October 8, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

He Whose Ox is Gored

Seattle prog-doom crew He Whose Ox is Gored are streaming their new album The Camel, The Lion, The Child over at Invisible Oranges. As I also wrote on BV Chicago, the record is a very satisfying blend of early-Mastodon style riffing with a strong emphasis on melody and songcraft (IO's Joseph Schaefer compared them to early Alice in Chains, which is weirdly spot on). Throw in some psychedelia courtesy of the ever-present keyboards and can hit a bunch of disparate pleasure-centers. You can stream it below.

HWOIG are heading out on tour later this month, playing 3 Texas shows. First they will hit Austin for a show at The Mohawk on October 28 where they'll be joined by Glassing and Oro Cassini (tickets). After that they'll hit Houston for a show at The Alley Kat on October 29 with Omotai (tickets at the door). Finally they'll play in Denton on October 30 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios (tickets).

Be sure to check our IO-sponsored show calendar for more Austin-area metal shows.

All upcoming dates for He Whose Ox is Gored, along with a stream of The Camel, the Lion, The Child, below...

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October 5, 2015

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The Decemberists
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 3 - 10/4/2015

The first weekend of ACL 2015 came to a close on Sunday (10/4) with The Strokes, Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Strand Of Oaks and many more. Check out pictures over at BrooklynVegan.

If you're not caught up, day 1 pics are here and day 2 pics are here.

October 4, 2015

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A$AP Rocky
ASAP Rocky

Weekend 1 of ACL Fest 2015 wraps up today (10/4). Yesterday (10/3) had sets from Drake & Future, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson and more. Check out many more pics and videos at BrooklynVegan. Day 1 pics here.

UPDATE: Day 3 pics are up.

October 3, 2015

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Run the Jewels @ ACL Festival 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015

The first weekend of ACL Fest 2015 is underway and Friday (10/2) featured sets from Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol and more. Check out lots more ACL Weekend 1, Day 1 pics over at BrooklynVegan.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 pics are HERE.

September 24, 2015


Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 with tons of awesome bands, many of which will also be playing FFF Nites shows. As always, FFF Nites also features artists exclusive to the late-night shows, including GZA, Mayhem, Watain, Subhumans, Windhand, Small Brown Bike, Girlpool, Pity Sex, Youth Code, NOTS, Cult Leader, Wildhoney, Red Death, OBN IIIs and more.

Artists on the FFF lineup also playing Nites shows include Future Islands, Hudson Mohawke, Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Converge, American Nightmare, Babes In Toyland, King Khan & BBQ Show, American Football, Alvvays, Viet Cong, OFF!, Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, La Dispute, Dwarves, Shamir, Fuzz, Title Fight, Murder By Death, Power Trip, Nothing, Mutoid Man and many more.

Nites schedule will be announced closer to the fest. More info here.

September 23, 2015

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Van Halen @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 9/21/2015
Van Halen @ Austin 360 Amphitheater w/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 9/21/2015

David Lee Roth and the Van Halens brought the Van Halen tour to Austin last night (9/21) for a show at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Like on other recent dates, they packed the show with hits like "Runnin' With the Devil," "Hot for Teacher," "You Really Got Me," "Panama," "Jump" and more.

More pictures (including shots of opener Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and the full setlist below...

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September 8, 2015

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Purity Ring & Hana @ Austin Music Hall - 9/5/2015
Purity Ring & Hana @ Austin Music Hall - 9/5/2015

Purity Ring, who may have a Nick Jonas collaboration in the works, have been on tour in support of this year's Another Eternity. That tour hit Austin over the weekend (9/5) for a show at Austin Music Hall with Hana. Pictures continue below...

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September 1, 2015

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RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015

Five songs and roughly a half dozen stage dives into his band's farewell-to-Red 7 show on Friday night, Riverboat Gamblers singer Mike Wiebe took a short breather to consider what the night meant to him, his band, and the 600 or so fans jammed in front of the club's two stages.

After a bit of a ramble he got to the heart of the matter, that in its nine years of operation Red 7 had earned a spot on the continuum of dearly departed Austin clubs such as Emo's and Liberty Lunch. It did that, Wiebe explained, by hosting shows with acts trafficking in adventurous original music, rather than "some (expletive) Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band in one of those places a few blocks from here." - [Austin 360]

After nine years of live music, Red 7 held its final show on Friday night (8/28), offering up Red 7 regulars The Riverboat Gamblers, Sweet Talk and Spray Paint inside, and Nashville Pussy (who were joined by Gary Lindsey from Black Eyed Vermillion for a song), Valient Thorr and and Crimson Devils outside. Pictures from the last goodbye are in this post. As its two stages were the home of our SXSW parties the last few years, we are sad to see Red 7 go.

Monday night (8/31), Mutoid Man helped christen Sidewinder, Transmission's new club right down the street. Pretty amazing turnaround, seeing how the space was still Red Eyed Fly just a couple days before. The venue's next show is Wednesday (9/2) with Unearthly, Krow, Spectral Manifest, and Ayasoltec. You can check out Sidewinder's upcoming show calendar, and check out more pics from Red 7's last night, below...

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August 25, 2015

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Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015
Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015

More pictures and signing info over at BrooklynVegan.

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Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015
Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015

Gary Clark Jr.'s second studio full-length for Warner Bros. releases on September 11. Second taping in three years, the homegrown guitar hero previewed The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Monday on Austin City Limits. Impossible to measure its merit given last night's live bombast.

At stadium volume inside the Moody Theater, Clark debuted nine of the album's 13 tracks. Soulful, plaintive burners, live they arrived engulfed by a war zone of guitars and drums. After warming up on showstoppers "Bright Lights," "Ain't Messin 'Round," and "When My Train Pulls In," blazing from chunky to muddy to Robin Trower on the latter - which recalled Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" by embodying its title (in this case a roaring locomotive) - falsettos began introducing the new material.

"First time it's all coming together," said the bluesman. [Austin Chronicle]

Just after his appearance at NYC's Afropunk Festival and shortly before his upcoming tour with Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by Austin's Moody Theatre last night (8/24) for an Austin City Limits taping. It will air as part of ACL's 41st season, which kicks off on October 3 on PBS and also includes Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Don Henley and more.

More pictures and the setlist from last night's show, below...

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