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ROT Rally Weekend!

It’s Republic of Texas Rally weekend! That means your hearing will be bombarded by loud ass Harley’s and some good live music in Austin this weekend. Escape the exhaust, bandannas and bad tattoos by checking out some of these great live shows.

This will not be for the faint of hearing. On a side note, don’t forget to check out the June Farewell Music Fest 2011 happening at the Parlor on North Loop. Sadly, the North Loop location is closing in the next couple weeks.

Thursday June 9th

Nico Vega, She Wants Revenge-Emo’s

Georgia Satellites (that’s right)-Travis County Expo Center

Carrie Rodriguez-Threadgill’s World HQ

Noah & the Whale-Parish

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Waterloo Records Top 10 Albums

Looking for some new music to buy but you don’t know what to get? Well, here’s Waterloo Records Top 10 best selling albums for the past week.

1. Sarah Jarosz
Follow Me Down
2. Bob Schneider
A Perfect Day
3. Suzanna Choffel
Steady Eye Shaky Bow
4. Okkervil River
I Am Very Far
5. Steve Earle
I’ll Never Get Out Of Here Alive
6. Black Joe Lewis
7. Explosions In The Sky
Take Care Take Care Take Care
8. Eliza Gilkyson
Roses At The End Of Time
9. White Denim
10. Hayes Carll

Also, here’s a list of Waterloo’s employee picks.

Finally, check out this cool video of Waterloo’s ongoing “Record Store Olympics” series.

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Emo’s Boat Party Series

What’s better than live music? Live music + Free Beer & BBQ on a Boat! That’s right: yet another creative and likely raucous way to beat the heat this summer. Emo’s is sponsoring a Boat Party Series, and The Riverboat Gamblers are kicking it off June 27th. “Boat sets sail around 5pm from the dock at beachfront rentals next to Volente Beach, and comes back around 9 or 10. ” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Emo’s, The Gamblers, or by emailing . See ya there!



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End Of An Ear New Releases and Events

It’s a big week down at End of and Ear with today’s new releases and Chaos in Tejas starting on Thursday. There are still plenty of tickets still available for a number of these shows down at the ‘Ear. Also on tap, End of an Ear will be hosting a few instores this weekend to coincide with Chaos in Tejas:

Sat, June 4th

3pm Air Traffic Controllers

4pm Unholy Two

5pm Milk Music

Sun June 5th @3pm – Manikin

And here’s a rundown for their latest new arrivals. Not mentioned but also available is the new My Morning Jacket album, Circuital, which drops today.

Pop / Rock

Battles “Ice Cream” 12″ (Ninja Tune) Limited 12” features the first single, ”Ice Cream” from Battles’ forthcoming album Gloss Drop (out June 7th).
Bazan, David “Strange Negotiations” CD (Barsuk) His latest with a full band.
Cave In “White Silence” CD/LP (Hydra Head) Their first full length in more than half a decade.
Foster the People “Torches” CD (Columbia) Debut release. Comes with a free EP.
Friendly Fires “Pala” CD (XL) Their latest kinetic art funk. 10 tracks and on sale for $5.99.
Kids on a Crime Spree “We Love You So Bad” CD/12″ (Slumberland) Debut from new SF pop group.
Lady Gaga “Born this Way” 2CD/CD (Interscope) Her latest. Special edition contains bonus disc of remixes.
Moore, Thurston “Demolished Thoughts” CD/LP (Matador) Third solo album from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore was produced by Beck and features Mary Lattimore on harp, Samara Lubielski on violin, and Beck on various instruments. Limited blue vinyl.
Pollard, Robert “Lord of the Birdcage” CD (GBV Inc) On this new album Pollard reverses his songwriting process, transforming a dozen previously written poems into songs.
Sleep Over “Casual Diamond” 7″
V/A “Delta Swamp Rock” CD + BOOK (Soul Jazz) Subtitled: Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul. “Soul Jazz Records’ Delta Swamp Rock is a definitive guide to the music of the southern states of USA created between 1968-1975 where country, rock and soul met.


