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Controlled Chaos

A Weekend in Austin still moshes

By Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 23, 2014

Foreign Mothers' Kana Harris
Foreign Mothers' Kana Harris
Photo by Shelley Hiam

Beth Israel (Thu., May 29, Red 7) Experimental garage band led by Zack Claxton and Ramsey Eddins, who dourly sing absurdist lyrics over coarse guitar textures. Their new debut appears on Parquet Courts' Dull Tools label.

Breakout (Sun., June 1, Cheer Up Charlie's) Young Austinites making instant anthems by mixing modern hardcore with Oi! vox.

Foreign Mothers (Fri., May 30, Holy Moun­tain) All-female trio's thumping, clanging post-punk comes spearheaded by the angular talents of Kana Harris.

Glue (Sun., June 1, Cheer Up Charlie's) Hardcore punk upstarts recall a more nuanced Negative Approach.

The Hex Dispensers (Fri., May 30, Red 7) Veteran spook-punk trio led by sci-fi enthusiast Alex Cuervo.

Impalers (Sat., May 31, Hotel Vegas) Virulent, growling D-beat, featuring Mammoth Grinder's Chris Ulsh.

Institute (Sun., June 1, Red 7) Heavy post-punk with slurred, loose-nut vocals.

Simple Circuit (Fri., May 30, Holy Mountain) Kevin Hoyas' clever, half-sung lyrics draw you into the garage with punk-inflected power-pop.

Ssleeperhold (Sun., June 1, North Door) Holodeck Records affiliate José Cota drops dark synthtronica that's fresh and brutal.

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