June 25, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Free Week - 1/10/2014
photo: East Cameron Folkcore @ Holy Mountain 1/10/2014

The troubles on Red River continue. The Austin Chronicle confirms that Holy Mountain is closing on October 1st.

Casualties of the pricing boom, owners were confronted with a 45% rent increase, putting their monthly bill at $8,000 plus "triple net" fees - taxes, insurance, and maintenance - totaling in the thousands. It's an unmanageable figure for the club to sustain, confirms co-owner James Taylor.

A small room with big ambitions, Holy Mountain opened on New Year's Eve 2012 in the revamped shell of erstwhile hipster chain Beauty Bar.

More details at the Chronicle.

Sorry to see you go, Holy Mountain. We hope all the other clubs on Red River and Red 7 make it out of all of this alive.

Meanwhile check out their schedule of final shows, and especially keep an eye out for some big ones. As the Chronicle says:

Taylor's filling Holy Mountain's September calendar with old favorites and bucket-list acquisitions. They'll host a weekly "Super Secret Special Guest Series" on Mondays, bringing in mega-artists for underplays announced on the day of the show. Beyond marquee bookings such as Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab (9/17), familial locals will soundtrack Armageddon: Hard Proof, Not in the Face, Feral Future, East Cameron Folkcore, Harvest Thieves, Ben Ballinger, and Mike & the Moonpies, who'll be the last band to play Holy Mountain.
And speaking of East Cameron Folkcore at Holy Mountain, we caught them there during Free Week 2014 and have an uposted set of pictures which is now posted in this post. More below...

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June 5, 2015

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Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015
Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015

Opener "Elevator Operator," from Sometimes, was a good introduction to her basic style: straightforward, unfancy guitar rock, vibrant but not aggressive, with conversational vocals and an observational lyrical style. Aided by her tight band featuring bassist Bones Sloane and drummer Dave Mudie, she stretched out within her framework, adding variety to her performance while remaining consistent in sound. The trio ranged from the garage-rocking "Canned Tomatoes" and melancholy balladry of "An Illustration of Loneliness" to the lovely folk rocking "Depreston" and the power popping "Dead Fox." She earned special kudos from the eager audience with "Small Poppies" and "Avant Gardener," both featuring rambling lyrics that move from mundane observation to philosophical contemplation - a Barnett specialty. - [ACLTV]
Australian charmer Courtney Barnett is currently in town, having taped an episode of Austin City Limits that will air later this year. You can check out pictures from her ACL performance, and the setlist, in this post.

Courtney is sticking around Austin tonight (6/5) for a sold-out show at Mohawk with tourmates Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon. More pics from Austin City Limits below...

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May 28, 2015


Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores and the amazing lineup is now announced! Check it out here and get your tickets here.

May 18, 2015

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Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015
Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

The second set found the band loosening up and easing into longer, more exploratory jams as they dove deeper into their own history. It didn't hurt that they got things started with what is easily their best-known song, "Tom Sawyer", before "The Camera Eye" and a reggae-tinged "The Spirit Of Radio" that led to many a plume of smoke rising from the crowd. Neil Peart's drum solo during "Cygnus X-1" was deep and tribal as he sampled a mélange of different sounds to ensure a zero boredom factor from the crowd and making for one of the highlights of the night. Following the solo, the crowd joined in for a sing-a-long on the acoustic intro to "Closer To The Heart" before Alex Lifeson took off on his own exuberant guitar solo. The set closed out with a handful of songs off Rush's landmark conceptual album 2112 that found each member engaging in a full throttle instrumental throw down while simultaneously functioning as one tight unit. [The Horn]
The Canadian prog-rock trio Rush have spent more than 40 years together, and are currently on the road to mark their ruby anniversary. That tour brought them to Austin over the weekend (5/16) for a show at Austin 360 Amphitheater. As to be expected, the show included lasers, pyrotechnics, a giant disco ball, and a stunning light show. Their intros, intermissions, and outro featured video clips and animated sequences from the many tours over the past 4 decades.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart brought their vast catalog with them, kicking off with 'The Anarchist' and featuring tracks from each of their quad-decade run in two separate sets and an encore. They covered a lot.

