The North Door
"...Once upon a time in 1995 there was a beauty shop on East 14th Street in New York that became one of the first theme bars, the original Beauty Bar. Taking over the Thomas Beauty Salon just as it was closing allowed the pickers to use a lot of the original nail polishes and bottles and potions in the decor, along with the old hairdryers, made available for lounging..."
"...When Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967, he set in motion one of the most indelible and emotive sequences in rock history. In the feedback-drenched wake of a blistering "Wild Thing," Hendrix straddles his guitar and begins thwacking away at the whammy bar like Onan reincarnated..."
"...Foster the People helps soundtrack an ACL donation drive tomorrow at Zilker Park for the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund. Sunday's Stop, Drop, Rock & Roll benefit at Red 7/Beauty Bar could almost be a festival itself...."
"...This petite, yet ample, midsize club caps out at 750 patrons, making for a more intimate experience than its neighbor and serving as a showcase for up-and-coming local and national acts. Its glitter-encrusted walls preserve the lush kitsch of Red River's bygone Beauty Bar, but expands the space with a roomy balcony..."
"...And there's more indie rock where that came from: Vancouver's drunken Castle Project, the New Pornography Immaculate Machine, and Paper Bag labelmates Uncut and Tokyo Police Club, whose bouncy, rhythmic debut EP buzzed last year. All-French boppers Malajube tout 2006's Trompe-l'Oeil, and all industry eyes are on Jagjaguwar baby Ladyhawk, led by Black Mountain's Duffy Driedriger, who trends toward the popular bar rock and is no stranger to a Pitchfork promise...."
"...When you're done, head over to the Here and Now: Austin's Beauty Bar, Mohawk, Whisky Bar, Plush, Gomi, FactoryPeople, or wherever local DJs like Chris Rose and Adreon Henry of Car Stereo (Wars), DJ Gates megaBradley and Ian Orth of Learning Secrets, Chris "Prince" Klassen, Cut Clubcutting Dave "Kidindie" Pacho, or DJ Mel are spinning hard-driven vinyl. Listen as the Doors' "Riders on the Storm" becomes "Rapture" becomes Simian's "Never Be Alone." Talk Girl Talk, make love to Death From Above like it's 1979, and spank rock..."
"...8pm, Austin Music Hall If you still haven't heard the name, don't worry, there are a few seats left on the Black Joe Lewis bandwagon. The gritty Austin soul shouter and his sevenpiece band of Honeybears spent last year bum-rushing the festival circuit, barnstorming Europe, playing late-night talk shows, and shouting their Lost Highway debut, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!..."
"...9:50pm, Beauty Bar Backyard Nashville, Tenn.'s country-punk powder keg Turbo Fruits knows how to have a good time. Formed by guitarist Jonas Stein, formerly of post-riot grrrl bloodletters Be Your Own Pet, the band is happy in delirious, deep-fried debauchery..."
"...Last SXSW's surprise appearance by both the Gorillaz and Mogwai at Red Fez is something of a giddy blur to us, but fret not, boys and girls, because here comes the Good, the Bad & the Queen, fronted by Kong Studios monkey man Damon Albarn, with the Verve's Simon Tong on guitar, Clash city rocker Paul Simonon on bass, and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen kicking the skins. Eighties life is rubbish? Perhaps, but News of the World is already reporting that Gorillaz resident Satanist/bassist Murdoc Niccals has joined forces with Tank Girl and, um, Satan to make certain Albarn stays at least somewhat simian...."
"...He presents them in multiple styles. My entourage and I then swooped in on Pamela Des Barres' housewarming party for her good friend Jimmy Quills, who is a new resident of Austin in a faaabulous farmhouse that's so near yet seems so far out..."
"...Latest CD No Boundaries makes a perfect souvenir. – Margaret Moser Richard Barone..."
