Punk Rock Night at Black Sparrow

Last weekend the Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor, TX featured an evening of punk rock bands. Several bands performed that night, although I was only able to stick around for a couple of acts. There seems to be a punk scene evolving in the area, which I think it is pretty cool. It's a nostalgic experience for me to hear some of these bands playing punk classics and creating new sounds that pay homage to old school punk.

One of the bands, Brontosaurus, was more of a metal band. They were loud and fast, but very tight. With dual guitars and no bass player, it was a sonic assault. The other band I caught was The Awful Lot and those guys were definitely punk. I really enjoyed their set. Here are a few snaps I took at the show with my trusty Fujifilm X100F.

Brontosaurus

The Awful Lot

Acoustic Swamp Rock at Fado

My good friends in The Swamp Bats performed an excellent acoustic set at Fado Irish Pub in Austin last Friday. There is just something extra special about a performance with primarily acoustic instruments. The standup bass, cajon drum, acoustic guitar, and mouth harp all combine for a more simple yet deep and sophisticated sound. The intimate atmosphere at Fado contributes to a wonderful experience with the band and their music.

I usually photograph concerts with a 50mm equivalent lens on my Fujifilm camera. This time I decided to try something a little different. I knew I'd be able to move around the band up close and freely so I took my 24mm equivalent lens for a more wide angle view than I typically use. Here are some of my favorite shots of the night.

Obscured by Echos at Red 7

I caught my friends, Obscured by Echos, at Red 7 last week. A couple of years ago I did some promo shots for the band and this was the first time I've been able to make it to a live show. It was a long time in coming and I was happy to see their short set at Red 7. It turns out this was my only chance to see them at this venue. Red 7 is sadly closing its doors, the latest in Austin's trend of making it possible for small music venues to survive with ever increasing rent in downtown. Got to have more condos. So much for Austin's "Live Music Capital of the World" tag line. The small clubs that have been the heart and soul of the Austin music scene are slowing being squeezed out by the dense construction of high rise condos, hotels, and offices.

OBE has an interesting sound - kind of a psychedelic rock, punchy yet ethereal. Not the sort of thing I've really listened to before but I enjoyed the show. They had a little bit of a rough time due to a malfunctioning keyboard and managed to work around it. I thought they sounded great and pulled off a tight set in spite of the technical difficulty. 

More shots from the show are here. Images were taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens.