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May 1, 2015

Lower Dens in Brooklyn last month (more by Greg Cristman)
Lower Dens

Fellow music blog Gorilla vs. Bear is expanding its annual summer show, previously held just in Dallas, to Austin for the first time this year. This, the fifth edition, will happen July 31 at The Granada in Dallas and August 1 at Mohawk in Austin, and lineup includes Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence and more. In addition, GvsB announced today that Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim) will also play the Austin show.

Tickets for Dallas and Austin are on sale now. Flyer is below...

Continue reading "Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Youmi Zouma, Tei Shi & more playing Gorilla Vs Bear summer shows in Dallas & Austin"

April 29, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

The Who
The Who

The Who's 50th anniversary tour with support from Joan Jett rolled into Austin this week for a hits-filled show at the Frank Erwin Center. More pictures (like the one above) and both bands' setlists at BrooklynVegan.

April 23, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015

Hundreds of umbrellas littered the entrance to Stubb's and the crowd was a sea of cheap plastic ponchos and trashbags. Fans that arrived early to get a good spot or to watch R&B duo THEESatisfaction braved a couple of hours of rain. Luckily, by the time Corin, Carrie and Janet took the stage the rain was gone, and as they hit the first chords to "Price Tag" the rain was forgotten. Devotees that have followed the members' side projects during their were smashed as they launched into "Oh!" from 2002's One Beat with Corin wailing with the same primal energy as they did over a decade ago. Trading off vocal and lead guitar parts was Carrie Brownstein, arguably the most well-known member of the group, and the popularity of Portlandia cannot be understated as a catalyst toward garnering new fans for the band and most likely bringing about the end of SK's haitus. Nonetheless, seeing her onstage while her guitar roars out riff after riff, you can tell the love of what they do is what ultimately brought them back together. - [The Horn]
Just a couple days after taping an upcoming episode of Austin City Limits, Sleater-Kinney were back in town for a big show at Stubb's with their Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. Thankfully the rain stopped right before they went on. Pics and setlist from Stubb's are in this post. More below...

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Levitation happens in just a few weeks (May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch) and festival organizers have released the daily schedules and set-times. Check the whole thing out and listen to a mixtape featuring all of Friday's bands over at BrooklynVegan.

Tickets to Levitation are still available.

'We Jam by Condos' artwork

Austin label Monofonus Press have a great new local-band compilation coming out called We Jam By Condos that features Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, S U R V I V E, Massagenist and more. You can check out Ghetto Ghouls' song, "Plants" (which premiered on BrooklynVegan), below and the comp is out May 15.

Monofonus is throwing two release parties for We Jam By Condos featuring a lot of the bands that appear on it. The first is May 15 at Beerland with Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, Empty Markets and Massagenist; and the second is on May 16 at Cheer Up Charlies with S U R V I V E, Hidden Ritual, Troller and Aunt's Analog.

Continue reading "Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, S U R V I V E & more on new Monofonus Austin comp, playing release shows too"

April 16, 2015


Levitation, the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, has announced the final lineup for the 2015 edition which happens May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch. Eight bands have been added: Holydrug Couple, Creepoid, Ex Cult, The Well, Tele Novell, Dallas Acid, Ryan Sambol, and Baby Robots. A couple bands have dropped off as well: Australian band Krakatau can't make it due to travel complications, and Seattle's Rose Windows broke up. Check out the whole awesome lineup here -- schedule will be posted next week. Tickets are still available.

Levitation will also have a Campground Stage this year featuring performances by Gourisankar Karmakar & Indrajit Banerjee, New Fumes, Cloudland Canyon, RelaxerThousand Foot Whale Claw, Silent Land Time Machine, Symbol, Amerikan Bear, Burning Palms, Dyn, Sans Soleil•Airplane Mode, (Some) Flowers Of Hell, Texas Bob Juarez, Michael Garfield, and more. Details on that and the campgrounds are here.

Meanwhile, Levitation is presenting a show on Saturday (4/18) at Mohawk with Whirr, Holy Wave, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Tele Novella, Wild Moth, Moving Panoramas, Pollen RX, and Cross Record at Mohawk. Tickets are on sale.

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015
Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015

Sleater-Kinney taped an episode of Austin City Limits last night (4/15) and we've got a set of pictures and their 22-song setlist up over at BrooklynVegan. They'll be back in Austin on Friday (4/17) to play Stubb's (VIP tickets are still available).

It's been a somber week for the Austin City Limit's family: ACL's founder Bill Arhos passed away Saturday (4/11) at age 80. After paying his respects to Bill, ACL executive producer Terry Lickona reminded the packed Moody Theater that the show must go on.

Check out all of our Sleater-Kinney ACL pics, plus tour dates, over at BV.

April 14, 2015


Cleveland's soulful, garagey Obnox -- aka Lamont "Bim" Thomas -- has released two albums this year already, most recently on the awesome concept album Know America. As mentioned on BrooklynVegan, Obnox's upcoming dates including a stop in Austin at The North Door on Friday (4/17) with Barbara Lynn & The Soul Supporters and The Brick Top Blues Band. Tickets are on sale.

For all dates and a stream of Know America, head to BV.

April 13, 2015

Action Bronson (more by Sean O'Connell)
Action Bronson

Queens rapper Action Bronson, who was in town for SXSW in March, recently announced a big tour that brings him back to Texas for these shows in May and June:

05-30 Austin, TX - ACL Live (tickets)
05-31 Houston, TX - House of Blues
06-01 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Billboard rode around Austin with Bronson while he was at SXSW. Stereogum also caught him serving lunch. At the Woodies (also part of SXSW), Chance the Rapper joined him to perform "Baby Blue". Watch video of that, and an official Action Bronson SXSW recap video, below...

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LEVITATION (fka Austin Psych Fest), one of the best festival lineups of 2015, is now less than a month away. Happening May 8-10, 2015, the 8th annual festival will feature performances by the 13th Floor Elevators (50 year anniversary reunion), The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, and many more. The main fest happens at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, and kick off parties will happen a day earlier at both Mohawk and Red 7. Day and weekend passes, as well as camping passes, are available at

Lineups, flyers and more info below...

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