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It’s almost time for the most anticipated day of the year…. the famous day we all call 4th of July – Independence Day! Check out the rad Spotify playlist down below… it’s been specially created just for your Independence Day party times. Scope the corresponding show listings as well and GET YO TIX before they’re gone!
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Check out all of the awesome shows going on in your area. All the bands below have been included in the playlist above!
July 2nd - Sleigh Bells @ Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
Aug 12th - Citizen Cope @ LCM Festival – Burlington, VT
July 8th - Blind Pilot @ Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA
New York Shows
July 29th - Alabama Shakes @ Paper Mill Island Amphitheater – Baldwinsville, NY
July 27th - Blind Pilot @ Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
July is a month when summer seems to finally set in and your tan has evolved from a non-existent status to a some-what of a light bronze tint. It’s also a month filled with wild fireworks, music and fun (if you play your cards right). So, I’ve done the research, travel across the world, clocked thousands of hours… to bring you the top 10 things to do in Austin to make your month of July an unforgettable one.
#1 Make sure to check out all the GREAT shows going on this month.
I’ll just highlight a few of the shows going on this month. You can check out all of the shows going on in your area by clicking “set your location” at the top right of our main page here.
July 13th - Blind Pilot @ La Zona Rosa
July 18th - Neon Trees w/ Pengui @ La Zona Rosa
July 19th - Frank Ocean @ La Zona Rosa
July 28th - Radio Moscow w/ Dirty Streets @ 29th St. Ballroom
July 1rst- Willie Nelson @ Riverbend Center for the Arts
#2 Fourth of July at Auditorium Shores featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra
With this beautiful photo, I hope you all get a sense of how awesome this event is going to be. Fireworks exploding in the night sky with the beautiful Austin city skyline behind it? Yes, I’ll order that please. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will be performing the always exciting 1812 Overture and after the performance the firework show will start. How could anyone miss this?! The Austin Symphony Orchestra will start at 8:30PM and fireworks start at 9:30PM.
#3 Blues on the Green in Zilker Park
Blues on the Green is an awesome way to get some sun and listen to some insanely awesome music. The stage is located on the east end of Zilker park… and have I mentioned that it is FREE. Chances are, if music and free are both in the same sentence, I’m going to be there. Hope to see you there as well!
#4 Austin Chamber Music Festival
Now’s the time to get cultured people! Catch some awesome chamber music going on in Austin during July. Check out the Jupiter String Quartet show- reviewed by the Kansas City Start ”From beginning to end, they played as if they were on fire, with passion and energy galore”. This is just one of the many highlights of this festival. You can also check out some more dates and shows including some FREE ones. Check it out here.
#5 Bat Viewing at the Congress Ave. Bridge
If you have crossed the Congress Ave. bridge anytime around dusk, chances are you have seen the hundreds of people standing on the side of the bridge looking over waiting…. for batman. Usually he doesn’t come through, but I guess it’s still ok to get to see the thousands of bats that have migrated from Mexico right under our very own Congress Ave bridge. Quick Tip: bring an umbrella because there is a chance you will be pummeled by bat feces.
#6 Blanton Museum of Art – Two New Exhibits
The Blanton Museum is always a great place to go to escape the oven like heat of the Texas outdoors. Besides the nice air conditioning, the Blanton has added two new AMAZING exhibits that are definitely worth checking out. The first is called “The Human Touch”. Even entertaining for the casual art viewer, the exhibit has some of the most interesting and engaging art pieces around.
The second exhibit is called “The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel.” Herbert and Dorothy are one of the most renowned modern art collectors of our time. Under incredible financial restrictions, the Vogel’s managed to collect well over 4,000 pieces of art in their lifetime. Spending five decades collecting their work, the Vogol’s have run a campain of giving each of the 50 states 50 pieces of their collection. Read about the Vogol’s incredible story. These two exhibits are definitely a must see before they are taken down on August 12th, 2012.
#7 Performance of the Sound of Music at Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater
If you want to have an amazing night with some outdoor entertainment, make sure to catch this performance of the classic Sound of Music performed at the Zilker Hillside Theater July 6th – August 11 every Thursdays and Sundays at 8:30.
#8 Live Music at the Shady Grove every Saturday night starting July 7th
You can check out some of Austin’s diverse music scene by heading over to the Shady Grove every Thursday night after July 7th. Accompanied with great food and drink specials, you can’t go wrong heading here.
#9 Zilker Park Botanical Garden
If you haven’t hit this Austin jewel yet, it should definitely be next up on your “Austin To-Do” list. I’m just going to leave it at that and pop this other beautiful picture in here just for another reason to visit the heaven on earth that they’ve nicknamed the Zilker Park Botanical Garden.
#10 Get That Hair Wet!
When the summer heat is just too much too bare, jump into that water and wet your hair!
Now that we’ve gotten that cheesy rhyme out of the way, we can move on to the most important activity to engage in this summer: Getting your hair wet! (seriously). Up above you can see that, besides the inevitable pain of belly flopping, swimming and diving into Barton Springs Pool is one of the most popular summer activities. While the outside Texas temperature will eventually reach 100 degrees, Barton Springs always stays a constant cool 68 degrees. Perfect for fighting your friends “it’s too hot outside” excuses.
Now you’ve got the inside scoop of all that’s fun in Austin during the month of July. Don’t forget to nab your favorite acts summer tickets here and then get you and your friends out there and adventure! Happy Summer!
Sure, we can all go check show lists and concert listings online… but maybe there are some bands or artists you’ve never heard of. Just MAYBE you want to try out someone new. Take a peeksy at a few rad bands you may have never heard of below. All from the raucous Austin, TX area, here are a few of our pics for live entertainment coming up soon. Mark your calendars, and go see some live music!
