December 18, 2014

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

Craft Spells released their second album Nausea (and first new music in two years) earlier this year on Captured Tracks. They're kicking off a tour with The Bilinda Butchers, who also put out a new album, Heaven, over the summer. The tour hits Austin on March 3 at Red 7 and Dallas on March 4 at Club Dada. Tickets for Austin and Dallas are on sale now. You can listen to both Nausea and Heaven in their entirety below.

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

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Elisa Ambrogio

Elisa Ambrogio (of the noise trio Magik Markers) will be touring in January in support of her 2014 solo debut record, The Immoralist. She and banjo player/Pelt member Nathan Bowles, who also has an album out this year, will be in Austin on January 18 at Beerland. Check Beerland's site for upcoming ticket info.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Superstitious" from Elisa's album and "Sleepy Lake Tire Swing" from Nathan's album below...

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December 9, 2014

Sleater KinneySleater Kinney

After confirming their reunion, Sleater-Kinney announced tour dates that didn't include Texas which was a huge bummer. They've finally corrected that wrong, and will play Texas three times in April, on three dates that happen to correspond with the 2nd weekend of Coachella (so I guess they're not playing the fest?). It looks like this:

04-16-15 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
04-17-15 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Ampitheatre
04-18-15 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Tickets to all the new dates, which are listed HERE, go on pre-sale at 10am local time on Wednesday, December 10th.

December 3, 2014

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Austin Psych Fest is returning for its eighth year in 2015 from from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup has some pretty amazing names including The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Check out the full initial lineup below.

Weekend passes are on sale now.

Lineup, poster and announcement video below...

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Matthew Squires

Austin band Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders released their new album, Where The Music Goes To Die, this week. It's a nice collection of lyrical indie pop that you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in full below. We've also got the premiere of the video for its single "Echo" (dir. Erik Gatling) which you can watch below as well.

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November 20, 2014

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Duran Duran @ ACL Live - 11/2/2014
Duran Duran @ ACL Live - 11/2/2014

Duran Duran recently wrapped up a few dates, including a Fashion Rocks show in NYC, and two Austin shows -- ACL Live at the Moody Theater on November 1 and Austin Convention Center on November 4. We caught the ACL Live show which was packed with classics like "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio," "Girls On Film" and plenty more. More pictures of that show, and their setlist, below...

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The Black Keys - ACLTV Taping - 11/17/2014
The Black Keys - ACLTV Taping - 11/17/2014

Blues rock duo The Black Keys, who played ACL TV's 36th season, returned on Monday (11/17) for a taping of the 40th season's final episode. They did a good job splitting the set pretty evenly between their last three albums -- 2010's Brothers, 2011's El Camino and this year's Turn Blue -- and threw in some older cuts as well. More pictures of their set, and the full setlist, below...

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November 14, 2014

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Murder City Devils / Gorilla Biscuits / Failure / Flying Lotus fans
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 3 - Sunday - 11/9/2014

Annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up on Sunday (11/9) after two other killer days with yet another great batch of bands. This time we got the thankfully-still-reunited Neutral Milk Hotel, loads of awesome sets from veteran punk bands on the Black Stage like Murder City Devils, Rocket from the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits and Hot Water Music, the trippy and spectacular Flying Lotus, reunited alt-rockers Failure, indie vets Yo La Tengo, quality gangsta rap from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, the always-intense Deafheaven, indie pop dressed in all black from Dum Dum Girls, the crazy Foxygen, the pulverizing Iron Reagan and still more.

We wrote more on day 3 HERE. Check out day 1 pics HERE, day 2 pics HERE, and more day 3 pics below...

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Austin jazz trio Bee vs. Moth bring in influences from many places outside of their main genre, including punk, doom metal, new wave and more, and the result is something that could appeal to fans of any or all of those things. This year, they released the new album, Shelter in Place, and we've now got the premiere of the video for one of its tracks, "Machine Room Reverie." Check it out, with a full stream of the album, below.

Bee vs. Moth have three upcoming local shows scheduled at the moment. The first is December 9 at Holy Mountain with Good Talk, Omingnom and Stop Motion Orchestra (tix coming soon). Then they play the all-day Yule Bazaar on December 20 at Vortex Theater, and finally January 23 at Carousel Lounge with PetCat, Mongoose and Downtube Shifter.

Video and LP stream below...

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King Diamond / Nas / Sick of It All
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest - Day 2 - Saturday - 11/8/2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest continued at Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) after kicking off a day earlier. Day 2 brought another great and varied lineup with theatrical metal legend King Diamond, Nas playing the seminal Illmatic in full, consistently great indie rock from Modest Mouse, The New Pornographers and more, hardcore vets Sick of It All playing from the Blood Sweat/Scratch the Surface era, garage rock from Black Lips, King Tuff, and Twin Peaks, handsome punks Iceage, an industrial-tinged set from synth pop pioneer Gary Numan, Canadian rippers METZ, post-hardcore crushers Glassjaw, debaucherous psych band Fat White Family, and more.

We wrote about day 2 HERE. Day 1 pics HERE, day 3 pics HERE, and more day 2 pictures below...

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