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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

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Gorilla Biscuits @ FFF 2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014

The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
We wrote the above about Gorilla Biscuits' sets at Fun Fun Fun Fest this past weekend. Now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post.

GB guitarist Walter Schreifels stays busy with plenty of other projects too, one of which is his blues rock-inspired Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens, who recently played a BV co-sponsored CMJ show. That band has since scheduled another NYC show happening on November 23 at Shea Stadium with Sneeze, Raw Blow and Vomitface. It's their only upcoming date at the moment. Walter also recently released a 7" with his other new group Vanishing Life.

More Gorilla Biscuits pics from FFF below...

Continue reading "Gorilla Biscuits played FFF Fest (pics); Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens schedule NYC show"

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Murder City Devils / Gorilla Biscuits / Failure / Flying Lotus fans
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014

Annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up on Sunday (11/9) after two other killer days with yet another great batch of bands. This time we got the thankfully-still-reunited Neutral Milk Hotel, loads of awesome sets from veteran punk bands on the Black Stage like Murder City Devils, Rocket from the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits and Hot Water Music, the trippy and spectacular Flying Lotus, reunited alt-rockers Failure, indie vets Yo La Tengo, quality gangsta rap from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, the always-intense Deafheaven, indie pop dressed in all black from Dum Dum Girls, the crazy Foxygen, the pulverizing Iron Reagan and still more.

We wrote more on day 3 HERE. Check out day 1 pics HERE, day 2 pics HERE, and more day 3 pics below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 day 3 pics: Neutral Milk Hotel, Murder City Devils, Rocket from the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits, FlyLo, more"

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King Diamond / Nas / Sick of It All
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest continued at Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) after kicking off a day earlier. Day 2 brought another great and varied lineup with theatrical metal legend King Diamond, Nas playing the seminal Illmatic in full, consistently great indie rock from Modest Mouse, The New Pornographers and more, hardcore vets Sick of It All playing from the Blood Sweat/Scratch the Surface era, garage rock from Black Lips, King Tuff, and Twin Peaks, handsome punks Iceage, an industrial-tinged set from synth pop pioneer Gary Numan, Canadian rippers METZ, post-hardcore crushers Glassjaw, debaucherous psych band Fat White Family, and more.

We wrote about day 2 HERE. Day 1 pics HERE, day 3 pics HERE, and more day 2 pictures below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 day 2 pics (King Diamond, Nas, Sick of It All, Modest Mouse, New Pornographers, Glassjaw, more)"

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Austin's reunited emo vets Mineral just played two hometown shows last week, Fun Fun Fun Fest and a FFF Nites show the Thursday night before the festival. Now they've announced what they're saying will be the two final US shows of their reunion tour. They also take place in Texas -- Houston and Dallas this January, both with Josh T Pearson. Dates in Europe, Japan and Australia follow through late February. All are listed below.

We already wrote about Mineral's FFF set here, and now we've got pictures of their set. More, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Mineral announce final US shows of reunion tour with Josh T Pearson (dates & pics from Fun Fun Fun Fest)"

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Judas Priest brought 40 years of metal to their hour and a half set that had zero dull moments. Priest gave classic after classic and even when they worked in stuff from their new album they ripped as hard as the old favorites. Rob Halford is still the amazing frontman you'd want him to be, and really the whole band was on fire -- even the new guy Richie Faulkner they have on guitar. I'm usually iffy when the young, recently-added member of a legendary band tries to show off at all, but that dude shreds.
We wrote the above about Judas Priest's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest over the weekend and now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post. More pics from the fest are still on the way.

Priest have been on tour with Steel Panther, who opened their NYC and NJ shows and played a FFF Nites show down in Austin while Priest was there for the fest. Like Satanicide, Steel Panther do the comedy hair metal thing and the crowd seemed to be loving it at the Barclays Center show. Their stuff probably goes over even better in a small venue, and you'll get to see them play one in NYC on their headlining tour which hits Gramercy Theatre on December 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Steel Panther dates are listed, with more Judas Priest pics, below...

