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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Real Estate & J. Tillman at Mohawk in Austin TX!

This Thanksgiving holiday was my very first visit to the amazing city, Austin, Texas! I was lucky enough to catch New Jersey's Real Estate at Mohwak during the bands pass thru the giant state of Texas. The club is laid out in two sections a large outside venue with balconies and a intimate inside stage. We got our tickets to the inside show but were able to catch the last few songs of Seattle, Washington's, J. Tillman. Frontman J. Tillman was playing solo and had a powerful yet stark and haunting presence not unlike Jim James of My Morning Jacket but with a more of an Iron & Wine vibe. Tillman was then joined by his band mates who accompanied him on some powerful songs that came across like an Alt-Country Mogwai. I had never heard him before and was totally entrance from the end of his set. Apparently he plays drums and sings in the band Fleet Foxes.

Next up was NJ's Real Estate so we found a good spot up front in the inside part of the venue. I had gotten a hold of the bands debut and had been playing it on heavy rotation. The band opened with "Beach Comber" and from that second till the last song had the Austin audience completely captivated. These Jersey Boy's hypnotic guitar laden songs are infectious and catchy and fun to move around to live. The band have a calm hypnotic tone doused with dreamy reverb and at times they sound like if cross between Modest Mouse and The Beach Boys if both bands were hardcore junkies. Next up was Brackett & Co. featuring members of Okkervil River I was to excited about there set and left early.

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