Sunday, September 26, 2010

Field Music in Austin at Emo's 9/29/2010

There are a lot of touring shows coming to Austin this fall. One of those shows I'm looking forward to is Field Music. They're playing at Emo's on Wed, Sept 29th. I first heard of them in 2006 and became an instant fan. The core of Field Music are songwriters and brothers, David and Peter Brewis. They've been touring this year in support of their 2010 release, Measure. I've only seen Field Music once before and I could barely see and hear them through a sea of people under a tent during SXSW 2007. David and Peter Brewis were also at SXSW in 2009 with one of their side projects, The Week That Was. I'm a fan because I'm completely charmed by their brotherly harmonies and their ability to transform their influences into something fresh and original yet familiar. The tracks "Them That Do Nothing" and "Let's Write A Book" are 2 of the highlights (and videos) from the Measure album. If you're charmed as I am by the Brewis brothers, I highly recommend seeing them at Emo's for a rare appearance in Austin.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday Night Alright : Superpop! and Bleu French Laundry Presents

On Fri Sept 24th, I'm presenting a showcase of Austin bands (and one band from Houston) under my blog name (Superpop !) along with Jennifer Marchand of Bleu French Laundry Productions. Earlier this summer, she approached me about inviting some of my favorite local bands to play at Ruta Maya Coffeehouse. It sounded like a fun challenge. It was a bit stressful trying to find bands that were available on that date but I'm looking forward to hearing how it all turns out at the new back bar at Ruta Maya.
My taste leans more towards melodic and pop sounds and Jennifer Marchand's taste is more brazenly rock (or should I say ROCK !). I've recently became a fan of She Sir and I admit I'm such a sucker for dreamy vocals and jangly, yet fuzzy guitar sounds. They're not just for bedroom listening ; their live sound packs more of a punch that you might anticipate. Ideal Soul Mart are proof that you don't need a lot of fuss to create memorable pop songs. They're only a two-piece band, switching off instruments, and often playing multiple instruments at the same time. The result is a surprisingly big, full sound. I've heard of Tiger Thrust through my friend, Misti Watkins, who is also the drummer. She formed the band with her friend, Ben Fleming. But I haven't had a chance to see them yet so I'm looking forward to hearing their new project.
The lineup is completed with the addition of The Vitamins and Sex Dragon who are bringing the ROCK so don't forget your earplugs.

The Vitamins (w/ Erik & Jamey of Tia Carrera) :
She Sir :
Tiger Thrust :
Sex Dragon :
Ideal Soul Mart :

$6, $5 if you bring 2 friends

8pm doors
9:15pm TIGER THRUST (30 min)
10pm SHE SIR (45 min)
11pm THE VITAMINS (45 min)
12midnight SEX DRAGON (45 min)
1am IDEAL SOUL MART (45 min)