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First Day of Summer Fest – Saturday June 21st – Austin, Texas
Tuesday June 17th 2008, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Austin Music Events

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Again! This time counting up (not down)…

12 pm: HMS Foolhardy
1 pm: Built by Snow
2 pm: Peel
3 pm: Mrandmrsmays
4 pm: Benko
5 pm: Nic Armstrong
6 pm: The Calm Blue Sea
7 pm: The Mercers
8 pm: The Boxing Lesson

More Links? You Got It!
The Loyalty Firm
Güero’s Taco Bar
KUT
NORML



Her Space Holiday with Lymbyc Systym- June 29th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Tuesday June 17th 2008, 1:42 am
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing The Mohawk, June 29th, Her Space Holiday with Lymbyc Systym.

Her Space Holiday MySpace
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XOXO, Panda MySpace

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Her Space Holiday will be back in Texas after a four year break from the Lone Star state to promote their new album, “XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival”. The 14-track album is two and a half years in the making, and is set to be released on September 9th, 2008. The new album doesn’t contain any samples or electronics, just natural instruments which is quite a change from past HSH releases. The album features guest appearances by Caitlin Love, Kenneth Holland, and Hanni el Khatib. HSH was booked to play SXSW, and I remember my dismay when I saw their name on the south-by schedule one day…and then gone the next. They had to cancel that date, so here’s a second shot at ATX love. The new Texas tour date with Lymbyc System was added in short notice and tickets will be sold at the door, so get there early.

Added Coolness Factor Bonus Point: HSH has toured with the likes of Bright Eyes, Pinback and The American Analog Set (three all time awesome indie bands).

Her Space Holiday – Key Stroke
from Manic Expressive, 2001

A Handful of My Favorite Her Space Holiday Words and Songs from Past Albums:

Let your body sink into me, like your favorite memory. Like a line of poetry or a f***ing fit of honesty.
Her Space Holiday – Something to Do With My Hands

If she had her way, she would know what to say to that girl that comes into her store. By herself, but not alone. It’s her confident charm. And the curve of her arms that tightly bends her circuitry, into a twisted mess of interesting.
Her Space Holiday – A Match Made In Texas

I did this myself, it’s a sick cry for help. But it doesn’t mean the situation’s clean. Additional stress that will come from the press, the mess I made putting my life on parade. Now the writers can say “We were right all along, you can’t make someone love you with your songs.”
Her Space Holiday – My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

I used to know this boy who took notes in a book. But he ripped out all the pages, before I got a look. At all the words he scribbled, at all the lines he filled. But the ink stains on his fingers, told me he was skilled. At capturing a feeling, that most of us just miss. The simple pain of living, with goodbyes on our lips.
Her Space Holiday – Japanese Gum

Sympathy is everything, when everything fell short. A textbook example of childhood in shambles. It’s not what I want, but it’s what I got. Eventually, I came to see I was seeing things all wrong. I’ve no expectations of people who gave in. My broken heart beats like a bomb.
Her Space Holiday – Forever and a Day



Aimee Mann with David Ford- June 17th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Monday June 16th 2008, 9:55 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing La Zona Rosa, June 17th, Aimee Mann with David Ford.

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The Grammy-Award winning and Academy-Award nominated singer and songwriter, Aimee Mann, will be in Austin tomorrow night. She has been performing for over 26 years, with a discography that includes 15 albums. Will everyone stand up and tearfully sing along Magnolia-style to Mann’s “Wise Up“? One can only hope.

The opening act, David Ford, is a one-man show formerly of the indie rock group Easyworld. It’s safe to call his solo performance an “act”, as Ford is known for a live performance that boasts a sound that appears to be backed by a full band. Checkout the video for “Go to Hell” to get a glimpse of what to expect at a show. It was recorded live and in one take, with Ford playing each instrument while mastering the looping effect that he brings to most of his songs.

Aimee Mann – Freeway
from @#%&*! Smilers, 2008

Aimee Mann – Save Me
from Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture (Soundtrack), 1999

David Ford MySpace
David Ford Wikipedia
David Ford Website

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David Ford – Go to Hell
from Songs for the Road, 2007



Toadies at Stubb’s – September 3rd, 2008 – Austin Concert.
Friday June 06th 2008, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

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After their long awaited reunion in ’07, the Toadies are touring once again in support of their new album, No Deliverance set to be released on August 19th, 2008. Tickets for their September 3rd show in Austin went on sale this morning over at the Stubb’s website. Tickets will sell out, fast. I saw these guys perform back in the day during their prime (aka: Rubberneck). The albums that followed weren’t quite the same, but If you’re from south Texas it’s a must to see a live show (at least two times, if not more).

