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Senses Fail at Emo’s East 11/18

This Friday, Nov. 18, Emo’s East will be giving you a chance to let out all of your stress from the week. Such great people, those Emo’s East cats. They’ve booked a show that will let you spaz out and growl all while getting in touch with your emotions.

Don’t let your Senses FailStick to Your Guns and at least Make Do And Mend with your sense of hearing so that you can keep up with The Story So Far. Wait…what? I don’t know…but I do know that those are the bands that are playing. I also know that Do512 is giving away some tickets!

Senses Fail have been rocking teenage angst-ridden faces off for nearly a decade. With their latest album, The Fire, the band finally feels as though they’ve sort of honed-in on their intended sound. They claim this to be an album that focuses on climbing up and over shit mountain as opposed to just camping out there.

Stick To Your Guns is all about straight edge hardcore stuff. So come out Friday and do that thing where you sort of mosh with straight arms and make that weird face…you know you want to.

Make Do And Mend are the up-and-coming stars of the melodic post-hardcore punk genre. I’m old and don’t know what that means. But I saw this picture, and I’m a fan of anyone who continues to rock even if their face is bleeding.

The Story So Far is a rock band that likes to party and whose influences are, “lucifer on the top of mt. diablo on his 666th birthday,” according to their FB page. Whether you like them or not, that’s clever.

Death Cab for Cutie at Austin Music Hall

Let’s chat for a second about Ben Gibbard in a bunny suit. No, not the kind you wear in restricted labs. Think Easter Bunny bunny suit. I have witnessed Ben Gibbard in a bunny suit on a stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Easter Sunday dancing his floppy white ears off to Ra Ra Riot and it may be one of the greatest mental images I possess.

Yep, Ra Ra Riot and Ben the Bunny Gibbard

Then he married Zooey Deschanel and while my heart was broken , it was nice to see two humans I would proudly stalk really making my life easier. No, Ben Gibbard, I will posses YOUR heart darn it. Here’s where we could delve into how a pristine copy of We Have the Facts Are Voting Yes on vinyl was the primary object battled over in my great college breakup or how the Grapevine Fires video is the only animation that makes me sob, but we will stick with the bunny thing.

So cute I mean just so cute like o my geesh just so freaking cute

Death Cab for Cutie has been around since 1997 and have taken their devout fans through quite the emotional journey. In attempt to categorize the Washington band’s style, Rolling Stone magazine said that their albums contained “melodic, melancholy songs about feeling both smart and confused, hopelessly romantic but wary of love.”

Ha. Welcome to my life. Perhaps that’s also why they were able to seamlessly cross over onto one of those uber swankadoo labels (Atlantic) from Barsuk, and be featured in gaggles of WB television programming while still maintaining enough indie cred to be emblazoned on a T-shirt of a latte sipping twenty-something who knows about Ben’s All-Time Quarterback days this very second. Impressive.

Ba Ba…ba ba…Transatlanticism threw the guys into a whirlwind of success and was named one of NPR Music’s most important recordings of the decade. Fight me if you must but there’s nothing that better says “ok…I guess we’re starting over” more than those opening chords from The New Year blasting on the stereo every December 31st since 2003. Put me party dress on and let’s talk about how IT REALLY DOESN’T FEEL DIFFERENT! Sing it Benny…sing it.

Their wild success allowed them to explore other ventures and while Narrow Stairs was a good record, Transatlanticism lyrics were still being tattooed on bodies everywhere. Solo exploration began and Chris Walla began slinking a bit more behind the scenes working with other bands on a production level. Ben got to reading and then sang about reading. After the Jack Kerouac tribute, One Fast Move or I’m Gone with Jay Fararr (and a painfully limited tour for that), Death Cab got back in the studio and recently released Codes & Keys.

The show here in Austin takes place on Tuesday the 11th at Austin Music Hall. Tickets are available on Do512 to win here and for purchase here.

Champagne in paper cups sold separately :)


Quiet Company CD Release Party

I’m aware of a few quiet companies. Most computer development offices, for example, have enough social awkwardness in them to make a chubby 7th grade boy feel uncomfortable. Candle stores and GRE testing centers could be constituted as being quiet companies as well in my humble and loud-natured opinion.

