There are a lot of gallery events going on this evening that you might be interested in, so here are a couple noteworthy ones for you ( I won't pretend to be "art guy," I'll just tell you whats up):
And/Or Gallery: And/Or will be showing new works from 6-9pm with a performance from Florene at 830. And/Or events are always packed and always a lot of fun, so this will certainly be a pretty safe bet and a good way to start the evening. Featuring work from Michael Bell-Smith, Good Records' CJ Davis and gallery co-founder Lauren Gray (thats one of her pictures to the left there), it seems that the show will feature a pretty diverse selection of stuff, including some multi media pieces that sound pretty interesting Here is a press release on all the visual art stuff including links to individual artist pages.
Barry Whistler Gallery will feature work from Michael Miller, and although I'm not sure precisely what time it starts, I bet 7 o'clock would be a good time to hit it up.
The Public Trust will also be having an event, but unfortunately I don't have the details on it. These things usually go from 7 till 10.
Finally, Road Agent will have a reception for artist Elliott Johnson from 6 to 8 pm.
Black Angels/Strange Boys/Screening of "A Dirt Road to Psychedelia: Austin Texas During the 60's (Granada): Black Angels are back in town for the first time in a while, and I'm kind of interested to see what new directions they are taking (if any) with their new material. Singer Alex Maas is honestly one of the better rock vocalists in Austin these days, adding a sense of nervous urgency to BA's music that really takes it up a few notches in my mind. And speaking of new material, the Strange Boys have apparently written a ton of it since moving to Austin several months back, and most of it is pretty great-- they've gone for a cleaner, slightly poppier garage kind of sound, and their tight playing live has rendered that a wise decision, considering that they've been able to maintain the punk energy that made their earlier material appealing to so many. This Dirt Road film looks like it might be pretty good too, documenting the psychedelic and anti war movement in Austin during the 60's. I wonder if they'll mention the 13th Floor Elevators? Anyway, you can watch a trailer and get more info here.
Hotflash with The Party/Schwa/Killtronix (Fallout Lounge): Nature, Sober and Select will all be spinning at Fallout tonight with regulars Schwa and Killtronix. We tried to go check out the Party last week at Zubar, took one look at the line and decided to peace out. Translation: there will probably be a lot of people at this thing, and it should be nice since Schwa's old school funk stuff will balance nicely with the wide range of styles the party always plays.
Elam/The Elixir (Art Club): Right next door, Art Club will feature a more mellow affair featuring Seattle's Elam, who have a bit of that Pacific Northwest pastoral/experimental folk vibe going on in addition to a Toad the Wet Sprocket vibe. If anyone tells you that I have that one Toad the Wet Sprocket song on my ipod, they're fucking lying because I totally don't. Play artist Einsturzende Neubauten!
Electric Six/Willowz/We Are the Fury (House of Blues): Electric Six can go straight to hell, but Willowz are pretty sweet.
Lions/Max Cady/White Drugs (Rubber Gloves)
MC Router /Lazer/The Triggermen (Darkside Lounge)
The Strange Boys (Good Records): In store starts at 3pm.
Chief Death Rage/Lil' Tedly/Nevada Hill, Seth Sherman
and Nick Foreman/Dust Congress (Strawberry Fields): Wild lineup at Strawberry Fields with everything from mellow songwriter introspection to the return of one of the most iconic Denton bands in recent memory. Drummer and singer A-Train has returned from Portland, and thus Chief Death Rage resumes their sludgy Budgie-sounding rampage that so many of us have missed for too long. Here's to hoping they also resume their hectic playing schedule so I can catch them multiple times in a single weekend. L'il Tedly is a brutal punk trio with low-frequency chugging riffs that recall the first three Wipers records. Local screen-printer and Zanzibar Snails guitarist Nevada Hill will be playing in a one-off performance with a trio featuring the jaw-droppingly complex finger picking of Seth Sherman and improvisational cello by Nick Foreman. Foreman will also be performing with his main project, Dust Congress, one of the best song-based projects in the area due to the subtle arrangements and distinct lack of stupid lyrics. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, hippies.
The English Beat/Eleven Fingered Charlie (House of Blues): Middle aged ska dudes in the house! Of blues.
Todd Rundgren (House of Blues)
Astronautalis/The Listener Project/a-b Theory (Doublewide)
Photo by Lauren Gray