Here’s a video attempt at guerrilla marketing for their upcoming album (really, this place doesn’t have locks?…right) from TOADIESsuperfan, plus an old favorite about a stalker from Tyler, Texas.

Toadies in the studio!!! proof!, 2008

The Toadies – Tyler
from Rubberneck, 1994

The Toadies – Tyler Lyrics
And she runs through her days with a smile on her face.
And she runs, and she waits.
And I wait.

We can drive to any place.
Day and night, to cross this state.
And in the morning, into Mexico, we will wake up.
We will wake up.
We will.
I will be with her.

I found a window in the kitchen, where I let myself in.
I rummaged through the refrigerator, poured myself a beer.
I can’t believe I’m really here, and she’s lying in that bed.
I can almost feel her touch, and her anxious breath.

I stumble in the hallway, outside her bedroom door.
I hear her call out to me, I hear the fear in her voice.
She pulls the covers tighter.
I press against the door.
I will be with her tonight.
I will be with her tonight.
I will be with her tonight.
I will be with her tonight.
I will be with her.
I will be with her.



French Kicks with Frightened Rabbit and Zykos at The Mohawk – June 5th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Thursday June 05th 2008, 11:37 am
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing The Mohawk June 5th in Austin, French Kicks with Frightened Rabbit and Zykos. A night of awesome opening acts. Get there early. I met the guys from Frightened Rabbit back in March and their show definitely topped my all time favorite highlights of south-by-south-west. Great energy, great music. Super stoked about this one, and I haven’t been early for something since…well, I’m just always late.

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French Kicks – The Trial of the Century
from The Trial of the Century, 2004

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Frightened Rabbit Wikipedia
Frightened Rabbit Website

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Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit (photo by Dave Gourley)

Frightened Rabbit – Head Rolls Off
from The Midnight Organ Fight, 2008

Buy Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight

Zykos MySpace
Zykos Wikipedia
Zykos Website

Zykos – Mrs.
from Zykos, 2004



Black Tie Dynasty – July 25th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Saturday May 24th 2008, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing Club Deville July 25th in Austin, Black Tie Dynasty with The Always Already.

With most indie bands these days taking a trip back to the seventies (no pun intended with the word “trip”), this band’s going to the eighties and I like it. Black Tie Dynasty has been listed under “sounds like” categories with classics such as Depeche Mode, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen. The Dallas natives are, however, from the text happy thousands…what with being too busy to add the y and the o to the “u” in the song title below.

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I think I like you. Is it too late to change? I think I’d like to, try to change my ways now.

Black Tie Dynasty – I Like U
from Movements, 2006

Black Tie Dynasty – I Like You Lyrics
I think I like you.
Is it too late to change?

I think I’d like to,
try to change my ways now.
But when the facts are in the game,
just isn’t kind, or right.

And we are primal,
as our instincts take shape.
It clouds our judgement,
and makes the wrong road feel safe.

But when the facts are in the game,
just isn’t kind, or right.

Can you answer now?
Can you answer now?
I wish you’d try.



Clinic with BBQ at Emo’s – May 23rd, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Tuesday May 20th 2008, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing Emo’s May 23rd in Austin, Clinic with BBQ (Mark Sultan from The King Khan and BBQ Show).

Clinic was formed in 1997 and despite the widespread critical acclaim received throughout the years, the band has remained true to their Indie roots. Free from the restrictions of mainstream music, Clinic has an untainted, unique sound that has been more important then the dollar signs that follow pleasing the masses by going major. Clinic described their 2004 album, Winchester Cathedral, as, “a dense mass of psyche and senseless music hall, it was Clinic doing what they do best – ignoring the tenets and trends of the music industry.” In 2007, the band played with such acclaimed acts as Roky Erickson, and also toured with the ever-so-awesome Arcade Fire. What to expect during a 2008 concert? For their US tour, they’ve asked fans to pick the setlist, which often includes obscure songs that the band wouldn’t normally play. They’ll likely play all of the new album songs during the first set, and then the older songs in the second. They’ve also mentioned a tropical theme for the new tour, which from what I’ve gathered (see new video below) includes using the steel guitar a bit more, while wearing Hawaiian shirts with their trademark surgical masks.

