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The Planner, July 25: OK Go, Smallpools and more tickets on sale

July 24, 2014

By Tony Atkins, Austin American-Statesman



July 24--Chicago-based alt-rock group OK Go is perhaps best known for their 2005 hit, "Here It Goes Again," which was accompanied by the extremely popular "treadmill" music video that won a Grammy for best music video in 2007. But we haven't heard much from OK Go since 2010's release, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky."

After four years without releasing a studio album, the Grammy-winning collective re-emerged for the May release of their fourth album, "Hungry Ghosts," with another buzzy video for song "The Writing's on the Wall." In addition, they are taking their show on the road and they will be making a stop in Austin for an Oct. 20 show at The Parish. Tickets for this show are on sale this week.

Also hitting the box office this week are tickets to the pop-indie group Smallpools' Nov. 13 show at Emo's. Smallpools is a new band that has been on the scene since 2013. In that short time, Smallpools has released a self-titled EP and was a part of Neon Trees' "Pop Psychology Tour" earlier this year. This group looks to be moving up fast and now may be an ideal time to catch them live as they continue their upward trajectory.

That's not all, however. Here is a list of some other shows that are hitting the box offices this week:

--El Ten Eleven at Red 7 (Aug. 22)

--Joe Purdy at The Parish (Sep. 13)

--Justin Nozuka at The Parish (Sep. 19)

--The Apache Relay at Lamberts (Sep. 27)

--Carnage at Emo's (Oct.2)

--Rodrigo y Gabriela (Oct. 16)

--PUP at Red 7 (Oct. 24)

--Andrew McMahon at Emo's (Nov. 24)

--SoMo at Emo's (Nov. 25)

--Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at ACL Live (Dec. 26)

The future of Auditorium Shores

Want a say in how Auditorium Shores is developed over the next 20 years?

The public is invited to participate in a community feedback session to help plan Town Lake Metropolitan Park along Lady Bird Lake. Information gathered at the meeting will be used in a report that will be delivered to the Austin City Council in October.

Ideas for preliminary concepts, infrastructure and design improvements are needed. The group will also review an updated traffic study of Riverside Drive and discuss other recommendations to improve the park's operation.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Registration is required to attend. To sign up go to at tinyurl.com/psjtqud. For more information go to www.austinparks.org/auditorium-shores.html.

-- Pam LeBlanc

Next week in Austin360

The heat is here -- Matthew Odam has a list of 14 dishes for summer 2014 to help keep you cool. (And check out Pam LeBlanc's story about exercising in the heat in Monday's Life & Arts section.) We'll have a review of "Guardians of the the Galaxy" and a look at the major players in that universe.

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