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Electric Six w/ Avan Lava @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 3/5

December 19th, 2014
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Electric Six is a six piece band from Detroit that plays a mix of rock, funk and disco. They gained recognition in 2003 with their singles “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar.” They subsequently recorded ten full-length albums: Fire, Señor Smoke, Switzerland, I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master, Flashy, KILL, Zodiac, Heartbeats and Brainwaves, Mustang, and Human Zoo. They have also released a rarities album, Sexy Trash, and one live album titled, Absolute Pleasure.

Their latest release, Human Zoo came out at the beginning of this year. Their website states that the concept of, Human Zoo has, “existed in art and literature for centuries, thus Electric Six recognizes and accepts it is not breaking new conceptual ground by naming its tenth studio album Human Zoo. It recognizes and accepts that old ground is being broken. Like teeth.”

The tour their embarking on is titled Some Girls Do It For Love. Their sound incorporates a variety of styles that sort of blends genres to create their own unique sound. The group’s sound has been described as a synthesis of “disco, synth pop, glam, and arena rock,” with “rampant solos, be they guitar riffs, synth wails, or strutting drums” that enforce the band’s “energetic sound.”

Electric Six with Avan Lava at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tickets: $14

Doors: 8 PM

Indoor Stage

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

Saosin ft. Anthony Green w/ Souvenirs & Seizures 1/24

December 18th, 2014
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Image Credit: altpress.com

Saosin is an American rock band that originally formed in Newport Beach, California. The band formed in 2003 and recorded their first EP, Translating the Name, with their original singer Anthony Green. Green left the band after signing with a commercial label Capitol Reords. The bands vocalist Cove Reber took over as the front man as the band recorded their self-titled debut album. Their second release, In Search of Solid Ground, was released in 2009 on Virgin Records. Recently, Saosin stated on Twitter that they have parted ways with Virgin records and are going back into a DIY direction.

Green was interviewed by Alternative Press regarding his former group, Saosin, celebrating their ten year anniversary of Translating The Name EP. Green was asked if he would ever rejoin Saosin, he said “I love those songs and I love singing “Seven Years” when I play solo. I’m not opposed to talking about doing anything in the future. If the timing was right and it was for the right reasons, then I think it could be something really special.”

Saosin will play four shows with their original band lineup; three shows in Texas and one in California. See them in Austin while you can!

Saosin with Souvenirs and Seizures

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tickets: $27

Doors: 7 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , , ,

They Might Be Gaints @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 5/14

December 17th, 2014
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They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band that formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The group is best known for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music. Over their career, they have found success on the modern rock and CMJ charts. More recently they have also found success in children’s music, and in theme music for several television programs and films.

The band has released 16 studio albums. Their album Flood has been certified platinum and their three children’s albums Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 123s, and Here Comes Science have all been certified gold. The band has won a total of two Grammy Awards, one for their song “Boss of Me,” and one for their album Here Come the 123s. In total, the band has sold over four million records.

John Linnell stated that the band has “a thread that runs along everything we’ve ever done…We’re always trying to do new things—new styles, experimenting with things that are pretty/ugly or kind of atrocious sounding or purely weird—but we also love pop songs. Despite how we may try to change things up, I think we’re still trying to meet the same kinds of criteria ultimately. We are still, in the end, trying to make songs that we want to hear.”

They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tickets: $22

Doors: 8 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Kalin and Myles at The Parish 2/25

December 16th, 2014
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Image Credit: istandardproducers.com

Kalin and Myles are two young rappers from the Bay Area. Their sound combines party, rap, and pop sounds. The two both worked on their own raps and productions before joining forces in 2011 and recording their first song together “More Than Friends.” In less than three days they wrote, produced, and made a music video for the debut single. After an enthusiastic response, their solo careers were put on hold, and the duo began uploading more videos, including their breakout hit “Summertime Love.”

Their debut album, Chasing Dreams, was released in 2012, with the K&M University EP following in 2013. Both of the albums released were supported by national tours. In 2014, the two boys signed with Universal Records who released their Chase Dreams EP, which marked their first entry into the Billboard 200 albums chart. This week the duo released their EP Dedication on Republic Records. The album is again being supported by a national tour which will stop in Austin!

Kalin and Myles at The Parish

Wednesday, Feburary 25, 2015

Tickets: $15

Doors: 6:00 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

FREE SHOW: Ingrid Michaelson @ Central Market 12/18

December 15th, 2014
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Indie pop singer/songwriter, Ingrid Michaelson, is performing a free show for her Austin listeners December 18! Ingrid Michaelson started recording her own music in 2012, and self promoted through popular social sites like MySpace. She also promoted her music by playing small venues and coffee shops around New York City. Eventually, Michaelson combined her previously recorded music and produced a record under her own label, Cabin 24 Records. The album was titled Slow the Rain, and was sold at her shows, and was even up on Amazon for a short period of time.

Ingrid Michaelson went on to release her second album, Girls and Boys. ABC music producers discovered the album, and used songs from her album on its television show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Over 15 of her songs have been played on multiple episodes of the TV show throughout her career. The album peaked #63 on Billboard’s charts. Her third album, Be Ok, debuted on Billboard charts at #35. She reached top 20 with her album, Everybody, reaching #18 on Billboard charts. She then released her next two albums, Human Again and Lights Out, with Mom + Pop Music. Human Again reached #5 on Billboard charts and sold out almost every show on her Human Again Tour which went across the nation, and even overseas, playing three shows in Australia.

