In his weekly music column Zack Teibloom gives his suggestions on concerts, albums, and happenings around Austin.
Now that we're seven weeks into this column, it's nice to be at the point where I can refer to old advice and follow up on it. Remember back in the very first "Pay, Play or Stay Away" when I told you to buy tickets to see Robyn at ACL Live? Not all of you did, so there're still floor seats available for Thursday night's show. Good news for you! This is the third week in a row I've told you to buy something Jack White related (4th overall), and I'll only stop when he doesn't have anything new out. This week is especially strong on the free streams, but I won't suggest you do anything for love. Not even that. Whatever "that" is.
Robyn (Concert) Thursday June 21st at ACL Live for $25.50:
This is Robyn's third trip to Austin in the last year and a half. Thankfully she doesn't have to open up for Katy Perry this time, as she did her last show at the Frank Erwin Center. All three parts of Body Talk are best seen live, and boy can she dance. Robyn at ACL Live was one of my favorite shows of 2011, and even if I had to take the night off of work unpaid to be there, so be it. She's that good.
The Raconteurs (DVD) Live at Montreux 2008 for $11.99-$14.99:
You may already own the double LP of "The Raconteurs Live in London," and their more recent "Live at Third Man" on vinyl if you're a member of the Third Man Vault, but this week you can finally get a DVD of what may be the best live band Jack White ever played in. It's a pretty bare bones DVD, but you get 16 songs split between both Raconteurs albums, and the DVD and Blu-Ray are fairly priced. When I went to order the DVD, Amazon suggested I get the Jack White/Jimmy Page/The Edge "It Might Get Loud" documentary for $6.99, so of course that happened as well.
David Byrne and St. Vincent "Who" download:
After a couple of decades leading The Talking Heads, David Byrne has been collaborating with everyone from Brian Eno to Dirty Projectors to Fatboy Slim. This collaboration with St. Vincent is going to be a full tour and album, and if this exceptional first track is any indication, we're in for something special. Playful horns start off the track that has Byrne singing lead, with St. Vincent adding gorgeous backing vocals. I accidentally left this song on repeat for about 45 minutes at work and became more and more enamored with it. I'd buy tickets to this tour in a heartbeat. The duo will be making a stop in Austin on October 5th at Bass Concert Hall, so it looks like you may have a chance to see them.
Dirty Projectors "Dance For You" stream:
This is a solid preview of the new album, though I do prefer Dirty Projectors songs where the women in the band sing more, and this one is all David Longstreth. Regardless, I keep listening to it and liking everything from the rapid snare drum to the simple clapping to the strings near the end. They can be slow, but they're great live, even if they put Ron Jeremy to sleep.
Stay cool y'all. Cheers! -Zack Teibloom