Continue reading "Judas Priest played Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics), on tour w/ Steel Panther who have other dates, including NYC"

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Judas Priest / DFA1979 / Run the Jewels / Peelander-Z crowdsurfing
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Annual Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest went down at Auditorium Shores over the weekend, kicking off on Friday (11/7) with sets from metal legends Judas Priest, rappers 2 Chainz and Run the Jewels, indie legends Dinosaur Jr, 2004 throwbacks Death From Above 1979 and The Blood Brothers, '90s R&B survivor Ginuwine, slowcore storyteller Sun Kil Moon, reunited '90s emo bands Mineral and Knapsack, political punk vet Jello Biafra, modern doom greats Pallbearer, comic action punks Peelander-Z, and more. We wrote about a handful of the sets HERE and talked about Run the Jewels starting a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant HERE. Pictures of all the artists mentioned above and more are in this post.

Day 2 pics HERE, day 3 pics HERE, and more of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 day 1 pics (Judas Priest, Dinosaur Jr, DFA1979, Mineral, Run the Jewels, Sun Kil Moon & more)"

by Andrew Sacher


#deafheaven on now @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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#rocketfromthecrypt @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.

First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.

After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.

Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.


Gorilla Biscuits at tiny Mohawk indoor! 😵😵😵😵😵 #gorillabiscuits #mohawk #FFFnites

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After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.

After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.


Murder City Devils headlining the Black Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest #murdercitydevils #FFFfest

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Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.

Day 1 recap HERE and day 2 recap HERE. We'll have pictures of all three days soon. Meanwhile you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

Continue reading "FFF Fest day 3 recap: Murder City Devils, Rocket From the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits, Hot Water Music, Iron Reagan & more"

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#kingdiamond at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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#nas at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest #illmatic

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Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.

The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.

I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.

The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.


#sickofitall at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.

Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.

Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.


#modestmouse at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.

Day 1 recap HERE. We'll have a recap of the rest off FFF Fest 2014 (as well as full picture sets from all three days) soon. Meanwhile, you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up.

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Mineral / Run the Jewels / King Diamond fans @ FFF Fest 11/7/2014

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Austin's annual music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday and, apart from the line troubles stemming from its new location, featured a stacked lineup like always, spanning punk, metal, hip hop, dance and more, with plenty of the old as well as the new. On top of that you could walk by wrestling matches, BMX competitions, standup comedy and more fun.

Over at the Orange Stage early on, Knapsack and Mineral repped '90s emo. Knapsack had reunited in 2013 and initially said that was it but fortunately they still had more in them and came back for this, while Mineral have been on a reunion tour for a couple months. The two bands pulled from totally different sides of the spectrum. Knapsack's punky songs were the more "fun" of the two, and those guys looked like they were having a blast on stage too. Mineral on the other hand brought the delicate guitars and post-rock crescendos, giving the crowd something to zone out. Both bands played like the seasoned veterans they are, but they've still got that youthful spirit that music like this came from.

After that on the Blue Stage came two veterans who are pushing things forward, Run the Jewels, the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P that sounds entirely modern. They take the hardcore rap that both of them came up and revitalize it with futuristic beats that doesn't really sound like any of the other hip hop at FFF this weekend. Both Killer Mike and El-P have a fair share of serious songs, but they have fun with RTJ -- including some lighthearted Sun Kil Moon ribbing -- and got the crowd going harder than anyone else I saw that day.

The Blood Brothers

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Then the Black Stage made it feel a little more like 2004 as post-hardcore maniacs The Blood Brothers came on, followed by dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, both of whom expressed mutual admiration for the other from the stage. The Blood Brothers have been reunited this year, have only played less than 10 shows so far, and they're still the totally wild band that made Burn Piano Island, Burn. It only took seconds for the front of the crowd to turn into a crazed mosh pit which one of their singers spent about a third of the show in.