"...Ever spent so many hours in a live music venue it felt like home? You know, the patrons for whom the lure of leaning on the bar calls like a siren, and I don't mean the ones zooming down Red River on a Saturday night...."
"...Herman Dune, Paris, www.hermandune.com, Friday, 9:30pm, Stephen F's Bar..."
"...9pm, Ale House Armed only with a baritone ukulele, Montreal's Krista Muir the L.L. stands for her better-known alter ego, Lederhosen Lucil plucks through songs about ....."
"...Frank, a gourmet hot dog shop in the middle of Austin's central business district near Antone's, now hosts live music weekly and runs midweek shows in rotation. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, a two-story venue that plans to host as much Dale Watson as possible, opened last week between Star Bar and Ranch 616 on Nueces Street..."
"...Lounge After Banging Down the Doors in 2007, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons unloaded the ramshackle exuberance of Inside the Human Body, the Brooklyn-based quartet riffing cathartic pop behind Furman's unbridled yelp and howl. Falling somewhere between Jonathan Richman and the Violent Femmes, Furman's barrage of quirky pleas is matched only by the sincerity with which he delivers them..."
"...9:15pm, Beauty Bar Backyard Imagine Phoenix fronted by Usher. Spawned from the ashes of P:ano, this pop/R&B/electronic ooze of a Vancouver trio debuted last February with Come Into My House (Tomlab), the kind of disc calling for a dance in front of the mirror in your underwear with a hairbrush mic..."
"...› Illuminated by the pink glow of the still partially functional Beauty Bar neon sign, the marquee at 617 E. Seventh Street now reads Holy Mountain..."
"...The Gorillaz are extinct, and with barely a Queen, good, bad, or indifferent, in site (wither Mika?), it's been left to a New Yorker of all things to resurrect the anarchic spirit of Thatcher-era UK punk pioneers Crass that's so sorely needed now. Hullo SXSWer Jeffrey Lewis...."
"...Jill Barber: More singer-songwriter than Americana strummer, Barber is a vocalist For All Time. (Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo.)..."
"...AGLCC JULY HAPPY HOUR Get high with Austin's gay chamber – high up in one of the few top-floor bars in town. Bring your cards, your swag, your swagger, and your networkiest attitude..."
"...MRK1 (Wed., 11:15pm, Barcelona)..."
"...The aura of hipster elitism emitted by the Beauty Bar is about to get thicker. The trendy chain venue, located on Seventh Street just off Red River, has begun offering bottle service Thursdays through Saturdays, by reservation only (a waitress needs to be scheduled)..."
"...Navigating the band's van outside of Columbus, Ohio, Tomson randomly engages in Trivial Pursuit on everything from Harry Belafonte ("He gave Bob Dylan his first chance to record on the harmonica on one of his records") to the best barbecue in Lockhart ("Kreuz Market"). His casual demeanor carries over into discussion of the group's self-titled breakthrough debut...."
"...What Happens in Vegas ... Your friendly, neighborhood bar is stepping out..."
"...A small room with big ambitions, Holy Mountain opened on New Year's Eve 2012 in the revamped shell of erstwhile hipster chain Beauty Bar. Under the ownership of Taylor and Jared Cannon, Bart Butler, Niraj Mehdiratta, Ryan Cano, and Aaron Berkowitz, the 200-capacity club made all the right moves to remain relevant: nurturing homegrown acts, hosting rising (inter)nationals (like Kate Tempest's recent sellout), and participating in festivals including South by Southwest, Chaos in Tejas, Fun Fun Fun, and Weird City Hip-Hop..."
"...3). Soon thereafter, Red 7 transformed from a punk club to a marketing headquarters for Sony, and the Beauty Bar closed next door..."
"...Beauty Bar: Dam-funk DJ set, Bon Jay, Richard Henry..."
"...Les Handclaps (Sat., Beauty Bar, 1am) Montreal guitar-Farfisa-laptop trio incorporates dancers...."
