North Drag Bazaar at Spider House Cafe 4/26

There’s just an abundance of cool stuff to see and do on Guadalupe, especially on what we lovingly refer to as “The Drag”. As part of AIBA Local Business Month, our friends at Spider House are hosting a day party to celebrate many of these local businesses. This Saturday, April 26, check out the North Drag Bazaar.

Like pie? Both Conans Pizza and Royers Pie Haven will be there with sweet and savory noms. Wheatsville Co-op will have a variety of samples to try out, and the Spider House Cafe will have food and drink specials throughout the whole event.

While snacking, you can browse select items from Frock On Vintage. If reading is your thing, you can leaf through the Malvern Books pop-up shop. Movin’ Easy Dancewear will also have everthing from ballet shoes to whatever else you need to get your groove on.

Bonus: after the food, beverage and shopping is complete, you can head to Salon O Organic Day Spa for specials on everything beauty. And don’t worry the music will be going all afternoon, the courtyard stage will host Horse Opera and Rosie and the Ramblers from 2-6pm.

Don’t miss the North Drag Bazaar at Spider House Cafe this Saturday, April 26th, from 11am-6pm. Enjoy sales, specials, giveaways, entertainment, and fun for the whole family from these locally owned businesses. For more info on what’s going on in the area, check Do512.

Thievery Corporation Bring New Album to Stubb’s

Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital. And home to Thievery Corporation, the dub-a-licious duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. The duo began as night club junkies, co-owning the Eighteenth Street Lounge. Their shared affinity for dub, jazz, and bossa nova helped develop Thievery Corporation’s eclectic sound, which fuses Indian and Middle Eastern with Western genres like acid jazz, and of course some reggae thrown in for good measure.

They have sung in 7 different languages, from Persian to Romanian to Hindi. Their ability to appeal to a wide array of music listeners has served the duo well. With the seemingly never ending stream of DJ’s nowadays, the group has remained way ahead of those other jabroni’s having earned their fan base through years of dedication and hard work.

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Thievery Corporation’s latest endeavor, Saudade, dropped on April 1st, 2014. An ode to the bossa nova that brought them together back in ’95, Garza says “It’s a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots [...] It’s us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter.”

You can catch this chapter of Thievery Corporation at Stubb’s on Tuesday, April 29. Purchase tickets here. Find more information at Do512, where you also have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the show.

 

The 2014 Austin Food & Wine Festival 4/25 – 4/27

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Calling all fans of delectable spirits and edible delights! Fire up those taste buds, because it’s that time of year again. Chefs from near and far will be speaking, preparing, and showing off all of their masterful ways at the 2014 Austin Food & Wine Festival.

Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the Austin Food & Wine Festival features tastings, libations, and hands-on grilling demos while also attracting top chefs, sommeliers, and wine makers from all across the nation. This, combined with the already thriving gourmet scene in Austin creates an experience unlike any other. 

From Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, attendees can enjoy access to incredible culinary, wine and spirit talent at a multitude of wine and cocktail seminars and cooking demos. The festival kicks off on Friday night with the “Taste of Texas”, where an all-star lineup of talent from the Texas culinary scene will be serving up dishes under the live oak trees of Republic Square. 

On Saturday night, the Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown will feature Austin’s reigning champion Chef Tyson Cole defending his title for the greatest taco in the land. The country’s top chefs will go head-to-head, while guests sample each inventive taco creation and wash them down with the perfect beer, wine or tequila pairing.

You can also grab some new cook books and get them autographed by your favorite chefs in the Autograph Tent, stop by the Taste or Savor Lounges for some beer, wine, and cocktails, and make your way through The Grand Tasting Pavilion which showcases over 80 wine, spirit, and artisinal food exhibitors.

As if that wasn’t tempting enough, the festival also features live music to keep your toes tapping while you enjoy some of the finest food the nation has to offer.

Go ahead and grab some tickets because they’re going fast! For in depth information about the different ticket packages available, visit the Austin Food & Wine Festival website. For more details about all events and things Austin Food & Wine Festival, check Do512.

Dumb and Dumber Quote-Along at Alamo Drafthouse

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It’s kind of crazy to think that Dumb and Dumber was released 20 YEARS AGO. A lot of movies tend to feel dated after the two decade mark, but Dumb and Dumber somehow escaped this fate. Lucky for us, it’s unhinged goofiness has aged like a fine, dumb wine. Seriously, the sheer quotability of Dumb and Dumber is staggering to think about. Hence, the Dumb and Dumber Quote-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Dumb and Dumber is one of those movies whose plot doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s more concerned with causing you to experience extreme belly laughs. There’s something nice about a movie that’s fully aware of how silly it is, and decides to embrace it. If ever there was a film that did that, it’s Dumb and Dumber.

