This Saturday, December 16 The Cosmic Clash is hosting a super great lineup of local bands. Poly Action, Kay Odyssey, Bitter Birds and Lowin are all set to perform at Hard Luck Lounge on their giant back patio. The evening is also a celebration of TCC founder, Mike Cosmic's birthday. It's also free of charge. Yes, you read that right. Show up early, buy Mike a shot of Maker's and get ready for an night of great music and pay no cover charge.
In honor of the blog turning five and Mike getting another year older, booker Genesis Vasquez put together an impressive roster of bands for a late December show when most promoters are looking to South by Southwest and points beyond.
I caught Poly Action recently at Hotel Vegas and they're legit. Ray Garza and company delivered a completely entertaining rock n roll set that was equal parts prog, pop, garage and punk which makes me think their name is a perfect vehicle for the band. After taking another listen to their Bandcamp page I'm hyped to see them again.
Kay Odyssey's psych rock weirdness might be a little too authentic for Austin. By that I mean front-woman Kristina Boswell projects the awkward/hip vibe you'd expect from an uber-cool rocker. I've always been smitten with her style and the excellent music follows suit with a tight all-female band. Kay Odyssey just dropped the weirdest (there's that word again) and quite suggestive music video for the dreamy psych-rocker, Mountains in My Step from this year's "What's A Woman To Do." Watch below:
Bitter Birds' pedal organ-driven music fits right into the unorthodox theme. A duo, the band has been compared to early Cure, but a dark, bleaker version by none other than KUTX's Laurie Gallardo. Can't say she's wrong. Laurie knows her stuff.
Show opener Lowin might be one of the more underrated bands in town. Lead singer, guitarist and founder, Sara Houser has been performing for years in Austin, first with San Marcos-based outfit, The Couch and later with her own band. The good conversations I've had with her about creative risks are evident in her work which continues to evolve from hard-charging rock to something different as heard on Lowin's lastest single, Sloop which has more of an alt-indie feel. Either way, I like the music and I think you will too so you get here early enough to catch this set.
There will be be several vendors on hand; FutureMoon (Handcrafted Crystal Jewelry), AnnaMarie Liberati (Handmade Copper Jewelry), PureRomance by Chelsea-Erin, Showpiece Boutique, Meowmod Vintage, Vivelavida (handmade jewelery), EVRYNG Apparel, Cindy Elizabeth Media (PRINTS BY 5TH SEASON) and Lindops (Handmade Treasures) for your holiday shopping pleasure.
RSVP on Facebook.
BITTER BIRDS 830-9P
KAY ODYSSEY 915-945P
POLY ACTION 10-1030P