FREE WEEK 2009: Day 1 (January 2)

Tonight is the first of the many days of Free Week.  We're here to help you get ready for the shows tonight.  It's a Friday, gotta love that!  Lots of good shows, let's get into it.  Please feel free to let us know if you are going too!

Emo's: (Outside)

The outside stage features music from Lemurs, a band that has been around since 2004.  The Austinist describes them as, "expertly alternating between guitar driven synth-rock and memorable power pop ditties, making for a rousing live peformance that has the audience dancing and bobbing their head in agreement all show long".  They are definitely coming into their own.  We've seen them numerous times, most recently when they opened for the secret Matt & Kim show at Mohawk a few weeks back.

The lineup also boasts music from one of our favorites around town, Ringo Deathstarr.  The White Noise Revisited describes them as a "four-piece from Texas who recall the glory years of Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Drop Nineteens".  Distorted, fuzzy, and loud guitars are a staple at their shows.

The Boxing Lesson are always on point every time we see them and will provide the Emo's crowd with their part space rock, part psychedelic guitar.  Add in a moog and there you have it.

The Great Nostalgic has been hailed as one of the local bands to watch in 2009 according to the Austin Chronicle.  They are currently recording their debut album with producer Erik Wofford of Cacophony Recorders.  The man has worked with The Black Angels, Explosions In The Sky, Zykos, and Octopus Project.  Read an interview he did with Austin Sound last year.

Ovenbirds, which feature ex-members of Zykos are also on the bill.

Headlining the intimate stage at Lamberts will be Autobus signees Brazos.  Earlier this month, Daytrotter recorded a session with the band and had this to say, "Martin Crane, the leader and songwriter of the band, does big and bombastic on a smaller scale.  He takes the massive span of what a group such as U2 or My Morning Jacket builds into their everyday, musical actions and boils it down into something that he and his talented mates know how to play with".

Harlem is one of our new favorite bands in Austin, and chances are, you'll probably be seeing plenty of them in the future as well.  

"They're something scampish about the trio that makes them incredibly charming, unloading garage pop with a cathartic energy that seems to combine the best elements of local favorites White Denim and the Strange Boys into one roguish blitz of infectious melody and scruffy guitars".  I think Austin Sound summed it up pretty well.

We put up their video for "Witch Greens" last month.  If you missed it or just want to watch it again, check it out here.

Canopy will be the opening up the show.  Soundcheck Magazine had a few things to say about their EP Anopy.  "Upon a brisk listen, Canopy could easily get categorized as just fun indie-pop with clever lyrics and stylistic instrumentals.  This isn't a bad thing per se, buy Ayyagari (singer/guitar) takes it one step further.  He uses mild, experimental aspects of electronic noise, glittering guitar solos, horns, and jazzy drums to create a subtle smattering of sounds wrapped up in a neat package".

Watch a video for their song "Narrow Bones" here.

Mohawk: (Outside) 

Transmission Entertainment present Low Line Caller, Calm Blue Sea, Motel Aviv (formerly known as A.U.X.), and L.A.X.

Low Line Caller originally started off as an instrumental band.  In 2007, they added vocalist Marc Ferrino of Black Before Red and they really started to grow as a band.  They are an up-and-coming band here in Austin.  I'm wouldn't really be surprised to hear them on the radio in the very near future.  You catch watch their video for the song "Killing The Cool" here.

If you like instrumental rock, then the Calm Blue Sea is for you.  Our friend Ana over at Austin Sound Check describes their self-titled debut as "only six songs, but clocks in at 46.5 minutes.  Both of these things are completely standard and expected in the instrumental genre.  What's fresh and unique to the Calm Blue Sea are the bold peaks and valleys of their songs.  The piquant crescendos and decrescendos are hallmarks of skilled songwriting and composition.  Most striking are the soft, ethereal piano choruses, bookended by driving guitar verses that hold your attention and simultaneously leave you wanting more".

Motel Aviv (formerly known as A.U.X.) and the duo L.A.X. open up the show.

Mohawk: (Inside)

Party Ends presents music from Built by Snow, The Always Already, Zlam Dunk.

2009 should be a great year Built by Snow.  In a few weeks on January 20th, the band will release a new album entitled, Mega.  If you'd like the digital copy, it's already available on iTunes.  Here's a song off the new album entitled, "Implode Alright".

Our friends at Party Ends describe The Always Already as "a trio of arty dance rock enthusiasts who bring the crowd equal parts post-punk and new wave".  The guys are working on a new EP that should be out in February as well.

Zlam Dunk opens up the show.