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October 12, 2014

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Interpol / Skrillex / Major Lazer
Major Lazer

The second weekend of ACL Fest 2014 continued on Saturday with sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and more. A set of pictures of the day are up at BrooklynVegan. Also check out weekend 2 day 1 pics, weekend 1 pics, and stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3 pics.

October 11, 2014

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Beck / Belle / Betty @ ACL Fest 10/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival is in mid-swing as we speak, and Friday night's W2 kickoff featured sets from Beck, Outkast, Temples, Jimmy Cliff, St. Vincent and lots more. Check out more pics from Weekend 1, Day 1 over at BrooklynVegan, and you can also check out photos from Weekend 1 of ACL. If you're not in Zilker Park, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) you can watch Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells are more.

October 7, 2014

Balmorhea duo

Austin post-rockers Balmorhea are reissuing their self-released 2007 self-titled debut album on October 14 via Western Vinyl. They also have a 7" with two new songs, "Heir I" and "Heir II," which you can stream at the bottom of the post. In addition to all that, the original duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller are heading out on a European tour this month with one-offs in the US. The tour kicks off in Austin on October 24 at Central Presbyterian Church with Aisha Burns. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Song streams below...

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October 1, 2014

Roger Sellers @ The Mohawk
Roger Sellers

Last week, BrooklynVegan premiered Austin's own "folk-dance-americana-electric-symphonic fusion" musician Roger Sellers's new album Primitives, which is out now on Punctum Records. If you missed the album's release party at Cheer Up Charlie's on Saturday (9/27), he's got six more shows in Texas.

The tour kicks off in San Marcos on October 2 at Tantra, then heads to Corpus Christi on October 3 at NASA, Houston on October 5 at Rudyard's, Midland on October 6 at Kamiposi Art Gallery, Marfa on October 22 at El Cosmico, and Dallas on October 24 at The Boiler Room. Tickets for Houston and Midland are available now. Stay tuned for ticket info about the San Marcos, Corpus Christi, Marfa, and Dallas shows.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream his new album in its entirety below...

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Tennis System
Tennis System

Shoegazy noise rock band Tennis System is releasing their new album, Technicolor Blind on October 21 via Papercup Music. You can check out their latest single, "Dead Honey," at the bottom of the post.

In addition to playing CMJ, they are also kicking off a tour in October with a couple dates in Texas. They play Denton on October 13 at Rubber Gloves and a FREE (21+) show in Austin on October 14 at Cheer Up Charlie's. Tickets for Denton will be sold at the door.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Dead Honey" below...

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September 30, 2014

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss just released a new album, Weirdon, last week (9/23) via Drag City. Check out "Learning Slowly" off the LP below. They just kicked off a tour that comes to Texas for a couple shows.

The tour hits Austin for FFF Nites on November 8 at Beerland with Meatbodies and OBN IIIs, El Paso on November 24 at Lowbrow Palace, and Dallas on November 25 at City Tavern. Tickets for El Paso and Dallas are on sale now.

Meatbodies, who are touring with Purling Hiss before they get to Texas and are also playing CMJ this year, have their self-titled debut album due October 14 via In the Red. You can stream "Wahoo" from the cassette they released last year on Ty Segall's label, God?, at the end of the post.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Song streams below...

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September 26, 2014

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Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014

In between tracks the rappers soft-joshed each other. Their banter follows a storyline that has remained consistent throughout the tour. Drake touts his new energy and current hits, Weezy reps for the classics. Weezy was clearly the superior fighter, but Drake was the better lover by a long shot and he leaned on his suave skills with the ladies to win him points throughout the night. For an emotional rendition of "Hold On, We're Going Home" he rode across the crowd on a moving platform. Lil Wayne later derided it as a "stripper pole" but it undeniably endeared him to the crowd.

An hour or so in, the rappers faced off to trade verses and hooks, but even that didn't come off with the confrontational fury of a real rap battle. However, the concert did deliver on its promise of a high energy throwdown. The two rappers performed for nearly two and a half hours with only a brief break for a DJ battle which saw the beat masters take turns dropping Texas classics to hype the crowd. The show built to an explosive climax complete with pyrotechnics and sonic booms. Lil Wayne put in a furious rendition of "A Milli" and Drake blasted back with his ubiquitous 2013 banger "Started From the Bottom." []

Earlier this month, the huge Drake / Lil Wayne co-headlining tour swept through Austin for a big show at Austin 360 Amphitheater on September 6, which G-Eazy opened. Lil Wayne had the classics but Drake brought the fresh hits as the two switched off throughout the night. More pictures of the whole thing below...

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Samuel Herring reaches out @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014
Future Islands @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014

Future Islands came to Austin last night to tape their first-ever Austin City Limits performance, which included a ton of their big new album Singles like "Seasons (Waiting On You)," "Back In The Tall Grass," "Spirit" and plenty more, plus old favorites too. Did you go? If not, did you stream it live?

More pictures of the taping, and their full setlist, below...

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September 16, 2014

Young Tongue

Those in attendance at Empire Control Room on Saturday may have caught the latest video by Young Tongue. It was the premiere party for a slew of new videos by Austin bands, all made in 48 hours in a competition called the Music Video Race ("MVR originated in San Francisco and expanded to include ATX and LA this year)." Filmmakers were paired with bands and were tasked to make a video in a weekend. Escape Plan Productions worked with Young Tongue to create the video you can also now watch below...

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Lily Allen @ Stubb's - 9/14/2014
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Austin Chronicle: How do you spend your time on tour when you're not playing?

Lily Allen: In between shows I like to to sit in my hotel room and listen to music. I'm also really into culture and I'll often also go and see a museum or art exhibition.

AC: You're a mother of two. How has that influenced your music?

LA: I'm happier than ever. Motherhood has changed my life overall and definitely my process. Before, I had as many hours in the day as I wanted to write songs, and now I need to get back for tea time and bath time and that kinda thing. When I write, I just have to write quicker.

AC: What music influences you?

LA: I'm into Cajun, country, rock, and soul. I really like urban music, because the Streets were a massive influence on me, garage, and underground music. Lately, I've been listening predominantly to hip-hop and rap. -[AC]

Snarky UK pop singer Lily Allen brought her myriad influences and a small army of backup dancers to Stubb's on Sunday night (9/14) as part of her ongoing Sheezus tour. Norwegian singer Samsaya opened the show and pictures from the whole night, as well as Lily's setlist, are in this post.

More below...

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