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10 Dream Pop Acts to Watch at SXSW

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Over 2,000 regional, national and international artists blow through the SXSW Music Festival currently taking place until Sunday, March 16, 2014. In order to help break down the massive list of artists, we have shared a bunch of recommended bands for you to check out.

Following on from our lists of Hip-HopPsychCanadianMetal and Electro bands to watch, we bring you the dreamy pop of SXSW 2014 whom we hope you have had the chance to treat your ears to or will consider checking out for this year’s 28th edition of the festival.

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1. Dum Dum Girls (New York City, NY)
We first saw these dum dums pretty much everywhere at SXSW 2010. Dressed in variations of stylish black threads, this Los Angeles foursome blew our beer lids off with ’60s-tinted rock with pop shades. Their 2014 release, “Too True,” moves ahead a couple of decades and swirls around ’80s inspired dreamy pop-rock. Regardless which decade these girls find themselves dipping into, they’re worth a stop. (They have about 800 stops you can make).

2. Starlight Girls (Brooklyn, NY)
At first listen, these Brookyln weirdos managed to cultivate an image of a group of creepy chicks wearing poodle skirts walking in unison down a school hallway. To better explain this depiction, Starlight Girls kind of have this “I love you, but I kind of want to kill you” vibe. It’s fantastic.
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3. Black Books (Austin, TX)
You can immediately equate the vocals in this self-proclaimed “Southern Dream Pop” band to those of Band of Horses. This is the kind of music you can envision movie teenagers running around to as they have an epic non-realistic first date where the song’s climax perfectly matches the timing of the predictable makeout.  But, hey, we all like to feel a little giddy sometimes.

4. Avi Buffalo (Long Beach, CA)
This California band made their SXSW debut back in 2010 and has since opened for Modest Mouse and toured North America and Europe. A nice tango between lead male and female drummer vocals lends itself to the sweetly complected horny-pop. When the stand out track is titled “Summer Cum” and you don’t feel grimy, but refreshed afterward– Avi cums across as an experienced group. (Sorry, that was gross).

5. Future Islands (Baltimore, MD)
It’s been 11 years since these boys started as “Art Lord & The Self-Portraits” back at East Carolina University. Since, these guys have put out four albums and developed a synthy indie-pop sound layered on top of gravelly vocals that unavoidably get you to bust out your best mom dance moves.
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6. Mr. Gnome (Cleveland, OH)
These Clevelanders have put their name in the ears of Rolling Stone, Paste, Spin and more and continue to create wildly brilliant psychedelia. Made up of only two: Nicole on vocals and guitar, and Sam on drums and piano, these two can weave beautiful and crazy together like it’s no one’s business. Just watch the video for “House of Circles,” you’ll get it.

7. Manic Sheep (Taipei, Taiwan)
This trio bring the marriage of shoegaze and noise rock together effortlessly. Chris Lo’s likeable soft vocals have got their foot in the door to festivals in countries including: Taiwan, Canada and now, America. This crazy herd is good for a nice, afternoon SXSW unwind.
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8. Hospitality (Brooklyn, NY)
There can never be enough Brooklyn dream poppers, right? Their debut album ranked at no. 32 on Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2012 and their sophomore album, “Trouble,” was just released at the beginning of this year. This album draws back the energy to give more focus to the content, which calls for a sleepier album. But, a cute chick on lead guitar never really sucks.
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9. Alligator Indian (Asheville, NC)
These swamp people have inhabited Orlando and Brooklyn before settling in Asheville, NC to craft their surreal pop and crank out a creamy version of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody.” This good lookin’ pair who go by Christian Church and Spooky Bubble also pump out some dreamy tunes of their own like, “Our Love Was A Crime.”
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10. Jagwar Ma (Sydney, Australia)
These Aussies have probed American airwaves with their catchy, “Come Save Me,” and we would, any day. Jagwar is just three good-lookin’ dudes having a good time and pushin’ out danceable tunes to heartbreak-ridden lyrics. Swoon.

 

 

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SXSW Interactive Recap: Boyhood, Seth Meyers & More

Do512 has been in the throes of SXSW for months now. Adding events, refreshing Twitter constantly, trying to get you the most up-to-date news on who’s coming to this sweet little Spring Break festival. Interactive is like a nice little relief, a calm before the music storm where we can get out and see movies, or hear interesting panels and speakers! Our Do512 Family editor, Jamie Jett, had a chance to hit up the fest this past weekend. Here is her recap.