While Blood Brothers was all old favorites, DFA1979 put out their first new album since their 2004 debut this year and played a lot of that. It pretty much just sounds like their older material though, so the whole thing sounded like classic Death From Above. Plus by then the sun had set and their light show was killer, lightup elephant trunk faces included.

Going back further in time was the headlining set on the Black Stage from Judas Priest, who brought 40 years of metal to their hour and a half set that had zero dull moments. Priest gave classic after classic and even when they worked in stuff from their new album they ripped as hard as the old favorites. Rob Halford is still the amazing frontman you'd want him to be, and really the whole band was on fire -- even the new guy Richie Faulkner they have on guitar. I'm usually iffy when the young, recently-added member of a legendary band tries to show off at all, but that dude shreds.

We'll have a recap of the rest off FFF Fest 2014 (as well as full picture sets from all three days) soon. Meanwhile, you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin instagram.

UPDATE: Day 2 recap HERE. Day 3 recap HERE.

FFF Fest lines yesterday (via)
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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off in earnest yesterday (11/7) with such bands as Judas Priest, Alt-J, Dinosaur Jr, DFA 1979 and more. But Friday wasn't all fun fun fun. A large amount of attendees had trouble getting in due to very long lines and waits of three hours or more for will call. The fest apologized on Facebook:

Today many of our fans experienced significant delays with the check-in process due to a significant single wave of unexpected demand.

As you know, Fun Fun Fun was displaced from its former location in 2013 and was forced to create a completely new layout and process due to the renovations at Auditorium Shores. This dynamic alone creates challenges for staff and customers alike.

Since 2006, FFF has operated under a strict no refund policy, which remains today. Knowing this, we found it unacceptable to allow our loyal fans to miss their favorite artists, simply because of a delayed check-in process. So, we decided to take drastic measures to address this, by allowing the remainder of the line into Fridays nights show regardless of the check-in process. We did this in consultation and with the blessing of City of Austin officials. Ultimately, our primary concern is always safety in the line, safety in the fest, and safety on the way home - so we needed to coordinate with all parties to make sure this was a smart and effective solution.

We would like to personally apologize for any delays that our fans experienced today, and would like to thank everyone for their patience as we adjust to this new location for FFF.

The also offered some hopeful solutions for the rest of the Fest:
Queue (The FFF ticketing partner) will keep the box office open after the festival tonight to assist any customers still needing credentials for the weekend and for Nites.

The box office will open tomorrow at 8am for early check in, customer service, and questions and answers.

Now that we have identified the problem and allocated resources to fix it, we are confident that tomorrow's lines will be back to normal.

Please share this with your friends so everyone can stay informed. Thanks y'all.

It seems like it's working, reports were there were no lines as of noon today. Saturday's lineup (11/8) includes Modest Mouse, Nas, First Aid Kit, The New Pornographers and lots more. We'll have pictures and recaps of FFF soon.

In the meantime, follow along on BV Austin's instagram.

FFF Fest

Our favorite annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins tonight/Thursday at various venues around Austin and continues for three days straight at Auditorium Shores, and each night at more local venues. The latter category is the 'Nites' when many bands play a 2nd FFF-affiliated show while in town for the fest.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present one of the Nites, and that is Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs at ACL Live Saturday night.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges presents Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies at Elysium Saturday night.

Locals Residual Kid, who were just in NYC for CMJ, open for the Blood Brothers at one of the Nite shows, and now count Sire/Warner as their label home.

The Blood Brothers are one of the many bands featured in our 'emo revival guide to Fun Fun Fun'.

Freddie Gibbs, despite being involved in a shooting in NYC, will be performing at Fun Fun Fun with Madlib.

