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Speak Week Is for Lovers

By Ricardo Valenzuela, February 9, 2010, 10:23am, Earache!

The music industry is marching towards South by Southwest, but we have something this week to look forward to. I'm talking about Austin's premiere pop electronica outfit, Speak, and their barrage of musical delights appropriately titled Speak Week.

Today, the listening party for their debut EP, Hear Here, takes place at Austin's newest go-to headquarters for stunt-tastic kicks, Sneak Attack (301 W. 2nd St.). Wednesday, they have a 5pm in-store performance at Waterloo Records. Finally, Friday is their official EP release party at the Independent @ 501 Studios. The event is called "Digital Love" and the band plays two sets, one of originals and one of covers.

In Review: Vagabond Collective at Mohawk

Speak and their smart-pop may have the coming week dominated but it was Austin's new rock bands that were out in full force Jan. 31 at Mohawk. My production company, the Vagabond Collective, got together some of Austin's best new bands for a show that drew 70 people on a very cold Sunday night.

Starting off was St. David & the Dirty Kids, which I'd never seen before, but was thoroughly blown away by. Their music was 100% pure and dirty rock & roll, with David howling about demons and a whole bunch of other badass stuff.

Then Major Major Major ripped though a kinetic set of lo-fi indie rock gems. Frontman Adrian Sebastian Haynes has a very unique voice that sounds like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah singer Alec Ounsworth mixed with Billy Corgan, only sexier.

Next up was Diamonds, the second show from a band comprised of former members of the Diving Captain, El Guapos, and Sharks. It definitely didn't seem like their second show. All of their different musical backgrounds swirled together to form a punk-pop sound.

Last was pop-punk outfit Thieves, which, after its first two songs, asked the audience to curve their performance rating due to them having more time to drink than the other bands. The curve was not needed, as they got the audience dancing and moving despite the late hour. These guys just got done playing a high profile show with Scary Kids Scaring Kids at Emo's and continue to line up more and more fans at each show.

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