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The Armchairs & Arrah and the Ferns at The Ox Feb. 25

It’s getting close to that time of year again when indie acts hop into their vans, forego a little hygiene, and descend on the crowded Austin streets. Psych-pop outfit The Armchairs will be performing tonight at The Ox (or I guess you can kind of call it their home). It’s a bit of a bon voyage party for the loveable crew as they prepare to hit the road for a 20+ show tour which includes a stop down at SXSW. They’ll be joined by buds Arrah and the Ferns who will be sharing in the madcap adventures so there should be plenty of laughs, smiles, strange conversations, and feel good tunes. Come throw down and wish them well! The Ox, (you should already know or just ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages (The Armchairs' Photo by Tiffany Yoon) - Alexis V.

Kuf Knotz Opens for Mutlu at WCL Feb. 25

Kuf Knotz has been working hard to help build a place for creativity to flow in the music and art community with his monthly series BoomBox Collective at World Café Live. Well, he’ll be taking the big stage this evening to release some of that positive energy to get you rockin’ and swayin’ to his own soundtrack of hope. Kuf Knotz will be opening for his brother from another mother and blue-eyed soul man Mutlu who has been on tour a lot lately backing his brofriend Amos Lee. Tonight should be a reunion of old heads from the BurnDown crew and the singer-songwriter community so be prepared for some good vibes. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $21 - $31, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Reminiscing w/When I Was 12 at JB’s Feb. 25

The sugar-sweet indie pop troupe When I Was 12 is swinging by Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The charmingly chipper group creates nostalgic and catchy tunes that are the musical equivalent of a snicker doodle. Singer/songwriter Adrianne Gold writes witty narratives that reminisce on endearingly minute details of flourishing and crumbling relationships, like eating Ben and Jerry’s in the cold or wearing a cherished Hunter Green sweater. Their debut LP Dear Eskimo is intimate both in its largely acoustic sound accompanied by Gold’s coy, delicate vocals and in the bedroom-esque feeling of the recording. The totally twee foursome is preparing for the release of an eponymous new 7” on Drexel’s Bantic Media, which you can preorder here. Below is their candy-coated video for “Tree Trunk Of My Heart” which somehow makes winter actually look enjoyable. Don’t show up late cause they are opening! See you there! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.


The Spirit of '98

An album of memory-soaked lo-fi that peels out of the speaker like a ray of sunshine, Dan Lurie's first solo release The Spirit of '98 speaks a vast volume for being just 10 tracks. Based on his college life (which includes the staples of our own collegiate experience -- "girls, and cheap beer, and cheaper vodka, meeting friends, losing friends, remembering some, forgetting others, and discovering who you are"), it's been eleven years coming, amidst the fruit of his seemingly neverending musical cornucopia (Solyoni, The Thrifty, The Grapefruit League, etc.). Between a $25 guitar, a miniature grand piano, an 8-track cassette recorder and a handful of other toys, Lurie's laid down 10 tunes that swing from nostalgic romps to sonnets singing the real thing. At times it reminds me of early/live Elliott Smith, at times Bradford Cox, at times it reminds me of nothing (in the most melodic way possible). Why he's been hiding The Spirit of '98 away since then is beyond me, but I'm glad it's out. Thanks for bringing me back to college, Dan, and this time without the endless hangover. -Mike Harper

Download the album for free! (Cheaper than college, and better!)




Flogging Molly @ War Memorial, 3/5/11

Irish rowdies and Celtic punk fans, take heed. Flogging Molly is headed this way on their 7th Annual Green 17 tour, a countdown of show dates until Saint Patty’s Day. Rich instrumentation that includes mandolin, accordion, banjo and uilleann pipes and dynamic stage presence is what you’ll get March 5 at War Memorial Auditorium. Download the band’s single “Don’t Shut Em Down” from their upcoming album for free here. – Jessica Pace


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