September 21, 2010

Image Courtesy the Austin American Statesman

If you missed it, we’re previewing this year’s ACL Fest.  I’m giving my recommendations of bands to see for each day, and today, we’re looking at Saturday’s schedule.  If you missed my picks for Friday of the fest, check it out here.

Saturday is an entirely different beast, all full of conflicts and tough choices.  Let’s begin!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

Balmorhea – 11:20 am – 12 pm

If you’re going to make an early start on Saturday, you can look forward to catching local band Balmorhea.  A complex mix of classical music, indie, and otherworldly sounds perfect for soundtracks makes this instrumental band the perfect intro to Saturday’s schedule.

Lissie – 12:15 – 1 pm

When you just have to know who the next female voice-of-the-moment is, you’ll want to catch Lissie’s show.  Her full length debut album Catching a Tiger has been heralded by indie magazines and blogs based on the merits of her throaty, powerful vocals.

The Very Best – 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Skip Vampire Weekend on Friday and catch one of the artists pioneering the Afro-Western sound that Ezra Koenig cribs from instead.  (Although, Ezra did appear on The Very Best’s album Warm Heart of Africa, so a guest appearance is always a possibility…)  The Very Best are fresh and fun, and one of the only African-based acts at the fest this year.

Bear in Heaven – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

No, it’s not just the names they have in common: Bear in Heaven is like the love child of Grizzly Bear and Yeasayer.  Sonic psychedelic soundscapes, with a hint of indie pop sensibility to boot.

The Gaslight Anthem – 2:30 – 3:30 pm

The Gaslight Anthem is being heralded as one of America’s best “new” punk bands, but really, they’re a mix of pop, punk, and rock all in one.  Their latest album, The ’59 Sound, was produced by an ex-member of Flogging Molly, they’ve toured with Against Me!, and count Bruce Springsteen among their fans.  See them and feel like you’re at Lollapalooza again.

Mayer Hawthorne & The County – 3:30 – 4:30 pm

The second in the overall don’t-miss category for me is Mayer Hawthorne & The County.  Reviving the traditions of Motown more effectively than anyone else in recent years, Mayer Hawthorne (real name: Andrew Mayer Cohen) has been a fixture on the festival circuit this year.  His smooth crooning will be a major draw at this year’s ACL.

Click the jump to see the bands I recommend for the evening hours!

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Austin Events: September 20 – 23

September 20, 2010

Monday, September 20th

Smashing Pumpkins with Bad City

The band that started all things emo comes to Stubb’s tonight.  Doors at 6 pm.  The show is sold out, so check Craigslist if you need some!

Erin Ivey with Jackie Myers Band, Matt McCormack, the Generals, Daniel Harris, Boosy Crazy

Singer-songwriter nights at Momo’s.  Doors at 5:15 pm.  The cover is $5.

Radio Moscow with Bridge Farmers, Secret Trains

See some seriously great electric guitar playing from Radio Moscow.  It’s inside at Emo’s, doors at 9 pm.  Cover is $8.

Bruno Mars

A FREE show, happening at Waterloo Records, tonight at 5 pm.

Tuesday, September 21st

Tuesday is HAAM Benefit Day at most venues here in town.  Check out the full schedule of events, but I’ll list the top picks here.

Pixies

The legendary band is playing 2 nights at Austin Music Hall.  Doors at 7 pm, tickets are $39.50.  You can buy them here.

Soundcheck Magazine HAAM Benefit Show with Salesman, Ideal Soul Mart, STUNTS

Check it out inside at Emo’s, doors at 5 pm.  Cover is 5.

Downtown Live at the Belmont with Fastball

Another FREE show at the Belmont with Austin natives Fastball.  Doors at 7 pm.

Special HAAM BENEFIT DAY BLUE TUESDAY with Derek O’Brien, Denny Freeman, Pinetop Perkins

Some of the best blues specialists around will play at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Doors at 7 pm.  Tickets are $8, with $80 and $100 VIP options available.  Pick them up here.

Haam Jaam

Stop The Truck, members of Grimy Styles, Tribal Nation, Don Chani and Mau Mau Chaplains play at the Flamingo Cantina’s Haam benefit.  Doors at 9 pm and the cover is $5.

Wednesday and Thursday events, after the jump!

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Preview: ACL Festival 2010, Bands to See Friday

September 19, 2010

Well, it’s about that time…the ACL Festival is right around the corner and now that the aftershow situation has been addressed, let the daily schedule planning commence!  It’s getting cooler outside and I’m extra excited about the possibility of good weather this year (let’s cross our fingers that the Dillo Dirt has been thoroughly soaked into the grass by now).  With just two and a half weeks to go until one of my favorite local events EVER, stay tuned into AGMG for the best festival picks for all three days of ACL.  Today, we’re looking at Friday.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

The GIVERS – 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Start out your festival experience with happy, quality indie pop music from Louisiana band The GIVERS.  Here’s how much buzz they have: they haven’t even released a full album (only an EP) and they’ve already played at several festivals, including SXSW, and have toured with the Dirty Projectors and Ra Ra Riot.  Guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

The Soft Pack – 1  – 2 pm

San Diego rock band The Soft Pack specializes in vintage garage band rock.  Touring in promotion of their self-titled full-length debut, go see them if you need a dose of back-to-basics rock ‘n’ roll.

