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photo: Mutoid Man at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two bands who mix metal and heavy blues, Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder, will ring in the new year together in NYC. They play New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at Saint Vitus with different openers each night. The first is with Ageist and the second is with UnWed (mem Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike). Tickets for NYE and NYD are on sale now. No other dates announced at the moment.
Mutoid Man frontman Stephen Brodsky (who also fronts Cave In) also told us his top 10 of 2015, which includes albums, a couple movies, a TV show, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. One band that made it is Wild Throne, who Mutoid Man played Invisible Oranges SXSW with in 2014, and who Royal Thunder toured with this year.
Check out Brodsky's full list below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up on Sunday (11/8). We already posted a bunch of pictures on BrooklynVegan, and now we've got more, including shots of Venom, L7, Lauryn Hill, Future Islands, Alvvays, Afrika Bambaataa and more.
More day 3, below....
Future Islands / Big Freedia / L7 / Lauryn Hill / Off! @ FFF Fest 11/8/2015
We expected the worst, and received the best. Ms. Hill arrived on time, began her set as scheduled, and played music without the crazy socio-political commentary. She looked extra comfortable sitting on a couch with the Austin skyline as her backdrop, playing the guitar and passionately motioning to her band to keep up with her energy. The horns, rhythm section, and back-up singers sounded like a hip hop symphony as they played complement to Lauryn's lyrics and soulful voice. The highlight of the night, at least to me, was "The Mystery of Iniquity", which is the track sampled by Kanye West on "All Falls Down". Simply magical! - [Houston Free Press]After a rainy Saturday, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest saw the sunshine on its final day which featured sets from Lauryn Hill (a last-minute sub for D'Angelo), Future Islands, L7, Venom, Off!, Dag Nasty, Big Freedia, Doomtree, Power Trip and lots more.
Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.
Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...
Head Wound City, the side project/supergroup of The Blood Brothers' Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, and The Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, got back together in 2014 for their second show ever and first in nine years. Now the reunion is continuing with more shows and a full length album in the works, the followup to their only release, 2005's self-titled EP. Via San Diego City Beat:
In a lot of ways the recording of the new album was the exact opposite experience of the first EP. They had time and a budget and, perhaps more importantly, they were different people as well. To hear them tell it, the new material is still hard and visceral, but it's also mature and sonically varied. They're no longer five twenty-somethings just banging away on their respective instruments with abandon. They're five thirty-somethings banging away, but this time with feeling. They also brought in veteran producer Ross Robinson, who produced classics like At the Drive-in's Relationship of Command and The Blood Brothers' ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn.They played a few more West Coast shows in June, and this past weekend they hit the second day of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and an FFF NITES show. We've got pictures of their set at the fest and a video of the night show. More below...
"He was like a coach. Between takes, he'd talk to us about what we'd been doing and why we were doing it," says Serbian. "He'd just get us pumped up between takes and I've never had anyone do that."
Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.
Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.
[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]
FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.
More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...
Cheap Trick / The Dwarves / Mikal Cronin
Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway and on its third and final day as we speak, and we've got a set of pictures of its first day (Friday, 11/6). We just posted a bunch on BrooklynVegan, and here's more pics of Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, Antemasque, Peaches, Viet Cong, The Dwarves, Bomba Estereo, Mikal Cronin, Mutoid Man, Nothing, Coheed & Cambria, CHVRCHES and more. Continued below...
photos by Chad Wadsworth
Drive Like Jehu @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/6/2015
Despite many troubles, ATP festivals still exist and another one was just announced:
ATP Festival is excited to reveal their latest curators for All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0, seminal San Diego band Drive Like Jehu. Performing in the UK for the first time since 1994, Drive Like Jehu will be headlining the 2016 weekender as well as hand-picking the festival line-up. The first wave of artists performing alongside Drive Like Jehu will be revealed in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Drive Like Jehu were interviewed for the 217th episode of Kreative Kontrol, a podcast you can listen to HERE, and they played a set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Friday. Pictures from that are in this post and continue below...
All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Drive Like Jehu, held at Pontins in Prestatyn, will take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2016 for ATP Festival's second consecutive holiday camp weekender, following on from All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Stewart Lee (15/16/17th April 2016).
ATP's Barry Hogan adds "Jehu were undoubtedly one of my favourite performances at ATP Iceland this summer, and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to have them curate and headline ATP in what will be one of their first UK performances in over 20 years"
Limited Early Bird tickets (which start at £40 off full price per person - saving you up to £280 on your chalet) are available now via the ATP Ticket Store: http://buytickets.at/atpticketstore/38349
At a specially called City Council meeting on Oct. 22, the Council approved an exemption to the city's parks smoking ban for Fun Fun Fun Fest.Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway (smoking included), and we'll be splitting up our pictures into a few posts. Day one starts here, continues HERE and HERE. More below...
The festival is held annually at Auditorium Shores park. In compliance with city code 10-6-2, smoking is not permitted in any city parks. As part of code 10-6-3-11A, however, the City Council has the power to offer "temporary designated smoking areas in a park for special events." The Council voted to approve the exemption nine-to-one, with councilwoman Sheri Gallo voting no and councilwoman Ellen Troxclair off the dais.
