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March 25th, 2019 INoS was flying high again after a stellar performance by Jason Spaceman and Spiritualized. Once again Mr. Spaceman and his cast of characters graced the stage and thus graced us with his soulful presence. One never knows when will be the last time, so we keep going. He’s had both health issues and threatened retirement. So every chance we get we take advantage of it. The show included a wonderful mix of our older and newer favorites. We questioned and sought redemption. We came together, we had lights shone upon us, and our souls were set on fire. It was an evening chock full of rhythm and blues and soul. At the tops of our lungs we sang about a reason to believe and how life is really what you make of it. When all was said and done we left the show having experienced the most beautiful form of music and wanting more. Thank you C3 Presents and Emo’s Austin for making this evening possible.
Photos-INoS Photographer-Marc Taub
A sold out crowd gathered March 2nd, 2019 at ACL Live in Austin, Texas to partake in a trifecta music show featuring Metric, Zoe, and July Talk. INoS kicked the night off properly with a fun energetic set from Canadian rockers July Talk. It was a wild 30 minute set to include lead singer Leah Fay climbing into the crowd to get up close and personal with the fans. Co-headliner and Latin Grammy winners Zoe hit the stage next. Tasty grooves flowed through the crowd accompanied with some trippy lights. As the show went on one thing came to mind-Zoe is the real deal. Rock on! Metric closed things out in true rock star fashion and how could they not. Emily Haines and crew have been rocking it since 1998, true veterans. On this night INoS was treated to a 16 song set that included some of our favorites; Black Sheep, Help I’m Alive, Breathing Underwater, and so many more morsels. Emily looking as beautiful as ever, the band tighter than ever-a rock ‘n roll fantasy, setting the tone for a perfect Saturday night in Austin.
February 15th, 2019, Classic Rock Gods and Metal Heads united at 3Ten ACL for the triumphant return of Y&T. For those of you who don’t truly understand how much of a treat this was - you will now. Dave Meniketti and his crew are no rookies to the rock scene. Y&T paved the road for the vicious heavy metal explosion in the 1980’s. Before there was Motley Crue, before there was Ratt, there was Y&T. These cats have 45 years of experience and one amazing library of music. On this night those in attendance were treated to one helluva show. It was all about that “Dirty Girl.” You know what I’m talking about. INoS was dazzled by sick guitar solos delivered by true rock veterans. A two hour and 15 minute rock opera ensued. Y&T is a class act and we at INoS highly recommend you indulge if given the opportunity-bring a friend it’s “contagious.”
On January 22nd, 2019, there was a gathering of amazing musicians in Austin, Texas, at the breathtaking ACL Live Moody Theater. The cause was to support and educate the world on a cause so dear to our hearts-mental illness. The non-profit project - Hi, How Are You, was created with the support of Daniel Johnston and his family. Johnston is a long time Austin artist, musician, and is the creator of the “Hi, How Are You?” mural featuring the frog-like character Jeremiah The Innocent. Johnston is no stranger to the cause, as he has had his own struggles with mental illness. The foundation provides education and information on mental well-being. A big thanks to the artists and all involved in making it official - January 22nd, from this point forward shall be known as Hi, How Are You Day.
Photos-Austin Photographer Alicia Armijo
On January 23rd, 2019, The Guitar Gods blessed INoS and Austin with a visit from the current iteration of Doug Martsch’s Built to Spill. The band was in town for the Hi, How Are You benefit concert, and stayed over to play the classy joint known as Antone’s. The sold out crowd of longtime fans were treated to 15 legendary rock out jams and left wanting more. The night of the Power Trio started out with local favorites Xetas, who started things out just right with an in your face power rock set that was reminiscent of The Who.
