Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Grizzly Life's Guide to a Free SXSW - 2011

Its that time of year again. I have to get up off my ass and have a whole lot of fun with the rest of you. SXSW is back in Austin for the 25th year but somehow, it never gets easier. This year's lineup is full of amazing talent (too many to name here) but I'v compiled a handy little guide to help you get into all the best free shows (and maybe get some swag, beer, and food while you're at it). It'll probably be updated in the next couple of days as I find more insanity to add to the already outrageously long list, but you'll be the first to know if that happens. In the meantime, click the link to download the guide and start planning for the best week of the year.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Tonight : Wild Nothing + Abe Vigoda and more @ Red 7

Tonight is going to be another cold one and you might feel like staying inside where its all warm and cozy but you should get out of the house and come see some great bands. Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda and more will be playing the inside stage at Red 7 this evening. If you haven't seen / heard these bands before, you should get on it before the doors open at 9:00 p.m. and its too late. You won't want to miss this one. Wild Nothing put out one of my favorite records of the year and they show no signs of slowing down. Hopefully this tour will garner them a lot more support and if you come to tonight's show, you'll see why they deserve it. They won't let you down, and, have I ever steered you wrong?

Photos / Review : Deerhoof @ Mohawk

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In a world full of stagnant musicians and bedroom projects that never evolve beyond their original inception, there is Deerhoof. With the recent release of the band's 11th studio album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, the group has fully reinforced their status as purveyors of some of the finest, strangest, most fun music out there. They have a way of simultaneously taking no prisoners and being the most lovable band around.

Tuesday's show at Mohawk has to be one of the coldest the band has ever played and certainly one of the coldest the members of the audience had ever been to. The crowd wasn't exactly crowding the stage for the openers, not because of the quality of the music (which was good), but because the cold kept them under the heaters at the back of the space, shivering, smoking cigarettes and clutching cups of whiskey.

By the time Deerhoof took the stage, however, the crowd mobilized and headed for the stage, maintaing a manageable level of body heat from person to person. The band set up quickly and launched into material from Deerhoof vs. Evil to Offend Maggie and Friend Opportunity, mostly. The set was driven by the energy of the crowd and the bite of the cold. The band didn't let up and crowd wouldn't have wanted them to anyway because they were moving and singing along when they could. Drummer Greg Saunier took his usual breaks from playing to joke with the crowd in his own unique way about how the band was excluding him on their side of the stage and he felt left out so he got on the mic to talk to the people and air his grievances. He even traded his helm at the kit with guitarist John Dieterich and played guitar and sang for one song, further staking his place as one of today's most talented musicians. Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez were fully in sync throughout the show and weren't afraid to let the crowd know how much fun they were having. Satomi left the bass behind a few times to join the crowd on the front row and do her signature dances which everyone seemed to enjoy. The synchronization between the four members of the band was the most shining aspect of the show. The loud, fuzzy guitars with the spastic drums and Satomi's bass lines acting as the foundation for which the colossus was built on made some of the richest live sounds I've ever heard.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Tonight : Deerhoof @ Mohawk

Deerhoof has long been a favorite band of the blog and (we think) for good reason. They're smart, they're funny, they're innovative, and to top it all off, they're great musicians. They blend all of those qualities into quirky songs that make you stand up and take notice and even if you aren't too sure if you like it, you'll probably ask "Who's this?" when you hear them playing and aren't quite sure. They baffle a lot of listeners but for those who understand the band, it makes a lot of sense. You can see all this at work (and at play) this evening at Mohawk when the band takes the stage. Doors open early for this one and the temperatures are supposed to be very low tonight so chances are the venue might change or something else not scheduled but we'll keep you updated if that does happen.

Video : Deerhoof - "Chandelier Searchlight"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Photos : Girl Talk @ Austin Music Hall

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Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, played to a sold-out crowd on Friday night. All the under-age / way-too-old and fraternity / sorority booty shaking was captured by yours truly.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tonight : Girl Talk @ Austin Music Hall

Greg Gillis of Girl Talk
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This show couldn't have come at a better time. All the students are making their way back to Austin for the beginning of the spring semester (which starts on Tuesday). Its cold outside. There's a definite lull in the amount and ferocity of parties in Austin. Its really a prefect storm. Girl Talk will hit the big stage at Austin Music Hall tonight to keep your body warm and your booty moving. Whether you're about to pledge to that frat, want to impress a certain someone with your dance moves, or just looking for something to do on the Friday before the semester begins, this is the place to be. And as long as I hear Willow Smith mixed with something obscure and funky I will be whipping my hair back and forth in delight. See you there. Oh yeah, and its sold out so good luck getting in!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tonight : No Age @ Red 7 (not Mohawk)

No Age @ Club 1808 12

L.A.'s finest punk-noise-indie band No Age will be hitting Austin tonight and you won't want to miss it. After their amazing 2010 release, "Everything In Between", the band is sure to bring more than you can handle. Each time we've seen them, they've put on an amazing show and it'll be a cold night in our fair city but this show is destined to make you sweat. The show was moved from Mohawk to Red 7 because of the low temps and that should give you even more of a reason to make it out.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photos : Wolf Parade @ La Zona Rosa

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