Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dignan on Sunday

One of the best bands to come out of the Rio Grande Valley, Dignan, is coming back to Austin tomorrow for a show at Mohawk with Farewell Flight. I saw these guys at Pachanga Fest in 2009 and again at Emo's last fall. They are the real deal in the uber-indie world, one of the few I actually like. Go see them.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

These guys are called Lights On. They are from San Diego and they kick ass. I want to see them live but didn't see anything on their site for any Austin stops. I guess that means they'll be here during South By.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hipsters ruin zombies for me

I love old school horror and zombie flicks. Zombies used to be cool until hipsters started going zombie crazy. I started to see inklings of it in music videos like the one above and on t-shirts local (faux) hipsters started to wear. Is it me or does anyone else notice a hipster zombie craze? I wish the zombies would just eat the hipsters wearing their shirts already. What would George Romero do?

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New music video: 'Tres Brujas' by The Sword

Tres Brujas

The Sword | MySpace Music Videos

There is no better band on the planet right now. The new album from The Sword, Warp Riders, is out in stores today. Want a lesson in metal? Get it on vinyl. Even the Austin blogger faux-hipsters are talking about it and they never touch anything but see and be seen indie shows. That's what's up.

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I like the song's message , but not the music so much...

I hate it when people wear shades just wear them. It is one thing if the sun is actually in your eyes, but so you really need to wear them inside or in a dark ass club? Being a celebrity doesn't excuse it either. If you can't look me in my eyes when we talk, you're a douche bag or you are hiding something. My guess is your insecurities.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

What 'Glee' Should Sound Like...

If that TV show Glee was more like this, I'd actually watch it. This is what Glee would sound like if the show featured '90s hip hop. Westside!

Yeah boyyyyyy!!!!

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(8/20) Krum Bums tour kick off show at Red 7

 Hardcore punk rockers rejoice! Krum Bums are headlining Friday night at Red 7. This is their tour kick off show so make sure make this show. They'll be playing again in Austin on October 8th but why wait until then? Expect a large crowd, crazy pits and frontman Dave Tejas to climb and jump all over the place. Check out this Red River Noise live video of the Krum Bums from this year's Free Week show. Craziness!

RRN-TV: Krum Bums live at Red 7 from Red River Noise on Vimeo.

If you want to win a pair of free tickets, there is still time to add Red River Noise on Facebook here.The winner will be drawn on the day of the show in the afternoon sometime. Good luck to ya!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chicken, Waffles and Soul at The ND this Friday

I know you have been hearing about these Knuckle Rumbler parties and events around town. They've made quite the name for themselves as event producers and promoters. I'm not into the everything they put on because they get too hipster for me at times. When they get it right they get it right though, they get it right.

This Friday their event involves chicken and waffles with some soul? Are you kidding me? Delicious and fun. I have always said more live music concerts and events need to have food available, food other than pizza or cheap tacos that is. I mean I'm always music first, but I gotta eat when I'm hungry. Oh and the band, Soul Track Mind, looks like they'd be fun to check out live. Blue eyed soul is nothing new, but it makes for a good time. Check these dudes here on this video from TC's Lounge over on the Eastside. 

Advance tickets for this event are available. VIP gets you a meal, a drink ticket and a copy of the Soul Track Mind CD. Purchase tickets here. If you want to try and win tickets, Red River Noise is giving them away on their Facebook here.