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As a first-year SXSW badge-holder, I’ve gone in and out of complete fits of overwhelmed excitement. There is SO MUCH going on. The city feels so alive, you can hear its pulse and see its breath. It’s bananas, y’all. When I first stepped into the Austin Convention Center and encountered all of the business, I immediately felt grateful to be there and excited about what I was about to learn and see.

The first event I planned to attend failed, due to it being everyone else’s plan. Jason Bateman spoke on Saturday, March 8 and I naively thought that maybe, just maybe, I could get there 20 minutes before it started and totally make it. Wrong. But it worked out. Walking away from the long line, I saw no line at the Seth Meyers panel that was to take place an hour later. So I grabbed a seat and waited.

The best part of arriving so early was that SXSW had a simulcast running of keynote speaker Neil DeGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos, which, was probably the most interesting conversation I’ve heard in years. He spoke about what science is, how you can’t deny it to fit your philosophies, and how we need to let our children explore so that they learn. Tyson had a way of explaining really difficult concepts so that everyone could understand. You can watch an interview with him here.

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After the simulcast, it was time for the Seth Meyers Late Night panel, hosted by Olivia Munn. Naturally, the whole thing was hilarious. Munn started the panel with a short interview and then opened the floor up to questions from the audience. Meyers seemed like a genuine nice dude, grateful for the opportunity to host the late night show. He said that it all happened because Lorne Michaels was basically like, “You’d be good at that,” and Meyers was all, “Is this a job offer?” And there you have it. It’s only been on the air for a couple of weeks but the show is already being well-received by fans and critics. You really can’t go wrong when your bandleader is Fred Armisen, amiright?

After the panel, it was time for drinks. I got some free pizza and booze at the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground and then continued being irresponsible (but AWESOME) well into the night.

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The next morning I managed to get up early and get to the Paramount Theatre just in time to see the SXSW Premier of Richard Linklater’s latest film, Boyhood. Seeing the film has been the highlight of my SXSW experience thus far. It was special for so many reasons, let me count the ways…

  1. It’s Richard Linklater, who is such an iconic Austin director thanks to gems like Dazed and Confused and Slacker.
  2. It was filmed over a 12-year span and follows a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, on his journey from Kindergarten to his college dorm move-in day.
  3. Coltrane’s sister in the film is portrayed by Linklater’s actual daughter, Lorelei Linklater.
  4. The entire film is set in Texas. You see scenery of San Marcos, Houston, Austin and beyond.
  5. It was being screened at the Paramount, the most iconic theatre in Austin, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house. (Fun fact: Houdini performed there and there is a hole in the ceiling because he always had to have a hole in the ceiling for one of his tricks.)
  6. It was at friggin’ SXSW, the biggest, most Austin event ever.

I won’t go into great explanation of what made the movie awesome, you can see it and find that out for yourself. But I will tell you that it is probably the best movie I’ve ever seen, that it touched on subjects that we can all identify with, and that it made me cry. Like, legit cry. Not a couple of tears, but a lot of them. The story line will hit home with anyone, but if you’re a Texan, it will have an extra layer of awesome for you.

The movie was followed with a Q&A with Richard Linklater, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke. The Linklaters and Coltrane seemed surreal to be showing this to their town, to their people, and you could feel it in the room. OK, I’ll stop gushing now….

Day 3 involved Lena Dunham, locking my keys in my car and then forgetting about everything wrong with the world at Strange Brew III — where I saw Diarrhea Planet, DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, Possessed by Paul James, Together PANGEA and so many other ridiculously fun and talented musicians. Check out the pics and feel real bad about yourself if you didn’t go. J/K, you have plenty of opportunities to make up for it later this week.

- J Jett

 

 

 

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center

It’s that time of year, when kids write letters to Santa, families gather to celebrate and snow falls all around. Well, it probably won’t snow in Austin, but we have no problem getting in the holiday spirit with our own, very Austin-y traditions. One of our longest running traditions is the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, which celebrates its 38th season this year! The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 8-day holiday shopping event, complete with live music and other Christmas fun.

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will be open from 11 am – 11 pm from December 17 – 24 at the Palmer Events Center. Admission is $7 for a single day pass and kids 12 and under are free.

