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November 15, 2013
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November 10, 2013
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Deerhunger & M.I.A.
A sizable crowd anticipated Television on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Orange stage Saturday night, minus the hipster kids waiting for a chance at a prime spot for Deerhunter next, and no wonder. The NYC innovators tour Europe far more than their own country, and rarely - if ever - perform in Texas.We'll have plenty more from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 in a bit, but meanwhile, here are some pictures from Day 2 to follow the ones you saw of Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy & Bill Callahan and from Day 1. More crowd shots and pictures of M.I.A. (who we also just caught in NYC), Ice-T (that guy from Law & Order), Television (not to be confused with the thing you watch Law & Order on), and Deerhunter (yep, we managed to catch a bit of TV and Bradford Cox too), below...
While some will argue that this incarnation isn't Television without Richard Lloyd, who quit in 2006, replacement Jimmy Rip has had a few years to assimilate, marking enough time in leader Tom Verlaine's band for the chemistry to be there.
Whether this brief set met the audience's expectations is another question. Never the most demonstrative of rock bands, Television relies on its material and musicianship to sell the performance, much like the jazz musicians from which Verlaine takes so much inspiration. That's an approach that works better in a club than at an outdoor festival.
The soundman's resistance to proper volume didn't help. [Austin Chronicle]
September 9, 2013
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kanye West has announced his first solo headlining tour in five years, and he'll be bringing along Kendrick Lamar as direct support. The tour hits Dallas on December 6 at American Airlines Center and Houston on December 7 at Toyota Center.
August 27, 2013
Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
The Smokers Club Tour is returning this fall, and this time it will be co-headlined by Ab-Soul and Joey Bada$$. Along for the tour are also the rest of the Pro Era crew, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, and more.
The tour hits Dallas on November 15 at Southside Music Hall, Houston on November 16 at Warehouse Live, and Austin on November 17 at Emo's East (without The Underachievers). Tickets for Houston are on sale now. Tickets for Dallas and Austin go on sale Wednesday (8/28).
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream some songs below...
August 26, 2013
Black Milk at Fun Fun Fun 2011 (more by BBG)
To support that album, he'll head out on a tour that includes shows in Dallas on September 20 at Club Dada and in Austin on October 5 at Red 7. Tickets for the Austin show are available now. Keep checking Dada's site for updates on the Dallas show.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream the single below...
August 1, 2013
Rapper J. Cole recently wrapped up his Dollar & A Dream tour, which he did around the release of his new album, Born Sinner. Now he's set to kick off another tour this September with Wale (who also released a new album this year). The tour hits Houston on October 18 at Reliant Arena, Austin on October 19 at Austin Music Hall, and Grand Prairie on October 20 at Verizon Theatre. The Ticketmaster presale for Houston is going on until 10 pm today (8/1), and tickets go on sale to the general public for Houston, Austin, and Grand Prairie on Friday (8/2) at 10 AM.
All dates listed, along with the tour poster and a video, below...
July 8, 2013
A$AP Rocky at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky is still on the heels of his 2013 album, Long, Live. A$AP, which came out this past January, and he'll continue to support it this summer with the Under the Influence of Music Tour. That tour sees Rocky co-headlining with Wiz Khalifa, and support comes from Joey Bada$$ (who just released his new Summer Knights mixtape), Smoke DZA, Trinidad Jame$, B.o.B. and more.
The tour will come to Texas for three shows, including Austin on July 25 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre (without Trinidad Jame$), Houston on July 26 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, and Dallas on July 28 at Gexa Energy Pavillion. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
A$AP Rocky just contributed vocals to the new single by fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg's new single, "Shabba," which will appear on his new album, Trap Lord, due out August 20. Stream that track below.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan.
July 7, 2013
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, & De La Soul @ Stubb's - 7/2/2013
LL Cool J brought his Kings of the Mic Tour with fellow hip hop vets Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul to Austin last week for a packed, sold-out show at Stubb's (7/2). De La Soul kicked things off, and during set, another rap veteran, Dres from Black Sheep, came out to perform Black Sheep's "The Choice Is Yours."
During Public Enemy's set, Chuck D apologized for when their last visit to Austin, SXSW 2013, saw the band forced to perform without Flavor Flav, who missed his flight. Chuck then came out again during LL Cool J's set to perform "Whaddup" together, like they did at the Grammys.
More pictures of the show below...
July 2, 2013
Drake is set to return this year with a new album, Nothing Was the Same (due out 9/17), and in support of that, he'll kick off 41-date North American tour this fall. For that tour, he'll be taking Miguel and Future out with him as support.
The tour includes three Texas shows, but unfortunately, no Austin date. It does, however hit Dallas on November 10 at American Airlines Center, San Antonio on November 12 at AT&T Center, and Houston on November 13 at Toyota Center. Tickets for all three of those shows are on sale now.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Drake's video for "Started From the Bottom," a stream of his more recent "The Motion" (which features SBTRKT/Jessie Ware collaborator Sampha), and a Miguel video, below...
El-P at Mohawk 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killer Mike at Mohawk 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
After bringing us two of the most exciting rap albums in 2012, R.A.P. Music and Cancer for Cure, Killer Mike and El-P have collaborated again as Run the Jewels. Their self-titled album was released last week (6/26) via Fool's Gold. Download the digital version for free on the Fool's Gold website. Stream it below.