The Cosmic Clash Free Week 2018 recap – BLXPLTN, Como Las Movies, Major Grizz, Sometimes A Legend, Sun June

So we’re late to posting about our Free Week event at The Sahara Lounge on January 5 but it’s only because we’ve been furiously working to bring you a 50-band lineup, swag, High Brew Coffee and free drinks for SXSW. The multi-day event,  dubbed Four Daze of Clash takes place March 14-17 at three East Austin venues; Hard Luck Lounge, The Sahara Lounge and Lustre Pearl East. Head to Eventbrite to grab your RSVP spot. Follow us on social to get the latest band announcements. 

Whether it was the ferocious intensity of BLXPLTN, the hypnotic Latin beats of Como Las Movies or the sophomoric humor of rockers, Major Grizz, the event was enjoyed by all. 

 Como Las Movies headlined the party, presenting their vision of Latin-fusion to Sahara’s Free Week audience who alternated from watching, captivated by the band’s surreal soundscapes to swaying to the beat of their upbeat material which contains elements of Cumbia, Latin jazz and rock. 

A fusion of another kind, intense punk rock and hip hop with a heavy dose of political and social commentary can be found in the work of BLXPLTN. The duo turned trio consists of Tas Muerte and Jonathan Horstmann with Jeremy Kivett on drums. With a large crowd on hand as well as BLXPLTN record producer Autry Fullbright (And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead) the group laid it out for the crowd in furious fashion. Our favorite moment was Tas hopping around the stage belting out the brilliant lyrics to “Educaton Destruction.”

 

Aaron Blackerby and Major Grizz can best be described as a hard rock party band with comedy chops to boot. The upstart locals turned in perhaps the most fun set of the evening, with Blackerby hamming it up for a receptive audience. Bonus points for the vintage Denis Rodman Spurs jersey the frontman wore before deciding to perform shirtless.  We’ll let the clip speak for itself… 

The sweet sounds of Sun June kicked off the evening. Lead vocalist Laura Colwell’s (Moving Panoramas) silky voice meshed well with a super tight backing band. The group’s self=described “mall-pop sound” can best be described as dreamy, folk-pop. We’re looking forward to catching the band again. 

Sometimes A Legend and The Midnight Drive capped the evening. SAL features members of Mother Falcon and Sip Sip. The keyboard-fronted group includes Mother Falcon founder, Nick Gregg. As with all their iterations, Sometimes a Legend highlights skilled musicianship above all else, 

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