Let's go for a ride

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     It was a lovely evening in early Rocktober, the Fall Classic had just begun, and Indie Network of Sound was amongst their like minded friends at The Mohawk in Austin, getting ready to take in the Rock n' Soul Revue of The Afghan Whigs. As INoS stood front and center, we reminisced about a night long ago where we rocked our brains out at the long lamented, but never replaced Liberty Lunch. So many great ones graced that stage, including The Afghan Whigs.

     That night was a wild one for all, especially for lead singer Greg Dulli. As the show was coming to an end, we recalled Greg leaping ferociously into the crowd, briefly disappearing, and then reemerging with a bloodied forehead. At the time Greg was known to have had a bit of a temper, and word was he went after some asshole in the crowd. We didn’t care. We loved every minute of it. We knew this night would be remembered by all in attendance.

     Sadly, Liberty Lunch is gone, but The Afghan Whigs are not. They were back all these years later for #INoS to get another dose, and for this we were grateful. As we awaited their grand entrance, we made friends with some righteous fans. We all spoke of our past Afghan Whigs experiences, The Twilight Singers, Greg, and how much we have all matured throughout the years. This was one of those special moments where you realize you’re not just seeing a show, but celebrating a milestone in your life. This was was for the brothers and sisters who have hung in there. The music of The Afghan Whigs has grown with us, helped us through tough times, and years later still plays a huge role in our lives. “It’s in our blood, it’s in our bed.” Thus, we didn’t take this show lightly. We felt that something special was about to happen. A moment of silence hit, and then the roar of the crowd alerted INoS that shit was about to go down.  

     That the band knocked out some of our favorites from Gentleman, Black Love, and 1965, was not lost on us. The Afghan Whigs had grown with us and were now after all of these years - finally on top of their game. The pure sound was real, their power genuine. Just like we remembered. True Rock n' Roll Stars!

     It’s been a tough year for The Afghan Whigs. The tragic passing of longtime friend and guitarist, Dave Rosser, hit hard. We could only imagine the toll it took on Greg and the band. INoS felt the pain when Greg honored Dave, and spoke sincere words of his friendship and admiration. 

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     The bluntness and confidence is what INoS has always loved about Greg. The man will tell you how it is. At one point, he encouraged the crowd to take photos, but was clear, “No flash.” Greg pulled us into his world during the career spanning set. The connection was made. The set list stellar. 90 minutes of perfectly curated jams. The night ended in perfect rock star fashion. Greg said his goodbyes, “Let the boys take you home.” Then the band grooved us with the fuel that took us to another dimension. This is what music is all about, organic energy. We watched Greg drop the mic and exit stage left, never to be seen again. The Afghan Whigs are a class act and we have the utmost respect for them. So we ask, do you want to go for a ride? And the answer all night was - yes.

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HEARD PRESENTS-XXYYXX @ EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM DECEMBER 3rd, 2017

Electronic Musician and Record Producer, Marcell Everett, aka - XXYYXX is slated to bless the ATX with some cool waves and slick beats on December 3rd, 2017, at Empire Control Room and Garage. Advance tickets have already SOLD OUT, but there is a limited second wave of tickets available right now - these will also sell out. Indie Network of Sound (INoS) is excited about this event and will be front and center grooving to the nurturing beats of XXYYXX - we highly suggest you do the same - you need this, you deserve this. Get your tickets now before they sell out.

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The INSANE CLOWN POSSE - Performs "THE GREAT MILENKO"

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Indie Network of Sound (INoS) is calling on all the Austin Juggalos. The Insane Clown Posse (ICP) are bringing their traveling and frightful freakshow of madness and mayhem on October 14th, 2017 to The Empire Control Room and Garage in Austin. ICP - Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope - will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their seminal release "The Great Milenko" with their Juggalos. This is a rarity, you don't want to miss. Since INoS proudly reigns from Detroit, as does ICP - we can proudly say, "This ain't no joke." This is more than a concert event, this will prove to be a rough and tumble, sizzurp fueled circus of darkness and good times.

