Live: Kings of Leon/Local Natives

Last week at the Woodlands Pavilion was, for me at least, a tale of two bands. It was the best of bands, it was the worst of bands. Well, maybe that’s harsh, but I did come away from the show scratching my head…

SXSW Report 2013: Young Dreams, The Tontons, Family of the Year, J. Thoven, The Livids, Featherface, & More

As it does every year I’ve gone (six times since 2004), SXSW overwhelms me, exhausts me, and most of all makes me glad to be a musician and music fanatic. Anyone who throws the one-liner out there, “there’s no good music anymore!” is just…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Tegan & Sara/Local Natives + Bernie Worrell + Black Congress + SXSW Overflow + More

Damn. Feels like I missed out on a whole lot of awesome stuff this week, being out of town (and not in Austin, sadly); I’m currently attempting to make up for lost time & get back into the swing of things, so bear with me, eh? There’s some excellent shows happening tonight, Friday, March 15th — here’s what I think looks cool…

Live: Local Natives/The Love Language/The Union Line

In our fair city, it’s not often that two meaningful concerts are scheduled for the same day; however, that was the case on Thursday. And those of us who resisted the temptation of squirrely guitars over Afro-pop beats were certainly pleased with one of the best concerts in recent memory…

Local Natives, Gorilla Manor

Up until a few years ago, I was turned off by the recent slew of indie-rock heroes. The Bon Ivers, Beiruts, and Vampire Weekends were a little too ethereal and a little too dainty for my taste. They seemed to lack the creativity and, frankly, the balls to do anything interesting. I wanted my mind blown with incomprehensible, abrasive instrumentation and dark, obtuse lyrics…

Sporadic MP3age: Neon Indian/Peelander-Z (Tonight!) + The Niceguys + School of Seven Bells + Local Natives

It’s been a month or two (or, um, six?) since the last time I posted some of these, so I figured now’d be a good time to dip deep (well, sorta deep) into the Flowing River of Musical Things that meanders through my Inbox…


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