If you’ve never seen Dumb and Dumber before, you’re in for quite a treat. It’s your classic buddy movie, with two protagonists who straddle the line between loveable and stupid. For tickets, and additional information on the Dumb and Dumber Quote-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse, click here.
 

Hard Pans Album Release at Sam’s Town Point 4/19

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The Hard Pans are a new musical endeavor featuring Jimmy Smith and Claude Bernard of dormant Austin roots-rock outfit The Gourds. The band’s lineup is rounded out by the addition of Mark Creaney (The Gourds ‘ longtime sound engineer) on vocals and guitar.

Their new album, Budget Cuts, is rich with the alt-country twang the Gourds became legendary for. This album feels distinctly more vintage, however – approaching surf, rockabilly, New Orleans jazz, and garage with equal aplomb. Creaney lends a welcome touch of grit to the vocals and a 70s-inspired sound to the songwriting.

The band recently enjoyed a serendipitous cameo on Jimmy Kimmel live during SXSW, looking amazing, as evidenced below.

Budget Cuts is available now on Amazon and iTunes, complete with amazing album cover shot at Tamale House on Airport. You can see the band in action at their album release – this Saturday April 19th at Sam’s Town Point (the best little bar you’ll ever find hidden in the woods across from the HEB at Manchaca & Slaughter.) Or learn more about the band at TheHardPans.com.

10 Places for an Awesome Easter Brunch in Austin

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Put on your Sunday best and gather with a few friends and family for a big, beautiful Easter Brunch. Or roll out of bed and use this opportunity to kick off some day drinking. Whatever you’re into, here is a list of 10 Places To Have An Awesome Easter Brunch in Austin.

  • Yellow Jacket Social Club: Party at the Yellow Jacket for Easter Sunday. Champagne and brunch specials, peep art and Easter Bunny photo ops. Live music at 2pm and TWO petting zoos!
  • Gibson: Their Easter Brunch features $1 Mimosas, $2 Jell-O Shots, $5 Build Your Own Bloody Bar, All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet, Rabbit Omelettes, Deviled Eggs and more.
  • Swift’s Attic: The brunch at Swift’s is routinely great. House made pork sausage and house cured bacon, Chicken Fried Lockhart quail tenders, Foie gras PB&J pancakes, Stuffed French toast and more.
  • The Hightower: This up-and-comer on East 7th offers a brunch menu featuring Grit Waffles with pure cane blackberry syrup and blackberry whipped cream, Boudin Hash, Carnitas and more.
  • La V: Another East 76th newcomer, they’re offering a special Easter Brunch with mouth-watering options such as fennel cured salmon, oysters, wood roasted leg of lamb, farm egg frittata, duck confit hash and more.
  • No Va: This Rainey St. hot spot has a brunch spread that offers Sweet Potato Hash with hot sauce hollandaise, eggs and brussels sprouts, a Broken Yolk Sandwich with house focaccia and farm eggs, Bread Pudding French Toast and more.
  • Max’s Wine Dive: The Easter Brunch Buffet features an array of delectable treats such as French Toast, the MAX ‘n Cheese, the popular Omelet and Breakfast Taco station, Deviled Easter Eggs and more.
  • Chavez: Serving a special brunch on Easter Sunday with more than 70 sweet and savory offerings. Includes made-to-order omelets; homemade waffles and pancakes, empanadas, sopas, and more.
  • Stubb’s Gospel Brunch: Live Gospel music and a buffet featuring southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish and a “make your own” Bloody Mary bar.
  • Russian House of Austin: Offering an unlimited buffet, drink specials, live music, and most importantly, an Easter egg hunt!

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RVRB Records Grand Opening Tomorrow

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Continuing to build upon their psychedelic empire, the Black Angels and their Reverberation Appreciation Society have opened RBVB Records, a storefront on East 7th that offers Austin Psych Fest merchandise, RVRB Label releases, rare and new records and posters.

The shop also features guitars and other accessories curated by The Black Angels’ Christian Bland and Alex Maas, vintage clothing, an outdoor patio stage and the Saigon Le Vendeur food truck. 

The store will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow for Record Store Day, featuring in-store performances by Christian Bland & The Revelators, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, and Chris Catalena & The Native Americans. They will perform stripped down acoustic sets from 4-8pm on the RVRB patio stage. 

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We reached out to Christian Bland about the opening, and he was nice enough to share a list of recommendations for Record Store Day, as well as a list of cool stuff you can find at RVRB Records.