Fun loving freaks, geeks, rarities, oddities, and just straight up music lovers-this experience is for you. Over the years, you've heard all of the hype. This is your chance to take it all in, because ICP is the real deal. The show, the fans, and the experience you won't find anywhere outside of an ICP show. INoS thanks the Empire Control Room & Garage and Come and Take It Productions for bringing this show to all of us.  Get your tickets now-this will sell out.

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INoS RecomMends-Black Milk September 8th @Empire Control Room and Garage-Austin, Texas

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Indie Network of Sound doesn't recommend everything, so when we do, take it serious. Take it to heart.

Legendary Detroit Hip-hop artist, MC, and Producer Black Milk, AKA Curtis Cross is making a somewhat rare appearance in Austin this week. He will be performing at the Empire Control Room and Garage on Friday, September 8th, 2017. If he isn't already, Black Milk should be on your radar. Raw lyrics, hard lessons from the mean streets, and straight up badass beats. Black Milk will groove you to sultry jazz and moments later kick you in the face with slick electronic dance beats. You'll find yourself waving your hands in the air, waving like you just don't care. That's what Black Milk is all about - A full body experience. Trust us, INoS has been there and done it.  

Black Milk is no rookie to the business. He has worked with the best of em' from Slum Village to RZA. This hip-hop extraordinaire should not be taken lightly and the opportunity to see him in Austin, at Empire Control room should not be missed. INoS Says - Black Milk, You won't be sorry.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Far Beyond the Wheel in Austin

May 27th, 2017, will go down in Indie Network of Sound history. We will remember that the Mohawk Austin was under siege on this night. That we were warned things would get violent. Prior to entering the sold out show, INoS could have never imagined the devastation that was about to occur. It was like nothing we have experienced before, and because these shows have been billed as the Dillinger Escape Plan's farewell, we may never experience such madness and mayhem ever again. Trust us, we’ve been around the block. So when we say it was wild, it was really that wild.

INoS had always heard the stories about The Dillinger Escape Plan's live performance. It’s been said that they are one of the wildest and heaviest bands around. This is truly an underestimation of the raw power that was bestowed upon us. It was a combat zone. Bodies were flying everywhere; falling from the rafters, and launching from the stage. One could not turn their back due to the madness and mayhem that smashed into anyone and anything that got in its way. We geared up with legendary, top notch Photog Warrior, Cayo. A dedicated patriot to the live music photography game. Cayo, though not in his comfort zone, hit the frontline armed with the love of music and photography. Without full knowledge of what he was about to encounter, he dove deep into battle to capture the moments you deserve. Sustaining hits to the head, face, and camera.  He stood toe to toe, knee deep in bodies, all in the name of Rock n’ Roll.

As Greg and Ben, the front man and lead guitarist of Dillinger hit the stage, they commanded the crowd to split the pit. They then jumped in and got things started. One could compare this scene to the biblical moment when Moses split the Red Sea for his people, The Chosen Ones. In this case, the chosen people were their hungry fans yearning for total destruction. Moments into the show bodies were being tossed with abandon. The pit adrenalized by pure power conquered the stage, all in the name of nose diving back, deep into the blissful sea of humanity. The band welcomed this anarchy by antagonizing the crowd for more.

Throughout the show, Greg himself took many plunges into the crowd while never missing a beat. Per Cayo, this spectacle "was a non-stop, bang your head, get the fuck out of my way show." Devoted metal maniacs stormed the stage as Ben could be seen applying headlocks upon the warriors. It was beautiful, and a sight to be seen. A music love affair between a band and their adoring fans. That’s what it’s all about. On the surface, it appeared to be a violent evening of music, when in retrospect it was truly a night of love and emotion. Maybe sadness because this was very possibly the last time.

Big thank you to collaborator, contributor, and friend of INoS #Cayo, @olivaphotography for leading the attack on this night and reporting from the field. The pictures and coverage that captured the moment are top notch. We think you'll agree.

