Archive for April, 2009

This Week’s Shows

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Spring tours are in full effect, which means a truly intimidating amount of nearly constant concert announcements… luckily, you have us to steer you towards some of the more choice options.

Dengue Fever

Tonight, you should definitely check out Dengue Fever at the Mohawk. We first caught them during Fun Fun Fun Fest, when their Cambodian-influenced indie rocked our faces off.

Tuesday

Ouch. What is it with Tuesday nights in Austin lately? It’s almost like they are the new Thursday, with the amount of stiff competition between awesome bands playing one night. For this Tuesday, you have a choice between Cake at Stubbs and Mates of State at La Zona Rosa. Cake is sold out, but enterprising souls can find ways to get hold of a ticket or two…

Thursday

The Black and White Years are playing a show indoors at Stubbs, if you haven’t heard. It’s likely to sell out, so you may wanna buy tix now.

Friday

T-Bird & the Breaks

Death Cab for Cutie is playing the Austin Music Hall with Matt Costa and Ra Ra Riot. Brothers & Sisters are doing their feel-good brand of folk-y alt-country at Scoot Inn with JC & Co (Jason from Belaire and Voxtrot) and others. T-Bird & the Breaks (pic above) are throwing down neo-soul dance-friendy funkiness at Emo’s.

Saturday

The Red River Revolution II! The first one was late last fall, and it was already very chilly. With warmer weather upon us, the bonfire won’t be as essential as it was in the past, but will likely play a crucial role nevertheless in marshmallow-roasting endeavors. Featuring The Story Of, Sunset, Diagonals, and more, including DJ sets from members of the Black & White Years.

Also going down: Ume at La Zona Rosa. They’ve been making major waves with their post-punk grunge-y indie, along with lead singer Lauren’s powerhouse vocal stylings.

Give Peace A Dance – ATX Style

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Taken from http://www.earthdanceaustin.org/: “EarthDance, the Global Dance & Cultural Festival for Peace has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1997, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, EarthDance events have occurred in over 400 cities in 75 countries, with locations ranging from the club-lands of New York to the rainforests of Brazil . Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 250,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands more joining online in support of global peace and humanitarian aims.

EarthDance

EarthDance has been described by the music industry as the “Dance Aid” for the new millennium. “Think Global Act Local” is the aim of the event bringing together global communities to create a synchronized global festival and dance event to help fund humanitarian causes and develop an environment of peace throughout the World.

The highlight of the EarthDance Global event is a synchronized dance floor link-up, when the specially created song, “The Prayer for Peace” is played at every event across the world at exactly the same time. 6pm Central Time Houston TX, morning in Australia, sunrise over the Himalayas, midnight in London, afternoon in California – the universal prayer is a powerful moment that unifies our intention for a peaceful world.”

The first annual EarthDance Austin is happening in September! The 3-day camping festival will run September 25th-27th, and EarthDance Austin 2009 will support the non-profit charitable organization, Lance Armstrong Foundation. Among many artists from around the world, Chillville friends and Austin locals Govinda are on the bill, along with an impressive lineup of acts that are sure to serve up lots of dance energy and a great festival experience. Guests can also enjoy the psychedelic sights and sounds of Austin’s Canartic which has joined the festival lineup, and new acts continue to be added. The fun will go down at Apache Pass in “Downtown Texas” where there are several acres of open areas and some forested spots in which to camp, play, dance, and sing. You’ll find artisans, workshops, concerts and events all weekend long on five stages and plenty of room to frolic or simply – chill. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are now available. More information at EarthDanceAustin.org, or you can check it out on MySpace.

(4/26/09) Monty’s Catch of the Day – The Dandy Warhols

Monday, April 27th, 2009


I have been a huge fan of The Dandy Warhols since they broke out on the scene in the mid ’90’s. They do a fantastic job of blending rock, psychedelic, electronic, and pop into one large sound. Last year the Portland based band released Earth to the Dandy Warhols through their own digital music service, and eventually released it on iTunes several months thereafter. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed in the album, and thought it was there weakest album to date. The good thing is that the Dandy’s recently released a remix EP on iTunes entitled Earth to the Remixes Vol. 2, and these tracks actually gave a new life to the songs I was initially uninterested in. I happen to find myself really liking these new renditions of the originals, especially today’s catch “Love Song” which was remixed by Fathead and Jeremy Sherrer. Any Dandy song that implements a human beat box is alright in my book. Listen to samples of the remix EP, and “Love Song” right here. Enjoy!

