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September 1, 2015
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
Five songs and roughly a half dozen stage dives into his band's farewell-to-Red 7 show on Friday night, Riverboat Gamblers singer Mike Wiebe took a short breather to consider what the night meant to him, his band, and the 600 or so fans jammed in front of the club's two stages.After nine years of live music, Red 7 held its final show on Friday night (8/28), offering up Red 7 regulars The Riverboat Gamblers, Sweet Talk and Spray Paint inside, and Nashville Pussy (who were joined by Gary Lindsey from Black Eyed Vermillion for a song), Valient Thorr and and Crimson Devils outside. Pictures from the last goodbye are in this post. As its two stages were the home of our SXSW parties the last few years, we are sad to see Red 7 go.
After a bit of a ramble he got to the heart of the matter, that in its nine years of operation Red 7 had earned a spot on the continuum of dearly departed Austin clubs such as Emo's and Liberty Lunch. It did that, Wiebe explained, by hosting shows with acts trafficking in adventurous original music, rather than "some (expletive) Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band in one of those places a few blocks from here." - [Austin 360]
Monday night (8/31), Mutoid Man helped christen Sidewinder, Transmission's new club right down the street. Pretty amazing turnaround, seeing how the space was still Red Eyed Fly just a couple days before. The venue's next show is Wednesday (9/2) with Unearthly, Krow, Spectral Manifest, and Ayasoltec. You can check out Sidewinder's upcoming show calendar, and check out more pics from Red 7's last night, below...
August 25, 2015
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015
Gary Clark Jr.'s second studio full-length for Warner Bros. releases on September 11. Second taping in three years, the homegrown guitar hero previewed The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Monday on Austin City Limits. Impossible to measure its merit given last night's live bombast.Just after his appearance at NYC's Afropunk Festival and shortly before his upcoming tour with Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by Austin's Moody Theatre last night (8/24) for an Austin City Limits taping. It will air as part of ACL's 41st season, which kicks off on October 3 on PBS and also includes Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Don Henley and more.
At stadium volume inside the Moody Theater, Clark debuted nine of the album's 13 tracks. Soulful, plaintive burners, live they arrived engulfed by a war zone of guitars and drums. After warming up on showstoppers "Bright Lights," "Ain't Messin 'Round," and "When My Train Pulls In," blazing from chunky to muddy to Robin Trower on the latter - which recalled Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" by embodying its title (in this case a roaring locomotive) - falsettos began introducing the new material.
"First time it's all coming together," said the bluesman. [Austin Chronicle]
More pictures and the setlist from last night's show, below...
photo: The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
The 2015 ACL Fest has announced it's official aftershows that surround its two weekends in October (10/2 - 10/4 and 10/9 - 10/11). Acts include The Decemberists, TV on the Radio, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Brand New, alt-J, The Maccabees, Billy Idol, Sylvan Esso and many more. The full list of aftershows is below. Tickets for the ACL aftershows go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM, with a C3Concerts presale starting Thursday (8/27) at 10 AM. You'll need to subscribe to C3's email list to get in on the presales.
All 2015 ACL Fest aftershows are listed below...
August 24, 2015
photo: The Sword at Mohawk in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Three bands who recall the proto-metal/heavy psych era, The Sword, Kadavar and All Them Witches, are touring together this year. The tour hits Texas on October 9 at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas (tickets) and October 10 at Mohawk in Austin (tickets). It was announced that it would hit Fitzgerald's in Houston on 10/11, but that venue is closing at the end of August. There doesn't appear to be word yet on a new venue.
All three bands will be supporting new albums. The Sword's is High Country, which we're giving away on vinyl and CD (with a t-shirt too). More details on that HERE. More tour details and all dates HERE.
Neon Indian is putting out a new album, VEGA INTL. Night School, on October 16 via Mom + Pop (his first since 2011's Era Extraña). His fall tour includes a stop in El Paso on September 12 at Lowbrow Palace, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and a Transmission Events-curated Texas leg that hits Austin on September 29 at Ghost Town, San Antonio on September 30 at Paper Tiger, Dallas on October 1 at The Bomb Factory, and Houston on October 2 at Fitzgerald's. The Dallas show is presented by Red Bull Sound Select, meaning you can get in for $3 at the door with a RSVP. Tickets for Fun Fest, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston are on sale now. Keep checking for updates on the El Paso show.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Slumlord" and "Annie" from the new album below...
August 14, 2015
photo: Power Trip at Red 7 during SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Red 7 will be closing earlier than initially planned, closing up shop at the end of August and now all the shows that were supposed to happen at Red 7 will be moved to Sidewinder (aka the Red Eyed Fly space down the street). Reports Austin 360:
"We had kind of planned on doing a big blowout month, but once we started to get into the nitty gritty of the move out, the discussions with the two groups of people who are our landlords were getting worse and worse and worse, less friendly," Red 7 manager Tyson Swindell said Friday.Sidewinder wasn't due to open until October, which is "a little bit of a nightmare," says Red 7's Tyson Swindell but they will get it done. September shows moving to Sidewinder include the Black Lips show on 9/19.
To cover their bases and ensure they were able to comply with the terms of the move out, they decided to turn the closing festivities for Red 7 into the opening celebration for Sidewinder, a new club run by a management group that includes managers of Red 7, Transmission Entertainment's Graham Williams and John Wickham from Elysium set to launch this fall. Sidewinder will take the place of Red Eyed Fly on Red River St.
The final show at Red 7 will now be on August 28 with Nashville Pussy, Valiant Thorr and Riverboat Gamblers (tickets) and Sidewinder opens on August 31 with Mutoid Man, Indian Handcrafts and Unmothered.
August 13, 2015
The Black Angles at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
If you've ever been to Texas, chances are you've had Lone Star - its "national beer." Austin psych rock band The Black Angels and Old 97's are slated to play the multi-city Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival this month. The festival comes to Houston on August 15 at Silver Street Studios, Dallas on August 22 at Gilley's, and Austin on August 29 at Fair Market. Also on the all-Texas bill are Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, and Latasha Lee & the Blackties.
The festival is free but since the event is subject to capacity, you can donate $25 for guaranteed entry. 100% of the donations will go to charity.
Black Lips at Fun Fun Fun 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Austin installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series returns on September 19 at
Red 7 Sidewinder (which is taking over all of R7's September shows), curated by Transmission Events. Black Lips are headlining, with fellow Atlantans Baby Baby and Dallas band Sealion opening. As always, tickets are $3 with RSVP.
Check out music by the bands playing below...