The Orwells at "Emos" Austin - These Brothers Groove

Let's just say that INoS has been owned by the Orwells. Having provided two of the all time, great live television performances on the late, lamented Letterman Show - http://bit.ly/2m8gIMw and http://bit.ly/2p282Ke - we knew early on that this was a band to reckon with, a band that is not to be missed. Then we caught them live for the first time during SXSW 2014, and we knew that these guys were doing something different and that they were just that much better than most any other young band out there. They were wild, garagey, and punk. All of the things that INoS lives for. Not surprisingly this band has brothers in it, and as we always say, the best bands have brothers.

But it is not just the Brinner brothers, it is the whole package. Fronted by Super Mario Cuomo, The Orwells are like the best band at the high school battle of the bands, except that they blow everyone else off the stage. They have a groove that pulls you in and makes you want to dance. It is truly the music to dance too. The excellent musicianship on this night was evident. As the night went on the boys kept saying over and over that "we have one more," and one more they played. They just kept on going, because on this night they had something to prove. Rock and roll is alive and well. The night ended in true Chicago Blues form. Mario walked off stage and the band played on. The show was short and sweet. But oh - it was one heavy hour.

Photos by Friend of INoS and collaborator - Cayo Oliva (@olivaphotography)

A GRIZZLY NIGHT OF METAL

The Indie Network of Sound is here to say that we are serious fans of Heavy Metal, and have always been. In many ways we were raised by it. Our passion goes way back to the mean streets of Detroit, always searching for our next metal fix. As the years went on, our passion only grew stronger as it took us on many adventures. We have seen it all, from New York to Los Angeles, Seattle to New Orleans. So when INoS got word of the Metal Circus coming to Austin, we were stoked and ready to enter the belly of the beast.

The Bound By The Road Tour - brought us six bands, and featured hardcore veterans Death Angel and DevilDriver. The event was held at Grizzly Hall, a true metal venue that is strictly dedicated to the cause. We couldn’t have picked a better spot. A venue with a down and gritty street smart persona. The set-up is very slick and includes a multi-level viewing area that wraps around the stage giving the metal fan a front row view no matter where they are. Not a bad seat in the house.

This night was truly a treat for INoS. A perfectly curated line-up of ferocious bands. It was us attending Sunday Night Mass at the Metal Church. It was an extravaganza, where every band that stepped up to the stage absolutely killed it. Though, the show was signed, sealed, and delivered by the headlining veterans - Death Angel and DevilDriver. Death Angel are no rookies to the scene. They have been knocking it out since the 80’s, honing their game to perfection. INoS was front and center feeling the aggression delivered by Jackson Flying V guitars. Watching the entire main floor engulfed by a tornado like mosh pit that had a mind of its own was a sight to be seen. We had two choices, run to the hills or join the hungry pit and enter the Valley of the Damned. INoS knew exactly where they belonged - In the mouth of madness.

It didn’t end there. The power continued and the night took a turn with DevilDriver. These cats from Santa Barbara, California, meant business. These are the guys that you do not fuck with. Hungry fans were hanging from the rafters. Fists were flying. The pit was in full effect swarming the main floor, and spitting out the weak. Truly no one knew what was waiting for them in the darkness. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back and take it all in, and that’s just what we did. We hit the second level, dead center. What a beautiful spectacle it was.

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In a world that is currently split on many issues, we saw one thing on this night - Unity. Music fans gathered for the same cause, getting their Sunday night Metal fix. DevilDriver provided a pure shot of adrenaline that smacked the ATX straight across their face, and it felt so good. It was a much needed hit of Metal Sativa. When it was all said and done, INoS was cleansed, and ready to hit the streets once again searching for our next fix.

A Punk Throwdown With The Coathangers

This was big. We at INoS are huge fans of The Coathangers. We love the punk grittiness and raw filthy sounds of the power trio reigning from Atlanta, and we couldn’t wait for them to make it to Austin. They’ve been honing their sound for over a decade and in our opinion are the leaders of the pack. So strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. Nosebleed Weekend was INoS’ top pick for album of 2016, a sweet gem, and on this night we were geared up and ready to rock our socks off. As we entered the Barracuda, we immediately observed the band mingling in the crowd. INoS made it a point to speak with all three and let them know how excited we were for their performance. Great conversation was had. We spoke about music, their label Suicide Squeeze, and why we love their sound. Stephanie, Meredith, and Julie we salute you.

