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Three Shows to See at the Parish in February


After a stellar set of shows last month, our friends at The Parish keep the good times rolling with an equally impressive schedule of shows for February. You can check their calendar on Do512 to see everything that’s in store, but here are a few good shows you should have on your radar:


Thursday 2/6

Futurebirds w/Promised Land Sound & Oh Whitney

Fresh off of a west coast tour, Futurebirds are bringing their cosmic Americana back to Austin. Since the release of their debut album in 2010, these alt-country darlings have proven themselves with their lush harmonies and pedal steel riffs. Last year, the band released their full-length sophomore album, BabaYaga, which brings a similar, but more mature sound with a blend of tracks that easily transition from up-tempo to melancholy seamlessly. Expect a lot of guitar solos, sing alongs and heavy reverb. Futurebirds are known for their often chaotic and rambunctious live shows, so their set should not be missed.

Promised Land Sound, a country rock band from Nashville with a sound reminiscent of The Band and the approval of Jack White, will be supporting, along with alt-Americana outfit and SXSW alum, Oh Whitney, who recently settled in Austin and are currently working on a forthcoming album to be released this Spring. With all this country swagger on one stage, this show will be sure to get anyone’s boots scootin’.


Wednesday 2/19

Houndmouth w/Willie Watson

Heading up this show is a folk rock quartet from Kentucky, Houndmouth, who bring a unique blend of rootsy, but whimsical tunes. True folk traditionalists, they are avid and imaginative story tellers. Two years ago they played SXSW for the first time and were signed by Rough Trade Records who then released their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, last summer.

Since its release, they have been generating some serious buzz with guest appearances on Conan and David Letterman and hitting the festival circuit hard with appearances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Their unique blend of rootsy folk rock with a country tinge have garnered comparisons to Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes. They have made their way back to Austin on a pretty extensive tour, so be sure to check them out before they really blow up.

Willie Watson will be starting things off for Houndmouth. Watson is a singer-songwriter and former member of Old Crow Medicine Show who was recently featured in Showtimes concert film, Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside LLewyn Davis”. If you’re a fan of good old-fashioned Americana jams, do not miss this one.


Wednesday 2/26

Jonathan Wilson w/The Blank Tapes

Jonathan Wilson is an LA-based producer and solo artist with a psychedelic folk rock sound. His sophomore album, FanFare, that was released this past October boasts some big names contributors like David Crosby, Father John Misty, Jackson Browne and Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes fame, among others.

His skills as a producer allow him to blend these influences into an ethereal, multilayered sound. His hooks and melodies provide an intimate, albeit nostalgic, atmosphere while his distinctive vocals solidify his presence on each track. His music was meant for a space like The Parish.

SoCal trio, The Blank Tapes, led by Matt Adams will be opening for Wilson. Adams has perfected the art of beachy pop songs. His tunes are very much a 60′s lo-fi rock throwback with unseemingly catchy, but complex hooks. Both acts will incite longings for warmer temperatures and sandy beaches which would be a welcome escape for any frozen Austinite.

These are just a few of the many great shows that the Parish has lined up for February. You can check out the full calendar here.


Contributed by: Kelli Cleveland

Delta Rae with Jillette Johnson, The Saint Johns at the Parish- 5/25


The Hölljes sibling’s family relocations from Durham, North Carolina through Nashville, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia, all the way to the Bay area of San Francisco, has helped Delta Rae cultivate an earthy, folk rock that is accentuated by killer harmonies and a close musical bond only family can create.

Ian (vocals and guitar), Eric (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals) added Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) back in 2010 to make their four-piece a more rounded and full sextet. After their self-titled debut EP was released in 2010, Delta Rae signed with Sire Records in 2012 and released Carry the Fire including signature melodious tracks like “Hey, Hey, Hey.”

Opening for Delta Rae is singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson who has harvested comparisons to the ranks of Fiona Apple and Adele. Not a bad association, eh? This chick has been writing songs since she was 10, playing live venues in NYC since she was 12 and got an offer to be on NBC’s The Voice and turned it down. Johnson’s debut album with Wind-up Records, “Water in a Whale,” will be released June 25 of this year after her debut EP, “Whiskey and Frosting,” came out last August. The name alone has us salivating for some Jillette Johnson-style dishes.

