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 …

Saint Motel, 11/4/2017, Mohawk, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and Photos by Bang Ho   Saint Motel‘s sold out show at the Mohawk was a perfect intersection of a late night tv performance and live show in every aspect true to their second album’s name, saintmotelevision and tour titled “Late Night with Saint Motel.”  Two fixed audience cameras on …

Lizzo, 11/3/2018, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and Photos by Bang Ho   Lizzo brought the Emo’s crowd to her Church of Feelin’ Myself. All she needed was a DJ, her backing dancers dubbed the Big Girls, and her amazing voice. She may be a rapper by trade, but she was very much at home singing slow …

Everclear, 11/5/2017, Emo’s, Austin: Photos – Write-up

Written by Bang Ho Everclear certainly embodies 90s rock, but they showed their range at Emo’s last night with songs that ran the gamut between grunge, alt, and pop rock. Regardless of what genre they’re categorized in, the one thing that is certain is that they still know how to rock …