The lights dimmed, the crowd tightened up, and the ladies entered the stage with dominance. INoS, like a dog, marked their spot, stage left. No one could get in our way. We wanted this. Our bodies and our brains needed a jolt. The Coathangers smashed right into “Johnny.” It was the perfect way to energize the crowd and get things started. The ladies continued with many of our favorites from Nosebleed Weekend and Suck My Shirt. INoS was in fifth gear and all revved up. We found ourselves banging and smashing into whatever got in our way. We mean anything that got in our way. We have the bruises to prove it.

Austin, Texas rocked out like champions this evening. Was it Garage Rock? Punk Rock? Was it Metal? It was a mixture of all served up with muscle, and rammed down our throats. We loved it. Holy shit, watching Stephanie pound the drums was intense. Each strike could be felt shaking the walls of the Barracuda. What a powerhouse. A straight-up punk throwdown. Without hesitation throughout the show, the band members magically swapped instruments and played each with expertise. This was such an amazing evening of rock that will go down in Indie Network of Sound history as one of the best. We were amped up for The Coathangers and they delivered. They stood toe to toe with a packed house and knocked it out. Take the following advice as the gospel. Check your calendar music fans. If this band is coming through your town, make sure you check ‘em out. INoS felt rejuvenated and reborn after the set. The Coathangers are a solid machine kicking out the jams that you want to hear.

FOIS SAUVAGES - JULY TALK - The Sidewinder February 3, 2017

We’ve been huge fans of July Talk since the first time we met them during SXSW 2015. That year we caught two wild performances. One thing can be said about July Talk, they put on a phenomenal show. Solid rock jams amped up with passive/aggressive sexual tension. Unless you have experienced the euphoric endorphin dump during a July Talk show, you have no idea what we’re talking about. It’s natural, very organic.

As such INoS has been awaiting their return to Austin, Texas. The Canadian band doesn’t often come our way, so this was an opportunity not to be missed. As we entered The Sidewinder, the first thing we saw was “SOLD OUT.” Like always, Indie Network of Sound claimed their spot “front and center.” As the lights dimmed and the crowd began to howl, July Talk took the stage with electrifying energy. The band is fronted by Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis, both extremely charming. Leah’s vocals are sweet and innocent, fronted with a beautiful smile. Don’t let that fool you, she carries a dark passenger. Is it sexual appeal? It may be the anticipation of the unknown as we watch Leah slither around the stage circling Peter, ready to strike her prey. One could only wish it was that simple. This is much more complex. She definitely has no problem commanding what she wants, what she needs, and Peter will oblige. Tonight, Leah was in full control.

Peter the ultimate Alpha Male. The James Dean of rock with a slick guitar slung down his back. His vocals like no other. INoS describes it as a deep growl bellowing from his soul. On this date, things were a bit different though. It was not like the past times we’ve seen July Talk, where Peter was a wild animal roaming and conquering his prey. This time he was tamed, and under the control of Leah. In an act of dominance Leah ordered Peter to his knees, thus building anticipation. The crowd screamed, “On your knees” and Peter got down. Leah taunted him holding the microphone while Peter sang into it. Peter was in full effect, full of wild facial expressions, self-strikes to his face, and microphone chords wound around Leah’s neck. Yes, that’s right. ‘Fois Sauvages’ [Wild Times] were had. It was an opus of sexual energy, crowd chemistry, and tension, building a beautiful relationship between music and stage performance. July Talk has a magnetic chemistry that leaves music fans wanting more. Perfect jams infused with blues, rock, and pop music. They’ve tapped into something special. In a day when people are in search for love, sex, and excitement, July Talk delivered it all in 90 minutes. What else could you ask for? INoS can’t stress it enough. July Talk is fresh, exciting, and a must for rock fans.

