January 27, 2016

photo: The Flaming Lips (w/ Miley Cyrus & her Dead Petz) in NYC (more by P Squared)
Flaming Lips

In case you can't find a barbecue to go to, White Oak Music Hall in Houston is hosting a big Memorial Day "Blowout" on, you know, Memorial Day (which is 5/29). The show features Flaming Lips, Title Fight, Lucero, Roky Erickson, Nada Surf, Diiv and Moving Panoramas. Tickets are on sale now.

January 26, 2016

photo: Tony Visconti w/ Holy Holy in NYC (more by Sachyn Mital)
Tony Visconti

SXSW will have multiple keynote speakers this year, and the first to be announced is longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. The announcement reads...

For the first time ever, the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival will offer multiple keynote speakers. SXSW is honored that the first to be announced is Tony Visconti. Mr. Visconti's opening keynote will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 18ABCD of the the Austin Convention Center.

Tony Visconti has been hailed as one of the most important producers in the history of Rock and Pop. David Bowie's "Young Americans" and "Heroes" are masterpieces, while "(Bang a Gong) Get It On" and "Cosmic Dancer" by T. Rex are true cornerstones of rock and roll.

Tony has recently co-produced David Bowie's Blackstar CD, co-produced Esperanza Spalding's upcoming Concord release Emily's D+Evolution, and Daphne Guinness's Optimist in Black.

As the above quote points out, Tony produced the final Bowie album He's also been touring with his band Holy Holy, playing Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World in full.

December 10, 2015

photo: Spray Paint @ Red 7's final show (more by Tim Griffin)
Spray Paint

Austin's annual Free Week will actually be 10 days this year, with free shows happening every night at Mohawk, The Sidewinder, and The New Movement from January 1 - 10. This year's lineup, featuring mostly Austin bands, has been announced and includes Ringo Deathstarr, Sweet Spirit, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Surfer Blood, Spray Paint, Residual Kid, Indian Jewelry, Leftover Crack, American Sharks, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and lots lots more. There will also be comedy events this year.

The 2016 Free Week schedule will be released December 18. Until then, check out the lineup of bands playing. below...

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November 20, 2015

A Giant Dog
photos: A Giant Dog in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

In case you missed it, Merge Records announced this exciting news in October:

We are excited to welcome Austin's A Giant Dog to Merge Records! The band recently recorded their third album with prolific producer Mike McCarthy and will release it in early 2016.

When asked how he feels about signing to Merge, singer-guitarist Andrew Cashen said, "I don't know. I'm thinking about cutting my hair into a man bun." Lead vocalist Sabrina Ellis proved more earnest, saying, "We are shitty people who do not deserve to be signed to Merge... But we are down."

A Giant Dog are known for their notoriously explosive performances and should not be missed. Asked to describe their live show, the band responded: "It's like watching Jerry Springer and then the TV explodes and suddenly the paragons of dysfunction in America are breaking apart your living room, pissing on your furniture, and making you the ham in a white trash sandwich." We'll see you in the front row!

Watch & share a live performance video of "Sleep When Dead" now

A Giant Dog is Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals & guitar), Andy Bauer (guitar), Graham Low (bass), and Matthew Strmiska (drums).

A Giant Dog are one of many bands playing Good Vibrations II in December ("4 MORE DAYS OF PEACE LOVE AND PUNK"). Full lineup and more details below...

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November 11, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up on Sunday (11/8). We already posted a bunch of pictures on BrooklynVegan, and now we've got more, including shots of Venom, L7, Lauryn Hill, Future Islands, Alvvays, Afrika Bambaataa and more.

Day 2 pics here, and day 1 pics here and here and here.

More day 3, below....

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November 9, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Lionel Richie @ ACL Live - 10/24/2015
Lionel Richie & The Suffers @ ACL Live - 10/24/2015

Lionel Richie brought his "All Night Long" tour to Austin (again) last month for a show an ACL Live at Moody Theatre on October 24. From opener "Running With the Night" on, it was a non-stop hitfest with both solo songs and Commodores classics, finally encoring with USA for Africa charity single "We Are the World." That included, of course, his 1984 #1 worldwide smash "Hello," which has been getting a revived interest of late because of Adele's "Hello" (which is currently the #1 single in America). Of that he recently told Dujour:

Even though she didn't cover the song, but the word 'hello' automatically everyone called me on the phone and said she used "hello," and I said well I kind of own "Hello," haha. But not to the point where it's any kind of a problem. I'll loan hello to Adele.
Setlist for Lionel's ACL show is below.

Opening were Houston soul act The Suffers. Pictures from their set, plus more of Lionel's, are below.

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November 8, 2015

photos by Chad Wadsworth, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos, Reagan Hackleman, & Roger Ho

Cheap Trick / The Dwarves / Mikal Cronin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway and on its third and final day as we speak, and we've got a set of pictures of its first day (Friday, 11/6). We just posted a bunch on BrooklynVegan, and here's more pics of Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, Antemasque, Peaches, Viet Cong, The Dwarves, Bomba Estereo, Mikal Cronin, Mutoid Man, Nothing, Coheed & Cambria, CHVRCHES and more. Continued below...

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November 7, 2015

photos by Chad Wadsworth, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos & Reagan Hackleman

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

At a specially called City Council meeting on Oct. 22, the Council approved an exemption to the city's parks smoking ban for Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The festival is held annually at Auditorium Shores park. In compliance with city code 10-6-2, smoking is not permitted in any city parks. As part of code 10-6-3-11A, however, the City Council has the power to offer "temporary designated smoking areas in a park for special events." The Council voted to approve the exemption nine-to-one, with councilwoman Sheri Gallo voting no and councilwoman Ellen Troxclair off the dais.
Despite the majority of council members voting to approve the exemption, many still raised issue about the health concerns for people allowed to smoke at the festival. Councilman Don Zimmerman said he is against smoking in general but does not think the government has authority to make health decisions for individuals. [Daily Texas]
Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway (smoking included), and we'll be splitting up our pictures into a few posts. Day one starts here, continues HERE and HERE. More below...

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November 2, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015
Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015

The spirit may have been freewheeling, but the band was tight as any to grace the ACL stage. But as in control as the band seemed, Lamar was the dominant personality on the stage. Rappers often have a limited array of stage moves--going hard, pouring energy out to the crowd, running around the stage with the mic in their hand--but Lamar was much more interested in building his performance around true dynamics. Sometimes he was quiet; sometimes he was still; sometimes he bounded across the stage and shouted "Kendrick had a dreeeeeeeeam"; sometimes he raised his arms while his guitar player solo'd, demanding that the audience show their appreciation for what they were hearing, and then pointed those same arms toward the guitarist like he was channeling the crowd's energy directly to the musician. [Texas Monthly]
Kendrick Lamar is on tour now, and he stopped in Austin on October 30 for a taping of Austin City Limits. We've got pictures of that show in this post. He was joined by his 5-piece band The Wesley Theory (who opened with a bit of an Earth, Wind and Fire cover) as they ran through tracks from this year's To Pimp A Butterfly along with some hits from good kid, m.A.A.d. city in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Check out more pictures of Kendrick Lamar and The Wesley Theory along with their setlist below...

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October 28, 2015

Shopping at CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK post-punk trio Shopping kicked off their North American tour in support of their second album Why Choose by playing CMJ last week, including BrooklynVegan's all-day Saturday party (one of the most fun sets of the week). The tour hits El Paso on November 8 at Lowbrow Palace, Dallas at November 10 at Double Wide, Austin on November 11 at Mohawk (with Feral Future and Xetas), and Houston on November 12 at Fitzgerald's. Tickets for El Paso, Dallas, Austin, and Houston are available now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for "Straight Lines" below...

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