This Saturday is the first Scootenanny at The Historic Scoot Inn in East Austin. Neon Indian (DJ set) and The Octopus Project headline the event which runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also performing is Night Drive, Ishi, Holiday Mountain, The Black and White Years, Orthy, Corduroi, Wrestlers and AJ Vincent. With a list of great, local bands like that, Scootenanny looks to be an uber-sized danceparty.
The Octopus Project recently completed a successful tour of Europe on the heels of winning a Sundance Film Festival Jury Award for Musical Score to acclaimed flim, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter." The group is known for extremely good visual performances to accompany some of the best electro-pop being made right now. The fact that the band calls Austin home means lucky fans like you get to see them right in your own backyard.
Neon Indian is a project of Denton musician Alan Palomo who fronts the synthpop act that became the indie music press darling of the decade. Rolling Stone called the band one of the hottest acts of the year in 2010. Saturday will be a DJ set but expect something more than the standard electro-dance music from the performance. Neon Indian reflect the great music scene that exists around Denton and the University of North Texas.
The rest of the bands on the bill are solid. Orthy just opened for Holy Ghost! last week at ACL Live at the Myspace sponsored X Games opening party and played well. We are looking forward to another set from Ian Orth's vaguely 80's synth-pop band. Holiday Mountain has been making a name for themselves since emerging onto the Austin music landscape.
Overall the lineup is worth more than the $30 tickets cost. For an extra $15 you can be a VIP and enjoy an exclusive air-conditioned room, preferred viewing area and swag like T-shirts and skee-ball. Tickets are still available for purchase online. Or head to Waterloo Records, End of An Ear or Whomp Smoke Shop for hard tickets and no service fees.