INoS Recommends - TYVEK at the Mohawk on Thursday February 16th - Austin, Texas

To many, Tyvek is considered the greatest band in the world. One must ask, why is that? What is it about the Lo-Fi style that brings us so much comfort? The Indie Network of Sound have always been a huge fan of the post-punk garage sound. So with that said, we are amped up to experience Detroit punk legends Tyvek this Thursday at The Mohawk. What's even better is that this show will go down indoors. A perfect setting to host the destruction and mayhem that is in store for Austin. We can't express to you enough the immensity and importance of this show. With the rarest of opportunities to catch these guys, don't let it pass you by. Indie Network of Sound is calling this the pick of the week - hell the pick of the month - maybe even the show of the year. Fred Thomas, Xetas, and Rose Ette will be getting things started, setting the tone for Tyvek. All four bands are outstanding. Hope to see you there front and center. 

INoS Recommends - Austra at the Mohawk on Saturday February 4th - Austin, Texas

On the rare opportunity to see Austra perform live in Austin, INoS says don't let it pass you by. Trust is what we ask of you, and we encourage you to take advantage of this musical journey of dreams. This will be a night of visual stimulation accompanied by gorgeous and angelic vocals. We first caught the Canadian songbird a number of years back during a lush SXSW set, leaving us wanting more. We sought out another performance of the band later the same night. It was that amazing. We simply couldn't get enough of the the beautiful sounds served up on a platter of positive vibes. Indie Network of Sound compares Austra to no other. 

A Giant Dog Triumphs at Barracuda

The other night Indie Network of Sound witnessed the triumphant hometown return of A Giant Dog. The band had recently completed an extensive European tour, and they returned as what INoS can only describe as the HeavyWeight Champions of the Indie Rock world. This was characterized and made plain by the boxers robe worn by Sabrina as she entered stage right of the very packed Barracuda ready for a fight. This for the bands' exclusive FREEWEEK performance in Austin,Texas.

Free Week has become an Austin staple over the past handful of years and is best described as an extended week when local bands play venues throughout the city for Free. On this night a message was sent, A Giant Dog meant business and they did not disappoint. They came ready as a tightly tuned unit for a take no prisoners street fight. Mayhem and Madness is what ensued. Bodies were flying everywhere, rockin' and rollin,' smashing into anything that got in the way. All powered by many of INoS favorite jams from A Giant Dog's latest release, Pile. INoS recommends A Giant Dog to anyone who doesn't know.

Top Albums of 2016-Indie Network of Sound

It is safe to say that 2016 was not one of the kindest years to musicians. The music community lost way too many great ones. With that said, 2016 was indeed a great year for music - with the release of many musical gems.

Indie Network of Sound paid homage throughout the year to many artists and their worthy releases. It was difficult for us to narrow our favorites down to a list of twenty albums, and thus a challenge to bring you what is in our opinion the year’s best works. INoS says - “Keep on Rockin.”

20) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

19) Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

18) Neurosis - Fires within Fires

17) Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

16) Beach Slang - A Large Bash of Teenage Feelings

15) Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)

14) Angel Olsen - My Woman

13) Body War - Show Me The Body

12) Public Access T.V. - Never Enough

11) The Kills - Ash & Ice

10) Haelos - Full Circle

9) Hinds - Leave Me Alone

8) Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial

7) David Bowie - Blackstar

6) Death Valley Girls - Glow In The Dark

5) A Giant Dog - Pile

4) Bleached - Welcome To The Worms

3) Warpaint - Heads Up

2) Slothrust - Everyone Else

1) The Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend

 

 

RUBY THE HATCHET

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Indie Network of Sound (INoS) recently took a journey through the Valley of the Snake with Ruby the Hatchet. The adventure into darkness began at an INoS always favorite rock spot, The Barracuda in Austin, Texas, and what may be is best described as an evening of doom psychedelic rock, heavy bass, blistering guitar, and pouncing drums. We were on the Black Mountainside – near to the cliff and entering the abyss. INoS encountered solid musicianship mastering the art of the magic trick. The magic trick that occurs when a group of artists enter an empty room and make magic; a happening that wasn’t present - until the artists set up and turned on.

And this is what we witnessed. Let’s talk about the singer - Jillian. As she emerged onstage, we felt the presence of Janis Joplin. It was the look. It was the feel. The 70’s flowing hair, rad outfit, topped off with slick blue star boots. We immediately dug her style. And must pay homage to Jillian’s – David Bowie and Lemmy tats. Right on!