The Kills

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The Kills

The Kills have a disquieting intensity to their music. It reflects into their videos – the gritty, unsettling, often violent cinematography of Last Day of Magic and Black Balloon exemplify – and, appropriately enough, carried into their live show on Friday. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince prowled the stage, pacing and circling each other like a cat and dog ready to fight. They leaned over a sea of grasping hands and sang into the crowd; Jamie aimed his guitar at Alison like a gun; they each snarled lyrics into the other’s face.

Within the three-song encore, they included a cover of I Put A Spell On You… it was entirely appropriate.
The Kills

The Kills

The Kills

More at Mary’s Flickr photo set.

Chillville April 26, 2009

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Rise and Shine. Wake and Bake. It’s all good. Just make sure you take Chillville along for the ride.

  • Goldfrapp – Trains
  • The Swell Season – Falling Slowly
  • Kraak & Smaak – Thinking Back
  • Depeche Mode – Wrong
  • Elliot Smith – Because 
  • Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
  • (9:30) Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
  • Kinobe – Slip Into Something More Comfortable
  • Faithless – Bombs
  • Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)
  • Coldplay – Don’t Panic
  • Yadira Brown – Dreams of Heaven
  • (10:00) The Cure – To the Sky
  • The Kills – Black Baloon
  • Stateless – Bloodstream
  • Meiko – Under My Bed
  • Daft Punk – Verdis Quo
  • Apollo 440 & Morphine – This is Not a Dream
  • (10:30) James Yuill – No Surprise
  • Radiohead – House of Cards
  • The Postal Service – Sleeping In
  • Moby – Whispering Wind
  • Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself
  • (11:00) The Charlatans UK – My Beautiful Friend
  • Centro-matic – Glacial Slurs
  • The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out
  • The Dandy Warhols – Love Song – remix (Monty’s Catch of the Day)
  • Portishead – All Mine
  • William Orbit – Optical Illusion
  • (11:30) Massive Attack – Future Proof
  • 12th Planet – Control (Skream Remix)
  • Telepopmusik – Breathe
  • Jenny Owens Young – Hot in Herre
  • 311 – Stealing Happy Hours
  • Unkle – Clouds

Spoon at Scoot Inn

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Spoon

Spoon played last night to a sold-out hometown crowd for a solid hour-and-a-half, with a mix of old and new material.

The first part of the set was devoted almost entirely to new music, and it showed in the band’s slight hesitancy at first: you could tell that they were not quite comfortable with the songs yet. At the same time, their focus on recording over the past months also meant that some of the older songs showed the same hesitancy, as the band tried to get back into the swing of playing live again.

The crowd called out requests for old favorites, Britt laughed off any slip-ups with a rueful smile, and the sound was superb. The new material was intriguing, and while Britt didn’t let slip any details about a release date, you can be sure we can’t wait to hear the tracks all polished and pretty.

Spoon

For more pics, check out Mary’s Flickr photo set.

St. Vincent, Pixies, Lolla

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

NPR is streaming the entirety of St. Vincent’s new album Actor a full two weeks before it drops. We haven’t had much chance to listen, but what we’ve heard is stellar. Annie’s voice is at its charming best, and the lyrics contain her usual unexpected bite to balance out the instrumental delicacy. But her sweetness, always forefront, is broken also with an unexpected but welcome palate-cleansing punch of distorted guitar. Other than the two singles already out, the songs that immediately resonated were Neighbors, Marrow, and Just the Same But Brand New.

In other album news, the Pixies have a new album, apparently titled Minotaur, coming out June 15th, which excites us beyond measure…
ETA The Pixies’ Minotaur is actually a box set of all their studio albums, along with some other extra goodies. Not quite as awesome as new material, but very cool nevertheless.

The Lollapalooza lineup is out, and is – of course – a doozy. Just a few of the Chillville artist making an appearance include Depeche Mode, Thievery Corporation, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Santigold, Lykke Li, and so many more it’s kinda ridiculous.