Welcome to our music picks, where once a week we talk to an Austin musician and find out what's been burning up their CD player, turntable or iPod lately. Looking for a good musical recommendation? Take some advice from someone in the local music trenches who knows their stuff. Recommendations can be local, national or international, new or old. They only need to fit two criteria: 1) the musician in question needs to have just discovered them, and 2) it has to be fantastic.
This week: We talk rock 'n' roll, video games and rock''n' roll video games with Adrian Conner, lead guitarist and vocalist for forceful and fearsome all-female rock trio Adrian and the Sickness, who also does time in the Angus Young-approved AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles. Adrian and the Sickness play a free show at the Hole in the Wall at 11:30 p.m. Thursday ; Rainbow Dragon open at 9:30 p.m., followed by Darling New Neighbors at 10:30 p.m.
Adrian Conner recommends: 'Riot!' the sophomore album from Tennessee pop-punk quintet Paramore, led by 21-year-old vocalist and keyboard player Hayley Williams.
Conner says: 'I've fallen in love with Paramore because of "Guitar Hero." I don't even play "Guitar Hero," but they have that song "Misery Business" on there, and the lyrics are for like a 12-year-old girl but the chorus is really good. I got the whole album, "Riot!" and at first I was like, "I only like this song," and all of the sudden I liked every single song. (Adrian and the Sickness bass player) Heather (Webb) loves to play Guitar Hero, so my cousin will bring it over and set it up and they'll play for hours. The singer's voice and the drums appeal to me. I like their catchy choruses and melody lines. And they're kind of an interesting band because they tune their guitars in a way that gives them a certain, very distinct sound. You can't just pick up a guitar and play a Paramore song.'