Jillian took off with perfect vocals to the soundtrack of doom. INoS felt the cold chill emerging from the valley. Jillian was telling a story of fear, evil, and debauchery.  The Conjuring of darkness was going down as Jillian fell to her knees, hands in the air, asking the crowd to hear her now. The lyrics still burnt into our brains, “Look to the sky my love, I see tomorrow.”  We were deep in and there was no turning back. Hypnotized by the heavy guitar riffs, the dark vocals emerged upon us. INoS took two steps closer. This was a beautiful journey led by heavy guitar and bass riffs, a mystical organ, and killer drums. Jillian was the Queen of Darkness taking Austin, Texas, by the hand, straight through the heart of “The Valley of the Snake.” 

As the journey continued and the mind warping 70’s acid rock took effect, the sound was off the hook. Heavy, pure, and loud. This is what we wanted. This is what we needed. This is what we deserved. Our souls were cleansed. 50 minutes of true rock. Paying Homage to Black Sabbath, Black Mountain, and INoS favorite - Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats.

After the show, Indie Network of Sound had the great opportunity to meet Ruby The Hatchet herself - Jillian Anderson. INoS let it be known how much they loved the set and the fact that Ruby the Hatchet rocked our socks off. Jillian was extremely humble. This type of moment is what INoS is all about. The discovery of fresh new music that moves us.  We look forward to crossing paths once again. This is one band you don’t want to miss. INoS says- Ruby the Hatchet is a must.

Dazed in the Desert - Desert Daze Recap

Following is a recap of the recent Desert Daze that took place at The Institute of MentalPhysics in Joshua Tree, CA, from contributing friend of INoS and photog extraordinaire, Travis Trautt (www.travistrautt.com , @travistrautt). The Institute of MentalPhysics was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright. It is said to be an architectural landmark, that was harmoniously designed with the astounding beauty of the Joshua Tree desert. Sounds like an awesome spot for a “Festival of Music.” Here is Travis’ take on the festival that leaves INoS with with many new acts to seek out and much to explore. Desert Daze proved to be a beautiful experience that was chock full of some of our favorite bands.

I was overly excited for the entire trip. It was a bonus to come on as a Desert Daze guest and house photographer - Not to mention my return to Joshua Tree. The night before the event, I arrived at 230 AM, and was given a tour of the grounds by two friends who were also working the event.

On Day 1/Friday - I was up at 730 and ready to rock. I explored the town and then prepared for the shoot. Although the day bands were good, I was intently focused on getting my bearings straight, understanding the stage layouts, and meeting the security team. Befriending the security staff is a huge deal and to your advantage when working a festival - because they become your best friends when needing to navigate the madness. After meeting the festival staff I knew that shit would get crazy. Especially once night fell.

The day didn't really kick-off for me until INoS favorite Death Valley Girls hit the stage -  their energy really kicked the day into a very high gear. Yet the two bands that I was most excited for - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and The Sonics – were still to come. The Sonics came out and put on a great show – after all of these years this legendary Tacoma band can still rip. Yet it was King Gizzard that went insane with an extreme high energy that the crowd was completely into. Other highlights of Day 1 included Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi, and Temples.

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Saturday was still to come and set up to be the craziest day of all - the lineup was pure goodness. From 2PM til 2AM-  it's was non-stop rocking. Cherry Glazerr kicked festivities off right for me. Next up were Radio Moscow and WAND – and both bands absolutely killed it.

As evening fell and the full moon rose over the desert – all things began to feel out of control. The epic bands of note were:

Thee Oh Sees,

Black Angels – It was awesome to see and hear their excellent record Passover played in its entirety. On a side note- the posters that were made for Black Angels were a hot commodity and sold out within a few hours of the first day,

Primus was cool, but wish I had instead gone to see the Night Beats,

Jujjuu fit the venue nicely, and finally

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - They turned off most lights and played in the light haze. Killer show.

