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November 20, 2015

A Giant Dog
photos: A Giant Dog in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

In case you missed it, Merge Records announced this exciting news in October:

We are excited to welcome Austin's A Giant Dog to Merge Records! The band recently recorded their third album with prolific producer Mike McCarthy and will release it in early 2016.

When asked how he feels about signing to Merge, singer-guitarist Andrew Cashen said, "I don't know. I'm thinking about cutting my hair into a man bun." Lead vocalist Sabrina Ellis proved more earnest, saying, "We are shitty people who do not deserve to be signed to Merge... But we are down."

A Giant Dog are known for their notoriously explosive performances and should not be missed. Asked to describe their live show, the band responded: "It's like watching Jerry Springer and then the TV explodes and suddenly the paragons of dysfunction in America are breaking apart your living room, pissing on your furniture, and making you the ham in a white trash sandwich." We'll see you in the front row!

Watch & share a live performance video of "Sleep When Dead" now

A Giant Dog is Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals & guitar), Andy Bauer (guitar), Graham Low (bass), and Matthew Strmiska (drums).

A Giant Dog are one of many bands playing Good Vibrations II in December ("4 MORE DAYS OF PEACE LOVE AND PUNK"). Full lineup and more details below...

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November 11, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 3 - 11/8/2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up on Sunday (11/8). We already posted a bunch of pictures on BrooklynVegan, and now we've got more, including shots of Venom, L7, Lauryn Hill, Future Islands, Alvvays, Afrika Bambaataa and more.

Day 2 pics here, and day 1 pics here and here and here.

More day 3, below....

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November 9, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Lionel Richie @ ACL Live - 10/24/2015
Lionel Richie & The Suffers @ ACL Live - 10/24/2015

Lionel Richie brought his "All Night Long" tour to Austin (again) last month for a show an ACL Live at Moody Theatre on October 24. From opener "Running With the Night" on, it was a non-stop hitfest with both solo songs and Commodores classics, finally encoring with USA for Africa charity single "We Are the World." That included, of course, his 1984 #1 worldwide smash "Hello," which has been getting a revived interest of late because of Adele's "Hello" (which is currently the #1 single in America). Of that he recently told Dujour:

Even though she didn't cover the song, but the word 'hello' automatically everyone called me on the phone and said she used "hello," and I said well I kind of own "Hello," haha. But not to the point where it's any kind of a problem. I'll loan hello to Adele.
Setlist for Lionel's ACL show is below.

Opening were Houston soul act The Suffers. Pictures from their set, plus more of Lionel's, are below.

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November 8, 2015

photos by Chad Wadsworth, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos, Reagan Hackleman, & Roger Ho

Cheap Trick / The Dwarves / Mikal Cronin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway and on its third and final day as we speak, and we've got a set of pictures of its first day (Friday, 11/6). We just posted a bunch on BrooklynVegan, and here's more pics of Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, Antemasque, Peaches, Viet Cong, The Dwarves, Bomba Estereo, Mikal Cronin, Mutoid Man, Nothing, Coheed & Cambria, CHVRCHES and more. Continued below...

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November 7, 2015

photos by Chad Wadsworth, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos & Reagan Hackleman

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

At a specially called City Council meeting on Oct. 22, the Council approved an exemption to the city's parks smoking ban for Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The festival is held annually at Auditorium Shores park. In compliance with city code 10-6-2, smoking is not permitted in any city parks. As part of code 10-6-3-11A, however, the City Council has the power to offer "temporary designated smoking areas in a park for special events." The Council voted to approve the exemption nine-to-one, with councilwoman Sheri Gallo voting no and councilwoman Ellen Troxclair off the dais.
Despite the majority of council members voting to approve the exemption, many still raised issue about the health concerns for people allowed to smoke at the festival. Councilman Don Zimmerman said he is against smoking in general but does not think the government has authority to make health decisions for individuals. [Daily Texas]
Fun Fun Fun Fest is underway (smoking included), and we'll be splitting up our pictures into a few posts. Day one starts here, continues HERE and HERE. More below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1 pics (Kembe X, Think No Think, Two-9, Bad Example, Derrick C. Brown & more)"

