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November 6, 2014

Residual Kid at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Resid Kid

Austin's teenage rockers Residual Kid, who recently played our CMJ party and have J Mascis approval, are now getting a major label record contract before even getting their high school diplomas. As Billboard reports, the boys have signed to SIRE/Warner), who are planning to put out their next release in 2015. Seymor Stein personally chose them for the label...

In a statement, Stein remarks "Despite their young age and youthful appearance Residual Kid are not a boy band, but rather a young and exciting and highly talented rock band. This fact is borne out by their audience which was comprised mostly of 18 to 35 year olds, along with many older local veteran musicians in who have taken the band under their wing."
They've got a few shows coming up, including two in their hometown with killer lineups. The first is an all-punk FFF Nites show happening Friday (11/7) at Parish. They go on in between two ripping Canadian bands, Single Mothers (who also played BV CMJ this year) and METZ, and the show will be headlined by the reunited post-hardcore greats The Blood Brothers. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a FFF wristband.

The next night we expect to see them in the audience at Dinosaur Jr.

Then, before the year ends, they'll open for underrated '90s band Toadies (whose festival in Fort Worth they played earlier this year) at Emo's on December 26. That bill also includes The Drakulas, and tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a live video, below...

Continue reading "Residual Kid signed to SIRE/WARNER, opening for The Blood Brothers, METZ & Toadies"

by Andrew Sacher

Slip Productions poster

Anyone attending Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend knows the festival spans multiple genres. Anyone from a metalhead to a hip hop head can find plenty to enjoy. If you'll be one of the emo kids (or emo adults) at the fest this weekend, this guide is for you:

The number one, absolutely unmissable show for emo fans this week is the Slip Productions FFF Nites show going down TONIGHT (11/6) at Mohawk (outdoor) with three bands who helped pioneer the genre back in the '90s -- Mineral (reunited as of this year), Knapsack (reunited as of last year) and The Jazz June (reunited as of last year and now with a great new album to boot) -- and one who kept it alive while those bands were broken up -- Into It. Over It., the project of Evan Weiss who's been in The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Their/There/They're and too many other bands to list. Meanwhile on Mohawk's indoor stage you can catch Wedding Dress, who have a good emo resume with members of members of Maps & Atlases and Joan of Arc, and proggy Austin locals Boyfrndz.

On Friday, when FFF starts in proper, you can see Knapsack and Mineral once again. They play the Orange Stage at 2 PM and 3:10 PM, respectively. After that, head to the Black Stage at 5:15 where The Blood Brothers are playing. They also just reunited this year, and have played less than 10 shows since coming back back so far.

At night, you can go see The Blood Brothers again when they play a Nites show at Parish. They'll be joined by two ripping Canadian bands at that show, METZ and Single Mothers, who are more straight up punk than "emo," but they fit well and Single Mothers definitely spill their guts in their lyrics. Austin's Residual Kid are on the bill too.

Another Friday night option is catching The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and The Hotelier, two killer new school bands, at their Nites show at Holy Mountain (outdoor). Thieves are on that bill too.

One more solid choice that night would be heading to Red 7 (outdoor), where the post-hardcore shapeshifters Self Defense Family open the night at 10 PM. It gets significantly less emo after that, but what, are you really going to leave before Sick Of It All?

On Saturday, start your day at the Black Stage at 2 PM when Glassjaw go on. They haven't put out an album since 2002's great Worship and Tribute, but they did return with an EP in 2011 that proved they've still got it in them. Then you can catch METZ again on the same stage right after them. After that, the emo continues on the Yellow Stage at 5:15 with The World Is A Beautiful Place. To wrap up your day, head to the Orange Stage where Modest Mouse headline at 8:30 PM. Not that they were ever on Jade Tree or anything, but they did play with Brand New this year...

Not really any emo options Saturday night, but a good option would be heading to the Nite show at Red 7 (outdoor) where Rocket from the Crypt play. They're more just rock and roll or punk, but singer John Reis spent time in Drive Like Jehu and there's no emo like we know it without them. Plus this is another rare reunion show.

For Sunday, the final day of the festival, it's probably a good call to start early at the Orange Stage where post-rockers This Will Destroy You play at 12:30. Next up on Sunday would have to be Deafheaven at 3:40 on Black Stage. Though the arguments are endless about whether they're black metal or shoegaze, they fit in with the post-hardcore side of the emo revival really well too. Not to mention those guys are big Thursday fans. After them, stick around Black Stage for a 5 PM set from another killer veteran band, Hot Water Music. After them at 6:10 on the same stage is Gorilla Biscuits. They're another one who aren't emo, but Walter Schreifels went on to form Quicksand whose mark on the genre is undeniable, so don't miss this set.

