August 22, 2014
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
@SylvanEsso just melted Austin's heart and mine. I just wish I had more room to dance in the front row! - @tallovesmusic
Austin loves @SylvanEsso. Amazing show @emosaustin. - Jennifer Sinski
Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014
One of the more delightful aspects of Sylvan Esso's songs is that they aren't just fun to dance to but also to sing, as the lyrics, although often a touch cryptic, are interesting and well constructed. "Coffee," the band's standout single came fourth in the setlist, and had concertgoers more engrossed than at any other point in the night. However, a good portion of the songs proved to be enthusiastic sing-alongs. With a small catalogue of songs from this young band, fans know what they're going to get at this point. What they're getting is great, and Sylvan Esso find themselves at a pivotal point where a solid sophomore effort could propel them to great heights as an dance-centric yet intelligent group. [Pop Press International]The infectious synth-pop duo that is Sylvan Esso hit Austin last Sunday (8/17) to play a seriously impressive show at Emo's with similarly synthesizer-fixated artist Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family). The double-bill managed to exceed even the organizer's expectations, selling out Emo's after being moved from the much smaller Parish. Sylvan Esso's leading lady Amelia Meath brought her trademark swagger (and dance moves) to the show, hypnotizing the crowd into a swaying mass of amateur back-up vocalists. Traditionally solo, Buoy traded some of his sequencers and loop pedals in for a full band leading to some more rough-around-the-edges versions of his tracks. Check out photos from both sets at BrooklynVegan.
August 19, 2014
ACL Music Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
The official 2014 ACL Festival Late Night Shows have been announced for both weekendss of this year's Austin City Limits festival. Highlights of the first weekend include Beck at Stubb's, Jenny Lewis at Stubb's, Interpol at Stubb's, Rhye at the Paramount, and Mac DeMarco at Scoot Inn. Highlights of week two include Polica at the Parish, CHVRCHES at Emo's, Spoon at Stubb's, and Robert Ellis at Stubb's Indoors. Check out C3's entire list.
August 13, 2014
Opeth in NYC in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Swedish death metal royalty Opeth and In Flames both have new albums coming out and are joining forces for a huge North American tour in December with support from Portland's Red Fang. Opeth's Pale Communion, which frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently discussed with Invisible Oranges, is out August 26, and In Flames' Siren Charms will be out September 8. The bands will play two dates in Texas, first in Houston at Warehouse Live Ballroom on December 12, and then in Dallas at Gas Monkey on December 13. Presales and VIP packages are available for the whole tour now. General on-sale for all dates begins Friday (8/15).
Head over to BrooklynVegan for all tour dates and more info. Check out new songs from Opeth and In Flames below...
August 12, 2014
Allo Darlin' in NYC in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The forever-charming UK popsters Allo Darlin' are set to release their third album, We Come From the Same Place, this October and are touring North America around that time. They come to Houston on October 17 at Rudyard's (tix), Austin on October 18 at The Mohawk (tix), and Dallas on October 19 at Club Dada. (tix)
Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check "Romance And Adventure" from their new album below...
Foxygen will tour this fall around the release of their new 24-track album Foxygen...And Star Power, which drops October 14 via Jagjaguar. They'll play INDEX Festival in Dallas on September 27 and Houston on September 28 at Fitzgerald's with Dub Thompson (who recorded their debut album in a house Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was renting at the time) before coming back to Texas on November 9 for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Tickets for Index Fest, the Houston show, and Fun Fun Fun are available now.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for "How Can You Really," off the upcoming LP, below...
August 5, 2014
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
The Young @ The North Door - 7/25/2014
Austin's own The Young have a new LP, Chrome Catus, on the way (due 8/26 via Matador), and ahead of its release they graced their hometown with a show late last month at The North Door (7/25) with Sun God. More pictures, like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.
The Young will ring in the release of the new LP with a free 5 PM in-store at Waterloo Records (8/25) the day before it officially comes out. Then, their tour includes another Austin date on September 4 at Hotel Vegas, and the tour wraps up back in Texas with a free Dallas show on September 20 at Foundry Beer Garden with the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, which is a great double bill.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for recent single "Cry Of Tin," below...
July 29, 2014
Local boys Spray Paint make the kind of paranoid art punk that that may have folks thinking they've got bugs under their skin -- in a good way of course. Joey Casey recently upped them in NME, helpfully adding "They've got several songs about dumpsters." The band's new album Clean Blood, Regular Acid, on September 23 via Monofonus and you can stream a track from it below.
Spray Paint just played Hotel Vegas on Friday (7/25) but if you missed it you've got a few more chances to see them in Austin. They play Beerland on August 23 with Crack Pipes; then they've got a record release show at Hotel Vegas on September 19 (rest of lineup TBA). The latter is also the kickoff date of their tour with The Rebel (Ben Wallers from Country Teasers).
Additionally, Spray Paint and The Rebel also play McAllen's Cine El Ray on September 20 and Walters Downtown in Houston on September 21 where they'll open for Merchandise (tickets). For all tour dates head to BV and check out the new song stream below...
July 28, 2014
The 3rd annual Index Fest goes down Deep Ellum in Dallas this year from September 26-28. The initial lineup is listed below and includes Local Natives, Future Islands, The Get Up Kids, Foxygen, Russian Circles, How To Dress Well, Joyce Manor, Palms, Dawes, Kaiser Chiefs, Dilated Peoples, Doomtree, The Cool Kids, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Dan Deacon and many more. You can get single-day and 3-day tickets now over at the festival website. Full lineup will be announced on August 4.
Initial lineup below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Nick Cave @ The bad Seeds @ ACL Live - 7/19/2014
Dressed in black, tan chest glistening under gold chains, Cave delivered a performance without reservations Sunday evening. He jumped, thrusted, swayed, cursed, blasphemed, and crooned the packed Moody Theater for an hour's worth of crushingly loud deliverances and sexualized come-ons.Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are continuing to support last year's Push the Sky Away on an ongoing tour with Nicole Atkins which hit Austin for an ACL Live show at Moody Theater earlier this month (7/19). Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist, below...
Platform extensions on both sides of the stage allowed Cave to extend himself to the audience where throngs of writhing hands lifted upwards for a quick grasp of his robes. He gave much more than that. Hands supported his slender figure as he leaned into his lustful disciples. "I saw you last night," Cave said to a blond in the front row, referring to his Saturday night performance. "At the show, of course," he clarified with a smirk. [Pop Press International]
July 24, 2014
Lydia Loveless in Chicago in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Additionally, she plays Dallas' Three Links on September 12 (tickets) and Houston's FitzGerald's on September 14 (tickets). Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check out a recent video session the singer did below...