SPRING//SHOWS

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.

Lucius @ the Parish, Jan 29th

Disclosure @ Stubb’s, Jan 31st

Lord Huron @ Emo’s, Feb 17th, 18th

Kodaline @ the Parish, Feb 20th

Lorde @ Austin Music Hall, March 2nd (…sold out)

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Grouplove + MS MR @ Stubb’s, April 5th (…sold out)

Local Natives @ Stubb’s, April 9th

Arcade Fire @ 360Ampitheather, April 10th

HAIM @ Stubb’s, April 23rd (…sold out)

Vampire Weekend @ Stubb’s, April 24th, 25th (…sold out)

Bastille @ Emo’s, April 25th (….sold out)

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Not to be left out are the artists performing during SXSW in March:

London Grammar, Phantogram, Cherub, The Kooks, The Whigs, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Wild Child, Max Frost, PAPA, NONONO, Brick + Mortar

with  more announcements coming soon.

REFLEKTOR / ARCADE FIRE

Arcade Fire’s newest album “Reflektor” is getting dismissed by plenty of critics and viewers. The band kicked ass by taking over the Grammy’s last year & having fun with the #whoisarcadefire hashtag. Where is the loyalty that once aligned behind the Rebellion? (cause it’s their old album’s name… ha … get… ok) These dismissals and harsh commentary are pretty much all online of course. And the irony of it all is that Arcade Fire’s new album is about the uselessness of facing a screen. How people typing away online are just experiencing a “Reflektion” of themselves. (see Kanye West‘s version of this)

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You can find some sad statistics out there about how much time 18-24 year olds spend on the computer (ones too frustrating for me to look up) & I admit I definitely contribute. RIGHT NOW I am writing a review about people writing reviews. I mean there is some serious ridiculousness in that. Meanwhile this blinking typer stares back at me… Plenty of college kids I know choose to Facebook rather than listen in class or text rather than talk face to face. Ultimately, could the people negatively responding to their album simply be frustrated because Arcade Fire successfully struck a nerve?

Yes the album is an hour and a half long… yes almost every song is over six minutes. But the length of the album is a way for Arcade Fire to play with our generation’s impatience. There is no doubt the band is fully in tune with our emotions and how technology is impacting the millennials. I don’t believe they made it long to annoy us, I believe they want to push the barrier back against the rise of #hashtags & numbered lists (ehm Buzzfeed). Arcade Fire has no intention of dumbing it down & they most definitely still believe in the audience’s desire to stick it out.