A few side notes I spotted Ty Segall hanging in the back watching most of the bands. I really loved seeing that. As well my camera went down on Saturday. Thankfully and luckily, I had rented a second camera body for this event, and it ultimately saved my ass. I had never rented a second body before - I got very lucky this time.  That said, I disappointingly lost all of my Godspeed photos.

Sunday was bit more mellow. I think the people were burnt.

I started out with Meatbodies, La Luz was great as always, Metz went off - very high energy, Pond put on a great show, Television is legendary, and finally BJM – closed it all out playing an awesome set as is standard for them.

The Ghost in our head told us so....Slothrust

It is no secret that Indie Network of Sound are huge fans of the Brooklyn/LA-based trio Slothrust. INoS has rocked out with Slothrust on three prior occasions, and each time has been an amazing and unique experience. Thus our admiration of the band has been well earned.  

On October 20, 2016, Indie Network of Sound had the pleasurable opportunity to sit down with Leah Wellbaum, Kyle Bann, and Will Gorin, collectively known as Slothrust. We nestled ourselves in a corner spot at Buffalo Billiards, on the second level patio overlooking 6th Street in Austin, Texas - Conveniently located across the street from The Parish, the venue where Slothrust would be playing a sold-out show in 2 hours time. We have the utmost respect for this band, so this was truly an honor. We had great conversation and good laughs. As we spoke, one thing came to mind, “these are some cool cats.” INoS looks forward to bringing this interview to you in the near future. Slothrust is truly the band you need to know now.

The evening began in true Rock fashion with fans lined up around the building. As we packed our way into the venue, INoS did as they always do, positioned ourselves front and center. The band emerged and the festivities began. Leah’s vocals were perfect as she shredded away on her guitar. Her hair draped across her face, the lights hitting just perfectly to portray an image that was pure rock ‘n roll. Leah was lit up beautifully kicking out her intense, offbeat vocals. The lyrics, unique and confusing, filled with plenty of metaphors. This is a huge part of the Slothrust appeal. Plus, as most, we love to people watch and Leah is wildly fun to watch. Her facial expressions awkward and stage antics mesmerizing. Arms extended, eyes closed, Leah recites, “she don’t finish dinner, her expression never changes, don’t shake hands with the lonely kids, cuz I hear that shit’s contagious.”

Just like she stated, her expression never changed. It was obvious to INoS that Leah was in her rock n roll happy place, this was way too cool. Kyle, slamming away on the bass creating a 90’s grunge Nirvana feel. A true rock ‘n roll bad ass claiming his spot on the stage, one thing came to our mind, “territorial pissing.” The unsung hero, Will, beating the hell out of the drums. He is one intense mofo behind the scenes, killing it on the skins. All three talented musicians together create the machine that INoS loves so much, The Power Trio, Slothrust. The band knocked out a sixty-minute set filled with numerous jams from their anticipated new release, Everyone Else. INoS picked up on the subtle darkness in many of the tunes. We “totally got it.” We couldn’t help but notice the evolution of this band. On this night, the sound was different, the band was tighter than ever. Leah’s vocals, sly lyrics, and wit were as sharp as ever. Her guitar was blistering with power. It was all happening right in front of our eyes. The transition into true Rock Stars. A chill went up our spines, as Slothrust closed things out with a crowd favorite, Crockpot. Our journey with Slothrust for the last 3 years has brought us here, to this moment where it hit home, Slothrust is a rising force in the Indie scene, “the real deal.” 

The Darkness Down Under: Death Valley Girls

We’d like to start off by saying this was not Indie Network of Sound’s first rodeo with Death Valley Girls. We were fortunate enough to catch them twice during South by SouthWest (SXSW) 2016. Once during the fabulous BurgerMania - which is worthy of a story in itself. The amazing introduction, though, occurred at this mind blowing event called a “Fluffer Pit Party” put on by Fluffer Records out of London. At Pit Parties all bands are set up in a completely unique configuration, on the floor, in the middle of the venue, surrounded by their amps. The crowd then forms a circle around the band, and the bands tear it up in the round. An amazing concept. Well, this is how INoS was first introduced to the Death Valley Girls. They rocked our socks off and brains out leaving us only wanting more.

