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Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.
It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.
...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.
"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]
More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, the free 2014 AfroPunk Festival is going down in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park from August 23-24 with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, and more. Since we last spoke, more artists have been added to the lineup including Bad Brains (with special guest handling vocal duties), Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cro-Mags, King Britt, The Bots, a tribute to DJ Rashad (featuring Teklife's DJ Deeon, RP Boo, J-Cush, The Era dancers and more guests) and more. Like we said, it's free, but if you'd like to skip the line you can buy tickets.
We're not sure yet who will be singing with Bad Brains (though it's not HR), but maybe with Cro-Mags on the lineup John Joseph will sing like he's done before. Both Bad Brains and Cro-Mags play the festival's punk stage, which is curated by Sacha Jenkins, who's in The White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains and Murs. Other punk bands on the bill include Trash Talk, Body Count, and Fishbone.
Updated lineup below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Agalloch at MHOW in 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Agalloch, Jex Thoth @ Irving Plaza
Portland, OR atmospheric metal greats Agalloch returned with their fifth album this year, The Serpent & the Sphere, another gem and a heavier and more metallic effort than its predecessor. Doom traditionalists Jex Thoth open this Invisible Oranges-presented show, and their set should not be missed.
Beck @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Beck put out his twelfth album this year, Morning Phase, which is his first in six years and he considers it the "companion piece" to 2002's Sea Change. His tour in support of it hits NYC for his first of two shows this week, tonight.
Radioactivity, Bad Sports, Nancy @ Baby's All Right
The Marked Men were here not long ago for some rare shows of their killer garage punk. It remains to be seen when they'll return, but related band Radioactivity (or, The Novice) keep up their style pretty well. Their tourmates Bad Sports (fronted by OBN IIIs singer Orville Neely) are not to miss either.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Alix Brown (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Travel back to 1967 with Australian psych band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who squeeze in this one last NYC show (they've already played about 349053954) before they head home. Don't fret too much about them leaving though, they're already scheduled to return in October.
The Disfunction, Born Cages, Video Video, The Green Seed, Not Tonight Josephine @ Pianos
For folks who think the '90s was Golden Age of hip hop, Birmingham, Alabama group The Green Seed recalls the days of De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Black Star and more. Check out their video for "Jude Law" below.
Beat Connection, Zella Day, Tomboy, The TonTons @ Brooklyn Bowl
Now on Mondays, the It's a School Night series brings Pacific Northwest dance duo Beat Connection and Houston's The TonTons in (which a couple other bands as well) for a night of free music -- with RSVP of course.
Tilts, States & Kingdoms, The Brought Low @ Cake Shop
It's a great night for "members of" bands at Cake Shop tonight with the Torche-related Tilts (who are not far removed from Torche's stoner pop) and Thursday/Rival Schools-related State & Kingdoms.
Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Daniel and the Lion @ Central Park Summerstage
'90s nostalgia is all the rage, and you can get yours on tonight with Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket at Central Park Summerstage.
Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Icon of Phobos, Witchblood, Sein Und Zelt @ Saint Vitus
Martyrdoom III, the third annual five-day metal festival at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, is on day 4 with excellent international black metal from Cult of Fire and Sargeist, and more.
Donovan Wolfington, Infinity Girl, Pope, Washer @ Shea Stadium
Donovan Wolfington make scrappy punk/indie with shoutalong parts ready-made for college basement shows. While Shea isn't exactly that, the all-ages DIY space is still the kind of room you'll want to see this band in.
Movement @ The Westway
Australia's Movement are another group tackling the whole "indie-R&B" thing, and appropriately they've worked with Weeknd collaborator Illangelo on their EP which is out now. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their current US tour.
Night Train with guest Seaton Smith @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show continues tonight with guest host Seaton Smith. Among tonight's guests is the very funny and also musically inclined Dave Hill, as well as Mike Lawrence, Michelle Buteau, Nate Fernald and Chris Thayer.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
We already know Shabazz Palaces and clipping. would be playing Brooklyn's free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park (8/23-24) and now many more artists have been announced. D'Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Cold Specks, Cakes Da Killa, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Sliink, MikeQ, UNiiQU3, THEESatisfaction (DJ) and more are scheduled to play. Full lineup is listed below.
