Ghostland Observatory’s NYE Space Oddity at Mohawk

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Ghostland Observatory’s NYE 2017: A Space Oddity at Mohawk. The funky, homegrown, electro-rock icons capped off their small Texas tour in Austin with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring a 2001: A Space Odyssey themed performance compiled with a tribute to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity.’

Sunday’s sub-freezing temperatures didn’t stop a sold-out crowd from packing the Red River hotspot to accompany GLO on an intergalactic voyage into 2018. The uncharacteristic central Texas snow flurries even added a special, transcendental element to the extraordinary NYE party.

Sensing the crowd’s shivering anticipation, a sun-shaded Aaron Behrens and vampire-caped Thomas Ross Turner took the Mohawk stage 20 minutes prior to their listed 11:30pm set time. The snow had ceased and the Austin crowd roared as Behrens’ robotic vocals shot out across a frenzied set of fiery laser beams during the ‘People Say’ opening and the space-age journey was underway with ‘Glitter’. By the fourth track, it was obvious GLO was the ‘Life of the Party’.

Sliced just above the waistline by rapid beams of blue, green and white lasers, Behrens rocked through an entrancing 3-minute guitar solo during the instrumental chorus of ‘Midnight Voyage’ and the entire crowd shot their hands towards the sky with fingers magically dancing over the keyboard break of ‘Piano Man’.

At the 45-minute mark, GLO took a moment to impart promising words of wisdom for the New Year and counted down to midnight with the crowd as ‘Auld Lang Syne’ played in the background and confetti poured from the sky. Then, GLO rolled right into an uplifting rendition of ‘Silver City’ to start the New Year.

However, the evening’s most inspirational moment came from watching Behrens lean back and sway across the stage, arm extended forward, waving back-and-forth, steering the crowd into 2018 with ‘destination’s still unknown / and ‘The Band Marches On’”. Halfway through ‘Sad Sad City’ the Mohawk had transformed from a literal icebox to a foggy hotbox with the entire crowd chanting along ‘I…need you…to want me, to hold me…to tell me the truth. Yeah!

Celebrating New Year’s with Ghostland Observatory at Mohawk was not only the most spectacular way to end 2017…but, also the greatest possible way to launch 2018. Happy New Year…and the band marches on.

Ghostland Observatory at Mohawk

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

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Neon Indian and the Texas Take Over Tour at Mohawk Photo Recap

Denton’s electronic, chillwave, synth-pop composer Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, brought his Texas Take Over tour *officially unofficial named* to Austin’s Mohawk last Thursday. Neon Indian will be traveling to the West Coast next with a pair of shows in LA and San Francisco in mid-January.

Neon Indian at Mohawk

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Alvvays Antisocialites Tour Visits Mohawk

One of Toronto’s finest acts brought their fuzz-fueled, emo-rock to Austin’s Mohawk Tuesday night in support of their latest album Antisocialites.

Led by their graceful front-woman, Molly Rankin, Alvvays seemed to have cranked their amps to eleven as every song sounded more raw and distorted than their studio recordings. The energetic set had you feeling as if you were watching true garage-rock at its finest due to the pure talent of the group.

With a lengthy set, Alvvays played nearly every song in their catalogue including hits “Dreams Tonight”, “Archie, Marry Me”, and “In Undertow” which had the sold-out crowd in a dancing frenzy.

Alvvays is taking part in a major North-American fall tour that’s set to wrap up with a five-night stay at Toronto’s Mod Club, having already sold out every date for their hometown return.

Antisocialites is one the top albums of 2017. You can find it online or at your local record store and be sure to catch Alvvays on tour at a city near you. You can grab tickets to their show on their website.

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10/20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf #
10/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar # [SOLD OUT]
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy # [SOLD OUT]
10/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore # [SOLD OUT]
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $ [SOLD OUT]
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $ [SOLD OUT]
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox $
10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $
10/31 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater $
11/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
11/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall $ [SOLD OUT]
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick $
11/17 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
11/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon [SOLD OUT]
11/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon [SOLD OUT]
11/20 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio [SOLD OUT]
11/21 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/12 – Toronto, ON @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/13 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/14 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/15 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/16 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
02/16 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
02/18 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
02/19 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
02/21 – Leeds, UK @ The Church
02/22 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy 2
02/23 – London, UK @ Roadhouse

# w/ Nap Eyes
$ w/ Jay Som

 

Photos and Article by: Matthew Carlin

Alvvays Takes Over The Mohawk on Oct. 17

Fresh off the release of their second LP Antisocialites, the Toronto indie-rockers are backing the new album with a full US Fall Tour. One of the most buzzed about bands since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut are coming through Austin on October 17th to play the Mohawk.

Having played a heavy festival circuit the past few years at Texas events Fun Fun Fun Fest and Fortress Festival, Alvvays skipped the US festival scene this year in exchange for their own headlining tour. With several dates already sold out on their fall tour, this is one of the must see concerts left in the year and a show you sure don’t want to miss.

You can check out their new album Antisocialites on Spotify and on their website.

If not already sold out, tickets for their show at the Mohawk can be found here.