Ironically enough, one institution that does not subscribe to hush hushes is Austin’s own Quiet Company. After a bang and a clatter in 2010, Quiet Company seemed to pop up EVERYWHERE. Due to a strong response after their SXSW ’10 sojourns and a self-produced EP that was picked up by major radio stations around Austin, the guys had a busy year. Pop pop poppy pop! They landed opening spots for Bob Schneider, The Toadies, and Rooney and a kick ass deal with Grooveshark, but have yet to slow down.

Photo by Leah Muse

Their third album titled We Are All Where We Belong will be released this Thursday and Friday at the ND with quite the smattering of other local bands. If you broke your dance pants or are just a mellow human, there’s an all acoustic show on Thursday where sips of a cocktail and rhythmic head bobbin are not only acceptable but encouraged.


We have heard that tequila is to fixing dance pants as rice is to salvaging iPhone’s, though. If that’s the case, and you perk up (poor buttercup) then you should come Friday night as well. This shindig will make you happier than a dancing squirrel in a tiny pleather Elvis costume and really, that’s a pretty hard task. If you feel compelled to dress as a pleather clad squirrel Elvis impersonator though, I’m sure QC would be down to buy you a beer.

Saints of Valory, the band that kicked off the inaugural Do512 Lounge Session, will be playing as well. We always think of dogs being painted regally into antique paintings when we hear the word valory. Anyways… there’s very few voices that can cause you to get in your car and test your vocal range while doing 65mph on 71, but front-man Gavin’s is one of them. Trust me. Listen to their session below and see for yourself I embarrassed myself even trying.


Add Whitman and Black Books and bam she bam let’s call it a Friday! Now, let’s talk tickets. Take your adderal kids because there’s some thought that needs to go into this. Here’s the breakdown straight from their website:

  • Basic ticket - $10 – includes a ticket to the CD Release Show on Sept 30th at the ND in Austin.
  • Basic VIP ticket - $20 – includes a ticket to the CD Release Show on Sept 30th at the ND in Austin and a ticket to the V.I.Pre-Party on Sept 29th at the ND.
  • Standard ticket + CD - $15 – includes a ticket to the CD Release Show on Sept 30th at the ND in Austin & a copy of the new CD & a download of the album a week early!
  • Standard ticket + Vinyl - $30 – includes a ticket to the CD Release Show on Sept 30th at the ND in Austin & a copy of the new album on Limited Edition colored vinyl (only 200 made, each numbered & signed) & a download of the album a week early!
  • VIP Ticket + CD - $25 – Includes all the standard ticket stuff AND a ticket to the V.I.Pre-party on Sept 29th at the ND where we will play a special acoustic performance, & a ton of our fellow Austin musicians are joining us that night to play a couple songs & celebrate with us! There will be free Tito’s Vodka for the 1st 100 people, free snacks and free QC posters while they last & the infamous Twitter Wall will be in full effect! Oh, & you get the CD a day early!
  • VIP Ticket + Vinyl - $40 – Includes all the standard ticket stuff AND a ticket to the V.I.Pre-party on Sept 29th at the ND where we will play a special acoustic performance, & a ton of our fellow Austin musicians are joining us that night to play a couple songs & celebrate with us! There will be free Tito’s Vodka for the 1st 100 people, free snacks and free QC posters while they last & the infamous Twitter Wall will be in full effect! You get a copy of the Limited Edition colored Vinyl version of the album (only 200 made, each numbered & signed) a day early!
Hugs ‘n giggles.


Do512 lives to tell about ACL weekend

We know what you’re thinking. “Goodness, those Do512 folks sure do work an awful lot. Where oh where do they find the time to step away from their computers?” If you’re actually familiar with our collective habits, you know that we do find plenty of time to cut loose, especially when it’s festival time. A whole bunch of the Do512 staff managed to infiltrate the 10th Anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and each one provided a recap of their experience. From the length of this entry it’s obvious we had an awesome time. Leave us a comment at the bottom to tell us YOUR favorite moments of ACL 2011.

