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Shwayze @ Empire Control Room 8/1

July 22nd, 2014
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Aaron Smith, better known by his stage name Shwayze, is an American rapper.  His first single “Buzzin’” peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and his second single “Corona and Lime,” reached number 23. Corona and Lime also peaked at number three in the US iTunes Store.

Shwayze’s self-titled debut album was released in 2008. With the help of his two hit singles, the album debuted at number 10 on Billboard, and sold over 47,000 copies in its first week of sales. “Buzzin’” was the inspiration for MTV’s hit show Buzzin’, named after the song. The song featured in Pontiac commercials, and was a huge hit in the hip hop community.

Shwayze has become known as a basic Southern Californian musician. His lyrics include drugs, women, and constant partying, which contrast uniquely with the mellow beats and simple instrumental work. Shwayze’s work has been influenced by Crazy Town, Pharcyde, and Atmosphere.

Shwayze at Empire Control Room

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tickets: $5 – $12

8 PM

Ages 18+

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Panda Bear w/ Blues Control at the Mohawk 9/14

July 21st, 2014
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Noah Lennox, known by his stage name Panda Bear, is an experimental musician and founding member of the band Animal Collective. Panda Bears third album, Person Pitch, won best album of 2007 on multiple publications, including Pitchfork media.

Lennox’s debut solo album, Panda Bear, was released in 1999 on Soccer Star Records. He switched focus from touring and recording with Animal Collective, and released his follow up solo album, Young Prayer, in 2004. His highly acclaimed third solo album, Person Pitch, was released in 2007. In an Interview with Má Fama radio, Lennox commented about his lyrical writing style, ”I get impatient writing songs, I can’t spend more than a couple of hours before I get frustrated. So I got to kind of spit it out real fast. My favorite songs are the ones where I worked really really fast on, when it comes all out in like two hours or something.”

Panda Bear is set to release the follow up to his 2011 album, Tomboy. The album is titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. It is being produced by Sonic Boom,  and will be out later this year via Domino Records.

Panda Bear with Blues Control at the Mohawk

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tickets: $25

Doors: 6:30

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

Old 97’s @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 10/17

July 18th, 2014
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The Old 97’s are an alternative country band from Dallas, Texas that formed in 1993. They have released ten studio albums, two EPs, and one live album. Their most recent release is, Most Messed Up. Old 97’s are recognized as pioneers of the alternative country genres along with bands including Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets.

The Old 97’s started playing in local bands in the Dallas area, and eventually toured the country after releasing their first album, Hitchhike to Rhome (1994). While in Chicago, the band caught the attention of Bloodshot Records. Their album, Wreck Your Life (1995), caught the attention of Elektra Records, who hoped their unique mix of genres would lead to a new fad. Their latest album, Most Messed Up, was released this year on ATO Records, and hit spot number 30 on the Billboard 200.

Most Messed Up, has been explained as “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” by music critic Bill Flanagan. The album was recorded in Austin, Texas, and features appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Old 97’s at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tickets: $23

Doors: 7 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

Joyce Manor @ Red 7 9/27

July 17th, 2014
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Joyce Manor is an American Punk Rock band from Torrance, California, that forming in 2008. The band consist of Barry Johnson (lead vocals/guitar), Chase Knobbe (guitar), Kurt Walcher (drums), and Matt Ebert (bass and backup vocals).

The group joined 6131 Records in 2010 where they released their debut self titled album just a year later. The album received positive fan praise, which landed the band on many end of the year “best-of” list. Joyce Manor switched labels and moved to Asian Man Records for their next release, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, which was released in 2012.

Their latest album, Never Hungover Again, is going to be released under Epitaph Records. The album is set to be released this upcoming week on July 22, 2014. The album is currently being streamed on NPR’s First Listen page. The page quotes,

Never Hungover Again begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson “looking at your face in the dark” — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter than it takes to watch an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast; the punk band can pack an emotional wallop with as much as a yelp.”

Joyce Manor at Red 7

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tickets: $13

Doors: 9 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Parachute w/ Matt Wertz @ The Parish 9/24

July 15th, 2014
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Parachute is an American pop rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia that formed in 2006. They have toured and promoted their music over the years and released their major label debut album, Losing Sleep, in 2009. Their second album, The Way It Was, was released a few years after in 2011. Their latest album, Overnight, was released just last August.

Parachute released “Hearts Go Crazy,” their intended lead single off of Overnight. Their second single “Can’t Help,” was performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and later became the albums leading single off of the album. “Hearts Go Crazy” was not included on the album and the band instead promoted “Can’t Help.” The album, Overnight, topped the iTunes album charts in the top ten during its first week of sales. It peaked at number three. “Overnight” also marked the band’s highest chart position, reaching as high as fifteen on the US Billboard 200.

Last summer, the band embarked on a nationwide headlining tour which including 32 dates, in support of their new album Overnight, the majority of which were sell-out shows. Parachute also toured nationally on the Plain White T’s headlining tour in November 2013. Since touring with The Plain White T’s, Parachute continued their Overnight tour by opening shows for Gavin DeGraw and Walk Off the Earth in 2014.

Parachute with Matt Wertz at The Parish

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tickets: $18

Doors: 7 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

Galactic @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 11/15

July 14th, 2014
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Galactic is a funk and jazz group from New Orleans, Louisiana. The group originally formed in 1994 as an octet under the name of, Galactic Prophylactic. Today, the band consist of Robert Mercurio (bassist), Jeff Raines (guitarist), Richard Vogel (organist), Stanton Moore (drummer), Ben Ellman (saxophonist), and Corey Glover (vocals).

