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Rubblebucket Went On An On With Reptar

So it was an Emo’s type special last Wednesday night again but this time it was at little sister Beauty Ballroom.  I was there to check out some Rubblebucket but also got a double dose of On An On and Reptar.  It was my first venture into Beauty Ballroom and my first taste for two of the three bands out there.  What a better way to close out the month of concerts as well as continue in on the fall concert series?

So Beauty Ballroom is right up the road from Emo’s out on Riverside Drive in Austin, Texas.  It has a different taste to Emo’s and they share at least one thing with the brother bar.  They only have can beer and no taps.  I think again it may be because it’s a cheaper licensing situation.  Who knows?  What I do know is that it’s a smaller place with a great upstairs.  I hung out upstairs to get a better view of the show.  In between sets it was free pool and a choice view of Brewskee-ball.

First up was On An On, a local Austin band.  They claimed that they played SXSW a couple of times and it kind of showed during the set.  They had all the right ingredients that make a decent opening act for a showcase.  We had some synthy pop sounds, a driving bass, and just enough quirkiness.  I got into a couple of songs but I admint was way more enamored with the Star Wars Lego on the television and the fact that the pool table had open play.

Rubblebucket came up next, which coincidentally I saw for the first time at SXSW.  Instead of last time I got to see them open to finish.  While the first meeting was an introduction, this time around I learned so much more.  The backing band was more E Street Band than Bosstones when it came to sound.  I certainly felt way more soul than I did last time.  I think I just may have missed.  The lead singer channeled way more Bjork as well.  Lastly, what I noticed was that Rubblebucket’s range was may more than party music.  They went from slow jams, to dark trips, to happy, to sad, to funk.  Pretty much everything.

Lastly Reptar came up and they had their full gear in full tow.  I know having a ton of pedals and keyboards and other noise makey thingies is all cool and everything, but stamp them down to a common board to make setup go a little quicker.  After the long setup, they took off and used every piece of equipment on deck.  Reptar had that poppy feel but it fleshed out to more rock band type music than Rubblebucket’s jam band feel.  And for the life of me I couldn’t get over the keyboard player’s full on orange outfit.  It was way loud.

I didn’t stay for all of Reptar’s set.  Oh I dug the 12 minute jam they dropped on my face, but I turned old and lame real quick and decided that bed time was the right time for me.  In retrospect, I guess the culprit was Rubblebucket.  They juiced so much energy out of me and the crowd, it’s a hard bargain to survive a set for over an hour long.  Oh yeah, blame the late times on Riverside.  Maybe if the doors were at 8 and shows at 9, I could get the most of a three band line up.  That said, Wednesday was a night to remember for both new and familiar funk music.

Niki And The Dove Overshadowed Twin Shadow

Last Friday was a return treat for me and I had a nice surprise for the headliner.  Yup, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a show where the supporting act was more interesting to me thank the headliner, but it happened at the Mohawk.  Twin Shadow headlined but I was there to see Niki and the Dove.   Boy it did not disappoint.  Hey but you know what, Twin Shadow closed out the night very nicely.

Nothing much to say around the night’s event except that the Mohawk has a very nice side entrance to let people in with hard tickets.  Remember, get your hard tickets quick because it will save the day quicker than anything else.  Also, while I’m at it, the Mohawk is quite possibly the best bar venue in Austin.  It’s hard to beat its uniqueness and great view from just about anywhere.

So Niki and the Dove started out first.  They had a slightly different line up then what I saw at SXSW earlier this year.  They lost the drummer and I think one more dude.  It was just the two of them this time.  All in all, they put on a helluva a show.  The Drummer is their hit single now but I’m glad they still found time for DJ Ease My Mind, even though it was a faster tempo.  Really if you get a chance to see them, do it now!

No third band for the night which left Twin Shadow plenty of time to close out the show.  The lead singer to me looks like he really wants to be Prince and Lenny Kravitz combined.  He came through a bit.  The songs were well structured and had a total 80s feel to it.  So while it may not have moved the needle for me, they definitely didn’t turn me off.  Plus the light show was pretty cool.

That about wraps up the night.  I’ll see Niki and the Dove every time they roll through town and give a passing grade to Twin Shadow.  Notch another hole in the belt for the summer concert series.  The series is either over or almost over.  I can’t decide.  Do we do official?  or Labor Day.  Oh wait, it’s after Labor Day.  So what an awesome kick off to the fall concert series!  Look for me stops coming soon!

Matisyahu Shined On

The last time I was at Stubb’s BBQ was for a SXSW event. So needless to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone play there. That took care of itself last night as I had the pleasure of seeing Matisyahu perform in his now non-Hasidic way. So was the new, lock less, improved Matisyahu still worthy of a great show? Did backing band Dirty Heads warm up the crowd enough? Let’s shed some light on the situation. Continue reading Matisyahu Shined On

Dia De Los Toadies 2012: Wet Rocks

Yes, after the initiation last year, it was the second time around for me and Dia De Los Toadies.  This time around, I not only got to see Mariachi El Bronx again, but I can now knock off Helmet from my bucket list.  Another new twist this year was that I got to float the Guadalupe River beforehand and it provided a refreshing kick off to this year’s festivities.  Now, because of the float, I didn’t get to see every band but hey, I had tons of fun and got to see most of who I came out for.  Grab your swim trunks. Continue reading Dia De Los Toadies 2012: Wet Rocks

Tenacious D Blew My Ass Off

So Wednesday night I had my teeth kicked in with rock music.  Neon Trees did their duty nicely.  But it was only a precursor to the massive ass lacerations that was Tenacious D Thursday night.  Oh man, I missed Jables and Rage Cage when they hit up SXSW so it was a blessing sent from Satan that they decided to come back. It was even worth being cattle herded through the balcony of the Austin Music Hall.

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