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New Video: Tripping in the Dark (Modern Baseball Documentary)

Tripping in the Dark is a short documentary that explores Modern Baseball’s formation, and then provides personal insight into the events that shaped their recent past and the making of their forthcoming record Holy Ghost, which will be released on may 13 via Run For Cover Records. After recapping the band’s beginnings, director Kyle Thrash zooms into the heart-hitting, personal struggles of MoBo members Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens. The death of his grandfather (a person who united his family) proved to be especially difficult, while Lukens experienced deep depression that caused suicidal thoughts and resulted in a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. Thankfully, both individuals have emerged from those trying times; however, the documentary is a sincere gripping reminder that there is no shame in seeking help during troubled times. (Photo by Allison Newbold)

Have a Really Good Time w/Sad Sacks Wild Jim Banfill & His Rolling Rocks at Bourbon & Branch April 4

Wild Jim Banfill & His Rolling Rocks simply sound like they are having a really good time being sad sacks. Whether its the spirit of Ween's classic 12 Golden Country Greats found in their latest single "If This Ol' Dick Stretched To Nashville" or the pining away for Rashida Jones (which I totally get) in "Rashida Jones-Banfill," the new project from The Tough Shits' Mark Banfill tickles the funny bone through well-crafted garage-pop/counrty-soul ditties. Grabbin' a few beers, and kickin' it with Banfill and the gang is definitely your best local music alternative to watching the NCAA Championship tonight. (Yasss - it's almost over!) They'll also be joined by Philly's own Miami Sludge and Maria & The Moans, as well as San Francisco producer Al Lover. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

New Track: "Burning Too" - Pinkwash

“Burning Too” is the latest track released from Collective Sigh, Pinkwash’s debut album. The song broods under the heavy control of the revving anticipation, created by Ashley Arnwine’s steady smashing percussion as Joey Doubek’s riffs slice in on the action while his vocals thrust forward with the anguish of immediacy. The keys add an eerie note as Pinkwash’s all-in sound surrounds you. Collective Sigh will be released on May 13 via Don Giovanni Records.


Harsh Vibes Opening for Ecstatic Vision at KFN April 2

Harsh Vibes takes more of an introspective shoegaze-y angle to psych rock, but drops it out of airy, ethereal textures with an oversized Acme anvil of fuzz and rude, distended guitar tones. The pairing of heavy psych and shoegaze evokes bands like The Telescopes, but unlike The Telescopes, Harsh Vibes has the capacity and the audacity to seemingly explore both genres and all the space between in just a single song. The disembodied vocals are sparse and seem to take a backseat to the hungry, fuzz-laden riffs and textural experimentation. Harsh Vibes will be helping to sendoff stony, rapture-inducing, Hawkwind-style freak rockers, Ecstatic Vision, as they head out on an international tour. Come wish them well, and embrace a bit of sonic nirvana! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 10pm, $6, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock

Empty Markets Pours Out the Noise on "Rash Decisions," Album Coming April 8

Ohhh crusted punk gods of death and ferocity be praised, we have found something nice for you guys today. From the riotous folds of the always-killer 12XU label (XETAS, Flesh Lights, etc.) comes yet another band as hard and fast as it is smart, this one going by the name Empty Markets.

Empty Markets is long-time heavy music maker Drew Schmitz's new project (formerly of Cruddy, The Hex Dispensers, Brain Attack and more), and they're just a few days from releasing their first album, the sure-to-be hard edged Stainless Steel. It's not just the name that gives away that this record is going to be full of clean, devastatingly sharp hardcore tracks; in anticipation of the release, Empty Markets have put out the first two songs of the album on Bandcamp, and they are nothing if not dangerously loud and hard.

We've got our favorite here for you, a track called "Rash Decisions" that features absolutely one of the best intros of any noise song we've heard in a long time. "Rash Decisions" is a lesson in how to build a noise punk track, layering one-by-one a bass riff that's fast even for standards of music like this (by which we mean punk-influenced heady shit; there's not all that much music exatly like this), then an ear-gripping rolling thunder of a hardcore drum beat, and a droning, chundering guitar blast that busts the song wide open and sweeps everything up in a hurricane of sound that the track's frantic dual vocalists ride on top of like harpies of art rock. It is savage, raging stuff, and we love the fuck out of it.

Now is truly a great time for heavy music in Austin, with seemingly band after band coming out of the gnarled punky woodwork with excellent hard music, and Empty Markets has absolutely carved its own space out in that genre with these tracks. We are awaiting the April 8 release of the full Stainless Steel with fists raised and a'ready to pump, and in the meantime, here's somethin' good and loud to throw your body and brain around to.


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