 

Photo Credit: Arden Wray

Article by: Matthew Carlin

Melvins Throw a Sludge Fest at Mohawk

It’s nearly impossible to describe modern rock without mentioning Melvins and the band’s affect on the genre’s evolution. The Montesano, WA rock pioneers formed in 1983 and were key in the development of both grunge and sludge metal influencing bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden Green River and many other Seattle bands. They even helped establish the foundation for Nirvana by introducing Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic to Dave Grohl in 1988. The Melvins’ notorious sludgy sound and experimental tendencies have taken many shapes over the past 34 years from dark, ambient rock to avant-garde electroacoustic and even punk country. In July 2017, the band released their first ever double album, A Walk with Love & Death. The album is split into two parts; “Death, a proper Melvins’ release and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death.” Melvins are currently touring the US in support of the new album and brought their sludgy rock to a packed Mohawk in Austin last Friday. Check out some of the show highlights below.

 

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Photos by: Paul Adams @runtDMC

Eric Tessmer’s Birthday at Mohawk Recap

After spending the past few months touring the country in support of his latest self-titled EP, Eric Tessmer returned to Austin Saturday night to celebrate his birthday at Mohawk. The Texas heat didn’t keep a few hundred of Tessmer’s closest friends from enduring a face melting display of guitar swinging acrobatics from the 2017 Black Fret nominee.

Soulful, alternative rockers, The Selfless Lovers, were the first to wish Tessmer a happy birthday as the local three-piece rocked their debut set on Mohawk’s ‘big boy’ stage. Vibrant frontman, pianist and lead vocalist, Nik Parr, kicked-off the evening’s celebration with an easy going, key-driven melody that walloped into a funky 9-minute freestyle jam session. Parr showed off his multi-instrumentalist range by swapping back-and-forth from keys to saxophone throughout the performance while guitarist Daniel Kerner and drummer Daniel Warner painted the soundscape with blends of funk (‘Slave to The Dollar’) and upbeat alternative rock (‘Glad To Be Here’) along with pleasant hints of soul and R&B.

Next up was 2016 Black Fret alums and my new favorite band, Swimming With Bears. This nu-soul, alternative rock foursome has been around the Austin scene since 2012 and have even opened for greats likes Weezer and Panic! At The Disco. Oddly enough, Saturday was my first time catching Swimming With Bears live and damned if I wasn’t blown away. Lead vocalist and bassist, Joe Perry’s resonating, tenor pitched vocals were an intoxicating surprise as he belted through EP heavyweights ‘Shiver and Crawl’ and ‘Without a Plan’. Swimming With Bears is a truly cohesive band that gels on all levels as lead guitarist Alec Conte and rhythm guitarist Jon Kerr swing in and out to provide vocal support behind Perry’s soothing howls. Their stage chemistry is smooth and harmonious and it’s evident these guys have spent countless hours together creating music with a purpose.

Shortly after 11:15 a central Texas cyclone ripped through the Mohawk as the man of the hour, Eric Tessmer, hit the stage unleashing a whirlwind of electric psychedelic licks from his brand new pearly Stratocaster. Draped in his customary blue jeans and a greaser Mickey Mouse three quarter sleeve straight out of Two-Bit Mathews’ closet, the rocking bluesman is one cool mother fucker up on stage. Think James Dean meets classic Marlon Brando with a little Billy Gibbons grit. An abstract thought, sure, but it makes for one badass blues-rock guitarist that can seduce a crowd for hours with a wicked fast repertoire. Tessmer was three songs and nearly fifteen minutes deep before he decided to check in with the crowd. All’s well from the packed venue as the crowd pulled their jaws from the floor to roar back towards the stage. A powerful three-minute solo on the tail end of ‘Buttons & Thread’ echoed into bluesy ‘See You Tonight’ before Tessmer completely cut loose with ‘Ms. Fortune Teller’.

It’s during his live performances where Tessmer can really dig into the depth of his uncanny musicianship by squeezing every infectious ounce of enjoyment from each track through intense, blistering solos. In Tessmer’s words, “The band has to kick the shit out of the studio record when they play it live.” No doubt about it, Tessmer did just that and more Saturday at Mohawk and it made for one spectacular birthday performance.

Images below by Corey Mendez

Swimming With Bears

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Photo Credit: Corey Mendez
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Ladyfang Takes a Bite Out of Mohawk

Last Monday, Ladyfang sank their teeth into Mohawk with a fantastically frenzied set showcasing their latest album, For Morgan. Considered a modern-day riot grrrl band, the edgy, Austin four-piece blends devilish indie-pop with post-punk, alternative rock creating a uniquely eclectic pop-rock concoction. Lead singer Cara Juan’s howling vocals display a mixture of Jean Smith’s firey passion and Florence Welch’s controlled eccentricity and could easily fit within the power rock genres of any decade from the turbulent sixties to the two-thousand teens. The band’s live performance possesses all the energetic playfulness and chaotic dance-inducing melodies you could ever hope for.

Catch Ladyfang live August 18 at Sidewinder.

Photos by Corey Mendez     

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Photos by: Corey Mendez

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Red Baraat Showcase ‘Bhangra Pirates’ at Mohawk Photo Review

Red Baraat proved why they’ve been dubbed ‘the best party band in years’ with a vibrant and eclectically raucous performance at Austin’s Mohawk. The pioneering 8-piece band from Brooklyn, NY is currently touring to celebrate the release of their latest project, Bhangra Pirates, an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra.

The band is also on tour promoting their Festival of Colors, a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors.” The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive. The festival debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and has since expanded to cities nationwide.

Photographer Corey Mendez had the opportunity to celebrate Bhangra Pirates style with Red Baraat at Mohawk. Scroll through some of the evening’s highlights below.

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Photos by: Corey Mendez

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