It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means…Austin Calling Calendar time!
Tuesday Feb. 21
Hole In The Wall - The Dalles, The Revenants, Power Chief, These Mad Dogs of Glory (9pm)
Austin Calling can’t say enough good things about The Dalles. The group’s debut My Own Private White House was right in my wheelhouse with honest, ramshackle rock ‘n’ roll. The Dalles aren’t the only highlight for a great Tuesday night at the Hole. The night will also see the wet, glorious birth of Power Chief, who are playing their first “official” gig. Truth be told, I haven’t heard their tunes yet, but with the bill already hefty with good acts (Austin punk rock mainstays The Revenants and alt-country rockers These Mad Dogs of Glory), it’s hard to imagine them not being excellent.
Wednesday Feb. 22
Hotel Vegas - The Boxing Lesson, Follow That Bird, Geronimo Son, Residual Kid (9pm)
Yes, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks are playing with TV Torso at the Mohawk that same night. Yes, it will probably be a great show, and your friends will “totes” be there. But here at Austin Calling, we like to throw a wrench into the hip works by declaring, “No, I don’t wanna cram like tinned sardines into the Mohawk and have my view blocked by a burly dude with absurd facial hair and a Hamburglar tattoo.” Instead, go to Hotel Vegas where you can be up-close and personal with the dreamy garage psych-rock of The Boxing Lesson, who are kicking off a regional tour.
Thursday Feb. 23
Frank - Knifight, God and the Devil, Mice and Rifles (doors at 9:30pm, $6)
This is one of the stranger lineups for the week. Headlining the show are quirky, electro-rockers Knifight. Also on the bill are the rootsy indie rock of God and the Devil and the alt-country of Mice and Rifles. Eclectic lineup to be sure, good show, probably.
Friday Feb. 24
A Local Night for Local People (Night 1) - Digital Antique, My Education, The Baker Family, Gentlemen Rogues, Les RAV (Swan Dive) GOBI, Oh Look Out, BK & Mr. E, End Wave, Sleep Talk (Frank)
Austin booker and event promotion company Whitesiren Presents are putting on a two-night, two-venue mini festival featuring some great Austin acts. Until Stephen Hawking finally gets off his ass to invent teleportation you can’t be at two places at once. You’ve got a choice to make on Friday though. Do you want moody, sometimes weird indie rock at the Swan Dive, or stick-to-your-teeth catchy electro-pop at Frank? The solution, try to at least catch sets from The Baker Family and the Gentlemen Rogues at Swan Dive before moseying over to Frank for sets from Oh Look Out and BK & Mr. E.
Saturday Feb. 25
Skinny’s Ballroom - Skinny’s 1st Birthday Bash with So Long Problems, La Snacks, Dead Left, Leatherbag, Wiretree, Names Divine, Bang Bang Theodores, Loblolly Boy, Boonesboro, Scrote, Fledglings (2pm, $7)
Skinny’s Ballroom, the plucky little club between Cesar Chavez and 2nd on San Jacinto is celebrating one year of being on the scene here in Austin. For a measly seven bucks you get a t-shirt and the privilege to hear 11 great Austin bands including Austin Calling faves Wiretree and Leatherbag.
Sunday Feb. 26
ND - The Good Music Club: The Calm Blue Sea, Guns of Navarone, The Blind Pets, Hello Wheels (6pm)
The Good Music Club is all about truth in advertising. It’s a group dedicated to fostering and showcasing the great music, and the people that make it, from Austin. The Club films the performances are taped for a web series that you can check out here. Sunday’s show will be The Good Music Club’s second taping, and it’s an eclectic mix of thundering instrumentals from The Calm Blue Sea, easy-swining alt-country from the Guns of Navarone, down-and-dirty rawk from The Blind Pets and the down-home folk of Hello Wheels.
Monday Feb. 27
The Mohawk - Paul Banks & the Carousels, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, Lovely Sparrows (doors at 9pm, $6)
Austin singer-songwriter Paul Banks is confounding. He is such a talent that you feel like he’s putting something over on you. The range he exhibits, in his voice and songwriting, is other-wordly. His delivery is seamless. He can tackle twee-pop, country, jazz and rock all in one song. He is not to be missed.