November 2, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015
Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015

The spirit may have been freewheeling, but the band was tight as any to grace the ACL stage. But as in control as the band seemed, Lamar was the dominant personality on the stage. Rappers often have a limited array of stage moves--going hard, pouring energy out to the crowd, running around the stage with the mic in their hand--but Lamar was much more interested in building his performance around true dynamics. Sometimes he was quiet; sometimes he was still; sometimes he bounded across the stage and shouted "Kendrick had a dreeeeeeeeam"; sometimes he raised his arms while his guitar player solo'd, demanding that the audience show their appreciation for what they were hearing, and then pointed those same arms toward the guitarist like he was channeling the crowd's energy directly to the musician. [Texas Monthly]
Kendrick Lamar is on tour now, and he stopped in Austin on October 30 for a taping of Austin City Limits. We've got pictures of that show in this post. He was joined by his 5-piece band The Wesley Theory (who opened with a bit of an Earth, Wind and Fire cover) as they ran through tracks from this year's To Pimp A Butterfly along with some hits from good kid, m.A.A.d. city in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Check out more pictures of Kendrick Lamar and The Wesley Theory along with their setlist below...

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October 28, 2015

Shopping at CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK post-punk trio Shopping kicked off their North American tour in support of their second album Why Choose by playing CMJ last week, including BrooklynVegan's all-day Saturday party (one of the most fun sets of the week). The tour hits El Paso on November 8 at Lowbrow Palace, Dallas at November 10 at Double Wide, Austin on November 11 at Mohawk (with Feral Future and Xetas), and Houston on November 12 at Fitzgerald's. Tickets for El Paso, Dallas, Austin, and Houston are available now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for "Straight Lines" below...

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Wax Idols at BV/Collect CMJ showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Wax Idols

Hether Fortune's Wax Idols have been busy this past month: they released American Tragic, their gothy third album and the first on Geoff Rickly's now controviersal label Collect Records, and played the BV/Collect Records showcase at CMJ. Now they've headed out on a tour that will bring them to Austin on November 4 at Mohawk (with Them Are Us Too and Single Lash) and to San Antonio on November 5 at Paper Tiger. Tickets for both Austin and San Antonio are on sale now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream the new album below...

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photo: Lauryn Hill @ Afropunk 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lauryn Hill

This morning it was announced that Lauryn Hill will be taking D'Angelo's place on the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup after D'Angelo's performance was cancelled "due to illness." Now comes word that Desaparecidos are also cancelling due to Conor getting sick. Damn, but feel better everyone!

Desaparecidos also cancelled their whole tour. Four Texas shows total:

11-05 Numbers - Houston, TX
11-06 Trees - Dallas, TX
11-07 Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
11-09 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
More info at BrooklynVegan.

Full Fun Fun Fun Fest Lauryn Hill press release below...

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October 26, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

My Morning Jacket / Fruit Bats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015
My Morning Jacket & The Fruitbats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015
My Morning Jacket & The Fruitbats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015

My Morning Jacket have been on a tour, which just hit Austin for shows at the Music Hall on Thursday (10/22) and Friday (10/23). Both nights had different setlists, which you can check out below. We caught the Friday show and pictures of that one are in this post.

Opening both of those shows and other nights on the tour was Eric D Johnson's band Fruit Bats, which is back again after Eric spent two years solo as EDJ. He explained:

So, after a couple of years of doing this solo EDJ thing and having to have (Fruit Bats) in parentheses after my name everywhere I go, I've decided to drop the parentheses and start doing Fruit Bats again full steam ahead.

I missed having a band behind me, I missed my old songs, and I've come to hate parentheses. Who knew?

Some of you may be stoked by this prospect. I know I am. For those of you that are indeed stoked, we will be heading out on tour this fall with some dudes from Louisville, plus some shows of our own. There will be a new album in early 2016 with a full slate of touring to follow. See you soon.

Eric also joined MMJ on stage at the Thursday show. More pictures from Friday and both setlists below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket played 2 nights @ AMH w/ Fruit Bats (pics and setlists)"