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Live: The Kills/JEFF the Brotherhood, Austin

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on January 26, 2012 by 30daysout

Jamie Hince (left) and Alison Mosshart of The Kills

Editor’s Note: Austin correspondent Lily Angelle kicks off our live music season with a dispatch from Austin.

Following a morning of apocalyptic rainfall in Austin, people gathered at a puddly, muddy Stubb’s BBQ to see The Kills, although it’s safe to say about 90 percent of the crowd just wanted to see front woman Alison Mosshart. My cohort and I, however, were there primarily to see the opening band that we’ve been obsessing over for months: JEFF The Brotherhood, a garage-rock outfit from Nashville.

The night opened with Hunters, a rock group from Brooklyn whose lead guitarist and front woman reminded me all too much of Nick Zinner and Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- their hair, dance moves and mannerisms were seemingly a carbon copy of the great indie rock band, which makes sense since I read somewhere that Nick Zinner mixed some of their material. Their bratty rock ‘n roll lacked originality and left much to be desired, as they appeared to rely on image and band aesthetics alone to earn them cool points.

JEFF the Brotherhood

Next, JEFF The Brotherhood took the stage to a fair amount of applause, although I was shocked that no one else was as excited to see them as my cohort and I, especially after their explosive SXSW sets last year which garnered them much attention and earned them the title of a “must-see act.” They kicked off their 8-song set with “Country,” a tune of theirs I had never heard up until then.

Guitarist and vocalist Jake Orrall slammed away on his three-string clear guitar, with drummer Jamin Orrall keeping the energy up with his eager and fast-paced hits. Off their sophomore album We Are The Champions, they played “Shedder,” “Diamond Way,” which they recently performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Stay Up Late.” If there is one word to describe JEFF’s music, it most certainly is driving.

Alison Mosshart of The Kills

The Kills took the stage shortly after JEFF’s set, busting out with “No Wow,” Mosshart slinking quickly back and forth across the stage like a feral cat. Guitarist Jamie Hince and Mosshart both looked like fashionable English rockers in their leather jackets and snazzy accessories.

Mosshart’s new bleached, pink hair was a shocking difference from her usual goth black hairstyle. Although we definitely didn’t get to see the demonic, savage Mosshart that fronts The Dead Weather alongside Jack White, she certainly had an enrapturing stage presence full of fierce fervor, especially in “Fuck The People” and “Nail In My Coffin.”

Although they did have their softer moments, like when Hince and Mosshart jumped atop opposite speakers to perform a calm cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” Off of their latest effort Blood Pressures, The Kills returned to the stage to start their encore performance with the slow and heartfelt “The Last Goodbye.” The night ended with “Monkey 23,” proving that The Kills are definitely a sight to see live and up close.

The Kills never need to worry about a crowded stage.

The Kills official website

JEFF the Brotherhood official blog

Live: Weezer, Austin

Posted in Review with tags , , on June 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo keeps the Austin audience enraptured (Photo by Lily Angelle)

Editor’s Note: With no classes to attend this summer, our Austin correspondent Lily Angelle is finding more time to attend concerts – like the second night of Weezer’s two-night stand in Austin.

Many hardcore Weezer fans, myself included, gathered outside Stubbs yesterday as early as seven hours before the gates opened. With a cooler filled with water, I braved the 100 degree heat for a chance to secure a front-row spot to see my favorite band of all time, and I must say their performance was well worth the wait.

Some Weezer fans may disagree, but it seems that over the last few years Weezer’s music has become steadily less relatable and genuine. Diehard Weezer fans cling to their first several albums as evidence of their nerdy authenticity and blissful, relatable angst. That’s why, when Weezer launched their Memories Tour  and announced they’d play The Blue Album and Pinkerton, their first two albums, over the span of two nights and in their entirety, old-school Weezer fans went apeshit. Unable to afford to go to both shows, I was forced to choose. The choice was easy- Pinkerton, without a doubt.

After The Knux’s short opening set, Weezer humbly made their way onstage, opening with “Memories,” off 2010’s Hurley. Before launching into Pinkerton, the band did a little “time machine” set, starting from recent songs and working their way back to their very early stuff, circa 1996/1997. Rivers Cuomo knew how to pump up the crowd, stepping offstage into the audience, and even jumping from the speakers onto the roof of Stubbs.

The opening time machine set featured a song that Rivers said had never been performed live, “Longtime Sunshine,” which is on his album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. They also performed crowd-pleasers such as “Suzanne,” “Jamie,” and “Only In Dreams.”

After the trip down memory lane, Weezer left the stage to regroup before performing Pinkerton. During the intermission the band’s longtime friend and video/photo/website guy Karl Koch presented a slideshow presentation of old pictures, posters and set lists of Weezer, which was pretty cool.