Michaelson collaborated with Sara Bareilles on “Winter Song,” which was later performed in front of the Obama family at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December 2010. BuffaBlog, a site for music lovers, reviewed one of Michaelson’s performances as, “dynamic and impressive” with “nimble vocals kept the crowd in going the entire show. Switching back and forth from the guitar to piano to the ukulele, her talent as a musician had the crowd in silence during “Ghost” (dudes were crying).”

Ingrid Michaelson at Central Market

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FREE Entry!

12:30 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , , ,

Earphunk @ Empire Control Room 12/31

December 12th, 2014
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Image Credit: earphunk.com

Earphunk is a prog-funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana, and has emerged as one of the South’s premier jam acts. The band is a quintet which has been steadily building a fan base across the United States. Their sound is unique and of high energy, with inspired improvisation and a dynamic stage production. Earphunk partnered with a direct-to-fan publisher platform, BitTorrent Bundle, to release content including studio albums and live show recordings.  Their currently discography is currently up for free download on their website.

Earphunk has played over 200 shows including the tours across the United States, and appearances at music festivals including Electric Forest Festival, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, and Wakarusa Music Festival. They’ve moved from small clubs to large theaters across the nation. They recently released their third studio album, Sweet Nasty, which perfectly captures their energy.

Earphunk recorded the album in Louisiana while on break between tours. Sweet Nasty is by far their boldest release to date. The band commented on the album, “When you hear the album it sounds like a live show, and that’s how it should feel,” explains lead guitarist Paul Provosty. “We wanted it to sound big – a true representation of our live show.”

Earphunk at Empire Control Room

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tickets: $20 – $100

Doors: 8 PM

Ages 18+

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

The Sword w/ Pallbearer, Boyfrndz, Mayeux and Broussard @ Emo’s 12/31

December 11th, 2014
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The Sword is an American heavy metal band from right here in Austin, Texas that formed in 2003 . The band consists of John Cronise (guitar/vocals), Kyle Shutt (guitar), Bryan Richie (bass), Santiago Vela III (drums). Their debut album, Age of Winters was released in 2006 on a New York based label, Kemado Records. Their follow up album, Gods of the Earth, was the mark of their initial breakthrough, and made their first appearance on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2010, the band released Warp Riders, a concept album which focused on an original science fiction narrative. In 2012, they signed with a new label, Razor & Tie and released their fourth album Apocryphon, which was promoted with a worldwide headlining tour.

The Sword is commonly categorized as a doom metal or stoner metal band, and is heavily influenced by groups like Black Sabbath and Sleep. Conrise stated in an interview with entertainment newspaper, The A.V. Club, that bands like ZZ Top, Bob Segar, and Michael Jackson have also been influences on their sound.

The Sword with Pallbearer, Boyfrndz, Mayeux and Broussard at Emo’s

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tickets: $25

Doors: 8:00 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , , , ,

Pentatonix @ ACL Live 3/26

December 10th, 2014
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Pentatonix is an American cappella group made up of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas. Their work is mostly in the pop music style, and consists of covers of pre-existing songs along with some original material. Their music is defined by their own arrangement style with low bass vocals and a diverse range of vocal percussion.

The groups latest release is, That’s Christmas To Me, which debuted at number nine on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and is currently number one on its Holiday chart. The album was the quintets second album (the first being PTX Vol. III) to debut in the Top 10 charts in under a month. They’ve recently been featured on The Today Show, The American Music Awards, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Pentatonix gained the majority of their fame through YouTube. They now have nearly seven million subscribers, and are 12th on the most subscribed to list. Their mash up cover of Daft Punk songs “Daft Punk” earned them a Grammy for Best Cover Song of 2014. The video recently reached over 106 million views, and is marked as one of their most popular releases.

Pentatonix at ACL Live

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tickets: $35 – $59

Doors: 6:30 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Dr. Dog w/ mewithoutyou @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 4/3 & 4/3

December 9th, 2014
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Image Credit: npr.org

Dr. Dog is a rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s lineup consists of Toby Leaman (bass guitar), Scott McMicken (lead guitar), Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), Eric Slick (drums), and Dimitri Manos (multi-instrument). The band has a unique sound of indie rock, and is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s including The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Leaman and McMicken first started playing music together in middle school. Their early recording were experimental and recorded on eight track. They self-recorded and self-released their first album, The Psychedelic Swamp, in 2001 which was followed by Toothbrush in 2002. Their early years were spent largely in and around Philadelphia where they developed a small but dedicated fanbase.

On January 13, Dr. Dog will release Live at Flamino Hotel, their first live album. Leaman stated, “we’re one thing on a record and a different thing live. Somebody goes to a DR. DOG show and they come back again and they bring more people with them. Our live show is vital to how we view ourselves as a band.”

Dr. Dog with mewithoutyou at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

April 3/4, 2015

Tickets: $25

Doors: 7PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga @ ACL Live 4/23

December 8th, 2014
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In Celebration of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s collaborative jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, they will join forces for an incredible tour in 2015. Bennett and Gaga first met in New York City in 2011 after the Robin Hood Foundation gala. They later recorded a rendition of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and began discussing their collaborative album. The album was inspired by Bennett and Gaga’s desire to introduce jazz songs to a younger generation, since they believed that the tracks had universal appeal.

Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians of Bennett’s quartet including, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones, Marshall Wood, and pianist Tom Ranier. In addition, jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album with his jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn.

The first two single off of the album were “Anything Goes” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” They both reached number one on Billboards Jazz chart. The album as a whole reached number one on the Billboard 200 with over 130,000 copies sold its first week.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at ACL Live

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tickets on sale 12/12 at 10 AM

Doors: 6:30 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,