Great artists are coming to Austin in the Spring and it’s worth getting excited about. The presale emails have been rolling out with new info and it seems like April alone could blow your mind. I always find a show I want to see, impulsively buy two tickets, and then find someone later who would want to go with me. If you want to go you have to make it happen. So pay attention to these artists playing in the Spring and pick up some tickets before they sell out.
Shows are a lovely thing aren’t they? Doesn’t matter how recently you have heard the music of the artist, they have the capability to bring back a range of emotions. Head and the Heart was a homebase for me “back in the day” (I know – not yet old enough to say that). The CD was locked in my jeep’s player which resulted in Cats and Dogs playing every time I turned it on. A warm smile covered my face as they rhythm returned.
As expected, the 6 part band enchanted the entire crowd. But what really stood out were the incredible lead isolated vocals. This included when Jonathan Russell climbed atop the 10″ speaker system at Stubbs to perform the solo of Another Story. With the help of 1,000 iphones ready to snap(chat) an identical shot, the moment proved memorable for all.
The swooning really began when Charity would join in. Her voice continued to be lusted after during the concert’s entirety. It has a certain soulfulness that helps to differentiate The Head and the Heart from the others. As the only girl in the group she holds her own instead of being a background piece. Her solo encore was met by roars of applause and the crowd’s satisfaction.
The final part of the encore left Down In the Valley still to be played. The band led with a different beat then settled into the more known melody. I just loved this. When artists know exactly what song we want and dangle it preciously in front of us. Just so great. After a beautiful performance, The Head and the Heart closed and invited us to come back the following night. I’m still wishing I could’ve went.
Last night Alt-J (or ∆ — which is actually perfect) performed at Stubb’s and killed it.
After leaving my family in Houston for a rainy 3 hour drive back to Austin, I headed to dinner on Rainey St. to meet some friends pre-concert. Based on the crowd, around 7 o’clock we were expecting every person at Banger’s to get up and head to the same place as us.
Once we reached Stubb’s, we grabbed some Lonestars and settled into our spots in the lazy humidity that was covering the night. It never rained, it just hovered on the edge, which gave the entire evening this particular aura. As Lord Huron walked on stage the entire crowd lit up, eyes wide. I couldn’t help but notice how familiar the songs sounded, mostly because I crammed hardcore before the concert, but also mostly because the songs make you feel like you have known them forever. The focus of the songs is not on the lead singer, in fact you can hardly hear him most of the time. The focus instead lies on sounds you hear during fulfilling moments – like the sound of wind chimes in the breeze or the rush of ocean (see Lonesome Dreams). The highlights for me were She Lit a Fire and The Stranger (which closed the set).
Alt-J entered a short 45 minutes later to the likes of Rack City, I kid you not. The show was sold out and crowd was electric – with their favorite songs dropping edgy beats. There was a noticeably sensual vibe to the entire show – at one point there was a girl who snuck on the stage in a bra dancing to Fitzpleasure (which if you know what the song is about… it was quite questionable.) But overall, the night had been everything I had wanted, which was impressive because my expectations were high. Dissolve Me was my favorite to see.