Finally after a wardrobe change, Weezer came back to perform the entire Pinkerton album, with few breaks in between songs for talking or pumping up the crowd. Pat Wilson rightfully returned to playing the drum set, although he played guitar throughout the entire time machine set. The songs transitioned smoothly, and I could see Rivers’ emotional attachment to the music.

The show closed on a quiet note, with Rivers performing “Butterfly” on an acoustic, backed by Karl Koch on the drum set. As the crowd roared with approval, Rivers flashed the trademark Weezer hand signal, and the crowd was quick to return the gesture. Even though the competition was fierce when it came to snagging a setlist, we were able to get the attention of someone on stage to hand us an unripped setlist, and then we high-tailed it out of there before someone could rip it from our hands.

Weezer’s Memories Tour is most likely one of the last times fans will get a chance to hear a good amount of their early stuff, so make sure that you check it out!

Tuesday night’s setlist:

Live: Robert Earl Keen, Austin

Posted in Review with tags , , on April 19, 2011 by 30daysout

Robert Earl Keen is always a favorite in Austin. (Photo by Lily Angelle)

Editor’s Note: Our Austin correspondent Lily Angelle has been busy with classes and writing for her, ahem, new blog … so we’re grateful she wrote us a short review of a visit by Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen to Stubb’s in Austin.

Every now and then, it can be quite refreshing to check out popular local acts in the Austin area. The sold-out rock show gets tiring after a while, and sometimes you just need to change things up a bit. I am in no way an avid country music fan, so I did not know what to expect when I went to Stubb’s last week to see the Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen.

I noticed from the get-go that the scene was much different from what I’m used to – there were no lines wrapped around the venue, anxiously waiting to stampede toward the stage once the gates opened. In fact, much of the crowd did not even arrive until after the opening act.

When Keen and his band appeared onstage, opening with “What I Really Mean,” I immediately sensed a very chilled-out, personable aura about their music and demeanor. They made eye contact with the audience, smiling as people sang along to songs and clapped with the beats. I would describe the show in its entirety as quite humble and friendly. Even though I knew none of his music, I could not help but nod my head along with the soothing acoustic guitar melodies.

The crowd consisted of young and old fans, and was rather relaxed, giving each other respectable amounts of space. However, there are always a few drunk trouble-makers, and halfway through their set a small fight broke out in the middle of the crowd. Security was quick to step in, and soon peace was reestablished and the crowd continued singing along.

Obviously, the crowd went wild when Keen closed with the popular favorite, “The Road Goes On Forever.” They reappeared onstage for an encore to play “Dreadful Selfish Crime” and “I Know You Rider.”

As a Texas A&M graduate and former Austin resident, Robert Earl Keen is a cherished local act among many fans in the area. Austin’s local music scene is always growing, and besides Keen, artists such as Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, and Spoon have established a strong fan base here in Austin. When long lines and sold-out shows get you down, it may be a nice change of pace to check out your area’s local music scene.

Robert Earl Keen always turns in a relaxed, accomplished show. (Photo by Lily Angelle)

Robert Earl Keen official website

Backyard Fireball: Barbecue Time! Again

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by 30daysout

Memorial Day is a couple weeks away, but here in Texas we’ve been barbecuing since … January.  I read somewhere that May is National Barbecue Month.  Like I need a reason to play loud music outdoors, drink beer and light fires.  Briskets – smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Actually, I am usually unsuccessful cooking brisketsBBQ sauce on a pit for some reason.  I’m hell on wheels when it comes to chicken, ribs, burgers/hot dogs and Earl Campbell sausage links.  Despite what Hank Hill says, I recommend a charcoal fire, some pecan or hickory wood for smoke and lots of Stubb’s barbecue sauce.

A backyard barbecue is so enjoyable that I do it at least two or three times a week.  Cookin’ meat on indirect heat (way off the coals, lid on the pit like an oven), a cold beer or five, the kids comin’ outside wondering why it takes two hours to burn four burgers.

Ah!  I can smell the smoke already.  Join us for a little barbecue, won’t you?

MP3: “Bar-B-Q” by Wendy Rene

MP3: “She Sells Good Meat” by Jimmie Gordon

MP3: “Barbecue Bess” by Lucille Bogan

MP3: “Barbecue” by Washboard Sam

MP3: “Bar-B-Q” by ZZ Top

MP3: “Barbecue” by ALO

MP3: “Texas Cookin’ ” by Guy Clark

MP3: “Live At The Barbecue” by Main Source

MP3: “The Meat Man” by the Jim Jones Revue

MP3: “Banana In Your Fruit Basket” by Bo Carter (for dessert)