Death Grips will not.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 begins (Freddie Gibbs included), Residual Kid signed to Sire, IO presents Pallbearer"

Residual Kid at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Resid Kid

Austin's teenage rockers Residual Kid, who recently played our CMJ party and have J Mascis approval, are now getting a major label record contract before even getting their high school diplomas. As Billboard reports, the boys have signed to SIRE/Warner), who are planning to put out their next release in 2015. Seymor Stein personally chose them for the label...

In a statement, Stein remarks "Despite their young age and youthful appearance Residual Kid are not a boy band, but rather a young and exciting and highly talented rock band. This fact is borne out by their audience which was comprised mostly of 18 to 35 year olds, along with many older local veteran musicians in who have taken the band under their wing."
They've got a few shows coming up, including two in their hometown with killer lineups. The first is an all-punk FFF Nites show happening Friday (11/7) at Parish. They go on in between two ripping Canadian bands, Single Mothers (who also played BV CMJ this year) and METZ, and the show will be headlined by the reunited post-hardcore greats The Blood Brothers. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a FFF wristband.

The next night we expect to see them in the audience at Dinosaur Jr.

Then, before the year ends, they'll open for underrated '90s band Toadies (whose festival in Fort Worth they played earlier this year) at Emo's on December 26. That bill also includes The Drakulas, and tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a live video, below...

Continue reading "Residual Kid signed to SIRE/WARNER, opening for The Blood Brothers, METZ & Toadies"

by Andrew Sacher

Slip Productions poster

Anyone attending Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend knows the festival spans multiple genres. Anyone from a metalhead to a hip hop head can find plenty to enjoy. If you'll be one of the emo kids (or emo adults) at the fest this weekend, this guide is for you:

The number one, absolutely unmissable show for emo fans this week is the Slip Productions FFF Nites show going down TONIGHT (11/6) at Mohawk (outdoor) with three bands who helped pioneer the genre back in the '90s -- Mineral (reunited as of this year), Knapsack (reunited as of last year) and The Jazz June (reunited as of last year and now with a great new album to boot) -- and one who kept it alive while those bands were broken up -- Into It. Over It., the project of Evan Weiss who's been in The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Their/There/They're and too many other bands to list. Meanwhile on Mohawk's indoor stage you can catch Wedding Dress, who have a good emo resume with members of members of Maps & Atlases and Joan of Arc, and proggy Austin locals Boyfrndz.

On Friday, when FFF starts in proper, you can see Knapsack and Mineral once again. They play the Orange Stage at 2 PM and 3:10 PM, respectively. After that, head to the Black Stage at 5:15 where The Blood Brothers are playing. They also just reunited this year, and have played less than 10 shows since coming back back so far.

At night, you can go see The Blood Brothers again when they play a Nites show at Parish. They'll be joined by two ripping Canadian bands at that show, METZ and Single Mothers, who are more straight up punk than "emo," but they fit well and Single Mothers definitely spill their guts in their lyrics. Austin's Residual Kid are on the bill too.

Another Friday night option is catching The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and The Hotelier, two killer new school bands, at their Nites show at Holy Mountain (outdoor). Thieves are on that bill too.

One more solid choice that night would be heading to Red 7 (outdoor), where the post-hardcore shapeshifters Self Defense Family open the night at 10 PM. It gets significantly less emo after that, but what, are you really going to leave before Sick Of It All?

On Saturday, start your day at the Black Stage at 2 PM when Glassjaw go on. They haven't put out an album since 2002's great Worship and Tribute, but they did return with an EP in 2011 that proved they've still got it in them. Then you can catch METZ again on the same stage right after them. After that, the emo continues on the Yellow Stage at 5:15 with The World Is A Beautiful Place. To wrap up your day, head to the Orange Stage where Modest Mouse headline at 8:30 PM. Not that they were ever on Jade Tree or anything, but they did play with Brand New this year...

Not really any emo options Saturday night, but a good option would be heading to the Nite show at Red 7 (outdoor) where Rocket from the Crypt play. They're more just rock and roll or punk, but singer John Reis spent time in Drive Like Jehu and there's no emo like we know it without them. Plus this is another rare reunion show.

