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.

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D I S S O L V I N G

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

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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.