Friday, August 15, 2014

Back in Austin

After 10 months in California, a glorious time of enrichment and fun, it was time to head back to Texas. I missed the music scene so much. As you can see from previous posts, I wasn't able to enjoy much music in San Francisco and Palo Alto. There were a few shows I missed in SF due to schedule constraints, and Palo Alto doesn't really have live music. So, I was like the kid-in-a-candy-store when I got back to Austin in June, making up for lost time.

Here's one big post on the summer music I have enjoyed since returning to Austin.

My first week back was a big one. One of my favorite places, Hole in the Wall, was celebrating its 40th anniversary, so I was happy to be back for some of those shows. I got to see Austin faves Lil Capn Travis, Moonlight Towers and Grand Champeen, which was all I needed to feel right at home again.

Then that same week, I was lucky that a Twitter friend at Austin City Limits came through with Jeff Tweedy tickets. It was great to hear those new songs that he plays with his solo band that includes his son Spencer. No photos at ACL, but it was great to enjoy the show from the floor and spend time with my friend Brent Adair!

My friends in Quiet Company played a great set at Empire Control Room - covering the entire Weezer album Pinkerton. It was a packed house, with both QC and Weezer fans enjoying the tunes.

And it's always great when my friend Neal Mehta plays. This show was at in.gredients anniversary party, the eastside bulk and natural grocery store. There were lots of kids and friends, a very excellent time.

More fun with friends, went to Whip Inn, the convenience store/Indian restaurant, to see Neal's friend's band Mesa Inn.

And, it's been great checking out Strange Brew a couple times, with shows featuring friends Johnny Goudie, Salim Nourallah and Joe Reyes. The second night featured Alex Dezen of the Damnwells.

I am so lucky to live in a place with so many amazingly talented people. It's good to be back!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Old 97's, The Fillmore, San Francisco, May 10, 2014

My year in California would not have been complete without a visit to the legendary Fillmore. I have been pretty lax about seeing shows this year, having missed a few due to scheduling conflicts and a non-existent music scene in Palo Alto. But when The Old 97's announced a Bay Area show, I knew I had to attend. Touring on their most recent release Most Messed Up, the 97's are riding high with a debut at #30 on Billboard and sold-out shows around the country.

The Fillmore is a really large room, and it was packed (sold out) for Rhett, Murry, Ken and Philip. My sister Judy was in town, and it was her first time seeing them. It was a great show, with new songs and old, the signature Old 97's energy and a roudy good time.

Photos aren't great, just from my iPhone and not too close up. But I hope these give you a sense of the excitement around these guys today!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SXSW 2014

I've been a little off the radar with music this year. Spending the year at Stanford, I haven't had the chance to get to any shows in the Bay Area. Yes, I know. Lame. I hope, hope, hope to remedy that soon, at least trying to get to one or two shows in San Francisco before I leave the area for good in June.

But I did get back to Austin for SXSW last week, which means I had a bit of a chance to make up for lost time. My main objective was focused on Interactive and what my students were doing at When that was over, it was time for fun and music. And I did see some great shows.

During Interactive, I was happy to catch Band of Heathens at the Spredfast party at Speakeasy.

Rhett Miller was in town, so of course I saw many of his gigs. He played six in two days, also appeared on a panel. Rhett was promoting the new Old 97's album coming out in a few weeks called Most Messed Up. He sounded great, and the new tunes are rockin'.

A real highlight was getting to see Side Effect, a band from Myanmar, first from this country ever at SXSW. The boys in this band had to overcome great hardship in getting to SXSW, but it was worth it. They rocked BD Riley's and then had a great week playing around Texas. So happy to have been at this show!

Universal Music Group had some great day parties at Palm Door on 6th. I got to see some acts I hadn't seen before, including The Colourist, American Authors, The Kooks and Parade of Lights.

Made it to the showcase with Phantogram and Snoop. It was on a parking garage roof.

And I had to show up for my friends in Quiet Company - saw them a couple of times, closed out the festival with them on Saturday night, which is becoming a tradition. They have some new tunes and are working on a new record that I can't wait to hear.

We were all saddened by the terrible crash that occurred on Red River on Wednesday night, someone evading arrest drove through the barriers, taking the lives of three and injuring many others. This senseless act shouldn't happen at an event that has always represented fun and community. We are all still shaken, and my heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Music 2013

Happy New Year. Here's my annual rundown of the highlights of the shows I attended in 2013. Being in Northern California for 4 months put a bit of a damper on my live music excursions, but I hope to remedy that by going to some shows in San Francisco in 2014. I'll be back in Austin for good in June. Even with the light show attendance, I did get to see some favorites: Wilco, Okkervil River, The National and, of course, Old 97's. I didn't miss SXSW or ACL, and both those festivals provided the opportunity to take in a range of great acts. I saw legends like Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode and the Cure, too.

At this time of the year, I always like to go back to watch these end of year videos I have been doing since 2008. It reminds me what a lucky girl I have been to have seen so many great artists over the years. If you have some extra time...

Year in Music 2008
Year in Music 2009
Year in Music 2010
Year in Music 2011
Year in Music 2012

I wish you all a wonderfully musical 2014!