Top 5 RSD releases:

1. The Zombies – I love you
2. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
3. Tame Impala – Live Versions
4. The Yardbirds – Little Games
5. The Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle

Top 5 items in the shop:

1. The Black Angels RSD releases – ‘Clear Lake Forest’ & ‘Phosgene Nightmare’
2. PureSalem Electric Guitars
3. Acid Fuzz Boutique Stompboxes
4. Rima Hyena Jewelry
5. Original Garbage Pail Kids Series 3-6

During the grand opening event tomorrow they will also be taking donations all day for the SXSW Cares fund. You can find more details on Do512 and the RVRB Records Facebook Page.
 

Chrome Sparks with Bagheera at the Parish 4/23

Once upon a time we were worried that every band after Bubba Sparxxx couldn’t possibly be good if they had “sparks” in their name. Rest assured, though, there is one artist coming into town that has nothing to do with Bubba Sparxxx. Trust us: you need to see Chrome Sparks and Bagheera at the Parish.

Chrome Sparks, AKA Jeremy Malvin, is a drummer by nature and a DJ by heart. Well, he’s really damn good at both, so we’ll just leave it at that. He’s played in bands like Miniature Tigers and Rich Aucoin, but he takes his solo DJ sets to an entirely different level.

In his biography, Malvin stated that he told all of his friends he was a great DJ even though he never DJ’ed in his life. After months and months of playing house parties and small shows, he eventually started playing festivals, including Lollapalooza. Take a look at “Marijuana.”

Opening for Chrome Sparks at the Parish is Bagheera. The Texans have opened for groups like M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit and Matthew Dear, recently recorded with Twin Shadow, and are starting to shape the future of electronic music. They’ll play Lolla this year, but don’t miss this more intimate show.

See Chrome Sparks with Bagheera at the Parish on Wednesday, April 23, and check Do512 for more info/a chance to win a pair of tickets.

Laura Mvula w/ Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish 4/22

Many artists that come out of nowhere seem a little, pushed. Let’s face it, MTV isn’t playing modern bands similar to TV on the Radio, Nirvana & Pavement (or any music, for that matter). The bands and musicians that are put at a high level lack individuality and just seem like advertising material. Sometimes, it just isn’t our cup of tea.

The majority of the trendy artists tend to fade out and be replaced by new ones, but every now and then a major label will restore our faith in the music industry (and humanity). We’re excited that one of the most talented finds, Laura Mvula, is playing with Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish on Tuesday, April 22.

There is something about Laura Mvula that we just can’t put our finger on, and it is probably because the diversity in her songs make it hard to classify her music. Some of Mvula’s songs make you want to cry like a little girl. On the same point, other up-beat tracks are reminiscent of a more mainstream tUnE-yArDs, which is a strange comparison to make in general. See what we mean with “Green Garden.”

Her opening act is Elizabeth Queen, a name that’s definitely familiar in Austin. Queen exhausts most of her time performing with Asleep at the Wheel, but all of her other time is spent raising her child and working on solo projects. We’re sure she has hobbies and other things going on, but we have no idea how she keeps up with it all. Check out “You’re to Blame” below.

Keep your faith in music. Check out Laura Mvula & Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish on 4/22. And, because we think you’re cool and that you deserve it, enter to win a free pair of tickets on Do512!

Eisley at Emo’s Tonight: SXSW Cares Benefit

Tyler, Texas. A quiet, unassuming little town in the woods of East Texas. Try telling that to the DuPree kids. Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, Weston and their cousin, Garron, make up indie mainstays Eisley.

The group blossomed in Dallas’ Deep Ellum scene around 2001. Not only had Eisley played well over 100 shows all around Texas, but they were somewhat pioneers of building an online audience to push their music outside their immediate confines. This lead to a record deal with the big boys over at Warner Brothers in 2003.

Last year’s release, Currents, marked the bands 4th LP. The album was recored by Garron, who is also the current bassist of Say Anything. Side-note, Max Bemis of Say Anything is married to Sherri. Try and keep up. All relationships aside, we’re hoping to hear some new tunes this year after their tour wraps up on the 19th of April.

Joining them on this fine adventure is Merriment, a relatively new project consisting of, wait for it, two more DuPree children! The youngest of the bunch, Christie and Collin felt an obligation to carry on the family tradition of making kick ass music with your siblings. The band’s debut album, Sway, just dropped on the 8th and was also recorded by Garron. Be looking out for Merriment in the months to come; we see big things in their future.

Win a pair of tickets for the Emo’s show here! And donate to SXSW Cares! A portion of the proceeds go to the Austin Community Foundation to aid victims of tragedy that occurred on March 13th.