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A Giant Dog, XETAS, American Sharks, Nick Allison and The Players Lounge, DJ Apple Pie

A Giant Dog February Residency - Every Thursday Of The Month!

Doors: 8pm
Featuring: A Giant Dog / XETAS / American Sharks / Nick Allison and the Players Lounge + DJ Apple Pie

It's also Sierra's birthday, so invite all your friends along, bring some cake, and let's give her a rowdy birthday party for the ages!
> A Giant Dog

Austin's A Giant Dog, formed in 2008, is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds and party animals. No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps everywhere than A Giant Dog.

AGD have built their reputation blowing the goddamned doors off every venue in Austin. Live, they are loud, heavy, electrifying. Sabrina struts around the stage like Iggy Pop channeling Tina Turner. Andrew hurls himself from the summit of the speaker stack. Graham’s headbanging clobbers anything close to him. The audience rages, asses shake, and everyone leaves drenched in beer and bodily fluids.

> Xetas

The most dangerous letter in the DIY Greek alphabet, XETAS are greeting 2017 with their sophomore album and spring tour, serious as a heart attack and more fun than the drugs they give you in the hospital after the medics bring you back to life.

Pumping through Austin's clogged Red River arteries since 2014, the Austin firebrands have temporarily broken their vows of Shaolin silence with ten tracks of unadulterated defibrillation --an electrifying monument to distorted melody and verbal hooks brought to a full boil.

Recorded over a 24-hour period in the fall of 2016 with engineer Ian Rundell (Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes, Spray Paint, Empty Markets), the 37-minute, 10-track album was recorded in less than than 7 minutes --a testimony to the band's energy and capacity for bending time and space after years of monastic devotion.

The melodies are dirty, distorted and delicious, dishing on the world in a jolting and at times unnerving manner, speaking truth to power, assuring a nation already grappling with insomnia under new federal management that it never sleeps again, in soundman Max's jacket, or otherwise.

> American Sharks

The first time I spotted American Sharks’ Mike Hardin, at Austin’s Sound on Sound Fest, he worked a giant broom, spreading wood chips over a muddy, potholed path.

“If I was sitting down right here, talking to you, and there was some person scooping shit and I didn’t get up, my dad would whoop my ass,” Hardin explained. “He would say, ‘Get up and fuckin’ work.’ It’s just ingrained in me at this point.”

That hard work mentality is something Hardin, along with drummer Nick Cornetti and guitarist Will Ellis, have used to propel American Sharks since forming in 2012. Living in Houston, Hardin and Ellis played in another band, Monster Baby and the American Sharks, but Ellis relocated to Austin. That’s where he caught Cornetti playing in a band called Cartright.

In 2013, the stoner metal band released their debut, self-titled album, loaded with lively, face-melting riffs. Hardin still lived in Houston, but commuted to Austin to record. That changed after The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt reached out.

Cornetti and the others decided the only way they could make the band work is if they were around each other constantly. The move made, the Sharks almost immediately opened for The Sword at a dive bar in Austin. That went according to the Sharks’ plan, Cornetti explained. The goal was to get a permanent gig opening for The Sword. If you ask Hardin, he’ll credit the other band for the existence of his. Shutts helped American Sharks find a booking agent, and put in a good word for his proteges, landing them opening stints for Gwar, Red Fang and Clutch.

The Sharks are now at work on their second LP, Bad News, which they’re hoping gets released next spring.

>Nick Allison and the Players Lounge

Born and raised where the three rivers meet in the Northeastern Indiana town of Fort Wayne, Nick Allison signed his life over to Rock n Roll at an early age. Youth for him was a mixture of stolen garage beers, Rust Belt basement shows, his father’s record collection, and an earnest dedication to the art of songwriting. In 2011, Allison moved to Austin during the hottest Texas summer on record with the band Church Shoes. They spent the next four years touring the country, putting out records, and finding the after-party until they decided to split ways in spring 2015. Ain’t Tryna Go Downtown is Allison’s first solo recording, a solid foray into rock with a slight Americana tinge. Written while living in a garage on Austin’s East Side and recorded by Orville Neeley after the decimation of Church Shoes, it features four songs that had no home but have now been brought in off the street. Allison tours periodically with his band, The Players Lounge.

> DJ Apple Pie


Later Event: February 2
Sealion (DFW), Skeleton, TBA