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January 26, 2015

Sufjan Stevens

Exciting Sufjan Stevens things are happening. A new folk-again album is on the way, and there's a tour too. For Texas it looks like this:

May 10 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
May 11 Houston, TX Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
May 12 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
Tickets to the Austin show go on sale Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 am thru, all Texas Box Office Outlets, or call 512.477.6060 to charge by phone. There's an artist presale too.

About the new album (pictured above):

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens' mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens' folk roots.
More at BrooklynVegan.

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Jack White @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015

Jack White (maybe you have his baseball card) is touring and hit Austin over the weekend for two sold-out shows at Austin Music Hall, Saturday (1/24) and Sunday (1/25). Night one was business (he came wearing a button down and slacks with suspenders) and had Charlie Sexton guest on "Ball and Biscuit," and night two was casual (black t-shirt and jeans). At both shows, ushers at the doors told people not to use their phones during the performance, and then right before he went on someone came out to remind the crowd once again. Both shows were opened by LA's Chicano Batman.

We've got pictures of the first night in this post. More, with the setlists from both shows, below...

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January 22, 2015

photo: Knifight at Mohawk in 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Austin synth rockers Knifight, who maybe you caught opening for Future Islands last year, will release their second full length, V, on February 10. You can get a taste of it from the single "Young Lovers" below. In addition to that, we've also got the premiere of the band's cover of David Bowie's "Breaking Glass" from his classic Low album. You can listen to that below too.

Knifight also have some dates coming up, including two in their hometown. They play an album release show on February 6 at Cheer Up Charlie's with Night Drive and Gost ($5 at door), and then again on April 9 at North Door (ticket info and other bands TBA). All dates are listed below.

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December 18, 2014

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

Craft Spells released their second album Nausea (and first new music in two years) earlier this year on Captured Tracks. They're kicking off a tour with The Bilinda Butchers, who also put out a new album, Heaven, over the summer. The tour hits Austin on March 3 at Red 7 and Dallas on March 4 at Club Dada. Tickets for Austin and Dallas are on sale now. You can listen to both Nausea and Heaven in their entirety below.

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

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Elisa Ambrogio

Elisa Ambrogio (of the noise trio Magik Markers) will be touring in January in support of her 2014 solo debut record, The Immoralist. She and banjo player/Pelt member Nathan Bowles, who also has an album out this year, will be in Austin on January 18 at Beerland. Check Beerland's site for upcoming ticket info.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Superstitious" from Elisa's album and "Sleepy Lake Tire Swing" from Nathan's album below...

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December 9, 2014

Sleater KinneySleater Kinney

After confirming their reunion, Sleater-Kinney announced tour dates that didn't include Texas which was a huge bummer. They've finally corrected that wrong, and will play Texas three times in April, on three dates that happen to correspond with the 2nd weekend of Coachella (so I guess they're not playing the fest?). It looks like this:

04-16-15 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
04-17-15 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Ampitheatre
04-18-15 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Tickets to all the new dates, which are listed HERE, go on pre-sale at 10am local time on Wednesday, December 10th.

December 3, 2014

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Austin Psych Fest is returning for its eighth year in 2015 from from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup has some pretty amazing names including The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Check out the full initial lineup below.

Weekend passes are on sale now.

Lineup, poster and announcement video below...

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Matthew Squires

Austin band Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders released their new album, Where The Music Goes To Die, this week. It's a nice collection of lyrical indie pop that you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in full below. We've also got the premiere of the video for its single "Echo" (dir. Erik Gatling) which you can watch below as well.

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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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