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April 13, 2015


LEVITATION (fka Austin Psych Fest), one of the best festival lineups of 2015, is now less than a month away. Happening May 8-10, 2015, the 8th annual festival will feature performances by the 13th Floor Elevators (50 year anniversary reunion), The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, and many more. The main fest happens at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, and kick off parties will happen a day earlier at both Mohawk and Red 7. Day and weekend passes, as well as camping passes, are available at

Lineups, flyers and more info below...

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April 12, 2015

photos by Jesse Deflorio

Leon Bridges & Autre Ne Veut @ Hype Hotel 2015
Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

Leon Bridges may have won SXSW this year, at least according to a panel of judges:

Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges, Australian indie sensation Courtney Barnett and veteran Austin rock band Spoon are the winners of this year's Grulke Prizes, South by Southwest announced Tuesday.

Bridges, who skyrocketed from relative obscurity late last year when two songs posted to SoundCloud helped get him a deal with Atlantic Records, was the winner for Developing U.S. Act. He drew a beyond-capacity crowd for his SXSW showcase at St. David's Historic Sanctuary and also played shows at Hype Hotel, Spotify House and other venues. His debut album is expected to be released later this year.

Congrats Leon, Courtney and Spoon.

We already posted one set of pictures from Thursday at Hype Hotel 2015 presented by Feed the Beat, and a set of fellow SXSW winner Spoon from Tuesday. Here are three more artists we're fans of who played Thursday, in part as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear showcase at the Mazda-sponsored venue. More below...

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photos by Jesse Deflorio

Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

If the old Spoon were at times as stiff as a starched shirt, what stood out about Tuesday's show was the spontaneity and flexibility pulsating through the band. Opening with a strutting, almost funk-informed read on "Rent I Pay," the hometown rockers barreled their way through a set long on loose grooves and limber instrumentalism. The opening bars of "Don't You Evah" were tantalizingly stretched out, its bassline strutting through ice-like sheets of guitar. It recalled the coiled anxiety of Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives," Britt Daniel playfully teasing out the vocal melody. "Don't Make Me a Target" stalked and creeped, building to a rapturous finale and "I Turn My Camera On" simmered and popped.

In the past, it felt like the band members were simply playing alongside each other, but at Hype Hotel they seemed to be reading each other's cues, Alex Fischel adding flowing, harplike keyboard filigrees to the end of each phrase in "Inside Out." [Diffuser]

The Tuesday headliners at Hype Hotel presented by Feed The Beat on Tuesday of SXSW this year (the Syndicate's Conflict of Interest party) was Austin's own Spoon. Pictures from their set continue below...

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April 9, 2015

photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder
East Cameron Folkcore

Austin's East Cameron Folkcore make rollicking orchestral folk rock, and they've got a bit of punk edge too, which is fitting since Gorilla Biscuits drummer Luke Abbey recently joined as a member. Earlier this week, they put out their new album, Kingdom of Fear, on Nine Mile Records, and they're currently in the process of making a video trilogy for its tracks "Kingdom of Fear," "The Joke" and "969." We've got the premiere of part 2 ("The Joke"), which you can watch below.

The band wrapped up a four-night stand at Austin's Salvage Vanguard Theater last week to celebrate the release of the LP, and they have two more hometown shows coming up. They play the 65th annual Art City Austin happening this month (4/25-26), and then they have a club show at Holy Mountain on May 16.

New video below...

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April 7, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

3/21/2015 --- Mew and Frank Turner @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7

A full set of pictures and recap from our third of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan (all artists who played included). A second set of pictures from the show is in this post (most of the artists who played included).

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for keeping our artists hydrated.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

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Suboi @ The Trophy Club - SXSW - 3/19/2015
Suboi @ The Trophy CLub - SXSW - 3/19/2015

Suboi, the first-ever Vietnamese artist to play SXSW, played two shows in Austin this year, part of her first-ever US tour (which also hit NYC). She played the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, and her official showcase two days earlier at The Trophy Club. Fool's Gold-signed Sammy Bananas was her DJ at both shows. Pictures from the rapper's nighttime gig at The Trophy Club are here, and there's more of them below...

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April 3, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings @ Bar 96 - SXSW - 3/20/2015
Cloud Nothings @ Bar 96 - SXSW - 3/20/2015

After Palma Violets' set at the Friday night Dr. Martens and Culture Collide show at Bar 96 during SXSW, Cloud Nothings headlined and pictures of their set are in this post.

The band was as great as ever, giving us pretty much every song you'd want to hear from their last two albums. They transitioned the instrumental "Separation" into the jammed out "Pattern Walks." They gave us standout single "I'm Not Part of Me" towards the end of the set, and did their sludged-up version of "No Future/No Past" into an extended "Wasted Days" to end the show.

More pictures below...

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April 2, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Sturgill Simpson tapes an episode for ACL TV - 4/1/2015
Sturgill Simpson tapes for ACL TV - 4/1/2015

Sturgill Simpson taped an episode ACL TV Season 41 last night before his shows at Stubb's tonight (4/2) and Sunday. Dr. Dog play Stubb's on the two nights in between. We've got pictures here from the ACL Moody Theater show.

Upcoming ACL tapings include The War on Drugs on Monday, and Sleater-Kinney on 4/15. Catch those or Sturgill when they air on TV, or stream them live (they do that now too).

More pictures from the 4/1 Sturgill show, below...

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March 30, 2015

Spray Paint

Austin post punks Spray Paint are releasing a new album, Punters On A Barge June 1 via Homeless Records. They just played a bunch of SXSW dates, but if you missed them you can catch them on their current North American tour which finishes with a few Texas dates, including Austin on April 10 at Hotel Vegas with Daniel Francis Doyle, Traps PS, Beth Israel, and High Wasted. They'll also play April 25 at Yellow Jacket.

Other Texas dates include Denton on April 9 at J&J's, and San Antonio on April 11 at Paper Tiger (which just opened), Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Polar Beer" from the forthcoming album below...