Like we said, the festival is totally FREE but if you don't want to wait on line, you can purchase tickets for fast pass admission.
The TonTons @ F F F Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shiner Beers, who we recently teamed up with for a free show in NYC and who will join us at our upcoming Austin day parties, were also a sponsor of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. At that fest that they asked musicians to play one song in front of their parked van. They dubbed the high quality results "Shiner Van Sessions", and today we premiere one of them, and another two at BrooklynVegan.
The TonTons, who play a Waterloo In-Store on 2/28 and a lot of SXSW shows (listed below), took on "Lonely" for their session. The track's studio version can be found on their new album Make Out King and Other Stories of Love which was just released on 2/18. Watch and listen to the sultry in-front-of-a-van version, below...
FPSF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Houston's Free Press Summer Festival returns for its sixth year on May 31 and June 1 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. The lineup was just announced and it includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, The Kills, Die Antwoord, Chvrches, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, Flosstradamus, Sky Ferreira, First Aid Kit, Mariachi El Bronx, King Khan & the Shrines, Flatbush Zombies, The Orwells, Destruction Unit, Syd Arthur, Jana Hunter, Pinkish Black and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
MIA / Glass Candy / Judge @ FFF Fest, 11/9/2013 - Day 2
Banging out a raging "Galang" from her 2004 Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape mid-set might've seemed a momentary backstep had it not immediately been followed by stagehands dragging giddy audience "Bad Girls" up onstage to help "Bring the Noize" via the femme-anthemics of "Boyz."Day 2 of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (Saturday, 11/9) featured sets from MIA, Deerhunter, and Television, and we already posted one set of pictures with their performances, and now we have another set from the entire day that also includes Pelican, Descendents, Chromatics, Judge, Chelsea Light Moving, Antwon, White Lung, Ice-T (with and without Body Count), and more. Those are in this post.
End of night?
Not until incendiary new single "Y.A.L.A" big-boomed like a suicide audio bomber intent on rapturing all within earshot up to M.I.A.'s version of agitpop paradise via flaming "Paper Planes."
Bucky went banga, crowd lost it. - [Austin Chronicle]
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Kurt Vile and the Violators @ Moahwk for FFF Nites - 11/7/2013
Fun Fun Fun Fest begins in full today (11/8), but the late FFF Nites shows that happen at various Austin venues kicked off last night with a number of pre-shows. One of those was Kurt Vile's show at Mohawk, which we caught, and you can check out pictures of that one in this post.
More pics, including shots of openers The Tontons, below...
Three day passes for FFF are still available. Single day passes and a limited number of student discount passes go on sale Friday (9/13) at 10 AM CDT. You can also to compete to win passes at this year's Scavenger Hunt.
See the full lineup over at BrooklynVegan. The poster for FFF NITES and a list of bands playing by day below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Vampire Weekend in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
SXSW already revealed one round of artists, then a second, and now they've just revealed a third announcement which includes Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Clutch, Rockie Fresh, Baauer, Bleached, TOY, Waxahatchee, Bleeding Rainbow, Count Bass D, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, ST 2 Lettaz, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Single Mothers, Eddi Front, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Today is the Day, Killa Kyleon, Lemuria, Love Inks, Moon King, Pac Div, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, Stagnant Pools, and many many more.
Full round 3 list below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
I've been hounded for the last few weeks to do a 'best of' post for the shows I've been to and the pictures I've taken in 2012. After several false starts, I decided to just walk through chronologically and try and do justice to all of the wonderful shows without missing too much. Frankly I should be concentrating on posting all of the stuff I shot that never made it live instead of this (woops), but that is next on my list.
