HSN teams neo-riot grrrls of the hour, Sailor Poon (promising a “special double-drum set”), and veteran power-pop garage dwellers Flesh Lights. No word if modern psychelicists Being Dead will employ the celestial choirs on recent EP Fame Money Death by Drive By. Also: Abrasive post-punks Blood and TV’s Daniel, and Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space’s acid Americana.
Like an encore of Austin Terror Fest, the hard arts tagteam Empire. Outside, doom-pop trio the Well (12mid) headlines over stone heshers Duel (11pm), Sword spin-off Mountain of Smoke (10), and the blackened alt-doom from Destroyer of Light (9). Inside, Japanese comic book punks Peelander-Z (12:30am) host Tokyo imports Johnk Wray (9:30pm) and Musuki Aruvavo Lee (10:30), plus local THC doomsayers Duderonomy (11:30).
The premier bill of HSN opens up Stubb’s to some 2,700 all-ages Austinites for free. In advance of their 10th LP and first in five years, September’s X: The Godless Void and Other Stories, Trail of Dead tops a who’s who stacking of homegrown indie acts, including Moving Panoramas, Caroline Says, Curtis Roush, and If Climbing. Surfing, thrashing, or intimate listening, it’s a powerhouse assembly.
Due to a faulty eject button, the debut full-length from Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band has been stuck in my cassette deck since April. The now sold-out tape reels 60 minutes of meticulously composed prog-pop, laced with haunted organ, fanciful flute, and tranquil vocals. Joining them in the outer cosmos: Millbrook Estates, King Country, Cosmic Chaos, and Trace of Lime.