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By Christopher Gray, February 20, 2004, Music

Arctic Blast

When the mercury started dropping Friday afternoon, "TCB" licked its lips, not because they were chapped, but because Austin's annual "arctic blast" usually makes for a wild weekend. Sure enough, upon arriving at Room 710 that night, we were greeted by the melodic throb of the Pretty Please and a cracklingly good Masonic. No Friday the 13th would be complete without a little Sabbath, and distaff tribute band Mistress of Reality had a full Flamingo throwing their devil-horns up on the pulverizing "Children of the Grave" and "Electric Funeral." Back at 710, Grand Champeen missed a prime chance to cover "Moonlight Mile" as the snow fell outside but ripped on "Rocks Off." Saturday, the cold receded but the pace didn't as a trip to the Pawn Shop Recording Studio brought a preview of brand-new band Death at Sea – think Echo & the Bunnymen meet the Cult, only better. Nightfall found plenty of ice in the veins of the Beauty Above, who unspooled a fog-shrouded web of mystic metal at Elysium, and Ian Moore, whose Parish set suggested Ray Wylie Hubbard taking a pass at Beck's Sea Change. Sunday was all about warmth, because after cozy Free for All sets from Lauren Fogel, Miranda Brown, and Andrew Duplantis, the Conrads really got things cooking. At their first show in a year, the reconstituted Houston-Austin quartet simmered through two full hours of Gulf Coast soul and honky-tonk heartbreak, heavy on the Doug Sahm and Gram Parsons, but also throwing in the Tailgators, Two Hoots & a Holler, and Banana Blender Surprise. Anyone who missed their renditions of Fabulous Thunderbirds staples "The Crawl" and "Fine, Fine, Fine" was left out in the cold, but it was all a warm-up for this weekend's two-night Drive-by Truckers stand at Stubb's anyway.

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The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2004-02-20/197883/

TCB

By Christopher Gray, February 20, 2004, Music

Arctic Blast

When the mercury started dropping Friday afternoon, "TCB" licked its lips, not because they were chapped, but because Austin's annual "arctic blast" usually makes for a wild weekend. Sure enough, upon arriving at Room 710 that night, we were greeted by the melodic throb of the Pretty Please and a cracklingly good Masonic. No Friday the 13th would be complete without a little Sabbath, and distaff tribute band Mistress of Reality had a full Flamingo throwing their devil-horns up on the pulverizing "Children of the Grave" and "Electric Funeral." Back at 710, Grand Champeen missed a prime chance to cover "Moonlight Mile" as the snow fell outside but ripped on "Rocks Off." Saturday, the cold receded but the pace didn't as a trip to the Pawn Shop Recording Studio brought a preview of brand-new band Death at Sea – think Echo & the Bunnymen meet the Cult, only better. Nightfall found plenty of ice in the veins of the Beauty Above, who unspooled a fog-shrouded web of mystic metal at Elysium, and Ian Moore, whose Parish set suggested Ray Wylie Hubbard taking a pass at Beck's Sea Change. Sunday was all about warmth, because after cozy Free for All sets from Lauren Fogel, Miranda Brown, and Andrew Duplantis, the Conrads really got things cooking. At their first show in a year, the reconstituted Houston-Austin quartet simmered through two full hours of Gulf Coast soul and honky-tonk heartbreak, heavy on the Doug Sahm and Gram Parsons, but also throwing in the Tailgators, Two Hoots & a Holler, and Banana Blender Surprise. Anyone who missed their renditions of Fabulous Thunderbirds staples "The Crawl" and "Fine, Fine, Fine" was left out in the cold, but it was all a warm-up for this weekend's two-night Drive-by Truckers stand at Stubb's anyway.

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