The pictures aren't meant to be exhaustive or all-inclusive of what was the best (I'm certain I've missed many things; I'm not even touching festival stuff, and I went to BELGIUM!), but here we go. Personally 2012 was quite the roller-coaster, and every show was a wonderful escape. Some of the shots may or may not be my best work - but if it's in here, then the show, band or bands there, venue and everyone else involved were some of my favorites for 2012 (at least up until November). Loved Gary Clark Jr. and Esperanza Spalding too, but since they are recent you'd find them easily enough.
Have at it. Pictures below. Apologies to anyone I've left out.
We've got less than a week to go and if you're still getting your New Year's Eve plans together, here is a number of concert options in Austin.
TX chillwaver Neon Indian returns to town, and as mentioned, is playing an outdoor show at Mohawk with Silent Diane and S U R V I V E. The show will have "New Year's Eve libations provided by your host at midnight, neon cocktails, tarot card reader, confetti cannons, toasting & more info to come!" Tickets are on sale now.
Local country legend Willie Nelson and friends are playing two nights (12/30-31) at Moody Theater with support from The Mavericks on night one and Iron & Wine on night two (aka NYE). Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are available.
Synth/psych legend Silver Apples is playing "a psychedelic new year's eve celebration in space" at The Museum of Human Achievement with some solid support from Zorch, Xander Harris, SLEEP OVER, Amphibian Lark, and Soundfounder. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Old school hardcore bands Adolescents and Youth Brigade are playing an outdoor show at Red 7 with American Heist and Lower Class Brats. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ringo Deathstarr are teaming up with Japanther for a NYE show at Frontier Bar with The Boxing Lesson, Megafauna, Residual Kid, and M.
A bunch of good bands will be teaming up for a show at Cheer Up Charlie's including Deep Time, Hundred Visions, Love Inks, The Sour Notes, Mirror Travel, Pompeii, The Laughing, and a DJ set by DJ S.I.R. to close out the night. The first 100 drinks will be sponsored by Tito's Vodka and there's a champagne toast at midnight. $5 at the door.
Three Austin venues Hotel Vegas, The Volstead, and Pine Street Station will be presenting a 1984-themed NYE party with the music of New Order, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gang of Four, Adam Ant, Violent Femmes, X, Prince and The Revolution, Gary Numan, The Go-Go's, Van Halen, The Smiths, Gun Club, Spinal Tap, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Replacements, Tina Turner, Run DMC, Dead Kennedy's & George Thorogood...performed by members of: Bad Lovers, Dikes of Holland, Dead Space, Windsor for The Derby, The Pharaohs, Holy Wave, The Bad Lovers, Foreign Mothers, Feral Future, The Nouns, Poor People, Sexploits, P-Tek, American Sharks, Sweat Lodge, Lola Cola, Bobby Jealousy, Naw Dude, Ugly Beats, DD Dagger, December Boys, Moonlight Towers, Strange Attractors, Crisis Hotlines, Gory Details, Ghost Knife, Church Shoes, Tijuana Bible, Space Camp, Sweet Talk, Motel Ball Band, Ghetto Ghouls, and These Are Words. Tickets, which gain you access to all three venues, are on sale now. There will be two vans to shuttle you between the venues. More info HERE. Trailer video below.
Altercation Comedy is presenting an End of Days Bash at The New Movement Theater with Chris Cubas, Jake Flores, Rise Against's Zach Blair, Krum Bums' Dave Rodriguez, Mack Lindsay, The Lizard Man, Satan from Stanhope's Unbookables, open mic lap dance with Burning Angel XXX star Miss Genocide, and more. Altercation Comedy's JT Habersaat will be hosting. Tickets are available.
The Red Eyed Fly is hosting two shows: one outside with Mike Truth & The Replacement Killers, Gidzillah, Agave Love, and Audiolight ($5 adults/$8 minors); and a free show indoors with Kingdom, Black Ladder, and Estelline. Both shows are all ages.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are playing Emo's East with Jesse Dayton and Wild Child. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Austin's Quiet Company will be performing at a NYE celebration on the second floor of the W Hotel, which also includes a live set by The Tontons and DJ sets by I Wanna Be Her and Bird Peterson. Tickets gain you access to the music, plus dinner, an open bar, and a midnight toast. VIP tickets incude a meet and greet with the artists, complimentary valet parking, and "premium bar offerings."