For Sunday, the final day of the festival, it's probably a good call to start early at the Orange Stage where post-rockers This Will Destroy You play at 12:30. Next up on Sunday would have to be Deafheaven at 3:40 on Black Stage. Though the arguments are endless about whether they're black metal or shoegaze, they fit in with the post-hardcore side of the emo revival really well too. Not to mention those guys are big Thursday fans. After them, stick around Black Stage for a 5 PM set from another killer veteran band, Hot Water Music. After them at 6:10 on the same stage is Gorilla Biscuits. They're another one who aren't emo, but Walter Schreifels went on to form Quicksand whose mark on the genre is undeniable, so don't miss this set.

Next, it's pretty much between Rocket From the Crypt at 7:25 on the Black Stage and Failure at 7:10 on the Orange Stage. Like we said above, RFTC aren't emo but they're connected to it, and Failure aren't either but their atmospheric rock can be heard in newer bands like Title Fight. No emo headliners on Sunday, but either Murder City Devils at 8:45 on Black Stage or Neutral Milk Hotel at 8:30 on Orange Stage would be a great choice and close enough.

Sunday night: see the Gorilla Biscuits again at Mohawk (indoor), but get there early enough to see the special opening set billed as: Ron and Scott: A Tribute to The Stooges featuring J Mascis (whose band Dinosaur Jr. plays their own Nite show on Saturday). Stay late for Ted Leo inside (ask him to play something by Chisel).

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Freddie Gibbs

Rapper Freddie Gibbs has been making headlines all week after being shot at it Brooklyn. Luckily they missed, and Freddie will be in Austin on Sunday to play his collaborative Fun Fun Fun Fest set with Madlib (who he released the Piñata LP with earlier this year).

Freddie's partner DJ Izzo wasn't as lucky though. He got hit with a bullet in the leg. We're not sure if Izzo was ever part of a Freddie set with Madlib, but he has confirmed via Twitter that he's "layed up" and "def not Djn at fun fun fun fest". Get well soon Izzo!

Freddie Gibbs also plays the Odd Future Carnival in LA without Izzo this weekend.

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Dinosaur Puppets

Dinosaur Jr and their old '80s SST pals the Meat Puppets will be in Austin this weekend for a FFF Nites show, proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. Meat Puppets tourmate Cass McCombs is along for the ride too, making for a triple bill that we're pretty excited about. It goes down Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live, and like all FFF Nites shows it's free with a FFF wristband.

Full fest and Nites schedule here.

Pallbearer

Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins this week, and of course that means tons of FFF Nites shows too. One of those is being presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Saturday (11/8) at Elysium with doom greats Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a FFF wristband.

Full fest and Nites schedules here.

by Andrew Sacher

Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade - 11/1/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?

The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.

Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Hundred V

Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..

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RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
RTJ

Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.

RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.

They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.

Halloween is also when their tour begins in Philly. It then hits Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 7-9. Check out the schedule.

After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels release LP bonus track, celebrating at Rough Trade (win tix to afterparty Q&A/screening & Stage 48 show)"

FFF

Fun Fun Fun Fest is just a few weeks away, and now the set times and the FFF Nites schedule have been released. Check it out HERE. The FFF App was also released and features:

* Spotify Integration: Listen to FFF bands from your phone leading up to the fest
* Foto Filter: Customize FFF selfie snaps through custom filter options
* Taco Locator: In case of emergency taco situation, use custom map to quickly locate the goodness
* Custom Scheduler: Make your schedule ahead of time and publish for homies
* Maps: With the new park layout, use the map feature to create your perfect party path
* #FFFfest Instagram feed
Thank goodness for the Taco Locator.

