Friday, January 2, 2009

Concert Calendar: Free Week 2009

Five years ago, Graham Williams (head booker at Emo's at the time) came up with a creative solution to deal with the lack of foot-traffic during the deadest time of the year, early January. Why not offer up loads of Austin's best local acts and make the shows free every night? A bit of incentive for those of us suffering the post-Christmas-shopping blues. A year-and-a-half ago, Williams left Emo's after helping launch Transmission Entertainment, a local concert-booking and event-planning company. Now, for the first time, Williams is bringing the Free Week tradition to the Transmission family, offering up free shows at Mohawk, Club de Ville, Red 7, and Beauty Bar from January 2nd to the 10th. It's not officially a festival, I don't think. But I can't help but suspect, looking at this line-up, that Free Week will beat the hell out of South By Southwest if you're an Austinite on a budget looking to discover a bunch of great, promising underground and unsigned acts in a short time span, without having to deal with locust-swarms of tourists and the see-and-be-seen crowd. If you don't get out to Red River much, now would be the time to do it. Gas is cheap and the cover charge is zero. What more do you want?

The venues below are listed in geographic order from farthest south to furthest north.
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FRI. 1/2
@ Emo's [inside] ... Pataphysics / Silver Pines / JC & Co. (members of Belaire) / School Police
@ Emo's [outside] ... Lemurs/ Ringo Deathstarr / Ovenbirds/ The Boxing Lesson / The Great Nostalgic
@ Beauty Bar ... Gobi / Show Me Tiger! / Prince Klassen
@ Red 7 [outside] ... Summer of Blood / The Ends / Deadly Companions / No No No Hopes
@ Red 7 [inside] ... Capital Scam / Blank Generation / Spittin’ Bullets / Sleezus Fist
@ Club de Ville ... The Alice Rose / The Midgetmen / Blasé Faire
@ Mohawk [outside] ... Low Line Caller / Calm Blue Sea / L.A.X. / MoTel Aviv (formerly A.U.X.)
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Built By Snow / The Always Already / Zlam Dunk

SAT. 1/3
@ Emo's [inside] ... The Ugly Beats / The Jungle Rockers / Amplified Heat / Dans La Lune
@ Emo's [outside] ... What Made Milwaukee Famous / Oh No! Oh My! / The Pons / The Mercers / The Georgian Company
@ Beauty Bar [outside] ... Shuttle Debris / Rage Ranger / My Life On Film / The Green
@ Beauty Bar [inside] ... The Low Lows / New Roman Times / Model UN
@ Red 7 [outside] ... Broadcast Sea / Camp X-Ray / We’ll Go Machete / Beta Valentine / Monuments
@ Red 7 [inside] ... The Gospel Truth / Love Collector / Bottle Service / Black Panda / The Autons
@ Club de Ville ... Til We’re Blue or Destroy / Hollywood Gossip / Ichi Ni San
@ Mohawk [outside] ... Riverboat Gamblers / Harlem
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Bankrupt and the Borrowers / Cartright / Whitman / The Greyhounds

SUN. 1/4
@ Emo's Inside ... The Always Already / Haunting Oboe Music / Prayer for Animals / J.Be
@ Emo's Outside ... The Tunnels / Christian Bland / Woven Bones
@ Beauty Bar ... SuperLiteBike
@ Red 7 [outside] ... The Measure (SA) / The Anchor / Stallone!!! / Saw Wheel / Unwed Fathers / Crows Feet
@ Red 7 [inside] ... Low Down Shaky Chill / Los Hispanos UK / Al Shire / The Kickback
@ Club de Ville ... ??
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Serious Tracers / Follow That Bird! / Explosion Horse / Butcher Bear's Rainbow Bus Band

MON. 1/5
@ Emo's [inside] ... Zookeeper / Booher and the Turkeys / Frank Smith / Masonic / Sad Accordions
@ Emo's [outside] ... Abby Birds / Stereo Is A Lie / Courses and Angles / Your Kisses Cause Crashes / New Roman Times
@ Beauty Bar ... Le Ren / HerMitts / The Other Brothers
@ Red 7 ... Set Aflame / Myth and Legend / By A Long Shot
@ Club de Ville ... ??
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Bridge Farmers / The Harlequins / The Bread