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In addition to shopping, there’s live music! The music lineup this year includes emerging artists and local legends, performing live on stage at 12, 3:30 and 8 pm everyday. Be sure to head to the full bar before checking out a few of Austin’s best local musicians like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Alpha Rev and one of our favorites, Band of Heathens.

Just to give you a heads up at the awesomeness you will experience, here is a video from the Band of Heathens’ ACL Live performance:

 

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There is no other way to enjoy a perfect Austin holiday than by visiting the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Locals and tourists dub the Bazaar as the go-to shopping destination during the holidays for gifts. Stocking stuffers to statement pieces, you’ll find it all at the Bazaar. You can shop, listen to great live music, peruse goods from more than 160 artists and enjoy food and drinks. Think of it as an art fair and a music festival. It’s totally Austin and totally the best place to not only find the unique gift you’re looking for, but to also have a great time doing it!

Check out the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar website for more info.

 

Do512 Interviews Portugal. The Man at ACL Fest

 

Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man is a Portland-based quintet led by vocalist John Gourley and guitarist Zach Carothers. The band’s ever evolving lineup also features Kyle O’Quin on keyboards and Kane Ritchotte on drums. For their latest studio album, 2013′s Evil Friends, the band worked with five-time Grammy award winning producer Danger Mouse. We caught up with John Gourley and Kyle O’Quin at the ACL Festival to get some inside info. on the new album…

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Do512: Okay, so tell me about “Evil Friends” and Danger Mouse producing. What are some of your favorite tracks? How’d it go?

J: I like all of the tracks on “Evil Friends.” It’s a great record. It came out just how we planned and maybe even better. The funny thing is—Patrick Carney brought it up to me when we were on tour with The Black Keys. We’re over in Europe and he had just asked me like, “You know, I know you guys are making a new record, I see posters all of the time. You guys are always putting out records. Who’s going to produce it?” And he just said, “Have you thought about Brian? Do you think Brian might be a guy you’d put on that list?” And I was seriously like, “Who is Brian?” Like, I have no idea who that dude is you are talking about by first name! But yeah, Danger Mouse. He really is a great, great producer—classic producer. He doesn’t change your sound. He helps you be a better band. He has no problem saying “no”—I mean he will tell you when something sucks; he’ll just be like “No, man, not good. You should do something better.” And when somebody like that says that, you kind of go, “Man, this guy really believes in me. Like he thinks I can do better than this- and this is my best.” Kyle saw me go home after many of those moments going, “What’s his problem man? He doesn’t get it? He doesn’t get me!”

K: It’s funny because every night he’d leave a little bit before us so we’d spend two hours being like, “We can do whatever we want right now- we’ll just get him to sign off in the morning.” And he would just come in and he’s like, “Nice try guys.” He’d smile like a big smile and he’s like, “Not gonna’ happen.”

Do512: Would you guys ever consider doing a Majestic Majesty version of “Evil Friends”?

J: We started doing something. It became versions; like it was like alternate versions. It was supposed to be that. It was supposed to be all acoustic. And we went in and we just started like, “I’ll just use this amp. And let’s use this, like, tape deco. It just became like noisy, weird versions of the songs. They’re really cool, but we do have to do the acoustic thing.

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Do512: What are some bands you guys are listening to right now?

J: Right now? HAIM. Right?

K: Yeah

J: HAY-M? HAIM?

Do512: I think it is HAIM, I heard them saying it over there earlier and we were like, “Alright, mental note.”

J: It is. We had those chicks in the studio. They sang on like three or four of our songs?

K: They sang on, “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue,” “Evil Friends” and “Sea of Air.”

J: And they are so deep. They are real music fans. When they were in the studio they just like went in, no talking, no discussion, it was just like, “What’s the lyric? Alright. Harmony.” They just like, do it.
I also really like—when we were recording—we went and checked out RL Grime. He was playing this little thing in L.A. and Noah’s roommates manage RL Grime, who’s Clockwork as well, Schlomo, Baauer, and like, it was such a weird scene to be tossed into. I didn’t really know much about it, but that stuff, to me, is the most punk rock thing happening in music right now. It’s all about what they want to do.

K: It’s totally new. They’re like really young and they kind of created their own thing.