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Quiet Company star in new Star Wars JibJab

Austin indie band, Quiet Company, put out this new Star Wars JibJab video. Aside from making good tunes, they have The Force. More bands should do this sort of outside the box promotion.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

(8/14) Preview: Mother Falcon at The Parish

Mother Falcon has been on my list of bands to see here in Austin for a long time, but I have to be in the mood to see something really relaxing in order to see them. When I go see a show, I usually need that live show experience to amp me up and get my blood flowing. If you read any of my online publications, you know that I always go see the hard stuff live and the listen to the slow stuff I review at home. I may make an exception Thursday night as this will be the last chance I have to see Mother Falcon before I start work for the fall semester.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mother Falcon, they are orchestral indie collective of young musicians. When I mean collective, I mean collective. Here is the list of members and which instruments they play:

Laura Andrade - Cello
Rita Andrade - Viola
Italo Benavides - Cello
Diana Burgess - Cello
Kira Bordelon - Violin
Clara Brill - Violin
Nick Calvin - Cello
Maurice Chammah - Violin
Yun Du - Violin
Nick Gregg - Vocals, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar
Austin Harris - Violin
Tamir Kalifa - Vocals, Accordion
Matt Krolick - Trumpet
Gilman Lykken - Bassoon
Josh Newburger - Violin
Claire Puckett - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Matt Puckett - Vocals, Saxophone, Glockenspiel
Luke Stence - Bass
Isaac Winburne - Saxophone, Percussion, Piano

I often describe them to folks as sort of a young Balmorhea. These kids are amazing musicians and The Parish really is the ideal venue for them. The Parish has the sound, lighting and aesthetics suited for a small orchestra. Catching them Thursday night would also be good because they may be performing new songs off their new album they are currently recording. I'm looking forward to hearing it whenever it does come out. This Thursday's show is also the last show with their original line up. To get a better idea of what Mother Falcon looks and sounds like, watch this live video clip of them performing at Mohawk.

Doors are at 7:00pm. Advance tickets for this show are not available. Admission is $8 at the door. All ages are welcome. Also on the bill with Mother Falcon are Battle Bend and Little Lo. For complete details, visit The Parish online here

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Monday, August 16, 2010

New music video from Living Days: "Let's Kiss"

I grew up in the eighties when MTV played videos, more so videos like this one from Living Days. New wave is a guilty pleasure of mine. Next thing you know I'll appear on Out With Me or Last Night's Party after dancing at Barbarella. Okay maybe not...

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Preview: The Maine at Emo's

One of Alt Press Magazine's bands to watch in 2010 is coming to Emo's this Wednesday for their own headlining tour.When I saw The Maine at Warped Tour last year, I wasn't impressed one way the other. This year, after a label deal and some haircuts, they are like a whole new band. Now they are much less "scene kid" band and more rock radio. That's a good move. Check out their new video for their single, "Inside of You."

If you like what you hear or are a big fan of The Maine, we are giving away tickets on Red River Noise. Learn how you can win them here.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Gram Rabbit Ticket + CD Giveaway

I don't know whether to be excited, weirded out or frightened by this one.The one and only Gram Rabbit will be performing at Emo's on Sunday, August 14. Talk about an interesting Sunday after church huh? This doesn't appear to be your typical indie-pop or dancy-electro band. From what I've read, they have a very loyal following called "The Royal Order of Rabbits." Interesting to say the least. Take a look at this music video for their song "Shiny Monster."

To learn how to win FREE tickets to the show at Emo's Sunday and a copy of the new CD, visit the Red River Noise here.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Weekend Preview: Fresh Millions at The Parish

This is one of the best poster's I've seen. I love me some classic Farah. Anyway, this is one of the many showcases you need to put on your weekend calendar. It is not often I mention local happenings unless the quality of the bands is on par with most of the touring acts. That is not a knock on the local scene at all, as here in Austin we have lots of local bands/musicians that blow away most touring acts. It is just that it is rare you have three bands that could be a local showcase headliner on one bill.

Saturday night at The Parish, you get two see three top tier Austin bands in good venue with awesome stage lighting and fantastic sound. The semi-newly formed Love At 20 is a blogger buzz band in the indie world, while SuperLiteBike does their brand of experimental indie well. What makes this pick a no brainer for me though is headliner, Fresh Millions. Think indie, electronic dance elements and funky beats all mixed up and all over the place in sort of an organized chaos. I am not even into this sort of genre really, but I somehow manage to find myself liking these dudes. Time to check them out live. Check them out here in this video:

The Parish is located at 214-C East 6th Street. Advance tickets are not available for this show. Tickets are $7 at the door and doors open at 9:00pm. 