Cola Freaks “s/t” LP (Douchemaster) Eleven tracks of quick, clean and nervous new wave / punk rock from Denmark.
Energy, The “Get Split” LP (Team) Killed by Death -ish, heavy psych mix out of Houston.
Eskorbuto “Eskizofrenia” CD (Munster) Reissue of debut 1985 LP. Spanish punk at it’s finest.
Golden Staph “s/t” LP (RIP Society) Female fronted Aussie 5 piece that draws from the history of punk rock and post-punk, without being a homage to anyone in particular. Echoes of the Avengers and the Wipers.
Reatards “Teenage Hate / Fuck Elvis” CD (Goner Records) Deluxe reissue of Jay Reatard’s first full-length LP, with a bonus album of early tracks recorded on four-track and only released on cassettes.

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Night Fever! VOL VIII Hip Hop 2nd Edition

It’s Memorial Day weekend. For most that means 3 days of rest, BBQ’ing and live music. Let me help you out with live music suggestions because y’all know how to rest and I hope you know how to BBQ. If you don’t, shame on you! This is Texas!

Start the weekend off right with Night Fever!. Night Fever, brought to you by Strange Tribe Productions and Soul of the Boot Entertainment, is a Hip-Hop themed party with 4 of Austin’s finest purveyors of classic hip-hop doing a 2 x 4 Tag Team set. Nick Nack’s been on the scene for years in ATX. Also on the bill is DJ Chorizo Funk, Kid Slyce, and DJ Crown. There will also be live art by B.E. Strange. The fun kicks off at 9pm down at the Copa Bar & Grill (217 Congress Ave).

Here’s some more music assistance for the rest of your weekend and beyond.

Friday May 27th

Night Fever-Copa Bar & Grill -9pm

Stan Ridgeway-Cactus Cafe

Bilal-Venue 222

Melvins-Mohawk (performing Lysol, Eggnog, & Houdini)

Dredg(outside)-The Crack Pipes (inside)-Emo’s

Boney James-One World Theater

Saturday May 28th

Melvins-Mohawk (performing Bullhead & Stoner Witch)

Revival Fest (feat. Rev. Horton Heat, Hank III, etc)-400 E. 7th

Dirty Dozen Brass Band-Antone’s

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Generationals(inside)-Devin the Dude(outside)-Emo’s

Aceyalone-Flamingo Cantina

Manchester Orchestra-Stubb’s (Sold Out)

Dikes of Holland, OBN III, Planets-Ruta Maya (personal recommendation)

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Bad Manners Giveaway!

I still have one pair of tickets to give away to the Bad Manners show tonight at Emo’s. Ryan Parker and Cat have already each won a pair, but Cat, I need your last name!

I’m closing this contest at 3pm today, so if you want to go, either comment or email me at and I’ll select a winner.


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Austin For Joplin

In the 16 years I’ve lived in Austin, I’ve met quite a few Missourians who have made their way down to this fine city. In fact, I’m marrying a native Show-Me-Stater this October. These fine folk are proud to call Missouri home and are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet.

Now, a few of these fine Midwestern transplants are doing their part to raise much needed relief for the devastated town of Joplin, MO.

This coming Tuesday, Kansas City native and singer-songwriter, Lucas Cook is hosting the “Jammin’ For Joplin” benefit at the Belmont (305 W. 6th) from 6-10pm.

Here’s a blurb from the facebook invite page for more information:

A Texas sized attempt to help the people of Joplin recover from the devastating Tornado! Missouri is the “Show-Me” state and being a Kansas City native, I wanted to put on a show to help the relief efforts back home.

There will be a live concert starting at 6:30pm. Doors are at 6pm with a suggested $5 minimum donation. Cash donations will be directed to the Red Cross and blankets, towels and clothing will be sent to Sacred Heart… Catholic Church or to a similar organization that will be able to distribute these items. The show will take place upstairs on the terrace at the Belmont.