J: It’s nice to walk into an environment where they’re all just hanging out and they’re just like, “Oh, shit. That’s the beat. That’s it. Then one of the guys like grabs a microphone and puts a thing on it. It’s punk. That’s where punk starts.

Do512: How much do you guys love Do512?

J: Aw, I love it. I think we’ve stopped in there like every single time we’ve come through Austin. It’s such an amazing spot. I have way too many stories that I could never tell.

 

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car2go Curious? – Do512 Exclusive Free Registration & Driving Minutes Offer

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Everyone has certainly seen the tiny blue and white Smart cars with car2go boldly stamped across their little bodies zooming around Austin’s streets for the past three years. How they function may be still be as bewildering as the changeover of the Lamar pedestrian bridge’s street art to you, though.

We can help with that. Three years ago, we partnered with car2go as they were launching here in Austin and learned the in’s and out’s of their company system, its long-term goals, and the ‘lil cars themselves. Yes, there are cup-holders for your latte. We’ve watched as they’ve grown from UT campus visits to international success, bringing environmentally friendly car share options to folks in 17 cities now all over the world.

With the majority of the Do512 staff being avid lovers of the car2go service here in Austin, we are incredibly pumped to get as many folks on to this incredibly convenient transportation option – just in time to alleviate SXStress.

First thing’s first. We want to debunk the NUMBER 1 question we always hear:

Q: What’s the annual or monthly fee to be a member?

A. NO annual or monthly fees  - you only pay when you drive the car and that is only .38 cents a minute. Generally there is a one time, initial registration fee of $35 but…

here’s where the story gets good. If you register for car2go now through March 8th, they will waive that one time registration fee for users of Do512 making it absolutely free to sign up and free to keep in your wallet until you need to drive one…no strings attached. Whaa? Yeaaah.

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Already a car2go member? There’s something in this for you too. Both new members and existing car2go members get 30 free drive time minutes when they enter the curious contest AND are automatically registered to win free access to the vehicles for two full hours per day during festival week in March.

The blue and white clad employees of car2go will be posted up at checkpoints around the downtown area during the fest (including a huge drop off station at the Convention Center) where you can leave the car and not battle for parking. If you save your free drive time minutes to use for this purpose, your transport to your panels, concerts, and meet ups will literally be FREE — and you won’t have to encounter weird bus smells.

Seriously, it’s how we got from the office on South Lamar to downtown panels and back again last year and we will not do it any other way. If you have any other questions about the functions, options, or availability of the cars, feel free to leave a comment on this blog and we’ll get back to you.

When you register, fill out this form and be sure to follow the directions regarding promo code: Do512 to get your free reg and drive minutes. Note: you will be asked for your driver’s license and credit card information to ensure you have a good driving record and for car2go to have on file to use ONLY after you get your free registration and driving minutes out of the way.

So whatcha waiting for? If free free free isn’t enough for you to squelch that curiosity – we dare say that that’s just plain driving miss lazy. Heyoo!

– The author (Rachel Daily) has been an avid car2go driver for three years and feels much fancier and safe in them than her terrifying little bumble wagon of a motor vehicle she’s had since she was 15

Get Off The Guess List: SX Artist Suggestions Vol. 1

Welcome to the first installment of Get Off the Guess List: SX Artist Suggestions from Do512. Here you’ll find band profiles for upcoming artists who are coming to SXSW that you may not know, but absolutely need to see. Each time, we’ll spotlight three artists from all different kinds of genres and cities. We’ll hook you up with some of the coolest artists who will be performing that you don’t want to miss. For the first installment, we’re going to focus on three great artists from the U.K. who will be playing a few of their first major U.S. shows in March.

Savages

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First off we have the excellent Savages, a four-piece punk band from Britain who made waves last year for their intense, uncompromising singles and brutal live act. Last year they had two critically acclaimed releases, the incredible single 7″ featuring the incredible “Husbands” as well as a stellar four-track live EP titled “I Am Here” recorded in England. The band delivers a style of blistering post-punk alongside driving bass lines that recalls some of the best of Joy Divison. The whole band is talented, but singer Jenny Beth steals the show with her impassioned performance that puts other punk vocalists to shame. This might be the best new band at SXSW this year, and it’s incredibly exciting to finally have them here. Watch this amazing video of their performing their standout “Husbands” on Jools Holland from last fall and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about.