Bands playing FFF include Judas Priest, King Diamond, Death From Above 1979, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rocket From the Crypt, Murder City Devils, The Blood Brothers, Gorilla Biscuits, Modest Mouse, Dinosaur Jr, The New Pornographers, Failure, Yo La Tengo and many more.

Bands exclusive to Nites shows include Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more.

BV is presenting the Dinosaur Jr / Meat Puppets / Cass McCombs Nite show happening Saturday, November 8 at ACL Live and our metal blog Invisible Oranges is presenting the Pallbearer / Eagle Claw / Vattnet Viskar / Wrekmeister Harmonies Nite show happening Saturday at Elysium.

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
FFF

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

AUSTIN, TX (September 16, 2014) - FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, and access is FREE with your wristband.

Speaking of FUN FUN FUN passes, you can still get them here. Do it. You could try and wait until the Scavenger Hunt to score some free passes, but why risk it?

Check out more of the release including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jazz June

Earlier this year, emo veterans The Jazz June put out their first new song in 12 years on a split with Dikembe, and mentioned that a full length produced by Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss was to follow. That album has now officially been announced. It's called After The Earthquake, and it will be out on November 11 via Topshelf (the same label that released Braid's comeback LP this year). It follows 2002's Better Off Without Air. That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist, which includes "Over Underground" from the Dikembe split, below. (Their latest dates also say they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A new addition to the Austin fest? We're not 100% sure yet, but stay tuned for confirmation on that.)

Into It. Over It. will be involved with other emo veterans this year too. His tour schedule includes opening the 10/11 date of American Football's three night run In NYC, and opening most of the Mineral tour.

Speaking of, Mineral singer Chris Simpson (also of The Gloria Record), is releasing a new album with his Zookeeper project this year, Pink Chalk, which is due out on October 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars (the label run by Empire! Empire!, whose new LP features a guest appearance from Chris). Chris stopped making music you can accurately call "emo" a while ago, and this new song is more along the lines of singer/songwriter indie. Good stuff no matter what genre name you give it, as you can hear (via Stereogum) below.

Continue reading "The Jazz June detail new LP, 'After The Earthquake'; Mineral singer Chris Simpson streaming a song from new Zookeeper LP"

Murder City Devils (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Murder City Devils

Fun Fun Fun Fest says:

FUN FUN FUN FEST is announcing today two changes to the music lineup for the festival Nov 7-9, 2014 in Austin. Modest Mouse will now be performing on Saturday, Nov 8 on the Orange Stage. The band will fill the slot previously held by Death Cab For Cutie, who had to cancel their performance due to an unforeseen and unavoidable scheduling conflict. The band is very sad to miss out on FFF, and they look forward to returning to Austin in 2015.

Also, following the napkin-announced breakup of Death Grips, FFF Fest is announcing that the Murder City Devils will perform in their place on Sunday, Nov 9 on the Black Stage. Murder City Devils will be playing in support of their new album to be released Aug 5, "The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again," which is their first full length studio release since 2000's "In Name and Blood."

To view the full festival music lineup broken down by day and stage - or to purchase weekend passes, Ultimate Smooth Passes (USP) and single day tickets - go to funfunfunfest.com.

FFF Fest has also recently released their 2014 Yellow Stage lineup, including comedy (Fred Armisen, Thomas Middleditch & Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley, W. Kamau Bell) and spoken word (John Waters, Jello Biafra) and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the skate & ride action sports lineup as well as this year's Aqua Olympics program.
That was quick! It was less than a week ago (and at the start of a holiday weekend) that Fun Fun Fun Fest published their response to Death Grips.

Modest Mouse also have shows coming up in CT, NJ, NY and other places.

Death Grips were also supposed to play FYF Fest which Murder City Devils is already playing. MCD also have a handful of other west coast dates in support of a new album called The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again (out August 5), as you can see in their tour flyer with the cover art, below...

Continue reading "Murder City Devils releasing LP, replace Death Grips on Fun Fun Fun Fest; Modest Mouse replace Death Cab"

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