With so many out-of-town bands hanging around Austin waiting for round two of ACL Fest, you might have missed one of them, the Old 97’s.
The Dallas quartet aren’t trying to fly under the radar, but they’re recording in a local studio. They’ll head over to the Hole in the Wall for a short set on Friday night, sharing the stage with the Hickoids and Two Hoots & a Holler among others. (Saturday, look for Rosie Flores & the Rivetors, Churchwood, the Beaumonts, and more at the White Horse.) What’s got 97’s guitarist Ken Bethea excited is Friday’s opening act.
“Western Star is a total second generation Old 97’s band,” he relates. “It’s the two sons of my best friend from Baltimore. I’ve known them since they were born and they’re 22 or 23 now. I would tell them if their band sucked, but they put on a neat show. I think they take that name from a Pixies song and they have a lot of East Coast influences from the Pixies to Mastadon.”
In album news, the Old 97’s just released an EP of rarities that included the two songs they recorded with Waylon Jennings in 1996. Originally set for release not long after they were recorded, they never came out because Jennings, who passed away in 2002, didn’t like the original Jon Langford artwork.
“It wasn’t that he didn’t like the style. He looked at it like it was our thing that he sang on and we should have been big and he should have been little. He wanted to do a different cover. We were busy and it got shelved.
“After he died, we ended up talking to [his son] Shooter about it, but we couldn’t find someone to do it. Then Shooter wanted to use one of the tracks for a benefit album and we just figured it was time to get the whole thing done.”– Jim Caligiuri
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If the Dodos’ late-August release, Carrier, sounds a little solemn, it’s safe to speculate the cause: Christopher Reimer, who served as the band’s guitarist briefly, passed away last year. Live, Meric Long and Logan Kroeber’s moody fifth LP ought to ebb to the flow of the San Francisco duo’s lightning fast acoustic chords and atmospheric pop, which translates into a stunning show that fulfills the work of a full band through two people. Dustin Wong and Daniel Francis open.– Abby Johnston
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