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November 6th, 2018-Wolfmother descended down upon Austin, bringing their Neo-Psychedelic sound to Emo’s. The Sydney trio kicked out a 90 minute set of pure StonerRock. Packed with all of INoS’ favourite jams including highlight - Joker and the Thief. The authenticity of Wolfmother was immediately validated. A vintage sound that INoS loves and compares to classic rockers Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. In the end, Wolfmother’s retro sound stands above the mundane music being pushed out on a daily basis-for that we thank you.
INoS closed out Rocktober with a slick free show in Austin, Texas, featuring Bully and Benjamin Booker. We need to start off by thanking the Pabst Sound Society and Mohawk for bringing this excellent event to the ATX. Starting things off with a grungy set was Nashville’s Bully. Yet INoS was eager, primed, and ready for the groovy sounds of Benjamin Booker. Benny Bookmarks can best be described as T-Rex meets Otis Redding with the slick guitar work of Jimi Hendrix. In the end it was a beautiful sound that should not be taken for granted.
Saturday, Rocktober 27th, 2018. INoS got down with the rock ‘n roll four piece from Cleveland, Ohio, known as Cloud Nothings. Let us take you back to SXSW 2016, INoS was introduced to Cloud Nothings and we took a direct shot straight on the chin - jolted by an intense and sonic wild set. Round 2 on Saturday night was exactly what we needed. A quick 60 minute set filled with guitar feedback, pounding drums, and good times at our favorite rock spot-Barracuda Austin.
October 22nd, 2018, INoS was fortunate enough to be part of a trifecta rock ‘n roll gathering featuring The Side Eyes, Dilly Dally, and Fidlar. Each on their own, worth the price of admission. The Side Eyes started things off with an intense in your face punk rock set. It was so fresh to see the ferociousness that each member bestowed-it was invigorating. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for The Side Eyes. Next - Dilly Dally emerged and instantly warped INoS back in time and space. We absolutely loved their performance of excellence in post-Rock n’ roll. Their fuzzy and smoky sound reminiscent of a mix of the Stooges and the classic album Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins. Lead singer, Katie Monks unique raspy vocals were the perfect touch to the beautiful soundtrack that DD created. Killer guitar licks and #girlpower abound. Closing things up was Fidlar. We got to hang with the cool kids. Maybe things weren’t as crazy as their reputation led us to believe, but the crowd was ready. Once the music started there was no looking back. Crowd surfing, beers flying, and a bunch of smiling faces. That’s what it’s all about, creating exceptional music memories.
What a treat for INoS and Austin, Texas. On October 10th, 2018, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr stopped off at the Empire Control Room to knock out a fine tuned 105 minute set. Marr, best known for his unique post-punk guitar style with The Smiths, The The, and Modest Mouse. Let’s just say-this was the show not to be missed. Marr did not disappoint. We found ourselves dancing around Empire singing our favorite Smiths tunes-reminiscing about the good ‘ol days. The tour is promoting Marr’s newest release, “Call to the Comet.” The tracks Marr rocked from the new release can best be described as an adventurous journey through the legacy of The Smiths. The sound exclusive to the particular style of Marr and his copious guitars. INoS reached high above and thanked the Rock Gods for this night-it was that perfect.
Shoowap shaabap - An evening with Yo La Tengo at the Mohawk in Austin. INoS had the rare opportunity to spend the entire night with this wonderful band from Hoboken. As is often the case, the best the best things in life come in threes. In this case the three are Ira, James, and Georgia. If you don’t know what we are talking about, run, don’t walk to seek this out. A night of transcendental and beautiful sounds was shared with all in attendance. Each player taking their own part in creating and exploring wonderful grooves. This was the last night of their tour and was a celebration of the band’s long career. We can only hope more of the same is to come.
On August 31st, 2018, INoS closed out the month and the Summer at Empire. It was a late night rock and disco groove-out. Electropop artists GGOOLLDD stopped by, and we're so grateful they did. Bringing their strikingly entertaining show all the way from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we were left enthralled. Lead singer Margaret Butler truly loves to perform. This was immediately apparent as she spent more time in the crowd dancing with her fans then she did on the stage. Instantly INoS was captivated and awaited her next move. The music is fun and exciting, the band is charming, and Butler makes you feel so warm and woozy inside. INoS says - "You truly need some GGOOLLDD in your life."
The Summer Slaughter Tour ended their summer soiree in Austin, Texas, on August 19th, 2018 at the Empire Control Room. It was Sunday, the day of rest for most, but for INoS things were just about to get started. A line-up of heavy hitters graced the stage on this day - kicking out a perfectly curated metal opera. It was an onslaught of metal mayhem, and we loved it. The Texas heat was extremely brutal, as was the music. In the end, INoS walked away dazed and confused from the powerful upper-cuts that were delivered. Below are but a few of INoS' special moments from the show.
August 4th, 2018-Indie Network of Sound ended a perfect evening with a late nite rockout at Hotel Vegas with the Leather Girls and Christian Bland & The Revelators. At the stroke of midnight the Leather Girls kicked out a down and dirty set leaving INoS screaming for more-and more is what we got with Christian Bland and The Revelators. It was a dark groovy psych rock session with a righteous rock star-Christian Bland. Only in Austin, Texas can you get your brains rocked out for a $5 cover.
Indie Network of Sound rocked out in true master class fashion on Saturday, August the 4th, at Emos's Austin. An ultimate double bill for the die hard music fan featuring Alkaline Trio and Together PANGEA. TP stormed in from California and laid down some vicious jams that got our blood flowing. A non-stop R n'R kick to the face-PANGEA started the night off just right. Alkaline Trio followed and treated the crowd to a perfectly curated 90 minute set spanning over 20 years of music. From the get go Alkaline owned the crowd, the connection was made. The energy was intense - Fans gallivanted around the floor singing along excitedly and screaming for more. INoS felt the joy in the air and totally embraced it. The message was loud and clear-It's never enough. That's how we do it in Austin. We were left knowing one thing is for sure-These boys have mastered the game - of Rock 'N Roll.
Photos-INoS Photographer-Marc Taub
It was a moment of clarity for Austin and the Indie Network of Sound. On Tuesday July 31st, 2018 at the ACL Moody Theater, we entered the fuzzy dream state of Beach House. A sold out crowd gathered for a Lo-Fi Music Therapy session. It was just what the doctor ordered, a break from the daily rat race. INoS stood at the crossroads-relaxed and carefree-surrounded by lightness and darkness, sorrow and happiness. Reminiscent of the wonderful dream that you never want to awaken from-you know that dream. On this nite, a lesson was learned-slow down, take a deep breath, and appreciate the place you call home. Thank you Beach House.
April 26th-April 29th,2018-A wave of supreme psych music took over Austin, Texas. Levitation 2018-over 70 bands featured at eight select venues. Die hard music fans descended upon the ATX for four days of music righteousness. Indie Network of Sound was knee deep in the goodtimes-below are some of INoS's favorite moments.