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Weekend music preview: The Boxing Lesson, Black & White Years, Mighty Mountain

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With Free Week in the books and local acts looking ahead to what promises to be a juggernaut of a South by Southwest this March, there is a ton of new music to check out. This weekend features a vinyl release from The Boxing Lesson, a CD release from art-rockers, The Black and White Years and a show by Austin buzz band, Mighty Mountain. A new project from Taylor Wilkins (The Couch) play tomorrow as well. Most of the events listed carry low ticket prices so head out and support some great local bands.

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Thursday, January 23

Hydra Melody w/ New York City Queens, Otis the Destroyer, Roses, Pageantry - Red 7 - 9 p.m. - $7 (under 21 $9)

We spotlighted this show due to Otis the Destroyer's appearance on the bill. This band's wall of guitars sound is a departure from front man, Taylor Wilkins' previous project, The Couch. The new sound is heavier and reveals elements of progressive and experimental rock. The odd band name stems from Wilkins' dog Otis. We caught a fantastic set by the band at the Do 512 Lounge last week. The power trio are working on a full-length album due out sometime this year. Stream track, "Love Bug" to sample their music.

San Antonio indie-rockers, Hydra Melody headline the performance. These SXSW veterans spent the end of last year touring with Third Eye Blind. Currently they are recording a new album in Austin which they plan to release this spring.

Other notable shows:

Passion Pit DJ set

Phutureprimitive w/ Pumpkin and Brede

Friday, January 24

The Black and White Years CD release w/ Whiite Walls, Isaiah the Mosaic - The Parish - 9 p.m. - $10-12

The Black and White Years have been playing their self-described art-rock since 2006. Examiner caught the band last week opening for The Octopus Project at the Red Bull Sound Select show at Spiderhouse where they debuted much of the new material. The new album, "Strange Figurines" was released yesterday on Austin independent label, Modern Outsider. The entire album which has a dreamy, pop-infused bent is now streaming on Spotify.

101 X Homegrown Live hosts this show which promises to please music fans. Catch the band at our favorite room on Sixth Street, The Parish. Whiite Walls and Isaiah the Mosaic open. Save a couple bucks and buy advance tickets.

Other notable shows:

Mighty Mountain w/ Tele Novella, Auroravore

Total Unicorn Vinyl Release w/ Beat Imprint vs My Education, Multi-Tracker, Lo-Fi

Saturday, January 25

The Boxing Lesson Vinyl Release w/ Blackstone Rngrs, Baker Family, YUM - The Mohawk - 9:30 p.m. - $8

The Boxing Lesson released their most successful album to date, "Big Hits" last year to critical acclaim. Kevin Curtin at The Austin Chronicle listed the album on his year-end Austin best of list. We think the new material is some of the best TBL has produced. The influence of producer, Frenchie Smith (Sixteen Deluxe) is evident in the lush mix. Fans can pick up this amazing psych-rock album on vinyl at a discounted price ($15) at the show. The new wax is also available to order online. The band just released the video for one of our favorite tracks on the record, "Health is the New Drug" (watch video on left sidebar). Curtain likes this song too. He listed it #4 on best Austin songs of 2013.

Guitarist and singer, Paul Waclawsky told us the show will take place on the inside stage at The Mohawk which means fans will not have to brave cold temperatures to catch this show. Get there early to see openers, Blackstone Rangers, Baker Family and YUM.

Set times:

The Boxing Lesson 12:15 a.m.
Blackstone Rangers 11:30 p.m.
The Baker Family 10:45 p.m.
Yum 10 p.m.

Other notable shows:

KUTX One Year Annniversary - Neco Case, Iron and Wine, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Kay Leotard w/ The Wolf, Bipolaroid, Birthstone, Smoking White

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