Austin, TX—There aren’t many things that are genuinely free in this life. Water, air for your tires, Nickelback concerts—there’s an obscure price tag on everything, it seems. However, most are usually keen to the exceptions…
Portland-natives The Dandy Warhols, as well as accompaniment by Theophilus London, The Sour Notes and Gentlemen Rogues, performed a free show at Stubb’s this past Saturday, July 27. MC’ing for the night was Austin-based hip hop artist, Zeale.
Saturday’s concert was a special series of free “Red Bull Sound Sound Select Presents” showcases during the weekend of July 26-28 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle and of course Austin.
The following contains a chronological breakdown of the evening’s collage of indie artists:
Gentlemen Rogues: After releasing their debut EP this past March, this particular Austin-based indie group seems to be consistently coming together. As a four-piece, who idealize themselves as “Now People,” it’s obvious how a band of this sort draws from Elvis Costello down to Superchunk. The only possible drawback from their set could be the fact that the group is still in the dawn of their musical catalog. Then again, who could complain about a handful of these sorts playing a Tom Petty cover?
The Sour Notes:
Barely over a month off of a sprint-out all the way to Brooklyn, Chicago and back, The Sour Notes continued what could be described as indie vibrations. Even though it seemed as though the pace slowed down a bit in comparison to the previous band. Regardless, throughout The Sour Notes set they managed to cover a fair portion of their discography—such as the albums It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty and Last Looks—all while the crowd steadily picked up.
The black sheep of the night. And that is NOT intended as a slur! These guys… They really couldn’t have come at a better time. Of course, every last one of the saps there thoroughly enjoys indie rock. I do. But what about those who had been waiting for that magical opportunity to twerk? This mismatched band of the night, with their savvy The Roots-ish meets digital appeal, reminded everyone present what it was like to really move. The Trinidadian-born, Brooklyn-raised lead man, Theophilus London (himself), provided us with an escalade of new wave jam with a hint of suburban poetry from his duo of albums, Timez Are Weird These Days (2011) and Vibezz (2013)—as well as an assortment of fashionable jacket choices London swapped throughout their set.
The Dandy Warhols:
Dandy’s rule, ok? Even though it’s been a long time since 1994. By this point in the evening, where you could see the glimmer of our city’s backdrop, the crowd has compiled it’s way throughout the venue. As far as the set goes, though, a series of both popular hits and not-so-over-played intermingled between each other. You can imagine how it went: somewhere between “You Were the Last High” and “Bohemian Like You.” But it wasn’t necessarily in that fashion. A heavy influence by their most current full length record, This Machine, was definitely audible…and enjoyed. This was urban bohemia. The Dandy Warhols plan to continue their tour internationally throughout the remainder of the year.