Opening the night is Florida natives and American duo The Saint Johns who now reside in Nashville. These two have spent the last five years sculpting an eerie, yet tranquilizing sound, which has harnessed a frenzied touring schedule and spawned ears from all over to perk up. May we add, Louis Johnson and Jordan Meredith are a nice lookin’ pair to gawk at as they put the goosebumps on your skin with their sweet melodies.

So come enjoy some quality singer-songwriters as they bloom at The Parish on 5/25 at 8 p.m. and you can click ‘I like it’ on Do512 for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets or buy your tickets here. 

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Tift Merritt with David Wax Museum at The Parish- 2/14

While couples are planning out their barf-fest of romantic escapades for Valentine’s Day, us in the singles club are debating which road to take on the situation. Do we distract ourselves from all of the lovey-dovey shenanigans and make it a Redbox night or do we embrace our single status and wallow in it?

If you are looking to choose the latter by getting out of your house, but still looking to extract some sappy emotions, Tift Merritt will bring her folky storytelling about being alone to The Parish on Valentine’s Day for your bitter pleasure.


With her latest release in October, Traveling Alone, Merritt has compiled a whole breakup shoebox worth of material.  The Houston-born singer and multi-instrumentalist explores emotions that seem all too-suited for a lonely Valentine’s Day with song titles such as “Traveling Alone,” “Drifted Apart,” “Still Not Home,” “Too Soon to Go” and “To Myself.” Do not get us wrong though, this is no Harry Nilsson-type sob fest–  Tift’s warm vocals still evoke feelings of happiness with her roots approach to songwriting and sharing relatable stories. This show travels more down that distraction route we mentioned taking, yet still allows you to connect to a few of those inevitable sentimental feelings aroused by this particular holiday plagued with hearts and cupids.

Let Tift’s sad songs make you happy you are flying solo this Valentine’s Day and sparing yourself from all of that heartache. Be sure to go click ‘like’ on this page for a chance to win a pair of tickets to her show at The Parish with David Wax Museum and put on that waterproof mascara, just in case.

via Courtney Goforth

Marc Broussard & Friends Are Bringing the Bayou to The Parish!

From Marc Broussard's Last.FM Page

Marc Broussard is no stranger to music born on the Bayou. His father is the legendary Louisiana blues guitarist Ted Broussard. But rather than pick up a guitar and mimic his dad’s signature licks, Marc has gone the route of a successful soul man, mixing R&B, funk, rock, pop, and other elements and perfecting a style of his own – Bayou Soul.

One of the hardest working musicians ever in pretty much any genre, Marc’s working on a new album for early release next year, as well as continuing his trek of nonstop touring. All this hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed – Marc’s an Adult Top 40 charting artist with a legion of diehard fans. But probably the key piece of a Marc Broussard show is that voice. Broussard’s Cajun-trained belting has brought many a pretty lady in the audience to her knees in tears, as this southern-fried soul boy channels all the right elements from Otis Redding and John Hiatt. And I hear he plays a mean harmonica, too!

This Monday the 5th of November, Mr. Broussard wants to croon for you. He’s bringing his talented entourage to the Parish for an evening of Louisiana bred musical hospitality. Also performing will be the passionate Gabriel Kelley and the beautiful Rebecca Butler.

So after your crazy, loud weekend at the Shores, this will be a nice Monday night primer back to the grind. Some talented musicians singing and dancing their hearts out! A little bit of soul, a bit of dancing, and a lot of hand-clapping are sure to be the ingredients for an amazing Monday night after Fun Fun Fun Fest. Don’t miss it!

All I Want For Halloween Is Roky Erickson At the Parish!

Photo credit: Dallas Observer

There are just some moments of your life you never forget. One such moment for me was during Psych Fest 2011 at Seaholm Power Plant. Standing and waiting for Roky Erickson to perform, with more than a little amount of Indian Pale Ales in my bloodstream, I stood with friends and checked Twitter, looking to find testimonials about the fest. Instead, I was sidetracked with the huge news that evening: Osama bin Laden had been killed. “Wait, what?!” Immediately I looked around and began to notice everyone was sharing the news as well, cheering, high-fiving, and drinking. Just then, the room went black to the deafening sounds of cheers and Roky stepped out on the stage. Admidst the fog and loud echo of the landmark power plant, this Austin legend provided the creepy soundtrack to our celebration. We all sang in unison and fist-pumped, especially when Roky played his classic “Night of the Vampire.”