Kristin Owen – Do512 General Manager

My ACL highlights:

ACL Fest. After SXSW, it’s the single craziest week and weekend in the Do512 world. The entire staff turns into a bunch of crazy people, we work our asses off, say nonsensical things back and forth at the office, get told by select interns we need therapy, and of course find the ever so important time to party. This ACL for me was admittedly lamer than most. I was out of commission sick on Friday, and at only 50% the next two days – an important disclaimer when my three ACL highlights are almost entirely unrelated to seeing awesome bands on the festival grounds. I saw a bunch of great shows, a couple lame ones, but didn’t we all?

1. The Do512 and Austin Java Magic Carpet Ride. We partnered up with the most amazing pedi-cab driver I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, Tony Pekearo, to hook up random riders going to and from the festival with surprise tickets to ACL Aftershows, Austin Java Gift Cards, and Free Lattes. Not only was it fun for us trying out something new, it’s always really gratifying for us when we get to hear stories about surprising people with prizes and how happy it typically makes them. Tony said it best, “The prizes are just the tokens. They allowed me to make someone’s day, and then get to have a 10 or 20 minute conversation getting to know them.” (and telling them about Do512 of course).

One of the greatest parts of this promotion were all the stories Tony shared with us each day. He was genuinely just so excited to see how happy the people he got to make his lucky pedi-cab riders each day. He even offered free rides to anyone he saw when his cab was empty. Told you he was amazing. Big thanks to Austin Java for helping us make this possible.

Quote from Tony about a winner:

“The guy was hustling to the park and I could tell he wouldn’t take a pedicab in normal situations.  But I was offering magic carpet rides, and for him I offered a free ride to the park, as well as continuing to offer him free coffee coupons and eventually offering him the Bright Eyes prize.  For him, the magic carpet ride truly was a schedule changer.  He didn’t know what to do with himself.  It was a surprise upon a surprise.  He took the tickets, mentioning that Bright Eyes was from his home town, and was happy to go see them, and that must be shamans in tune with some other level, to know that he really wanted these gifts.  He appreciated the Austin Java coupons and quickly got on the phone as he walked away to invite someone to the show with him.“

2. Chiddy Bang (and then some) at the Do512 Lounge. I admittedly knew not one single thing about this artist other than that he super was “popular with the kids”. I honestly thought that he was a DJ since all the other “popular with the kids” bands seem to be electronic these days. The show was spot on, he blew the room away. I was totally surprised, and loved every minute.

Really, this is always the best part of the Do512 Lounge. Even with bands that I already know I love, seeing them perform in that space always amazes me, every single time. I don’t always get to jump in for the sets, because we like to all take turns at the door so that the whole Do512 team gets to watch as many acts as possible. Every time I see the next band after sitting one out, I kick myself in the ass for the ones I missed.

Chiddy Bang, in addition to killing the show, was such a great guy, he took the time to meet everyone, was so nice and humble the entire time, and he was super stoked about the Do512 Lounge (which of course makes us feel awesome to hear we’re delivering on what we’re trying so hard to do). Nearly every artist we’ve had perform at the lounge has been really nice, so it’s refreshing.

Chancellor Warhol was another highlight at the lounge I have to mention. Not only were they the coolest guys who put on a great show, they gave us one of the best lounge quotes yet in my opinion. I wish I’d written it down so I could repeat verbatim, but here’s the gist totally in my own words – “This place is awesome. We had no idea what we were getting into and when we pulled up and saw the outside of the building we all thought ‘Oh great, this place looks like crap and is going to be totally lame.’ Then we met everyone, saw the inside of the place, performed, and suddenly the outside of the building is just as badass. You can’t even tell why you thought it looked lame when you pulled up, it’s the perfect welcome.”

