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Concerts to Reminisce By

While I’m sure that most of the students reading this blog have locked themselves in libraries and late night coffee shops and have no plans for going out until finals are over, I found a few events worth mentioning. Maybe you could treat yourself to these concerts that bring back the good ol’ days of middle school/high school, perhaps a time when finals were less stressful, or maybe even non-existent…

Bowling for Soup and the Riddlin’ Kids are playing at Emo’s Thursday Dec 3 at 10 pm. You may remember these Texas bands from your  local “alternative” radio station in the early 2000’s. Bowling for Soup had such hits as “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985” and were even nominated for a Grammy in 2003. They’ll be promoting their newest album, “Sorry for Partyin'” this Thursday night. Come out and see them with fellow alt-pop band Riddlin’ Kids at one of their first gigs since they got back together. No joke, I heard from a friend of a friend that one of the Riddlin’ Kids band members actually works at a Chuy’s in Austin. Here’s to hoping this concert can help get them back on their feet. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 9pm at Emo’s on 6th and Red River. buy tickets

311 is playing with State Radio Tuesday Dec 8 at Austin Music Hall. I guess technically these guys are still going strong, but you have to admit their better stuff came around in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8 and tickets cost $39 (seriously?) buy tickets

Sister Hazel is playing at La Zona Rosa Dec 9 at 9 pm. Think back to the mid-to-late ’90s and imagine a world where “All For You” and “Your Winter” topped the chart. Does this bring a smile to your face? Then you really need to put the books down and head to this show. They’re touring to promote their latest album “Release.” Tickets are $10 and only available the night of the show at the door.

Sister Hazel– “All For You”

Our final selection is a bit of stretch. The mid-to-late ’90s also brought about the rise of ska, and who better personifies ska-punk than Sublime. Not to get your hopes up, because, no Brad Nowell is not back from the dead, but Badfish, a band that exclusively covers Sublime songs will be playing at Emo’s at the end of January. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 and tickets are $15. buy tickets

Badfish covering Sublime, covering the Grateful Dead

Good luck with finals everyone! Hope this list could help you procrastinate a little bit and reminisce about when school was much much easier.


Review: Pretty Lights Concert

Seeing as we are blogging from the live music capital of the world, it’s only natural that we night owls occasionally attend a concert here and there. As I wrote in my last post, La Zona Rosa hosted Pretty Lights last night. My friends Amy and Katya, and I decided to make a night out of it.

We needed to have dinner, so our first stop was Blu Cafe, an Italian-inspired lounge. Located on the ground floor of the new 360 Condominiums, it was a great place to start the night. Katya ordered a dirty martini, and Amy and I ordered peach martinis. Prices on drinks were a little steep at $8.50 per glass, but the pizza was only about $9 and we were able to split it among the three of us.


Amy and Katya cheers to the end of a long day


Katya likes her dirty martinis with tons of olive juice, and our bartender was happy to oblige her wishes.

Our next stop was Garrido’s, a new Mexican restaurant right around the corner, also in the 360 building. We enjoyed mojitos and then were on our way to La Zona Rosa for the concert.


Inside the venue

As soon as Pretty Lights came on, I found my friend Madeline and we pushed our way to the front

I found Madeline!

Then I documented parts of the show with my BlackBerry:

The show was really energetic– pretty much a huge dance party. Considering how many concert events Austin hosts, it’s not hard to find live music any day of the week. Going out on a Wednesday is not usually the most practical idea, but dancing and enjoying Pretty Lights’ mixes was a great way to forget about the stress of school.