They ended the show at the beginning, with 'Working Man' off their eponymous debut Rush. Full set list of the 26-song performance, and more pictures, below...

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May 1, 2015

Lower Dens in Brooklyn last month (more by Greg Cristman)
Lower Dens

Fellow music blog Gorilla vs. Bear is expanding its annual summer show, previously held just in Dallas, to Austin for the first time this year. This, the fifth edition, will happen July 31 at The Granada in Dallas and August 1 at Mohawk in Austin, and lineup includes Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence and more. In addition, GvsB announced today that Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim) will also play the Austin show.

Tickets for Dallas and Austin are on sale now. Flyer is below...

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April 29, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

The Who
The Who

The Who's 50th anniversary tour with support from Joan Jett rolled into Austin this week for a hits-filled show at the Frank Erwin Center. More pictures (like the one above) and both bands' setlists at BrooklynVegan.

April 23, 2015

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Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015

Hundreds of umbrellas littered the entrance to Stubb's and the crowd was a sea of cheap plastic ponchos and trashbags. Fans that arrived early to get a good spot or to watch R&B duo THEESatisfaction braved a couple of hours of rain. Luckily, by the time Corin, Carrie and Janet took the stage the rain was gone, and as they hit the first chords to "Price Tag" the rain was forgotten. Devotees that have followed the members' side projects during their were smashed as they launched into "Oh!" from 2002's One Beat with Corin wailing with the same primal energy as they did over a decade ago. Trading off vocal and lead guitar parts was Carrie Brownstein, arguably the most well-known member of the group, and the popularity of Portlandia cannot be understated as a catalyst toward garnering new fans for the band and most likely bringing about the end of SK's haitus. Nonetheless, seeing her onstage while her guitar roars out riff after riff, you can tell the love of what they do is what ultimately brought them back together. - [The Horn]
Just a couple days after taping an upcoming episode of Austin City Limits, Sleater-Kinney were back in town for a big show at Stubb's with their Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. Thankfully the rain stopped right before they went on. Pics and setlist from Stubb's are in this post. More below...

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Levitation happens in just a few weeks (May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch) and festival organizers have released the daily schedules and set-times. Check the whole thing out and listen to a mixtape featuring all of Friday's bands over at BrooklynVegan.

Tickets to Levitation are still available.

'We Jam by Condos' artwork

Austin label Monofonus Press have a great new local-band compilation coming out called We Jam By Condos that features Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, S U R V I V E, Massagenist and more. You can check out Ghetto Ghouls' song, "Plants" (which premiered on BrooklynVegan), below and the comp is out May 15.

Monofonus is throwing two release parties for We Jam By Condos featuring a lot of the bands that appear on it. The first is May 15 at Beerland with Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, Empty Markets and Massagenist; and the second is on May 16 at Cheer Up Charlies with S U R V I V E, Hidden Ritual, Troller and Aunt's Analog.

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April 16, 2015


Levitation, the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, has announced the final lineup for the 2015 edition which happens May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch. Eight bands have been added: Holydrug Couple, Creepoid, Ex Cult, The Well, Tele Novell, Dallas Acid, Ryan Sambol, and Baby Robots. A couple bands have dropped off as well: Australian band Krakatau can't make it due to travel complications, and Seattle's Rose Windows broke up. Check out the whole awesome lineup here -- schedule will be posted next week. Tickets are still available.

Levitation will also have a Campground Stage this year featuring performances by Gourisankar Karmakar & Indrajit Banerjee, New Fumes, Cloudland Canyon, RelaxerThousand Foot Whale Claw, Silent Land Time Machine, Symbol, Amerikan Bear, Burning Palms, Dyn, Sans Soleil•Airplane Mode, (Some) Flowers Of Hell, Texas Bob Juarez, Michael Garfield, and more. Details on that and the campgrounds are here.

Meanwhile, Levitation is presenting a show on Saturday (4/18) at Mohawk with Whirr, Holy Wave, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Tele Novella, Wild Moth, Moving Panoramas, Pollen RX, and Cross Record at Mohawk. Tickets are on sale.