Needless to say, a Halloween weekend isn’t complete without a little eerie psych-rock. Roky Erickson is about as good as they come; he was one of the founding members of 13th Floor Elevators, not to mention he is generally considered one of the founding fathers of the psychedelic sound we know and love today. Legal trouble and mental illness hasn’t stopped this Austin hero from continuing his musical trek, warping minds one awesome concert at a time. Your next opportunity is this Saturday at the Parish, where Roky is guaranteed to bring yet another memorable soundtrack, this time to your Halloween weekend in the city he calls home. Hounds of Baskervilles and Cartright will also perform, so don’t miss out on this amazing evening. Because when you’re granted the gift of experiencing the King of Psych with a swarm of costumed freaks, that’s too good to pass up!

Thomas Dolby & Knifight @ The Parish TONIGHT!



Hello, it’s your past calling.

Step into my time machine (The Parish).  We will be transported to a decade where side ponytails and music videos were totally awesome.  Thomas Dolby may not ring a bell, but this might:

While his whole “mad scientist” kitsch may not have gone over so well, Dolby is back with a vengeance, and we could all use a little madness in our hump day.  Let’s face it, the use of synthesizers and samples probably did seem a little cray back in “those days.”  Like all mad scientists, this proves that Thomas Dolby was just ahead of his time.  With the surge in technology and vast computer enhancements and the 80′s revival, Dolby joins the ranks of other popular electro-indie-pop acts.  Don’t worry, this may all sound like sugary pop fun overload, reminiscent of a cheesy childhood, but Knifight will balance it out with their darkwave electronic tunes.  They’ve promised the “best hump day of your lives,” so pack a lunch and get your tickets.  And for all you cool kids, Thomas Dolby wants to meet you.  Get your backstage Bettys to the Parish pronto.

The time machine departs at 9pm.  Outfit yourself in your best neon spandex and get onboard.  We have a pair of free tickets for one of you lucky Wednesday warriors.  Bodacious times in store.


Menomena and PVT at The Parish 10/3

Attention all weekday warriors:

Don’t let Wednesday be a night spent catching up on your Honey Boo Boo antics while elbow-deep in a large pepperoni pizza.  Hypothetical, of course.  The Parish  is here to rescue you from your mundane Thursday morning water cooler conversations about your lame Wednesday night.  A double dose of riveting indie music awaits your tympanic membrane.  To save you the google search, it simply means eardrum.  Let’s break it down.

Menomena took shape in the form of a trio during Y2K.  Justin Harris, Brent Knopf, and Danny Seim hit the road in a beat-up Dodge, passing out homemade albums to anyone that would take them.  After a 10 year run and several recordings under their belt, Knopf left the group to pursue a solo career.  Harris and Knopf regrouped as a duo and continued full steam ahead with interim players making tour appearances.  The two equally contribute to songwriting and vocals, playing numerous instruments throughout their lively performances.  A computer generated looping recorder assists the group’s creative process, tracking contagious beats and laying the groundwork for heavy saxophone vibrations.

What’s in a name?  Apparently a lot.  Initially forming as Pivot, the band now known as PVT , but still referred to as Pivot, removed the vowels after a legal claim was filed by an American band with the same name.  It is no surprise that this experimental, ominous group is based in London, our friend across the pond that has yielded similar supergroups such as Muse.  Laurenz and Richard Pike are the creative brothers behind this formation.  The now 3-piece band took 3 years to produce their first album.  They credit this to their perfectionism.

Be prepared to have your mind blown from perfectionism, multi-instrumentalists, resounding songwriting, and british accents tomorrow at the Parish.  The only thing better than a Wednesday night show at the Parish, is a FREE Wednesday night show at the Parish with Menomena and PVT (don’t you just want spell out Pivot?)- All ya gotta do is click “I Like It” for your shot at complimentary tickets.


