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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 the night out just right with an in your face power rock set that was reminiscent of The Who.
Photos-INoS Photographer Marc Taub
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
It was a gathering of musicians, dancers, aerialists, and even a stilt walker. This slick event appropriately called Synth Du Soleil 3 was hosted this year by Empire Control Room and Fussy Presents. Best described as a circus dance party featuring some of our favorite synth pop bands. INoS favorites of the night were Cellars, Fuss Ricket, Mr. Kitty, and Obsolete Machines. What a stimulating night of 80s and 90s style music. The lights, music, and performers set the tone for a boogie down good time.
PHOTOS-INoS Photographer Marc Taub
Saturnalia Fest returned to Austin bringing us the music of the world, earth, and space. INoS was fortunate enough to catch some of the festival. So what is this thing called Saturnalia Fest you might ask. It was great bands like Holy Wave, Sun Machine, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and the band we were most excited to take in, Lumerians. All playing in a dusty East Austin field/Church parking lot. What a way to spend a chilly Sunday evening. In this field we experienced the landing of the Lumerian’s Mother Ship. From there we were transported to another space and time. For that we thank you Saturnalia.
Photographs-INoS/ATX Photographer Joseph Greene
INoS was stoked for a Saturday night rockout. On November 17th, 2018-Surfbort, Iceage, and Black Lips were in Austin at Mohawk. The energy from all three bands was phenomenal, creating one powerhouse of a show. Kicking it into high gear, NYC punk rockers Surfbort delivered an infectious, gritty punk rock set. Lead vocalist Dani Miller grabbed rock fans by the throat and refused to let go. One helluva way to start things off. Next up Danish rockers Iceage. The childhood friends delivered a tight punk sound with unique vocals delivered by their mysterious lead singer Elias Bender Ronnenfelt. INoS loved every minute of it-a triumphant spectacle. If you’re not familiar with Iceage, INoS says, “you’re missing out.” Closing things out on this wonderful evening were the garage rock veterans from Atlanta - The Black Lips. These cats have been around delivering top notch shows for nearly 20 years. It’s so much more than a concert, it’s a sub-cultural rock ‘n’ roll house party. The Black Lips immediately dove into their vast library of jams summoning the crowd to immerse themselves deep into the sound. The diehard fans sang along to their favorite Lips tunes. It was like hanging out with your best friends while they jammed out. Black Lips never disappoint and when you bring Iceage and Surfbort along with you-you’ve created a perfectly curated night of music.
PHOTOS-INoS/Austin Photographer Joseph Greene