"Austin never disappoints me," said an elated Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes from the stage Tuesday night at Stubb's, one of the Texas capitol's premiere venues, as his band the Eagles of Death Metal opened the night for headliner the Hives. And Hughes, in turn, never disappoints an Austin crowd, or any crowd for that matter, since he's known as a rocker who delivers every time. "I want to see all the ladies dance. In fact, who wants to come up here? You?" he said pointing out someone in the audience.
Last night (June 2) at Austin, TX's Mohawk venue, as the BellRays' soulful frontwoman Lisa Kekaula stepped foot on the tiny stage sporting tall, red suede boots and a black dress, the crowd's eyes were intently fixated, waiting for the fiery songstress to lead the Riverside, CA-based rockers into song. And when guitarist Bob Vennum grinded out the head-banging first power-chords of "Fire on the Moon," the tiny venue, now packed wall to wall, deserted the Monday blues for the feeling of a raucous Saturday night. Largely performing cuts off their new album, Hard Sweet and Sticky, including the shout-along rocker "Pinball City," the band breezed through their 16-song set, as punked-out, 12-bar blues riffs collided with Kekaula's overpowering swagger and jangling tambourine.