Wild Child, 11/17/2017, Scoot Inn, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Craig McGreggor   Wild Child and Austin go hand in hand like a bowl of queso and “Why yes, I would love more queso.” One can never have enough of these local darlings who call this city their beloved home. For me, this may have been my eighth W.C. …

Bad Bad Hats, 11/16/2017, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Minneapolis three-piece Bad Bad Hats played a killer set at Emo’s Austin, opening for The Front Bottoms. The indie rockers are Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar,), Chris Hoge (drums), and Noah Boswell (bass), together that make some beautiful music with a smidge of the Midwest accent. Kerry’s vocal are airy, pure, …

The Front Bottoms, 11/16/2017, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up

New Jersey’s own The Front Bottoms never cease to impress.  This stop in Austin, touring their exceptional new album Going Grey, was no different.  They hit the stage hard with the new single You Used to Say (Holy Fuck) and the crowd dug it, with some displaying their excitement by …

Tegan and Sara, 11/15/2017, Paramount, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Bang Ho   Tegan and Sara embarked on the tenth anniversary of their fifth album “The Con”, stopping for two sold out nights at the Paramount.  While the venue was atypical for bands, it was the perfect setting for a stripped down acoustic set in which they played the …

The Rural Alberta Advantage, 11/13/2017, Barracuda, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Touring their fresh new album, The Wild, The Rural Alberta Advantage made a stop in Austin on a warm November night.  Nils Edenloff (vocals and guitar),  Robin Hatch (keys, bass and vocals), and Paul Banwatt (drums) brought their unique brand of Canadian indie rock.  Fans sang along to old favorites and and …

Yukon Blonde, 11/13/2017, Barracuda, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Greg Ackerman Watching Yukon Blonde play an off night (Monday) at downtown Austin club, Barracuda on the back-patio stage recalled dozens of mid-tier acts of high quality that come through Austin each year but still haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. It’s a bit puzzling how these bands don’t …

Peelander-Z, 11/11/2017, Empire, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and photos by Craig McGreggor   To close an already wild evening, Peelander-Z was brought in as a late add to a show moved from Spiderhouse to Empire Control Room.  While Fragile Rock may have moved us emotionally, and Calliope Musicals visually, Peelander demanded physical movement.  The band identifies …

Calliope Musicals, 11/11/2017, Empire, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and photos by Craig McGreggor   Following up eccentric collective like Fragile Rock on an odd November night is a challenge.  Calliope Musicals brand of infectiously fun music and psych/trance like visuals was an easily counterpart.  It’s hard to brand these group as anything other than just great.  Not …

Fragile Rock, 11/11/2017, Empire, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and photos by Craig McGreggor   The competition for best emo puppet band may be tight but one local act reigns sadly supreme.  Fragile Rock, the creation of local comedian Brently Heilbron and a cauldron of local puppeteers, improvisers, comics and musicians moved and rocked the crowd that only …