Weird Austin, Austin
In Austin across from the UT campus, there is a road named Guadalupe, also known as 'the drag.' On the side of the Baja Fresh building, there is a frog which could be dismissed as graffitti but actually has a story behind it. An Austin musician named Daniel Johnston drew it on the side of the building. According to a Baja press release, "This art became popular in part because cult icon Kurt Cobain was a fan of Austin artist/musician, Daniel Johnston, and was photographed in a T-shirt bearing a reprint of this ?frog? mural. The mural and the photo of Kurt Cobain can be seen by going to Johnston?s website www.hihowareyou.com." When Baja Fresh moved in, they were going to get rid of the frog, but of course there were Austinites protesting. There were stories about it on the news and even in Rolling Stone. See the site for the whole story.
Tungsten Coil * Austin, Texas
Tungsten Coil Live at the Elysium 4/27/2007, Austin, Texas
Rock * Electronica * Trance. Visiting this fabulous fusion of industrial, synthcore rock and dance rhythms at the dark nightclub "Elysium" in Austin was awesome. Riviting and spectacular soundscape - this band aims to please. Tungsten Coil was formed in the late 90's and have released their CD "Reactive" blending rivet with industrial. In 2005 they took on their current sound enchanting an even bigger audience.
Evening of 4/27/07 at the Elysium was a spectacular night thanks to these folk. 4 stars out of 5.
Sub Natural * Austin, Texas
Sub Natural Live at Elysium, Austin, Texas
Industrial/Rock/Metal. A smashing neurotic blend of dark rock, intricate metal, and pounding beats - SubNatural took over the Elysium on friday April 27, 2007 as they opened for Tungsten Coil. I'm not much of a metal fan, but it was an enjoyable show. Frontman Ritch N is lead with great lyrics and musical talent; Guitarist Stephen Vanpelt and Bassist Nick Grubbs make the action happen, and percussionist Riggz Wade gives the bands sound just what it needs. Blended together with the great venue of Elysium, it was a pretty good show. 3 stars out of 5.
On Sunday afternoons in the spring/summer, be sure to check out the rollerderby at the old Austin airport. Gates open at 6:00, there are two live bands, cheap alcohol, and plenty of hard-core roller derby girls going at it. A great place to wind out the weekend!
Tickets are $10.00.
Note: This place offers some of Austin's finest people-watching. I saw more tattoos & piercings in one night here than I saw all last year.
Austin pride's itself on "Keeping Austin Wierd"! This lady in red caught the eyes of all who walked by.