3. Manu Chao. These guys never put on a bad show I hear. And if their ACL performance is indicative of that, I totally agree. I’ve always enjoyed their music, but never seen them live. I rolled in solo the last day of ACL, sat myself down in the lawn for Manu Chao, and never left til the end of the show. Something very unusual for my attention span. Not only was the show great, upbeat, and a true performance all around, the crowd was so awesome. You run into your fair share of self involved douchey-bags at festivals, unwilling to let you even escape the crowd when you’ve had it with the sardine can. But everyone at Manu Chao was so damn happy. I loved the ladies dancing everywhere you looked, and all the uber fans waving their fans, jumping up and down, and singing along to every word. It was what I’d like every festival experience to be like. Granted, they had an earlier set with a smaller crowd, so maybe even Stevie Wonder would have been that way with half the crowd and in the afternoon. But hey, that’s why Manu Chao is a highlight. Discovering something awesome you didn’t yet know you loved is really what it’s all about after all.

Lawrence Boone – Do512 Music Editor

My ACL highlights:

Charles Bradley at ACL – As Charles Bradley walked out onto the Vista Equity stage at ACL on Friday, decked out in a dapper three-piece suit, a roar of applause erupted from the overflow crowd. His backing band had been warming up the stage for a few minutes, jamming on some blues and R&B-inspired instrumentals. Then, like a 21st century James Brown, Charles Bradley shouted, strutted, and sweat while he and his backing band offered up a set of funk and soul numbers that sounded like they came straight from the 1960s and 70s. Bradley, who is commonly referred to as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” was discovered a few years ago while doing his best James Brown impersonation at a lounge in New York. Bradley has an intense passion as a singer and an entertainer, with more dance moves than you can count, and a voice that recalls soul legends like Al Green and Otis Redding. During the highly entertaining set he blew kisses to the crowd and shouted “I love you!” multiple times, and it was special to see a performer that was enjoying the experience as much as his audience. If you are unfamiliar with Charles Bradley I highly recommend that you look him up.

Kurt Vile aftershow at Stubb’s – He’s got the appeal of an introspective singer-songwriter, but when Kurt Vile takes the stage backed by his band The Violators, the energy gets taken up a few notches. The Philadelphia native was signed by Matador Records as a solo artist in 2009, releasing two full-length albums over the past two years. His approach to songwriting has drawn comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, with influences that include Fleetwood Mac, Spaceman 3 and Tom Petty. On his solo recordings Kurt Vile creates slow-burning psych-folk tunes with sparse guitar and minimal instrumentation, but when he gets a full band behind him they jam into mesmerizing psychedelic rock territory. One minute you’re listening to him strum along on a relaxing acoustic number, and then a few minutes later you realize you have been banging your head up and down as he and his bandmates wail away mercifully on the electrics. Kurt Vile kind of resembles a rock ‘n roll version of Cousin It from the Addams family, with long hair draped down over his face for much of the set. In a live setting his music is quite diverse, balancing the subdued nature of his solo work with the more resonant songs he cranks out with the full band.

Futurebirds at the Do512 Lounge – I had seen Futurebirds once before, two years ago when they played an opening slot at a SXSW day party on the east side. I liked them immediately, but catching the 6-piece band from Athens, Georgia in the intimate Do512 Lounge was a different animal. These guys do a little bit of everything, centering on a jangly mix of alt-country and foot-stomping folk rock, with boisterous harmonies laid down by the group’s multiple vocalists. It’s good-timing, occasionally raucous music from the same Athens community that birthed the likes of Dead Confederate and Twin Tigers. Futurebirds were the final band to play a session on the Saturday of ACL, so after they rocked the house we conducted a silly little interview and shared a few beers. It was a great way to waste a little time while we waited for the afternoon rain to pass.

Jimmy Stewart – Do512 Founder/Owner

My ACL highlights:

Everything in the Lounge. A few nice surprises: Futurebirds, Moondoggies, little hurricane, Chancellor Warhol. It was a great experience for all the bands and guests that were there.

The highlight of the weekend for me was jamming on the harmonica during an unplugged, impromptu jam session with the Moondoggies.

Best show of the fest: Empire of the Sun. Awesome. It was kinda strange/not cool when he faked the heart attack/convulsions, but a pretty awesome experience overall. Reminded me of the first time I saw The Flaming Lips.