Next, it's pretty much between Rocket From the Crypt at 7:25 on the Black Stage and Failure at 7:10 on the Orange Stage. Like we said above, RFTC aren't emo but they're connected to it, and Failure aren't either but their atmospheric rock can be heard in newer bands like Title Fight. No emo headliners on Sunday, but either Murder City Devils at 8:45 on Black Stage or Neutral Milk Hotel at 8:30 on Orange Stage would be a great choice and close enough.

Sunday night: see the Gorilla Biscuits again at Mohawk (indoor), but get there early enough to see the special opening set billed as: Ron and Scott: A Tribute to The Stooges featuring J Mascis (whose band Dinosaur Jr. plays their own Nite show on Saturday). Stay late for Ted Leo inside (ask him to play something by Chisel).

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Freddie Gibbs

Rapper Freddie Gibbs has been making headlines all week after being shot at it Brooklyn. Luckily they missed, and Freddie will be in Austin on Sunday to play his collaborative Fun Fun Fun Fest set with Madlib (who he released the Piñata LP with earlier this year).

Freddie's partner DJ Izzo wasn't as lucky though. He got hit with a bullet in the leg. We're not sure if Izzo was ever part of a Freddie set with Madlib, but he has confirmed via Twitter that he's "layed up" and "def not Djn at fun fun fun fest". Get well soon Izzo!

Freddie Gibbs also plays the Odd Future Carnival in LA without Izzo this weekend.

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November 5, 2014

Future Punx

Brooklyn's Future Punx will be heading out on tour in support of their new EP, I'm So Inspired on November 11 via Dull Tools. Check out "Forgive the Doubt" from it below. They also have a split 7" with Parquet Courts for Famous Class' LAMC series. You can watch the video for their contribution, "Spike Train," below.

The tour hits Austin on November 25 at Hotel Vegas with fellow Dull Tools band Beth Israel as well as Party Girl and Barf Bag. They also play, Dallas on November 26 at City Tavern, and Denton on November 28 at Rubber Gloves. Tickets for Dallas are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Video and stream below...

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Dinosaur Puppets

Dinosaur Jr and their old '80s SST pals the Meat Puppets will be in Austin this weekend for a FFF Nites show, proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. Meat Puppets tourmate Cass McCombs is along for the ride too, making for a triple bill that we're pretty excited about. It goes down Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live, and like all FFF Nites shows it's free with a FFF wristband.

Full fest and Nites schedule here.


Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins this week, and of course that means tons of FFF Nites shows too. One of those is being presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Saturday (11/8) at Elysium with doom greats Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a FFF wristband.

Full fest and Nites schedules here.

November 3, 2014

Twin Shadow at Mohawk in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow recently left 4AD and signed with Warner Bros, after postponing most of the dates on his 'Eclipse' tour. He's since announced the rescheduled tour for 2015, including next year's SXSW. Around that, he'll play shows in El Paso on March 16 at Tricky Falls, Dallas on March 17 at Granada Theatre, and Houston on March 23 at Fitzgerald's. Tickets for Dallas and Houston should be going on sale soon. Keep checking Tricky Falls' site for updates on the El Paso show.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch a couple videos below...

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October 30, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Arctic Monkeys @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2014
Arctic Monkeys & Mini Mansions @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2015

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner caught the crowd at the Cedar Park Center Tuesday unaware, slinking onstage during opening act Mini Mansions and hijacking vocals from drummer (and Queens of the Stone Age bassist) Michael Shuman. Turner hinted at the 90-minute spectacle to come with a brief but seductive verse that left screaming girls in his wake.

"Thanks to Arctic Monkeys," Shuman said with good cheer. "Thanks to our fourth member."

A quarter after 9pm, the crowd surged forward, greeting the entire English quartet this time. Outstretched hands furiously photographed their every move as the rockers burst into the opening track of their fifth LP, last year's AM. His face obscured by smoke and shadows, Turner put his expression in the subtle swing of his hips. [Austin Chronicle]

Arctic Monkeys brought their current tour to Texas for a few shows, including Austin's Cedar Park Center on Tuesday (10/28) with Mini Mansions, a related band of their pals QOTSA. AM's 20-song set included most of their newest album and plenty of older favorites too.

Before they leave TX, they've got one more show in Woodlands tonight (10/30). More pictures from the Austin show, and their setlist, below...

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October 19, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014
Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour to Mohawk on Saturday night (10/18), the same night we caught Erasure at ACL Live earlier in the night. Her parents were at the special and packed show, and in our pictures. More of those (setlist included), along with the recently released Juan Maclean remix of "Our Love", and more tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten played Mohawk, to a packed house including her parents (pics, setlist & a Juan Maclean remix)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Erasure @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014
Erasure & Superhumanoids @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014

Erasure played ACL Live lat night (10/18), and play a second night tonight again with opener Superhumanoids. A full set of pictures from the first night are up at BrooklynVegan.