This Week’s Shows: Downloads, Videos, Reviews, oh my

It’s a full week around these parts, you can enjoy your Pitchfork and get the good stuff at home too..Bottomless Pit, Immortal Technique, The Hold Steady, Colour Revolt, Bob Log III, and Scott Biram all grace our city in the coming days, check it out.

Friday July 18

BOTTOMLESS PIT (featuring former members of Silkworm)

Genre: Rock/ Dub/ Folk Rock

May Sound Like: Yeasayer, Frog Eyes, Times New Viking, Evangelicals, Phosphorescent

“..edgy post-punk hooks and understated vocals” -Three Imaginary Girls


bottomless pit

Free downlaod:

Bottomless Pit- The Cardinal Moments

with special guests THE KADANE BROTHERS (Bedhead, The New Year) and EL VALIENTE

9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $8 adv $10 dos

21+ BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Sunday July 20

WORT-FM welcomes The 3rd World Tour IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE

Genre: Hip-Hop

Similar to: Dead Prez, Non Phixion, Atmosphere, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Black Star

“..a Hip hop MC and political activist, he is of Afro-Peruvian descent and raised in Harlem, New York. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely a mixture of commentary on issues such as poverty, religion, and racism..” –immortal-technique.com

Immortal Technique- Dance with the Devil

with special guests DJ G.I. JOE, POISON PEN, THE CIRCLE, DJ ARCH

9pm doors 8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $14 adv $16 dos

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Monday July 21

True Endeavors and ACG present

THE HOLD STEADY

Genre: Rock

Pairs well with: The National, TV on the Radio, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sonic Youth

“The Hold Steady might just be the best bar band in America. With its riff-heavy mixture of classic rock and Craig Finn’s lyrically dense storytelling, the group crafts intricately detailed musical universes that have already made it a critical darling and fan favorite.” -NPR

The Hold Steady- 2005 Interview

with special guests THE LOVED ONES

8:00 pm Majestic Theatre 608.255.0901 $16.50 adv $18.50 dos

all ages BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Tuesday July 22

COLOUR REVOLT

Genre: Indie/ Rock

They might enjoy: Pedro the Lion, Minus the Bear, Sufjan Stevens, As Tall as Lions

Colour Revolt- Interview

Free Download:

Colour Revolt- Naked and Red, 2008 Plunder, Beg, and Curse

with special guests JAVELINS and THE FELIX CULPA

8pm The Annex 608.256.7750 $8 adv and dos

18+ BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Wednesday July 23

WORT-FM Hillgrass Bluebilly presents BOB LOG III + SCOTT H BIRAM

Genre: Blues/ Punk (Heads up: lyrics at the show will be of a “dirty blues” nature and may be offensive to some)

Also on this ipod: blues, blues, blues, and some Stray Cats

“..an American lo-fi punk blues musician, singer and songwriter who performs as a one man band. During performances, Log wears a blue full-body jumpsuit and a bubble-mask motorcycle helmet wired with a telephone microphone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums, respectively…” -Wikipedia

Bob Log III- Make You Say Wow

with special guest LEFT LANE CRUISER

9:00 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10

18+ BUY TICKETS NOW!

The changing face of hipster heaven

Austin, Texas, recently played host to SXSW (South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals) Music Festival, the annual hipster extravaganza drawing in tastemakers and trendsetters to see the tastiest and trendiest of the music world.

If you really needed the above description, though, clearly SXSW is not for you. You are not a hipster. Head straight to un-hip jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200. Since its inception twenty-one years ago, SXSW has continued to grow into its current monstrous size, drawing more than 2,000 bands to Austin; the mid-sized, blue diamond in the rough of oh-so-red Texas; in both officially-sanctioned and unofficial, spin-off showcases in front of over 12,000 attendees. In addition to the fans, the attendees include many booking agents, managers and venue owners, allowing smaller bands to gain much needed exposure in the industry of reduced record sales and increased opportunities for music piracy via file-sharing networks.

As the festival has grown, however, it has become increasingly more difficult to grab the attention of the above powers-that-be. Each year, SXSW attracts many acts that already have a name for themselves and had a great deal of commercial success — such as 2008 performers Talib Kweli, Moby and My Morning Jacket — in addition to many more recent blog sensations on the tip of every hipster’s tongue, such as Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Jens Lekman. Even if these acts help draw in music fans that in turn check out a number of other shows, there is only so much that any given human being (even extra special, extra hip ones) can take in over the course of five days and the bigger acts are sure to outdraw smaller, up-and-coming acts. That is, of course, unless they have the stamp of approval from their “indie” music blogger of choice, who contributes to society by breaking through the clutter and aiding less musically-inclined listeners in identifying the artists and tunes worth listening to without the influence of society’s “haves.”

Blog-approved Vampire Weekend, coming to town on April 4.

As any given music blogger gains notoriety, however, one has to wonder just how “indie” they truly can be classified as. Record labels, in particular, have begun to pay closer attention to the blogosphere, pulling in bloggers with a trusting base of readers to help find promising talent in exchange for helping to tout some of theirs. According to a recent Associated Press article, gossip blogger Perez Hilton is being snapped up by Warners Bros. Records as an executive, and was given control over the talent for a showcase at this year’s SXSW.

In response to criticism over the potential blending of the corporate and the independent, Hilton stated, “I only post things on there that I really enjoy and love and support — there’s no payola Perez … [T]here’s an authenticity there and they really respond to that.”

Bloggers being pulled under the wing of record labels is just one example of corporate influence increasingly playing a role in the defining of what’s worthy of an 8. or 9.something on Pitchfork and what isn’t. Companies outside of the realm of music — such as Urban Outfitters — have also adapted the culture of blog-approved goodness with their selections of in-store music playlists, aiding to profits that head in iffy directions: UO Owner Richard Hayne has reportedly donated thousands of dollars to rabidly anti-gay and anti-abortion politician Rick Santorum. One has to wonder how long it will be before the hipster-blogger-tastemaker role is further commodified and whether it will begin to impact the music itself. Only time will tell.

— Joe Erbentraut, True Endeavors Communications and Public Relations Intern