Here is some literature on musical happenings this week that will be worth your hard-earned dollar. Tonight, local indie icons Spoon are at The Parish. Tomorrow night Emo's hosts A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group and Ringo Deathstarr, for a shoegaze-a-palooza. I caught Sian Alice Group at SXSW, and it was beautiful stuff.
Also on Tuesday The Magnetic Fields will appear at The Paramount Theatre, with music ranging from "exuberant blasts of power-pop noise, to electro-country meditations, to euro-pop." If that's not your bag, Robert Pollard will be at the Parish with his Boston Spaceships. Guided by Voicesveteran Chris Slusarenko plays guitar, John Moen of the Decemberists plays drums, and this might turn out to be Pollard’s first true full-time band since GBV.
On Wednesday the Brooklyn duo I told you about (twice), High Places, will be at Emo's with the interesting local outfit Mothfight!. The Onion said: "Led by former Octopus Project guitarist Kevin Adickes, the Austin group combines synthesizers and found-sound samples with classical instrumentation (including violins, banjos, and musical saws) and barbershop harmonies." Sounds cool to me.
On Friday the Houston hip-hop hero Devin the Dude, who was labeled by Prefix as "Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper," will be at Emo's with his homeboys Coughee Brothaz. Otherwhere, Club de Ville will have the Reverse X-Rays cd release ("the funkiest experimental grooves in town"), with the always entertaining Transmography. For the local music conscious check out the Save Austin Music Premiere Gala, where " members of Austin’s music industry and many local celebrities are invited for an evening of music, activism, and fundraising for ongoing placement of the organization’s Public Service Announcement Campaign."
There's plenty for the weekend, too. Alaska's best, Portugal. The Man, are back with a new album (and Earl Greyhound,) Saturday at Emo's. Deer Tick is there on Sunday, who I told you all about almost exactly one year ago. Not to be overlooked, British pop darlings The Ting Tings will perform at the Parish on Sunday night. The hugely popular pop/dance duo recently signed to Columbia Records, and have been championed by NME as the "most exciting new band in the country." That's a lot of acreage, folks.
Next week: Girl Talk & Death Set