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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Scootin on in
Tucked away on east 4th, just blocks off of IH35, is the Scoot Inn ( http://www.scoot-inn.com/ ). With a couple of SKEEBALL machines when you walk in to your right...and they are DAMN proud of that too (check out brewskeeball.com). The bar is just a large open floor plan, bar to the left and stage straight ahead. One of the things that I absolutely love is the bad ass stage out back. I have been to a couple of events in the back and I tell you that it is the most dramatic performance area you will find on that side of 35. Tonite was inside though and the bars mascot was on the prowl.
Sounding like, or reminding me slightly of Kings of Leon, was Dear Marksman ( http://www.facebook.com/dearmarksman ). A cool little fill with the keyboards and we are off! As interesting as it may seem, some of the more mellow interludes sounded like instrumentals from the 28 Days Later horror movie soundtrack, or as my friend Miguel reminded me, the band My Morning Jacket. Okay, I also heard a little Beatles thrown into the mix. If you get the idea and think you would like this, good! Go check them out.
Yuma ( http://yumatheband.bandcamp.com/ ) provided a sound and fun energy on stage that infected the crowd. You can't help it when you see the band onstage having so much fun. The amazing things that can be done with pedals and a guitar were proven here. Unique, distinctive, and pure Austin was their prowess. I have never been one for looped tracks (not a fan), but here was an example of a band that could incorporate it seamlessly into a song where you didn't know, realize, or care. These cats even busted out the brass, my only harp on that is go balls out...notch that shit up an octave and make it wail. On the down side the duel vocals are always fun, but the rhythm guitar player could use for a little tuning on the voice pipes. I have seen them appearing more and more in the weekly music rag, so check out the Chronicle and see what you think. Oh! and if Miguel is there, he will buy you a beer!