Austins Sour Notes play lulling, ghostly, fully realized melodies not terribly far from Bright Eyes or the Decemberists. And they do so with a degree of bitterness and rancor directed both inward and outward that places the quartet closer to noted indie-folk grouches like Bill Callahan and Cat Power. Their subdued, hummable nature does nothing to lessen the lyrical sting of songs like Weak at Heart, Its Easier to Be a Hypocrite or The Truth in Our Lies, and may sharpen it to an even deadlier point. You know what they say its always the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Though Saturdays show is officially a release for their The Meat of the Fruit EP, expect plenty of material from LP Received in Bitterness, due out later this year. Lymbyc System kicks things off at 8 p.m. The Mink/Backroom, 3718 Main. For tickets and information, call 713-522-9985 or visit www.themink.org/backroom.
Sat., May 24, 8 p.m., 2008