Friday, September 18, 2009

This weekend: KVRX party, Parlor party, and CD release party

KVRX partyFriday.

Don't get me wrong: Any excuse for drinks and live music is a good one. But calling your showcase a back-to-school party a month after school already started seems kinda... late. But KVRX, the UT college radio station, is welcoming everyone back four weeks later with a great showcase of Texas music tonight at Mohawk. Show starts at 10 and features Austin bands The Eastern Sea (featured mp3 of the day here) and No Mas Bodas. The Eastern Sea is really good live, especially if you're into subtle yet upbeat indie-pop. They recently played an INsite Night showcase at The Parish and turned quite a few heads. And No Mas Bodas always brings the weirdness with their minimal beats and random sprinkles of horns and strings.

Over at Hole In The Wall, we have a live set by The Great Nostalgic, the folky and angsty indie-rock project of Abram Shook (formerly of The Laughing). The Great Nostalgic's self-titled debut is one of my favorite Austin albums of the year. Read my review here. The '90s alt-rock-influenced Frantic Clam is also on the bill. Frantic Clam recently played the UT Back to School Fest at the Hole. I haven't dug too deeply into this band's music, but I know they wrote a song about Sasha Grey, perhaps the most popular pornstar of the past two years. That's enough to get my attention! Check out this live video I shot of them performing the song at, ahem, the Hole. Show starts at 10 tonight.






Parlor partySaturday.

Then on Saturday, the Parlor on North Loop is throwing a day-time block party with pizza and live music. Sample two new specialty pizzas from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. Music starts at 3 and goes to 8. If you haven't eaten at the Parlor, you don't know what you're missing. Jasmine's Hawaiian is probably my favorite. I'm a fan of the ham and pineapple.

This block party will be your second chance of the weekend to catch No Mas Bodas (hardest-working ladies in Austin show business?). Progressive-rockers The Fever Dreams also play, as well as a whole host of like-minded weird Austin bands. Local vendors will be selling stuff all day, as well. Sounds like a fun Saturday afternoon.

Then, the new-wave freaks come out at night. The Black and White Years play their EP release party at Mohawk to celebrate the recent release of their new EP Nursery Myths. This band gets lots of play on local radio and won an Austin Music Award last year. Opening the show is the Smiths-influenced post-punk of MoTel Aviv. Get more details about the show at Do512 here. Watch a video I shot of The Black and White Years at Emo's last month...




If you're in a more straightforward pop-rock mood, local heroes What Made Milwaukee Famous will be over at Antone's with Quiet Company and The Laughing. A great local showcase. Get details at Do512 here.

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