Thursday, August 14, 2008

Things to See and Do

Are you looking for something to do in Austin this weekend, but don't exactly know what it should be? Well I have a few good ideas if you need a little guidance. There are a handful of can't-miss shows happening over the next 4-5 days that should easily quench your thirst for entertaining diversions, including these:

The Heartless Bastards have been creating some seriously good, soulful garage rock for the past few years that has earned them a population of loyal fans. Led by the fantastic lungs of singer-guitarist Erika Wennerstrom, the Bastards like Austin so much that they established residency in the 512 and are making their debut with two shows at Continental Club that are sure to have people standing outside the door to listen and curse the capacity.

I have sung the praises of both Yndi Halda and My Education before, and they will both be rocking some fine instrumental tunes at Mohawk tonight. I told you to check out My Education with this post a few months ago, so here's your chance to do just that. Drowned In Sound gave Yndi Halda a 9/10, calling the five-piece "Britain’s finest on-record purveyors of modern instrumental rock."

I first experienced the rocket-fueled blues funk of Black Joe Lewis when they played a secret show with Spoon sometime last year, and I've been a fan ever since. The Onion digs 'em too, saying that "the blues-hollerin’ Black Joe Lewis may have the wounded soul of Wilson Pickett and the showmanship of James Brown, but the young Austinite’s roots are in gangsta rap and punk, which actually works in his favor. Lewis’ primitive playing gets to the heart of the music, harkening back to the days of self-taught pioneers like Lightnin’ Hopkins." Get in on the action at the Parish on Friday night.

I told you that A Place To Bury Strangers "seriously rock," and I have reported that Ume is a band that you need to see more than a few times. When they get together with The Boxing Lesson at Emo's on Sunday night, expect awesome.

Critical darlings Bitter:Sweet have a sound that is a blend of melodically sweet-and-sexy vocals paired with genre-bending production work," with an album that was christened by the Los Angles Times as “perhaps the best album of its kind since Portishead’s Dummy.” and awarded the Best Rock/Pop Album of 2006 at the Independent Music Awards. Find out for yourself if Bitter:Sweet can match that high praise at the Parish on Monday night.