This is what the kids are calling "blitz-pop." I don't what genre I'd put it under, but it's not too bad. Awolnation's new album Back From Earth is growing on me. I like the groovier tracks like "Guilty Filthy Soul." That's what I almost named this blog coincidentally. True story. Anyway, take a look and listen to Awolnation here:
Awolnation is headling a show this Thursday at Stubb's with two of my favorite local bands, Quiet Company and Bright Light Social Hour. Buy tickets at the door for only $3.For those of you who aren't so indie or are a little older, join me at Red Eyed Fly for Sponge.
Long live the '90s!!!! Sponge is coming to Austin to play a show at Red Eyed Fly this Thursday.This is one of the most underrated bands of the early '90s. I discovered them in middle school on a random visit to CD Warehouse one day (remember those?) in the used section. I picked up the album Rotting Pinata for the title and popped it into the CD players they used to have out at these listening stations. I instantly fell in love with it. Later I heard them in the movie Chasing Amy and haven't heard much from them since. Still, Rotting Pinata is one my top one hundred lists for best albums of all time.
I didn't think I'd ever get to see Sponge in concert, but now I get to sort of see them. The lead singer, Vinnie Dombroski, is the only original member. Still, I'm so there. Still wondering who Sponge is or can't remember who they are? Listen to "Plowed" here from the YouTube clip. It's a classic:
Advance tickets are available for the show on Frontgate Tickets here.
Stone Sour is back with a new album and there is a listening party for it here in Austin this Tuesday at Red Eyed Fly. Stone Sour is fronted by Corey Taylor, who also is a vocalist for Slipknot. They are harder radio rock with some agnst and heavy riffs mixed in. If you haven't heard them, and like hard rock that isn't too rip your face off, give Stone Sour a listen. Here is their new video for their single"Say You'll Haunt Me" off of their new album Album Secrecy:
Something even better for those of you who attend the listening party....
The Red Eyed Fly agreed to give away a pair of tickets to see popular '90s alt-rockers, Sponge, who are playing this Thursday. I'm hoping to check it out.
This group here is called Gayngs.They are coming to ACL and recently got some online buzz for doing the worst George Michael cover I've ever heard, which features Har Mar Superstar. Still, it didn't help. Check it out on Stereogum here.
Sleepy Sun is on tour and will be performing at The Parish on Saturday night. Details on how to win a pair of free tickets here.
For those of you who aren't so indie, Red River Noise is giving away two tickets to see the Japanese icons, Shonen Knife, at Red 7 on Friday night. Details on how to win a pair of Shonen Knife tickets here.
I often listen to Balmorhea to relax or while I'm working at desk. Beautiful music. It's like an indie band orchestra done right. You have to be in the mood for them, but they are amazing live. They play Wednesday night at Mohawk with Mother Falcon.
Austinist Indieroke returns tomorrow, September 9, to The Mohawk for a special Interpol edition. You can hear the new Interpol record and the karaoke party takes place inside where you can sing select Interpol songs to win some pretty cool prizes, including a vinyl copy of the new record. Vinyl is always delicious. See full details on the Austinist here.
I just thought I'd let you hardcore music fans know about some new album release listening parties happening this month at Red Eyed Fly. Pantera is re-releasing one of their oldies but goodies and System of a Down's Serj Tankian releases a solo album. I'm stoked about the Pantera album as I'm curious about any remastering or bonus tracks or whatever else may come with the release. This also gives me a reason to post the "Cowboys From Hell" music video.
Toronto indie band, Make Your Exit, have just released their new music video for their single "Leave This Town." While the single is good, the video is awesome. Every element of the music video was hand made by the band and their friends. It reminds me of something from the early '80s video era. I dig it. For those in Austin, they kind of remind me of Quiet Company. Check out the video here from AUX TV.
That's my old friend Bryan Richie from The Sword. He's holding a signed CD and vinyl of their new album, Warp Riders. He had all the members of the band sign both for me. As much as I wanted to keep them both for myself, I didn't. Instead I am giving them away on Red River Noise. After all, it is better to give than receive. To learn how you can win these, visit Red River Noise here.
Adi is putting on another show, this time with the good folks at Knuckle Rumbler. Being a Star Wars geek and hair metal fan, I found everything about this event interesting. It was also the most creative press releases I've come across. Here's an excerpt from it:
"There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Red River district. However there is a strong new partyist movement under the leadership of the mysterious Count Adi. He and all his music knowledge have made it easy for all hipsters of every walk of life to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Count Adi is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE CLONES to assist the overwhelmed party goers….
As such Adi and KR present to you ADI FEST 3 !!! Featuring some of the most amazing cover bands this side of Pluto. Second Hand News are sure to fulfill all your Fleetwood Mac needs, including a costume contest with real (not cloned) prizes".
For complete details and to RSVP for a discounted admission, visit the event post on Do512 here.
Here's a cool free event for you out there looking to live it up on Red River on the cheap. The Rumble at Beeerland is always a great showcase to check out obscure, unsigned and maybe even cool new bands. Even if the bands are terrible, you didn't waste money so there's no need to complain. The Rumble is also one of the few times I go to Beerland.
This show also caught my attention because it is one of the rare chances to see Sleep ∞ Over. Their music is this sort of haunting, obscure indie with hints dark electronic elements to it. I'd be curious to see how that translates live. I can only usually listen to that stuff at my desk late at night. The other bands on the bill are Austin based Pure Ecstacy and Soft Healer. Here's a look and listen to Soft Healer.
Doors are at 9:00 pm, first band starts around 10:00 pm. The Rumble at Beerland is brought to you by the Austin Rumble family of Future Sounds, The Onion AV Club, Waterloo Records, Covert Curiosity, The Austinist, Austin Town Hall and Beerland.
Seattle based indie garage rockers, Thunder Buffalo, will performing at Trailer Space Records on Saturday, September 18th at 4pm in support of their recently released self-titled album. Thunder Buffalo is the dream child of guitarist/vocalist Aaron Schroeder, who after signing to Sarathan Records and taking the Seattle music scene by storm, is on the road to perform in true DIY fashion, anywhere and everywhere - and as many times possible; from parks and parking lots to house parties and in-stores all in an effort to share his music and his dream. Kudos to them for paying dues and grinding it out.Give them a listen and check them out if your heart so desires.
Ian is a graduate of Round Rock High School and attended St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In 2008 he joined the team at Double Stereo (formerly CD Fuse) as their Blog editor where he reviewed concerts, albums, and did interviews for the popular music site.In January 2009, he became the Editor in Chief for Austin Vida. In 2010, with the help of some of his most talented friends, he launched Red River Noise. "Ian's Music Blog" is also one of the few blogs selected to be a Do512 All-Star.
On any given night of the week he can be found in downtown Austin on 6th Street and the Red River live music district.