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June 8, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014

Sandwiched right in between Potty Mouth's tour with Perfect Pussy and their tour with Swearin', all three bands teamed up for a show in Austin at Red 7 last week (6/4), the only date on the tour to include all three on one bill. Opening was local Austin punks Feral Future, who made it a great quadruple bill. You may have also caught them in Austin with Perfect Pussy at Hotel Vegas in May. Pictures of all four bands are in this post.

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June 5, 2014

Municipal Waste at GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)

RIchmond crossover thrashers Municipal Waste will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Austin on Friday (6/6) at Mohawk, curated by Transmission. Like all RBSS shows, the openers are (relatively) local, including Dallas' Power Trip (who likely owe a thing or two to Municipal Waste and other crossover vets) and Houston noise rapper B L A C K I E. And because it's RBSS, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

This is at least the second metal RBSS show happening this year, following the Pig Destroyer show we presented in NYC this past January.

Municipal Waste show flyer below...

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June 3, 2014


In August of 2001, we packed up the van and set out on tour in support of our new album, Know By Heart. Over the next 3 months, we played our way around North America and Europe. It was the longest and best tour we'd ever done and we came home both exhausted and exhilarated. Over the course of that season, we could feel the effect that Know By Heart had on our audience. At the beginning of the tour, it was songs like Weather Report, It's All About Us, and Mag 70s that invited cheers. By the middle of October, it was Kindness of Strangers, Punk As Fuck, and Computerizing. It was the beginning of a different AmAnSet, and unfortunately, the end of the vinyl run for Know By Heart. Between 3 months of touring and lots of help from independent record shops across US and Europe, we slang every vinyl copy of this album that TigerStyle had pressed. Over the next few years, each of us found a copy in one way or another but we've always wanted the opportunity to make this record available again.

On June 3rd, Barsuk will make this particular dream come true and we're pleased to announce that you can pre-order your copy starting today. This edition is gatefold with notes from yours truly. It's a 180 gram repressing of the original vinyl master. It also comes with a digital download of the album along with all 21 four-track demos for the album. Some of these songs haven't been heard outside the band until now and a few others were featured on later releases by The Wooden Birds.

I've seen the completed package and it's the absolute business.

We hope you enjoy.

Thank you

Andrew Kenny

One of the best albums the Austin music scene has produced in the last 15 years is American Analog Set's 2001 stunner Know by Heart. Long out-of-print on vinyl, Barsuk has just reissued Know by Heart as a deluxe double-disc edition with a download of rare demoes and songs that didn't make the album. You can stream the reissue -- plus a couple of those demos -- over at BrooklynVegan.

Andrew, we know you're busy with Wooden Birds and scoring movies, but if you wanted to get the band back together for a commemorative show somewhere, we'd be ok with that.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jack White / Wu Tang / Die Antwoord
FPSF 2014 - Day 2
FPSF 2014 - Day 2
FPSF 2014 - Day 2

The gooey ground created a nice open space to get close to the Mars stage for anyone who didn't care about clean ankles and also gave the few dedicated (or more likely, inebriated) Free Presstonians a chance to cover each other in mud kisses to the tune of Jack White's playful ditty "We're Going to Be Friends."

Yep. That display really did happen, and it was just as precious as it sounds in print.

Despite the liberties the small tribe of mud people took with what nature gave us on Sunday, I left the festival wondering what it would have taken to get more people in the mud during Jack White's set to celebrate the end of the most eventful Free Press Summer Fest since its early years. [Culture Map Houston]

Houston's Free Press Summer Fest wrapped up with its second day on Sunday (6/1), still muddy from the rain that plagued the first day. This time we got sets from Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, Die Antwoord, Lauryn Hill, The Kills and more. Pictures of day 1 are here and pictures of day 2 are in this post.

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June 2, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Deftones / King Khan
FPSF 2014 - Day 1
FPSF 2014 - Day 1
FPSF 2014 - Day 1

Houston's annual Free Press Summer Fest went down over the weekend, kicking off on Saturday (5/31) with sets from Vampire Weekend, Deftones, King Khan, Anamanaguchi, The Orwells, Flosstradamus, Classixx, CHVRCHES, Mariachi El Bronx, Jana Hunter and more. The festival was briefly evacuated around 2 PM due to flood warnings, but it reopened two hours later and was still a blast.