T Bird and the Breaks and Henry and the Invisibles are playing Stubb's BBQ (indoors). Tickets for that show are on sale.
What did we miss?
Trailer video for the 1984 party below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Robert Ellis / Technicolor Hearts/ Shakey Graves
BV Austin, in partnership with The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Mercy hangover prevention, presented a CMJ showcase of Texas bands on Thursday night at Rebel NYC. Here are some pictures from the shindig. They continue below...
DOWNLOAD: Grandfather Child - Waiting For You / Dog Water (ZIP)
Technicolor Hearts at The Parish in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
We're happy to report that there have been a couple additions to our previously-announced Texas Takeover Party which happens on Thursday (10/18) at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) as part of next week's CMJ Festival.
Headlining the night (1 AM) will be Houston's Grandfather Child. The band, who are signed to New West Records, count Robert Ellis as a member. He, who has appeared on BV many times, just happens to be playing a solo set right before them too. You can download both sides of Grandfather Child's "Waiting For You" single at the top of this post.
Grandfather Child are also playing a day party at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Friday (10/19) afternoon, and, later that night, the New West showcase at The Living Room (11:30 PM) with Sydney Wayser, Kalen Nash, White Violet, Ponderosa, and Wolf Ram Heart. All Grandfather Child dates, including a December run that brings them back to NYC, are listed below.
Additionally, Austin's Technicolor Hearts will now open the party at 6 PM (get ready for a long night!). The band will also play Pete's Candy Store later that same night (10 PM). You can stream their most recent EP below, and check out lots of live pictures of them on BV Austin.
The Full line-up for The Texas Takeover Party is:
6:00pm Technicolor HeartsThis is an official CMJ show and also FREE to the public with RSVP. Doors open at 5 PM, and we'll have complimentary Tito's Handmade Vodka while it lasts, and we'll be giving out Mercy hangover prevention drinks all night.
7:00pm Shakey Graves
8:00pm Josiah Hall
9:00pm New York City Queens
10:00pm The Tontons
11:00pm Wild Child
12:00am Robert Ellis
1:00am Grandfather Child
The folks at Mercy are also giving away CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook. Hope to see you there!
Meanwhile, for all things Texas, head to BV Austin.
Robert Ellis at Summerstage, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Shakey Graves in Austin - 8/11/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 2012 CMJ Festival is less than a month away and you can expect a bunch of announcements soon as to what BrooklynVegan has planned this year. Meanwhile here's one that involves our BV Austin site. The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, and BV Austin presents, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Texas Takeover Party, which is an official and FREE CMJ event (with free Tito's until it runs out).
The party happens on Thursday, October 18 at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) and features an all-Texas line-up: Houston's Robert Ellis, Austin's Wild Child, Houston's The TonTons, Texas' Shakey Graves, Houston's Josiah Hall and Houston's New York City Queens.
The fun starts at 6 PM and CMJ badgeholders can just walk right in. Everyone else who wants to come should RSVP here.
For the Ton Tons, the show is part of a tour that also includes a CMJ show at Bowery Electric. A video by them and some from other artists on the bill, along with the Texas Takeover flyer, below...
Robert Ellis at Mercury Lounge, NYC, April 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The TonTons at Stubb's August 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
BV Austin is gearing up for a road trip, visiting our big brother BrooklynVegan next month for the 2012 CMJ Festival which happens 10/16 - 10/20 in NYC. And we're throwing a party once we get there with The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, and Eye in the Sky Collective, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka! It's called The Texas Takeover Party and it's both an official and FREE CMJ event.
The party happens on Thursday, October 18 at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) and features an all-Texas line-up with Robert Ellis, Wild Child, The TonTons (who just played Pop Montreal), Shakey Graves, Josiah Hall and New York City Queens.
