Butch Walker @ The Independent, 10/20/08

I was finishing the last few pages of Pamela Des Barres’ Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, when I came across a paragraph discussing Butch Walker and Michael Des Barres’ upcoming collaboration on a musical. Strange coincidence, as I was to check out this new-to-me artist two days later. The Independent is set up […]

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Mission of Burma, Hank IV @ The Independent, 9/27/08

This is my first time going to a show where an album is being performed in its entirety. This has been a popular trend lately, as Metallica, Built to Spill, and Sonic Youth have recently performed albums. I find the concept interesting. Doesn’t it take the magic out of setlist surprises? How many albums can […]

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the cool kids @ the independent, 1/17/08

The Cool Kids are the current it boys of the indie hip hop circuit, and rightfully so. Their stripped down, throwback beats and rhymes manage to be both nostalgic and fresh, a nice change of pace for the current corporate hip hop climate. It looks like 1991 outside The Independent, as the neon coated people […]

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 Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Independent, 9/4/07

Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Independent, 9/4/07

Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. How about here- I’d heard of BJM but had never much listened until I saw DiG!. I’ve been listening to Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective ever since. So I knew Anton Newcombe was a brilliant, crazy man. I’m pretty forgiving- I’m there for the music, I can deal […]

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The Gray Kid / Datarock / Vin Sol @ The Independent 6/12/07

Before hardrockchick.com was born, when my live music reviews were still integrated into my personal blog, I used to bitch about how these San Francisco hipsters thought they were too cool to stay for the main act. Well, I think I might have turned into one of them. With the help of Noise Pop and […]

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Bob Schneider @ The Independent, 6/7/07

I’ve seen 2 Austin bands in a row at The Independent. I’m in full blown homesick mode. The opener was Jenny Owen Youngs, a young singer songwriter with a tear envoking voice. I have continued admiration for these solo stage artists, even if I hate them, and especially if I love them. Witty banter aside, […]

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The Black Angels and Vietnam @ The Independent, 5/30/07

It was psychedelic rock night at The Independent, and this was proved not only by the music at hand, but also the earthy smell of unwashed hippie-sters in the air, and the passion clashin’ happening both onstage and in the audience. As Vietnam took the stage, I soon caught the vibe of ‘something going on […]

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