Thursday, December 17, 2009

12/17 Thursday show pick: Amplified Heat at The Parish

It's a night of lo-fi, eardrum-busting psychedelic rock 'n roll at The Parish. In the past, I might've thought this kind of showcase was a bad idea for The Parish. But have you been lately? They installed this new fancy lighting setup at The Parish that is perfect for psychedelic shows. I'm also digging the new paint job and decor. The Parish has done a great job of revamping its image. The built-in merch/bar area is a wise addition for courting touring bands, and it also blocks off that wallflower corner, making the room feel more together and intimate near the stage.

As for tonight's music, Austin psychedelic/blues veterans Amplified Heat are gonna make you wish you had earplugs with you. These guys have great energy, and play loud and with bravado. Pure rock 'n roll, as far as I'm concerned. The openers include the dirty psychedelic tones of Smoke and Feathers, as well as the cooly detached indie-ish psych of The Strange Attractors.

This show is a benefit for Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that works in social services and food services.

Cover is $8. Doors open at 10. Get more details, including video and music samples at