Rachel Daily – Do512 Account Manager

My ACL highlights:

ACL is insanity but of the good sort. I mean, think about the things you see. I saw two chicks with bows in their hair nearly punching each other in the face for a porta-potty, I saw Kanye and lights lights lights lights, saw someone drinking whiskey out of a ziploc bag and then fall into a tree and of course, saw some fantastic bands. Here’s my personal daily recap:

Best artist I saw was James Blake. Loved. How can you not? I owe my James Blake viewing to one of our owner’s wife Mary who is about to have a baby and therefore got to park us in lot B. I am gonna love the heck outta that baby. Lot B rules. We walked in right next to the stage he was playing and I proceeded to swoon.

Ray Lamontagne – Talk about perfect timing for a little breaky break on the lawn. Camped out for a spot where I could see his lovely face and thought he was just grand.

Kanye West – “Sit down, legs out, stand your ground ladies! Stand. Your. Ground.” That was our mantra going into the Kanye crush. What most may not know about me is that I’m a huge Kanye fan. I’m a bigger Jay-Z fan. You best believe that I was one of those holding on to the idea that he was going to pop out from backstage and interrupt solo West with a quick Watch the Throne “Gotta Have It” and Beyonce would sashay across the stage in something sequined and awesome. I die. No it didn’t happen. Kanye’s show got a lot of negative feedback but whatever, I had fun and made up for missing him at SXSW. Ballerinas ya’ll. Ballerinas.

Fleet Foxes – The picture above was taken at the Fleet Foxes show as it started to drizzle. Rain! Rain and picturing little foxes wearing red scarves prancing about in the snow…charming.

Little Hurricane – played in the Do512 Lounge and I was in love with that girl the second she sat down. She has more sexy cool in her pinky finger than I will ever be able to possess. Who would like to teach me drums?

Meeting different bands every day in the lounge. It’s amazing to see the similarities and the differences of folks who are traveling around the country to pursue their passion. From the charming guys in Futurebirds who loved our Do512 fanny packs to the vast array of music genres represented in Chancellor Warhol to the Fendi belt and backpack Chiddy Bang was rocking to the nightstand and lamp stage accessories that Little Hurricane brought with them ON A PLANE – I couldn’t get enough of the quirkiness and awesome talent that walked through these doors.

Matt Bradshaw – Do512 Intern

My ACL highlights:

Stevie Wonder – 45 years later, he still has his amazing voice I hear on his 1960′s records. A several thousand strong dance party to “Superstition” performed live by Stevie Wonder himself was quite an experience.

The Do512 Lounge sessions were really the perfect way to experience the daytime portion of ACL. The bands that played were phenomenal and everyone involved appreciated the intimate, climate controlled setting juxtaposed to the 75,000 person, hot and sweaty festival going on down the street.

Taking a brief moment during Arcade Fire’s set on Sunday night to sit down far away and watch everything that was going on.  This city is truly at its best during its big festivals, you can feel the sense of community and widespread love of live music.

Jordan Ripley – Do512 Intern

My ACL highlights:

Gillian Welch postponing her show 30 minutes to avoid overlapping with Skrillex, then coming out on stage during the Skrillex finale and complaining about having to do musical warfare with a bass machine

The TV on the Radio show for several reasons: the band still hits that remarkably sweet combination of soulful and upbeat even after they lost their bassist, seeing Christian Bale and the infamously reclusive Terrence Malick on the side of the stage, and jamming with fellow Do512er Daphne.

Having Shiner for breakfast 3 days in a row thanks to the lounge sessions and their intimate acoustics

Amanda Shaftel – Do512 Content Manager

My ACL highlights:

My Morning Jacket and Stevie Wonder were two of the bands I was most looking forward to this weekend. I’ve never had the chance to see MMJ and I’m happy to report they put on a phenomenal show. I headed over to catch the tail end of Stevie and he gave me a few classic songs to get down to, especially a real funky Superstition.

Friday night of ACL, only after running late and forgetting to bring my ticket to the festival, I met a nice guy who offered me his extra day pass. We watched an inspiring Coldplay set together and I learned he was in a band opening for Bright Eyes called Deep Fried Ice Cream. They. Are. Awesome. Look them up.

Moondoggies, a Roots Rock band from Seattle closed down our lounge sessions with an impressive and loud 45 minute set. We had plenty of memorable bands play the Do512 Lounge this weekend, but the Moondoggies left a distinctive mark.