Girls – 3 – 4 pm

Girls basically bills themselves as a tribute to the peace and love attitude in San Francisco and the glory of adolescence.  While that may seem overly nostalgic to some, at least the band is fully sincere.  My advice – see them for the nicely ingrained tributes to Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys and ignore the nouveau hippie vibes from the audience.

The Black Keys – 4 – 5 pm

Um, in an obvious time slot choice (since the schedule was rearranged to accommodate fans of both Broken Bells and The Black Keys), The Black Keys are one of the must-see bands of this year’s fest.  Their latest album, Brothers, is possibly their best work yet, making their functional and spare bluesy-garage rock sexy and soulful.  Don’t miss this duo on Friday afternoon.

See the rest of AGMG’s Friday picks – after the jump.

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Austin Events: September 17 – 19

September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th

Citizen Cope, Night One

Check out Clarence Greenwood’s laid-back show tonight at Stubb’s.  Doors at 7 pm.  Tickets are $30 and you can get them here.

The Bright Light Social Hour CD Release

One of Austin’s most exciting and innovative live bands celebrates the release of their first full-length album tonight at Antone’s.  Doors at 8 pm.  Tickets are $17.50 and you can get them here.

KVRX Concert Series

Local radio station KVRX hosts a lineup of local bands tonight at the United States Art Authority.  Doors are at 7 pm and the cover is $5.  See the full lineup and the set times here.

Gadfly DreamFactory Presents Miami Horror and French Horn Rebellion

Dance your face off to some electro-dance pop tonight at The Phoenix, doors at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 and you can get them here.

From the promoter:

Gadfly will be hosting their first and second performance of their newly released album!  This event will have a few complimentary drinks during fashion show, and will host Gadfly’s Fall Women’s Clothing Collection 2010 as well Gadfly Indie Designer “LaLa Saville” collection.  There will also be a raffle for a live art piece that will be made during show.

The Skatalites and Doreen Shaffer

Reggae ska legends The Skatalites will perform at The Flamingo Cantina tonight.  Doors at 9 pm.  Cover is $20.

Saturday, September 18th

Tallest Man on Earth with S. Carey

See an up-and-coming singer-songwriter at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Doors at 8 pm.  Check Craigslist for tickets!

Citizen Cope, Night Two

Night 2 at Stubb’s.

Whitman with Politics

2 local bands will play at the ND at 501 Studios.  It’s FREE!  Doors at 9 pm.

The Belleville Outfit with Kalu James

Check out an eclectic show at Momo’s tomorrow night.  Doors at 10 pm.

From the promoter:

Gigs connected by long winding roads through North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and on to Colorado and California, via the many places in between, have helped weave the charm and energy that defines The Belleville Outfit’s second album, TIME TO STAND, which was released in May of 2009. The album showcases the young band’s signature style of gypsy swing, jazz, big band, country and Americana roots music, highlighted by songs including “Sunday Morning,” “Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby” and “Once and For All.” Time to Stand follows the band’s successful 2008 self-released debut, WANDERIN’, which spent more than 20 weeks on the Americana radio chart, rising to 10.

Sleepy Sun with True Widow, Astronaut Suit and Brother Ghost

This looks to be an interesting show at The Parish.  Doors at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.

From the promoter:

Sleepy Sun is a California band from many Californias. They hail from the rolling oak and sage hills of Sierra Gold Country, The San Francisco Peninsula, where Kesey raged and the Dead were once Warlocks, and the forever-sunshine climes of the Southland. They came together—young and garage strutting in the coastal Northern California crucible of Santa Cruz. And there they birthed the Sleepy sound—dead blues shaken alive, razor sharp and ramblin’, soul, sonic science and dead-on pop surgery. Wooden, earthy, stratospheric, and swinging…California music of beautiful contrasts for conflicted times.

RED RIVER REGGAE ROCK: Tin Can Phone, Shark Attack, Sons of the Beach, DJ Ivor

Check out some Texas reggae bands at Club Encore, doors at 9 pm.  Cover is $7, or buy advance tickets for $6 here.

Sunday, September 19th

Death Letters, Suncopters

The Dutch rock band Death Letters hits up the Beauty Bar on Sunday.  Doors at 10 pm.

Night Fever: Vol V The Reggae Edition, with Nappy Riddem (DC), el john (Thievery Corp) and Jah Mighty (Ring the Alarm)

A great way to spend a Sunday.  It’s happening at The Scoot Inn, doors at 9 pm.  Cost is $6 before 11 pm and $8 after.

Bullet For My Valentine with Escape The Fate & Black Tide

A hard rock and metal show at Stubb’s.  Doors at 6 pm, tickets are $31.  Pick them up here.