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Sunday, March 20 • 12:00am - 1:00am

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Ume (pronounced ooo-may) is an Austin trio with an explosive yet sweet aesthetic that's been catching folks off guard - in a very good way. Their sound has been described as balancing "pop hooks and sweet female vocals with crazy heavy riffing" (Chromewaves), "poppy and surprisingly heavy... powerful and charming" (Brooklyn Vegan), and "so loud, they could make Nirvana seem fit to play a GOP fundraising cocktail" (Pop Times Mag) The band self-released their Sunshower EP in 2009 - receiving 4 stars from the Austin Chronicle to the Irish Times - followed by four national tours, including dates with Polvo, Nada Surf, and Warpaint, as well as performances at CMJ, NXNE, and SXSW. The band just wrapped up their highly anticipated full-length set for release just in time for this year's SXSW. Behind Ume's explosive music is an unassuming trio. Guitarist/vocalist Lauren says that show after show she meets people who don't think she could possibly have played in punk rock bands for over a decade. One of her first fans was bassist Eric Larson, who approached the then 15 year-old guitarist after seeing her grind-core band perform on a skatepark vert ramp. While attending and playing Houston-area DIY punk shows, the high-school couple met drummer Jeff Barrera. Shortly after forming Ume, Lauren moved to Pennsylvania for graduate school in philosophy. In 2007, she traded in the PhD pursuit to follow her guitar heroine dreams. She now also helps young girls do the same through her work with Girls Rock Camp Austin.

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For Ume, music is the embodiment of contradiction. The Austin band’s powerful rock songs contain a multitude of opposing juxtapositions, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio’s new... Read More →

Sunday March 20, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Skinny's Ballroom

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