The Band of Heathens w/ Whitman this Saturday at the Parish

So, you want to be in a band?  And you live in Austin?  Unheard of.  Like the hundreds of music capital hopefuls, three songwriters- Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist began doing a song swap every Wednesday at Momo’s, a 6th St. staple that no longer exists (tear).  The weekly series became dubbed as “The Good Time Supper Club”  and quickly developed a devoted following.  After adding a bassist and a drummer, the group soon transformed into The Band of Heathens- an Americana rock band whose organic harmonies put them at the front line of the music scene.

A live recording in their old stomping grounds, “Live From Momo’s,” captured the attention of music lovers everywhere, voting them “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards in 2007.  This also caught Americana legend Ray Wylie Hubbard’s ear, who soon got on board to produce their first self-titled studio album in May of 2008.  The album shot to #1 on the AMA radio charts- a feat only achieved by one other independently released album.  The next album, One Foot in the Ether, to no avail, also quickly climbed into the #1 spot.  With a third studio record and a live DVD in rotation, this band continues to produce hit songs and top-notch albums.

The Band of Heathens make a pit-stop on their heavy touring schedule to play The Parish this Saturday.  Joining them will be Whitman, who captures the struggles and triumphs of a touring band trying to make it in their newly released, Weekends. They will take the stage at 10pm and set the pace for an evening of storytelling and intertwining harmonies.  Get your tickets here and celebrate the Longhorn’s future win with some of Americana’s best musicians.


KVRX, in Conjunction with Earth’s Revolution Around the Sun, Showcases the Best Summer Has to Offer

The end of summertime brings a wistful nostalgia only paralleled by woefully replayed Marvin’s Magic commercials. As children, the end of summer meant impending duress and Popsicles forgone, while maturity introduced themes of romantic yearning and day drinking. Into adulthood, the transition into fall waned into little more than semantics, as summer no longer necessarily entailed time off or even a dip in temperature. Texas heat, what’s the deal with that? If this all sounds a tad pessimistic, perhaps I’ve given too much credence to summer’s majesty. Surely some welcome the end of the dog days— why else would air-conditioning exist? Summer brings more than heat, though, as I’m sure you’ve noticed our new cricket neighbors and their penchant for being just about everywhere.


Whether the end of summer is marked by melancholy memories of summers past, or optimism at the idea of fearlessly stepping outside, we all have something to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with music and festivities? KVRX is capping off this season with a wonderfully curated celebration of summer and local musical gems, with more acts than you can swing an ice pop at. Matador-signed The Young will be showcased alongside Austin staples Belaire and Sleep Good, the latter of which is still riding the buzz wave off their newest 7″ Monsanto. They will be joined by their friends from White White Lights and East Cameron Folkcore, who will round off the show with a healthy dose of folk and indie-swag.


KVRX’s End of Summer Concert will take place at The Parish this Sunday, the 26th of August. So whether you are there to mourn your summer, or rejoice its demise, everyone can find a tune to dance to.

Langhorne Slim with Jessica Lea Mayfield at The Parish 8/14

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Langhorne Slim, who is actually Sean Scolnick of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is a passionate singer-songwriter who has sold his soul to the restless road in pursuit of the dream.  His move to Portland transformed the band’s punk-folk tunes into the happy pop-folk medleys the West Coast is known for.  Langhorne Slim has hit almost every milestone a musician could aim for, with appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Late Show with David Letterman.  With a new album, The Way We Move, there is no slowing down this musical train.  Since the band spent much of 2011 in the Lone Star State developing new material, it is only fitting that they return to Austin to perform the spirited new songs at the Parish this Tuesday.

Joining them will be Jessica Lea Mayfield, a singer-songwriter who teeters between country and rock music with her soft, sugary vocals.  Her musical ability is not only practiced talent but inherited genetics.  She began playing in her family’s bluegrass band at the age of 8.  Just think, you were probably still trying to ride a bike.  A copy of her first EP, White Lies, fell into the hands of The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach who full-heartedly embraced the young crooner.  Mayfield blossomed with Auerbach’s support in the studio and has supported a plethora of major bands, like Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, and The Avett Brothers.

Click “I Like It” for your chance to win tickets for this double dose of awesomeness.