The Live at the Paramount Concert Series brings acclaimed artists from a wide variety of genres to the intimate setting of Abilene's landmark theatre.
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About the The Rocketboys, Courrier, and The Light Parade Paramount Live Series
A triple bill of three exciting new independent music atists will appear on the landmark Paramount stage Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 pm. All seats are general admission at $5. To purchase tuckets for this concert online, click here. The concert event includes:
On their recent recordings “20,000 Ghosts” and “Wellwisher,” The Rocketboys perfectly married themes of unity and brotherhood with rich, soaring rock, lifting the band to national critical acclaim. The band supported its releases with lengthy tours and multiple festival appearances. Almost inevitably though the rigors of the road took their toll, eventually rupturing the band’s momentum in the winter of 2010-11. Three members of the sextet of college friends from Abilene, Texas left to focus on other endeavors, and the split nearly ended the band.
The resulting hiatus did have its upside, allowing front-man Brandon Kinder a window both to release a solo EP (under the name “The Wealthy West”) and to pen the theme song for The Discovery Channel’s new hit show “Bering Sea Gold.” However, in the end, the three remaining members (Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell) agreed they weren’t at peace letting their collaborative venture cease to exist.
The initial hurdles of rebuilding, though difficult and disheartening, began to give way to new-found inspiration. Though the song-writing process drastically changed as a result of the reduced lineup, with less proverbial “cooks in the kitchen,” a more broad, dynamic range of ideas and visions than ever fermented and flourished. The end result and forthcoming album is Build Anyway. Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), the album chronicles the emotions through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.
Build Anyway is set for a June 5th release followed by national touring in Summer 2012.
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The title of Courrier’s first studio release, Like the Cold of Snow in the Time of Harvest, is a fitting description of the boys from Austin, Texas. Like a new wind in an often dry and monotonous music ”business,” Courrier’s music is refreshing indeed. With a penchant for melody in the likes of alternative-rock bands like Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, and Kings of Leon, Courrier writes songs as soothing as they are sincere. It is in this duality that Courrier finds their message. In the beauty of existence and the pain of experience, lead singer Austin Jones’ voice even reflects the honeyed grit of reality, while the ascending harmonies and radiant guitars anthem the intimate.
With the release of their debut full-length album A Violent Flame, Courrier reaches even a whole new height. "This is the best work we have ever done," says the band. The album, engineered by Adam Hawkins (whose credits include Switchfoot and Regina Spektor) and produced by Matt Novesky, displays this next-level lyricism, melody, and overall songwriting. A Violent Flame will assure you of a few things. A rock sung can still be sung like a hymn. A band should be more than a single. The words fans and friends should be synonymous. And finally, you don’t have to be the first to know about a band to enjoy them. So whether you are a new fan or an old friend, you are appreciated. Check out Courrier's new record, which released on iTunes February 1st, and make sure to say hey on Twitter or Facebook!
The Light Parade are the musical partnership of Alex Howard and Kara DuBose. After meeting at college in Abilene, Texas, they began singing and writing together in their senior year. Their musical chemistry was instant. Having already received personal endorsements from the likes of Glen Hansard (The Swell Season/ The Frames) and a steadily growing fan base beyond Texas, the pair plan to continue making music from their home of Austin.
"With haunting melodies, trademark signature harmonies, beautiful arrangements and insightful lyrics, The Light Parade are poised to make a big impact."
They are currently busy writing and recording material for their debut album, to be released in late 2012.