On October 8th, 2016, Indie Network of Sound was geared up for Round 3 with the Death Valley Girls. The spot; Hotel Vegas, in Austin, Texas. The scene; a two day festival neatly titled, “Heaven or Hotel Vegas: Hot Burrito Dream Pop Weekend.” Hotel Vegas, a sweet little spot located on the east side of town, is an Indie Network of Sound favorite. A true rock venue if there ever was one. INoS positioned ourselves front and center ready for some action. Death Valley Girls struck right on-time - at the meaningful witching hour of midnight. The band emerged and immediately caught our attention. Dressed in tight leather with black capes draped upon their backs. We’re not talking about superhero capes. These were no superheroes fighting evil; these ladies were sent from down under.

Each member had the mark of the beast on their forehead. The tone was set with a large red demon hovering over the stage. It was obvious to us the Death Valley Girls were spreading the word, and summoning the DarkSide. It was like a horror movie set to a beautiful soundtrack. The stage was small but the band used every inch of it to taunt the fans. The music was killer. Best described as a dark heavy groove, with a 1970’s garage rock sound. Some refer to it as “DoomBoogie.” As we stood in awe we could hear an homage being paid to some of our old school favorites; KISS, Black Sabbath, and definitely the father of darkness, Alice Cooper. Yet, INoS also has to pay our respects to Larry, the axe behind the scenes laying down some serious evil riffs. All of this pulled the whole package together. INoS was mesmerized by the Death Valley Girls, watching every move they made. It was probably the fear that drew us in. The cohesiveness of the band was intense, similar to a 1960’s gang. These are the chicks you don’t fuck with. On their knees, back, and face to face – rockin’ out. There wasn’t a dull moment throughout. They plowed through their set hitting all of our favorites from their sophomore release, Glow in the Dark. Once the show concluded, we felt different. Something had changed in us. It was as if the music summoned our dark passenger. We feared what would happen next.

After the show the Indie Network of Sound had the good fortune to meet up with band. These are some very cool musicians. Down to earth, humble, and extremely enchanting. We had great a conversation about life and music. The Death Valley Girls are for real. The clock struck 2AM and as we were saying our final goodbyes, a fan walked up and yelled, “Lady Power.” For a moment we paused, thought to ourselves as simple as it was, that’s what this was all about, Lady Power and the power was definitely strong.

Dinosaur Jr. - September 16, 2016 at the ACL Moody Theater

J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph

J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph

This is a story of finding out at the last possible minute that you were invited to have the unique chance to see one of the all-time great independent acts and live bands. The story of a night that was meant to be. This is about a band that had been broken up for the better part of ten years in the late nineties, but had been back together for the last ten years, and for one reason or another INoS hadn't caught them live in many years. More on that later. 

It is a story of our love and admiration for the power trio. This was Dinosaur Jr. It was all Amps and Mind Melt. It was Guitar Wizardry, and what Nirvana might have been in 2016, if they had lasted the test of time. There were great shredding guitars. Heavy as hell one minute and poppy the next. There was a Wall of Sound that was at times Heavy Metal and at other times "Wimpy, Jangly Stuff" as they once described themselves. Overall it was a heavy influence of all the bands we love. It was J Mascis the Legend, and it was the original, legendary lineup of Murph on Drums and Lou Barlow on Bass and Vocals.

When I told my friend of the experience, she asked "Aren't they from the 80s?" And when Lou Barlow sang, he brought us to memories of Uncle Tupelo. It was all so Wonderful.  Rock N' Roll. Soothes the Soul. We all agree. This night was all about Fluid Influences. At times there was Bob Dylan, then on to Blue Cheer or Nebula, to Black Sabbath, and back to REM. But it was all about the essence of D Jr. They played songs from throughout their catalog during a two hour set. It was like so many things that came before it. Yet. Like nothing else. So the night was pretty much perfection when it comes to a rock show. That said, INoS left saddened and confounded that we had missed the better part of the past 25 years of D Jr live shows. With us hanging from the rafters that night we were somewhat redeemed. So now we know. At least we ask. Is this is one of the heaviest bands of all time?