Bobby Strobeck – Do512 Intern

My ACL highlights:

Stevie Wonder – Through a small miracle I was able to cut out of work early, catch the last shuttle to Zilker and arrive just as Stevie was starting. Yes, there were serious sound issues… until I walked closer to the stage (stop complaining, lazy chair people!). You tend to forget how many amazing songs this man is responsible for until you see him tear through most of them in two hours. The band sounded great, and Stevie was on fire, playing the motherlovin’ heck out of his keytar all over the ground at one point. His exuberance and joy were so infectious that I didn’t even mind the frequent detours into lectures from the Tao of Stevie. Love each other, y’all.

Death From Above 1979 – “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” has been on pretty much constant rotation for me since its release in 2004, and when I missed DFA 1979′s reunion gig/riot at Beauty Bar during SXSW, I thought I had missed my chance. Not so! DFA’s ACL set was all raw power, all the time. They got the clouds to open up and rain, they got the hot and exhausted crowd to mosh, and they got me to rage harder than I have in a few years. I’ve got the bruises to prove it.

Randy Newman – Highlight of the fest for me. I managed to get front and center for this one. Randy himself seemed amazed by the varied audience smashed into the Vista Equity tent to see him; I was surrounded by the requisite old dudes, a few little kids, some hipsters, and one fanatic girl who seemed to be teetering on the verge of panty-throwing (but never quite got there). Alone on stage with just a Steinway, Newman played a set that displayed the gift for melody, knack for storytelling and arch wit that make him one of America’s best songwriters. We were all in awe throughout, the kind of clam joy you get from watching a master at work. Yes, he played “You Got a Friend In Me” as an encore and yes, it was awesome.

Daphne Lehman – Do512 Intern

My ACL highlights:

TV on the Radio was everything I ever hoped for and more. Loved that they are still so amazing even after the tough year they had what with losing their bassist and all. Bumped into Do512_Jordan and we daaaaanced

Ray LaMontagne – Fact: I will never love any man the way I love him, and I think that goes for any lady who saw this show. Wonderful, soulful, lumberjack beard – nuff’ said.

Fitz & the Tantrums – Noell is the cutest thing on the planet and I’ll be trying to match her dance skills for years to come.

Do512 Lounge Sessions – little hurricane was definitely my favorite. Moondoggies too. Chiddy Bang was really fun group and some of the nicest people I have ever met! Chancellor Warhol was fantastic and I’d love to see them again.

A Do512 fan making good use of her fanny pack:

Some Do512 Lounge photos courtesy of Ed Lehmann:

little hurricane:

North Mississippi Allstars:

Cowboy and Indian:

Chiddy Bang:


Check out some festival photos courtesy of David Weaver:

ACL Festival 2011 Day 1

ACL Festival 2011 Day 2

ACL Festival 2011 Day 3

Family Feud

If the title is causing you to have manic flashbacks about your brother chasing you wielding a skateboard over his head yelling about how you kicked his Lego Yoda over and now must DIE DIE DIE, don’t worry. That’s not what this is about. (<–Author’s loaded personal childhood experience sentence here)

Family Feud is the lovable American game show where yelling is encouraged and bickering wins you money. It also happens to be pretty hilarious at times. Don’t believe me? Watch this:


Joints and church. Way to go mom and dad. We are pretty convinced that we can make our own, equally comical rendition but not on our own! We’re partnering up with the hilarious New Movement Theater for a new look at the classic game show and we need your help. Each day leading up to the next squabbling of kin (or pseudo kin as it’s really more of a Team Feud situation) we will be asking a question and then compiling a list of the answers.

Here’s the questions:

1. Name a band that always makes you change the radio station
2. Name a retro fashion that should never make a come-back
3. What is your favorite bar food?
4. Name something you do when you are playing hookey from work
5. What is your favorite type of shot?

Email your answers to We’ll compile the results and bring them to the event. ALSO, all who enter answers are automatically entered for concert tickets and goodies as well. Come see if your answer made the list!

And for the love of all that is sane in this world don’t kick over the freaking Yoda.

