October 30, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Arctic Monkeys @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2014
Arctic Monkeys & Mini Mansions @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2015

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner caught the crowd at the Cedar Park Center Tuesday unaware, slinking onstage during opening act Mini Mansions and hijacking vocals from drummer (and Queens of the Stone Age bassist) Michael Shuman. Turner hinted at the 90-minute spectacle to come with a brief but seductive verse that left screaming girls in his wake.

"Thanks to Arctic Monkeys," Shuman said with good cheer. "Thanks to our fourth member."

A quarter after 9pm, the crowd surged forward, greeting the entire English quartet this time. Outstretched hands furiously photographed their every move as the rockers burst into the opening track of their fifth LP, last year's AM. His face obscured by smoke and shadows, Turner put his expression in the subtle swing of his hips. [Austin Chronicle]

Arctic Monkeys brought their current tour to Texas for a few shows, including Austin's Cedar Park Center on Tuesday (10/28) with Mini Mansions, a related band of their pals QOTSA. AM's 20-song set included most of their newest album and plenty of older favorites too.

Before they leave TX, they've got one more show in Woodlands tonight (10/30). More pictures from the Austin show, and their setlist, below...

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October 19, 2014

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Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014
Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour to Mohawk on Saturday night (10/18), the same night we caught Erasure at ACL Live earlier in the night. Her parents were at the special and packed show, and in our pictures. More of those (setlist included), along with the recently released Juan Maclean remix of "Our Love", and more tour dates, below...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Erasure @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014
Erasure & Superhumanoids @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014

Erasure played ACL Live lat night (10/18), and play a second night tonight again with opener Superhumanoids. A full set of pictures from the first night are up at BrooklynVegan.

October 16, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band - ACL Moody Theater - 10/12/2014
Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band - ACL Moody Theater - 10/12/2014

Scale: two nights by Paul McCartney at the Erwin Center in May versus Ringo Starr's pair of performances at the Moody Theater this week. Call it a difference of 20,000 fans. And yet, when the Beatles drummer touched off "Yellow Submarine" halfway through a two-hour set Wednesday night at the Moody Theater, it was equally - and literally - breathtaking.

Your breath caught - powerless to whatever personal nostalgia came dislodged by 1966's psychedelic U-boat. McCartney's "Blackbird" - aired this spring on Red River - evoked hush by design, but was no less as piercing as a funner Beatles ditty, "All Together Now," also boogied locally by Sir Paul. "Yellow Submarine" transcended novelty somewhere along its lifeline. Now, it simply stops you in your tracks. - [Austin Chronicle]

Ringo Starr & His All Star Band played two shows at ACL Live's Moody Theatre (October 8 &12), part of their current tour. The former Beatle played most of his hits, turning the spotlight over periodically to the other bandmembers -- including Todd Rundgren, Toto's Steve Lukather, and Mr Mister's Richard Paige -- for some of their songs. Pictures from the second ACL Live show are in this post, along with setlist from the first.

More below...

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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.

photos by Nadia Chaudhury

Jenny Lewis @ Gruene Hall - 10/8/2014
Jenny Lewis, Nikki Lane @ Gruene Hall - 10/8/2014

In between Jenny Lewis' sets at the two ACL Fest weekends, she squeezed in a headlining Austin show at Gruene Hall on October 8 with Nikki Lane. She played a lot off her new album The Voyager, and the Rilo Kiley singer included some cuts from that band too, including "Silver Lining," "The Moneymaker," "A Better Son/Daughter" and "With Arms Outstretched."

More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

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October 15, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Pearl Jam and AFI gettin' some air
Pearl Jam

The Weekend 2 of ACL 2014 came to a close on Sunday (10/12) with sets by Pearl Jam, Spoon, Real Estate, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Phantogram, Lorde and more. Pictures of that day are up now on BrooklynVegan.

If you haven't yet, check out weekend 2 day 1 pics, weekend 2 day 2 pics, and all three days of weekend 1 pics.

October 12, 2014

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Interpol / Skrillex / Major Lazer
Major Lazer

The second weekend of ACL Fest 2014 continued on Saturday with sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and more. A set of pictures of the day are up at BrooklynVegan. Also check out weekend 2 day 1 pics, weekend 1 pics, and stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3 pics.

October 11, 2014

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Beck / Belle / Betty @ ACL Fest 10/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival is in mid-swing as we speak, and Friday night's W2 kickoff featured sets from Beck, Outkast, Temples, Jimmy Cliff, St. Vincent and lots more. Check out more pics from Weekend 1, Day 1 over at BrooklynVegan, and you can also check out photos from Weekend 1 of ACL. If you're not in Zilker Park, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) you can watch Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells are more.

October 7, 2014

Balmorhea duo

Austin post-rockers Balmorhea are reissuing their self-released 2007 self-titled debut album on October 14 via Western Vinyl. They also have a 7" with two new songs, "Heir I" and "Heir II," which you can stream at the bottom of the post. In addition to all that, the original duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller are heading out on a European tour this month with one-offs in the US. The tour kicks off in Austin on October 24 at Central Presbyterian Church with Aisha Burns. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Song streams below...

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