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Those in attendance at MICRO-PIXEL-RITES were given the rare opportunity of seeing a stripped down Alex Bleeker and the Freaks set. Missing was lead guitarist Alex Craig of Big Troubles, and in his place, Real Estate drummer Etienne Duguay, on the big red bongo.

I like Bleeker as the lone guitar player. It makes his melodies the center of attention, and brings Martin Courtney’s smart as hell bass playing out from behind a wall of sound. Courtney is a skilled bass player, as well as songwriter, clearly. He doesn’t just anchor the songs, he moves around the neck a lot. What he plays could be sung by a back-up vocalist.

Visitation Rites has another memory, Family Portrait doing “Waitberry.” As Emilie reflects, it’s hard to believe this was nearly a month ago. A lot, and nothing, has changed.

“Getting By” is off the just released Group Tightener 7″ “These Days.” Get it here. Download “Getting By.”

Alex Bleeker: “Getting By”


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The super talented Erez Avissar shot these pics at MICRO-PIXEL-RITES. He has a certain way of capturing moods, that Rez. Don’t you think? What i get from these pics: serenity, the impermanent feeling of sunshine, familiarity… do you feel that too?

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I wanted to throw up these pictures real quick so you could all see, in part, how fucking awesome the show was yesterday. Located a little bit outside of the downtown Austin shit show, MICRO-PIXEL-RITES was a chill space with positive vibes, grass, beer, amazing hand-made seitan bbq sandwiches and hand cut fries. But you want to hear about the bands!

They were all shiny. Each band played like they were into you as much as you were into them. Must have been, again, the vibezzzz. From Big Troubles’ reverbed roar to the super energized performance of the highly buzzed Cloud Nothings, from the psychedelic haze of Rangers’ second performance ever to Family Portrait’s ability to make you feel in the future and the past at the same time, to Twin Sister, oh my god Twin Sister, save your heart now, to the always true Alex Bleeker and the Freaks to the female riot power of Coasting, to Pill Wonder, what a wonder with 2 drum kits and finally, Campfires, Jeff Walls’ Chicago bedroom project that is now a loud onslaught of pop. WOAH.

Family Portrait


Twin Sister

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks

Big Troubles

Can't you tell this was a rockin' time? Pic by Rez Avissar

Real Estate played a secret show on Saturday night, headlining a bill with other Underwater Peoples bands Family Portrait and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. This was a fundraiser/pre SXSW pump up show hosted by none other than MICRO-PIXEL-RITES!

We kicked a keg, had a visit from the Cops and generally wrecked havoc on the Pixelhorse headquarters. All the bands sounded great, they were totally at the top of their game. Family Portrait is on the road now, check them out, or see them in Austin! Real Estate play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Woods on Friday.

Rez Flicks was at the party and he has some great shots, including candid party photos. Our own photog, Rhiannon Marino took a bunch of shots too and they will be up soon. Stay tuned…

Come out to MICRO-PIXEL-RITES at SXSW! Watch our trailer

Heyyyy. Come to the MICRO-PIXEL-RITES party on Saturday night! Great bands! A REALLY SPECIAL SECRET GUEST BAND! See the flyer below, pass it around to your pals. See you then…

Together with the ladies of Pixelhorse and Visitation Rites, we are Sisters Doin’ It For Themselves this year at SXSW! This is female powered– and sure to be an overwhelmingly awesome and DIY backyard showcase.

The party goes down at 1204 Salina Street in Austin on Thursday, March 18 from 1-8 pm. Check out the flyer, post it, pass it, love that cat on records!

And stay tuned for a BIG announcement… pre-SXSW-pump up party wump wump featuring awesome bands. IN BROOKLYN.

Cloud Nothings buzzed the room with their mid-west 90s pop and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks then mellowed us all out. While Cloud Nothings inspired dancing and smiling, The Freaks inspired introspection and mind jams. The show experience would have been perfect if it weren’t for the sweaty drunk whom my friends deemed “the human sponge.” If he brushed up against you, you were drenched. Thanks for the Evan Williams, dude.

I would like if the Freaks went even further with their jams. I mean, let’s face it, extended solos and freak outs are awesome, but it’s gotta be shaken up a bit.

The Cloud Nothings line up was different than the last time I saw them, at the Market Hotel in early December. Anyone know what happened to the guy with the blue frames?

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Sam Amidon at Mercury Lounge, 9ish (also Monday w/ Beth Orton at Bell House)


Trouble and Bass, Uproot Andy, Ninjasonik at Studio at Webster Hall, 10ish


Teengirl Fantasy, Stellar Om Source, Lemonade (DJs) at Pianos, 11ish

Big Troubles, Blissed Out, Procedure Club, Dream Diary at Silent Barn, 8ish


Real Estate, Beach Fossils, The Beets, Total Slacker at St. James Church, LES, 8ish

Gordan Gano (Violent Femmes) and others at the Bell House, 11:45 pm


Beach Fossils, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Cloud Nothings, Nude Beach at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom, 8ish(& Sun. at Music Hall of WBurg and Mon. at Brooklyn Bowl)

Aa, Dinowalrus at Cake Shop, 9ish


Ecstatic Sunshine, Jason Urick, McDonalds at Cake Shop, 8ish

Woods at Monkeytown, 2 shows, 8 and 1030


The Babies, Real Estate and Salem at Brooklyn Bowl, 9:30


The Babies, Total Slacker and Beach Fossils at Glasslands, 8ish


Levon Helm Band and Okkervil River at Terminal 5, 8ish

Drink Up Buttercup, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks at Studio at Webster Hall, 8ish

Fluffy Lumbers, Bonus Eventus, Shark? at Silent Barn, 8ish (hosted by Pelly Twins and PopTartsSuckToasted!)


Teengirl Fantasy at Monster Island Basement, 8ish


The So So Glos and The Beets, kiddie show at The Living Room, 1 pm

This brings me back to October! Thanks Pixelwhorse! Horse?

Alex Bleeker’s album just came out. Get it! And come to the Real Estate show on Friday night at the Market Hotel. Something tells me he may just play a couple. According to Dent May, he did so last night in Mississippi. Read a story about Bleeker here.


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