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Indie Rock

A Giant Dog Keeps Making the Best Music Videos About the Nature of Rock & Roll

A Giant Dog is a white hot indie rock and roll band right now. That, if you hadn't noticed, is pretty rare these days, when subgenre is king, and when just so much has already been done in the genre that "authentic" and "unique" are terms that instantly raise hackles. But, with new video "Sleep When Dead," which follows right on the heels of their deeply good video for "Sex & Drugs," A Giant Dog have obviously plugged right into that elusive current of pure rock and roll electricity that has always powered the real, true good stuff.

Filmed in the iconic Old Austin venue Carousel Lounge, "Sleep When Dead," like "Sex & Drugs" before it, is a sonic blast of the band's gleefully, irreverently mature take on rock and roll, depicting a troupe of veteran rock weirdos getting down like only those kind of people can, with a bit of an Ugly Duckling, the Punk Version plot thrown in.

What A Giant Dog is doing with this recent music, being rock vets themselves, is pretty awesome, and difficult. They're writing manic, thundering rock songs that are thoroughly self-conscious and make the culture and performance of the very thing they're doing in the song the subject of the song. Doing that without getting cliché, pretentious or losing the feeling of being an actually good song outside of its subject is incredibly hard.

To maintain that kind of balance, you have to be living on that edge between the wisdom and refinement of maturity and the youthful freneticism that is the spirit that rock was born of, and considering their recent output both aesthetically and in regards to subject, that sweet spot of rock is right where A Giant Dog is living, and thriving, right now. They can do that, because, as a band that's been active for 8+ years, they've seen it all, and now they're pumping that back out to you in a head-bangingly enjoyable package.

Check out the new video before, and see "Sex & Drugs" here. They're both well worth it, and will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for a good long while.

Old Maybe Record Release Show at Space 1026 May 28

Oblio, the new album from experimental lo-fi trio Old Maybe, was released yesterday via local label Apollonian Sound, and tonight, they celebrate with a performance at Space 1026. The record jars with its bouts of fits and starts. It rushes at you, then peels off, focusing on the current state of personal affairs, and then sinks into a balance of chaos and funk. Dive into the delightful disorder. Old Maybe will be joined by the similarly-minded, rousing experimentation of Hermit Thrushes, whose new LP Potsherd Gold Meadow is a set of quick-bursting tracks that are loaded with momentary, comforting bells and whistles. A pair of New York-based psych-rock outfits in Jepeto Solutions and Cloud Becomes Your Hand, whom also has a new album, Rest In Fleas, in tow, complete this All Mutable presented billing. Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.), 8pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

John Shakespear is bringing his light hearted brand of indie folk to The Plough on 6.09

Bpston songwriter John Shakespear cut his teeth playing in a number of Boston-based bands. His debut EP No Wires, released in March 2016, features a lighthearted and warm approach to songwriting, and blends together sounds from indie folk, soul, and rock and roll. The track “Settle In” off his debut EP is a slow, quiet piano ballad, while the opening track “Craigslist” is a breezy acoustic song that tackles Shakespear’s young life as he sings about MTV, lunchables, and being raised in the suburbs. His intimate songs seek purpose in life, and examine the different ways we pursue it - companionship, work, and foreign places. Shakespear will be playing at The Plough and the Stars on June 9th. Check out his track “Craigslist” below.


Health&Beauty have released the first single from their forthcoming LP, No Scare. The single is called "Wartime" and the LP is due out on Aug. 4th via Wichita.


Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Opening for Heron Oblivion at Boot & Saddle May 27

The soothing, entrapping vocals of former Philly native Meg Baird linger, pulling you through the beautiful haze of San Francisco psych-folk outfit Heron Oblivion. The surrounding instrumentation gently stirs as the vocals waft. Then, the shapes begin to shift, and the heaviness emerges as the musical demons are let out of their confines, unleashing the fury. Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a sold-out show, which also features the deep entrenching psych-rock explorations of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. Forsyth and company bob and weave through a labyrinth of long-distance riffs and grooves, sending you into a vortex that you’ll happily survey. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $12 (Sold Out), 21+ - Michael Colavita


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