Niki Covers the Cold will be there to help facilitate the collection of much needed blankets, towels and clothing. Look for special guests and celebrity appearances.

Showtimes are subject to change, so please keep up to date with THIS event page and spread the word, pass it on and let’s help some people out!!

6:30-7:15 Abel James
7:30-8:45 Jeremy Steding
9:00-10:00 Lucas Cook

Even if you can’t make the benefit, TVD Austin encourages you to do your part in helping by donating to the Red Cross. It’ll make you feel good!



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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Today Bob Dylan turns 70 years old.

As a writer, and as an absolutely adoring fan, I feel compelled to give mention to his birthday. The problem is, there is no way I can feel satisfied or just by doing any of the standard TVD posts because well, it’s Bob Dylan. It’s overwhelming to attempt, and impossible to succeed, so I’ll just do what I know how to do: write as it streams out.

You cannot review Bob Dylan. Sure, you can discuss new tracks off of a new album, you can compare his latest works with some from 6 decades past, and you can even attempt to criticize. But in the end, Bob Dylan is far beyond us mere mortals in terms of songwriting, poetry, social commentary, and whimsical mockery of the most intelligently brutal kind.

You cannot write a comprehensive or all-inclusive piece on Bob Dylan. Countless biographies, a memoir, analysis of every morsel of Dylan word candy, complete discography discussions, and so on and so forth all float around. Even today, headlines read of a supposed new discovery that Dylan was addicted to heroin as per his own admission from a 1966 interview. And this weekend, a good friend sent me a link to a Dylan poem entitled “My Life in a Stolen Moment”, which is exactly that, and then some. Yet even the man himself leaves out key pieces (uh, wives and children) and snippets, and apparently includes some that may or may not be entirely true (held on a murder charge?!). Who knows?

Any sort of Top 10 Best Dylan albums, songs, compilations, etc. are incomplete, unfair, biased, and generally pointless. You can base a list on your own favorites, the tracks that changed your life, the albums that saved/ruined/created your best/worst relationships. You can base it on the number of iTunes downloads, pop culture references, the albums that went Gold. You could even create a list of Top 10 Dylan lyrics by Dylan himself based on commentary he has been recorded saying; but again, this may or may not be accurate or even true. In case you were curious, two of my favorite Dylan albums are Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks and it’s because of almost all of the aforementioned reasons.

At one time or another I have owned every Dylan album available, because that’s what you do when you discover the greatest living poet also happens to be a kickass songwriter, musician, stage performer, and generally fascinating human being. Unfortunately, over the years and through relationships gone awry and a new puppy (named Zimmerman) and a new baby, I’m down to the streaming songs in my memory and about 6 albums left. Don’t worry, I’m rebuilding, and I probably will be forever.

Bob Dylan has been included in the Norton Introduction to Literature for his lyrics, nominated for the Nobel Prize for his poetry, and is regaled as perhaps the finest living lyricist and poet- the Poet Laureate of America by some. I consider him an enigma, a gift, a Master of Words, but I am willing to bet that simply having a beer with Bob Dylan would probably be a life-altering event. Or not. He’s probably just a regular, 70 year old dude.

So, here’s to you Bob Dylan, on your birthday, and always.

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End of an Ear New Arrivals and Events

End of an Ear will be hosting a Q & A with Iraqi heavy metallers, Acrassicauda tomorrow at 6pm. If you’ve ever seen the documentary, Heavy Metal Baghdad, you know that these dudes have been to hell and back all for the love of metal. You can also check them out later on that night at Red 7. I’m sure it will be a great show.

