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Monday, July 31, 2017

A Will Away

From the upper east coast, during the hottest part of the year, these four guys turned it up a notch at the indoor stage of Stubb's (

This sweet little venue is at the bottom of the stairs from the famous restaurant, or behind the stage of the outdoor amphitheater, depending on which way you enter. The venue is a fairly snug little room with a nice sized stage, a low slung ceiling, and a bar at the back of the room This provides Stubb's indoor stage to be the perfect setting for an intimate road show performance.

A Will Away ( wasted no time in firing up the crowd in the 90+ degree at 8:30 at night. plowing through the first several songs and a couple of guitar changes before hearing from the lead singer. Telling the crowd about their journeys on the road and this tour, A Will Away perfectly mixed that spot of levity with the well crafted songs.

Although it is possible the oppressive heat had the crowd a little down, A Will Away proved to be an amazing and energetic start to the night. The greatest point was bringing the crowd in on their performance with 'Pay Raise'. No way you can not answer their questions or cheer the song, but singing along and seeing the crowd lift up at this point in the show proved A Will Away deserves their spot headlining...

and soon!


DLC...Hot and Bothered

Down in way south Austin, Texas is a very small and inconspicuous bar, Indian Roller ( Set off of Manchaca Rd and down a little driveway sits this small, unassuming bar. With a fairly decent amount of parking out back, you can enter by the beautiful back yard. A small deck/stage, some varied seating, a patio, and small bar greet you. Entering the bar from the back you pass by the restrooms on your left and a pool table to the back right corner lead you right to the main bar.

With a varied and eclectic amount of seating it is easy to maneuver around in the bar area. Working your way past the bar there is small open area with a stage. Here in this little nook is where the naughtiness happened on this night.

Dead Love Club ( The smoking hot sexiness and excess of the 80's is poured out on display. Dead Love Club is fronted by the vocals of Johnny X and Ferocious E! This band just oozes sex and scandal! With some really fun originals to their smoking hot versions of 80's dance and club greats, The Dead Love Club is not for the young and definitely not for the prude.

Take your girlfriend and hold her...where you please. Take your boyfriend and hold his hands close to your chest... It wont be long before your beating heart and the heavy beats of the music will work up a steamy good time with Dead Love Club!

You can not deny the throwback tunes done right and the sexy hot originals will blow you away. What is more is the performance. The spot on Hot, sexy performance...and it is a performance! The type of show and performance Dead Love Club puts on is worth the money at the door EVERY SINGLE TIME!

UPDATE: A second full performance at my favorite Austin venue, One 2 One ( A club built for performances and sound. Dead Love Club was electric and exciting again. With a wealth of 80's and 90's music to do it's always a new performance. This particular night was different than the previous experience by the jam packed dance floor. What an amazing and fun band.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's Her Face - an EP review

Not my normal comfort zone, but I was asked. Even harder is knowing these guys that hand that EP off to you and ask for an honest ya go.

From the opening piano chords of this EP to the surprising crunch of the guitar moments later, I felt it was nothing compared to the voice of the piano playing lead singer, Jeff Norby. 'Naive' is probably the best way to describe your impression of this EP by the first song.

Rolling into the second track it took all of 45 seconds to flash back to a time of musical genius that was the 70's. Unquestionably, the guys that make up The Soap Boxers ( are lost souls from that era whom have found each other here.

The Piano and voice of Jeff are the pure essence of Neil Diamond. With a modern guitar and solid back line, it makes there song 'Maryanne' a comfortable classic. If you're not old enough to remember, you've still experienced this sound in the movies and tv shows around you all your life.

The 3rd track 'Monster' seemed more aggressive with the guitar work, but here again is Jeff's voice and piano work settling you right back into that groove.

Pretty hard to deny the theme of broken hearts, scandolous love, and many women running throughout the EP, but DAMMITT, by the time 'Julie' fired up, I felt like Mary Tyler Moore or Laverne and Shirley were going to bust in the door and start dancing.

Listening to the final track 'Alice' only solidified my belief of these guys being reincarnated musical souls from the 1970's right to our doorstep in 2017!

overall, the chords, mixes, and guitar work make 'What's her face' a memorable EP.

Check them out online and get the EP at a live performance!