Clinic MySpace
Clinic Wikipedia
Clinic Website

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Clinic – The Witch (Made to Measure)
from Do It, 2008

Clinic – Come Into Our Room
from Walking With Thee, 2002

See also:
Clinic – Distortions (from Internal Wrangler, 2000)
Clinic – The Second Line (from Internal Wrangler, 2000)
Clinic – The Magician (from Winchester Cathedral, 2004)
Clinic – Harvest (from Visitations, 2006)
Clinic – If You Could Read Your Mind (from Visitations, 2006)

Mark Sultan/BBQ MySpace
Mark Sultan/BBQ Wikipedia

The King Khan and BBQ Show – Why Don’t You Lie
from In the Red, 2007



Nothern State at Stubb’s – May 14th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Wednesday May 14th 2008, 11:39 am
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

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Playing Stubb’s May 14th in Austin, Northern State with American Princes and Lady Pterodactyl. I do have a soft spot for all female white-girl hip-hop groups, I do. Northern State hails from New York with members Hesta Prynn, Spero and Sprout. It’s nice to give your mind a complete break by listening to easy, self-promoting lyrics “I believe in Northern State and the golden rule, now Sprout’s gonna take y’all back to school”, with a few songs that loosely tie in politicized issues, “got the kids in the back and you’re sipping on a Coors, with your pro-life sticker like the choice is yours” (see: Sucka Mofo). For their recent album, Can I Keep This Pen?, they collaborated with producer Chuck Brody of Shitake Monkey, and Adrock from The Beastie Boys. Might this show be unsatisfying for one that thrives on getting their poetry fix through well written lyrics? Perhaps, but I’m going to check-ch-check-check-check, ch-check it out anyways.

A lime to a lemon, said a lemon to a lime. I spend my time riding MTA, so get off your high horse- Don Quixote.

Northern State – Mother May I? (Featuring Chuck Brody)
from Can I Keep This Pen?, 2007



Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin with Port O’Brien at Mohawk- May 7th, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Sunday May 04th 2008, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing Mohawk May 7th in Austin, Port O’Brien and Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin.

After the Mohawk show: Thanks to Switchburn for sending over a link to checkout some live footage of the group’s 16 song set.
Check It Out: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Live at The Mohawk.

For a good laugh and a good tune, I highly recommend checking out Port O’Brien’s “I Woke Up Today” video if you haven’t already (scroll below). It’s one for the favorites list.

Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin MySpace
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin Wikipedia
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin Website

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Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – Think I Wanna Die
from Pershing, 2008

See Also:
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – House Fire (Fan Made Video)
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – Pangea
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – Modern Mystery

Port O’Brien MySpace
Port O’Brien Website
Port O’Brien, Quit Your Day Job

Port O’Brien- I Woke Up Today, 2008



Tapes ‘n Tapes with White Denim at Antone’s – May 2nd, 2008 – Austin Indie Concert.
Friday May 02nd 2008, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Playing Antone’s May 2nd in Austin, White Denim and Tapes ‘n Tapes.

After the Antone’s show: White Denim: The Rolling Stone “Breaking Artist” band that is all the rage in indie blog posts and reviews, is not a band I’ll be raving about anytime soon. The lead singer James Petralli (not the pale guy in the glasses) has a great voice and I can’t imagine anyone singing the songs better then he did. The problem lies in the fact that the songs that were played, weren’t anything worth putting on a playlist. They remind me of my youth and the lazy summer days spent listening to my older brother’s classic rock cassettes. I’d tell him they sucked to his reply of, “Flip the tape, the good shit’s on the other side.” With White Denim, I couldn’t find anything that stood out as “the good shit”. Tapes ‘n Tapes: I’ve been a fan of this band for awhile, having played out The Loon to a point of falling in love with it, falling out, and then falling back in after a healthy break. The new album, which is a little harder and not as good, is the kind you listen to and dig a few tracks, but can’t see yourself making a solid commitment to. The Loon favorites were worth sticking around for, while trying to ignore the poor sound quality and sifting through a diverse crowd of people that were either too into it, or too busy playing with their iPhones to keep from listening. Tapes ‘n Tapes will still have my devotion via car speakers and headphones, and I can’t say I wouldn’t buy a ticket if they came to town again. I just hope that next time their concert moves me in a different direction, rather than toward the exit sign.

Tapes ‘n Tapes MySpace
Tapes ‘n Tapes Wikipedia
Tapes ‘n Tapes Website

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Tapes ‘n Tapes – In Houston
from The Loon, 2005

Fan Favorites from The Loon:
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Insistor
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell

Tapes ‘n Tapes – Hang Them All
from Walk it Off, 2008

White Denim MySpace
White Denim Wikipedia
White Denim Website

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White Denim – Let’s Talk About It
from Let’s Talk About It EP, 2007

White Denim – Look That Way At It (Not Suitable for People Easily Offended by Naked Elderly Men)