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September 3, 2014

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Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live 8/31/2014
Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live  8/31/2014
Little Dragon & Octopus Project @ ACL Live  8/31/2014

The last time we caught Swedes Little Dragon, they were playing one of our intimate SXSW day parties. Needless to say this was a much bigger show, in support of the group's lovely fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband. Locals The Octopus Project kept things just a little west of weird. Pictures from the whole show are in this post and more follow below...

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J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014
J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014

Now in its 40th season, Austin City Limits continues to bring some of music's most engaging live performers to the small screen (even though screens are getting bigger). On Tuesday night (9/2), Richmond, Virginia's J Roddy Walston and The Business, who are still going strong off 2013's Essential Tremors, hit ACL live for a taping. While their set streamed live on ACL's YouTube channel, folks will have to wait till their episode airs later this year on PBS to see it again. We do have pictures from their set which are in this post. More below...

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August 30, 2014

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Reunited emo vets Mineral played a surprise show in their hometown of Austin last night (8/29) ahead of their first tour in 17 years, which begins in proper next week. The show happened at Mohawk's small inside room and Jess Williamson opened. More pictures (like the one above) and setlist at BrooklynVegan.

August 29, 2014


Austin emo legends Mineral are reunited this year, but so far the only hometown date they've had announced is Fun Fun Fun Fest. That may change tonight (8/29) though. There's a SXSW Cares (the benefit fund for victims of this year's tragedy at SXSW) benefit happening at Mohawk indoors with Jess Williamson and a headlining band called "The Parking Lot". Mineral posted this to their Facebook about the show:

Pretty excited to see this band play in Austin tonight. There's not much info on them if you google them, but we think you'll like 'em. Their name has a snappy ring to it. Not to mention it looks like they have a great taste in fonts. You should join us. #FirstComeFirstServe #SXSWCARES

August 28, 2014

Com Truise at Sasquatch in 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
Com Truise

Producer Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) put out an EP last Februrary and is now heading out on tour with Rone, who also put out an album earlier this year. The tour hits El Paso on October 6 at Lowbrow Palace, Houston on October 8 at Fitzgerald's, and Austin on October 9 at Red 7. Tickets for El Paso, Houston, and Austin are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out some videos by both producers below...

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August 22, 2014

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@SylvanEsso just melted Austin's heart and mine. I just wish I had more room to dance in the front row! - @tallovesmusic

Austin loves @SylvanEsso. Amazing show @emosaustin. - Jennifer Sinski

Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014
Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014

One of the more delightful aspects of Sylvan Esso's songs is that they aren't just fun to dance to but also to sing, as the lyrics, although often a touch cryptic, are interesting and well constructed. "Coffee," the band's standout single came fourth in the setlist, and had concertgoers more engrossed than at any other point in the night. However, a good portion of the songs proved to be enthusiastic sing-alongs. With a small catalogue of songs from this young band, fans know what they're going to get at this point. What they're getting is great, and Sylvan Esso find themselves at a pivotal point where a solid sophomore effort could propel them to great heights as an dance-centric yet intelligent group. [Pop Press International]
The infectious synth-pop duo that is Sylvan Esso hit Austin last Sunday (8/17) to play a seriously impressive show at Emo's with similarly synthesizer-fixated artist Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family). The double-bill managed to exceed even the organizer's expectations, selling out Emo's after being moved from the much smaller Parish. Sylvan Esso's leading lady Amelia Meath brought her trademark swagger (and dance moves) to the show, hypnotizing the crowd into a swaying mass of amateur back-up vocalists. Traditionally solo, Buoy traded some of his sequencers and loop pedals in for a full band leading to some more rough-around-the-edges versions of his tracks. Check out photos from both sets at BrooklynVegan.

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August 19, 2014

ACL Music Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

The official 2014 ACL Festival Late Night Shows have been announced for both weekendss of this year's Austin City Limits festival. Highlights of the first weekend include Beck at Stubb's, Jenny Lewis at Stubb's, Interpol at Stubb's, Rhye at the Paramount, and Mac DeMarco at Scoot Inn. Highlights of week two include Polica at the Parish, CHVRCHES at Emo's, Spoon at Stubb's, and Robert Ellis at Stubb's Indoors. Check out C3's entire list.

August 13, 2014

Opeth in NYC in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

Swedish death metal royalty Opeth and In Flames both have new albums coming out and are joining forces for a huge North American tour in December with support from Portland's Red Fang. Opeth's Pale Communion, which frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently discussed with Invisible Oranges, is out August 26, and In Flames' Siren Charms will be out September 8. The bands will play two dates in Texas, first in Houston at Warehouse Live Ballroom on December 12, and then in Dallas at Gas Monkey on December 13. Presales and VIP packages are available for the whole tour now. General on-sale for all dates begins Friday (8/15).

Head over to BrooklynVegan for all tour dates and more info. Check out new songs from Opeth and In Flames below...

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August 12, 2014

Allo Darlin' in NYC in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Allo Darlin'

The forever-charming UK popsters Allo Darlin' are set to release their third album, We Come From the Same Place, this October and are touring North America around that time. They come to Houston on October 17 at Rudyard's (tix), Austin on October 18 at The Mohawk (tix), and Dallas on October 19 at Club Dada. (tix)

Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check "Romance And Adventure" from their new album below...

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Foxygen will tour this fall around the release of their new 24-track album Foxygen...And Star Power, which drops October 14 via Jagjaguar. They'll play INDEX Festival in Dallas on September 27 and Houston on September 28 at Fitzgerald's with Dub Thompson (who recorded their debut album in a house Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was renting at the time) before coming back to Texas on November 9 for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Tickets for Index Fest, the Houston show, and Fun Fun Fun are available now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for "How Can You Really," off the upcoming LP, below...

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