- RIDING HIGH: Pony Pants.
House show venue the Treehouse, at 109 S. Cedar St., finds itself in a unusual position even if it were a full-on live music joint. Thursday, March 8, is the first big day of 14 consecutive shows the venue is playing host to, delivering such big names as Kiss Kiss (March 11), Matt & Kim, Pony Pants and the Mathematicians (all on March 12), who are on their way to and from Austin’s annual South-by-Southwest music and film festival.
Though there’s hardly enough space here to break down the over-packed madness to come during the next two weeks, tonight’s show (10 p.m., $3) will feature Floridian ambient rap artist Astronautalis along with Tennessee indie pop rockers Mermaid Police, industrial hip-hop group Mad Trucker, and cute nerdy-voiced indie rock-pop with the Lone Tiger, Daniel Craig.
Popular Houston-area Americana folk singer/songwriter Hayes Carll will perform at the White Water Tavern on Friday, March 9. The Hendrix grad is currently touring to promote his sophomore release, “Little Rock,” the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Flowers and Liquor.”
The title cut from the new album finds Carll in the midst of a search for “a piece of this Earth for my peace of mind” — a place he seems to have found in his old college stomping grounds, Little Rock. The show starts at 9 p.m., and the cover is $10.
The Revolution Music Room has a big Sunday show, bringing in Seattle’s reverberating indie rock-pop one-man outfit Aqueduct, psychedelic pop/Flaming Lips-esque group Annuals, and local Sugar and the Raw spin-off band Big Boots on March 11.
Aqueduct calls his music “quintessential bedroom rock stuck somewhere between lo- and hi-fi,” a description that gives it a great deal more credit than the pop label inevitably stamped across the sound. Aqueduct cites ’50s and ’60s pop, the Pixies, Black Sabbath and Beulah as influences.
Annuals is no shrinking violet either, though. The five-piece has recently received critical acclaim in the New York Times, breaking features in Rolling Stone and Spin, as well as numerous NPR and late-night TV appearances. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover.
The music keeps on revving on Monday, March 12, with what may be one of the most anticipated shows in town: electro dream hip-hop artist RJD2 alongside Busdriver and indie pop group Happy Chichester (8 p.m., $10).
Now for the rest of the week, starting with Thursday, March 8: At Vino’s, it’s Floridian alterna-pop-rock group the Dark Romantics with up-and-coming indie electro popsters Discover America and Little Rock hipster-hip-hop artists Futuro Boots (9 p.m., $7) … the Rev Room revs it up with thoroughly country group Jason Boland and the Stragglers alongside guest Jackson Taylor (9 p.m., $10) … Juanita’s brings on the darkness with an all metal/heavy rock show featuring Cleveland’s Mushroomhead, Los Angeles’ progressive hardcore group the Human Abstract, industrial black metal band Psyclon Nine, Black Flood Diesel and Marazene (9 p.m., $17 advance/$20 day of show) … And at Cajun’s Wharf, the show is “art rock” with local group Notion (8:30 p.m., $5).
On Friday: Fayetteville’s dreamy, dissonant folk rock group Woolly Mammoth, monotone ambient band Holy Ghost Children, and the Pasties play the Treehouse (10 p.m., donations) … the Rev Room leads with an all-female hip-hop showcase, Divas of the Rock, featuring Alicia, Heavon Scent, Spice Sheamarie, Pink, Maria V., and Goldie (9 p.m., $10) … Local hardcore metal group Ashes of Augustine holds a Tour Kickoff Show with Dryline, Benison and Arcane Fire at Vino’s (8 p.m., $7) … Donna Massey and Blue-Eyed Soul bring “Southern-fried R&B” flavor to your old favorites at Cajun’s (8:30 p.m., $5)… It’s gritty country rock with Austin Allsup and local rocker Allyn Ross at Juanita’s (10 p.m., $7). Allsup’s been making Little Rock a frequent stop … and Nashville working class rocker Will Hoge plays with the Sterns at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $8 advance, $10 day of show).