Here’s the list of End of an Ear’s latest new arrivals:

Pop / Rock

Amor De Dias “Street of the Love of Days” CD (Merge) Debut album by the supergroup formed by Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas.
Art Museums “S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G.” 7″ (Dulc-I-Tone) New single from SF popsters.
Austra “Feel It Break” CD/LP (Domino) A stark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs.
Bachelorette “s/t” CD/LP (Drag City) Annabel “Bachelorette” Alpers is still a space case, but since her last album she’s definitely come back down to earth a bit. The tunes are still soaring high though.
Bahamas “Pink Strat” CD (Universal Republic) Finnish-Canadian singer songwriter.
Boys Next Door “What’s The Story?” 2LP All live double LP, fourteen tracks recorded live at Storey Hall, Australia in 1978. Limited to 300 copies.
Colourmusic “My ____ is Pink” LP (Memphis Industries) Their latest.
Company of Thieves “Running From a Gamble” CD Wind-Up Chicago outfit with their sophomore record.
Dogs of War “s/t” LP
Elected, the “Bury Me in My Rings” CD (Vagrant) Blake Sennett, former guitarist and songwriter of Rilo Kiley with his latest effore.
Eno, Brian “Before and After Science” LP “Japanese'” reissue with OBI strip.
Globes “Future Self” CD (Barsuk) Produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, etc).
Iron Curtain “Desertion 1982-1988” 2LP (Pylon) Collection of the earliest and best material from these minimal synth pioneers.
Let’s Wrestle “Nursing Home” CD/LP (Merge) Second album, recorded by Steve Albini.
Lynch, Julian “Terra” CD (Underwater Peoples) His latest. Vinyl should be here next week. The sweet spot between Animal Collective and Michael McDonald.
Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math” CD (Columbia) A concept record about a 23-year old who questions everything from marriage to love to religion to sex.
Moby “Destroyed” CD (Mute) Written by Moby on the road during the small hours of the night, when his insomnia was in full tilt.
Queens of the Stone Age “s/t” CD (Rekords Reckords)1988 debut album reissued.
Schmillion “S/T” CD
Sea And Cake “The Moonlight Butterfly” LP (Thrill Jockey) Now available on vinyl.
Tinie Tempah “Discovery” CD (Astralwerks) UK rapper Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, best known for his hit “Pass Out”.
Vangaalen, Chad “Diaper Island” CD/LP (Sub Pop) Chad VanGaalen emerges from his bunker in Calgary with a batch of new songs.
Weekend “End Times” 7″ (Slumberland) A nice slab of wax with two tracks.
White Fence “Harness / The Pool” 7″ Afterlife Features the track “Harness” from the band’s new Is Growing Faith album, backed with the previously unreleased cut “The Pool.”

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White Denim In-Store Tonight!

Local garage rock favorites, White Denim will be playing a pre-album release party at Waterloo Records today at 5pm. Their fifth release, D will be available on Tuesday, May 24th. Not sure if Waterloo will be able to break street date and sell copies of the new album, but White Denim is always great live and of course there is always the free beer too!

This will be your last chance to see them for awhile. They hit the road starting Monday in Arizona and will be making their way around the country throughout the summer. Go check ’em out!


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TVD Austin’s Best Bets

Well here it is, another weekend in our fine Central Texas city of sunshine. What’s that? Rain? I know not what you speak of. Don’t let water prevent you from having a good time this week. If you need a friendly nudge and aren’t sure what to do, check out these bands playing this week.

Thursday May 19th

Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Lola Cola, Elvis, the French Inhales-Emo’s

Joan of Arc, Air Waves, My Empty Phantom-Mohawk

Alvin Crow-Ginny’s Little Longhorn

Austin Chronicle Spelling Bee-Threadgills South-6pm (for those not looking to rock out)