TUE. 1/6
@ Emo's Inside ... High Watt Crucifixers / Black Earth / Full Stride / Babydick / Yayo / Shitty Carwash
@ Emo's Outside ... Mike Nicolai with Grand Champeen / Moonlight Towers / Militant Babies / Gleeson
@ Beauty Bar ... Built By Snow / Wine and Revolution
@ Red 7 [outside] ... The Roller / Radioland Murders / Eagle Claw
@ Red 7 [inside] ... Scorpion Child / Pack of Wolves / Watching the Moon / Johnny Gobbs
@ Club de Ville ... ??
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Baby Robots / Colour Wheel / Frantic Clam / Perfect Pants

WED. 1/7
@ Emo's Inside ... When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth / The Diagonals / Eagle Claw / My Education / Black Cock / Selenese
@ Emo's Outside ... Unit 21 / Iron Age / The Altars / Porkeria
@ Beauty Bar ... Neiliyo / Consider The Source / Betaplayer / The War Against Sleep / The Goods
@ Red 7 ... SuperLiteBike / Fatback Circus / Muchos Backflips / Opposite Day / Yayo
@ Club de Ville ... The Model U.N.
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Tia Carrera / The Strange Attractors / The Tunnels / Che Arthur

THU. 1/8
@ Emo's Inside ... El Paso Hot Button / Harlem / Ume / The Blacks
@ Emo's Outside ... Off With Their Heads / Broken Gold / Deskonocidos / Ghost Knife / Send Help
@ Beauty Bar ... Built By Snow / Bankrupt and the Borrowers / Vinyl Dharma / PJ and the Bear
@ Red 7 [outside] ... Within Chaos / Shrapnel / Dead Earth Politics
@ Red 7 [inside] ... Mocktigers / The Action Is / West Coast Pinups / Passed Out Flyers
@ Club de Ville ... Loxsly / Haunting Oboe Music / Peel
@ Mohawk [outside] ... The Golden Boys / Ripe / Alright Tonight / Basic
@ Mohawk [inside] ... The Homopolice / Air Traffic Controllers / Dikes of Holland

FRI. 1/9
@ Emo's Inside ... Attack Formation / This Horn Of Africa / Bee Vs. Moth / Serious Tracers / Che Arthur
@ Emo's Outside ... The Strange Boys / The White White Lights / The Teeners / Man Stamps
@ Beauty Bar ... SNAFU Kitties / Prince Klassen
@ Red 7 [early show] ... Lie and Wait / Soul Control / Golden Age / DCOI / Naw Dude
@ Red 7 [outside] ... Lions of Tsavo / Rat King / Abominable Iron Sloth / Blowupnihilist / Lycergus
@ Red 7 [inside] ... The Vitamins / Shitty Carwash / Magic Jewels
@ Club de Ville ... ??
@ Mohawk [outside] ... The Laughing / Moth!Fight! / Golden Bear
@ Mohawk [inside] ... The Ugly Beats / Death Is Not A Joyride / Dans La Lune / Many Birthdays

SAT. 1/10
@ Emo's Inside ... Those Peabodys / The Crack Pipes / Shapes Have Fangs / Red Leaves / Wine & Revolution / A Giant Dog
@ Emo's Outside ... The Black / International Waters / The Minotaurs / Corto Maltese / Cry Blood Apache / Bear Claw
@ Beauty Bar ... True Widow
@ Red 7 [outside] ... Lower Class Brats / The Applicators / You People
@ Red 7 [inside] ... Complete Control / Crash Gallery / The Dead Space
@ Club de Ville ... Shapes Have Fangs / Cavedweller
@ Mohawk [outside] ... Brazos / Frank Smith / The Lovely Sparrows
@ Mohawk [inside] ... Transmography / School Police / Moses and the Burning Bush

It's appropriate that the last band on this massive list of free shows is called Moses and the Burning Bush. Because it took a Google effort of biblical proportions to compile all these MySpace pages.

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