Like many musicians, Clayton Mills of Austin's Dixie Witch doesn't want his band to be pigeonholed into a single musical category. He seems especially perturbed by the name of the genre in which his band is most commonly placed.
I’m not a journalist. I'm a local musician, who, like a majority of my generation, has a MySpace page. I have my own personal page, sure, but I secretly maintain a Glenn Danzig page. You see, I'm a huge fan of Danzig—from The Misfits to his solo career to his Verotik comic book line, he's a rad and hugely influential artist.
Grand National makes the kind of soft electro-pop you'd hear in a Sushi Samba restaurant or an upscale hair salon. But there's more soul and quiet beauty gliding through the tracks on A Drink and a Quick Decision than on most of the ruthlessly smug releases in the genre. Like a drug-addled New Order with acoustic guitar, African drumming and lyrics that float in one ear and out the other, Grand National's sophomore release never does any dazzling aerial tricks but stays at a comfortable cruising altitude, ensuring a relaxing and ultimately fulfilling ride. [SM]
Love Bites • Vampire Ball • goth, electro, industrial, '80s
By The Intern
If putting on something dressy and all black is your forte, boy do we have an event for you. Effex's vampire's ball entitled Love Bites commences at 9pm this Thursday, Feb. 22. All those over 21 should prepare for a gory good time for just $2! Enter a raffle for $1 to sink your claws into a set of Kustom Fitted Fangs, Vampyre Tea Company's organic tea and more. Accompany fellow vampires and goths for a night of '80s electro and EDM music. Show off your best tripp pants and other dark wave looks in a costume contest to win bloody good prizes, attract eager victims and dance the night away—but not too late because you may turn into dust.
Prism Bitch • punk • Shitty and the Terribles • garage, punk • Gerunding
By August March
Let's be clear: the premier psych-y, slithery rocanrol event of February takes place at (where else) the Launchpad on Friday, Feb. 23. That's when local, sultry sound stars and de facto leaders of the soulful garage rock unit of this city's scene, Prism Bitch take the stage to blind 21+ locals with sonic and spectral divination from the mouths of prison-bound purveyors followed by no-wave Shitty and the Terribles complete with Nueva York style aggression and power chords. Whatever, it's $7 and they totally rock. And psych-pop pronunciators Gerunding (everything they sing ends in -ing, one hopes) open up this super psychedelic can of worms that are actually magic mushrooms that are actually … oh my gawd, you better go and see for yourself at 9pm.
The Open Bra • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • Miss Behavin • Burlesque improv competition • DJ CS Rucker • dance, house
By Maggie Grimason
Work up your courage or down a few beers this Saturday, Feb. 24 at Duel Brewing and take the stage for the The Open Bra, a bi-monthly burlesque improv competition. Performers are assigned a song at the beginning of the evening, and then hit the stage to enchant the audience and judges Miss Behavin, Mayo Lua de Frenchie and Annie O'Roar. And hey, if you're too nervous to take a turn dancing, you still get to weigh in on runner-up and winner slots as a member of the kowtowing crowd. This free, 21+ doors at 8pm and the event begins at 9pm. Plan on staying late for a dance party afterwards.