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By Christopher Gray, May 21, 2004, Music

Hole Lotta Love

It's hard to say whether Lucinda Williams, Kelly Willis, or even Spoon would recognize today's Hole in the Wall, which turns 30 next month, as the site of some of their earliest gigs. Extensive renovations have rendered the live-music landmark's interior nearly unrecognizable from the Timbuk 3 and Sincola days, but the new management's gambit of catering to the beer-and-billiards coed crowd in the back while offering music up front seems to be working. "The pressure's off," says Paul Minor, who's been booking the Guadalupe venue for the past few months. "We can have killer nights or average shows, and the bottom line doesn't change all that much." Minor is using this newfound freedom to program 30 Shows in 30 Nights for the club's June-long anniversary. Current Hole headliners like Jane Bond, Elizabeth McQueen, and Scott H. Biram are penciled in alongside distinguished alumni the Weary Boys, the Meat Purveyors, Damnations, Li'l Cap'n Travis, and 2 Hoots & a Holler. Even long-dormant groups like the Horsies, Flying Saucers, Teddy & the Talltops, Wannabes, and Shoulders, plus former owner Jeff Smith's new band, the Gawthem Mongeese, are getting in on the action. As always, all shows are no cover, and if you look close enough, you might see a little of the old Hole poking through. "The feng shui is much improved, but it's still the same old dive," swears Minor.

30 Days in the Hole

June 1: Brandon Jenkins, Slow Train

June 2: Eastside Kings

June 3: Golden Arm Trio

June 4: Do It Now Foundation, J.T. Van Zandt, Ethan Azarian

June 5: 2 Hoots & a Holler, Misspent Youth

June 6: Matt Hubbard, Breathers

June 7: Prince tribute night

June 8: Gawthem Mongeese, Doe Montoya

June 9: Nick Ginbey with Will Sexton & Gabe Rhodes (CD release)

June 10: Amplified Heat

June 11: The Meat Purveyors, Shootin' Pains

June 12: Horsies, Miss Rae & the Royal Family

June 13: Shandon Sahm, Superego All-Stars, Rick Broussard

June 14: Larry Seaman, Elizabeth McQueen

June 15: The Weary Boys, Black Joe

June 16: Wannabes, Britt Daniel, Melissa Bryan

June 17: Teddy & the Talltops

June 18: Jane Bond with Eve Monsees & Matt Hubbard

June 19: Scott H. Biram, Baby Grant Johnson

June 20: Bizarros

June 21: Mike Dubose, Andrew Duplantis, James Anthony

June 22: Damnations, Mike Nicolai

June 23: Heybale!

June 24: Flying Saucers, Jon Sanchez Summer Wardrobe, Down With People

June 25: Fighting Brothers McCarthy, Moonlight Towers

June 26: Li'l Cap'n Travis, Alice Spencer's Curtain No. 3

June 27: Keg Vultures, Blued, Parker Bradley & Blackheart Wind

June 28: Kevin Carroll & Gary Newcomb

June 29: Beaver Nelson, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Walter Tragert

June 30: Shoulders


Record Store Roundup

Tower announced last Friday its Austin store will close June 13, but not before liquidating its inventory with a 20%-off-everything sale starting May 27 that bumps up to 30% June 10... DJ mecca Alien Records is settling nicely into its new location in the Hyde Park Marketplace at 41st and Guadalupe, celebrating by slashing prices by 30% through Saturday. "We got tired of all the Lamar traffic," says employee Jason Cook of the store's previous Fifth Street location. "Plus, we were below street level and had a couple of floods"... At construction central, Cheapo's Jason Shields says business had only dropped about 10% before the work crews moved right outside his door Monday, but even so, the used-CD outlet at 10th and Lamar is far from inaccessible. "There are plenty of ways to get here by avoiding Lamar. You just have to take the numbered streets"... When Thirty Three Degrees closes May 31, it might not be long before employee Carlos Villareal steps in to fill the void. Villareal is in the early stages of drafting a business plan for a new store, one he hopes will also provide a venue for groups like Epistrophy Arts. "A lot of people are going to be artistically homeless," he notes... Finally, former Emo's general manager David Thomson is in the hunt to open a campus-area emporium of his own, hopefully, he says, by year's end and with a bar/coffeehouse attached.