ARR, Matey! ‘Tis Almost Talk Like A Pirate Day with The Jolly Garogers at Opal Divine’s!

Avast all ye LUBBERS (AKA- “land lover” or the ultimate pirate insult)!  Ye hearties better be joinin’ The Jolly Garogers at Opal Divine’s ter drink some grog and admire some booty! Pirate booty, that is- yer dirty scoundrel!

Ok, but really. What better way to spend your night on September 17 than talking like a pirate, drinking like a pirate, dressing like a pirate, and cursin’ like a pirate. Opal’s is giving away $100 for the best pirate and best wench costume! Not only will you be a rich pirate, but you’ll also be a charitable one! Because your $10 donation at the door will go to Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. Pirates have never been so generous!

Because Austin is so mediocre and boring, it’s home to the world’s finest PIRATE BAND, The Jolly Garogers. It might even be the world’s one and only pirate band, but they’re friggin’ good and that’s all that matters. These barnacle urchins will play from 9pm-midnight, but ye can keep swiggin’ yer grog ’till the sun comes up (or until the bar closes at 2am- then you have to leave).

Because we know all of you will be so beautifully irrisistable dressed in your wench and pirate attire, here we offer you some piratey pick-up lines (special thanks to that will surely help ye find yer buried booty treasure. Yep, you are welcome.


1. Arrrrrrrrrr ye free next saturday?

2. Approach your target and place your arm over the nearest shoulder as you say the following: “If you were a pirate, would your parrot sit on this shoulder, or THIS shoulder?” (This one works just like the yawning/arm stretch trick did in 8th grade at the movies- SCORE)

3. I’ve sailed the seven seas and your the sleekest schooner I’ve ever sighted!

So me little hearty pirates and wenches, we’ll be seein’ ye at Opal Divine’s on the 17th of September. We’ll be shaking arr pirate booties to The Jolly Garogers, benefiting BCRCT, winning prizes for our epic costumes and having a shiver me timbers time! Don’t miss out, or yee will all have to walk the PLANK. Just kidding.





ACL Tailgating Party at Black Sheep Lodge

Word association game time! Quick, when I say ACL, what do you think of? Booze? Cool, me too.

It’s long been a myth that ACL was created to bring great bands to Zilker Park and put Austin on the festival map before SXSW got really big. The truth is that ACL is first and foremost a great opportunity to plan an entire day of drinking and not feel ashamed about it. Sure, outdoor BBQs and family reunions offer similar benefits, but ACL has both of those beat in terms of drinking excuses. For one, ACL has less opportunities to burn yourself than barbeques, and compared to reunions, it has less opportunities to run into that cousin who keeps telling you about her strange medical conditions.

Ask the mud goblins. ACL is for drinking.

The only problem with doing all of your drinking at the park is that it gets pricey. While the Rock and Recycle program would greatly appreciate if you spent all of your discretionary cash on cans of beer, that’s a tough cost to incur on top of the dough you had to shell out for tickets. What’s the solution? Sandwich drinking!

Unlike ACL, notice the lack of daisy chains of sorority girls holding hands and shoving past you.

Before you envision something disgusting, sandwich drinking doesn’t involve a blender and a run to Thundercloud. It’s the term I use for getting cheap drinks before and after an event that has pricier alcohol; the perfect combination of pre-partying and post-partying. During this year’s ACL, try getting your sandwich drank on at Black Sheep Lodge. Not only is it a great place to chill out without being pressed against sweaty torsos or trapped in a haze of weed, it also offers a ton of options to imbibe.

Located in the south of Austin, Black Sheep is a short drive/bike from Zilker and features ACL drink specials each day of the festival. Quench your thirst and keep you wallet intact on Friday and Saturday with affectionately named $2 “white trash” cans (PBR and Lone Star tallboys, Schlitz, etc.). For the super thirsty, Friday and Sunday features all pitchers at a $2 discount and $2 cans of Imperial Beer Thursday through Sunday all day and night. Check out all the drink specials on the event page.

Just remember, it’s never too early to start preparing for National ACL Drinking Weekend. Oh, and there might be some music or something too. So, you know, enjoy Coldplay or whatever.