Galactic’s music style has developed over the years from New Orleans funk, to a more modern style that incorporates elements of hip hot, electronica, fusion, and jazz. Drummer Stanton Moore uses phrase samplers to sample a rhythm which he can replay over tracks producing intricate and layered drum sounds. The saxophonist, Ben Ellman, often distorts his instruments to the point where they almost sound like an electric guitar.

Galactic’s latest album release is, Carnivale Electricos, which was released in 2012. In February of this year, Galactic released a single titled “Higher and Higher” featuring JJ Grey. The single was released on Anti- Records, the label they are currently signed to.

Galactic at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tickets: $22

Doors: 7 PM

Outside Stage

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Senses Fail w/ No Bragging Rights and Knuckle Puck @ Red 7 9/29

July 11th, 2014
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Senses Fail announced they will be embarking on a national headlining tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of  their debut album, Let It Enfold You. Supporting acts include No Bragging Rights and Knuckle Puck. All proceeds from presale tickets will go to The Best Friends Animal Society.

Senses Fail is an American post-hardcore band from Ridgewood New Jersey that formed in 2002. The band consist of James Nielsen (vocals), Zack Roach and Matt Smith (guitarists). Since their formation, the band has released five studio albums, and are currently signed to Staple Records.

Their first EP, From the Depths of Dreams, was released on Drive Thru Records, and gave the band a thriving internet presence. Their debut album, Let It Enfold You, was released two years later on Vagrant Records. Their second album, Still Searching, was released just a year later in 2006. Senses Fail went on tour to support the album, and was a part of that years Warped Tour. Their next album, Life Is Not a Waiting Room, was released in 2008. Two years later they released, The Fire, which debuted first in the UK. Their latest album is Renacer, which was released just last year in March.

Senses Fail with No Bragging Rights and Knuckle Puck at Red 7

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tickets: $15-$17

Doors: 9 PM

Outside Stage

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , , ,

Allen Stone w/ Bad Rabbits and Jared and the Mill @ Emo’s 10/1

July 10th, 2014
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Allen Stone is a soul musician from Chewelah, Washington. He is classified as soul and R&B, and identifies himself as a “hippie with soul.” Stones musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and James Morrison. The New York Times compared his socially conscious music to the likes of Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, some of Stone’s musical influences.

Stone started performing in small backyard gatherings, and small community events. At the age of 24, Stone emerges himself into the world to share personal melodies that tell his stories of life. His rise to fame started when he began performing at his father’s church in small town America. It wasn’t until later when he started to write and play soul music influenced from the style of the 60’s and 70’s/ This music ignited a passion within Stone, and led him to his new musical home in soul/R&B.

Stone’s self titled album peaked at the number two spot on the Soul/R&B charts on iTunes and hit number nine and  35 on the Billboard Heatseekers and R&B/Hip Hop Album charts respectively. USA Today called Allen Stone a ‘pitch-perfect powerhouse.”

Allen Stone with Bad Rabbits and Jared and the Mill at Emo’s

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tickets: $22

Doors: 7 PM

Show: 8 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Balance and Composure w/ Seahaven and Creepoid @ Red 7 9/19

July 9th, 2014
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Balance and Composure s an American post-hardcore band from Pennsylvania. They formed in 2007, after the break up of two local bands. The band consists of Jon Simmons (vocalist/guitarist), Erik Petersen (guitar), Andy Slaymaker (guitar/vocals), Matt Warner (bass), and Bailey Van Ellis (drums).

Their music is compared to Circa Survive, Nirvana, and Sunny Day Real Estate. Their album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, reached number 51 on the Billboard 200, number 10 on the Independent Albums chart, number 13 on the Modern Rock/Alternative Albums chart, and number 16 on the Rock Albums chart.

The Things We Think We’re Missing was released in 2013, and is Balance and Composure’s latest album. In a review by Pitchfork, the album is identified as “a strong alt-rock album.” Pitchfork further states that “when such a thing [alt-rock] is about the least fashionable thing imaginable, and its practitioners and fans are largely ignored…[The album] carries on the tradition of alt-rock records that were crucial entry points for young listeners while being scoffed at by their older siblings.”

Balance and Composure with Seahaven and Creepoid at Red 7

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tickets: $13 – $15

Doors: 9 PM

Inside Stage

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , , ,

Anberlin @ Emo’s 10/23

July 8th, 2014
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Anberlin is an American rock band that formed in 2002. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Stephan Christian, guitarist Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young.

Within a year of Anberlin’s formation, they signed with the semi-independant record label Tooth & Nail Records. Their released their debut album, Blueprints for the Black Market on the label. In 2005, the band released their second album, Never Take Friendship Personal, which has sold over 150,000 copies. The bands third album, Cities, was released in 2007 and became their first album to reach top 20 of the Billboard 200. The album sold 34,000 copies in its first week.

After their first three albums, Anberlin switched to Universal Republic in 2007. They released, New Surrender, in 2008. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. The first single was “Feel Good Drag,” which claimed number one the alternative songs chart. Their next two albums were, Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place and Devotion, leaving Anberlin with a sales record of over 1,000,000 album sales. At the beginning of this year, Anberlin announced they would be disbanding after recording their seventh album, Lowborn, which comes out on July 22.

See Anberlin on their finale tour at Emo’s.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tickets: $20

Doors: 7 PM

Show: 8 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,