Chvrches

CHVRCHES2CHVRCHES are a three-piece group from Scotland who play electrifying indie-pop that sounds like the perfect midpoint between the swirling dark electronics of The Knife and the uplifting dance-pop of Robyn. Their songs are full of big, soaring choruses, and catchy synths lining the background of the tracks. They just released the great single “Recover” from their upcoming EP, and it was instantly named Best New Track by Pitchfork. With so many electronic pop acts saturating the airwaves, it’s refreshing to find one with this much promise. More upbeat than Purity Ring, CHVRCHES definitely place a lot of emphasis on making their tracks great to dance to, which works really well. Watch this video below of the group playing their fantastic single “The Mother We Share” live last year, and make sure you catch them during the week. They’ve already been confirmed to play the Windish Agency party at Red 7 on Wednesday, March 13.

Disclosure

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You may have heard of Disclosure, as they’ve been growing heavily in Europe as well as the electronic scene in general. They made their U.S. debut last fall, but are coming back around to make a few SXSW appearances on their way to Ultra Festival in Miami. The young brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence have been releasing a steady wave of singles and remixes over the last year as they prepare their upcoming full-length debut. In a style similar to last year’s breakout artist Sbtrkt, they have been working with some big upcoming British artists, including a remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running” and a great collaboration with AlunaGeorge titled “White Noise“. Their songs are full of great beats and the perfect amount of momentum to make for excellent dance tracks. They’ve been getting really big across the pond, as the video for “Latch” has almost 8 million views on  Youtube and are poised to take the U.S. by storm. Check out this video with Yours Truly filmed in Brooklyn last October where they debut a new track and give an interview about the evolution of their live show. This will definitely be one of the most fun sets at SXSW.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the new music! Join us next time when we take a look at three great U.S. bands who you don’t want to miss.

-@dsackllah

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Emo’s & Beauty Ballroom: Welcome to the Do512 Family!

 

 

 

If you’ve ever been to the Do512 “compound” over here on South Lamar, then you definitely know how cozy it is.  We associate cozy not only with being stuffed like sausages into a little office, but also with a sense of family and community.  We are so very excited to officially welcome Emo’s and Beauty Ballroom to our little crazy clan.  Not that you didn’t already get the goods on what was going down at the two local music hot spots, but now we will work like it was our job, obsession life’s purpose to inform you of upcoming events.

Speaking of cozy, the two venues are awesome friends and it’s a good thing since they are right smack next to each other. Both venues are huge and have added a crush of amazing noise to east Riverside – just a hop and a skip away from downtown. Have a friend hanging at BB and you’re just, ya know, chillin at Emo’s? Don’t you even worry about it. A skip across the parking lot and before you know it you’re huggin it out commenting on your mutual good taste in Friday night location landing. Fancy.

If glittered walls, giant shows, aerial dancers, or just an awesome area to have a cold one is your thing, get to Beauty Ballroom. Also, if you’re one of many Brewskee Ball lovers, you perhaps have heard that the league has chosen Beauty Ballroom to be their new game spot in Austin per the closing of the Scoot Inn. Let the Skeeson begin!

Emo’s is packing them in and we’re so excited that we’re getting to partner with them right before their 20th birthday. Can you even believe it. Look forward to featured stories and highlights from one of our favorite Austin venues as they creep up on this milestone and plan on getting over there to help them celebrate. They’ve been keeping you in badass shows for a longass time.

We know what you’re thinking- “Where’s the ticket giveaways, already?”.  Don’t you fret, little grasshoppers, there will be a plethora of those, too.  We are stoked- could you tell?

Check out all the super-rad upcoming events at Emo’s & Beauty Ballroom.  Right meow!

@Do512_Candice

Go Out. Go Eat. GO TEXAN! at the 2012 GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

 

There’s nothing better than chowing down on some food. Especially if that food your stuffing in your face is locally grown, produced and handled. Especially, especially if some of the money you spend on it is going toward local food banks to help hungry Texans.

The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up is July 23-29 all across Texas, with some great things going on around here in Austin. More than 100 local restaurants and bars are participating, and you can check that list here. Each restaurant involved will donate at least $100 to local food banks, which means over 100,000 meals will be given to those in need.