The Action Pack Presents Aladdin Sing-Along (8/20)

Admit it now. Who hasn’t belted “A Whole New World” a few times in their life. Whether it’s when you shower, prance around in your underwear while gesturing majestically, or in the car when no one is watching. We’ve all committed this.

There’s just something about Disney songs that make people want to sing. Especially songs from Aladdin.  Thinking about the way Aladdin and Jasmine sing a duet in perfect harmony on the magic carpet in the soft moonlight gliding past silky clouds all around the world makes me want to sing along. Even if that means having to do both the male and female vocals.

Disney songs are magical and need to be embraced, and this Friday will be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. Yeah, that’s right. Unleash that crazy Disney belting side of you.

The Action Pack presents Aladdin Sing-Along at the Highball Friday (8/20). Typically Action Pack hosts their Sing-Along events at the Alamo Drafthouse, but this time the Highball has decided to exclusively host the Aladdin Sing-Along. So be sure to come out to the Highball ballroom for a little sing-along magic.

Don’t forget to click “I Like it”on Do512 for the chance to win a pair of free ticket!

Celebrate & Launch Benefiting Citizen Generation

We love to brag about how we live in the greatest city in America; you can’t go anywhere without hearing the word “Austin” about a dozen times. We’re kind of obsessed. But what are we actually doing to give back to our fair city? According to the stats, very little: Austin is ranked 48th out of 50 top cities in the nation in per-capita giving. We’d be so much cooler if we all made it a habit to contribute to our community in some way. Citizen Generation believes just that. Their mission is to “create the habit of giving through philanthropy and community programs.” Executive Director, Alex Winkelman began CharityBash in 2008 as a fun way to support charities and party at the same time.

Join some of Austin’s most active citizens to celebrate CharityBash’s donations totaling over $250,000 and the launch of Citizen Generation. There will be delicious food, drinks, interesting people and other merriment. Check out tickets for this event held at the Mexic-Arte Museum or gain admission at the door.

So get with CharityBash and see how you can donate money through their programs.  Celebrate community participation Wednesday, August 17th @ Mexic-Arte Museum.

CharityBash Spring Brunch!

It’s about that time, folks. Grab your best spring hat and get ready for the CharityBash Spring Brunch!

CharityBash is an organization in Austin whose goal is to “help young professionals be more philanthrophic.” CharityBash organizes fun social events at various Austin venues and restaurants each month where people can donate a small amount to enjoy a great time while giving to a great cause. Ultimately, CharityBash’s goal is to cultivate among young adults the habit of regularly donating to charities, and they accomplish this by creating fun opportunities with the community to do so.

Sunday May 1st is CharityBash Spring Brunch at Paggi House. Paggi House is a beautiful restaurant overlooking Lady Bird Lake just off South Lamar between Cesar Chavez and Barton Springs. Paggi House has an incredible menu of mouth-watering entrées, artfully crafted cocktails, charming desserts, and so much more.

 The Spring Brunch will feature Paggi House’s famous brunch, mimosas, and bloody marys. Besides these tasty indulgences, there will also be a Wine Toss. Just get a ring around the bottle and you get to take it home with you! Delish is providing Table Desserts, and there will be a prize for best spring hat. The best part is that all of this fun is to raise financial support for Wildlife Rescue, an organization that rehabilitates and releases orphaned, sick or injured wild animals. To attend, there are three options:

1. $10 Entrance – Donation and Mimosa

2. $32 Entrance – Donation, Mimosa, Paggi House Brunch Buffet, and tip

3. $100 VIP per person, 4 Person Minimum – Donation, Reserved Lounge, Paggi House Buffet Brunch , Swag Bag, and Savvy Bloody Mary Bottle Service

There is limited availability of the VIP packages, so email to secure yours. Bloody Mary bottle service and table side Mimosa are also available a la carte upon request.

All CharityBash events, including Spring Brunch, are fantastic opportunities to have fun, meet your community, and contribute to a great cause. So, one more time, here are the details: CharityBash Spring Brunch, May 1st 11am-2pm at Paggi House. You can snag your tickets here!