Despite the majority of council members voting to approve the exemption, many still raised issue about the health concerns for people allowed to smoke at the festival. Councilman Don Zimmerman said he is against smoking in general but does not think the government has authority to make health decisions for individuals. [Daily Texas]
photos by Dave Mead
Shamir @ Fun Fun Fun Fest -- 11/7/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest is happening as we speak. Today (Saturday, 11/7) got off to a late and rainy start, but Shamir made the sun come out and got the "rainy day crowd to jump and dance", the crowd that wasn't watching Head Wound City anyway.
Shamir's Austin festival performance, pictured in this post, came shortly after his high profile Thursday night performance of "On The Regular" on Colbert, which you can watch (complete with horn section and backup singers) along with more pictures from Fun Fun Fun, below...
photo: Lauryn Hill @ Afropunk 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
This morning it was announced that Lauryn Hill will be taking D'Angelo's place on the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup after D'Angelo's performance was cancelled "due to illness." Now comes word that Desaparecidos are also cancelling due to Conor getting sick. Damn, but feel better everyone!
Desaparecidos also cancelled their whole tour. Four Texas shows total:
CANCELLEDMore info at BrooklynVegan.
11-05 Numbers - Houston, TX
11-06 Trees - Dallas, TX
11-07 Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
11-09 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
Full Fun Fun Fun Fest Lauryn Hill press release below...
As always with a lineup as loaded as FFF, there will definitely be some conflicts. You'll have to choose between Venom and D'Angelo, between Cheap Trick and Drive Like Jehu, and between Jane's Addiction and Wu-Tang, just to name a few. So good luck with that (full schedule is posted below).
Those NITES shows start on Thursday (11/5) and go through the weekend. They are only open to festival wristband-holders and there are no tickets at the door. Converge, Nothing, Creepoid and Cult Leader will shred at the Mohawk on 11/5. The next night Mohawk will play host to Mikal Cronin, Fuzz, Yonatan Gat, and many others (RSVP). That same night Title Fight, Alex D, Girlpool, La Dispute, Pity Sex and Wildhoney will play at 611 E 7th Street (aka the space that housed Red 7). On Saturday (11/7), The Mohawk will play host to the potentially dangerous tree of Mayhem, Watain and Rotting Christ, while over at 611 E 7th street the punks are moshing away to OFF!, Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Power Trip and others. There are lots of other great shows, but you can se the full NITES schedule below.
Tickets FFFl are still on sale.
Below, check out the full schedule for FFF Fest and the NITES shows.
Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 with tons of awesome bands, many of which will also be playing FFF Nites shows. As always, FFF Nites also features artists exclusive to the late-night shows, including GZA, Mayhem, Watain, Subhumans, Windhand, Small Brown Bike, Girlpool, Pity Sex, Youth Code, NOTS, Cult Leader, Wildhoney, Red Death, OBN IIIs and more.
Artists on the FFF lineup also playing Nites shows include Future Islands, Hudson Mohawke, Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Converge, American Nightmare, Babes In Toyland, King Khan & BBQ Show, American Football, Alvvays, Viet Cong, OFF!, Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, La Dispute, Dwarves, Shamir, Fuzz, Title Fight, Murder By Death, Power Trip, Nothing, Mutoid Man and many more.
Nites schedule will be announced closer to the fest. More info here.
Same old story: beloved music venues fight to survive as new hotels, condos, and rising rents make it harder and harder, even though their existence is part of the reason everyone wanted to be there in the first place. The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies (fka Club Deville) are struggling with BS. And today is was confirmed that one of our other favorite Austin rooms, Red 7, will be closed by the end of September. This comes after the recent announcement that sister venue Holy Mountain (fka Beauty Bar) is going around the same time.
Red 7 and Holy Mountain each have two stages, so that's four less stages in the Red River music district, four less stages to host Fun Fun Fun fest afterparties, four less stages centrally located for SXSW (Red 7 was the home to BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties in 2014 and 2015).
There is some good news though: Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River Street), which still has seven years on their lease, will join forces with Red 7 and Transmission Entertainment (who book Red 7, Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, etc) to create a new venue called The Sidewinder! More info below...
by Bill Pearis
Manchester's The Charlatans released Modern Nature this year, the band's first in half a decade. If you haven't checked it out, it's an excellent album -- through 26 years that includes a number of tragedies, The Charlatans have remained amazingly consistent, quality-wise. You can stream the whole album below.
As mentioned, The Charlatans will be over in America for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and will tour after, including a stop in NYC at Webster Hall on November 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Austin's 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest announced its comedy stage and day-by-day lineup, and put single-day tickets on sale today.
The comedy stage includes Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray and Kurt Braunohler. "Additionally, GZA will explain "the science of hip-hop", Andrew W.K. will lead a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia will be giving the festival audience twerking lessons."
Single-day tickets are on sale at the festival's website. Check out the daily lineups below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
photos by Tim Griffin
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.
photos by Tim Griffin
Gorilla Biscuits @ FFF 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...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Murder City Devils / Gorilla Biscuits / Failure / Flying Lotus fans
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.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
King Diamond / Nas / Sick of It All
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.
photos by Tim Griffin
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...
photos by Tim Griffin
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...