PAST RECOMMENDED SHOWS:
06/20/11 @ Mohawk
The Lovely Sparrows
Local pop tarts stay inside all summer.
01/22/11 @ MohawkThe Pharcyde
The West Coast counterpart to A Tribe Called Quest in the early 1990s rap-volution, L.A.’s Pharcyde took a more bizarre ride through hip-hop’s neighborhood. The group’s 1992 debut LP, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
, and 1995 follow-up, Labcabincalifornia
, left a couple of enduring singles (“Drop,” “Passin’ Me By”), while taking “Ya Mama” to new heights. Notion, Crew54, and BetaPlayer open ceremonies. Inside, Lovely Sparrows, One Hundred Flowers, and other locals pop balloons.
08/13/09 @ MohawkBowerbirds
Plucked from the same cottage folk scene as Bon Iver (an early champion of the group), Bowerbirds is essentially guitarist/vocalist Phil Moore and multi-instrumentalist Beth Tacular. The Raleigh, N.C.-based duo’s latest, Upper Air
, released on Austin’s Dead Oceans, is a serene, sincere collection of acoustic backwoods balladry. Megafaun sets the scene with its rustic, sophomore showing, Gather, Form & Fly
(Hometapes), while local indie folk outfit the Lovely Sparrows rustles feathers early.
04/24/09 @ Austin Moose Lodge No. 1735
Dana Falconberry, One Hundred Flowers, the Lovely Sparrows
Lovely local sounds from the Moose’s mouth.
01/28/09 @ Stubb'sPink Nasty
Since releasing her 2006 sophomore effort, Mold the Gold
, Pink Nasty’s Sara Beck has kept a low profile. With new songs, the local folk rocker brings her wry humor back to the limelight. The Lovely Sparrows fly up front with the lush sounds of 2008’s debut LP, Bury the Cynics
, and Minneapolis’ Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps fall in the middle.
11/29/08 @ MohawkRobert Gomez, Sarah Jaffe/the Rosebuds
Inside, two of Denton’s finest come south. Guitar virtuoso Robert Gomez’s 2007 sophomore effort, Brand New Towns
, delivered delicate melodies that exhumed Elliott Smith, and his follow-up promises an equally subtle grandeur. Gomez also lends his guitar to Sarah Jaffe’s powerfully voiced odes, the young songwriter already crafting her debut LP on the heels of this summer’s stellar Even Born Again
EP. Locals the Lovely Sparrows open. Outside, lovey-dovey pop duo the Rosebuds bloom from latest effort Life Like
09/16/08 @ Emo's CLOSEDThrow Me the Statue
Scott Reitherman’s poptastic flow glimpses over shoulders at the coming-of-age 1990s. Not as nostalgic as it is hopeful, this Seattle touring fourpiece’s 2008 Secretly Canadian debut LP, Moonbeams
, features skinny dipping, cliff-diving, hand claps, and “Lolita.” Local folk-pop lovers the Lovely Sparrows open.
02/18/08 @ Holy Mountain
Moth Fight, the Lovely Sparrows
Steam punk and sing-songery.
04/26/07 @ Irie Bean Coffee Bar
KVRX Local Live 11 Release
With Zookeeper, Lovely Sparrows, Tee Double, and Jerm Pollet.
03/02/07 @ Emo's CLOSED
Taylor's back in the Saddle Creek with the lovely Lynn Teeter Flower.