Fri 12 Nov – AstronautalisAstronautalis
himself commented that this was his first-ever sold-out U.S. show after 7 years of shows and a two-year tour consisting of 300-400 stops. What better way to end a tour but where it all started? 11 years ago, Andy Bothwell, the given name of Astro, saw Get Up Kids at Rubber Gloves. Now, full-circle, he's on the stage selling out shows with a line around the building.
The opening acts didn't particularly impress me. The first band, Bad Design, had good guitar hooks but the singer's voice was flat and dragged it down. That said, I only caught maybe their last two songs. Ghetto $lang had great enthusiasm and really tried to shake things up, but every song had the exact same beat. I think, with work, they could have potential.
Around 12:30, Astro hit the stage. And didn't let go until they made him at the 2am closing. He did not one, not two, but three full freestyles. The audience sang along and the whole building felt like they were on stage with him. Astro has a way of connecting with people and spent much of his college years in Denton so he has plenty of old friends there.
The first freestyle included such topics as home school soccer and the Fibonacci sequence but it was this line from the freestyle that summed up the night: "No one man should have all this goddamn power. I don't have any; y'all gave it to me, I borrowed it for an hour." He followed it up with a whole freestyle dedicated to the one topic he forgot to include in the first: Jeff Bridges. The freestyle ended up becoming about how "The Big Lebowski" changed his life and was awesome to share. He also treated us to some new material he's working on for his upcoming album. A line struck me as the epitome of his work ethic and what sets him apart from all the hip hoppers today: "We ain't tough; we just deal with whatever comes up." and "Tell me this, put up your fingertips if you're living your life exactly the way exactly the way that you wish. For the rest of us with our hands on our hips, our work is never done" Astro doesn't write about the superfluous; he writes about life. He writes for us.
As for the hardest working emcee I know of, within a day or two, he was already back in the studio, starting work on his next album, but this was a night I'll never forget.
Be sure to catch him open up for Doomtree
at Hailey's in Denton Wednesday night! $12 over 21, $14 under. GET THERE EARLY!!!! http://www.haileysclub.com/calendarhip hopindie