"...11pm, Light Bar Austin rockers Magnet School are what the Foo Fighters should sound like. The fourpiece plows through debut Tonight We Drink & Tomorrow We Battle the Evil at Hand (Arclight) with power beyond the Richter scale..."
"...11pm, Beauty Bar As the lead suggests on his 2007 debut LP, The Bandit, "All Units Converge." No fucking joke. ADD in your ears, Car Stereo (Wars), aka Christopher Rose, is Austin's premier masher, blending Dead Prez with Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana with Avril Lavigne..."
"... Friday: Club de Ville gets things started with a free show that includes NYC’s Robbers on High Street, Great Northern, Goodbye Girl Friday, and locals Til We're Blue or Destroy. DFA’s Tim Sweeney and Ian Orth work the ones and twos at Beauty Bar, while Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Buzzoven’s Kirk Fischer fly solo at Headhunters..."
"...Stone's latest film is a project he views as the third part of his “Vietnam trilogy,” following Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. This time, Stone views the war experience through the eyes of a Vietnamese citizen -- a peasant child who grows to become a woman, a prisoner, a rape victim, a black marketeer, a bar hostess, a war bride, an American, a survivor..."
"...He came to Bangkok, the mecca for Western men with fantasies of exotic sex and love without pain. He wanted to meet a Thai prostitute and make a film about her.” On his first night there he met Aoi in a girlie bar in the notorious Patpong district of the city and paid for her to stay with him all night..."
"...Last week, a new conglomerate crested on Austin's Red River. Transmission Entertainment, a booking and event-production venture formed by former Emo's head talent buyer Graham Williams, Mohawk owner James Moody, Club de Ville owner and Lamberts partner Michael Terrazas, and Super!Alright!'s Chris Butler, will work with local booker and band manager Rosa Madriz of Green Potato Ventures, as well as live-music venues like Beerland and Beauty Bar, to host events around town..."
"...9pm, Dirty Dog Bar Since 2005's Balls Out Inn (Small Stone), this Austin trio has split time between touring and giving diners at Woody's South a Monday evening blast of boogie metal. Fun as those free shows are, Honky's natural habitat is their first post-SXSW gig: Austin's Harley-Davidson showroom with Nashville Pussy..."
"...Both 2004 debut The Porch and his new album raise the bar on just how deep Texas rap can delve, into both flesh and psyche, to near Fishbone levels. Money sings in a smoky blues tone, but his raps snap like provoked rattlesnakes...."
"...8pm, Molotov Musical counterpart to Barbara Ehrenreich's 2002 bestseller Nickel and Dimed, only funnier, Service Industry relates life on the minimum-wage margins in songs like "My Job Is Gay" and "Bookstores and Restaurants." Local headwaiters Mike McCoy and Hunter Darby (Cher UK, Wannabes) ensure 2006's Ranch Is the New French elicits as many knowing nods as chuckles. Christopher GrayHummersqueal..."
"...8:30pm, Beauty Bar Patio Brooklyn's Comas follow-up 2004 shooting star Conductor with April's Spells on new label Vagrant. Andy Herod and Nicole Gehweiler's woozy melancholy, set against lush strings and 1990s guitar bash, returns on download "Red Microphones," a confident push forward from their previous trio of releases..."
"...When Hendrix bought the Sixth Street punk pit, he paid in the mid-five figures for the lease and the name "Emo's Austin" because Emo's Houston didn't close until the following year. Having acquired the actual property, the locally raised car baron sold it in 2011 to would-be hoteliers for, by his own account at the time, "seven figures." By then, he'd bailed out a struggling Antone's, partnered with the property owners of Ruta Maya and the future Emo's East, and spun off the Beauty Ballroom with the partners of the Beauty Bar..."
