September 16, 2014

Young Tongue

Those in attendance at Empire Control Room on Saturday may have caught the latest video by Young Tongue. It was the premiere party for a slew of new videos by Austin bands, all made in 48 hours in a competition called the Music Video Race ("MVR originated in San Francisco and expanded to include ATX and LA this year)." Filmmakers were paired with bands and were tasked to make a video in a weekend. Escape Plan Productions worked with Young Tongue to create the video you can also now watch below...

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Lily Allen @ Stubb's - 9/14/2014
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Austin Chronicle: How do you spend your time on tour when you're not playing?

Lily Allen: In between shows I like to to sit in my hotel room and listen to music. I'm also really into culture and I'll often also go and see a museum or art exhibition.

AC: You're a mother of two. How has that influenced your music?

LA: I'm happier than ever. Motherhood has changed my life overall and definitely my process. Before, I had as many hours in the day as I wanted to write songs, and now I need to get back for tea time and bath time and that kinda thing. When I write, I just have to write quicker.

AC: What music influences you?

LA: I'm into Cajun, country, rock, and soul. I really like urban music, because the Streets were a massive influence on me, garage, and underground music. Lately, I've been listening predominantly to hip-hop and rap. -[AC]

Snarky UK pop singer Lily Allen brought her myriad influences and a small army of backup dancers to Stubb's on Sunday night (9/14) as part of her ongoing Sheezus tour. Norwegian singer Samsaya opened the show and pictures from the whole night, as well as Lily's setlist, are in this post.

More below...

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

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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September 5, 2014

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Aretha Franklin @ ACL Live 9/3/2014
Aretha Franklin @ ACL Live 9/3/2014

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin made 'em sweat at her sold-out ACL Live show on Wednesday (9/3). Literally. She had the AC turned off before the show as is her wont. We've got more pics and setlist over at BV. Meanwhile, Aretha plays two more Texas shows this week: Saturday (9/6) at Winspear Opera House in Dallas and Tuesday (9/9) at Arena Theatre in Houston, both of which are sold out.

Look out for a new Aretha album this fall.

September 4, 2014

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Man Man & Landlady @ The Mohawk - 8/26/2014
Man Man & Landlady @ The Mohawk - 8/26/2014

Highs climbed near 100 on Tuesday, 8/26, but that didn't stop Man Man frontman Honus Honus from donning both a heavy hooded cape and, later, a fur jacket during their set at Mohawk. Not that the Philadelphia band need that to sweat -- Man Man's shows are always high energy and this one was no different.

Opening the show Brooklyn's Landlady, the group led by Man Man member Adam Schatz (aka Brown Sugar), which made for an extra sweaty evening for him -- he was running around the whole time, singing from the balcony at one point. Landlady's new album, Upright Behavior, is out now via Hometapes. Stream it in full, and check out more pictures from the whole show, below...

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September 3, 2014

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Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live 8/31/2014
Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live  8/31/2014
Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live  8/31/2014

The last time we caught Swedes Little Dragon, they were playing one of our intimate SXSW day parties. Needless to say this was a much bigger show, in support of the group's lovely fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband. Locals The Octopus Project kept things just a little west of weird. Pictures from the whole show are in this post and more follow below...

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J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014
J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014

Now in its 40th season, Austin City Limits continues to bring some of music's most engaging live performers to the small screen (even though screens are getting bigger). On Tuesday night (9/2), Richmond, Virginia's J Roddy Walston and The Business, who are still going strong off 2013's Essential Tremors, hit ACL live for a taping. While their set streamed live on ACL's YouTube channel, folks will have to wait till their episode airs later this year on PBS to see it again. We do have pictures from their set which are in this post. More below...

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August 30, 2014

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Reunited emo vets Mineral played a surprise show in their hometown of Austin last night (8/29) ahead of their first tour in 17 years, which begins in proper next week. The show happened at Mohawk's small inside room and Jess Williamson opened. More pictures (like the one above) and setlist at BrooklynVegan.

August 29, 2014


Austin emo legends Mineral are reunited this year, but so far the only hometown date they've had announced is Fun Fun Fun Fest. That may change tonight (8/29) though. There's a SXSW Cares (the benefit fund for victims of this year's tragedy at SXSW) benefit happening at Mohawk indoors with Jess Williamson and a headlining band called "The Parking Lot". Mineral posted this to their Facebook about the show:

Pretty excited to see this band play in Austin tonight. There's not much info on them if you google them, but we think you'll like 'em. Their name has a snappy ring to it. Not to mention it looks like they have a great taste in fonts. You should join us. #FirstComeFirstServe #SXSWCARES

August 28, 2014

Com Truise at Sasquatch in 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
Com Truise

Producer Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) put out an EP last Februrary and is now heading out on tour with Rone, who also put out an album earlier this year. The tour hits El Paso on October 6 at Lowbrow Palace, Houston on October 8 at Fitzgerald's, and Austin on October 9 at Red 7. Tickets for El Paso, Houston, and Austin are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out some videos by both producers below...

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