By the way...

If you'd like to go to this show for FREE, then hit up Red River Noise here for details on how to win a pair of tickets to the show. Add Red River Noise on Facebook here to keep up with all the great eclectic content as well as with our multiple ticket giveaways.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Waiting for the new Chiodos album

I belong to the school of thought that there is no Chiodos without Craig Owens. When he left the band and did his solo thing, I was really disappointed. Fast forward to this coming October, Chiodos carries on with new lead singer Brandon Bolmer, formerly of Yesterdays Rising. I'm going to have an open mind and pretend that this is band not named Chiodos when I listen to it. Who knows, it may be good. I'll let you know.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

(8/15) Hipspanic goodness with ZZK at Beauty Bar

All you Latino hipsters and cumbia lovers should be pretty excited about this one. The Argentinian DJ collective known as ZZK will be making a tour stop in Austin this Sunday, August 15, at Beauty Bar. Dance music lovers, Latin music lovers and anyone looking for something cool and different will love these dudes. They mash cumbias and electronic dance music with traditional South American sounds we can all get down to. I first heard about them last year when they had an album on Nacional Records. Going on their own now, these DJs keep on truckin' and are making rare stateside appearances in different cities as we speak.

Arrive at 8:00pm and be ready to party all night. Dress for photos, as all the hipster photographers and photo bloggers will be out in full force. Admission is $7 but you can get in for $5 if you RSVP here. Local support comes from the Latin DJ team, Peligrosa All-Stars.  I mean really, what else are you going to do that's cooler than this on a Sunday night? You better call in Monday or tell your boss you're coming in late.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Internet Killed The Video Star

This is one of the best music videos I've seen lately. I love the irony and bikini clad zombies, but the song is not in my realm of taste. Still, I thought I'd share as this genre is uber popular here in Austin with the kids.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Video Interview: Pacha Massive

This past May at the third annual Pachanga Fest, my Austin Vida crew and I worked together with Blastro to produce some backstage video interviews with some of the performing artists. My one scheduled video interview of the day was with one of the most eclectic Latin Alternative groups around, Pacha Massive. Check it out and get familiar with one of my favorite groups.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Catch Hey Rosetta! as they open for Hot Hot Heat

While I know the attraction to Emo's on August 27th will be headliner Hot Hot Heat, be sure to show up for their opener, Hey Rosetta!. These Canadian indie rockers are a pretty good band, with talent worthy of their own headlining tour. You will be hearing more about them in the near future I'm sure, but you might as well get familiar with them now as they are coming to town. The song in the video posted above is called "Bandages" from their Red Songs EP. Purchase tickets for the Austin show at Emo's here.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Austin Ticket Give Away: Rasputina and Larkin Grimm at The Parish

Rasputina is a popular (amongst certain sects anyway) cello driven trio have been around since the early nineties. I remember them getting early buzz from two things specifically 1) Lead singer and founder Melora Creagor played cello with Nirvana and 2) Marilyn Manson once mentioned in an interview that Rasputina was one of his favorite bands. I wish I could remember the magazine but it has been so long at this point that I'm surprised I even remember that. They truly are unique, regardless of who said what or how you are familiar with them. They always seem to come through Austin when tour, the last time having performed at The Parish. With the incredible sound and lighting at The Parish, it is the perfect venue for Rasputina.

Rasputina return to The Parish this Friday, August 6th. Their touring mate this time around is singer-songwriter, Larkin Grimm. It is on this tour that you will see a male cellist for the first time in Rasputina, Daniel DeJesus. If you like Rasputina and want to check out the show for free, we are giving away tickets at Red River Noise. Visit the following link for more details:

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