"...The indie label screens the concert film on Wednesday, March 17, and sells vinyl exclusive to each day, including the reissue of Jon Wayne's cultish Texas Funeral on Thursday, March 18, and White's wife Karen Elson performs an exclusive engagement on Saturday, March 20, at 7pm. Third Man's latest signee, the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson showcases at Beauty Bar/Palm Door on Wednesday, March 17, at 8:30pm...."
"...WEDNESDAY 12 The Peacock: Gorilla vs. Booze presents White Denim (1pm), White Williams (1:45), Ghosthustler (2:30), Bodies of Water (3:!5), Holy Fuck (4), Cool Kids (4:45) Beerland: Rock-A-Round Entertainment presents Poor People (1pm), Dirty Novels (1:45), the Omens (2:30), Paul Collins Beat (3:15), Ugly Beats (4), the Boss Martians (4:45), the Black Hollies (5:30), Black Diamond Heavies (6:15) Red 7 inside stage: Sex Vid (1pm), God Is an Astronaut (1:45), Zombie Eaters (The Sword's Faith No More cover band, 2:45), Easy Action (3:30), Jeffrey Lewis & the Jitters (4:15), the Slits (5); patio stage: the Weight (1pm), Color REvolt (2), Canopy (3), Devon Williams (4), Shout Out Out Out (5) Emo's outside: Force Field PR/Terrorbird Media present These United States (noon), Evangelicals (12:45), These New Puritans (1:30), Yacht (2:15), the Raveonettes (3), the Mae Shi (3:45), Why? (4:25), the Blow (5:05), El Guincho (5:35); inside: Laura Barrett (12:15pm), Radar Bros..."
"...Savoring freedom for the first time in her adult life, Lucille hits the road west, one eye looking back at the life she's left behind and the other looking toward Hollywood, to fulfill her lifelong dream of TV stardom. On the way there, she robs a bar, tangles with a cop, and wins a bundle at the roulette wheel, her journey of self-liberation culminating in a guest spot on Bewitched..."
"...Early in their friendship when Mario asks Neruda how to become a poet, we smile at his ingenuousness. Yet that's what this film is about: exploring and expressing the poetry of our lives, be it in the simplicity of the local bar or the complexities of a homeland's government..."
"...German anti-Nazi protester Hans (Diehl) and his young son Max (Marlon) have fled the Third Reich and landed in the tiny French village of Pas-de-Calais where they hope to escape the war. Overheard speaking German in a bar one otherwise perfect afternoon, Hans is promptly jailed, leaving Max in the care of the local schoolteacher Suzanne (Isaaz)..."
"...Sandwiched between Chip Taylor and Ray Wylie Hubbard and followed by Billy Joe Shaver, Hellbound Glory bible-thumps its leathery Americana all the way from Reno, Nev., to the South by Southwest choir...."
"...Whenever the Wolf's gravelly baritone needed a little sugar, it came from Hubert Sumlin's guitar. That guitar played its last note in Austin in July at Antone's 2011 anniversary show..."
"...• Here's a little something OTR would like to submit to recent Austin transplant Kerry Miller's infamous PassiveAggressiveNotes.com collection: Local post-punk trio the Gary got banned from the Beauty Bar last Friday after leaving the bar manager a napkin note that read: "You were a total prick to us. Fuck this place we are never coming here again, and if I see you on the street I will pound your face into the mud." Relays Beauty Bar partner and booker Bart Butler: "Those guys could not fathom why we don't have bands play all night and why we have a 'stupid DJ' after the bands..."
"...8pm, Barcelona Following in the footsteps of seminal DJs Shadow and Krush, Houston's DJ Sun blends trance grooves with an Al Green vibe that's supplanted by the South American beats he grew up on in Surinam. A native of the Netherlands, Sun, who spins weekly for KPFT in Houston, has his first LP due out this summer on Alternate Take Records..."
"...She immediately disappears into a back room. She comes back out, briefly and sin tacos, then disappears again, then comes back out again, all the while unleashing a barrage of chatter at Cedar and tossing an occasional smile my way...."