Friday May 20th

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs-Emo’s

The Fiery Furnaces-Lambert’s

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven-ACL Moody Theater

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony-Venue 222

John Wesley Coleman, Simple Circuit, the Energy, A Giant Dog-Beerland

Pong-Continental Club

White Denim-Waterloo Records 5pm

Calhoun-Skinny’s Ballroom

Saturday May 21st

Ozomatli (Pachanga Fest 2011)-Fiesta Gardens

Federico Aubele-Parish

Zeke, Antiseen-Red 7

Megafauna-Flamingo Cantina

Scott H. Biram, Chili Cold Blood-Red Eye Fly

Sex Bruises, Book of Shadows-Trailer Space 7pm

Sunday May 22nd

Airborne Toxic Event-La Zona Rosa

Sarah Jarosz-One World Theather (Also playing Waterloo Records Monday, May 23rd at 5pm)

Monday May 23rd

Tristen, Marabount Saints-Mohawk

Dale Watson-Continental Club

Tuesday May 24th

An Horse-Emo’s


Xavier Rudd-La Zona Rosa

John Vanderslice, Daniel Hart-Mohawk

Asobi Seksu-Antone’s

Wednesday May 25th

Blackout Heist-Antone’s

Cola Freaks, Hex Dispenser-Beerland

Here We Go Magic, Cavemen-Parish

Invisible Czars-Skinny’s Ballroom

-Mike Harrell

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Album Review: Calhoun

Fort Worth’s prize band, Calhoun, proves its lyrical and musical chops with their third album, Heavy Sugar. Lead singer and song-writer Tim Locke nimbly weaves through storyline lyrics with his polished tenor, and the rest of the band- Jordan Roberts, Toby Pipes, Nolan Thies, and Taylor Young– propels the natural bounce of these refined pop-rock tracks into a perfectly contained pinball machine of intelligence and emotion. Catchy hooks and sensitive, universally understood emotions of heartache and regret all contribute to the album’s grand appeal. Enough poetic poignancy to give it substance and just the right amount of bob-your-head, “Indian Melody” is a fantastic song of thrones, memories, and soul; and it leads directly into “Ryders”, an indie ballad with some sense of hope despite mention of bombs and pills. The beautiful harmonies and heartbeat drum introduce “Lioness” as one of the most memorable tracks of the album, but the vivid imagery and melodic explanations throughout Heavy Sugar keep this album in heavy rotation and make it impossible to sit still. To say this band has potential would be an understatement.

Also, don’t forget that Calhoun will be playing at Skinny’s Ballroom this Friday night. Click here for you chance to win tickets to the show and a copy of their new album.

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Emo’s Ticket Giveaways!

Starting today and throughout the summer, we’ll be giving away tickets to specific Emo’s shows. First up, we have 3 pairs (maybe 5) of tickets to give away to the Bad Manners show on 5/26 and RX Bandits with Maps & Atlases on 6/29. It’s the RX Bandits final tour!

So all you have to do is comment below which show you want to go to and I’ll select 3 (or 5) winners for each. I’ll notify the winners via email. Good luck!

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The ACL Lineup

I’m sure most of you have already seen this since it was leaked at midnight, but here are our thoughts on this year’s lineup. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with Stevie Wonder as one of your headliners. Solid pick, C3. I’m sure a lot of folks are really excited about Kanye West and Arcade Fire as well. As far as Coldplay goes, not a bad pick, but it seems odd that they are already back since they already headlined the festival just a few years ago. Here are my picks for each day not counting the headliners. I’m sure this will change closer to the festival in September. Can’t wait for the aftershows lineup to come out!


Delta Spirit

Ray LaMontagne

The Cave Singers

Ha Ha Tonka

Smith Westerns

Mavis Staples


An Horse

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Win Tickets to the Calhoun Show!

Fort Worth bred Calhoun will be in Austin this Friday at Skinny’s Ballroom (115 San Jacinto Blvd) in support of their brand new album, Heavy Sugar, which will be in stores tomorrow. Look for a TVD Austin review of the album this Wednesday.

Since we love Calhoun and love giving away free stuff, shoot me an email at for your chance to win tickets to this Friday’s show. We have two pair we are giving away. Also, the winners will each receive a copy of the new album and a show poster. Now that’s a sweet deal! I’ll select and notify the two winners this Friday at noon. Good luck!

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