April 25, 2014
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
dancin' Sam Herring @ Mohawk - 4/23/2014
Future Islands brought their North American tour, which has already hit NYC, SXSW, Chicago, Portland, Coachella and other places, back to Austin this week for a show at Mohawk this past Wednesday (4/23). Future Islands have been experiencing newfound success, thanks in part to their Letterman meme and their new album on 4AD, Singles, which has the material to back it up. They played plenty of that album, plus their earlier albums at Wednesday's show.
Opening the show was their tourmates/Baltimore pals Ed Schrader's Music Beat whose post-punk sound is always entertaining, and Austin locals Knifight. Pictures of all three bands are in this post. They continue below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Ezra from Vampire Weekend @ Stubb's - 4/24/2014
Vampire Weekend brought their current tour to Austin last night (4/24) for their first of two sold-out shows at Stubb's with Wild Cub. They split the set pretty well between their three albums, playing favorites from all of them including "Oxford Comma," "Giving Up the Gun" and "Hannah Hunt." Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Vampire Weekend and Wild Cub do it again tonight (4/25), and tonight's show is also sold out. VW will be back in the area for Houston's Free Press Summer Fest, which happens on May 31 and June 1 with Jack White, Wu-Tang, Deftones, The Kills, tUnE-yArDs and more.
More pictures below...
April 24, 2014
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
The National @ The Moody Theater - 4/22/2014
The dull roar opening "Bloodbuzz Ohio" rose the crowd in immediate recognition, yet the group kept the song reigned in and continued the build through newer material "Don't Swallow the Cap" and the piano-led "Hard to Find" as well as High Violet's "Afraid of Everyone" and an exquisitely pained "Conversation 16." The first cathartic swell didn't break until 10 songs in, with the uproar of "Squalor Victoria," which reset the performance as Berninger smashed the mic stand into the stage and stormed manically from end to end.The National wrapped up their three-night run with Warpaint in Austin at ACL Live at Moody Theater last night (4/23). You already saw pictures of night 1, and here's a set of night 2. The setlists were pretty similar from night to night, but for anyone who went multiple nights there were some differences. Only night 2 got "Anyone's Ghost," "Heavenfaced" and a few others, and only night 3 got "Demons," "Looking for Astronauts" and a few others then too.
That release is Berninger's forte, but it's the band and frontman's build to it that makes the National beloved and their shows powerful enough to carry three nights in one of Austin's largest venues. The singer's raw in performance, peeling back a vulnerability and insecurity in open wounds. He draws the crowd into this naked susceptibility so that the relief when the emotion finally shatters rivets and razes the entire audience. [Austin Chronicle]
More night 2 pics, and the night 2 & 3 setlists, below...
April 22, 2014
The shapeshifting mewithoutYou will celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the albums from their prime post-hardcore period, Catch For Us the Foxes, on a tour of the West Coast and South West this June. The tour is with Connecticut emo collective The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and Dark Rooms. It hits Texas for shows at Houston's Warehouse Live Studio on June 25, Austin's Mohawk on 6/26 and Dallas' Prophet Bar on 6/27. Tickets for the Houston, Austin and Dallas shows go on sale Friday (4/25).
All dates are listed below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Matt Berninger of The National takes a breath @ The Moody Theater on 4/21/2014
The National brought their tour with Warpaint to Austin for their first of three great double bills at ACL Live at Moody Theater last night (4/21). Like other shows on this tour, The National did a pretty good job of mixing it up between their last few albums, hitting tracks like Alligator's "Abel," Boxer's "Squalor Victoria," High Violet's "Conversation 16" and their newest, Trouble Will Find Me's "I Need My Girl." Pictures of the show are in this post.
The National and Warpaint do it again at ACL Live tonight (4/22) and Wednesday (4/23). Both sold out. More pictures and The National's setlist from night 1 below...
ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
It was just announced that the Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Sam Smith, Polica, Jenny Lewis and many more.
April 21, 2014
Loop @ NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, 4/17/2014 (more by PSquared)
The 2014 Austin Psych Fest is almost here, taking place May 2 - 4 at Carson Creek Ranch with such artists as Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Liars, The Zombies, Loop, The Horrors, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Panda Bear, Pink Mountaintops are lots more. The fest has the three-stage daily schedule posted now and you can check that out below. Tickets and Festival passes are still available. If you'd like to go for free we're giving away a prize pack that includes a Three-Day APF ticket, plus an Earthquaker Terminal fuzz pedal and a pound of Earthquaker's signature blend of coffee. Details are below.
Additionally, there are kickoff parties onThursday, May 1. At Red 7 they've got The Warlocks, Flamin' Groovies, The Asteroid #4, The Young Sinclairs and more. Then over at Mohawk it's Night Beats, Elephant Stone and more. Entry for both is free with a APF Deluxe pass, $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Full line-up of those are below. too.
Additionally, you can get primed for APF by watching Beyond the Third Sound which documents the 2013 fest with live performances and interviews. It's stream over at the APF website. Austin Psych Fest 2014 daily schedule and contest details below...
Warpaint open for the National at ACL Live Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday night (4/21-4/23). Can't make it? Check the ladies out in the much more intimate setting of Waterloo Records Tuesday at 1pm (long lunch break?). Flyer above.
April 16, 2014
Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy are nonstop touring this year. They were recently in Austin for SXSW and they have plans to return twice in the next few months. First, they'll hit Hotel Vegas on May 3 with fellow upstate NY band Green Dreams and Austin's Feral Future. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, Perfect Pussy cross paths with the previously discussed Potty Mouth tour that hits Austin on June 4 at Red 7 with Swearin' (tickets), making for a great triple bill. It also hits Dallas the next night at Three Links (6/5) (tickets) without Swearin'.
April 15, 2014
Controversial changes at Austinisting over the past couple of years aside, BV Austin has always felt a special bond to Austinist. Like BV Austin, Austinist was a spinoff from a NYC-based blog, one BrooklynVegan always had close ties with (in fact, for a while BV wrote a weekly column on Gothamist). For that reason and many more, we were sad to read this news yesterday:
Good-Bye And Thank YouGoodbye Austinist!
After eight years, we've made the decision to close Austinist. This was a difficult decision.
We love Austin, but as an independent media company, our resources are limited, and as our other city sites have grown, Austinist hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. We hope to contribute to the city again in the future, either through special editions or partnerships with other sites.
We want to thank all of the editors, writers and photographers who have contributed to the site since the beginning. We are grateful for the opportunity you have given us over the years. Thank you for reading!
-Jake Dobkin & Jen Chung, Gothamist LLC
P.S. the new Austinist homepage says it is on "hiatus". Maybe they'll be back?