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May 29, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Valerie June taping an episode of Austin City Limits - 5/28/2014
Valerie June taping an episode of Austin City Limits - 5/28/2014

Powerhouse vocalist Valerie June has been playing a number of shows and festivals this year, and last night (5/28) she played Austin for a taping of Austin City Limits TV, which is currently in its 40th season. Her set included a few covers, like Muddy Waters' "Rollin' & Tumblin'" and Carter Family's "Happy or Lonesome," and she was joined by Binky Griptite of The Dap-Kings who Valerie toured with this year. Pictures of the ACLTV taping are in this post.

The night before the taping, Valerie also played an intimate Austin show at Stubb's indoors. More pics from ACLTV below...

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May 27, 2014

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Morrissey @ The Majestic, Dallas - 5/22/2014
Morrissey w/ Kristeen Young @ The Majestic, Dallas - 5/22/2014

"The question I have to ask is: Where the hell did those 32 years go?"

So began Steven Patrick Morrissey's 55th-birthday set at the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas, his long-awaited return following two cancellations last year due to, among other things, a bout of double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and something called Barrett's esophagus, in case you need a band name. He was referring, of course, to those long-ago days in The Smiths, formed in 1982 when Morrissey met Johnny Marr. What else are milestone birthdays for if not the brief wistful glance backward?

But that beloved band remains very much a distant memory for Morrissey: His tidy, occasionally jarring 17-song set list Thursday night consisted of only three Smiths offerings, among them the band's very first single ("Hand in Glove," emerging from its time capsule almost unaltered) and "Asleep," the grim B-side to the 1985 single "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" said to have been performed only once live by the band.

The latter was a strange offering with which to begin to begin an abbreviated, two-song encore: "There is another world/There is a better world," moans the suicidal narrator accompanied only by a piano playing a lullaby's melody. "Well, there must be." But the faithful (and is there any other kind of Morrissey fan?) reveled in its desolate beauty. What is a Moz show, after all, if not a chance for a thousand people to get together and feel good about feeling awful? - [The Dallas Morning News]

Morrissey celebrated turning 55 in Dallas last week (5/22/2014) at The Magestic Theater, one of three Texas shows on his current tour. Dallas got a bunch of songs from his soon-to-be-released World Peace is None of Your Business and probably not enough '80s-era classics for most fans. (No cheeky inclusion of "Unhappy Birthday," either.)

Two days later, Moz hit Austin Music Hall (5/24) for a sold-out show. Pics setlist and video from that are on BrooklynVegan. Setlist and pics from the Dallas show -- plus ones of opener Kristeen Young -- are below.

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May 20, 2014

Jeff Tweedy w/ Wilco in 2013 (more by PSquared)

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will be hitting the road this summer with a series of North American tour dates. Joining Tweedy is his newly formed backing band composed of his 18-year old son Spencer (The Blisters, Mavis Staples) on drums, Jim Elkington (The Horse's Ha, Eleventh Dream Day) on guitar, Darin Gray (Dazzling Killmen, Brise-Glace) on bass and Liam Cunningham (Marrow) on keyboards. Tweedy and his band will be playing Austin at the Texas Music Ballroom on June 22 and Dallas at the Majestic Theatre on June 24. Tickets for the Austin show and the Dallas show go on presale Wednesday (5/21) at 10 AM with a general on-sale beginning Friday (5/23) at 10 AM.

The tour also hits a few festivals including Taste Of Chicago and Newport Folk Festival. For this tour, Jeff is promising songs from his upcoming solo album (release date TBA) along with songs from the Wilco/Uncle Tupelo catalog. All dates are listed below.

He was also recently featured on the season finale of Parks and Recreation and the IFC series Portlandia.

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

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May 19, 2014

May 15, 2014

War on Drugs at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The War On Drugs recently announced a large North American tour that is set to take place after they return from a European run. The tour begins in Raleigh, NC on 9/4 and will pass through Texas starting with Dallas at Granada Theatre 9/26, Houston's House of Blues 9/27 and Austin at Stubbs 9/28. Tickets for the Dallas, Houston, and Austin shows are on sale now.

Earlier this year, the band released its third studio album Lost in a Dream via Secretly Canadian. They have played a small amount of North American dates along with a handful of festivals in support of the album including Austin's Psych Fest. All dates on the newly-announced tour are listed below...

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