The fun starts at 6 PM and CMJ badgehoders can just walk right in. Everyone else who wants to come should RSVP here. Free Tito's vodka while it lasts. So if you're in NYC during CMJ, come on by. Flyer for the show is below.
The Tontons (photo by Megan Tipps)
Houston's The Tontons (Adam Martinez, Asli Omar, Justin Martinez, and Tom Nguyen) have been making some waves recently ahead of their Pop Montreal appearances later this month, and have just released a video for "Golden" off of their latest EP (which you can stream here).
(Houston, TX) Houston-based indie rockers The Tontons are pleased to announce the release of their new music video for "Golden" from their most recently released EP, Golden. MTV's Buzzworthy blog raved about "Golden" making comparisons to Metric and front woman Emily Haines while Austin's NPR affiliate KUT deemed it "Song Of The Day". Upon hearing the MTV news, rap legend Bun B announced The Tontons as the "Best Band In Houston" to his 550k+ Twitter followers. Extremely grateful for the recent recognition, The Tontons are stoked to share with the world the visual that accompanies "Golden". Written and directed by Tom Adams and Tom Nguyen.The Tontons visit Austin often and will be back on October 29 at The W Hotel, following performances at CMJ and touring down the East coast.
Check out the new video, as well as full tour listings for The Tontons (including Pop Montreal and CMJ dates) below.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Quiet Company, The TonTons, and Bobby Jealousy @ Stubb's - 8/30/2012
On Thursday (8/30) Austin's own Quiet Company kicked off their fall tour at the Stubb's inside stage. They packed the house and pretty much went insane on stage (which was matched by the home-town audience's fervor) for their entire set with a quieter moment thrown in here and there, one being their cover of The Smiths' "Ask."
The TonTons (whose song 'Golden' was recently declared "Buzzworthy" by MTV) and Bobby Jealousy helped with the send-off. Bobby Jealousy are really killing it with their live shows; definitely worth checking out when they play Lambert's on 9/27.
Quiet Company will be on the road until their return for the ACL Festival. Pictures of all three, and QC's tour link below.
words & photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Asli Omar & Justin Martinez of The TonTons @ Stubb's - 6/15/2012
Austin's Emily Wolfe took the stage and charmed the audience with some witty repartee, and worked through a warm 45-minute set including a lovely cover of The Bee Gees 'You Don't Know What It's Like', and set the tone for a great evening.
By the time local favorites Wild Child took to the stage, it was hard to move about with the audience squeezing between the walls of the cozy venue. The band worked the crowd like pros, and kept the everyone jumping and dancing throughout their set.
Houston's The Tontons, fresh from their Free Press Summer Fest performance and a day after having 'Golden' as KUT's Song of the Day, made the night complete with Asli Omar's voice and dancing leading the 4-piece through a great finish to the night. I first saw them on the Stubb's outside stage in March, and then inside at Mohawk in April - this was my favorite performance so far.
Pictures of all three bands below...
Stacy Dupree-King of Sucré @ Mohawk on 4/23/2012
Sucré is Stacy Dupree-King (of Eisley), Darren King (Mutemath drummer) and composer/producer Jeremy Larson. Their debut, A Minor Bird (Red Velvet), came out on April 10th and you can stream the entire album. TheOwlMag writes:
If we were able to select a soundtrack to play while we wistfully float into dreamland at night, A Minor Bird would be our musical accompaniment of choice....They just played two shows in Texas (Austin was 4/23, Dallas 4/24) with The Tontons.
...Larson's string arrangement and Stacy's angelic vocals throughout the single "When We Were Young" left us feeling entranced and reminiscing of the days of princesses and tea parties. We fell in love with soft meets funky vibe on "Chemical Reaction." Tracks such as "Troubled Waters" and "No Return" have us recalling early Björk, with its light and whimsical flare.
Sucré's A Minor Bird weaves Stacy King's airy lyrics with swelling string arrangements that continues to haunt us long after the album has ended. Make sure to catch Sucré touring this spring in support of their debut album.