The usual caveats apply: I am not a music critic, I don't pretend to be. I likes what I like. These are my opinions only, worth what you paid. If you are a thin-skinned band member, you should think twice before proceeding. You have been warned.
Two knights. One guitar, drums. Oh yeah, love that two-hands-on-the-fret shit. Young, angry, enjoyable
Babar. No vox. Just math rock tapping. Blech. Don't get it. "This song is called x and is about this", then 3 minutes with no words. Giggle.
Manned missiles. Great rock. Tried not to hold their drunk-ass fans against them.
4/20/11 the loft
Sundress - trippin' balls
Freelance Whales - goddam, this band loves them some bells. Loved it.
Arcade fire 4/30/11
Omg, i officially hate Gexa fucking energy pavilion. So "state fair", with the $14 beers, the sausage-on-a-stick, plus the ticket-checking Nazis.
Arcade Fire was awesome, tho.
Austin band, my something. Instrumental, buncha olds, bass player tryin to sell it, rest of em bored, violin player reminded me of eastbound & down dude
Air waves, straight outta Brooklyn, yo. Pretty awesome.
Joan of arc. Lotsa instrumental math rock. Almost walked. Started singing. Much better.
Gal from Air waves confused by Bob.
The Ones You Loved. Wow. Proof that even the Mormonites can kick ass on stage. Who'da thunk it?
Sweet Jeezus. An Horse. Fantastic.
Family of the Year
Alphabet. Four man, all guitars. Finger tapping, ugh. Lead, not a great voice. Buried in the mix, probly a good thing.
Mary walker. Her on keys, dude on bass in jorts, drums. blech. Sorry Mary, despite ur super-low neckline & the bass player wearing the super-ridiculous jorts, ur not for me
Hares on the mountain. Jc, George Neal, rtb, two more. Very folky. "Ain't no big man sittin in the sky. Ain't no angels sittin way up high". HOTM, I love u for no other reason than that
Roy Robertson: very nice, but u shud work on ur addiction to the massive amount of reverb u use on ur vocals. Admission is the first step
My gawd, I loves me some Sundress, have I made that clear? Even tho they exceed the Max Allowable # of Wife-Beaters Per Band (one)
Oax. Started off boring, got better. Still, meh. Pretty routine pop rock.
Other lives. Cello, violin, trumpet. Awesome. Squeezebox, Autoharp. Everyone a multi-instrumentalist. Drummer picks up clarinet, violinist picks up trumpet. Incredible.
Rosebuds. 4 man, violin. Very nice pop.
Salim w acoustic & electric guy. Very pleased w himself. Good stuff, tho.
Elaine Greer & friends. Awesome. Kristina morland voice plus full band.
Sour notes. Elaine & guitarist from her band. Good, hard to categorize.
Matas. New bass player
Gallery cat. Criminal overuse of "make some noise!!". Good hip-hop, if ur into that. 2 singers, plus guitar, bass, keys, drums.
Larry gee. Fuckin 10 people on stage, 2 saxophones. Soul. ugh
Dovetail. With Bob accompanying. 7 on stage, Russell brand-ish lead. Took themselves waaaay too seriously, esp lead wearing pajama pants
Stupid ass juggler opener. wtf
The Submarines. 2 people, acoustic, electric, bells. Cutie, but horrible knees.
8/4 the door
New regime. Suckage. Ordinary rock, hated vox
Wallpaper. An absolute riot
AWOLNATION. good, mixed screaming w falsetto
Sphynx - guitar, synth, drums. Gayest pants ever on all 3. Icky falsetto & creepy porn stache on lead. Very synthy pop. Enough falsetto to deafen all dogs in a 2-block radius. Not bad, tho
The globes. Awesome
El ten eleven. Great. Lotsa loops, like tartufi, but no vox, catchier
Ethereal and the Queer Show. Blonde chick singing, with scarf on head, longhair dude on guitar, chick dancing in background. Electronic. Funny
New York city queers. Houston. Hot ass bass player in white shorts & black hose. Decent pop.
Black & white years, Austin. Supergay lead, over-vibrato Vox, porn stache. Electro. Reminds me of George quartz. Didn't get it at first, but finally did. Great stuff. Ended up loving it. Actually had fans singing along.
Holy fiction. Nice orchestral pop. Very earnest.
Sundress - nuff said
The lukyas. Chick lead, quirky vox, French horn, trombone. Lightbulbs. Ok
The dodos. Awesome
9/9 spune fall social, Dada
Mission to the sea. Boring
Gold beach. Meh
Telegraph canyon. Amazing
Balmorrhea. Ok, but instrumental
Pillars and Tongues. 3piece squeezebox violin drums/bass, recorded tracks. Western, nice harmonies, very nice
Dark Dark Dark. Was hoping for Wild goose chase & Make time. No such luck. Beautiful tho
A Hawk and a Hacksaw. 5-piece, klezmer. Devotchka without the vox. Oh wait. Vox now.
Little hurricane. 2 peeps, bluesy guitar, hot chick on drums. Nice
Dear hunter. Lotsa people on stage. Good stuff.
White denim. Good, but not my thing
It's Denton short in here.
Bear Hands. Wow - Archie Morris of ER fame found a gig as a frontman. Who knew?
Royal Bangs - dug it
We were promised Jetpacks - awesome. Sweet jeezus, the lungs on Adam Thompson. Amazing.
Comrade, nice, but never Rock out
Radiant. Great stuff, did not end on strong song
Quiet company. Always good, lotsa emotion from Taylor
12/11 Dan's, A Spune Xmas
Voltrevolt. Loved it. Lead sounds like a billygoat, sez Josh. On patio, freezing my ass off.
The Angelus. Ok, too serious, o night Divine?
Spooky Folk - Little drummer boy??
Doug Burr - opened with O Come all ye faithful
Seryn. Way too many church hymns
Goddam, when did this turn into a church service??
12/28 Wednesday la grange hotel tesseract
Gal at door asks me: "what happened to the hotel?" Say what??
Bartender ripped me off , charged me 4 for a 2
First band. Vaqueros electronicos? No idea, they didn't say. A bit too country for me
Manya, with Doug for a song. Pretty
Trumpet with mute, guitar player from first 2 bands as lead singer.
Then chick singer. very incestuous, this is
Doug explains, says its a collective.
Next band hot chick singer, no incest, no idea who they were, iris leu?
Fuck, bob showed up
Sitting w lesbian couple, they're cool. Pronounced Astronautalis "Astro-no-TALis". Cracked me up. I straightened 'em out.