Alibi V.13 No.14 • April 1-7, 2004 ››
Chris Smither always manages to sound real on his records. Like he's living the songs he sings every day. In a sense, that's exactly what the 50-year-old acoustic bluesman is doing—living the very truths he sets to music. Smither's childhood wasn't unpleasant, but it wasn't stable either. His parents, both university professors, moved the family from Miami to Ecuador to Texas to New Orleans to Paris back to New Orleans, all by the time Smither was 13 years old and already fascinated by music.
Another March has passed, and with it another installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where several of us go every year to scout the newest, coolest bands. OK, we all see a few older cool bands, too, but most of the reason we go every year is to give you a brief preview of bands to watch when we get back. Plus, it keeps us from killing ourselves (and each other) the remaining months of the year. Here we go with SXSW 2004 Top 10:
Moonshine Blind • rock • Hillbilly Homicide • Some Kind of Nightmare • Dirty Brown Jug Band • country, bluegrass
If you've had a ruff week, cozy up to the bar at Launchpad, and then settle in for Rockin for Pitties, a night of music to benefit Babes and Bullies, everybody's favorite local pit bull rescue organization. On tap for the night are sets from Moonshine Blind, Hillbilly Homicide, Some Kind of Nightmare and Dirty Brown Jug Band. You'll need to be 21+ and cough up $10 at the door, but that should be worth it to know that you've helped out a few local dogs in need.
Technophobia • dark electronic • Austin Morrell • Mala in Se • Monogamy
The new wave of popular music has tended toward the electronic side of the musical spectrum, with EDM’s massive drops slowly dominating airwaves and the music festival circuit. Typically, it seems, this electronic movement has grown to be popularly identified with glow sticks, diffraction glasses and inexcusably appropriated Native American headdresses. This Friday, June 23, however, Technophobia and their brooding strain of dark electronic music will grace Burt’s TIki Lounge with an important reminder of the vast realm posed by electronic music for everyone, not just half naked-teenagers slathered in glitter. Rooted in post-industrial and darkwave, but gleaning inspiration from the vocal melodicism of ‘80s new wave, Technophobia layers the most unlikely sounds to create the perfect oxymoron: ominous music that you can’t help but dance to. Opening performances will feature the psychedelic and nearly ineffable “gothic wizard rock” of local favorite Austin Morrell, the experimental lo-fi pop of Monogamy and the mystical Mala in Se, so arrive as close to the 8pm opening as you can to get the most out of this totally free show.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat • noise, rock
The summer heat is draining. The news is depressing. Listening to the radio is usually draining and depressing. Step away from it all and rejuvenate yourself this Sunday, June 25, at Sister with a wacky, energetic performance from Quintron and Miss Pussycat, who promise an unparalleled experience complete with outrageous costumes, complex puppet shows, explosions and “Swamp-Tech” dance music imbued with the psychedelic spirit of New Orleans. Whether this description intrigues, confuses or titillates your sensibilities, it is doubtless that their performance will leave you with a great story and a gleaming smile. The thrilling black-magic synths of local Sleepdepth (also known by the much more sorcerous title Somno Profundante) will set the stage and the mood by contrast. Buy your tickets in advance to save $2 off the already bargain price of $10, and come along for the fun when the show starts at 7pm.