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The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2004-05-21/212015/

TCB

By Christopher Gray, May 21, 2004, Music

Hole Lotta Love

It's hard to say whether Lucinda Williams, Kelly Willis, or even Spoon would recognize today's Hole in the Wall, which turns 30 next month, as the site of some of their earliest gigs. Extensive renovations have rendered the live-music landmark's interior nearly unrecognizable from the Timbuk 3 and Sincola days, but the new management's gambit of catering to the beer-and-billiards coed crowd in the back while offering music up front seems to be working. "The pressure's off," says Paul Minor, who's been booking the Guadalupe venue for the past few months. "We can have killer nights or average shows, and the bottom line doesn't change all that much." Minor is using this newfound freedom to program 30 Shows in 30 Nights for the club's June-long anniversary. Current Hole headliners like Jane Bond, Elizabeth McQueen, and Scott H. Biram are penciled in alongside distinguished alumni the Weary Boys, the Meat Purveyors, Damnations, Li'l Cap'n Travis, and 2 Hoots & a Holler. Even long-dormant groups like the Horsies, Flying Saucers, Teddy & the Talltops, Wannabes, and Shoulders, plus former owner Jeff Smith's new band, the Gawthem Mongeese, are getting in on the action. As always, all shows are no cover, and if you look close enough, you might see a little of the old Hole poking through. "The feng shui is much improved, but it's still the same old dive," swears Minor.

30 Days in the Hole

June 1: Brandon Jenkins, Slow Train

June 2: Eastside Kings

June 3: Golden Arm Trio

June 4: Do It Now Foundation, J.T. Van Zandt, Ethan Azarian

June 5: 2 Hoots & a Holler, Misspent Youth

June 6: Matt Hubbard, Breathers

June 7: Prince tribute night

June 8: Gawthem Mongeese, Doe Montoya

June 9: Nick Ginbey with Will Sexton & Gabe Rhodes (CD release)

June 10: Amplified Heat

June 11: The Meat Purveyors, Shootin' Pains

June 12: Horsies, Miss Rae & the Royal Family

June 13: Shandon Sahm, Superego All-Stars, Rick Broussard

June 14: Larry Seaman, Elizabeth McQueen

June 15: The Weary Boys, Black Joe

June 16: Wannabes, Britt Daniel, Melissa Bryan

June 17: Teddy & the Talltops

June 18: Jane Bond with Eve Monsees & Matt Hubbard

June 19: Scott H. Biram, Baby Grant Johnson

June 20: Bizarros

June 21: Mike Dubose, Andrew Duplantis, James Anthony

June 22: Damnations, Mike Nicolai

June 23: Heybale!

June 24: Flying Saucers, Jon Sanchez Summer Wardrobe, Down With People

June 25: Fighting Brothers McCarthy, Moonlight Towers

June 26: Li'l Cap'n Travis, Alice Spencer's Curtain No. 3

June 27: Keg Vultures, Blued, Parker Bradley & Blackheart Wind

June 28: Kevin Carroll & Gary Newcomb

June 29: Beaver Nelson, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Walter Tragert

June 30: Shoulders


Record Store Roundup

Tower announced last Friday its Austin store will close June 13, but not before liquidating its inventory with a 20%-off-everything sale starting May 27 that bumps up to 30% June 10... DJ mecca Alien Records is settling nicely into its new location in the Hyde Park Marketplace at 41st and Guadalupe, celebrating by slashing prices by 30% through Saturday. "We got tired of all the Lamar traffic," says employee Jason Cook of the store's previous Fifth Street location. "Plus, we were below street level and had a couple of floods"... At construction central, Cheapo's Jason Shields says business had only dropped about 10% before the work crews moved right outside his door Monday, but even so, the used-CD outlet at 10th and Lamar is far from inaccessible. "There are plenty of ways to get here by avoiding Lamar. You just have to take the numbered streets"... When Thirty Three Degrees closes May 31, it might not be long before employee Carlos Villareal steps in to fill the void. Villareal is in the early stages of drafting a business plan for a new store, one he hopes will also provide a venue for groups like Epistrophy Arts. "A lot of people are going to be artistically homeless," he notes... Finally, former Emo's general manager David Thomson is in the hunt to open a campus-area emporium of his own, hopefully, he says, by year's end and with a bar/coffeehouse attached.

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