On Saturday: Catch two shows in one day at Vino’s. First in the line-up, it’s Austin electro metal group At All Cost, Houston hardcore the JonBenet, and Hot Springs hardcore Dreading Sundown (6 p.m., $7). Later that night, it’s Michael Graves (of the Misfits) and Stacie Macky (9:30 p.m., $5) … Raleigh, N.C., heartfelt and hurt folk American Aquarium is at the White Water Tavern with the Pasties and local indie rock group Coach (9 p.m., $5) … Local scruffy folk pop group Ho-Hum throws a CD release party with smoky post-punk band the Moving Front and Hunter Beard at the Revolution Room (9 p.m., $5 door, $10 for admission and CD) … At Juanita’s, see Sacramento rock-pop Self Against City with local group Ocean and 2007 Arkansas Times Musicians’ Showcase semifinalist Rigby Fawkes (9:30 p.m., $6) … 20-something Texas funk-blues-roots prodigy Hamilton Loomis plays Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … the Philip Zoellner Band does a late set at Midtown Billiards (12:30 a.m., $5) ... Funk soul brother rockers On the One featuring Charlie Hitchcock plays with Little Rock jam band Weakness for Blondes at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $6) … and at the Treehouse, it’s Philadelphia Southern indie folk-rocker Adam Arcuragi with Conway jam band Stone Mountain Crew (another Musicians’ Showcase semifinalist) and acoustic, folksy blues man Ben Magie (10 p.m., donations).
Sunday is big, big, big when the aforementioned New York gypsy experimental rock band Kiss Kiss (think Gogol Bordello sans accent/on amphetamines) hits up the Treehouse with local all-in psychedelic post-rock group Bad Omen Band, ’80s pop-rock sound-alike the Friendly Friends, Feverfew and Fort Smith new-wave synth-punk An A+ Setup (10 p.m., $5) … At the Village, Cali pop-punkers group Halifax plays with indie rockers Greeley Estates, Chicago alterna-rock Madina Lake, and the Vincent Black Shadow (8 p.m., $10-$12)… and Vino’s hosts hardcore punk group Die Young with Memphis hardcore Dead City and Hollywood (6 p.m., $7).
Monday: At Juanita’s it’s blues-tinged indie rock with Cold War Kids, White-Stripes-like garage popsters Tokyo Police Club, and Delta Spirit (8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 day of show) … the Treehouse hosts the show that might just break their floors with Brooklyn’s bizarre and captivating electro indie pop Matt & Kim, New York indie electronica group the Mathematicians, Floridian electro hip hop pop Mad Happy, Philadelphia silly/adorable indie pop Pony Pants, and local ironic electronica Nathan Browningham (10 p.m., $5) … At the Village, Illinois pop group the Hush Sound plays with New York alterna-pop group Straylight Run with Spitalfield (6 p.m., price TBA) … and at White Water, local indie rock group American Princes shares the stage with Nick Butcher, the Shedding and the Caribbean (8 p.m., $5).
Tuesday: New York indie ambient group As Tall as Lions shows up with Americana pop rock band Limbeck, Boston indie rockers the Dear Hunter, and Keating at Juanita’s (8 p.m., $7 advance, $8 day of show) … Canadian band City Streets is playing two shows in one night, the first with the Hiss, Call My Lightning, and Gringo Starr at White Water (9 p.m., $5), and the second at Midtown Billiards (12:30 a.m., $5) … Cincinnati big beat/poli-savvy group the Sundresses do a show with Josh the Devil & the Sinners, the Cheat and Night of Pleasure at the Treehouse (10 p.m., $3).
Wednesday: Chattanooga-based Dave Matthews Tribute Band comes to Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $6) … At the White Water, it’s the 8088 Records Showcase with A Problem of Alarming Dimensions, Josh Abbott, Transmography and Cracker Creeptacular (8 p.m., $5) … and Austin’s DIY punk press Altercation Magazine Tour 2007 comes to the Treehouse featuring Blase Debris, PBR, the Thing That Always Explodes, Casket Architects, and Cracker Creeptacular (10 p.m., $4).