The Round-Up connects local farmers and ranchers with local restaurants. Why is that awesome? Because that means the foods don’t have to travel as far — helping them retain freshness and nutrients — and because that means lower transportation costs — meaning lower food costs.

And food isn’t the only thing being spotlighted during this week — but beer, too. That’s right, I’ve definitely got your attention now. All week at Opal Divine’s three locations — Freehouse, Penn Field and Marina — they’ll have 50 beers on tap, each day featuring local breweries at each store.

 

And if you think you have what it takes, they’ll also be having Texas beer blind taste qualifying tests Monday through Thursday, then the final contestants will compete for local brewery swag, Opal’s gift cards and the title of “Biggest Texas Beer Snob” on Friday. Get ready to hold your noses high.

This whole week Texas will be served up on table-tops, and it’s gonna be one big delicious celebration. Texas is the leader nation-wide for households that are food-insecure, and that’s just a no-go. Take advantage of the events happening July 23-29 to get to know your local food supply so we can change this, yeah?

Also, follow #TXDineOut on Twitter along with @GOTEXAN all week long for updates and buzz on what’s going on.

Get on board with the GO TEXAN Round-Up slogan: “Go Out. Go Eat. Go Drink. GO TEXAN!”

Lindsey Buckingham at Antone’s!

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You guys know who were talking about here, right? The guy from Fleetwood Mac who MADE Rumours and Tusk so amazing?

In 1998 he made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the rest of Fleetwood Mac, and now he’s coming to Austin to play an intimate show at Antone’s on August 22.

Tickets for this show are already getting pretty limited, so hurry up and get one. Also, like our event page for a chance to win a free pair!

Buckingham has been a musical legend since the ’70s and has been making solo music since 1981. What’s different about his music now is that he’s free from the “big-record-company” stuff. After thirty years, the dude decided that Warner Bros. wasn’t who he wanted to make music for anymore, so he broke-up with them and put out his newest album, Seeds We Sow, on his own. Lindsey Buckingham is now an independent artist — kinda crazy, huh?

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Last week Buckingham played two nights in a row to sold-out audiences at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan. The raving reviews revealed that not only did he play his solo stuff, but he mixed in some of the music Fleetwood Mac became iconic for. One reviewer even said that the audience melted into his performance because it was not only rich in entertainment, but truly a wonderful experience.

“But as a perfect cherry on top to a perfect evening of classic rock n’ roll, Buckingham surprised many in attendance by bursting into the Fleetwood Mac super-hit, “Go Your Own Way.” The song was an instant face melter for the audience. We sang it word for word, while looking on in awe to an artist who gave us everything we wanted and then some,” he wrote.

All-in-all the man is still, and will forever be, a genius when it comes to playing and making music. A performer is a performer, but a legend is just unpredictable in their capabilities.

Quiet Company w/ Boy + Kite this Saturday @ Hotel Vegas

Oh, the irony in the name Quiet Company.  This band is a far cry from being quiet, with over 50,000 plays per day on Grooveshark.  Frontman Taylor Muse pieced the band together via craigslist ads, band breakups, and a little bit of luck.  The Austin-based rock band is dripping in accolades.  The band became the first to be signed to Grooveshark‘s Artist Development Program, garnering global attention.  In the social media world, jumping from 2,800 Facebook friends to over 50,000 in a matter of months makes you somewhat of a Rock God, no matter who you are.  After playing 9 shows during SXSW, they swept the Austin Music Awards, taking home 10 awards, including Band of the Year! They will be making a well deserved appearance at the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

If you are wanting to experience the aforementioned awesomeness before then, you’ll have to catch them this Saturday at Hotel Vegas.  The “In the Room Series” will feature a “One time only” 3 set show, featuring tracks from their three consecutive albums.  They will be pulling out the oldies-but-goodies and may even mix in a couple that have yet to grace the stage.  This is a great opportunity for virgin and super fans alike to experience a once-in-a-lifetime show.

Special guests Boy + Kite will be opening up the magical night.  Not every band can say that they are from “The Live Music Capitol of the World” or that they formed in a hot tub.  The honest, dynamic energy of their debut album, Go Fly, will transcend  into their live performance.

 

There are only 150 tickets available and Do512 will be giving away 1 pair to some lucky son of a gun.  Early bird gets the worm, or in this case, gets to attend the must-see show of the summer.