Written and Photos by Bang Ho
Cults filled Antone’s with their slightly dreamy synth pop that approaches the shoe gaze genre but is too lively to be labeled so. The band’s mid tempo beat is combined perfectly with Madeleine’s sometimes soft and drawn out vocals that linger around out sweetly, giving us time to not just hear but feel the song. The last time I got to see Cults was SXSW 2012 at the since renamed Red 7; it was great getting to see how they’ve grown as artists in the five years but still retain their identity. Be sure to check out their new album Offering!
Cults, 11/12/2017, Antone’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
Written by Steve Benham Photos by Bang Ho
I had the privilege of seeing the Blue October concert at Stubbs in Austin on Saturday, November the 18th. This was the first time I have caught a Blue October performance in over 10 years, and they did not disappoint… not for one second.
I have been a Blue October fan since the beginning, seeing them play shows back in the mid 90s at little bars in Dallas. It was amazing to see that they still create the same excitement.
It didn’t surprise me at all to see that the energetic stage presence of Justin Furstenfeld hasn’t faded. He still has the ability to engage his fans and work every inch of the stage as the crowd sang along to the more mellow songs such as “Heart go Bang” to the edgier “Houston Heights”. I was so stoked to finally hear “Home” performed live and of course songs from the past such as “Into the Ocean” and a two piece stripped down slow acoustic version of “Hate Me” for the first song in the encore. I can’t fail to mention the outstanding performance by Ryan Delahoussaya, as he captivated the audience with his electric violin.
I’ve been listening to the musical brilliance of Blue October for 20 years and can’t wait to hear new music and catch their next show.
Blue October, 11/18/2017, Stubb’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
Written by Craig McGreggor Wild Child and Austin go hand in hand like a bowl of queso and “Why yes, I would love more queso.” One can never have enough of these local darlings who call this city their beloved home. For me, this may have been my eighth W.C. show. As a testament to…
Wild Child, 11/17/2017, Scoot Inn, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
Minneapolis three-piece Bad Bad Hats played a killer set at Emo’s Austin, opening for The Front Bottoms. The indie rockers are Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar,), Chris Hoge (drums), and Noah Boswell (bass), together that make some beautiful music with a smidge of the Midwest accent. Kerry’s vocal are airy, pure, and transitions through the notes…
Bad Bad Hats, 11/16/2017, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
New Jersey’s own The Front Bottoms never cease to impress. This stop in Austin, touring their exceptional new album Going Grey, was no different. They hit the stage hard with the new single You Used to Say (Holy Fuck) and the crowd dug it, with some displaying their excitement by crowd surfing their way to…
The Front Bottoms, 11/16/2017, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
Written by Bang Ho Tegan and Sara embarked on the tenth anniversary of their fifth album “The Con”, stopping for two sold out nights at the Paramount. While the venue was atypical for bands, it was the perfect setting for a stripped down acoustic set in which they played the entire album from start to…
Tegan and Sara, 11/15/2017, Paramount, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon
Touring their fresh new album, The Wild, The Rural Alberta Advantage made a stop in Austin on a warm November night. Nils Edenloff (vocals and guitar), Robin Hatch (keys, bass and vocals), and Paul Banwatt (drums) brought their unique brand of Canadian indie rock. Fans sang along to old favorites and and jammed out to new soon-to-be…
The Rural Alberta Advantage, 11/13/2017, Barracuda, Austin, Photos – Write-up was originally published on Music Felon