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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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November 12, 2014

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Judas Priest / DFA1979 / Run the Jewels / Peelander-Z crowdsurfing
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014
Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Annual Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest went down at Auditorium Shores over the weekend, kicking off on Friday (11/7) with sets from metal legends Judas Priest, rappers 2 Chainz and Run the Jewels, indie legends Dinosaur Jr, 2004 throwbacks Death From Above 1979 and The Blood Brothers, '90s R&B survivor Ginuwine, slowcore storyteller Sun Kil Moon, reunited '90s emo bands Mineral and Knapsack, political punk vet Jello Biafra, modern doom greats Pallbearer, comic action punks Peelander-Z, and more. We wrote about a handful of the sets HERE and talked about Run the Jewels starting a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant HERE. Pictures of all the artists mentioned above and more are in this post.

Day 2 pics HERE, day 3 pics HERE, and more of day 1 below...

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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...

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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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