GirlPower stormed through Austin, Texas, on January 19th, 2019, in the form of Stonefield and Pearl Earl. The stage was set outdoors on a Texas chilly night. INoS nestled up front and center. Pearl Earl started the night off right-A fun, psychedelic set infused with matriarch vigor. Denton, Texas was representing on this nite. This was INoS’s first time grooving with Pearl Earl, but won’t be our last. Primed up and ready to go-Stonefield hit the stage next. The grooves were heavy, the vocals dynamic, and the organic energy warmed our souls on this frigid night. Stonefield, four sisters from Australia, traveled a long way to treat the ATX to a fine-tuned deep family rockout, and reiterated that nothing is stronger than family-A valuable lesson for us all.
INoS rocked out Friday night, January 4th, 2019 at Mohawk with some of our favorite Austin bands for the annual staple known as Free Week. If you’re not familiar with Free Week it is best described as a week long gathering of Austin bands playing free shows up and down the Red River Cultural District. It represents the love and loyalty shared between the Austin music community and our local bands, which we appreciate so much. On this night we indulged ourselves with an eclectic night of Austin’s best; Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Whit, Not in the Face, American Sharks, and a late night set at Beerland with Ringo Deathstarr.
Dearly Beloved we were gathered at Emo’s Austin on December 29th, 2018, to honor and celebrate the music of Prince & The Revolution. A two hour set delivered by The Revolution - the original band in it’s entirety knocking out some of our favorite jams from Purple Rain, 1999, Controversy, and Around the World In a Day. Thirty-five years later the band still sounding perfect; including their newly acquired task - vocals. INoS was unsure how it would feel, our favorite songs without Prince. Let me address the elephant in the room-they were flawless. It wasn’t Prince but it was soothing to know the vocals were being delivered by those closest to Prince and the music-The Revolution. It’s obvious this tour is all about honoring the music created by Prince & The Revolution. For a moment we closed our eyes and remembered the 1980’s. It was at this moment INoS realized how iconic and groundbreaking the artist known as Prince was.
Photos-INoS Photpgrapher Marc Taub
On a cold Winter nite in Austin, it was the Black Pistol Fire that warmed us up. INoS finally got to check out the fine and polished duo that now calls our fair city home. Originally from Toronto, where many of our favorites hail, these guys tore up the outdoor stage at the Historic Scoot Inn. There was nothing but high energy from the get go. Opening up the ceremonies was Blackillac featuring Zeale and Pharancyze. Also from Austin, these guys brought the hippity hop fun, as well as a cameo from silk-voiced Gary Clark Jr.
What a treat for INoS and Austin. Three sold out shows with Austinite and now legend Gary Clark Jr. at the Austin City Limits Moody Theater, December 3rd-5th. Let’s talk about the journey. Gary came up in Austin playing as a young pup at Antone’s (which he now is part owner of). Jump to 2010, Eric Clapton invited Clark to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Since then there has been no looking back for this true guitar hero. From small blues joints in Austin and Houston to the beautiful ACL Theater, Clark Jr. has dazzled all with his deep, bluesy grooves. We were stoked to spend three nights rocking out with our hometown favorite. After the home-stand residency, INoS was left standing shaking their head-as we had just experienced three of the best shows of 2018.
Rock veterans from a few of INoS’s favorite bands gathered on stage at Emo’s Austin on November 30th, 2018, under the moniker Doomside Of The Moon. Members of The Sword, Black Joe Lewis, and Brownout performed Pink Floyd’s classic album Darkside of The Moon in its entirety. As of now it appears that the tour will only visit four cities, so Austin should appreciate having experienced this wonderful opportunity. Lead Guitarist Kyle Shutt (The Sword) truly highlighted some of our favorite riffs and solos. From beginning to end the nostalgic performance was invigorating. The trippy light show supported the music that melted our soul. Enhanced by 3-D glasses, INoS kicked back and grooved out to one of our favorite rock albums. We must also give credit to the encore - 30 minutes of choice cut Pink Floyd jams including tracks from Wish You Were Here and Animals. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the bright shining set from openers Bridge Farmers. This was the highlight of the weekend for INoS.
Photos-INoS photographer Marc Taub