FRIENDLY FIRES w/Theophilus London, October 11 – La Zona Rosa | BUY TICKETS
Friendly Fires have been together since the wee age of 14, when they started a post-hardcore band called First Day Back. Fast forward to 2011… they’ve released their second full-length (entitled “Pala”) of inspired dance-punk. Their sound encompasses classic pop songwriting but is laden with a hint of freewheeling glitz and glee-filled vocal melodies. Preceded by Theophilus London, Brooklyn based electro-hip hop artist, this show will be full of jumping energy and smart, smart beats.
ASTRONAUTALIS w/ Playdough, October 20 – Mohawk | BUY TICKETS
One part indie/experimental hip hop and one part lush shoegazer indie rock, Astronautalis, is one talented musician. He’s a award-winning rapper (kicking ass at Scribble Jam for one) and witty free-styling genius, his gravelly voice propelling the grittiness of his craft. He’s got a quick tongue and an ear for fabulous production. Premier emcee Playdough, a Deepspace5 Collective mainstay, opens the show.
SHONEN KNIFE w/ Shannon and the Clams, October 29 – Red 7 | BUY TICKETS
Shonen Knife, translated into Japanese meaning “Boy Knife”, are an all-female Japanese power punk trio who thrive on machine-gun snare snaps and quick flicking guitars. A melding of 60s girl groups, complete with a breezy attitude not usually associated with punk rock, and punchy punksters like The Ramones and Sonic Youth serve as their main influences. Over their lengthy career they’ve assimilated quite the collection of cult fans and continue to gain strength. Their pop effervescence and big girl attitudes are hard to resists! Beach rock revivalists Shannon and the Clams open.
WALE, November 12 – La Zona Rosa | BUY TICKETS
Wale, birth name Olubowale Victor Akintimehin Folarin, has only been on the hip hope scene for a few years, but is making mega music waves. A rapper and producer from the DC area, Wale has incredible musical dexterity, lyrically and production-wise. His influences and inspirations vary widely, yet he seems to be able to play a proverbial musical chameleon, mashing the far-slung genres into one smooth hip hop effort. Catchy and easy, Wale’s own brand of hip hop is super accessible, and SUPER intelligent.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just added an Austin date to their extensive summer tour, which should make you all very happy. The band, formed by Alex Ebert of Ima Robot, played its first show in July of 2007, and in July 2009, released their first full length album Up from Below.
Ebert formed the group around the character Edward Sharpe, his alter ego, a “…man sent to save mankind but who keeps getting distracted and falling in love along the way.” The band’s sound is a meandering journey that transports the listener to a carefree place where you almost can’t help but sit back and smile. It hearkens back to a different era in musical history that is rarely touched today, but fortunately for us, Edward Sharpe has reached into the past and crafted something beautiful. The band’s stark contrast to Ima Robot likely has much to do with the fact that Ebert, after leaving the group to form the Magnetic Zeros, got sober and met up with Jade Castrinos, with whom he began to pen the songs of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
The band’s seed money to start recording came from none other than Heath Ledger, and with his help the album Up from Below was made. If all of this is not enough to make you want to catch this group on their tour, then just give the album a listen. Check out the track below for a sample. You won’t be disappointed.
Tickets for the La Zona Rosa date go on sale April 23 at 10am right here through Front Gate Tickets. Check out the rest of the bands dates below as well, including a stop at Lollapalooza this summer!
May 1 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Royce Hall – UCLA Campus
May 26 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
May 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 29 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
May 31 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 1 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
June 2 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
June 4 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
June 6 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
June 7 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
June 8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
June 9 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
June 11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 14 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
June 15 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
June 16 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
June 18 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
June 19 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 21 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company
June 22 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse Music Venue
July 1 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival
July 31 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
Aug 1 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
Aug 7 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Yeasayer brought their psych pop dance party to La Zona Rosa last night for their second of two sold-out nights in Austin. The shows were originally slated to be held at The Parish, but overwhelming demand caused a second date to be added and for the shows to be moved to the La Zona Rosa, a significantly larger venue. The band is touring in support of their new album Odd Blood that came out in February 2010. Lead singer Chris Keating said that Austin is ‘the only town on the tour where the band is playing two shows’ and thanked everyone for ‘coming out so hard’ and supporting them.
The band swept through a set consisting of what I considered to be a great balance of the top tracks off of both their superb albums. Particularly high points for me were the performances of ‘Wait for the Summer,’ ’2080,’ ‘Madder Red’ ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Amblin’ Alp,’ but the entire set was performed so well that it is hard to pick favorites. Every song was extremely well-received by the packed house and the audience seemed to be enjoying the show immensely from where I was standing with most everyone singing the words to some of the tunes and moving to the beats that the band was laying down. Yesayer has succeeded in creating a strong fan base, and if they continue on their current track, those fans will be there for some time to come. Acoustically, in my opinion, the show got better as it went on. The balance of vocals, mids and lows was quite good which is a vital ingredient for a strong show – especially for a band of their style with heavy reliance on vocals and constantly changing and blending melodies.
Give Odd Blood a listen, and if you have not taken the opportunity to check out the band’s first album All Hour Cymbals, you will not be disappointed. Both serve to establish the band’s unique style, and with Odd Blood, the ‘sophomore slump’ that sometimes plagues bands is nowhere to be seen. Enjoy the show if you get to catch these guys on tour anytime soon!
Here is the setlist from night one at La Zona Rosa – I am hoping to update with Night 2 as well. The band played a new track, “I Remember” on the second night during the encore. The song was very well received and showed that it doesn’t look like Yeasayer will be slowing down anytime soon which is good new for us.
Wait for the Summer
Love Me Girl