We were away for part of this week so we missed some things, but did manage to visit the Echo last night for Mezzanine Owls' 7" release show out now through JAXART. It was a great night. And great nights usually spawn great reviews and the presence of great attendees (members of Colorforms, B.R.A.M., Henry Clay, The Front/The Useless Keys, Correatown, Charlie Wadhams, Electrocute, and bloggers galore). There were also quite a few industry peeps checking out Mez before South by, one of whom had the audacity of asking us who we were there to see. We, of course, gave our standard answer in "Bands, what bands? We're here for The Echo Burger and to hit on that girl who always hands out Dewar's $3 flyers at the door." Seriously, though... Not even the dozens of people who approached the Owls after the show to give them the obligatory "great show"/handshake routine know how good they actually are.
Amnion performs on "Demolisten" (with some special guests) tonight for the big Leap Year show. Donita Sparks celebrates the release of her new album Transmiticate at Safari Sam's with 400 Blows and Ninja Academy. Spindrift, Spirit Army, Moonrats, and Restaurant at Spaceland. Buddy opens for Tilly and the Wall at The Echo. The Health Club, Daniel Ahearn, and Queen Kwong at the Curio. And Pizza! at L'KEG... Saturday, The Ditty Bops play a sold out show at McCabe's. Aceyalone and Crown City Rockers hit the mic at Temple Bar. In Waves open for Holy Fuck and A Place To Bury Strangers. Huge lineup at T's with Seasons, Bedroom Walls, I Make This Sound, Kind Hearts and Coronets, and boxViolet. The Chinese Stars, 400 Blows, and Die Princess Die at Old Towne Pub... Spaceland celebrates 13 years on Sunday with a huge lineup starting at noon including 400 Blows, Wiskey Biscuit, Earlimart, Radar Bros., The Movies, The Tyde, Let's Go Sailing, and many others. Kristin Hersh plays an intimate show at McCabe's. Colorforms and Alex & Sam at Tangier. Midnight Movies open for Spectrum at The Echo.
Pizza! - "Houses" (MP3)
Aceyalone - "Sound Gun" (MP3)
Kristin Hersh - "Day Glow" (MP3)